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4. Game All. Dealer East. England’s 19-VP lead all but evaporated partner’s cue bid. (His 5♠ was not a sign-
in this encounter and Ireland ended as off; it was the standard safety measure to
♠ KJ87 ♠ AQ654 winners for the fourth consecutive time. cater for partner’s 5♣ showing 0 or three
♥ K98 Martin Jones opened a 15-17 point key cards.)
♦ Q7 S ♦ A2 1NT and Neil Rosen employed four-card You can see how awful the slam was. On
♣ A963 ♣ Q74
Stayman. How would you assess the slam a very bad day, you might even go down in
chances when partner responds 2♠? game.
West East You can just about tweak the East hand The main message from the hand is that
so that a slam becomes playable, but it is you should not make a slam try when you
2♣ 2♠ very unlikely. West’s 4♣ cue-bid should need a maximum and a super-fit. If you
4♣ 4♦ not mean ‘I cannot quite rule out a slam’; do, you may then find yourself in a slam
4♥ 4NT it should mean ‘If your hand is suitable, a when partner has a maximum and the
5♣ 5♠ slam is likely.’ hands do not fit well at all.
6♠ Martin Jones had an enormous hand
— five good trumps with an ace and a s Awards: 3NT (10), 4♠ (9), 5♠ (4), 6♠
This deal comes from England’s penulti- king outside. He cannot be faulted for (2), 6NT (1).
mate Camrose match, against Ireland. insisting on a slam once he had heard
5. E/W Game. Dealer West. the ♥A. How can he find this out? To beat the doubled grand slam, South
A rare convention is available – the now had to find a club lead. Did he some-
Acol 4NT opening bid, which asks part- how manage to make the right choice? No.
♠ A K Q J 10 7
♠ 843 ner to name any ace held. Andy He put in a near-unbeatable entry for the
♥ 3 W E ♥ AQ76 ‘Most Wooden Lead of All Time’ award,
♦ A K Q 10 7 2 S ♦ J4 Braithwaite duly opened 4NT and his
♣ Void ♣ QJ94 partner showed the ♥A. (5♣ would deny by leading the ♥K!
an ace, 5NT would show two aces and 6♣ North’s Lightner Double had, of course,
West East would show the ace of clubs.) The grand told partner not to lead a heart. Even if
Braithwaite Rosendorff slam was duly bid and made. this was unclear to South, declarer’s 6NT
4NT 5♥ bid couldn’t possibly be based on a queen-
At another table, this bidding was sim-
7♠ high heart holding. It was therefore obvi-
ilarly short but not so sweet:
ous that a heart lead would not prove to
West North East South be a brilliancy.
Our next event is the South West Pacific Atkinson Carter
teams championship, in Canberra. West 2♣ 3♥ 6NT Pass s Awards: 7♠ (10), 7♦ (9), small slams
can expect to make 7♠ if his partner holds 7NT Dble (4), 7NT (3).
6. Game All. Dealer East. points. Although ‘Tosh’ had a powerful Tips to remember
hand for suit play, he realised that his
♠ J54 ♠ Q 10 major-suit honours might prove useful in • Arrange with your partner some
♥ Q 10 8 7 3 N ♥ J 3NT. He marked time with 3♠, hoping means of finding a minor-suit fit
♦ QJ86 S
♦ A K 10 5 4 2 that partner could bid 3NT. Indeed he after an opening bid of 1NT. Four-
♣ A ♣ KQ85 could! suit transfers is as good as anything.
At the other table the auction began If you begin with Stayman and then
West East similarly: 1♦ – (Dble) – 2♥, 3♣ – 3♦, bid 3♦ or 3♣ on the next round,
Hallberg McIntosh 3 ♠ , where West’s 2 ♥ was a fit-jump this should be natural and game-
1♦ showing length in both red suits. West did forcing.
not like to bid 3NT on as little as ♠J-x-x.
He bid 4♣ instead and the bidding died • Do not cue-bid, to suggest a slam,
just because a slam will be good if
in 4♦. partner has the perfect hand. By
doing so, you will be carried to a
s Awards: 3NT (10), 4♦ (6), 5♦ (3). slam when his hand is good but not
The English Open Trials for the next
European Championship were won by the super-fit you needed. A cue-bid
Paul Hackett, Tony Waterlow, John should mean that ‘slam is likely if
♠♥♦♣ your hand is suitable’. Factors that
Armstrong and John Holland. Our con-
gratulations go to them. On this deal it make a hand suitable are: maximum
was the Townsend team that shone in the point-count, good trumps and sev-
Our experts scored a respectable 47/60. If
bidding. eral controls.
you managed to beat them, on these very
Gunnar Hallberg gave jump preference tricky deals, you did well. • A 4NT opening bid asks partner to
in diamonds, suggesting around 9-11 Let’s look for some tips. name any ace that he holds.
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