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3.love All. Dealer West. monds were then bid and agreed. What should Klinger say

over partner's 4™ (a cue-bid suggesting a diamond slam)?

Cue-bids have a dual role. They show a side-suit control;

they can also indicate extra strength. These two aims may

conflict when you have a control to show but a weak hand

overall. In such a circumstance you should follow this rule:

always show an ace if this will not raise the level of the contract.

This is particularly important when, as here, partner is

unlimited. Klinger duly cue-bid 5® and Haughie was then

happy to bid 6t. In fact 7t is an excellent contract. Haughie

could perhaps have bid 6® instead of 6t to suggest a grand

slam. Since Klinger had already denied any control in spades,

he might well have accepted such an invitation.

At the other table Nigel Rosendorff and Martin Bloom

were playing 2-over-1, so the 2™ response was game-forcing:

1´ -2™ -3t -4t -5t. Rosendorff did not like to cue-bid

5® on his minimum hand and 11 IMPs were lost.

n Awards: 7t (10), 6t (6), games (3).

4.N/S Game. Dealer East. strongly should West bid now?

Claudio Nunes has 10 HCP, not generally enough to seek

a slam. He has an unproductive 4-3-3-3 shape and no tens

or nines. Had he raised to 3NT on such values, he could not

have been faulted. He chose instead to bid Puppet Stayman,

asking for a five-card major. Fantoni's 3t said 'No five-card

major but I have a four-card major.' Now, surely, 3NT is indicated.

No, Nunes bid 4NT - a natural slam invitation. Fantoni

held the dreaded 4-3-3-3 shape too, again with no tens

or nines. Still, with a maximum point-count and no wasted

jacks, he was entitled to bid 6NT.

What an awful contract! The clubs broke 3-3 and the ™K

was with South but the slam was still one down. At the other

table, Antonio Sementa and Mustafa Cem Tokay bid a disciplined

2® -2t - 2NT - 4NT, scoring +460 for an 11-IMP

swing.

n Awards: 3NT (10), 4NT (8), 5NT (6), 6NT (2).

´ 9 8 6 4 2 ´ Void

™ 3 ™ A K Q 8 4

t A Q 9 7 3 t K J 6 4 2

® A 9 ® K 8 2

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West East

Klinger Haughie

1´ 2™

2´ 3t

4t 4™

5® 6t

We move to the final of the Australian Seniors

Playoff, easily won by Brown over

Krochmalik. Is that West hand worth an

opening bid? It sure is! Bill Haughie's 2™ response

was not forcing to game and Ron

Klinger - like it or not - had to rebid his fragile

spades to show a minimum opening. Dia The

mighty Monaco team faced Assael in the

quarter-finals of the 2015 Vanderbilt in New

Orleans and were 40 IMPs in the lead as they

entered the last 15-board set. They lost this

70-16 and crashed out of the championship!

This was one of several poor boards. Fulvio

Fantoni opened a 21-22 point 2NT. How

´ 5 3 2 ´ A K 8 4

™ Q 5 3 ™ A 7 2

t K J 5 t A Q 2

® A 8 7 4 ® K Q 3

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W E

S

West East

Nunes Fantoni

2NT

3® 3t

4NT 6NT

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