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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
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
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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