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´ 2 ´ A K Q 10 7 3

™ A 7 6 4 ™ Q 8 5

t K 8 3 t A Q 7 4

® K 10 7 6 5 ® Void

5.game All. Dealer East.

N

W E

S

West East

Fleischer Martel

1NT 3t

4t 6t

We continue with a late deal from one of the 2015 Vanderbilt

semi-finals, with Fleischer facing Diamond. West's hand here

is an Acol 2® response, particularly if you play the weak 1NT.

In the Wild West they respond 1NT instead. What should

East say then?

With such a strong hand, he will want to be in a game (and

just possibly a slam). I would rebid 4´ but it may seem that

nothing can be lost by rebidding a forcing 3t instead. This

suffers from the failing that partner will not know whether

you have four or five diamonds. When Martin Fleischer decided

to raise the diamonds, Chip Martel leapt to 6t. Admittedly,

his side was well behind in the match. It was not a

good spot and went one down against 3NT+1 at the other

table.

n Awards: 4´/3NT (10), 5t (7), 4™ (6), 6´/6t (4).

´ 10 3 ´ Q 9 6 4

™ K Q J 7 4 3 ™ A 2

t K Q 2 t A 10 3

® Q J ® 10 6 5 4

6.game All. Dealer South.

N

W E

S

We end with a deal from the last session of the

2015 Vanderbilt final with Lavazza facing

Dia mond. What would you have said on

Giorgio Duboin's hand on the second round?

At the other table, after the same start, Geoff

Hampson opted for a cautious pass. The BBO

commentators had noted that 3NT was a great

spot after North's overcall but 4™ was not.

Could Zia and Duboin work a miracle?

Yes, they could! Duboin liked his two aces

and a potential double stopper in spades.

Rather than bid 2NT, he tried 2´ to keep two

denominations under consideration. Zia

could see that his ®Q-J were of potential

value in 3NT - less so in 4™. He leapt to 3NT, completing a

brilliant auction, and ten tricks were made after a low club

lead from ®A-K-8-3-2. If any readers found a route to this

magnificent contract, they can walk on air for a day or two.

n Awards: 3NT (10), part-scores (6), 4™ (3).

´ ™ t ®

Our experts score 40/60. This may look unimpressive but the

deals were unusually difficult. If you matched their total or

came close, you did well.

Bidding Tips

• Be prepared to downgrade the value of your hand

when you have 4-3-3-3 shape. Playing in no-trumps,

middle cards such as tens and nines can be valuable.

Upgrade or downgrade your hand accordingly.

• Extend the value of your check-back bids by showing

five-card minor-suit length when you have nothing

extra to show in the majors.

• Always cue-bid an ace if this does not raise the level

of the contract. r

West North East South

Zia Jacobus Duboin Wold

Pass

1™ 1´ 1NT Pass

2™ Pass 2´ Pass

3NT

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