August 2015 English Bridge
´ 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.
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
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.
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.
• 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
1™ 1´ 1NT Pass
2™ Pass 2´ Pass
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