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5+ hearts and 4 spades. Over the relay of 2NT, Gold showed

diamond shortage. Bakhshi's 4® was not natural, as I

thought at first, it merely forced partner to bid 4t. His

subsequent 5® announced a good club suit and invited a

slam. East's 5t showed a void (rather than a singleton) in

diamonds and implied interest in a grand slam. When

Bakhshi cue-bid the ´A, Gold leapt to the magnificent grand

slam in clubs. This was easily made for a 12 IMP swing

against 6™+1 at the other table.

A possible Acol auction might start 1™-2®, 2´-3®, 4t

(Exclusion Blackwood with a void diamond, asking for keycards

outside diamonds). West might reason that the void

diamond opposite suggested 3-card club support. In that

case his own extra trump length would be enough to pretend

that he held the trump queen. He would respond 5®,

showing the two missing key-cards (´A and ®K) and the

®Q. East could then bid 7®. Not easy, of course, and most

pairs would be happy indeed to reach 6®.

Awards: 7® (10), 7™ (9), 6™/6® (6), games (3).

1.Game All. Dealer North

´ A 10 ´ K 9 3 2

™ Q 2 ™ A K 10 8 7 4

t 9 8 t -

® K J 10 9 8 6 3 ® A 5 4

N

W E

S

West East

Bakhshi Gold

2t

2NT 3t

4® 4t

5® 5t

5´ 7®

Our deals on this occasion are taken from

the 2017 Vanderbilt in Kansas City. David

Bakhshi and David Gold, playing in the

Schwartz team, had a spectacular success for

their methods on this deal against the Cayne

team. Gold's 2t was the much-maligned

Flannery convention from the USA, showing

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2.Love All. Dealer West that the side suits will provide six tricks. His leap to 7´

completes a brief and very effective auction.

West East

Gold Bakhshi

1t 1´

1NT 2®

2t 3´

4® 4NT

5t 5NT

7NT

The 1t opening showed an unbalanced hand with

diamonds or 18-19 balanced. 3´ announced a solid suit and

4® was a cue-bid. 4NT was RKCB, West showing three keycards,

and 5NT advised partner that all five key-cards and

the trump queen were present. Gold then decided he had

enough for a grand slam. Excellent!

Awards: 7NT/7´ (10), 6NT/6´ (6), games (2).

´ 6 ´ A K Q J 10 7 2

™ A Q 10 2 ™ J 5 4

t A K 8 4 t J

® A Q 4 2 ® K J

N

W E

S

In the Vanderbilt final, Nickell faced

Schwartz. Here Eric Rodwell opens a strong

1® and receives a natural positive response.

Over the 1NT rebid, Jeff Meckstroth asks for

aces. When he hears of three, he is confident

West East

Rodwell Meckstroth

1® 1´

1NT 4®

4t 7´

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