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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
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.
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
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