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DiBrooks

Bidding the Grand


by Di Brooks

Bridge players may sit through many a session and not get a 'Rock Crusher' so when I picked up this hand, I envisaged a slam. With only 4 losers, hope always springs eternal, that partner would have a positive response. Imagine my surprise when partner opened with a Precision 1D.

Florence Maltby and I play Precision with relays and asking bids. The sequence went as follows:-

Dealer South:

WestNorthEastSouth
1
Pass2 ♠ (*)Pass3 (**)
Pass7 ♠PassPass
Pass
7 ♠ by North

(*) Asking for controls and support
(**) Promising 4 controls, an Ace = 2, K =1 Plus support for spades.

The four hands were;-

South Deals
None Vul
♠ A K 9 8 7 5 4
A K 4
3
♣ K 10
♠ 6
10 9 6 5
K Q 6
♣ Q J 9 7 6
N
WE
S
♠ J 10
Q J 8 3 2
J 7 2
♣ 8 5 3
♠ Q 3 2
7
A 10 9 8 5 4
♣ A 4 2
7 ♠ by North

6NT was obviously a great contract, but doesn't make the cut against 7S.

With Precision, the support to a Demand Bid HAS to have three trumps with a top honour (A, K or Q) or 4 small trumps. North could see that the trumps would drop and that South's hand had to have 2 Aces for their 4 controls.

It's not often that you can bid a Grand in 4 bids.

Golden West

Bid, Pass or Double, these are your choices during a contested auction. When there doesn't seem a clear cut choice and you pass after spending a few extra seconds on making your decision, this causes a problem for your partner. Your action has given everyone at the table Unauthorised Information. If partner now bids, the Director can be called, which may result in a ruling that gives grief to your partnership. So try this tip-

The Losing Trick Count helps tremendously. If partner has opened the bidding, this is usually a 7 Loser Hand. (Unless, of course, partner has a strong hand or has opened 2C).

Board 6, Round 9 of the Golden West was typical of a contested auction. The bidding sequence was......

Dealer E - EW Vul

WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass
Pass1 (*)1 ♠2 ♣
2 ♠3 ♣3 ♠4 ♣ (**)
PassPassPass
4 ♣ by South

(*) Precision
(**) South, now counted his losers; 2 in spades, 2 in hearts, 3 in diamonds, 2 in clubs, but has partner's support.

South could have doubled. With E-W vulnerable off 2 would have been a great score.

Passing, with South's hand is NEVER an option.

So if you are in this position, try using the Losing Trick Count, you will find it very helpful.

East Deals
E-W Vul
♠ K 9
K Q 5 2
8 6
♣ K Q 9 4 2
♠ 5 4 2
A 10 7
K J 10 9 4
♣ 10 6
N
WE
S
♠ Q J 10 6 3
9 8 6 4
A Q 5
♣ J
♠ A 8 7
J 3
7 3 2
♣ A 8 7 5 3

Happy bridging

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