Trumps Bridge Centre
Consider this deal from a previous Trumps Easter Teams event as the defender sitting West.
Your right hand opponent opened 1H, you passed, responder called 1NT (which, it is explained, may contain up to 11 points), your partner overcalls 2S, opener doubles this which is explained as takeout, you up the ante by bidding 3S, and North ventures 3NT. Here is the auction:
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
Pass 1NT 2S Dble
3S 3NT Pass Pass
Dble All pass
After Anne Morris and Noreen Grant won the 2013 NewsLocal Northern Sydney Inter-Club Pairs Championship for Trumps, the event this year is being played at Trumps on Sunday 15 June. We need your help so that Trumps can retain the title in 2014.
There is a change in the event this year. The entries will be divided into two fields: one being Open, and the other being restricted to pairs below Life Master rank (normally less than 300MP). To determine the overall winning club for the year, five points will be awarded to each field winner, four for the runner-up, three for third place, two for fourth and one for fifth place.
Trumps can enter eight pairs of players (who play regularly at Trumps) spread across the two fields. Consequently we seek interested pairs in both categories to indicate their willingness to represent Trumps in this two session, one day red point event. Let us know by email or by adding your names to the list on the notice board.
This hand, submitted by Tim Bourke of Canberra, features insightful bidding and play.
Dealer South, EW vul
♠ T93 ♠ J875
♥ — ♥ J962
♦ KQT93 ♦ 8
♣ KQJT9 ♣ 8653
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
2NT 4C Pass 4NT
Pass 5S Pass 7H
Over South's 1H opening, West bid the Unusual 2NT showing at least 5-5 in the minors. North's 4C was a "splinter bid", showing a singleton or void in the bid suit, a fit for partner and game values at least. Most "unnecessary jumps" such as this are used by top players nowadays as splinters. They help partner evaluate slam prospects – here, South knows that the 7-4 of clubs will not be losers because they can be ruffed.
South's 4NT was Roman Keycard Blackwood, and 5S showed two "keycards" (there are five keycards – the four aces and the king of trumps) as well as the queen of trumps. That seemed to plug South's gaps so 7H looked like the right bid.
How would you plan to play the hand on a club lead?
Sitting South with the hand shown, you open a strong notrump, partner raises to 2NT (to show 8-9 HCP), and you accept the invitation. Against your 3NT contract, West leads the H7, fourth highest. You try the H10 from dummy and it wins, indicating that West has both missing heart honours (the king and jack). How should you plan the hand from here?
Dealer South, nil vul
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
Pass 2NT Pass 3NT
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