September 2020 - 34

the ♣K on opening lead, so he bid 6♦
with confidence.
Bridge Bulletin auction: 1♠-2♦;
3♦-3♠; 4♥-4NT; 5♠-6♦; Pass.
Responder introduces the chunky
diamond suit and also sets up a game
force. The five-card support is powerful, but a singleton ace is not a great
splinter holding, and the hand is minimal otherwise, so opener simply raises
diamonds showing at least four cards
there. Over this, responder shows
a spade fit as well. Opener cuebids
the ♥A, which allows responder to
check on key cards (in spades, the last
agreed suit), with opener showing two
with the ♠Q. Responder can see the
importance of protecting the ♣K. Also,
discards on opener's spades might be
necessary, so responder offers 6♦ as a
place to play.
Scores: 6♦(E) 11; 6♠ 7; 5♠ 6;
5NT(E) 5; 6♦(W) 4; 5NT(W) 3; 5♦ 2
Beatty-Stewart 18, Aker-Simson 31

Problem 4

West deals. Both vulnerable.
West
♠AJ62
♥ K 10
♦AK963
♣A5

East
♠74
♥QJ984
♦Q
♣QJ632

Beatty
1♦
2♠
3♦
Pass

Stewart
1♥
3♣
3NT

2♠ was an artificial game force with
many possible hand types. 3♣ showed
8-plus HCP and asked for further
information. 3♦ showed four spades,
five diamonds and no more than two
hearts. With no fit for opener's suits
and the unbid suit stopped, responder
offered 3NT.
Aker
1♣
2♥
2NT
3♥
Pass

Simson
1♠
2♠
3♣
4♥

34 Bridge Bulletin September 2020

1♣ was artificial and forcing showing 16-plus unbalanced or 17-plus
balanced. The partnership usually
forces to game with 8-plus, particularly
with shape. Responder's 1♠ showed
hearts with game-forcing values. 2♥
showed diamonds. 2♠ was artificial
and denied a diamond fit. 2NT was
natural, and now responder could show
the club suit as well, over which opener
showed a heart preference. With a suitoriented hand and good heart intermediates, East made the winning decision to play in hearts, but with a bare
minimum, just raised to game.
Bridge Bulletin auction: 1♦-1♥;
2♠-2NT; 3NT-Pass. Opener's hand
has the playing strength for a 2NT
opener, but he starts with 1♦ to get
both suits in at a convenient level,
completing the plan with a jumpshift
to 2♠ over the 1♥ response. In a
forcing auction, responder bids 2NT
to show the club stopper, expecting
opener to show a club or heart fragment along the way. Opener has suitoriented values, but with 2-2 shape,
just raises to 3NT rather than misstate
the shape of the hand.
Scores: 4♥ 11; 3♥ 7; 3NT 6; 2NT 4;
5♣ 3; 4♣ 2
Beatty-Stewart 24, Aker-Simson 42

Problem 5

North deals. N-S vulnerable.
West
♠ A 10 9 8
♥K765
♦Q3
♣Q94
Beatty
1♥
3NT

East
♠KQJ
♥Q84
♦ A K J 10 8 7 5
♣-
Stewart
1♦
3♦
Pass

Opener thought about jumpshifting
to 2♠ over 1♥, similar to Problem 4,
but lacking the ability to show 3-7 in
the red suits over that, chose to emphasize the diamonds with a 3♦ rebid.
East considered long and hard over
3NT before reluctantly passing. In the

postmortem, Stewart felt he should
have pulled 3NT to 4♦ but regretted
more not going with the 2♠ rebid,
subsequently showing three-card heart
support with a long diamond suit.
Aker
1♥
2♥
3NT
5♥
Pass

Simson
1♣
2♦
3♥
5♣
6♦

1♣ was strong and artificial, with
the 1♥ response showing spades or 11-
13 HCP with a balanced hand. 2♦ was
natural, and 2♥ showed the balanced
hand type. 3♥ was more diamonds,
with 3NT showing a minimum and
a non-forcing hand. 5♣ was exclusion key card Blackwood asking for
key cards outside of clubs. East-West
had recently adopted a new response
structure here, but Aker was not certain they would be on the same page
because it had never come up at the
table, so he just showed one keycard
with 5♥. Simson duly signed off in
6♦, and dummy's fourth spade was a
welcome sight.
Bridge Bulletin auction: 1♦-1♥;
3♦-3NT; 4♥-4♠; 5NT-6♦; Pass.
Opener has an awkward rebid, but
lacking special methods, chooses
a reasonably descriptive 3♦ call,
though it is an underbid. Responder
has an easy 3NT over that. Opener
has doubts about notrump and a little
extra strength, and in a bidding contest, perhaps finds an inspired 4♥ call.
This suggests an unbalanced hand and
enough playing strength to be able to
bid further. Responder is now warned
from notrump, and the hand becomes
huge for diamonds, so he cuebids the
♠A. Opener bids 5NT as pick-a-slam,
and with only four hearts, chooses 6♦.
Scores: 6♠ 12; 6♦ 11; 5♠ 9; 5♦ 6;
3NT(W) 4; 3NT(E), 4♥ 2
Beatty-Stewart 28, Aker-Simson 53

Problem 6

East deals. E-W vulnerable.



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September 2020

In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
Inbox -Letters to the Editor
A Message from the President
The Recruiter King
The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
Eyes on the Street
BBO Helpdesk
NABC Robot Individual
Play the Cards You're Dealt
Endless Summer Results
Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
Ruling the Game
The Bidding Box
It's Your Call
Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
Boehm on Bridge
Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
Challenge of the Month
The Real Deal - by Larry Cohen
West Hands -Bidding Box
Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
East Hands -Bidding Box
Test Your Play
Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
Solutions to Test Your Play
My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
George's World - by George Jacobs
Life Master Milestones
New Life Masters
Puzzle Page
In Memoriam
Obituary - Sue Erwin (1943-2020)
Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
Obituary - Norma Sands (1938-2020)
Obituary - Carol Aitken (190-2020)
Obituary - Carol Linch (1935-2020)
Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
Obituary - Maria Teresa Lavazza (1937-2020)
Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 1
September 2020 - 2
September 2020 - 3
September 2020 - 4
September 2020 - 5
September 2020 - In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
September 2020 - Inbox -Letters to the Editor
September 2020 - 8
September 2020 - A Message from the President
September 2020 - The Recruiter King
September 2020 - 11
September 2020 - The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
September 2020 - 13
September 2020 - 14
September 2020 - 15
September 2020 - 16
September 2020 - 17
September 2020 - Eyes on the Street
September 2020 - 19
September 2020 - BBO Helpdesk
September 2020 - 21
September 2020 - NABC Robot Individual
September 2020 - Play the Cards You're Dealt
September 2020 - Endless Summer Results
September 2020 - 25
September 2020 - 26
September 2020 - 27
September 2020 - 28
September 2020 - Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
September 2020 - Ruling the Game
September 2020 - 31
September 2020 - The Bidding Box
September 2020 - 33
September 2020 - 34
September 2020 - 35
September 2020 - It's Your Call
September 2020 - 37
September 2020 - 38
September 2020 - 39
September 2020 - Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
September 2020 - Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
September 2020 - Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
September 2020 - Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
September 2020 - Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
September 2020 - Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
September 2020 - 46
September 2020 - Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
September 2020 - Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
September 2020 - Boehm on Bridge
September 2020 - Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
September 2020 - Challenge of the Month
September 2020 - West Hands -Bidding Box
September 2020 - Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
September 2020 - Test Your Play
September 2020 - Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Solutions to Test Your Play
September 2020 - My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
September 2020 - Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
September 2020 - Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
September 2020 - George's World - by George Jacobs
September 2020 - Life Master Milestones
September 2020 - 63
September 2020 - New Life Masters
September 2020 - Puzzle Page
September 2020 - Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
September 2020 - Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
September 2020 - 68
September 2020 - Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
September 2020 - 70
September 2020 - Tournament Directory
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