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Pierre Zimmermann’s “Team Monaco” defended its Spingold Teams title at the Summer NABC, beating Nick NICKELL by 42 IMPs. A crucial deal saw Monaco play 1NT making two as North-South at one table. At the other they played 1NT redoubled as East-West, which could have been beaten but wasn’t.
The runners-up made some errors. In today’s deal Nickell opened one diamond on a barren hand, and Ralph Katz responded one heart! When East overcalled, South had to double (in his system) to show three cards in hearts.
If North-South’s bidding strikes you as indiscreet, I agree. Monaco’s West redoubled, and when Katz tried two diamonds, East offered a value-showing double that West passed.
West led the ten of spades, and East overtook with the jack and led a trump. That wasn’t best defense, but South misguessed the play and still lost 1,400.
In the replay the auction began the same way! But North bid two hearts at his second turn and survived: East-West bid and made 3NT.
You hold: ´ A K J 9 5 ™ K 6 © 7 ® A 9 8 7 3. You open one spade, and your partner bids two hearts. What do you say?
A: Many players would have opened one club; experts debate the proper opening bid with 5-5 in the black suits. Since you have sound high-card values and a promising holding in partner’s suit, bid three clubs, a strength-showing “high reverse.” If he had responded two diamonds, you might settle for a timid two-spade rebid.
South dealer
N-S vulnerable
NORTH
´ Q 7 3 2
™ 9 7 5 3
© J 9 6 5
® 6

WEST EAST
´ 10 6 ´ A K J 9 5
™ Q 10 4 2 ™ K 6
© A Q 10 8 © 7
® Q 10 2 ® A 9 8 7 3

SOUTH
´ 8 4
™ A J 8
© K 4 3 2
® K J 5 4

South West North East
1 © Pass 1 ™(!) 1 ´
Dbl Redbl 2 © Dbl
All Pass
Opening lead – ´ 10