A well-bid grand by Barry Rigal

Glyn Liggins and Andrew Dyson held the North-South cards on the board below:

Love All. Dealer North.

                           S AKQ6
                           H A95
                           D AK653
                           C A
                 S J975             S T832
                 H K876             H T
                 D T92              D QJ84
                 C 92               C 8743
                           S 4
                           H QJ432
                           D 7
                           C KQJT65

             West     North     East     South
                      Dyson              Liggins
                       2C       Pass      2NT
             Pass      3D       Pass       3H
             Pass      3S       Pass       4C
             Pass      4D       Pass       4S
             Pass      5S       Pass       7C
            All Pass

2C was game forcing and 2NT showed a club suit. 3D was natural, but also denied C Axx or better. 3S was the fourth suit and 4C emphasized the quality of the clubs. 4D and 4S were cuebids. 5S was a grand slam try, but denied C Ax, because with this holding the proper grand slam try would have been 5NT.  South had no trouble accepting, because he knew the club contract would be declared from the right side of the table.

In the other room, Lithuania bid 7H and went one down.



Third time...lucky? by Barry Rigal (Great Britain)

N/S Vul. Dealer North.

                          S 953
                          H AK973
                          D AT
                          C 853
                 S AT               S K874
                 H 52               H JT4
                 D 865              D KQJ
                 C KQT962           C AJ7
                          S QJ62
                          H Q86
                          D 97432
                          C 4

Sometimes during a tournament, a particular technical play keeps coming up regularly. Then the Bulletin editors can
chastise the competitors for not getting the play right the second time around.

Peter Lund would be proud of this one...wouldn't he? It comes from Sweden vs Switzerland.

             West      North      East       South
            Bennet              Wirgren
             Pass      1H         Dbl        2H
             Dbl       Pass       2S         Pass
             3H        Pass       3S         Pass
             3NT       All Pass

As 2S, 3C and 3D would all have been purely competitive, West, for his subsequent bidding, presumably has a decent
hand - meaning undiscussed!

Give yourself the problem, looking purely at the South hand. Your partner, playing five-card majors, leads the H3.
Declarer plays the ten...over to you.
You know declarer has H Kx or H Ax. If the latter, your play is irrelevant. If the former, you must duck and then you can take four tricks in hearts as your partner has a sure entry. So you encourage with the eight...
Time for the full hand! Not only have you given declarer a free heart trick, it is also his only route to a ninth trick. Bad luck - and blame Peter Lund.