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By In 1st IMSA World Masters Championships On 14th May 2019

Relaxing in my room yesterday afternoon, I happened upon a TV channel showing an archery contest in Shanghai. Each contestant shoots five flights of three arrows, scoring 10 for every bullseye, a maximum of 150 being available for perfection. You don’t necessarily score points for perfection in bridge, but on this deal from Round 1 the EW pairs had a chance to demonstrate their skills:

This auction was going along reasonably well until East jumped to 6Picche. Perhaps passing the double and then bidding 6Cuori over West’s redouble would have been the way to suggest a grand slam was possible.

1Fiori 1+Fiori, natural or 12‐14 balanced or 18‐19 balanced or any 1444 (15points can contain 5Quadri)
2Fiori Game forcing
2Quadri Checking for a major
4Fiori Cue bid
4Cuori Cue bid
Rdbl First round control
5Cuori 2 key cards, no PiccheQ
5NT Kings?
6Fiori FioriK

An impressive way to collect 13 IMPs.

About the Author

Mark Horton
Mark Horton

Mark Horton British journalist and expert player, was Editor of Bridge Magazine 1995-2017 and now edits the online publication Bridgerama+. At one time, his business cards were inscribed: Have Cards will Travel, but following the death of his most famous sponsor, the Rabbi Leonard Helman, he has tended to concentrate on his writing exploits (in 2018 he had five books published!). Anyone wanting to discover how to lose at bridge on a regular basis (and pay for the privilege) should feel free to contact him. He currently lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Liz.