BRIDGE



Answers to weekly quiz:
Q. Neither vulnerable, as South you hold:
x K Q J 4 u Void v 9 5 w A Q J 10 8 7 3
The bidding has proceeded:
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST
1w Pass 1v Pass
?
What do you bid now?
A. Had you held only six clubs, it would probably have been right to bid your good four-card major now. Your seventh club, however, makes your hand too strong for that action -- you will never be able to convince partner you have a self-sufficient seven-card suit. Jump to three clubs.
Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:
x A K 7 3 u J 10 5 4 v 8 4 w A Q 9
The bidding has proceeded:
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST
1w Pass 1v Pass
?
What do you bid now?
A. Correct is to rebid one heart, not one spade -- with more than one four-card suit, bid them up the line regardless of their strength. If you rebid one spade, it is quite possible you will miss a 4-4 heart fit.
Q. Both vulnerable, as South you hold:
x A Q 9 4 3 u K J 6 v 8 3 w A 8 2
The bidding has proceeded:
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST
1x Pass 2v Pass
?
What do you bid now?
A. Once upon a time, you needed extra values to bid two no trump on this sequence. These days, a bid of two no trump simply says you have a balanced hand not strong enough for a one-no-trump opening bid, so bid it now.
Q. Vulnerable, you hold:
x A K 10 9 7 u Q 4 v A w A Q 9 6 5
What is your opening bid?
A. There are two common methods of handling two five-card black suits. One is to always open one spade, and suppress bidding the club suit, if necessary. The other is to open one club on minimum and strong hands and bid one spade on intermediate-strength holdings. Choose whichever suits your methods. Just be sure partner is on the same wavelength.
Q. Neither vulnerable, as South you hold:
x Q 8 3 2 u 6 4 3 v Q 8 2 w Q 10 4
The bidding has proceeded:
NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST
2w Pass 2v Pass
2x Pass ?
artificial game force
waiting
What do you bid now?
A. There is a textbook bid for this hand. Jump to four spades. That guarantees four-card spade support while denying a side-suit ace, king or singleton. There is no reason not to use it here.
& copy; 2004, Tribune Media Services

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