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Published: Mon, February 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.

Answers to weekly quiz:
Q. Neither vulnerable, as South you hold:
x -Q 9 8 7 u -Q J 10 8 v -Q J w -Q 9 5
The bidding has proceeded:
1uDbl Pass?
What do you bid now?
A. This problem was originally posed in "The BridgeWorld." While it is normally proper to respond to a takeout double of a minor by jumping in a major when you have 9-12 points, this motley collection of quacks (queens and jacks) does not qualify. These secondary honors are overvalued in the point count so about 75 percent of the 30-odd expert panelists were content to respond with one spade.
Q. Neither vulnerable, you hold:
x -9 8 6 5 4 u -6 5 4 2 v -K 9 6 5 w -Void
Partner opens the bidding with one no trump. What do you respond?
A. It would be nice if you ask for majors with two clubs and partner bids two spades or two hearts. But what if partner bids two diamonds, denying a major? Now two spades by you would be invitational, and you are not strong enough for that. Bid two spades and be content with reaching the second-best contract should partner hold four hearts. If you did not have a fifth spade, you could bid a Stayman two clubs and pass any response by partner.
Q. Neither vulnerable, as South you hold:
x -Void u -J 6 v -K Q 8 6 5 3 w -K 10 8 4 3
What is your opening bid?
A. Our suggestion is -- do not bid, pass. It is not an opening bid. This hand has all the potential for a misfit. We find that it is easier to handle weak two-suiters, especially if your suits are minors, by waiting to act until after partner has a chance to bid.
Q. Neither vulnerable, as South you hold:
x -A Q 3 u -A 7 3 v -7 w -10 9 7 6 3 2
Partner opens the bidding with one diamond. What do you respond?
A. We are not enamored of responders who bid six-card minor suits missing all the top honors in response to a one-diamond opening. If you don't want to respond one no trump, we would tolerate a waiting bid in your cheaper three-card fragment.
Q. Neither vulnerable, you hold:
x -K Q 7 5 u -A v -K Q 7 5 w -A 8 6 5
The bidding has proceeded:
What do you bid now?
A. What a pleasant surprise. Partner's bid of the fourth suit is a game force and says nothing about his holding in the suit. So far you have not shown anything more than a minimum opening bid. It is time to show your power. Start by bidding three diamonds then should partner bid three no trump, bid four diamonds to complete a description of this hand while making a slam try.
Q. Both vulnerable, you hold:
x -A Q 10 9 u -7 v -A K Q J 5 3 w -A J
Your right-hand opponent opens four hearts. What action do you take?
A. Start with a takeout double. If partner bids five clubs, bid five diamonds to show a diamond-spade two-suiter. Should partner respond four spades, we would cue-bid five hearts. After all, as little as five spades to the king with partner could make slam laydown.
& copy; 2005 Tribune Media Services

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