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Published: Mon, January 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.

Answers to weekly quiz:
Q. Vulnerable, you hold:
xQ 5 u10 8 5 4 vK Q 9 5 wQ 7 6
Partner opens the bidding with one diamond. What do you respond?
A. A really easy one to start off the new year. Unless you want to risk the possibility of missing a 4-4 fit in your major, respond one heart despite the quality of your suit. One no trump would be our second choice, with a diamond raise a distant third.
Q. Neither vulnerable, you hold:
x10 9 7 3 uA J 8 6 5 v9 5 w4 3
Partner opens the bidding with one no trump. What do you respond?
A. If you try Stayman and partner responds in major, you are fine because you can pass. But what if partner denies a major by responding two diamonds? Now, a bid of two hearts by you would be invitational, and you are not strong enough to invite game. Bid two hearts or, if you play transfer bids, transfer to hearts and then pass.
Q. East-West vulnerable, as South you hold:
xJ 8 5 u4 vK 10 6 5 wQ 9 8 5 4
The bidding has proceeded:
1w 1v ?
What do you bid now?
A. That depends on your methods. If you play that a jump raise in competition is preemptive, this holding is perfect for three clubs. If you play that as strong, all you can do is bid two clubs and see what develops.
Q. Both vulnerable, as South you hold:
xK 8 5 4 uJ 7 6 5 2 v5 4 3 w5
The bidding has proceeded:
1u 3v* ?
What action do you take?
A. You do not have much. However, you do have five-card support for partner's major, a king and a singleton, and it seems that some action is indicated. Bid three hearts. Partner should bear in mind that you're bidding under pressure.
Q. Both vulnerable, you hold:
xK 8 6 2 uK 9 2 vK 10 9 2 w8 4
Partner opens the bidding with one spade. What do you respond?
A. Your three prime cards make your hand worth more than its point count so, if you play limit jump raises, we suggest you bid three spades. If not, you have to content yourself with a slight underbid and make a raise to two spades.
Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:
x10 7 6 4 3 2 uJ vJ 9 8 4 wA 10
The bidding has proceeded:
1x 2u ?
What do you bid now?
A. You have the perfect hand for a jump to four spades, long trumps, a singleton and not much in the way of defense. We can see no reason not to bid it. After an overcall, the jump shows distributional values with not much in the way of high cards.
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