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BRIDGE



Published: Mon, January 10, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Answers to weekly quiz:

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

x8 6 5 uK 4 2 vA Q 8 wA Q 5 3

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1u Pass 2NT Pass

3u Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. Despite your offbeat two no trump response without a spade stopper, you have a maximum for your action. To show this and your heart support at the same time, start by cue-bidding your cheaper ace. Bid four clubs.

Q. Neither vulnerable, you hold:

xVoid uK Q J 10 9 6 3 vJ 10 7 6 wQ 5

Partner opens the bidding with one club. What do you respond?

A. Your hand is good for one thing only -- taking tricks in hearts. Bid four hearts, not only because you might make it if you buy the hand, but because you might shut out a four-spade game by the opponents.

Q. East-West vulnerable, as South you hold:

xA Q 9 6 uA 7 2 v8 2 wA J 10 4

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1v Pass 1x Pass

2x Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. The obvious bid is to jump to four spades, and that is the action most players would take. However, we confess to a distinct liking for a bid of three clubs, starting a mild slam try and giving partner the chance to clarify whether he has three- or four-card support for spades. We love those three aces.

Q. Both vulnerable, you hold:

xJ 10 uA J 10 5 4 2 vK Q J 10 6 wVoid

Your right-hand opponent opens the bidding with one spade. What do you bid now?

A. If you have some bid such as a Michael's cue-bid to show a two suiter, by all means use it. Otherwise, the majority will support a bid of two hearts, although we must confess we like the playing strength of hands with a 6-5 distribution and might shoot out four hearts.

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

xQ 10 9 2 u7 6 4 vA Q 9 wQ 6 4

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1u Pass 1x Pass

2w Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. There are two invitational bids available -- two no trump or a jump to three hearts. The problem with two no trump is what do you do should partner raise to three no trump? We will feel a touch of guilt, but prefer no trump both to protect against a lead through the diamond tenace and because, with our flat hand, nine tricks could be easier than 10.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South you hold:

xQ 7 6 4 uQ 8 2 vQ J wJ 7 5 3

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1NT Pass 2w Pass

2x Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. Your lack of prime cards is a distinct flaw. The tricks you need to rake in 10 in spades or nine at no trump might be too slow in developing, with the opponents getting in the setting tricks early. We would settle for the almost sure plus score by passing.

& copy; 2005 Tribune Media Services




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