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Answers to weekly quiz:

Published: Sat, January 29, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.

Answers to weekly quiz:

Q. Both vulnerable, as South you hold:

xQ 5 4 uA Q 9 8 7 v3 2 wA 10 6

Your left-hand opponent's one-diamond opening bid is passed around to you. What action do you take?

A. That depends on what your methods are in the balancing seat. Most play that a simple one-level bid can show as few as 7 points, and use an upper limit of 11 points. All stronger hands start with a double, and that would be the action here.

Q. Both vulnerable, you hold:

xA K 7 6 2 uQ vA K 9 6 w10 3 2

Your right-hand opponent opens the bidding with one heart. What action do you take?

A. With your queen of hearts a questionable asset, all you can do with your good hand is overcall one spade. However, if your queen of hearts were, say, the queen of clubs, we would prefer a takeout double.

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

xA K 9 uK vA 9 8 6 3 wK Q 6 4

The bidding has proceeded:


1v Pass 1u Pass


What do you bid now?

A. You could bid two clubs and hope that partner will bid again. However, should partner then simply take a preference to two diamonds, you will be in a quandary about what to do next. We prefer a slightly off-shape two no trump to any other action.

Q. Neither vulnerable, you hold:

xK 7 3 uK 9 5 vA K 3 wK 9 6 4

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

A. Actually, there is a bid to handle this. A jump to three no trump shows a hand with a 4-3-3-3 and 16-19 points. This is the hand designers of the method had in mind.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South you hold:

x7 uA J 10 6 v8 7 2 wA 10 6 5 4

The bidding has proceeded:


1x Pass 1NT Pass

3w Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. This is not the time for some fancy cue-bid like three hearts and then tell partner about your club support later. Your first job is to set the trump suit, which will permit a cue-bidding sequence should partner deem it necessary. Bid four clubs.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South you hold:

xK J 6 4 uA J 7 5 vA K 7 4 w10

The bidding has proceeded:


1v Pass 1NT Pass


What action do you take?

A. North can have 9-10 points facing your 16 but think for a moment. North has denied four cards in either major and perhaps in diamonds as well. Since North's length is in clubs, where is your source of tricks? Pass.

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