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Answers to weekly quiz

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South you hold:

xK 6 5 4 2 u9 6 5 vQ w10 8 7 5

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

3w Dbl ?

What action do you take?

A. The opponents almost surely can make a slam, and there is little you can do. The best is to make it as difficult as possible for them to exchange information, so this is simply a matter of whether to jump to five clubs or six! We like five clubs.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South you hold:

x6 uA 10 5 vA K J 6 wA J 10 6 5

The bidding has proceeded:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1w Pass 1v Pass

?

What do you bid now?

A. If a jump to three spades is a splinter bid in your methods, showing a powerful diamond raise and a singleton spade, take that course. Or if a jump to three diamonds is forcing in your methods, bid it. If neither of these actions is available, you have to jump shift to two hearts.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South you hold:

x5 uA J 10 6 4 v9 5 2 wA K 6 5

The bidding has proceeded:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1u Pass 1x 2v

?

What action do you take?

A. Pass.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South you hold:

xA 10 6 u6 2 v8 5 wA K Q J 7 4

Your right-hand opponent opens one no trump. What action do you take?

A. These days, this is the hand with which you double one no trump. You expect to defeat that contract and, depending on how the bidding develops, you probably will have a chance to bid your suit later should you so desire.

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

xK u9 6 5 2 vK J 10 9 6 5 3 w6

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1x 3w* ?

*Weak

What action do you take?

A. We prefer a simple three-diamond overcall.

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

xJ 10 4 uQ 10 8 v7 6 4 wA Q 10 5

The bidding has proceeded:

EAST SOUTH WEST NORTH

Pass Pass 1v Dbl

1x ?

What action do you take?

A. With this balanced hand we would like to bid one no trump — the lack of a spade stopper does not bother us, but no diamond stopper does. All you can do is bid two clubs — the hand is weak for a jump to three clubs.

2011 Tribune Media Services

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