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Published: Mon, December 10, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.


Weekly Quiz Answers

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xK 5 uQ J 8 5 4 vA Q 6 2 w7 4

The bidding has proceeded:


1v Pass 1u Pass

1x Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. If you play fourth-suit forcing, this is the time to trot it out — bid two clubs. If not, jump to three diamonds.

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

x8 5 u9 6 3 vA K Q 8 7 2 wA 4

The bidding has proceeded:


1x Pass 2v Pass

2x Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. Although some might argue otherwise, partner’s spade rebid does not promise a six-card suit, so you do not want to bypass three no trump, which could be your only makeable game. That leaves a bid of three clubs, to show your stopper there, as the only sensible alternative.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA 8 u10 5 3 vK Q J 10 3 2 wA 7

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

A. First, all doubles of no-trump contracts are for penalties, and most maintain that they should show the equivalent of a sound no-trump opener. However, that is the worst type of hand with which to choose that path — the opening lead often gives away a trick. The modern style is to double a one no trump opening bid when you expect to beat it in your own hand, and for that you need an easily establishable suit and fast entries. Since that describes your holding exactly — double!

Q. As South, dealer and vulnerable, you hold:

xK 10 9 6 5 4 2 uQ 5 vJ 4 w9 3

What action do you take?

A. To pre-empt with three spades, vulnerable, shows a disrespect for coin of the realm. While we might consider a three-spade pre-empt not vulnerable, we would like to stay out of bankruptcy court.

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

xQ 8 uK 7 vA J 6 wA K Q J 8 3

Your right-hand opponent deals and opens three spades. What action do you take?

A. We would take our chances with three no trump, hoping partner can provide a little help. The real problem could come if LHO doubles!

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

x9 5 uK J 6 vA 10 8 5 wA Q 8 2

The bidding has proceeded:


1w Pass 1u Pass

2u Pass 3w Pass


What action do you take?

A. You are prepared to play three no trump if partner has a spade stopper or four hearts if that is a five-card suit. Bid three diamonds and see what response that elicits from partner.

2012 Tribune Media Services

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