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Published: Mon, November 12, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Weekly Quiz Answers

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA J uK 9 7 6 vA 10 6 3 wK J 5

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

A. Your good hand has been made even better by the heart fit. Tell partner the good news by jump shifting to three diamonds.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA 10 7 6 3 u8 5 v9 5 wA 9 7 4

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1u Pass 1x Pass

2x Pass ?

What action do you take?

A. You have a fifth spade, some distributional assets, and two aces into the bargain, which are undervalued by the point count. If you play help-suit game tries, bid three clubs. If not, invite game by re-raising to three spades.

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

xA Q 9 7 4 2 u8 v8 2 wK Q 8 4

The bidding has proceeded:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1x Pass 2x Pass

?

What action do you take?

A. If you play a bid of three spades by you now would be pre-emptive, by all means bid it. If you play it as invitational, bid it anyway. If partner accepts and raises to game, you might even make it!

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

x9 5 u8 3 vA Q 10 8 6 5 4 wK 5

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1w Pass 1v Pass

2x Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. What a misfit we seem to have here. For the moment, just bid three diamonds and see what that elicits from partner.

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

x9 5 uJ 9 8 4 v10 7 wA K 8 7 4

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1NT 2v ?

What do you bid now?

A. East’s pesky overcall has robbed you of the opportunity to check for a four-card major with a Stayman two clubs. You can’t use a three-level bid to probe for a 4-4 heart fit, since that would be forcing to game. The best you can do is invite game by raising to two no trump.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA J 7 uK Q 8 3 vA Q 10 wQ 10 3

The bidding has proceeded:

EAST SOUTH WEST NORTH

1v 1NT Pass 2w

Pass ?

What action do you take?

A. Unless you have a specific agreement with partner that his bid asks for a major, he is showing a weak hand with club length — probably six cards. If partner was looking for a major suit, he would have cuebid two diamonds. Raise to three clubs and see what he intended.

2012 Tribune Media Services


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