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Published: Mon, October 1, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Weekly Quiz Answers

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xQ 10 8 uK 7 6 v9 5 4 wK 10 9 3

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

A. You must upgrade your queen of trumps one point, making your hand worth 9 points. Bid a forcing one no trump, intending to jump raise spades should partner show a second suit or raise a spade rebid.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA 8 uQ J 4 v9 8 6 4 wK J 8 4

The bidding has proceeded:

WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH

1x 2u Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. Partner must have the equivalent of a sound opening bid for his vulnerable overcall. You have the values to invite game even if partner is no better than minimum for his overcall. Tell him so by cue-bidding opener’s suit and leave the decision to partner.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA Q J 9 8 5 u9 6 2 vVoid wA K 10 5

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1v Pass 2x Pass

3x Pass 4w Pass

4v Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. You want to be in slam if partner has first- or second-round control of hearts. When there is one unbid suit, a jump in that suit asks partner about first- or second-round control. Bid five hearts. Partner should bid slam with second-round control and cue-bid with first-round control.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

x9 8 4 uJ 7 vA Q J 8 2 wA Q 9

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1u Pass 2v Pass

4u Pass ?

What action do you take?

A. Opener’s jump to game in his first-bid suit is presumed to be a cue-bid, not natural. A new-suit bid by you, now, would also be a cue-bid and shows a good hand. In addition your jack in partner’s suit is worth more than its face value. Bid five clubs, a cue-bid, to tell partner the good news.

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

x8 7 3 uA 9 8 4 v - w10 8 7 6 4 3

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1x Pass 2x Pass

4x Pass ?

What action do you take?

A. You might have a trick or so more than partner might expect, but that doesn’t mean that is producing 10 winners on his own. Pass, and hope that your void is working and not duplicating partner’s values.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA K uK 10 6 4 3 vK 8 4 wA K 10

The bidding has proceeded:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

2NT Pass 3w Pass

3u Pass 4u Pass

?

What do you bid now?

A. Be happy that you might have enough to compensate for the possibility that partner is minimum for this auction. Pass.

2012 Tribune Media Services


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