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Published: Mon, October 8, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Weekly Quiz Answers

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA J u9 8 vJ 8 7 6 w10 8 7 4 2

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1u Pass 1NT Pass

2x Pass ?

What action do you take?

A. Partner’s reverse is forcing and, since he has already shown two suits, there is no reason why you should want to show your weak five-card minor. With equal length in his suits, all you can do is take preference to his first-bid suit. Bid three hearts.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

x9 5 uA J 6 vQ 10 8 5 4 wK Q 6

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1x Pass 2v Pass

2u Pass ?

What action do you take?

A. If you were thinking of raising partner’s game-forcing second- suit bid with only three-card support, disabuse yourself of that — that promises at least four cards. Since you are in a forcing auction, bid two no trump.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xK Q 8 6 uA J 8 vK J 8 w7 6 2

What is your opening bid?

A. Bid one club. Do not even think of ”miscounting” your values by one point and opening with a descriptive one no trump, or one diamond because that is the better three-card minor. The only distribution with which you can open in a three-card diamond suit is 4-4-3-2!

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xK Q 8 5 4 u9 3 vQ 9 5 4 w8 6

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1v Pass 1x Pass

1NT Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. It is tempting to rebid two spades to show a five-card suit or pass one no trump lest partner has only three diamonds. However, we have seen from the above that, if partner has only three diamonds, he would be 4-4 in the majors and so would have raised your spades. Show your support for partner’s suit by rebidding two diamonds.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xK J 9 6 u8 4 v9 8 4 wA Q J 5

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1x 2u ?

What do you bid now?

A. You must use a cue-bid of three hearts to show the limit raise in spades.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xK Q 4 uVoid vA K 2 wA K 9 7 6 5 2

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1u Pass 3w Pass

4w Pass 4v Pass

4u Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. Bid four no trump. In response to your diamond cue-bid, North cue-bid the ace of hearts. If, in response to your Blackwood inquiry partner shows just one ace, you know that it is the ace of hearts and the ace of spades is missing, and you can stop in the small slam.

2012 Tribune Media Services


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