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BRIDGE



Published: Mon, February 4, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

BRIDGE

Weekly Quiz Answers

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA K 9 5 uK Q J 7 6 vJ 8 w10 2

The bidding has proceeded:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1u Pass 2w Pass

?

What do you bid now?

A. You have both majors and a sound opening bid, but no more. To bid two spades would be a reverse, showing a substantially better than minimum opening. All you can do is rebid two hearts.

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

xA J 9 7 6 u7 vA Q J 6 wA K 6

What is your opening bid?

A. You have a very good hand, but it contains five losers — one too many for a two-club opening bid. Open one spade and see what develops.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA uA Q J 9 5 3 vA K 8 wK J 10

The bidding has proceeded:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

2w Pass 2v Pass

?

What do you bid now?

A. You are in a game-forcing situation, so there is no reason to steal your own bidding space by doing anything other than showing your suit as cheaply as possible. Bid two hearts and see what that brings forth from partner.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xK 10 6 3 uA 7 vK 9 4 wQ 8 3 2

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1w 1x ?

What action do you take?

A. You must upgrade the queen in partner’s suit and your holding in the overcaller’s spade suit. That makes your hand too strong for a jump to two no trump. Don’t make partner do your work for you. Jump to three no trump.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

x7 2 uK 9 8 5 4 vA 9 2 wA 8 7

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

A. This is the type of hand that spread baldness among the players of yesteryear — you had to bid two hearts with a moth-eaten five-card suit and no fit for partner’s suit, since two no trump was a game force and one no trump was a weaker hand. Today, using the forcing no trump, you can start with one no trump and rebid two no trump to show a balanced 11-12 points.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xK 10 7 2 uA Q 6 vJ 7 6 3 w10 2

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

A. If you play that jump raises are invitational, this is a perfect hand with which to jump to three spades. If not, start by bidding two diamonds, then raise spades later. But will partner realize that a singleton diamond is good and the king of hearts is worth two tricks?

2013 Tribune Media Services


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