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Published: Mon, February 11, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Weekly Quiz Answers

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

xK 2 uQ 6 5 4 vK 9 8 5 wQ 10 4

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1v Pass 1u Pass

1x Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. If you play that a jump to three diamonds is invitational, not forcing, that would be our choice. If it is forcing, we slightly prefer the underbid of two diamonds to an invitational jump in notrump. You have too much in partner’s suits and not enough in the unbid suits to suggest notrump as a viable game.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA K Q 10 9 8 uJ 4 3 2 vVoid wA J 10

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

A. Having a void in partner’s suit isn’t pleasant. You have a very good hand and a self-sustaining major suit, and the auction will be far easier if partner knows he doesn’t have to worry about the quality of the spade suit. Jump shift to two spades.

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

xQ J 6 u9 6 5 3 v10 3 wQ J 7 3

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

A. That depends on style and system. If you play one-no-trump forcing, this is on the cusp of trotting out that weapon and then correcting to two spades and a direct raise to two spades. If that weapon is not in your armory, we slightly prefer the direct raise to two spades.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xK Q 7 6 3 uA 9 5 vA Q J 7 4 wVoid

The bidding has proceeded:

WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH

1w 1u Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. First, don’t even think of bidding one spade — not only is that not necessarily forward going but it could cost you a round of bidding later. The correct bid is a cue-bid of two clubs now and show your suits later.

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

x8 5 uA 8 7 6 v10 7 6 2 w9 7 6

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

A. Yes, you have a four-card major, but that is not excuse enough to bid. At bridge possession alone is not enough to bid — you promise some strength and this hand is woefully short. Pass.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xJ 10 7 5 3 uQ 8 4 2 v9 5 w6 3

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

2w Pass 2v Pass

2x Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. The best way to tell partner that you have no interest in anything beyond game is to get there by the shortest route available. A jump to four spades describes your hand neatly.

2013 Tribune Media Services


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