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Published: Mon, January 14, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Weekly Quiz Answers

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

xA 8 7 u9 3 v7 6 wK Q J 6 5 3

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1v Pass 2w Pass

2NT Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. It is tempting to rebid three no trump, but a spade lead or a bad club split might leave you with no play. We would rebid three clubs and leave the decision to partner.

Q. North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA J 6 3 2 u7 vK J 3 w10 8 5 4

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1u Pass 1x Pass

2u Pass ?

What action do you take?

A. We are nearly, but not quite, good enough to bid again — switch the red-suit holdings and we would. On this sequence partner should have at least a six-card suit, so we’ll leave him in a comfortable spot.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xQ J 4 u6 3 vK 9 7 wA J 9 6 3

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1x Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. Bid one no trump preparatory to jumping in spades on the next round. That shows a hand of invitational strength but with only three-card support for partner’s suit.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xK 3 uA K Q 10 9 6 5 2 vA 7 w8

The bidding has proceeded:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1u Pass 1x Pass

?

What do you bid now?

A. It’s time to trot out the old black and bid for some 11-13 tricks in hearts depending on how many aces partner holds. Bid 4NT.

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

xA 8 4 uK J 10 vQ 7 6 wQ J 7 6

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1w Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. With a flat 13 points and no four-card or longer major suit facing a partner who opened the bidding with one club, why procrastinate? A jump to three no trump describes your hand perfectly.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xK 9 u6 2 vK 10 5 4 3 wQ 7 5 2

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1u Pass 1NT Pass

2w Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. With 8 high-card points, we see no point in bidding on. The high cards could be more or less evenly divided, so we don’t worry about the opponents entering the auction — we can then compete.

2013 Tribune Media Services


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