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BRIDGE



Published: Mon, January 21, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

BRIDGE

Weekly Quiz Answers

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

x9 8 5 uJ 9 8 6 3 vA 7 wK J 7

Your right-hand opponent opens the bidding with one diamond. What action do you take?

A. In terms of high cards your hand is barely good enough for an overcall, but your suit is woefully weak. Pass. Switch the king of clubs for the king of hearts, and we would overcall one heart.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xQ 10 7 6 uK Q 7 vQ 9 2 w7 5 4

The bidding has proceeded:

WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH

1u Dbl Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. If you selected one no trump, that would be our second choice. Partner’s takeout double has promised spades, and we would not dream of concealing such good support. Bid one spade. If you get another chance to bid, try no trump.

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

xA Q 9 4 u8 3 vQ 7 6 2 w9 6 3

The bidding has proceeded:

WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH

1uDbl 2u ?

What action do you take?

A. You don’t have the world’s greatest hand, but you do have a smattering of values and a reasonable spade suit, the suit partner has promised. Bid two spades.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xQ 8 7 2 u9 5 vQ 10 6 3 wJ 8 3

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1uPass ?

What action do you take?

A. You could hardly have a worse hand for partner — five soft points and a doubleton in his suit. Pass, before partner bids on and the opponents start doubling.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xJ 9 5 uQ 4 v10 6 5 wA Q 9 6 5

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1u Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. You have a reasonable hand — just enough to respond one no trump, whether you play that forcing or not. Your queen in partner’s suit must be upgraded.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xJ 10 6 5 u8 vK 9 7 6 wQ J 8 4

The bidding has proceeded:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

Pass Pass 1u Dbl

?

What action do you take?

A. For the moment, you need not do anything — the opponents will help you out. You might have something to say later — depending on how the bidding develops!

2013 Tribune Media Services


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