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BRIDGE



Published: Mon, June 10, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

BRIDGE

Weekly Quiz Answers

Q. East vulnerable, as South, you hold:

x7 4 u6 4 vA K Q 10 3 2 wK 4 3

The bidding has proceeded:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1v 1x 1NT Pass

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What action do you take?

A. You have a minimum opening bid, the salient feature of which is your good diamond suit. Take advantage of the level of the auction to tell partner this. Bid two diamonds.

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

xK 10 7 uK vK Q J 9 5 4 wA K 4

The bidding has proceeded:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1v 1x Pass Pass

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What action do you take?

A. We doubt you will find this hand in any textbook on bidding. It is a matter of judgment. With honor cards in every suit, we don’t think three diamonds describes this hand well. We opt for one no trump.

Q. Neither vulnerable, you hold:

x7 2 uA Q 10 5 4 vK 8 7 wJ 9 2

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

A. Regardless of whether you play four- or five-card majors, the response should be the same. If you play one-no-trump forcing, here’s the opportunity to trot out that weapon. If not, you should still prefer one no trump to two hearts. Your hand is a whit too weak for a standard two-over-one response.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

x8 3 uJ 5 vA 7 2 wA K J 10 5 2

The bidding has proceeded:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1w 1x Pass 2u

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What action do you take?

A. Don’t expect partner to hold much. He could not act after the overcall and both opponents are in the auction. To bid on your own at the three-level with a seven-loser hand is asking for trouble. Pass.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA 8 7 3 2 uQ 9 6 vQ 9 5 w8 4

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

A. We’ll keep giving you this problem until you get it right! You already have found your eight-card major-suit fit, so there’s no reason to respond one spade. With good three-card support and a ruffing value in diamonds, raise to two hearts. Do so even if you play four-card majors.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xJ 7 4 u10 9 8 3 vA K 7 wA 8 3

Your left-hand opponent’s one spade opening bid gets passed round to you. What action do you take?

A. Obviously partner has a fair hand but could not act because of strength or length in spades. Bid one no trump. In the balancing seat, that shows 11-15 points and not necessarily more in spades than you are holding.

2013 Tribune Media Services


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