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BRIDGE



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

BRIDGE

Weekly Quiz Answers

Q. Vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xK Q J 10 6 5 u8 v8 4 wA K 10 6

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

A. These days you make a jump shift as responder with a hand that meets one of two criteria — one containing a self-sufficient suit of its own, or a powerful hand with support for partner’s suit. This hand certainly meets the first of these, so jump to two spades.

Q. Vulnerable, you hold:

xA K J 4 2 u9 5 vK 10 wA Q J 6

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

A. While this hand is considerably stronger than the one above, it meets neither of the criteria for a jump shift. Bid one spade.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA K 9 4 uA 6 vQ 10 9 2 w10 5 4

The bidding has proceeded:

WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH

1NT Pass Pass ?

What action do you take?

A. The auction marks partner with some strength so there is little to choose between defending or trying to buy the hand. We would hate to let the opponents get a partial because of cowardice on our part — double and see what happens.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA 10 9 3 u7 v9 8 6 2 wA J 7 5

The bidding has proceeded:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

Pass Pass 1x Pass

?

What do you bid now?

A. Obviously, it is simply a matter of whether you raise to three spades or four. You should upgrade your two aces by a point making your hand worth 12 points or thereabouts. Our vote goes to four spades.

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

x8 6 3 u7 vQ J 9 5 wA 9 8 5 2

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1v Pass 2v Pass

2u Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. You have no idea where partner is headed, but it can do no harm to show your best suit. Bid three clubs.

Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold:

xQ 9 8 uJ 10 7 3 v7 wA Q 7 6 3

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1v Pass 1u Pass

3u Pass ?

What do you bid now?

A. Your black-suit values might not be working as well as you might wish. Still, you have enough to play game in hearts. Bid it.

2013 Tribune Media Services


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