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BRIDGE



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

BRIDGE

Weekly Quiz Answers

Q. Playing a 15-17 range for one no trump, you hold:

xA 9 7 uK Q 10 7 6 vA J wA Q 6

What is your opening bid?

A. Should you open one heart, you might find it impossible to describe your hand as the auction progresses. Despite your five-card major, you have a balanced 20 points and the ideal way to describe your hand is to open two no trump.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xQ 6 3 uJ 6 vQ J 9 4 wQ J 5 4

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1u Pass 1NT Pass

3u Pass ?

What action do you take?

A. Don’t let your collection of “quacks” lure you into bidding three no trump. If there is a game, it is most likely in the suit where partner has made his jump rebid. Despite your doubleton, bid four hearts.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xJ 9 uA J 9 7 5 4 2 v6 wK J 5

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1w Dbl Rdbl 1x

Pass Pass 2u 2x

Dbl 2NT ?

What action do you take?

A. Beware of bidding three hearts. First, it is not forcing. Secondly, partner’s double of two spades suggests he would rather not hear you rebid hearts. It sounds as though the opponents are floundering. Double.

Q. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xA K J 9 4 u6 vA K Q 7 3 w8 4

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

A. These days, a jump shift response to partner’s opening bid promises either a self- sustaining suit or a fit for partner’s suit. Since you have neither, simply bid one spade, then make a forcing bid in diamonds at your next turn.

Q. Vulnerable, as South, you hold:

x9 5 uA K J 5 4 vA Q 7 6 2 w6

The bidding has proceeded:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1u Pass 1x Pass

?

What do you bid now?

A. Your red two-suiter looks very impressive, but don’t get carried away, it is still a hand with only 14 high-card points. Bid two diamonds. Unless partner can move over that, you won’t be missing a game.

Q. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:

xQ 9 5 4 u9 4 vA Q 5 4 w10 9 2

The bidding has proceeded:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1x Pass 2x Pass

3w Pass ?

What action do you take?

A. Partner’s help-suit game try asks you to evaluate your club holding for game purposes. It could not be worse, but you do have a feature you can describe without raising the level of the auction. Bid three diamonds.

2013 Tribune Media Services


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