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Answer: ®J

Your 2NT shows 20-22 points, so the missing card

cannot be an ace, but since West chose to accept the

slam invitation by his partner it must be a jack. It is

debatable whether West should accept any

invitation with just an extra jack, but considering

that he has accepted it, you should give him the

most valuable jack and that is most certainly the ®J.

With a strong five-card suit, once again you might

consider your hand to be worth 22 points.

East had a bare three aces and a completely flat

hand, so invited slam: with the ®J the slam is

excellent, but change the jack for any other jack and

the slam is not so good.

WN E S

1™ Pass 1´ 2t

Pass Pass Dble Pass

2NT All Pass

Answer: tQ

West has opened 1™ and then passed over South's

2t overcall, finally responding 2NT to his partner's

take-out double. Clearly West has to have another

high diamond to make the 2NT bid. With the tA he

may well have called a direct 2NT over South's 2t

because he would have had 17 points and a good

stopper. With the tK, he has 16 points and with the

diamonds well-placed he might well have bid 3NT

in response to his partner's double. The only

card with which he might settle for a 2NT bid is the

tQ. The two hands do have 25 points between

them, but they do not fit well and 2NT is probably

high enough.

SECTION A (Questions 1-3)

THE MISSING CARD

YOU ARE West in the first three questions and the

bidding is as shown. However, you are a card

short, so you have to identify the missing card.

Five marks for each correctly identified card.

WN E S

1´ Pass 2® Pass

2™ Pass 2NT Pass

3NT All Pass

Answer: ´Q

You opened 1´ and rebid 2™, so you should really

have five spades and at least four hearts. So the

missing card is a spade. Subsequently you raised

East's 2NT to 3NT. East's bid would show about 11

points so you would need to have a hand worth

about 14 points to go for game, which means the

missing spade must be the queen. With such a

strong five-card spade suit, you add a point on and

evaluate the complete West hand as 14 points.

NE S

2NT Pass 4NT Pass

6NT All Pass

Answer: ®J

WN E S

2NT Pass 4NT Pass

6NT All Pass

Q1

´ A K 4 3 ´ 9 6

™ K 8 4 2 ™ 7 6 5

t J 7 t K Q 4

® 9 5 ® A Q J 4 3

Answers and winnersby Bernard Magee

Christmas Quiz 2015

Christmas Quiz 2015

N

W E

S N

W E

S

Q2

´ K Q 4 ´ A 9 5

™ K Q 2 ™ A 9 3

t K Q t A 7 6 2

® K Q 4 3 ® 8 5 2

Q3

´ J 3 ´ A 9 8 7 2

™ A K 10 4 2 ™ J 3

t J 7 t 9 8

® A 9 5 ® K Q 7 6

W E

W E

W E

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