SECTION A (Questions 1-6)
Which of the three selected bids would you make?
You are play ing pairs and unless stated otherwise
it is Love All. You will be given a mark out of 10 for
1. ´ A Q J 7 4 ™ Q J 8 3 t K J 2 ® 6
Right-hand Opponent (RHO) opens 1®. Your call?
(A) Double; (B) 1´; (C) 2®.
You have the wrong shape for 2® - that should
promise 5-5 distribution. Doubling could work, but
it will be impossible to find a 5-3 spade fit on many
auctions. My choice is to overcall with 1´ - if the
opponents raise clubs, I will back in with a take-out
double, which will usually enable us to reach the
Marks: (B) 10; (A) 6; (C) 3.
2. ´ 7 ™ K 8 7 2 t K 6 ® K Q J 5 4 2
You open 1® and partner responds 1™. Your call?
(A) 2™; (B) 3™; (C) 4™.
Some will choose 2™ - you only have 12 points!
Others will choose 4™ - you only have five losers! As
you might have guessed, my preferred call is 3™. The
Losing Trick Count tends to overvalue shapely
hands, and your slightly threadbare trumps and lack
of aces suggest caution.
Marks: (B) 10; (C) 6; (A) 5.
3. ´ K 10 3 ™ 9 4 t 7 6 ® A J 10 9 5 2
Partner opens 1´ (Acol); RHO passes. What call do
(A) 1NT; (B) 2®; (C) 2´.
Some are taught you need 10 points for a 2-over-1
response, others are taught 9. Which is right? Well, a
2-over-1 response should show enough for game
opposite 15-16 balanced. This hand, with its
potential source of tricks, is clearly strong enough
for such an action, and will hardly disappoint
partner if he turns out to have long spades. 2® is my
call, either 1NT or 2´ are too likely to result in a
missed game opposite a strong balanced hand.
Marks: (B) 10; (C) 7; (A) 4.
4. ´ A J 8 7 5 3 2 ™ Q 6 t 7 4 ® 8 3
You are the dealer at Game All. What call do you
(A) Pass; (B) 2´ (weak); (C) 3´.
3´ is far too rich for my blood - you've no shortage
and a suit that will fare poorly opposite a singleton.
Vulnerable, you could easily go -200 against the
opponents' part-score, even if they don't manage to
double you! I much prefer 2´ - partner will expect
a good six-card suit, and a bad seven-card suit won't
play so differently in practice. I'm not a fan of
passing - partner will struggle to place you with this
hand, so you'll probably have to make a unilateral
Marks: (B) 10; (A) 6; (C) 4.
5. ´ K J 7 ™ A 5 t K 6 3 ® K J 9 7 2
RHO opens 1™. What call do you make?
(A) Double; (B) 1NT; (C) 2®.
In my book, this is a clear double. This shouldn't
absolutely promise four spades, that's just too
inflexible. 1NT is my second choice, but this hand
doesn't rate to play well in no-trumps from your
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Answers and Results
Thank you to all the many members who entered. Congratulations to our winners, Sylvia Mitcheson
of Crawley (NGS grade 2-8), and David Woulds of Leighton Buzzard (NGS grade 9+), who will
receive either a Pelissier table or a £100 credit towards EBU competitions entries (their choice!).
Xmas Quiz 2014
Xmas Quiz 2014 by Mike Bellby Mike Bell