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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

your choice.

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

right strain.

Marks: (B) 10; (A) 6; (C) 3.

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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.

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3. ´ K 10 3 ™ 9 4 t 7 6 ® A J 10 9 5 2

Partner opens 1´ (Acol); RHO passes. What call do

you make?

(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.

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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

make?

(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

decision later.

Marks: (B) 10; (A) 6; (C) 4.

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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

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of Crawley (NGS grade 2-8), and David Woulds of Leighton Buzzard (NGS grade 9+), who will

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