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Surprisingly, Hand Hand H is more defensive. Your ´Q-J-10

Hand E E is at least as will probably be useless in 5t. You have

´ 753 promising as Hand three defensive tricks but only two useful CLUB PLAYER’S

™ A532 C, possibly better. playing cards (at most). It looks right to

t K954 Opponents are bid- double 4´. BIDDING QUIZ

® 10 9 ding to the four level To balance the saying ‘When in doubt

when it is clear that bid one more,’ is another one: ‘The five ON each of the following problems,

each side has about level belongs to the opponents’. Isn’t it you are West. What should you bid

half the points. That suggests they have typical of bridge players to have a with each hand on the given auction?

shape and almost certainly at least nine justification for whatever they do? Julian Pottage gives his answers on

spades. Partner is marked with at most However, I would suggest that if the above

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one spade. auction continues as shown below, West

Interestingly, Hand E could be as much must avoid making a reflex bid of 5´:

as two tricks better than Hand D in 5t.

You could have one fewer loser in each West North East South Hand 1 W N E S

black suit. I would certainly bid 5t. 1´ 2t 4´ 5t ´ 10 9 6 5 4 1® Dble 3®

? ™8 ?

Compare Hand F tAKJ72

Hand F with Hand C. The In order to make 5´ reasonable West ®32

´ K playing strength of needs considerable extra shape (increasing

™ A532 Hand F is exactly the the offensive character of the hand but

t K954 same as in Hand C decreasing the defensive potential). And

® 10 9 5 3 but defensively your suppose West does bid 5´? North should Hand 2 W N E S

hand may be worth be very, very wary of trying 6t. The point ´K74 1´ 2t

one extra trick if is that South might have already have ™642 ?

East holds the ace of spades. Your king of done something very good for his side. If tQ8

spades is most unlikely to make a trick if it South has taken a considerable risk with ® Q J 10 7 4

is visible to the whole world in dummy 5t and succeeded in pushing opponents

but could well score on a finesse if the from a lay-down 4´ into a poor 5´, he will

opponents play in 4´. This is an argument not be happy to hear 6t. The following

against bidding 5t. I would pass 4´. scenario is all too common – score given Hand 3 W N E S

from a North-South view-point: ´ 10 1t Pass

East bids 4´; North-South expectation: ™ K Q 10 8 6 4 1™ Pass 1´ Pass

Principle: Kings, queens and jacks in minus 420. tQ5 ?

the opponents' suit point towards South bids 5t; North-South expec- ®KQJ9

defending rather than bidding on tation: minus 500 if doubled. North-

when the auction gets high. South hold breath.

West bids 5´; North-South expectation:

+50. South is elated. Hand 4 W N E S

North bids 6t; East doubles. North- ´ A K 10 8 6 4 2´ Pass 2NT Pass

Hand G Hand H South expectation: minus 800. South ™AQJ65 3™ Pass 3´ Pass

´ A87 ´ Q J 10 looks for a new partner! tA5 ?

™ 85 ™ 85 ® Void

t Q J 10 6 t A876

® A432 ® A432 Principle: If your side has succeeded

in pushing the opponents one level

higher than they want to be, it Hand 5 W N E S

Hands G and H have similar shape and generally pays to take your chance in ´98 1´ Pass

point count but have different character. defence. ™ A 10 9 7 3 2 1NT 2® 2t Pass

With Hand G all your honour cards are tJ8 ?

likely to be useful in a 5t contract (your ®J96

ace of spades is probably opposite a

singleton) but only the ace of spades and Principle: Encourage your partner to

the ace of clubs will score against 4´. You be enterprising in the competitive

have four useful playing cards but only auction. Don’t punish him for his Hand 6 W N E S

two defensive tricks. I would consider it enterprise. r ´ A5 ?

clearcut to bid 5t. ™ A J 10 9 8 7 4 3

t 10 3

A team of England juniors (Dan McIntosh, Sarah O'Connor, Tom Paske and Ed Jones) took ®7

part in the German Bridge Trophy 2013 (formerly the Bonn Nations Cup). They won their

group in the Round Robin and finished a creditable 6th overall in a strong field.

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