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Next Step Club Bidding Quiz

Congress by Julian Pottage

13 – 15 August 2013

Hotel Hilton Metropole, Answers to Problems on Page 41

Brighton

Ideal for players who are used to W N E S W N E S

playing in a club but who have not Hand 1 1® Dble 3® Hand 4 2´ Pass 2NT Pass

tried a county or EBU congress ´ 10 9 6 5 4 ? ´ A K 10 8 6 4 3™ Pass 3´ Pass

event. The emphasis is on having ™8 ™AQJ65 ?

fun in a relaxed environment. Next tAKJ72 4´. You have a seven- tA5

Step players may play their familiar ®32 loser hand. You expect ® Void 4™. Although you have

system (excluding the Multi 2t). partner to have spade already suggested a

Sessions will be of about 18–21 support and no more shapely hand, you have

boards. On the last day, Thursday, losers than you do. Two seven-loser hands more shape than you have already shown.

there will be a workshop in the facing each other with a fit should yield By bidding hearts a second time, you

morning with a short lunch break ten tricks. This is not the time to count promise five hearts. Your partner can then

followed by duplicate bridge. points. Nor do you bother about your choose between the majors. It would be a

diamond suit. mistake to bid 4´, cutting partner out of the

Tue. 2pm-5pm Play session decision.

5pm-7pm Free time

7-10pm Play session W N E S

Hand 2 1´ 2t W N E S

Wed. 10am-3pm Swiss Pairs

´K74 ? Hand 5 1´ Pass

(includes a short break)

™642 ´98 1NT 2® 2t Pass

3.30pm-7.30pm Free time

tQ8 2´. Had South passed, ™ A 10 9 7 3 2 ?

7pm-10pm Play session

® Q J 10 7 4 you would have consid- tJ8

Thur. 10am-11.30am Lecture

ered the same bid. As it ®J96 2™. Usually, when part-

(topic to be arranged)

is, with 1NT no longer ner bids two suits, you

11.30pm-1.30pm Free time

an option, the only real way to show a show preference between

1.30pm-4.30pm Play session

smattering of values and at least three them. Here you do not really like either of

Next Step Congress Entry Fee: £41 spades is to raise to 2´. A negative double them, while you do have a six-card suit

would be wrong because that would that you can conveniently show. Your

Next Steppers can also play in suggest four hearts. failure to respond 2™ initially will warn

the Mixed Pairs Championship on partner that you have a minimum

Thursday evening (special intro- responding hand.

ductory price £8) or in the Open W N E S

Hand 3 1t Pass

Pairs on Friday afternoon (special

´ 10 1™ Pass 1´ Pass W N E S

introductory price £6).

™ K Q 10 8 6 4 ? Hand 6 ?

tQ5 ´ A5

Entries & enquiries: ®KQJ9 2®. The best game ™ A J 10 9 8 7 4 3 4™. With an eight-card

EBU Comps Department might be 4™ or 3NT. On t 10 3 suit, the chance that you

( 01296 317 203 / 219 a good day, you can ®7 want to play in it is

make a slam. Fortunately, you do not need strong. This makes the

or e-mail to guess the final contract. You use fourth risk of pre-empting

comps@ebu.co.uk suit forcing to find out more about your partner worthwhile. Your four-level open-

partner’s hand. Having more information ing makes it very difficult for the opponents

on the next round should leave you well to find a contract of their own or a paying

placed. sacrifice.

Answers to Simon Cochemé’s questions on page 35: ‘black Maria’ ´Q, ‘one-eyed

king’ tK, ‘Lancelot’ ®J, ‘king without a moustache’ ™K, ‘puppy foot’ ®A, ‘Grace’s

card’ ™6, ‘the curse of Mexico’ ´2, ‘one-eyed jacks’ ´J and ™J.

54 English Bridge June 2013 www.ebu.co.uk

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