Quiz spades and clubs were swapped, it would be
better to make a take-out double. CAPTION
The dealer opens 2™ (weak) and you are
next to speak: Hand B. 4t. With a two-suited hand, it is COMPETITION
useful to be able to show both suits imme-
diately. If the partnership adopts ‘Leaping
Hand A Hand B Michaels’, then this hand would be suitable
´ AQ743 ´ AQJ52 for a jump to 4t, rather than making a
™ 7 ™ 4 simple overcall or a take-out double.
t K82 t KQJ74
® KJ54 ® A3 Hand C. 3´. With limited room to explore,
a raise to 3´ potentially covers a wide range
of hands. However, one should treat a
The dealer opens 2™ (weak), your partner simple raise as mildly invitational, and cue-
bids 2´, and the next player passes: bid the opponents’ suit with a full value
Hand C Hand D Hand D. 3™. This time you expect to make
Alright, I can do
´ Q762 ´ K54 game, and might make a slam (opposite, Best Behaviour at Bridge!
™ 84 ™ 62 say, ´ AQ7632, ™ A3, t 762, ® K5), so it is
t KJ762 t A85 useful to be able to make a forcing raise. 3™ THE winner of our June competition,
® 93 ® AQJ73 is initially assumed to be invitational-plus, with the cap tion above, is Lydia
but may be the first move on a hand with Stanford, Hove, who will receive a
slam interest. charming Victoriana bridge mug from
The dealer opens 2™ (weak), your partner our sponsors, Bridge and Golf Gifts
doubles, and the next player passes: Hand E. 3´. With a known fit in spades, and Direct (see page 7). Other good captions
were: I'm afraid it's Members Only this
invitational values, jump to 3´. 2´ would be
evening, Nick (John MacLeod, London);
consistent with a much weaker hand, and
Would you care for a demonstration of the
Hand E Hand F possibly just four cards in spades. Devil’s Coup? (John Dean, London);
´ KJ853 ´ A7 Which one called the Director? (Ron
™ J42 ™ Q J 10 9 3 Hand F. Pass. Bidding 3® should not be Beazley, Essex); Ladies, I would like you to
t 7 t 64 attractive, as you could easily have the meet my husband, he is only like this at the
® A743 ® Q532 values for game. You could instead try 2NT bridge table (Gwen Griffin, Hants); Why
to invite game, but if partner passes you do I always get the partner from Hell?
may not even make 2NT, and if he raises to (David Noble, Northumberland); I'm
Answers 3NT, you may have missed a chance to score here to join your old NICK O team (Mike
even more points. How can you do this? Orriel, Devon); I want to remind you that
you are all vulnerable (Beryl Povey, Herts);
Hand A. 2´. Though one would prefer a The answer is simply to pass. You are likely
and Let’s cut for partners (Mrs E.M.
stronger spade suit to overcall at the two to have four winners in your hand, and
level, it is usually right to act with an partner should provide at least two more The cartoon for our new competition
opening hand. Holding a five-card major it tricks, especially if you can actually make as is below. Please send your bridgy
is preferable to make an overcall, but if the many as nine tricks in no-trumps. r captions (multiple entries accepted) to
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WHAT DO I ANNOUNCE? WHAT DO I SAY?
1NT natural opening The range ( e.g.12-14). If you have agreed
that it can contain a singleton you should
also say this.
2® Stayman in response to a 1NT opening ‘Stayman’.
2t/2™ Transfer in response to 1NT opening ‘Hearts’ or ‘Spades’ as appropriate.
A natural two-level opening Explain the strength by using one or more of
the words that follow. You do not say the
range. You might say ‘Weak’, ‘Intermediate’,
‘Strong’. If you say ‘Strong’, you should say
whether it is forcing or non forcing.
You can mix and match, e.g. ‘Intermediate Sponsored by Bridge
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