The Two-minute Interview Club Player’s
Answers to problems Julian Pottage
on page 24
DENNIS AMISS played cricket for both W N E S W N E S
Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Hand 1 1t Hand 4 1™ Pass 1NT Pass
England, and scored 103 centuries in ´KQ762 ? ´Q42 ?
first class cricket. After retiring as a play- ™Q3 ™AQ54
er in 1987, he served as Chief Executive t5 1´. When an opponent tAQ5 Pass. You are unlikely to
at Edgbaston for twelve years and has ®AK9 4 2 opens a minor and you ®QJ6 see many 17-point hands
been Deputy Chairman of the England have spades plus the as horrible as this. You
& Wales Cricket Board since 2007. other minor, there is no have a lifeless 4-3-3-3
easy way to show both suits at once. The shape and appalling intermediates. By the
How did you start playing bridge?
priority here is to show the major. You time you adjust downwards for these
My wife and I were taught by friends have a better chance of making game or features, you are not close to raising to 2NT.
about 40 years ago, on a sailing trip buying the contract in spades. You may get At the table, 1NT was the limit – and that
around France. Learning bridge was one the chance to show the clubs later. was when partner had quite a nice 7 points.
of the best parts of a wonderful holiday.
How often do you play? W N E S W N E S
We play twice a week either at the golf Hand 2 1NT 2®* Hand 5 1® Pass 1™ Pass
club or with friends as a social activity. ´9 Pass ´ Void ?
What does bridge mean to you? ™ K 10 7 4 ? ™AJ5
t 10 9 8 * Landy, both majors tAKJ9 2t. There is no need to
It’s a way of relaxing, keeping in touch
®A 9 8 5 4 ®AJ9 7 6 3 rush into any decisions.
with friends and exercising the little grey
3™. Partner has shown A reverse by opener after
cells, all rolled up in one.
both majors and asked a one-level response is
If you could change one thing about you to choose. With four-card heart forcing for one round. You intend to show
bridge, what would it be? support, an ace, a working king and a your three-card heart support on the next
I would like to be a better player! But I am singleton, your hand is quite a bit better round. This will paint an accurate picture
working at it, by taking lessons from a than it might be. You express this by giving of your hand: extra values, a main suit of
bridge teacher with a group of friends. jump preference. clubs, a second suit of diamonds and heart
What are your hobbies apart from Partner can go on to game with a support.
bridge? suitable hand.
I am still involved with cricket as an W N E S
administrator, which takes up a fair W N E S Hand 6 1®
amount of time. But I also love garden- Hand 3 2NT ´ AQ9873 1´ Dble Pass 2®
ing, golf and looking after our two ´75 ? ™A93 ?
grandchildren, who are now aged 7 and 9. ™Q2 tK6
t A K J 10 5 3 Pass. To come in over a ®6 5 2´. Assuming there was
Name up to four people you would
®QJ3 2NT opening (with 3t) no alert – and I would
invite to your dream dinner party.
you need extreme shape, have told you if there
Omar Sharif because everyone has heard not a semi-balanced hand was an alert – North’s double was for
that he is a very good bridge player; Julia like this. You do not want to risk losing a take-out. With a sixth spade, and better
Roberts so I can look at a beautiful large penalty or telling your opponents values than you might have for an over-
woman; Ernie Els in order to dine with a what you intend to lead. Now that so call, you have every right to compete once
top golfer; and of course my wife, or she many people play transfers, you are likely more.
won’t play bridge with me any more! to end up on lead whether the contract is After all, the deal could very well belong
in no-trumps or a major. to your side. r
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