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Answers to problems Julian Pottage
on page 18
W N E S W N E S
Hand 1 1´ Pass Hand 4 1™ Pass 1NT
´A 2t Pass 2´ Pass ´AJ9542 ?
™A542 ? ™86
tAJ8763 t K 10 3 2 2´. Points are not every-
®K 4 3™. You cannot be sure ®3 thing! A 6-4 shape has
of the best contract. It great playing potential.
might be 3NT, 4´, 5t or On the losing trick count,
even 6t. Although you are unlikely to you have seven losers – certainly fine for an
have a 4-4 heart fit (partner did not rebid overcall when you have a six-card suit.
2™), showing your secondary heart suit is While you might get another chance if you
your most descriptive action. As a res - pass on this round, by bidding 2´ you stop
ponder’s reverse at the three level, 3™ North from rebidding 2™ or 2®.
creates a game force.
W N E S
W N E S Hand 5 1™ Pass
Hand 2 1® Pass ´ 10 8 5 1NT Pass 2® Pass
´J9732 1´ Pass 1NT Pass ™9 ?
™Q2 ? t K Q 10 9 5 3
t A 10 2 ®Q 8 6 2t. Partner may well
®8 6 4 Pass. You have already have only four clubs, in
shown your spades. Now which case 2® would be
partner has made a a 4-3 fit. With six good diamonds, you are
limit bid and you know the values for happy to play in the suit even facing a
game will not be present. Bidding 2´ singleton. A good rule of thumb on this
might improve the contract – if partner sort of auction is that you can introduce a
happens to have three spades – but it six-card suit at the two level or a seven-
could easily make it worse. carder at the three level.
November 12–14, 2010
Seniors Hand 3
W N E S
1NT Pass Hand 6
Congress ´K852 ? ´AJ3 ?
Daventry, ™K86 ™AJ
Daventry Hotel (Barceló), tJ8732 2®. You can use Stay- t987543 Pass. With your long
Sedgemoor Way, Daventry, ®3 man on a weak hand if ®6 5 suit bid on your left,
NN11 0SG ( 01327 307000 you can afford to pass there is nothing positive
any rebid by opener. You you can do. You just have
could easily have an eight-card spade fit or to pass and hope that the opponents bid
Championship Pairs, Swiss
an even better fit in diamonds. If partner too high – or maybe partner can do
Swiss Teams for players born rebids 2™ and plays in a 4-3 heart fit, at something.
in or before 1951 least any club ruffs will be in the short
trump hand. In contrast to Hand 2, this Send us your problem hands!
time bidding is much more likely to E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
improve the contract than make it worse.
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