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and give you a real edge. Well worth the the double, responses of

effort of reading this article I would say! 3®/3t/3™ are natural, construc- WINTER BRITISH

tive but non-forcing, and showing SIM PAIRS NATIONAL

Defence vs the Multi 2t about 8-10 or 8-11 HCP. HEAT WINNERS

The style to adopt when the opponents • IN FOURTH SEAT

open a Multi is broadly to bid as naturally i.e. (2t) – Pass – (2™/2´) – Dble

as possible and always assume initially that Double is take-out of the suit just

they have a weak rather than a strong bid. Thus with:

option. It is this terror that they might

have a strong hand that frightens inex-

perienced players into meekness and often ´ 6

allows their opponents to get away with ™ KQ95

murder. t KQ82

Here is my basic scheme: ® KQ76

Monday winners

• IN THE DIRECT SEAT Jan. 7th: Paul Mollison – Bernie Hunt

i.e. (2t) – ? i. After (2t) – Pass – (2™) you (Monday BC)

i. Bids are natural (again at least five should pass but after (2t) – Pass

cards in the suit at the two level – (2´) you should double.

and virtually always six at the three ii. Over (2t) – Pass – (2™) – Pass –

level). (2´) – Pass – (Pass) you should

ii. Jump bids are strong. also double.

iii. 2NT is natural.

iv. Double – best played as 12-15 Just a couple of points to finish with.

balanced (-ish) or any hand 19+. When the opponents open a Multi, they

The assumption from partner is can obviously be weak or strong. Assuming

that you have 12-15 HCP balanced. they are weak, they will usually have a Weak

This allows you in on many Two in a major. You must take care, if Wednesday winners

hands – and guess what? Once overcalling (whether immediately or in Jan. 9th: Steve Auchterlonie –

again we incorporate Lebensohl- fourth seat) into a major, to have a six-card Mark Benson (Tenterden DBC)

style responses, e.g. after (2t) – suit or a well structured five-card suit as

Dble – (2´) – 2NT, the 2NT bid is you might find you are playing in their suit!

Lebensohl, wanting to compete Also, if you do overcall in a major, the best

somewhere, showing about 4-7 use from partner in bidding the other

HCP and asking the doubler to major is to use it as an Unassuming Cue-

bid 3® initially as before. After bid, i.e. to show a good raise in your suit. r

25 – 27 October 2013

REALLY EASY AUTUMN BREAK Thursday winners

Jan. 10th: Alex Shields –

For the more experienced novice with up to about five years experience Kenny Watson (Peebles BC)

Wroxton House Hotel

Wroxton St Mary, Banbury,

OX15 6QB ( 01295 730777

The hotel package (dinner + B&B) is

£187 per person (£147 per person

sharing). The number of single rooms

is limited and will be booked on a

first come, first served basis. Please

make reservations with the hotel.

Bridge fees: £40 per person Friday winners

One instructional session on Saturday morning otherwise the emphasis is on play Jan. 11th: Christian Fleming –

Joe Angseesing (Cheltenham BC)

ENTRIES LIMITED TO 36 PEOPLE (RESIDENTS ONLY)

The Tuesday winners, Phil Mattacks –

EBU Comps Dept ( 01296 317 203 / 219 Andy Barker (Berkhamstead BC), declined

to provide a photograph

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