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Answer: Doubling for take-out, then chances of defeating 4™ – your king of they are missing about 15 points, given

bidding 2´ shows a hand too strong to bid hearts rates to score a trick on defence yet their invitational auction. The more points

1´ first time – i.e. around 18+ points. will be worth nothing in 5® (doubled). you have, the fewer your partner has. It is

Hand (B) is correct and gets 6 marks. Hand (C) should probably bid on over 4™, where your points are and the shape of

Hand (A) is not good enough for the but in that case you should clearly try 4´: if your hand that is key – especially your

double-then-bid route and should bid 1´ partner has four spades you surely belong holding in dummy’s spades, for your

over 1™, planning to double (for take-out) there – and might even make. double asks for the lead of that suit. Hand

if the bidding continues 2™ – Pass – Pass. (C) represents a very good double, for a

Hand (C) should double 1™ then double __________ spade lead from partner is sure to be best

again after 2™ comes back: to bid 2´ and as long as partner holds a doubleton

shows five cards. 8. West North East South spade, you are almost certain to defeat the

1´ game. Hand (A) is the double that might

__________ Pass 1NT Pass 2t work well: a spade lead from partner with

Pass 2´ Pass 2NT you winning and switching to the jack of

6. West North East South hearts looks very strong defence. It may

1NT (A) ´ A K 9 7 ™ 10 8 t A K J 7 ® J 7 3 backfire of course, especially if declarer

Pass 2®1 Dble2 2´ (B) ´ A Q 9 8 3 ™ 4 t A Q 9 7 ® K Q 8 holds a high spade, but passing and seeing

Pass 2NT Pass 3NT (C) ´ A K 9 4 2 ™ A 9 t A J 9 8 ® J 8 partner lead a likely diamond does not feel

1 Stayman good. Hand (B) is a poor double. Your

2 Showing clubs Answer: Bidding 1´ then 2t guarantees partner is marked with nothing and there

(at least) a 5-4 shape. Following with 2NT is no reason to expect to make more than

(A) ´ A J 10 4 ™ 4 3 t Q J 9 7 ® K Q 7 is a game invite, implying a reasonably no- your three top tricks. So the answer is . . .

(B) ´ A 6 4 3 ™ K Q 8 t A J 8 2 ® 8 7 trumpy hand within those confines. Hand Hand (C) is the good double; Hand (A)

(C) ´ A K 8 4 ™ 7 6 t A J 6 3 ® J 8 3 (C) is the correct answer – a textbook is the fair double; Hand (B) is the poor

hand for the sequence. Hand (B) should double.

Answer: Clearly clubs are a concern. follow with 3® over 2´, ‘patterning out’,

Bidding on to 3NT without clubs stopped implying his precise 5-1-4-3 shape. Hand __________

is fraught with danger. Hand (A) is correct (A) should not bid 2t at all (without the

and gets 6 marks: with the ace of clubs on fifth spade). You might raise 1NT to 2NT 10. West North East South

your right, your ®K-Q-x is virtually as (for one mark) but at pairs I’d pass 1NT 1NT Pass

good as ®A-K-x – that’s 15 points: you (two marks), as usual not pushing for 2®1 Pass 2™ Pass

must certainly accept the game invite. close games. 3™ Pass 4™ Dble

Hand (C) should pass 2NT, with its 1 Stayman

worrying clubs and barren looking 13 (no __________

tens or nines). With Hand (B), the best bid (A) ´ J 10 9 6 ™ Void t 8 7 5 4 3 2 ® 4 3 2

over 2NT is 3™ – the 4-3 heart fit should Section C (Questions 9-10) (B) ´ 8 7 ™ A 8 5 2 t 8 6 ® Q J 10 4 3

play well: you’ll be ruffing clubs in the On the final two questions (still playing (C) ´ Q 7 ™ Q 10 8 6 t Q 5 ® K J 10 3 2

short hand (and partner must have four pairs) you are again South. The oppo-

hearts given his Stayman bid). nents have bid unopposed and you are Answers: Like the last problem, your

considering doubling the final contract. number of high-card points is irrelevant:

__________ On both questions, one of the three what you lack, partner has, totalling about

hands given represents a relatively clear 15. Most important is your trump holding

7. West North East South double; one hand is the sort of double and the most promising heart holding for

1t 2® that might work well (but might not); the a double is Hand (A): your partner very

2™ 3® 4™ 5® third is a poorly judged double. Identify likely has five hearts. So double – and note

all three for 10 marks. the double is better coming from your side

(A) ´ J 10 4 ™ Void t K Q 10 8 ® K J 10 7 5 3 Five marks for getting the clear double as declarer will probably begin drawing

(B) ´ 8 3 2 ™ K t A 6 3 ® A K 8 7 4 2 but putting the others the wrong way trumps the wrong way, believing you to

(C) ´ A Q 10 2 ™ 6 t 9 6 ® K Q 10 5 3 2 round (again, all in the judgement of have the strength. Hand (B) represents a

Andrew). fair double: lead the queen of clubs and

Answer: Sacrifice bidding at pairs does not you may well bring off a nice forcing

generally pay. For a save to score most of 9. West North East South defence (your ace of trumps can be held

the match-points, it needs to be cheaper 1´ Pass up to the appropriate moment to bring

than the opposing game, the opposing 1NT Pass 2NT Pass this about). Hand (C) is not a good double

game must be making, and most of the 3NT Pass Pass Dble – indeed your double may tip declarer off

field (other pairs holding your opponents’ as to how to play trumps and so enable

cards at other tables) must be bidding the (A) ´ K J 6 ™ J 10 9 8 3 t 6 ® A 7 4 3 him to make a contract in which he would

game. Having said that, Hand (A) should (B) ´ A 8 4 3 2 ™ Q 9 7 t J 6 4 ® A K have failed had you kept quiet. Plus what

bid 5®: little defence to 4™ and every (C) ´ A K J 9 4 ™ 3 t 8 5 ® 10 9 4 3 2 would be your opening lead? So . . .

chance that 5® doubled will be cheap (that Hand (A) is the good double; Hand (B)

heart void is a huge incentive for the bid). Answers: The one factor that is irrelevant is the fair double; Hand (C) is the poor

Hand (B) should pass 4™: you have good is your point-count. The opponents know double. r

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