19 – 21 April 2013
Club Bidding Quiz
SPRING by Julian Pottage
Answers to Problems on Page 21
The Hallmark Midland Hotel
Midland Road, Derby DE1 2SQ W N E S W N E S
( 01332 345894 Hand 1 Pass Pass Hand 4 1NT Pass
´6 1t Pass 1´ Pass ´953 ?
™ K83 2® Pass 3® Pass ™AQ8
tKQ965 ? t K Q 10 7 6 5 3NT. You have two
® A 10 7 6 ®8 decisions here – do you
Pass. You have a min- bid game or invite, and
imum opening bid and do you look for a suit
your partner’s bid is not forcing. While contract? Counting your good six-card suit
you do have a heart stopper, it does not as worth a couple of points, you should bid
follow that you can make as many tricks in game. As you would need eleven tricks to
no-trumps as in clubs. You might well make game in diamonds, you do not want
need to ruff something. The fact that your to consider that. A 4-3 fit in a major is
partner passed as dealer further confirms unlikely to be right either.
The hotel package is £143 per person that your side lacks game values.
with no single supplement.
Make reservations directly W N E S
W N E S Hand 5 1® Pass 1´ Pass
with the hotel.
Hand 2 1® Dble Pass ´Q ?
´865 ? ™AJ8
Bridge fees: £40 per person
™Q543 t 10 8 5 3 2®. A reverse of 2t
Four sessions of bridge plus two tA975 2™. You might have to ®AK863 would show extra values,
days half-board at this historic hotel ®K8 bid 1™ with no points at at least 16 points: you
opposite Derby railway station. all. The jump shows have only 14 and a poor
The event starts with dinner on about 8-10 points and is second suit. A 1NT rebid would be an
Friday evening at 6.30pm followed not forcing. You should bid hearts rather overbid too, showing at least 15. On this
by the first session of bridge. A than diamonds because game is more sequence, you quite often have to rebid
bridge lesson on Saturday morning likely in hearts. In addition, on a marginal your first suit with only five cards in it.
followed by play sessions in the hand, partner is more likely to hold
afternoon and evening. Finally on support for a major than a minor.
Sunday a Swiss Pairs event with a W N E S
break for a light lunch. The event Hand 6 1t
finishes around 3.30pm. W N E S ´ Q 10 8 3 ?
Hand 3 1NT Pass ™ K 10 7
ENTRIES LIMITED TO 60 PEOPLE ´ J72 ? tKQ74 Pass. A 1NT overcall
(RESIDENTS ONLY) ™AK2 ®K7 would show 15-17
t A Q 10 2 6NT. With 21 HCP points. With only 13,
Suitable for students in their
®AK6 facing 12-14, this is a you cannot afford to do
first or second year of learning.
simple matter of arith- that. A double would be wrong too – your
metic. Your side has a best suit is the one opened and you have
Entries & enquiries to combined total of 33-35 HCP. This makes real support for only one other suit. Nor is
EBU Competitions a small slam almost certain but a grand this the moment for overcalling on a 4-
Department slam unlikely. . card suit. r
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or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Congratulations to Heather Dhondy, Nevena Senior, Sally Brock, Nicola Smith,
Fiona Brown and Susan Stockdate who won the bronze medal in the bridge
www.reallyeasybridge.com Women’s Teams invitational event at the Sportaccord World Mind Games in
Beijing in December. Nevena Senior also gained bronze in the Individual event.
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