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 1NT Dble Pass Hand 4 1t
´ Q 10 4 ? ´ K Q 10 7 5 4 1´ 2™ Pass 3t
™ Q8632 ™AQ5 ?
t Q 10 2 Pass. Partner’s double t 10 2
®98 shows a minimum of 15 ®J8 Pass. You would hap-
points, giving your side pily have competed to 2´.
the balance of power. The actual bidding has
With the advantage for your side of the taken the level higher than your comfort
opening lead as well, you expect 1NT zone. You are unlikely to have a nine-card fit
doubled to fail. If you bid 2™, while that (partner would bid 2´ on most hands with
would show a five-card heart suit, it would three spades), so the three level is likely to be
also indicate a weaker hand than you hold. too high for you.
The hotel package is £143 per person
with no single supplement. W N E S W N E S
Make reservations directly Hand 2 1NT Hand 5 1t Pass
´ AJ6 Dble 2® 2´ Pass ´Q3 ?
with the hotel.
™Q4 ? ™ K 10 8 5 4
tKQ84 t K 10 7 3 2 1™. With a five-card
Bridge fees: £40 per person
®AQ85 3´. By bidding 2´ ® 10 major, you should show
Four sessions of bridge plus two freely, partner has the hearts before sup-
days half-board at this historic hotel shown some values. porting diamonds. Apart
opposite Derby railway station. Since you have three-card spade support, from the fact that the limit might be ten
The event starts with dinner on which you might not have, and about 3 tricks in either denomination, bidding both
Friday evening at 6.30pm followed points more than you have promised, a suits will help partner judge how well the
by the first session of bridge. A simple raise is in order. Passing would be hands fit.
bridge lesson on Saturday morning overly cautious, while a jump to 4´
followed by play sessions in the could be punishing partner for com-
afternoon and evening. Finally on peting the part-score. W N E S
Sunday a Swiss Pairs event with a Hand 6 1™ 1´ Pass
break for a light lunch. The event ´ Q53 ?
finishes around 3.30pm. W N E S ™ 85
Hand 3 2® Pass 2t Pass t K 10 7 3 2 2´. You can happily raise
ENTRIES LIMITED TO 60 PEOPLE ´ KQ4 ? ®872 an overcall with three-
(RESIDENTS ONLY) ™AKQJ4 card support as partner
t KQ32 2™. Having already will normally have five
Suitable for students in their
®K shown a very strong cards or more in the suit. By raising the
first or second year of learning.
hand, there is no need to bidding just one level, you make life much
jump. You simply show more difficult for the opener than if you
Entries & enquiries to your best suit to explore for the best fit. It passed. Partner will not place you with a
EBU Competitions would be wrong, with this shape, to rebid good hand because you would cue-bid 2™ if
Department 2NT just to show your point count. you had a sound raise. r
( 01296 317 203 / 219
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org HEARD AT HUDDERSFIELD BRIDGE CLUB
www.reallyeasybridge.com Declarer: ‘How do you show length?’
Defender: ‘We don’t. We give count.’
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