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W N E S

1NT1

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1 12-14

Double. A penalty double of a weak 1NT opening

does not promise a balanced hand. It merely says

that you have a better hand than the opener has,

which is the case here. If you find a fair share of

points opposite, 1NT will fail more often than not.

W N E S

2NT Pass

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3®. Holding 4-4 in the majors, it is well worth

looking for a possible fit whether you play ordinary

Stayman or some form of 5-card Stayman. A ruff in

your hand might gain your side more than one trick

because it could be an extra entry to lead up to

partner's strength.

W N E S

1t Dble Pass

1™ 2t Pass Pass

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2™. When you bid 1™, you did not promise any

strength. Knowing that the opponents surely have at

least eight diamonds between them and that at

worst your side has a decent 4-3 heart fit, you

should definitely compete at the two level.

W N E S

Pass 1NT1

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1 12-14

2™. Even though you are vulnerable and facing a

passed hand, your good suit and good shape entitle

you to bid. The two-card disparity between the

length of your suits and the strength of the heart

suit makes it best just to show the hearts. 2™ will

play better than 2´ if partner is 3-2 in the majors

and may do facing 3-1 too.

W N E S

1´ 2®

2´ 3® Pass Pass

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3´. While you have only 6 HCP, the shape of the

hand makes it clear to compete further. Normally

you want to bid three over three if either side has a

nine-card fit. Here both sides could have a ninecard

fit.

W N E S

1NT1 Pass 2t2

Pass 2™ Pass Pass

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1 12-14, 2 transfer to hearts

2´. By passing on the previous round you have

shown a weak hand. Now that the opponents have

subsided in 2™, you can place partner with some

values. Although you might not buy the contract in

2´, if you can push your opponents to 3™, this

increases the chance of a plus score. r

Answers to Questions on Page 10

Club Bidding Quiz by Julian Pottage

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link

Hand 1

´ A 5 3

™ A

t A J 5 4 2

® K 10 8 3

Hand 2

´ 6 4 3 2

™ K 8 4 3

t K 6 2

® 9 3

Hand 3

´ K 5 2

™ K J 10 8

t 8 7 4

® 8 7 5

Hand 4

´ J 10 6 3

™ A K 10 9 8 5

t 5

® Q 10

Hand 5

´ Q J 9 5

™ 10 4 3

t K 10 6 4 2

® 4

Hand 6

´ Q 9 8 7 6 5 4

™ J

t 10 9 8

® A 9

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