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Rosen's quiz on the Helvic Wriggle from page 18

Assuming you are now playing our wriggle - what should you bid next on the following auction?

ANSWERS

QUESTIONS

1 Pass. In contrast to classical methods where we

would announce the strength via a natural

redouble, here we can use the system. We start

with a pass which should be alerted by partner as

it is forcing and compels them to redouble if the

bidding goes round to them. If that should

happen we would then pass again and play in

1NT redoubled - very exciting!.

2 Redble. We should treat this as a single suiter in

my opinion. We redouble to show we have a 5-

card suit to play in. Partner is mandated to

remove to 2® in case that is our suit (alerted),

then we correct to 2´.

c) Pass. This is a terrible hand without any

methods. Here we should pass forcing partner to

redouble, then remove to 2t (alerted) to show a

non-touching 2-suiter (diamonds and spades).

Partner will give preference by passing or

bidding 2´.

4 2t. With a touching two suiter we bid

immediately. Here 2t (alerted) shows diamonds

and hearts. We always bid the lower of the

touching two-suiter to give partner room to

choose economically.

5 3®. A variation now! We could redouble to

show a 5-card escape suit somewhere - but this

is pretty feeble with this hand. Much better is to

understand that whatever system you adopt, be it

Classical or Wriggle, a jump to the 3-level after a

penalty double should be natural and preemptive

rather than strong! You will be waiting

till the next century for a suitable hand

otherwise!

6 2t. This is much closer. We might well show it

as hearts, via a redouble then bidding hearts, but

as the hearts are so weak I would probably show

a diamond/heart two-suiter, showing it as 4-4 by

bidding 2t directly as the lower suit of a

touching two-suiter. Either option is sensible to

tell you the truth.

7 2™. Partner has shown clubs and hearts, so this is

clear.

8 2™. This is also clear, though not such an ideal

hand or fit as the last example.

9 Pass. This is more complex - you should

probably pass before they double again and hope

to give them a chance to bid something rather

than double you. There is no right answer to a

problem like this - your experience will grow as

you start to use the system - give it a try and see.

1 East

´ K 7 6

™ K 7 6

t K 8 5

® Q 6 4 2

W N E S

1NT Dble ? 3 East

´ Q 9 6 5

™ 5 2

t Q 8 5 3

® 7 5 4

2 East

´ Q 8 6 5 4

™ 5 4

t 9 6 5 3

® J 8

7 West

´ K J 7 6

™ A 8 6 4

t Q 8

® K 7 6

W N E S

1NT Dble PassA Pass

RedbleA Pass 2®A Pass

?

9 West

´ K J 3 2

™ A 5 2

t Q 8 5

® K 5 4

8 West

´ K J 7 6

™ A 9 7

t Q 5 3 2

® K 5

4 East

´ 6 5

™ Q 8 7 6

t Q 9 3 2

® 6 4 2

6 East

´ 6 5

™ J 7 6 5 2

t Q 8 5 3

® 7 5

5 East

´ 5 4

™ 5 4

t 9 6

® K Q 9 6 5 3 2

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