Xmas Quiz 2011 by Paul Hackett
Answers & Results
Thank you to all the many, many members who entered. No-one got 10 out of 10, so a draw was made among the
highest scorers; first prize, a luxury Pellissier card table, goes to Peter Smith of Woking; a bridge book each goes to
second and third, Phil Callow of West Didsbury and Barbara Howarth of Petts Wood.
On each problem you are West and must 3. ´ K5 4 2 ™ QJ5 t A 7 3 ® J 7 5 and the defence will be able to establish
choose your call from the three options heart tricks in no-trumps while even if
offered. Assume you are playing pairs West North East South we have only seven spades between us we
unless told otherwise. 1NT* Pass are likely to have a heart ruff. Therefore
? *12-14 with three cards in partner’s suit and a
1. ´ K Q 10 9 6 4 ™ Void t A Q 6 3 ® Q J 10 doubleton, I would recommend 2´ as
What call do you make? the best rebid.
West North East South A) 2®; B) 2NT; C) Pass.
1´ 2™ 3t 3™ __________
? C) Pass. You may have a 4-4 spade fit, but
your hand is completely flat with no 5. ´ A K 6 5 ™ A 8 t 2 ® A K Q 10 6 4
What call do you make? ruffing value, therefore you should not be
A) 4t; B) 4™; C) 4´. using Stayman. As for 2NT, well . . . we West North East South
were all taught that with 25 points you 1™
B) 4™. This bid shows diamond support should be in game and therefore with 11 Dble Pass 1´ 2™
and the heart control, and looks for a you should invite with 2NT. However, 3™ Pass 3´ Pass
possible slam. apart from your high cards you do not ?
While 4´ may well be the best game have a source of extra tricks, except
contract, it would be a unilateral decision possibly the fourth spade; also you have What call do you make?
to bid it when you have such good support no intermediate cards to improve finesse A) 4®; B) 4´; C) 4™.
for partner’s suit. As for 4t, I am sure that positions. So my recommended answer is
Terence Reese would have recommended Pass. It is rare that partner will make a A) 4®. 4´ is the pessimist’s bid and the
that bid but in my opinion it is a clear game opposite this hand and even 2NT hand is too good just to bid game at this
underbid. may be too high. stage. The 4™ cue-bid has the advantage of
being a slam try but it does not help
__________ __________ partner very much. As your earlier 3™ bid
set up a game force, 4® is your most
2. ´ K 4 ™ QJ7 t K 10 8 6 4 ® A J7 4. ´ K 7 6 ™ A 10 t K Q 10 6 5 ® J 10 3 descriptive bid, and is my choice.
West North East South West North East South __________
1´ 1t Pass 1´ Pass
? ? 6. ´ A Q 7 ™ A 10 9 t 8 ® A K J 10 8 2
It is Game All. What call do you make? Playing a strong 1NT, what do you bid? West North East South
A) Double; B) 2t; C) Pass. A) 1NT; B) 2´; C) 2t. 1® Pass 1´ Pass
A) Double. You have tolerance for all the B) 2´. 2t is unattractive: your hand is
other suits, even if you do not have the no-trump shape and 2t suggests an What call do you make?
four cards in hearts that partner is going unbalanced hand. 1NT describes your A) 2™; B) 3®; C) 3´.
to expect. Definitely my choice. range and distribution, and is superior to
Pass is a very timid approach; 2t . . . 2t, but hides your spade holding. A) 2™. A jump-rebid of your suit shows
well, you are dicing with death to overcall It is permissible to make a single raise 15-17 points, and this hand is too strong
with two of a minor on a five-card suit. I with three cards; if partner has only four for 3®. I don’t recommend 3´, as to give
would never recommend it. spades, then he will have shorter hearts jump-support on only a three-card suit
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