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CAPTION

Club Bidding Quiz COMPETITION

by Julian Pottage

Answers to Problems on Page 17

W N E S W N E S

Hand 1 1® Pass Hand 4 Pass 3® Dble Pass

´J3 1t Pass 1™ Pass ´ K 10 3 2 ?

™ 9842 ? ™974

tAKQ43 tKQJ 4´. Since you have to do

He is worried about a Splinter!

®53 3™. With 11 points (you ®832 something in reply to

add one for each double- the take-out double and THE winner of our December competi-

ton but take one off for you have no wastage tion, with the caption above, is Frank

the unguarded jack), this describes the facing partner’s presumed shortage in Fallon, of Charminster, who will receive

hand nicely. It invites partner to bid 4™ clubs, you should show some values and an elegant bridge mug from our

sponsors, Bridge and Golf Gifts Direct

with anything extra. Although the losing your best suit by jumping to game. As you (see page 7). Other excellent captions

trick count (7 losers) suggests that a raise passed originally, your partner should not were: The man who trumped his partner’s

to 4™ would be in order, prudence will pay play you for too much. ace ( John Portwood, Bishop Auckland);

off at pairs, though you might raise to game Beware the Crocodile Coup (Michael

playing teams. Wilkes, Hatfield); That will teach him to

W N E S argue with the Director! (John MacLeod,

Hand 5 1NT Pass Wimbledon); We just discard what we can

afford (Dave Robinson, Sheffield); Never

W N E S ´ 10 7 6 2 ?

heard of cut-throat bridge, eh? (Nick

Hand 2 1t Pass 1™ Pass ™ Q 10 5 2 Daniels, Muxloe); Now perhaps you can

´AQ5 ? tKQJ84 2®. The void suggests find the Anchor Suit! (Nigel Empson,

™AK6 ® Void there is probably a better Littleover); The man who went for the

t K 10 4 2 1NT. Playing a weak no- spot than playing in drop (Christopher Nicholson, by email);

® 10 4 3 trump opening, the 1NT 1NT. Holding support Next time maybe he’ll remember to put the

rebid shows a balanced for all the suits other than clubs, you can cards on his right after shuffling (Alex

Wiseman, Whitefield); and One player did

hand with 15-17 points (15- afford to use Stayman, intending to pass not see the throw-in coming! (Barry

16 for some). This is what you have. Do not opener’s rebid whatever it is. At the very Ransley, Chatteris).

worry about the lack of a club stopper. If partner worst, you will play in a 5-2 diamond fit; The cartoon for our new competition

is short in clubs, there is plenty of room to more often, you will find an eight-card fit. is below. Please send your bridgy

investigate alternative contracts. captions (multiple entries accepted) to

the Editor, English Bridge, 23 Erleigh

W N E S Road, Reading RG1 5LR or by e-mail to

elena@ebu.co.uk not later than 20th

W N E S Hand 6 1´ 1NT

February 2012. Don’t forget to include

Hand 3 1NT 2t Pass ´4 ? your full postal address!

´ Void ? ™ Q J 10 6

™ AKJ9642 tK852 Double. Ten points

tA764 5NT. With a very strong ® A 10 5 2 added to the values

®A7 suit of your own, good shown by an opening

support for diamonds bid tell you that your

and first-round control of side has the balance of power. With the

both black suits, you envisage a grand slam advantage of the opening lead as well,

unless there is a trump loser so you use the you expect to defeat 1NT. You will not

grand slam force to find out. With two of mind if the opponents retreat into a suit:

the top three diamonds, partner will bid 7t. you have them all covered. r

STOP PRESS: Congratulations to Gillian Fawcett and Jane Moore for winning the

Lady Milne Trials. Second were Frances Liew and Belinda Bridgen, and third were

Nicole Cook and Christine Duckworth. The three pairs will represent England in Sponsored by Bridge

Wales on 13th-15th April. & Golf Gifts Direct

44 English Bridge February 2012 www.ebu.co.uk

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