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Practice

REALLY EASY BRIDGE

makes

perfect

WELCOME to our new members who is balanced or unbalanced, and whether

started learning bridge at evening class in your partnership has sufficient points to

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September. By now you will have started play in a game or not (generally 25 points

to realise what a wonderful and exciting is enough to make 3NT, 4♥ or 4♠). With

game bridge is. I hope you will have made a balanced hand either pass, invite partner have an unbalanced hand, you should again

new friends and be practising at home to game, or raise to directly to game: decide whether your side has sufficient

together in between lessons – this can be points for game:

so much fun.

After playing MiniBridge for a few weeks, (6) (7)

you will have learnt how to open 1NT and ♠ Q862 ♠972 (9) (10)

respond to it. It is important to have ♥ Q43 ♥KQ5 ♠ 92 ♠ KQ2

12-14 points and a balanced hand when ♦ 976 ♦KQ84 ♥ AQ9652 ♥ K Q 10 8 4

you open with 1NT: ♣ KQ8 ♣KJ2 ♦ KQ4 ♦ 972

♣ K2 ♣ A5

(8)

(1) (2) ♠KQ2 (11)

♠ QJ63 ♠972 ♥Q84 ♠ J62

♥Q43 ♥A5 ♦972 ♥ QJ943

♦K97 ♦ K Q 10 8 4 ♣AJ75 ♦ 976

♣KQ8 ♣KQ2 ♣ 86

(3) (4) With Hand 6, simply pass: you are happy

♠ KQ2 ♠K832 with no-trumps, but here there is very little With Hand 9 bid 4♥ as you have enough

♥ K Q 10 8 4 ♥A4 chance of game. With Hand 7 bid 3NT as points between you for game and you know

♦ 972 ♦AJ873 you have at least 26 points between you. your side has at least eight hearts as partner

♣ A5 ♣Q2 With Hand 8 bid 2NT; this requests has promised at least two. With Hand 10

partner to bid 3NT with 14 points (or a you also have enough points for game but

(5) good 13) and to pass otherwise. since here you have only five hearts you

♠ KQ52 should bid 3♥; partner will bid 4♥ if he has

♥ AJ4 55555 three or four hearts, and bid 3NT if he has

♦ K73 only two. What should you bid with Hand

♣ Q42 If, when partner opens with 1NT, you 11? We’ll discuss it in the next issue!

Hands 1 and 2 are perfect 1NT openings but

Hands 3-5 are not. Hand 3 has a five-card

Aunty Gill’s WORD SEARCH

major (hearts or spades, here hearts) so is Find the terms listed below. Words can appear

better opened with 1♥. Hand 4 has two horizontally, vertically or diagonally, forwards

doubletons, so again is better opened in a or backwards.

suit (1♦, as you have five diamonds) and

Hand 5 has 15 points which is too many to contract doubleton game

open with 1NT (1♠ would be better). invite minibridge no-trumps

partnership pass points

55555 raise respond spades

take-out unbalanced weakness

Once partner has opened with 1NT you

have to work out which contract you would Bridge terms for beginners are explained at www.reallyeasybridge.com

like to play in. Decide whether your hand

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