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August 2018 English Bridge

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Hand 1 Pass. Without 3-card support you are left

with 1NT or Pass. With just 12 points and a single

spade stop I think pass is prudent.

Hand 2 Dble. Showing 3-card support, any

strength (though in practice a weak no trump is

probably the most frequent hand type). Having a

minimum is not such a deterrent since they have

only overcalled at the 1-level.

Hand 3 2™. Showing 4-card support (personally I

even think this is best alerted).

Hand 4 2´. Showing 16+ with a primary heart fit

(an advanced version of the unassuming cue bid

- here extended to opener not responder as is

usually the case with UCBs)

Hand 5 Pass. Yes you might, I repeat might,

double to show 3-card heart support. However

with only a minimum and the dreaded 4333

shape I think pass is correct. We are not obliged to

bid here as the overcall came at the 2-level.

Hand 6 Dble. Here we are able to admit to 3-card

support quite happily.

Hand 7 2NT. Even with three hearts it is best to

describe 18-19 balanced, on this occasion with

two diamond stoppers. Heaven preserve any of

you that wish this to be 12-14. Guess what?

Partner might only have 5 or 6 HCP.

Hand 8 2™. With 4-card support the minimum

values should be no real deterrent to supporting.

Hand 9 2™. Sometimes we have a weak no trump,

sometimes clubs and support. Either way we

simply show a minimum with 4-card support.

Hand 10 3™. A great way to cramp the bidding for

the opponents without overstating our values.

This shows under 16 HCP due to our failure to

make a UCB of 3t! Neat.

Hand 11 2™. Partner has shown 3-card support so

this is an easy one.

Hand 12 2®. This will suggest we only have four

hearts (otherwise we would repeat since partner

has shown three) and minimum values with 4+

clubs, giving partner a choice.

Hand 13 2™. As usual I'm not trying to shy away

from the difficulties associated with the subject.

Without a true spade stopper 1NT is unattractive

(though not impossible I suppose). We have no

side-suit to offer so simply have to be brave and

prepare to play a 4-3 fit with consummate skill.

Hand 14 3™. We might well choose to compete

here. We are known to have nine trumps so the

'Level of the Fit' supports this decision. You can

take into account vulnerability when making

decisions like this.

Hand 15 4™. I would bid 4™ here - sometimes we

need to take the pressure off partner. Our good

controls (aces and kings) will be pulling full

weight so game should have a realistic chance. A

fringe benefit is that sometimes the opponents

will now sacrifice if we appear to have bid game

confidently enough - even if it is a phantom

sacrifice! We will of course then double most

happily.

Hand 16 3½™ seems the best bid to me. I suggest

you can achieve that if you play 'game-try

doubles' here. So I would double - but maybe that

is a subject for another time . . . r

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