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Christmas Quiz Answers

Christmas Quiz Answers by Andrew Robson

Y

ou are South in each problem. Which of the

three selected bids would you find at the key

moment and why?

You're in a tight spot - no question. Any bid by you

is likely to be a disaster, probably doubled by East

(who is salivating at the prospect). Your best chance

of salvaging some matchpoints is to pass, hoping

you can score five tricks in defence - you do have an

ace, after all. If 3™ doubled makes, well you can't do

worse than a bottom. Between 3´ and 4t, I'd opt

for 3´ as you'll be less likely to be doubled. I don't

like either, mind, especially because if you have a

chance of making either contract, partner will

probably raise to game.

Answers: (a) 10; (b) 4; (c) 2.

Although you may well defeat 2´, you'll hardly get

rich. You should definitely bid on and, with partner

probably holding only one spade, your chances of

making a 4™ game are good. Much will depend on

partner's diamond holding and the way to enlist

partner's cooperation in that regard is to bid 3t. As

between passing 2´ and competing to 3™, the latter

is marginally preferable, as passing is so supine.

Better than either, however, but not listed, is a 4™

punt, for which I'd give seven marks.

Answers: (a) 2; (b) 10; (c) 4.

You have already shown five diamonds and four

spades. Your best reply to the Fourth Suit Forcing is

2™, which partner will interpret as most likely a

doubleton. While it is possible you are 4·3·5·1, over

partner's next bid eg 2NT, you'd bid 3™. With your

actual hand, you'll raise 2NT to 3NT and partner

will know you are 4·2·5·2. Between the other

choices, 2t is not a bad bid as your diamonds are of

decent quality; however partner will think you are

probably 6t-4´. The third option, 2NT, is I'm

afraid a non-starter - you don't have a stopper in

the fourth suit.

Answers: (a) 7; (b) 10; (c) 1.

You have a close decision. You have wasted values in

partner's splinter bid suit, however the length in

clubs is a big plus - ruffing opportunities and fewer

potential losers elsewhere. It is easy to construct

hands where you can make 6™, such as

´J742, ™KJ54, tAKJ5, ®6

However, the five-level is not safe should partner be

minimum. The solution is to bid 4t, a modern

treatment known as Last Train (to Clarkesville),

which applies when there is only one 'in-between

bid'. 4t does not say anything about diamonds -

unless you bid on over a 4™ sign-off, in which case

it retrospectively becomes an ace-showing cue bid.

Even if partner doesn't know much about The

Monkees, I'd try 4t - as partner will sign off with a

minimum and bid on with extra values - which is

exactly what you want. Between the other two

choices, I prefer 4´, as you have a good enough

hand to expect 6™ to make more often than 5™ go

´ A 4 2

™ J 7 3

t 9 7 3 2

® 8 7 6

Game All. Pairs.

W N E S

3™ Dble Pass ?

Choose from: (a) Pass; (b) 3´; (c) 4t.

´ A 9 3 2

™ J 2

t A Q 9 8 2

® 7 4

Love All. Teams.

W N E S

1t

Pass 1™ Pass 1´

Pass 2®1 Pass ?

1 Fourth Suit Forcing, 'We're

going to game, please describe

your hand further.'

Choose from: (a) 2t; (b) 2™; (c) 2NT.

Love All. Teams.

W N E S

1® 1™

1´ 2®1 2´ ?

1 Unassuming cue bid, showing a

good heart raise - at least about

ten points with three (+) hearts.

Choose from: (a) Pass; (b) 3t; (c) 3™.

´ A 3

™ A Q 9 8 2

t Q 2

® K J 5 2

N/S Game. Teams.

W N E S

1™

Pass 4®1 Pass ?

1 Splinter bid, showing a raise to

(at least) 4™ with a singleton (or

void) club.

Choose from: (a) 4t; (b) 4™; (c) 4´.

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

´ A 10 3 2

™ A J 8 7 3

t Q 8 4

® 2

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