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n the final two questions (playing Pairs)

you are again South. You face an all-too

familiar Pass, Double or Bid dilemma.

In the auction given, one of the three hands should

Pass, one should Double and one should bid on. Ten

marks for identifying all three. Three marks for

getting one correct and two wrong (two correct and

one wrong is, of course, impossible). Again, all in

the judgement of Andrew.

Answers: (a) Pass; (b) Dble; (c) 3®.

At Pairs, you can be bolder with your lead-directing

doubles of artificial bids such as Stayman and

transfers - the occasional disaster (when they

redouble and make) is more than offset by all those

overtricks you save after steering partner to the

right opening lead. Although you would normally

have five clubs to double 2®, I'd chance it with

Hand B - the ®109 are big cards. I'd pass with Hand

A - those clubs are so anaemic and you don't want

to put partner off their natural alternative lead,

holding queens in every suit. With Hand C, an

offensive hand not a lead-directing hand, I'd jam

the bidding with 3®.

Answers: (a) Pass; (b) 5™; (c) Dble.

In the World Bridge Team Championships in

Wuhan, China, South held Hand A. Those who

doubled 4´ tipped declarer off to play for a 5-0

trump split and almost all those declarers made 4´

(doubled). Those Souths who passed invariably

defeated 4´. Pass is indicated. With Hand B, you

should bid on to 5™. You have no defence to 4´ and

expect 5™ (doubled) to be very cheap - it may even

make, for partner rates to have a void spade. With

Hand C, you should double. This will suggest to

partner you have short hearts and a profitable

ruffing defence may well ensue. r

Congratulations to our two

winners who scored an

incredible 98% and 96%.

John Auld, Nottinghamshire

Ian Pagan, London

£50 EBU vouchers

Love All. Pairs.

W N E S

1NT1 Pass 2®2 ?

1 12-14, 2 Stayman

Hand A Hand B Hand C

´ Q 8 6 ´ 4 2 ´ 7

™ Q 3 2 ™ A 2 ™ K 9 3 2

t Q 2 t J 7 4 3 2 t 5

® A 10 6 3 2 ® K Q 10 9 ® Q 10 9 7 6 3 2

Q9

E/W Game. Teams.

W N E S

1´1 2™ 4´ ?

1 Five-card major

Hand A Hand B Hand C

´ A K 10 8 5 ´ 8 6 4 3 ´ A 3 2

™ Q 9 ™ Q J 7 3 2 ™ -

t 9 8 4 3 t - t 9 8 6 4 3 2

® 9 2 ® 7 6 4 3 ® A 8 3 2

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