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W N E S

Pass

Pass 1™ Dble Pass

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3t. Since your partner has forced you to bid, you

might bid 2t with a very weak hand. 10 HCP is

close on the maximum you could hold as a passed

hand and justifies making the jump bid. Your heart

stopper is a bit tenuous to risk 2NT, though that

should be your second choice.

W N E S

1™ Pass 1´ Pass

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1NT. With 15 HCP and a completely balanced

shape, this is the only sensible action. Do not worry

about the lack of a diamond stopper. Your partner

may well have something there and the opponents

might not lead the suit anyway.

W N E S

1t 1™ Dble 2™

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2´. Partner's double indicates a four-card spade

suit, so your 2´ is raising spades, not a reverse. In a

competitive auction it is important that you

establish a fit, especially as your side has the boss

suit. r

W N E S

1™ 3®1

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1 weak

Double. With only 10 high card points and no great

shape you do not want to force the partnership to

game, which is what bidding 3´ would do. Your

double shows reasonable values with at least four

spades - the opposing pre-empt has done its job

and you have to accept that there is no perfect call

available.

W N E S

Pass Pass 1™

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1´. Although you have a seven-card suit, this is not

a pre-emptive hand. Holding three aces you have

good defence against an opposing contract and

should take the auction slowly. Game may be

possible even facing a passed partner but you

cannot tell at this stage.

W N E S

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Double. You have a good hand, including four

hearts, and should be happy to make a takeout

double. Despite the void you need not fear that

partner will leave the double in for penalties - the

opponents are vulnerable and you have several top

winners to make if that does happen.

Hand 3

´ -

™ A 6 3 2

t A K Q 7 5 2

® A Q 5

Hand 5

´ A K 10

™ A J 8 2

t 6 3 2

® K 7 3

Hand 6

´ A K 8 2

™ 5 3

t J 9 8 6 3

® A 9

Answers to Questions on Page 12

Club Bidding Quiz by Julian Pottage

click

link

Hand 1

´ Q J 10 8 7

™ Q 4

t A 6 3

® J 7 3

Hand 2

´ A 10 9 8 7 4 2

™ A 9

t A 2

® 10 7

Hand 4

´ K 8

™ Q 4 2

t K Q 7 6 5

® 10 7 2

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