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February 2020 English Bridge

Michael's Interference Quiz, from p16

Hand 1 Hand 2 Hand 3

´ 8 ´ K 3 ´ 7

™ J 9 8 7 ™ 9 8 ™ Q J 9 2

t K 5 4 t 7 6 3 t 10 7 6 5

® J 9 5 3 2 ® Q J 8 5 4 3 ® K 7 4 3

Hand 4 Hand 5 Hand 6

´ Q 10 8 5 ´ A J 9 3 ´ -

™ Q J 3 ™ 6 5 ™ 7 6 5

t 8 7 6 t 10 7 4 2 t K Q 10 4

® J 9 3 ® 7 6 5 ® J 10 6 4 3 2

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artner overcalls 2t after a 1´ opening bid and the next hand raises to 2´. Assuming both sides are

vulnerable, what is your call?

ANSWERS

Hand 4) Pass - This is a completely flat hand, soft

values and wasted defensive points in spades. If

2´ comes around to partner, they are welcome to

bid again but you mustn't give them any

encouragement.

Hand 5) 3t - Although you expect to have a 10-

card fit, a jump raise would be excessive on a

hand with no singleton and such good spades.

Passing is too feeble. If you struggle and defeat 2´

with careful play you will be disappointed to see

you have scored badly with an easy part-score

your way in diamonds.

Hand 6) 5t - Yes, really. With our clean hand with

no defensive tricks we can be sure that the

opponents will be making game, and more

importantly so might we! There is every chance

partner has a singleton club and whatever the

outcome, playing in diamonds will be better for

our side than defending spades. Those that adopt

a 'wait and see' bid of 3t are missing the point.

Even if you bid 5t later on you have given your

opponents a chance to work out whether they

should be bidding on or not. r

Hand 1) 3t - A modest hand, but good playing

strength and a high honour in partner's suit. If

the next hand blasts to 4´ we won't be

disappointed to see partner sacrifice in 5t, since

we have no defensive tricks.

Hand 2) 3t - Slightly more dubious now as our

spade holding is not worth a lot, but we still need

to compete the part-score. This hand will often be

a double fit, with the opponents holding the

majors and we the minors (since partner might

have doubled 1´ with 6t and 4™) so one raise is

hardly pushing the boat out too far.

Hand 3) 4t - It is likely that our side belongs in 5t

against their 4´ but no need to bid partner's hand

for him. If the next hand bids 4´ then partner will

be well placed to judge what to do, since our jump

raise describes our hand perfectly - good

distribution, four card support and little defence.

If 4t is passed out then it should have a chance to

make. If it is one down then I am sure the

opponents would have been making +140 in

spades.

W N E S

1´ 2t 2´ ?

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