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
artner overcalls 2t after a 1´ opening bid and the next hand raises to 2´. Assuming both sides are
vulnerable, what is your call?
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
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
W N E S
1´ 2t 2´ ?