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Imagine, sitting South, that the auction starts as

below. What would you bid on each of the

following?

W N E S

1t 1´ Pass ?

Hand 1 Hand 2 Hand 3

´ Q 10 6 ´ 9 6 4 3 ´ Q J 5

™ 7 5 3 2 ™ K J 5 ™ A K 4 3

t A 4 t 3 t 7 3

® J 10 5 4 ® Q 9 8 7 3 ® J 10 7 5

Hand 4 Hand 5

´ 8 6 2 ´ Q 8 6 4

™ 8 7 ™ A 3

t A J 10 6 t 7 2

® K Q J 7 ® K Q 10 6 5

Hand 6 Hand 7

´ 5 4 2 ´ 7 4 3

™ Q 6 5 ™ Q 10 9 8

t Q 9 8 7 t 3

® 7 6 5 ® A Q J 7 4

Hand 1 is a straightforward raise to 2´. You have

seven points and three card support for partner

so this is the normal bid.

Hand 2 is a clear 3´ bid. Don't be put off by the fact

that you don't have your high cards in trumps:

you plan to ruff diamonds in your hand anyway

so that's no problem. Your singleton in

opponent's suit is a great holding so you are

putting down a good dummy whether partner

passes or raises this to game.

Hand 3 has three spades and 11 points so it is too

strong for a simple raise. You should make an

unassuming cue bid by bidding 2t. If partner

bids 2´ you can pass now, having shown your

hand: they won't have enough for game.

Hand 4. You should also make an unassuming cue

bid. Again, don't be put off by your weak trump

holding: you are in range for the bid so make it.

Hand 5 is too good to bid 3´ so you should make

an unassuming cue bid. I would not then pass 2´

if partner bid it: you are worth another go with

this hand. Game will be easy if partner has ´AK

and ®A, which is only 11 points. If making

another move over 2´ I would bid 3® as this is

more descriptive than 3´.

Hand 6. I would not raise at all with this hand,

especially if vulnerable. It's just too weak and has

no redeeming shape so I'd just pass 1´.

Hand 7. Although this has nine points, not 10, I

would bid 2t. Your side suit is great, as is your

shape - a singleton in opponent's suit is excellent

news. Contrast this to Hand 1, which is a pretty

good hand for a simple raise: this hand is so

much stronger. Your trumps being weak might

even work in your favour as you will be ruffing

diamonds with bad trumps, not wasting top

honours. r

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