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Hand 1 Hand 2

´ Q J 8 4 ´ A 4 3 2

™ K 4 ™ 7 6

t Q J 3 t K 10 5

® 9 6 5 4 ® 9 6 5 4

Hand 3 Hand 4

´ A 10 8 ´ 8

™ K 9 4 3 ™ 9 3 2

t 8 7 2 t 8 7 5

® Q 9 5 ® A K J 9 5 4

T

he last few months we have been looking at

situations where partner opens the bidding

and you must consider what to do, whether

you have a weak or invitational hand. This time the

opponents are going to make things much harder

by throwing a spanner into the works and

intervening.

Imagine a simple start where partner opens 1t

and the next hand overcalls 1´ - what would you

bid on each of these hands?

Coping with Interference - Part 1

Traps for the unwary by Michael Byrne

by Michael Byrne

stretch to show our major suit, and a negative

double is the right thing to do. When you make a

negative double of the opponents' spade overcall

this shows four hearts and the 4-4 fit (if one exists)

will be reached. Don't worry about the spade

stopper - if partner has enough to make 3NT

playable he will make a strong rebid and you can

find no trumps later.

Hand 4 is a pleasant hand but it lacks the values

to go to the 2-level. Unfortunately every other

choice is more flawed - a negative double shows

hearts (it's ok to have three sometimes when you

hold a good hand) and a raise to 2t will leave

partner in the dark as to your enormous playing

strength. However thin it may be you have to bid 2®

and hope to survive. If the next hand passes and

partner rebids 2NT (15-17) then you are committed

and must shut your eyes and bid 3NT. On a good

day you have six tricks for partner.

The key thing is that you hold a singleton spade,

and if the next hand bids spades enthusiastically

you want partner to know there is somewhere he

can go.

You'll notice I have made several references to the

fact that 1NT has a different point range to usual -

why is it not the normal 5-9?

To understand let us compare and contrast two

auctions:

Hand 1 is straight out of the text book for a 1NT

bid. Holding nine card points you expect to be able

to make 1NT comfortably and you hold a double

spade stopper as well as a load of soft values (queens

and jacks) which are most useful in no trumps.

Hand 2 must not bid 1NT as any cost. The spade

holding is horrible - whatever partner has in spades

will be led through and will not bolster your

holding at all, whether it is Q10, Q9 or J8. You also

don't have enough points with a scraggy seven and

have a perfectly good alternative in the form of 2t,

supporting partner's suit. Three-card support is

fine as you have a perfectly respectable hand with a

ruffing value.

Hand 3 has a nice spade stopper and the 8-10

range you need and you might think I am about to

tell you that 1NT sums up the hand well - it

doesn't. Just as if the opponent had passed we must

click

link

Auction A

W N E S

1™ Pass 1NT Pass

3NT All Pass

In Auction A, imagine the opener has 19 points

and responder 6. With 25 points between them,

they reach game.

Auction B

W N E S

1™ 1´ Pass Pass

1NT Pass 2NT Pass

3NT All Pass

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