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Christmas Quiz Answers

Christmas Quiz Answers by Andrew Robson

´ A K 3

™ A 7

t A 7 3 2

® A 8 7 6

Game All. Pairs.

W N E S

1™ Dble

3™ Pass Pass ?

Y

ou are South in each problem. Which of the

three selected bids would you find at the key

moment and why?

Q1 Choose from: (a) Pass; (b) Double; (c) 3NT.

´ 7 3 2

™ Q 10 2

t K J 8 3

® Q 7 4

Love All. Teams.

W N E S

1™ Pass 2™

Pass 3®1 Pass ?

1 Naturalish, asking for help

(trial bid)

Q2 Choose from: (a) 3t; (b) 3™; (c) 4™.

´ K 8 2

™ A 3

t Q J 9 8

® K 9 7 2

Love All. Teams.

W N E S

1NT1

Pass 4NT Pass ?

1 12-14

Q3 Choose from: (a) Pass; (b) 5NT; (c) 6NT.

´ K 3

™ 9 8 2

t K J 10 8 4 3 2

® 2

N/S Game. Teams.

W N E S

3t

Pass 3NT 4® ?

Q4 Choose from: (a) Pass; (b) 4t; (c) 4NT.

It's annoying - you'd like to make a penalty double.

However, double would be for take-out and all-too

likely, partner (with a likely bust) would bid some

grotty four-card spade suit and have to battle away

in a tricky 4-3 fit, probably drifting down a trick or

two. That's why I like Pass, the practical call, aiming

for a plus score, quite possibly the magic +200. My

last choice would be 3NT - a gamble that partner

has KQxxx in a minor and we can run nine tricks -

surely over-optimistic.

Answers: (a) 10; (b) 7; (c) 3.

Partner has made a quantitative no trump slam

invite and we are middle of the range - what to do?

I think we are just worth a go at slam, with your

good minor-suit intermediates (filler-in cards) and

crisp major suits. However, rather than pot 6NT, the

correct call is 5NT - best played as 'pick a slam' (not

a further invite). That way, you can play a 4-4

minor-suit fit. Give partner, say,

´Axx ™Kxx tAKxx ®AQx

and 6t makes easily while 6NT requires a fourth

club trick.

Answers: (a) 3; (b) 10; (c) 7.

Partner has made a game-try and you have a fair

hand; not a great hand - aceless with a poor shape.

But to sign off holding queens in both partner's

suits would be too negative. Best is a return gametry

of 3t - effectively passing the buck and

(perhaps) implying some values in diamonds. So

3t gets 10 marks; between 3™ and 4™, I narrowly

prefer 4™ - with those queens.

Answers: (a) 10; (b) 5; (c) 6.

Although you have shown your hand, your

singleton club suggests it is right to bid on. You

couldn't crime pass, but I think 4t is more helpful

to partner. At one table in the Rosenblum semifinal,

the buccaneering South player chose 4NT,

hoping partner held a club stopper and diamonds

would run. North expected a club stopper opposite

(eg with the black suits reversed) and passed 4NT.

The defence could have taken the first 11 tricks -

but they did take the first eight.

Answers: (a) 8; (b) 10; (c) 3.

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