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Game All. Pairs.

W N E S

1t 1™ 1NT

W

hich of the following three South hands

would bid according to the sequence

given? What should the other two do

differently? Assume you are playing Duplicate Pairs.

In each case there is equal vulnerability. Each

question is worth six marks for the correct answer,

and a further two marks for giving the correct

alternative bidding for the other hands - in

Andrew's opinion.

Hand A Hand B Hand C

´ Q 3 ´ J 8 3 ´ J 2

™ K J 9 4 2 ™ 7 3 2 ™ K J 8 2

t 7 4 t K J 5 t 9 6

® J 7 4 2 ® K 8 7 2 ® A 8 4 3 2

Q5

Game All. Pairs.

W N E S

1NT1 Pass Pass

1 12-14

Hand A Hand B Hand C

´ Q 8 3 2 ´ J 4 3 ´ J 10 4 3 2

™ J 7 3 ™ 9 8 3 2 ™ 7 6

t Q 9 7 t Q 9 6 5 2 t Q J 6 3

® A Q 7 ® 8 ® J 3

Q6

Game All. Pairs.

W N E S

1™ 2NT1 4™ 5®

1 Unusual, showing 5-5 in minors

Hand A Hand B Hand C

´ 10 8 5 3 2 ´ K Q J 9 ´ J 7 5 3 2

™ 5 2 ™ Q J 10 ™ 6 4 3

t K Q 8 2 t 6 3 t 9 6 4 3 2

® Q J ® A 7 4 2 ® -

Q7

Game All. Pairs.

W N E S

1™

Dble 3™ 3´ 4t

Hand A Hand B Hand C

´ 7 ´ 3 ´ Q J

™ A K J 6 2 ™ A Q 9 8 3 ™ K Q J 4 3

t A 2 t K J 9 5 2 t A J 3

® Q J 6 3 2 ® K 8 ® J 3 2

Q8

Your 1NT bid must contain a heart stopper in light

of East's overcall. That rules out Hand (b), which is

best raising to 2t. With Hand (a), a lucrative

penalty may be available and you should pass 1™,

planning to pass partner's reopening double. The

correct answer is (c) - and note the 1NT bid is more

constructive after the overcall, so a fair nine points

is about par. Don't worry that your hand is (slightly)

unbalanced.

It is losing bridge, especially at Pairs, to invite game

with a poor 11-count such as the barren Hand (a) -

4·3·3·3 with no tens and very soft values. Hand (a)

is the right answer. With Hand (b), you should bid

Weak Stayman, preparing to pass partner's reply.

Even a 4-3 spade fit rates to be better than tabling

your dummy to 1NT. Hand (c) is a standard transfer

(or weakness take-out) into spades (bidding 2™ and

passing 2´).

This is a bit of fun. I award the correct answer to

Hand (c) - yes really. Bidding 5® has two big things

going for it. You may get doubled - in which case

you can run to 5t which may also get doubled and

should play very nicely thank you very much.

Alternatively, the opponents may bid on, in which

case you'd love a club lead - you can ruff (to

partner's surprise), return a diamond to partner's

putative ace, then ruff a second club. Hand (a) is

very offensive - with all your values in partner's

minors - and should bid a simple 5t. Hand (b),

though, has fabulous defensive prospects - you have

a heart trick and probably two spade tricks (partner

is short, remember). I'd chance a double of 4™, even

though partner has not announced any defence.

The best meaning of 4t in this auction is helping

partner to judge what to do over the opposing 4´

bid that may come. To that end, 4t should be a

natural second suit, not an ace-showing cue bid.

Hand (b) is the correct answer - if partner has

diamonds, rendering the deal a double-fit, we'll

probably want to bid on to 5™. In the same vein,

Hand (a) should bid 4®. Hand (c) has really gone

down in value - ´QJ are probably wastepaper. You

should simply pass 3´. Cont/ . . .

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