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Opener has a grotty opening bid (let's be charitable

and assume he hasn't played a hand in a while) and

East has a respectable limit raise which they show

with 2NT. Opener bids 3´ to say 'I would have

passed in the sequence 1´ Pass 3´' and responder

respects this choice.

The Dos and Don'ts of bidding after a

take-out double

Do use the 2NT bid to differentiate between a

weak raise to 3´ (four trumps and 5-9

points) and a limit raise or better (a hand

that would bid 1´ Pass 3´ if there was no

double).

Do imagine partner has a traditional 4·4·3·2

ten count when he bids 2NT over a double

after you have opened a major, and plan

accordingly.

Don't forget you are not required to take the

decision about whether or not to go to

game by yourself. If you are unsure you

can bid a second suit and let partner

decide.

Don't assume that your side can't make a slam

just because of an intervening take-out

double. When you hold a strong hand it

costs nothing to consult partner first. r

Dealer West.

W N E S

1´ Dble 2NTA Pass

3´ All Pass

Dealer West.

W N E S

1´ Dble 2NTA Pass

4´ All Pass

´ A Q 10 6 5 ´ K 7 5 3

™ Q 4 3 ™ K 7 6 5

t 8 7 6 5 t Q 3

® K ® Q J 3

N

W E

S

´ A Q 8 7 6 ´ J 10 4 3

™ 8 ™ A Q 2

t K J 10 6 5 t 9 7

® 5 4 ® K J 6 3

N

W E

S

Dealer West.

W N E S

1™ Dble 2NTA Pass

3t Pass 4™ All Pass

´ J ´ 8 7 5 4 3

™ K 9 7 5 3 ™ Q J 10 2

t A J 10 7 t K 3

® K 9 3 ® A 8

N

W E

S

The opener has a respectable light opening bid, with

two decent 5-card suits. East shows a limit raise and

West takes a shot at game, which is a fair gamble.

Even though East has two small in his second suit,

game is better than it looks as the spade finesse is

more likely to be right than usual (North is short

remember) and the ®A is more likely to be with

North. If instead North has the queen he may well

give this away at trick one by leading the suit, in

which case the jack from dummy will work.

West has only 12 points but fair playing strength

and a useful second suit. West tries 3t, prepared to

pass if partner returns to 3™, but here East takes

Dealer West.

W N E S

1´ Dble 2NTA Pass

4t Pass 4™ Pass

4NT Pass 5®1 Pass

6´ All Pass

1 4 or 1 keycards

´ A K J 8 5 4 ´ 10 7 3 2

™ A 4 3 2 ™ K 5

t 3 t J 8 7 2

® K J ® A Q 3

N

W E

S

West has more than enough to go to game but tries

4t as a splinter in case a low point count slam is on.

East has 90% working points (only the tJ is useless)

and is well worth a cue bid to show a first- or

second-round control in hearts, and West can take a

shot at slam after checking on aces.

Note that slam has 12 top tricks even if trumps

are 3-0, since the void will surely be with North and

the trumps can be picked up after cashing a top

honour.

them to game. East 'only' has ten points, but the

powerful trumps (that 10 will often help overcome

bad breaks) and strong honour doubletons will be

ideal. It is also very likely that partner has a

singleton spade.

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