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W N E S

1´ Pass 2´ Pass

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4´. While you have only 16 HCP, this is a great

hand. On the losing trick count, which you are

entitled to use when you have found a fit, you have

only four losers. You are closer to making a slam try

than giving partner the option to play out of game.

Follow the maxim 'six-four bid more'.

W N E S

1´ Pass 2t Pass

3® Pass 3´ Pass

4NT Pass 5™1 Pass

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1 two aces/key cards

5NT. Since partner has shown two aces, you know

that there are no fast losers. You should follow 4NT

with 5NT to confirm this and to ask about kings. If

holding a semi-solid diamond suit, partner can just

bid the grand slam rather than show kings.

W N E S

4™ 4NT1 Pass

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1 minors

6®. Although partner, in entering the auction after

an opposing pre-empt, is playing you with about as

many HCP as you have, the values you have are

exceptionally high quality. Aces are always useful in

shapely deals and you have five-card club support,

far better than partner will be expecting. While a

singleton in partner's main side suit is not always an

asset, when you have five trumps, it might well be.

Hand 6

´ A 9 7 4 2

™ A 2

t 3

® 10 9 8 4 2

W N E S

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1®. If your long suit was some other suit and you

play strong Acol two bids, you could make a strong

opening on the hand. It would also be possible to do

so playing Benjamin. In standard Acol, however, this

hand is a long way from warranting a game force

and you should open at the one level. It is unlikely

that 1® will be passed out.

W N E S

1´ Pass 1NT

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2t. Looking at only four cards in the majors, it is

quite likely that North will rebid 2™ or 2´ and end

up as declarer. Since you would much prefer a

diamond lead to one of the rounded suits, it is

worth the risk to overcall. Doing so may also enable

your side to push the opponents to the three level if

partner can raise to 3t.

W N E S

1™ 2® 2™ 3®

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3™. With six hearts, you should compete to the

three level even though partner might have raised

with three-card support (with a 3·3·2·5 shape for

example). This is not a game try - you would bid

3t or, in some partnerships, double, if you wanted

to invite 4™. Answers to Questions on Page 8

Club Bidding Quiz by Julian Pottage

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link

Hand 1

´ 5 2

™ 8

t A Q 9

® A K Q J 7 5 4

Hand 2

´ A 2

™ 7 4

t K Q J 10 4

® 8 6 3 2

Hand 3

´ Q 10 3

™ A Q 9 8 4 3

t A

® J 9 3

Hand 4

´ K Q 9 7 5 2

™ A

t A K 10 7

® 9 5

Hand 5

´ K Q 10 9 5 2

™ 3

t A 4

® A Q J 4

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