October 2019 English Bridge
NEIL ROSEN'S ANSWERS CONTINUED FROM P68
8 Choice of Pass or 2t. My advice is that control-
rich hands (aces and kings) are much better for
trump contracts, so I think 2t is relatively clear
9 3t. Partner has shown diamonds. With a fit you
want to bump the bidding up to put pressure on
the opponents (there is even a case for 4t, but
that looks foolish when partner has the stronger
hand type so I would advise against).
10 2™. Partner has shown hearts - weak or strong.
Assuming weak I'd bid 2™ to play or hear from
partner again if stronger.
11 3t. Partner has shown a good three-card raise.
It's quite close here between signing off in 2´
and making a natural game try of 3t. 60-40 I'd
go for 3t but as you can see a close decision.
12 Pass. Facing a weak raise (5-8 points) this is
clear cut. r
Michael's Interference Quiz, from p20
Hand 1 Hand 2 Hand 3
´ J 6 5 2 ´ A Q 4 3 ´ Q J 3
™ A Q J 9 6 5 ™ K 7 6 4 3 ™ Q 4 3 2
t K 2 t Q 3 t K Q 9
® 3 ® J 2 ® A K J
Hand 4 Hand 5
´ K Q 2 ´ 4
™ A K J 9 7 6 ™ A K 8 6 4 3 2
t Q J 9 7 t A K J 7
® - ® 6
ou open 1™ and the next hand doubles.
Partner bids 2NT. What is your call when the
hand on the right passes?
of that being right have plummeted when the
double shows the spades are sitting over you.
Hand 3) 3NT - You have enough points for game
and want to give partner a choice. Holding so
many points it is very likely that the trumps are
breaking badly (since the doubler will not
normally be messing around when his point
count is low) and you have a lot of soft values
(queens and jacks) that will be more suited to a
no trump contract. (It goes without saying that
partner is welcome to return to the 4-4 heart fit if
he is particularly shapely).
Hand 4) 4® - Don't bid a lazy 4™ and discover you
have missed a slam facing as little as
´xxx, ™Qxxx, tAKx, ®Jxx.
4® is a splinter, showing a hand worth game and
thinking about a slam with a club shortage. If
partner returns to 4™ with a fold of the fan then
we can stop safely in game, if he can bid 4t then
we are off to the races.
Hand 5) 4NT - Just as we would have done after
1™ Pass 3™. If partner has an ace it will be a fair
shot to bid 6™, just hoping partner has some help
for us in diamonds (the odds are pretty good he
doesn't have three small, but even then it will have
a chance). r
Hand 1) 4™ - 'Only' 11 points but a powerful and
shapely hand with points where you need them. A
ten card fit gives you plenty of playing strength
and the odds are good that partner only has a
doubleton spade to ruff your losers.
Hand 2) 3™ - 12 points and unattractive shape and
honour structure. Even if game was normally
only on a spade finesse remember today the odds