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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

here.

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

Y

ou open 1™ and the next hand doubles.

Partner bids 2NT. What is your call when the

hand on the right passes?

ANSWERS

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

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