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CLUB PLAYER’S Heather’s Hints

BIDDING QUIZ

ON each of the following problems,

by Heather Dhondy

you are West. What should you bid

with each hand on the given auction?

Julian Pottage gives his click

answers on page 54.

link Conning the Opponents

Hand 1 W N E S conning West. If you duck this trick, it will

´ 10 8 2 1™ Pass E/W Game. Dealer South. be very hard for West to believe that you

™ J3 ? ´ J85 have made this play from your actual

tAK965 ™ 10 5 4 holding, since you have reduced two

® 10 9 4 t J87 certain winners in the suit to one. He may

® K632 continue the suit believing his partner’s

three to have been from, for example,

N jack-three doubleton.

W E

Hand 2 W N E S S This was the full deal:

´ QJ9 1t 1´

™QJ632 ? ´ AKQ

tQ982 ™ AJ2 ´ J85

®4 t 965 ™ 10 5 4

® A Q J 10 t J87

® K632

´ 942 ´ 10 7 6 3

Hand 3 W N E S West North East South ™ KQ987 N ™ 63

W E

´ A Q 10 8 7 1´ Pass 2t Pass 2NT t AQ4 S t K 10 3 2

™ A 10 3 2´ Pass 2NT Pass Pass 3® Pass 3NT ® 94 ® 875

t K 10 ? All Pass ´ AKQ

®843 ™ AJ2

PLAYING TEAMS, South opens 2NT. t 965

What should North reply? ® A Q J 10

Unlike 1NT, it is quite usual for a 2NT

Hand 4 W N E S opening to have a five-card major, and it is

´ 876432 1t 1´ 2™ therefore sensible to have a system to help

™7 ? locate a 5-3 fit. North should bid 3®, five- Heather’s Hints

t852 card Stayman. Over this partner will bid a

®982 five-card major if held, 3t with a four- • Consider using some methods over

card major, or 3NT with no five- or four- 2NT to locate a 5-3 major-suit fit.

card major. Here South rebids 3NT which Holding 20-22 points and a five-

becomes the final contract. card major, you will be reluctant to

Hand 5 W N E S West leads the queen of hearts, and East open at the one-level, for fear of

´ KJ532 1NT 2®1 Pass follows with the three. This queen lead is playing there when partner has 4

™ A 10 4 ? likely to be from a king-queen holding or 5 points. Therefore you will

tJ7 since the lead of the king would request an want to be able to open 2NT, and

1Majors

®J87 unblock. Playing these methods, the three yet still be able to locate the major-

will be an attitude signal from East. How suit fit if held.

do you plan the play?

You have eight tricks, and winning the • When planning the play to your

Hand 6 W N E S ace and returning a heart will set up your contract always count both the

´ 10 8 7 5 3 Pass Pass 1t Pass ninth. The problem with this is that the winners and the losers. There will

™ Q J7 1´ Pass 2´ Pass defence should wake up and realise that be many occasions where you are

tJ8 ? you are establishing your ninth trick and able to establish nine winners in

® AJ9 switch to diamonds. If they do, they will 3NT, but the defence will have

almost certainly be able to defeat your established five first, as in this

contract. example. r

Your best chance will come from

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