EBU SPRING SIM PAIRS
WINNERS Club Bidding Quiz
by Julian Pottage
Answers to Problems on Page 40 link
W N E S W N E S
Tues May 7 (Aylesbury Vale BC): Hand 1 1™ Pass Hand 4 1t 1´ 2™
Peter Malpass – Andrew Mason ´ 10 8 2 ? ´ 876432 ?
™ J3 ™7
tAK965 1NT. Even with the five- t852 4´. When you have a big
® 10 9 4 card suit, 8 points is not ®982 fit, six-card support for
quite enough these days partner’s presumed five-
for a two level response. card suit, you do not need
You would expect partner to raise to 2NT points to raise pre-emptively. While you
with 17 points, so you are unlikely to miss expect to go down, the opponents must
game. If partner rebids 2™ over 1NT, you have a good fit too and be able to make a
will know it is a 6-2 fit, something you game, if not a slam.
would not know after 1™ – 2t – 2™.
Wed May 8 (Wallingford BC):
Ron Quainton – Adrian Lambe
W N E S
W N E S Hand 5 1NT 2®1 Pass
Hand 2 1t 1´ ´ KJ532 ?
´ QJ9 ? ™ A 10 4
tQ982 Double. At this level, a ®J87 4´. Facing both majors,
®4 double is for take-out you have a great hand.
rather than penalty. You Five-card support for
are not strong enough to partner’s four- or five-card spade suit is
respond 2™. While you do have support good news itself. A-10-x in partner’s other
Thurs May 9 (Wantage BC): for partner’s diamonds, getting the heart suit is useful too. If there is a two-way
Alison Nicolson – Keith Robbins suit into the picture is more important. If finesse in either major, North’s 1NT
partner does not bid hearts, you can pro- opening will give you a big clue which way
bably give preference to or compete in to take it.
W N E S
W N E S Hand 6 Pass Pass 1t Pass
Hand 3 1´ Pass 2t Pass ´ 10 8 7 5 3 1´ Pass 2´ Pass
´ A Q 10 8 7 2´ Pass 2NT Pass ™ Q J7 ?
™ A 10 3 ? tJ8
Fri May 10 (Oxford BC): t K 10 ® AJ9 Pass. Although partner
Erica and Christopher Sheppard ®843 3NT. Facing partner’s could have passed 1´
invitational 2NT, you (because you had al -
need to look at your suit ready passed), you do not want to get too
quality and spot cards. Here the spades are excited facing a single raise. Partner’s raise
quite good and you have two further tens in shows little more than a sound opening
the red suits. Had you opened a 12-14 1NT with four-card support. Holding a nine-
and received an invitational raise, again you loser hand, admittedly a good nine-loser
would have gone on to 3NT. hand, game is some way off. r
CONGRATULATIONS TO John Sansom, Richard Jephcott, Pam Pearce and
Mon May 13 (Christchurch BC): Joyce Skelton, who beat Carol Mueller, Kevin Elstow, Chris Mooney, Herb Mueller
Miles Cowling – Martin Brook and Victor Savage in the final of the Hubert Phillips Plate.
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