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ONLINE EXTRA August 2013 English Bridge

Online Extra 63

Answers

1: 2™. Yes, minimum, but with 5 HCP

including an ace it is essential to bid. You

might be making game, or certainly you

want to make life difficult for your oppo nents.

It is much safer to bid on min imum

values when you do have a fit rather than

when you do not!

2: 2™. Maximum this time but still in

range. Remember that hands up to 10

HCP should routinely raise only to the

two level when balanced.

3: 3®. Too good for a quiet 2™ raise this

time. A good five-card suit and 10 HCP

allows you to make a three-card invi ta tional

raise via the Bergen 3® bid.

4: 3t. A limit raise, promising 10-12 HCP

with four-card support

5: 2NT. Jacoby game-forcing raise. What?

You don't play it? Well, you

should! (For an introduction to

the convention, see page 38,

October 2012.)

6: 2´. Bergen mixed raise, showing fourcard

support and 7-9 HCP. These bids are

designed to put maximum pressure on the

opponents while having the safety net of a

nine-card trump fit.

7: 3™, weak. These bids are designed to be

weak but not totally dreadful! I recom mend

about 4-6 points rather than 0+ as

some people try to play - that just seems

to generate bad scores, in my experience.

8: 4™. With five-card support and a bit of

shape (I hate 5-3-3-2 hands doing this), I

feel that using the Level of the Fit to jump

to the four-level is easily a winning tactic

long-term. Either you can make your con tract

or, if not, you make life fiendishly

difficult for your opponents in the

auction.

9: 4™. Yes, 4™ here too. It is rare to jump to

5™ since you may well pre-empt your side

rather than the opponents if it is your

partner who has a good hand.

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