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round to attacking hearts early 4´ is not a entry to East’s spades. West must pass 2´!

good contract.

The ability to keep the bidding low with 19 – 21 April 2013

misfits is an easy source of good scores for Principle: Don’t fight partner. With a

experienced players. Holding Hand D, you

open 1™. Partner responds 1´, you rebid

weak, misfitting hand arrange for

the auction to end as soon as

REALLY EASY

2t and partner continues with 2´. What

do you do now?

possible! SPRING

Hand D

At club level 2NT

would be the common, Principle: If one player has a good

BREAK

´ 8 but very ill-advised suit but an otherwise weak hand,

™ AJ876 choice. The argument that suit should usually be trumps.

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Dad Junior

Layout 4 1™ 1´

´ 8 ´ KQJ942 2™ 2´

™ AJ876 N ™ 53 3™ 3´

W E

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