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CLUB PLAYER’S A little

Heather’s Hints

BIDDING QUIZ

ON each of the following problems,

extra

you are West. What should you bid

chance

with each hand on the given auction?

Julian Pottage gives the correct

answers on page 24.

Hand 1 Heather Dhondy

´ A 10 8 7 3 W N E S

™J3 1™ Pass E/W Game. Dealer East.

tK54 1´ Pass 3´ Pass ´ A8754 and jack because of his switch to the queen.

®8 4 2 ? ™ 10 In trumps, we know he has the ace, and in

t A97 diamonds he has at most the jack. That’s 8

® Q 10 7 3 points, therefore he must hold the ace of

clubs – but you cannot be certain of the

Hand 2 N location of the jack. You could simply ruff

W E

´ K J 10 8 4 W N E S S your third diamond, draw the trump and

™KQ42 Pass 3® Pass play West for the jack of clubs but can you

t A 10 8 6 ? ´ 2 improve on that? There is the possibility

® Void ™ KJ876543 that East holds the ace-jack doubleton in

t 3 clubs, and you should cater for that now.

® K65 Instead of ruffing the diamond back to

hand, play a club. If East plays low, you will

Hand 3 have to hope that West holds the jack; the

´876543 W N E S PLAYING pairs, you are the declarer in 4™ play is completely safe since it is impossible

™KQ6 1´ Pass 1NT Pass as South after East has opened 1NT (12-14) for East to get a ruff, and gives you that

tAK6 ? and you have overcalled with 4™. small extra chance. The full deal was:

®8 West leads the king of diamonds, which

you win in dummy with the ace, East con-

tributing the six. You run the ten of hearts, ´ A8754

taken by West with the queen. West con- ™ 10

Hand 4 tinues with the diamond queen, East play- t A97

´AK5 W N E S ing the two; you ruff in hand and play a top ® Q 10 7 3

™KQ9764 1™ Pass 2t Pass trump. West discards a diamond; East wins ´ K63 ´ Q J 10 9

tK84 ? with the ace and now switches to the queen ™ Q N ™ A92

W E

®3 of spades; West follows with the three, and t K Q 10 8 5 S t J642

you win with the ace. Plan the play. ® 9842 ® AJ

This is the position you have reached: ´ 2

™ KJ876543

Hand 5 t 3

´AQ3 W N E S ´ 875 ® K65

™AK3 2® Pass 2t Pass ™ —

tAQJ4 ? t 9

®K 8 4 ® Q 10 7 3

Heather’s Hints

N

W E

S

• Count the defenders’ points. You

Hand 6 ´ — may be able to ascertain the

´Q8 W N E S ™ J8765 location of a crucial high card from

™A98 1NT1 Pass t — their bidding, or indeed their

tA72 ? ® K65 inability to open the bidding.

®8 6 5 4 2 • Always consider if you can give

1

12-14 points yourself an extra chance, however

It is time to count East’s points. In spades we slim, if it is at no risk. r

can assume that he began with the queen

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