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Club Player’s The Two-minute Interview
Bidding Francine Winham
Julian Pottage Answers to problems
on page 21
FRANCINE WINHAM is an acclaimed
photographer, best known for her work
Hand 1 W N E S Hand 4 W N E S
in the world of jazz. After a spell as a film
´ A 10 8 7 3 1™ Pass ´AK5 1™ Pass 2t Pass
director, in 1991 Francine started train-
™J3 1´ Pass 3´ Pass ™KQ9764 ? ing as an opera singer and has perfor-
tK54 ? tK84 med in productions both home and
®8 4 2 ®3 3™. You have rather abroad.
4´. The losing trick better than a minimum
count gives you nine opening: 15 HCP and How did you start playing bridge?
losers, which suggests a pass. However, only five losers. What is more, you have a When I was a teenager my aunt taught me
with a five-card spade suit, which you have good six-card heart suit. The jump rebid whist – which I have now forgotten how
certainly not promised, and a nice 8 high- in your suit shows both features – the to play. Later a group of friends learned to
card points, you need to make an upwards extra hearts and the extra strength. Having play together, having bridge parties with
adjustment. The ´10 and even the ™J responded at the two level, partner cannot total beginners. We felt very grand. I start-
could be useful cards, for which the LTC pass this. ed to read bridge books, and we’d sit
makes no allowance. around testing each other on the quizzes
in the books.
Hand 5 W N E S How often do you play?
Hand 2 W N E S ´AQ3 2® Pass 2t Pass Probably on average twice a week nowa-
´ K J 10 8 4 Pass 3® Pass ™AK3 ? days. I used to play at weekends all night
™KQ42 ? tAQJ4 with the curtains drawn, and then be
t A 10 8 6 ®K 8 4 2NT. Opening 2® and astounded to see light coming in the win-
® Void Pass. You should not rebidding 2NT describes dow when we finally went to bed at about
fight partner in the your hand perfectly – a 5 or 6 in the morning.
auction. A pre-empt in balanced 23-24 points. You have no need What does bridge mean to you?
second seat should show a good suit. If to jump – your 2® opening already It’s my main form of entertainment
you bid 3´ (forcing) or 3NT, you are announced a very good hand. Although (except for singing). I’ve met many very
unlikely to improve the contract – you are this rebid is not forcing, partner will only good friends through bridge and
much more likely to make it worse. With pass with a very weak hand. although I’m hooked on Sudoku, it’s
long clubs and little else, how can partner’s much more interesting to read bridge
hand be of much use to you? books and do bridge problems when I’m
Hand 6 W N E S on my own.
´Q8 1NT Pass If you could change one thing about
Hand 3 W N E S ™A98 ? bridge, what would it be?
´876543 1´ Pass 1NT Pass tA72 It would be good if the rules in duplicate
™KQ6 ? ®8 6 5 4 2 Pass. You have 10 points, about what needs alerting and when one
tAK6 not enough to look for has to announce could be the same here
®8 2´. While they may be game facing a 12-14 and abroad, especially the USA.
only eight high, the 1NT opener. It would be a mistake to add What are your hobbies apart from
spades are a six-card suit. on a point for the five-card club suit bridge?
You also have a singleton on the side. because it is so poor. Even if you did, you Singing, tennis, and formerly skiing. The
Playing with a trump suit gives you time would be taking something off for the singing is now mainly jazz and I attend
to develop your winners. If partner has a doubleton queen. Just be grateful that lots of ‘open mics’ (music competitions
singleton spade and the suit breaks badly, partner should not have to struggle to open to all).
that is just unlucky. make 1NT. r
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