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REALLY EASY BRIDGE
HELLO again to our newest members. In soon and as low as possible.
my previous article I asked what you should
bid with the following hand if your partner Examples
♠ A 10 7 5 4 3 ♠ KQ6
Hand 1 ♥ 9
♥ J84 With Hand 2, respond 2♦. The weaker the
♠J62 ♦ 972 S ♦ 543 hand, the more important it is that you take
♥QJ943 ♣ 753 ♣ AK42 your partner out of the 1NT contract, as
♦976 you cannot possibly be of any help to him
♣86 there with this hand. If you play in 2♦,
Here West should respond 2 ♠ to however, you may well make three tricks
partner’s 1NT opening for the same and possibly even make the contract for a
Although this hand is fairly balanced, if reasons as on the previous hand. East plus score. Again, your partner should pass
you pass and leave partner to play in 1NT should pass this bid. Whilst East-West and leave you to play in 2♦.
it is unlikely your hand will make a trick are likely to make eight tricks in a spade With Hand 3, again use a weakness take-
and it is most probable partner will only contract (two club tricks and six spade out and bid 2♥. Although you have more
make five of the required seven tricks and tricks, because after you have led the ♠K, points this time, your hand will play much
go two down. If, however, you bid 2♥ it is the ♠Q and then small to the ♠A, the better if your long, weak heart suit is
very likely your hand will be able to make opponents will almost certainly have run trumps. Partner must pass your bid.
two tricks as you have five trumps. This out of spades), if you play in no-trumps
would result in your contract going only the opponents are likely to cash a large
one down (making seven tricks out of the number of tricks in hearts and diamonds Summary
required eight). (probably five tricks in hearts and four in
Whilst we never like to go down, if this diamonds) causing you to go down before • When your partner opens with 1NT
is going to happen it is better to give your you can gain the lead. and you have a weak, unbalanced
opponents as few points as possible. hand with 0-10 points, it is better
to bid your five-card (or longer)
The theory Hand 2 Hand 3 suit at the two level rather than
♠842 ♠K42 letting partner struggle in 1NT.
The 2♥ bid recommended above is called ♥82 ♥987432 • When you have opened with 1NT
a weakness take-out. You should make it ♦986532 ♦K4 and your partner has used a weak-
when you have between 0 and 10 points ♣54 ♣K4 ness take-out, do not bid again.
and a hand unsuitable for playing in no-
trumps. You can bid any of the four suits
in response to 1NT at the two level to
show this type of hand (although later on
in your bridge development we will look
Aunty Gill’s WORD SEARCH
at a better use for the 2♣ bid, known as Find the terms listed below. Words can appear
‘Stayman’). When you respond at the two horizontally, vertically or diagonally, forwards
level to your partner’s 1NT opening, you or backwards.
must have at least five cards in the suit you
bid opened balanced
bid and your partner must pass this bid.
pass tricks trumps
If you have a maximum point count of
contract weakness take-out
10 and your partner has a maximum
response west maximum
point count of 14, together you have a
partner spades unbalanced
maximum point count of 24 which is
usually not enough to make game.
Therefore it is wise to stop in a sensible Bridge terms for beginners are explained at www.reallyeasybridge.com
denomination (a suit or no-trumps) as
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