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The weakness

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take-out

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

opens 1NT:

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♠ A 10 7 5 4 3 ♠ KQ6

Hand 1 ♥ 9

W

N

E

♥ 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

five-card denomination

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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