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In Auction 5, is 3♠ a game try or pre- off (good six-card suit).
Diagram (iii) emptive? There is a big difference between 2. Bidding the conventional 2NT and
♠ KQ76 ♠ 42 this auction and the auction if South had then 3♠ after partner shows his
♥ K4 W E
♥ A 10 8 2 opened 1♦, and 2♦ was a Michaels Cue- second suit should be invitational.
♦ KQ643 S ♦ A52 bid. In Auction 5 South’s assets are known, 3. An immediate jump to 3♠ should be
♣ 92 ♣ AJ83 and North has shown no signs of compet- forcing.
ing over 2♦, so a pre-emptive 3♠ is not
really needed. 3♠ should be a game try. Sometimes you have only two obvious ways
Auction 3 of introducing your suit (2 and 3 above).
West North East South Responder shows his own suit This is because after (1NT) – 2♦ – (Pass)
1NT – ? the position is more complex: an im-
2♦ Pass 2NT Pass The responses to 2♦ seen so far have been mediate 2♥ would be conventional and
3♦ Pass 3NT All Pass geared towards either playing in one of partner would pass only in the unlikely
partner’s suits, or uncovering his second event he had five hearts.
In Diagram (iii), East, anticipating that West suit and picking no-trumps. Sometimes I suggest the following structure which
has opening values, intends to play in game you wish to introduce your own suit gives you three options:
so he cannot bid 2♥ in case West passes. (particularly the other major), hoping for
East conventionally bids 2NT, a forcing bid three-card support or maybe a good 1. Bidding the conventional 2♥ and
asking for West’s second suit. On a really doubleton. then 3♥ on the next round should be
good day West would rebid 3♥, leading to Sometimes you have three obvious ways a sign-off.
the heart game. In this case East is not of introducing your suit. After (1NT) – 2. Bidding the conventional 2NT and
remotely surprised to hear that West’s 2♣ – (Pass) – ? you have three ways of then 3♥ after partner shows his
second suit is diamonds (Auction 3), so he introducing spades. second suit should be invitational.
settles for 3NT. 3. An immediate jump to 3♥ should be
1. An immediate 2♠ should be a sign- forcing.
East must not be tempted to use these
conventional bids unless he can cope with
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In Diagram (iv), East will be aware that it is ♦ QJ974
just about possible that West’s second suit is ♣ KJ
hearts, with at least a 5-4 fit. However, East
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Food for thought
email@example.com including your
postal address. Entries must arrive by
Any other bid East can make is natural.
December 20. Please indicate on the top You reach 6♠ after an uncontested auction
You must discuss with your partner what a
left-hand corner of the envelope, or in the that has revealed a diamond shortage in
jump in the overcaller’s anchor suit means. your (South’s) hand. West leads the ♠2. You
e-mail subject line, the category for which
capture East’s ten with the queen and lead
you are entering. Julian Pottage will judge your diamond. West goes in with the king
West North East South
the entries and the first correct answer and leads a second trump. What is the best
drawn in each category will win a prize. line for making the rest of the tricks?
2♦ Pass 3♠
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