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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

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♥ 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.

Health warning

East must not be tempted to use these

conventional bids unless he can cope with

any development.

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Diagram (iv)

♠ KQ76 ♠ 432

N TAKE a look at the play situation below and

♥ K4 W E ♥ Q6532

give your answer. Please include very brief

♦ KQ643 S ♦ 7 details of your reasoning.

♣ 92 ♣ Q543 There are three categories in our com-

petition: for players up to and including

County Master; for those up to and including

Auction 4 Regional Master; and for those with higher

West North East South ranking.

1NT

2♦ Pass 2♠ All Pass This twin-pack of charming playing cards

(‘Music’) is the prize on offer in our series ♠ AKJ76

of play posers set by Julian Pottage. ♥ 7

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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dare not bid either 2♥ or 2NT because of playing cards now on sale online. W E

S

the likelihood of West leaving him in a mess For more information visit

with a rebid of 3♦. Auction 4 will at least get www.piatnik.co.uk

♠ Q9843

East-West to a playable contract. ♥ A J 10 2

Entries to Julian Pottage, 17 Beach Road,

♦ 3

Porthcawl CF36 5NH, or e-mail ebuquiz ♣ A76

Food for thought

master@tiscali.co.uk 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

Auction 5

West North East South

the entries and the first correct answer and leads a second trump. What is the best

1NT

drawn in each category will win a prize. line for making the rest of the tricks?

2♦ Pass 3♠

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