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Can you see the problem? The Unusual

PRIZE PLAY ANSWER

2NT consumes a lot of bidding space.

Effectively it pre-empts partner as well as

the opponents. If the call can be made with

Hands A, B and C then you simply haven’t

got the bidding space to investigate the right if West has all the missing diamonds

level. Happily, there is a solution. You need (even if the club finesse works), you

to classify the strength of a two-suiter. Prizes kindly donated by PIATNIK, should focus on four diamonds with

makers of playing cards since 1824 East.

Hand A is strong: 16+ high card points. Win the first trick in hand, cross to

Hand B is intermediate: 11-15 high card QUIZ master Julian Pottage gives his

dummy with a heart and lead a

view of the best line of play in our June

points. diamond. Assuming that East plays low,

competition and awards prizes in three

Hand C is weak: 6-10 high card points. you win, cross to dummy with a heart

categories.

and repeat the process. If we assume

East plays low again, you win, cross to

You only use the Unusual No-trump ♠ A 10 3 dummy with a heart and lead a third

if you are weak or strong. ♥ KQJ diamond. This time East does best to

♦ 97543 win. However, you are in control. You

♣ QJ can win anything in hand and cash your

With Hand A, you jump to 2NT over 1♠ ♠ 9876 ♠ 542 last diamond to unblock the suit.

and make a further bid if partner bids 3♣ ♥ 10 8 3 N

♥ 642 Finally, you cross to the ace of spades to

W E

♦ Void S ♦ A 10 8 6 enjoy the long diamond.

or 3♦.

With Hand C, you jump to 2NT over

♣ K76432 ♣ 10 8 5

♠KQJ

1♠ and pass partner’s choice. ♥A975 Congratulations to the winners:

With Hand B you must content yourself ♦KQJ2

by bidding 2♦ over 1♠ and hope you can County: Henry Lockwood,

♣A9

introduce your clubs later. Cambridge

Now we can look at diagram (i) again Regional: Norman Less,

You play in 6NT after an uncontested Great Barton, Suffolk

and see how the bidding might go:

auction. West leads the nine of spades.

Open: Peter Hawkes,

Outside of diamonds, you have eight Radley, Oxon

Diagram (i) top tricks. If diamonds break 2-2 or 3-1,

♠ 2 ♠ 864 you can make the extra four tricks you

♥ A4 N ♥ 8632 need simply by knocking out the ace of This month’s new

W E

♦ K Q J 10 6 S ♦ A4 diamonds. Since the contract is hopeless Play Quiz is featured on page 49.

♣ AQJ98 ♣ 10 7 6 2

West North East South

1♠

COVER STORY

2NT Pass 3♣ Pass

3♥ Pass 5♣ All Pass

East knows that West will be weak or strong

for 2NT (not intermediate). Initially he

assumes West is weak. West’s 3♥ does not

show that he just likes the sound of his

own voice. It shows a strong Unusual No-

trump, and as we have seen, a strong two-

suiter is genuinely strong. The heart bid is

also more flexible than 4♣, showing a heart

feature and keeping the bidding below

3NT in case 3NT is the right contract.

Finally, Hand D is not suitable for 2NT

over 1♠. The intermediates in your suits

are poor and there is too much defensive

HITCHIN Bridge Club found a new way to publicise their club and also raise money for

strength in the majors. Partner will never

the local Hospice into the bargain, by entering two stalwart members in the fancy dress

be able to judge accurately what to do if race at Hitchin Pancake Festival. The King of Spades (Norman Bond) and the Queen of

the opponents bid to 4♠ unless you work Hearts (Larraine Cooper) did us proud, as can be seen from the photographs on the front

on the principle that with a weak hand cover and above! Anyone who thinks that this was a bridge too far, can see us behaving

you only make a two-suited overcall if normally at Bancroft Hall in Hitchin, Herts, every Wednesday. Robert J. Girvan

your points are in your long suits.

www.ebu.co.uk August 2008 English Bridge 45

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