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losers) and 4♠ shows 21+. Even this will



take you too high if South has got total

rubbish but you can’t cater for everything.

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Pass ? TAKE a look at the play situation below

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Common sense demands these values brief details of your reasoning.

change if South’s 1♠ is a free bid. In There are three categories in our

Auction 5, South’s 1♠ takes on the values competition: for players up to and

of a genuine response to a one-level including County Master; for those

opening, so North would raise to 4♠ with up to and including Regional Master; and

19 points. for those with higher ranking.

This twin-pack of playing cards (‘Mosaic

There might not be an upper limit to a from Florence’) is the prize on offer in our

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upper limit to a suit overcall (to be ♥ KQJ

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Hand E Hand F

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♦AKQ ♦A9 Entries ♦ KQJ2

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on the top left-hand corner of the

envelope, or in the e-mail subject line,

the category for which you are entering.

Hand E is too strong for a 1♠ overcall of

Julian Pottage will judge the entries and You play in 6NT after an uncontested

1♥. Hand F is too strong for a 2♠ overcall the first correct answer drawn in each auction. West leads the nine of spades.

(even if you are playing strong jump over- category will win a prize. What is the best line for the contract?

calls). In each case you start by doubling

1♥. Partner will believe he is being asked

to choose, but you will then overrule him.

With Hand E your next bid will be spades

at the cheapest level. With Hand F your

next bid will be a jump in spades. It is a

general principle that if you ask partner to

choose and then ignore him by making

your own bid in a different denomination, READERS of this magazine are amongst ago – she was almost 90!

you are showing a hand too strong to bid a privileged community, sharing at least She logs on a couple of times a week

that denomination on the first round. one interest, often spending hours reading, from the comfort of her own home –

Equally, unless you have a very strong talking and perfecting our expertise in it. partnering players young and old, good

hand, if you make a take-out double you Unlike most other activities, in bridge and not so good.

must be prepared to accept your partner’s neither age nor language create barriers. If she has problems with mobility,

choice of denomination. The International Language of our vision or dexterity, we don’t see it.

So if you hold Hand E the bidding is ‘torture of choice’ is English. All play all – All we know is that she is there, playing

likely to proceed: regardless of nationality, creed or which bridge and being part of our club.

cereal they eat for breakfast. Some time ago, we had a couple of

West North East South I was reminded of this when a member young sprogs – about nine years old –

1♥ Dble Pass 2♣ of Bridge Club Live had a minor technical who were active members. Now they are

Pass 2♠ problem. A member since June 2000, old-timers.

surely she should know how to update I am on the lookout for our current,

North’s 2♠ rebid shows a hand too strong her profile by now? Having played more youngest on-line player. Are you her or

to overcall 1♠ on the first round. 2♠ in than 8,000 boards, her player-rating him?

this sequence does not show the ‘other two shows that she is in the top 40% of our Meantime, I hope to reach my nineties

suits’. membership – so no slouch at the game. and be able to handle the computer and

This brings us on to the only important In conversation with Barrie (Senior play a reasonable game of on-line bridge

type of hand that I have not covered: two- Kibitzer) Partridge, it turns out that when with some of you – just like Beatrice.

suited hands. They will be looked at in the he last spoke to her – about eight years Fran Bramzel

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