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losers) and 4♠ shows 21+. Even this will
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Pass ? TAKE a look at the play situation below
and give your answer. Please include very
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
take-out double but there has to be an series of play posers set by Julian Pottage. ♠ A 10 3
upper limit to a suit overcall (to be ♥ KQJ
decided by partnership agreement) and a ♦ 97543
1NT overcall (18 points). ♣ QJ
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Hand E Hand F
♠AQJ76 ♠ A Q J 10 7 4 Entries to Julian Pottage, 17 Beach ♠ KQJ
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♦AKQ ♦A9 email@example.com. Entries ♦ KQJ2
♣AJ92 ♣AKJ2 must arrive by June 20. Please indicate ♣ A9
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
next three articles.
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