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Mon 19th N-S ††† 1stGun & Lennart†††††††††††††† 54%†††††† 2nd †† Jeremy & Sally†††††††††††††††† 53%

††††††††††††††††††† E-W†††† 1st Dave & Janne†††††††††††††††† 61%†††††† 2nd †† Kenneth & Ursula†††††††††††† 59%

Wed 21st N-S ††† 1stJooleinn & Aaiur†††††††††††† 63%†††††† 2nd †† Hans V & Margareta††††††† 62%

††††††††††††††††††† E-W†††† 1stLewis & Paul Q †††††††††††† 61%†††††† 2nd †† Bob S & Johan†††††††††††††††† 57%

Fri 23rd †††††† N-S ††† 1stJanne & Lars B †††††††††††† 60%†††††† 2nd †† Dave & Royd†††††††††††††††††† 58%

††††††††††††††††††† E-W†††† 1stHans & Sally †††††††††††††††† 59%†††††† 2nd †† Bob P & Olaf†††††††††††††††††† 58%

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Bidding Quiz†††††††††††††† †††† Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† What do you open with Hand A?


A1072††††††††† 8753

Q8††††††††††††††† KQ7†††††††††††† With Hand B LHO opens 1 and partner overcalls 1, what

AKJ106††††††† A††††††††††††††††† do you bid?

87 †††††††††††††† 8764†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


Hand C†††††††††† Hand D†††††††††† What do you open with Hand C?


AK†††††††††††††† A43†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

AKQ10754J6†††††††††††††††† With Hand D partner opens 1, what do you bid?††††††

-††††††††††††††††††† 9642

Q942†††††††††† KQ107


Bidding Sequence Quiz


E††††† 1†††††pass†† 1††††† pass†††††† Is 2 weak, invitational or forcing?

††††††† 1NT†† pass†† 2††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

F††††† 1†††††pass†† 1††††† pass†††††† Is 2 weak, invitational or forcing?

††††††† 2†††††pass†† 2†††††††††††††††


We already have 7 players with qualifying results for the Bronze Medal. Iím sure that nobody will be surprised to see Hans and Janne right up there at the top.



Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5













317.3 Hans Vikman

309.9 Janne Roos

296.5 Bob Short

293.5 Lewis Berg

293.5 Paul Quodomine

292.7 Sally Watson

290.1 Johan Bratsberg

Two Losers†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 19 from Monday 19th††††††


Dealer:†††††††††††† AK†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† AKQ10754††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(C)††† East††††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† -††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† 1††† (1)††††† pass†††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q942†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3†† (2)††††† pass†††††††† 3

pass†††††††††† 4††††††††††††† pass†††††††† pass (3)

10984†††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† 7†††††††††††††††††† †††† all pass

98†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† 63†††††††††††††††† ††††

AJ543†††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† Q98762†††††††††††††Table B

K10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J653†††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(C)††† East††††††††† South

††††††††††††††††††††††† QJ6532††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† 2†† (1)††††† pass†††††††† 2††† (2)

J2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 2

K10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† pass†††††††††† 3††††††††††††† etc. to 6 or 7


Table A:†††† (1)What did you open with this North hand C in this weekís quiz? This hand has 10 playing tricks, or just two losers if you are a believer in the Losing trick Count. Either way, with 18 HCP a 1 opening does not do this hand justice.

(2)   2nd suit and game forcing.

(3)   Maybe South should press on, but I donít think so.

Table B:†††† (1)Most Northís opened this hand 2 (or 2 if playing Benjamin twos).

(2)And slam is easily reached whatever you play over your 2 opening.


And what happened? 7= twice, 6+1 three times and 4+3 twice.

The bottom lines: -

-         I am not a great fan of opening 2 with 9 playing tricks and 15 or so points, but 10 playing tricks in a major and 18 HCP is surely worth your strongest bid in any system?

Upgrade to 1NT?†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 18 from Wednesday 21st ††


Dealer:†††††††††††† A1072††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East††††††††††††††††† Q8††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(A)††† East††††††††† South

N-S vul††††††††††† AKJ106††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 87††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††† (1)††† pass†††††††† 1

pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1NT

Q943††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† J85†††††††††††††† †††† pass†††††††††† pass†† (2)††† pass

10632†††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† A74††††††††††††† ††††

82†††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† 854††††††††††††††††††††Table B

KQ6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A943††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(A)††† East††††††††† South

††††††††††††††††††††††† K6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass ††††††† pass

KJ95††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT†† (1)††† pass†††††††† 2

Q73††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 3NT

J1052†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass

Table A:†††† (1)What did you open with this North hand A in this weekís quiz? This Ďobvious?í 1 opening was chosen by all but one North.

(2)   All but one of the 1 openers passed here and the other chose 2. I guess you could bid 2NT if you realize how strong this hand is, but 2NT may be too high.

Table B:†††† (2)This North, however, has strong feelings about hand evaluation. This hand is NOT 14 points Ė with two tens and a huge 5-card suit itís more like 16 and he correctly (in my biased opinion) opened 1NT.


And what happened? 3NT is easy and actually made +2 on poor defence. Everybody else missed the game as itís not possible to later safely show a balanced 16 count when you open it 1 (you would later have to bid 2NT at some stage which may be too high).

The bottom lines: -

-         2245 type shape (the 5-carder not a major) is balanced enough for a 1NT opening.

-         Add on a point for two tens.

-         AKJ10x is NOT 8 points Ė it is more like 9 or 10.

-         One player pointed out that opening 1NT will work badly if partner has 4 ís but not enough to respond to 1NT (i.e 6 or 7 points). Then you miss the fit. This is true, but it is also true for any 1NT opener that contains a 4-card major and in my opinion itís more important to show the strength of your hand with the opening bid than to lie about the strength in order to possibly get to a superior major suit partscore if partner just happens to have exactly 6/7 points and also 4 cards in your major.

-         The same player suggested that the auction could go 1 - 1 - 1 - 1NT - 2NT - 3NT. I would expect a more shapely hand (say 4162). I consider 4252 OK for a 1NT opening.

-         The main problem with 1 - 1 - 1 - 1NT - 2NT is that responder may well have just 6-7 points and 2NT may go one down, so itís far better to simply open 1NT. This 2NT bid should have the same range as in 1 - 1NT - 2NT. i.e. a good 16-18.

-         Hand evaluation is NOT just adding points. Obviously devalue for 4333 but conversely add on for tens, intermediates and for good 5-card suits.

-†††††† The argument for opening 1 rather than 1NT seems to be that you miss a partscore when partner has 4 ís and 6-7 points. But look at it the other way round Ė partner has 4 ís and 6-7 points. Then the bidding goes 1 - 1 - 1 - 1NT - 2NT - pass and you may well go down. If you do not bid 2NT but pass 1NT then you may miss game (as here). Partner having 4 ís is much more likely than him having 4 ís.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q.E.D

An Unassuming Cue bid††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 26 from Wednesday 21st††


Dealer:†††††††††††† 8753†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East††††††††††††††††† KQ7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(B)††† East††††††††† South

both vul††††††††††† A††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† 8764††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††††† (1)††† pass†††††††† pass (2)

all pass

1096†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† 2†††††††††††††††††† ††††

94†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† A10853††††††† †††† Table B

Q98642††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† KJ7 ††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(B)††† East††††††††† South

K10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ95††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† AKQJ4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††† (1)††† pass†††††††† 3

J62†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4††††† ††††††† all pass††††

1053†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††


Table A:†††† (1)What did you bid with this North hand B in this weekís quiz? The hand is worth an invitational raise to 3 but a direct 3 is best played as pre-emptive.

(2)   And South has no reason to press on opposite a pre-emptive raise.

Table B:†††† (1)This North, however, knows about the Unassuming Cue Bid. Actually 3 is the best bid here Ė a jump unassuming cue bid showing 4-card support, but North suspected that his partner would not understand this and so hoped that partner understood the normal USB.


And what happened? Only two pairs reached 4 which is an easy make. Unfortunately one of the declarers drew trumps immediately and then discovered that he had only one trump left in dummy to trump two losing ís! So one down in a cold game. Obviously declarer should cash the A and ruff 2 ís before completely drawing trumps, if you draw two rounds of trumps immediately you have no entry for the ruffs and West will draw a 3rd round of trumps. 3+1 was the most popular spot.

The bottom lines: -

-         If you need to ruff two losers in dummy, then you need two trumps there in order to do that!

-         The Unassuming Cue Bid is a bid of openerís suit after partner has overcalled and shows a sound raise to the three level or better.

-         An improvement use by some experts is that a jump USB again shows a sound raise to the three level or better but guarantees 4 trumps. This is sound if you are an advocate of the Law of Total Tricks (as I am of course).


Raising Partnerís minor††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 17 from Wednesday 21st††


Dealer:†††††††††††† Q5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† K952††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(D)††† South

Love all††††††††††† KQ107†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† J42†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (2)††† all pass


K1062††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† A43††††††††††††† †††† Table B

A84††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† J6†††††††††††††††† †††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(D)††† South

AJ8†††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† 9642 †††††††††††††††††-†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††† pass

865††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KQ107††††††††††††† 1††† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT (2)††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† J987†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

Q1073††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††

53†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††


Table A:†††† (1)Playing Better Minor. I personally would open 1 (as mentioned last week) but I prefer to play a short club anyway when 1 would promise 4 ís.

††††††††††††††††† (2)What did you bid with this East hand D in this weekís quiz? This pair play 3 as a limit raise and I donít like it at all: -

(a)    because the pair are playing better minor and 1 may be just 3 cards.

(b)   Itís not good enough! You need 11-12.

Table B:†††† (2)This pair also play better minor and East got it right. Playing a short club (where 1 promises 4 ís) then 2 would be a reasonable alternative.


And what happened? 3 was too high, West at table B is a good declarer and he managed just -1 for a just below average score. 1NT by East made exactly for a near top.

The bottom lines: -

-†††† If you play better minor then you need 5-card support to raise partnerís 1/ opening.

-†††† If you play a short then you need 5 ís but can raise ís with just four.

-†††† There are two schools of thought on what to open with two 3-card minors when playing Better Minor. Some open the better. I will always open 1 and so only open 1 with 3 cards when exactly 4432. But I prefer to play a short when 1 is always 4 cards.


Daveís Column†††††††††† Here is Daveís first input, a defensive problem.


864†††††††††††††††††† N††††††††††††††††††††††

A1093††††††††† W††† E††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††† North†††††††† East††††††† South

A10††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††† 1††††††††††††††††††††

A763††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††† 1†††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 753†††††††††††††† ††††††† pass†††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††† 2††††††††††††††††††††

KQ72†††††††††† †††††† pass†††††††† 2NT†††††††††† pass†††††† 3NT

K†††††††††††††††††††††††††all pass†††† ††††


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††

You are West, defending against 3NT. Partner leads the 9 and you take dummyís K with the A. Do you return a or consider a switch?

If you decide to switch would you lead up to dummyís weakness (ís) or dummyís strength (ís)?

Daveís Column answer††††††††††††††††††††† Board 19 from Wednesday 21st


Dealer:†††††††††††† AKJ10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West †††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

South†††††††††††††† 84†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1

E-W vul†††††††††† QJ65†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† 852††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 2

pass†††††††††† 2NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT

864†††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† Q92††††††††††††††† ††††† all pass

A1093††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† J65†††††††††††††††† †††††

A10††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 987432††††††††††(1)Natural and forcing, most play 2 here

A763††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4††††††††††††††††††† ††††† as 4th suit forcing.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 753†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

KQ72†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††

K††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††

KQJ109†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††


You are West and have three options after winning the first trick with the A.

Given the bidding and the lead of the nine, partner has nothing in ís and very little outside.

With a return eliminated, should West switch to ís or ís? While itís tempting to lead up to dummyís weakness West must take time to work out where the real threat is.

In this layout, dummyís ís are the most serious threat. Northís bidding promises no more than 4 ís and his failure to leap to game suggests that he is probably missing a honour. Therefore, if West leads a he is giving North time to develop the winners.

If West leads a , North wins and establishes the ís. When East holds up, declarer can reach the established ís with one of the honours.

To defeat the game, West must cut Northís communications to dummy by shifting to a low . When Eastís J forces out one of dummyís honours, West can hold up twice in ís making it impossible for declarer to get more than two tricks and the contract goes one down.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Just two N-S pairs were in 3NT; one made and the other went -1. Other results were all over the place and at my table South elected to pass (!) and played in 2+1 for about average.

The bottom lines: -

-         Knowing itís time to switch is not enough, one must also choose the right target.

-         When dummy has a good long suit missing an honour or two, consider knocking out the side entries.



Daveís 2nd Column†††††††††† Here is Daveís 2nd input involving the play of the hand.


West††††††††††††††† East††††††††††††††††††††† You are East, declarer in 3NT. South leads the 5 and North

A3††††††††††††††† J10652†††††††††††† plays the K which you take with the A. You can expect 12

K104††††††††††† AQ32†††††††††††††† tricks with friendly breaks in both red suits, but how do you

KQ9862†††††† A5††††††††††††† †††† play on the assumption that breaks are bad?

96††††††††††††††† A7††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††

Daveís 2nd Column answer††††††††††††† Board 20 from Wednesday 21st


Dealer:†††††††††††† KQ7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† West †††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

West††††††††††††††† J7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass

Both vul††††††††††† J1043††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††2††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† (1)††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ42††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT ††††††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

A3††††††††††††††† ††† N†††††††††††††† J10652†††††††††† (1)I guess you have to agree about this one.

K104††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† AQ32†††††††††††† ††††† At our table they bid 3 which is clearly

KQ9862†††††††††† S††††††††††††††† A5††††††††††††††††† ††††† forcing. A simple 2 is considered as

96††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A7††††††††††††††††† ††††† just Ďconstructiveí by some.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 984†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† †††††

9865†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

7†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† †††††



East cashed the A at trick two and led another and that was curtains when South discarded a . Declarer took the KQ but could not afford to establish the long since the defence would run too many ís. So declarer took the AK and led a to dummyís 10 but he could not get back to the Q. The A won the last trick, one down.

The correct technique is for declarer to test the ís at trick two by cashing the K and A. When Northís J falls East leads to the 10, returns to A and cashes the Q. Declarer can then try to run the ís but is assured of 9 tricks when they do not break.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Six out of nine pairs reached 3NT and just one went down.



Double 3NT for a lead†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 22 from Monday 19th††††††


Dealer:†††††††††††† Q1032††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

East††††††††††††††††† 3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass

E-W vul†††††††††† Q97††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 2†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT†††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† KQJ64†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† dbl†† (1)††††† all pass


976†††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† AK4†††††††††††† (1)This double, after a freely bid 3NT in an†††††

KJ5††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† Q1084††††††††† †††† uninterrupted auction, asks partner to lead

A104††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† K865†††††††††††††††††dummyís first bid suit. If West was a passed

A1082††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 95††††††††††††††††††††† hand initially then this would be a great bid,

††††††††††††††††††††††† J85†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† but in this actual auction West is unlimited

A9762††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and so itís a bit dangerous. Nether the less,

J32††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† two Northís did find the bid on Monday.


And what happened? South dutifully led a and 3NT* went -1 on both occasions. Three other pairs ended up in 3NT undoubled; -1, = and +1.

The bottom lines: -

-         In an uncontested auction in which the opponents freely bid to 3NT, a double by the opponent not on lead asks partner to lead dummyís first bid suit.

Double Stayman for a lead
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 23 from Friday 19th††


A double of a cipher bid (e.g. Stayman or a transfer) asks for that suit to be led. Unfortunately for North, the Rueful Rabbit was sitting West.


Dealer:†††††††††††† J1064†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(RR)†† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

West††††††††††††††† K4††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT†††††††† pass

both vul††††††††††† 873†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††2†† (2)††††† dbl†† (3)††††† redbl††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ42††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass (4)††††† pass


A98††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† KQ†††††††††††††† (1)The Rueful Rabbit (RR) looked at the

J986†††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† A75††††††††††††† †††† very flat 3423 shape and decided that

KJ††††††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††††† A1094†††††††††††††††it was not worth an opener.

K105†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q873†††††††††† (2)Stayman, pretty clear with these cards.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 7532†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† It was only after this bid that a kibitzer

1032†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† suggest that RR should count his cards,

Q652††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† RR gave bit of a start as the Q appeared

96††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† out from behind the J.

(3)   Asking for a lead, but it can be dangerous with a suit of this length and quality.

(4)   At this stage RR surreptitiously removed his bidding box to below the table to check on the score for 2 redoubled with an overtrick or two. It was good enough to pass.

And what happened? North had a long think, but the RR had fixed him and there was nothing to be done; the contract made +2 and so 1560 away. The bottom lines: -

-         Itís usually a good idea to count your cards and check that the distribution you are looking at adds up to 13, but sometimes you luck out.

-         A double of Stayman asks for a lead and AJxx may possibly be good enough (I would like more) if RHO is a passed hand; of course if RHO had actually passed with a full openerÖ


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† 1NT. 2245 type shape is OK for a NoTrump opening (the 5-carder not a major) and with two tens and a great 5-card suit this hand is easily strong enough for a strong 1NT opener. Also, Qx is usually a holding that belongs in declarerís hand.

Hand B:††† 2. An Unassuming Cue Bid showing a sound raise to 3. A direct 2♠ or 3♠ are wrong as they are both generally played as pre-emptive. Actually, there is an improvement on 2, and that is 3 assuming that you have agreed with partner that the jump Unassuming Cue Bid shows 4-card support.

Hand C: †† 2, or 2 if you play Benjamin twos. This two loser hand with 10 playing tricks is easily worth your strongest bid.

Hand D: †† 1NT, itís not good enough for 2NT and you cannot raise ís with just 4 cards if playing Better Minor.


Bidding Sequence Answers

E††††† 1†††††pass†† 1††††† pass†††††† 2 here is weak, opener should normally pass or correct.

††††††† 1NT†† pass†† 2††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

F††††† 1†††††pass†† 1††††† pass†††††† This is up to your partnership. It is generally played as

††††††† 2†††††pass†† 2††††††††††††††††††† forcing but some play it as constructive (invitational).


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