ACES ON BRIDGE

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DearMr. Wolff: I held SPADESQ 3, HEARTS A J 9, DIAMONDSK J10 2, CLUBS J 10 6 2, and opened one di­a­mond. Whenmy part­ner re­sponded one spade, I re­bid one no-trump, and­my­part­ner bid two hearts, nat­u­ral and non­forc­ing. What would you do now? — Set­tling Down, Mun­cie, Ind. AN­SWER: The choice is be­tween giv­ing pref­er­ence to two spades and pass­ing two hearts. I think your good hearts and weak spades ar­gue for pass­ing; af­ter all, youmight even be in a 5 3 it, in which case you would cer­tainly be pleased with your de­ci­sion. DearMr. Wolff: I’m about to start di­rect- ing atmy club, and I would wel­come a lit­tle help. Whena direc­tor is called to the table af­ter a break in tempo, what is the stan­dard pro­ce­dure to fol­low? — Beri-Beri, Kenosha, Wis. AN­SWER: Ask the player who called you to the table to set out the facts. Then ask the other play­ers to make sure you have the facts right. De­cide whether a break in tempo took place (or at least was es­tab­lished to your sat­is­fac­tion). Let the play pro­ceed, and tell the play­ers to call you back if they aren’t happy. If they do, and you de­ter­mined that there was in­deed a break, then you must de­cide whether it could demon­stra­bly have sug­gested the ac­tion cho­sen by the part­ner of the hes­i­ta­tor. If it did, con­sider ad­just­ing the score. Dear Mr. Wolff: I need help un­der­stand­ing what sort of hand al­lows you to raise part­ner’s suit ( be it an open­ing or over­call) and then dou­ble at your next turn. Is this penalty, cards or take­out? — Fruit-loops, In­di­anapo­lis, Ind. AN­SWER: If the op­po­nents come in with an un­sup­ported suit, then a dou­ble by ei­ther hand sounds like a de­fen­sive hold­ing. Con­versely, if the op­po­nents have raised a suit, the dou­ble sounds like ex­tras in high cards, typ­i­cally with the min­i­mum num­ber of trumps for the ac­tion thus far. Dist. by An­drews McMeel for UFS

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