ACES ON BRIDGE
Dear Mr. Wolff: Holding SPADES A J 2, HEARTS K 9 6, DIAMONDS Q 10 7 4, CLUBS 10 63, I decided to raisemy partner’s one-spade opener to two (suggesting 7 10 in our style, aswe play forcing notrump). Doyou agree? Aftermypartner tries for game with a call of three clubs, what do you recommend? — King Creole, Selma, Ala.
ANSWER: I like the simple raise. Now you can assume your partner has made a game-try suggesting three or four clubs in a suit where he needs help. Your club suit is as bad as it could be, but you have amaximum hand in high cards and decent spot cards. Maybe you could try three no-trump to suggest these values and let partner decide what to do next.
Dear Mr. Wolff: If you open aminor suit and your partner responds with one no-trump, are you allowed to invite to two no-trump with a good 16-count, or do you have to pass? What is the minimum you need to bid two no-trump, or even three no-trump? — Simple Simon, Vero Beach, Fla.
ANSWER: A jump to three no-trump suggests either a 19-count or a running minor and no shortage. With an unbalanced 16 17 or a balanced 18, you can raise to two no-trump instead. You may be single-suited or have a 5 4 shape with a second suit you no longer feel like you need to introduce.
ANSWER: You can jump to ive diamonds, forti ied by the knowledge that partner could have preempted to two diamonds but chose to do more. After a club pre-empt, you would not have as much con idence. Make them guess!
Dear Mr. Wolff: Iwas in third seat with SPADES 9 2, HEARTSK Q 6 43, DIAMONDSA 7 4, CLUBS 10 3 2, playing teams, and I heardmy partner open three diamonds at favorable vulnerability. What is the right tactical approach in situations like this, playing with a relatively aggressive pre-empter? — Movers and Shakers, Riverside, Calif.