Goren on Bridge

Orlando Sentinel - - PUZZLES & ADVICE - With Bob Jones

QUES­TION 1: Nei­ther vul­ner­a­ble, as South, you hold:

♠ 974 ♥ KQ72 ♦ A742 ♣ K9 Left-hand op­po­nent opens 3C-Pass-Pass to you. What call would you make?

A: The king of clubs might be wasted, but we can’t let the op­po­nents steal from us like this. Dou­ble.

Q 2: North-South vul­ner­a­ble, as South, you hold: ♠ QJ1063 ♥ 9 ♦ 864 ♣ AKJ4

As dealer, what call would you make?

A: If you don’t open 1S with this hand, you’re play­ing the wrong game. All the val­ues in your two suits and an easy re­bid make this hand worth at least 13 points.

Q 3: East-West vul­ner­a­ble, as South, you hold: ♠ 104 ♥ 62 ♦ 1097 ♣ Q107542

Part­ner opens 1NT, 15-17. What call would you make?

A: Use what­ever method you have for sign­ing off in 3C. This hand will have value in a club con­tract and might have no value in a no-trump con­tract.

Q 4: Both vul­ner­a­ble, as South, you hold: ♠ 10754 ♥ Q75 ♦ AQ94 ♣ K2

Part­ner deals and passes, as does right-hand op­po­nent. What call would you make?

A: If you want part­ner to be sound in first and sec­ond seat, you must act ag­gres­sively in third or fourth. Bid 1D.

Q 5: North-South vul­ner­a­ble, as South, you hold: ♠ Q82 ♥ Q1032 ♦ A965 ♣ A8

What call would you make?

A: You have a min­i­mum, but it’s in­cred­i­bly pure. Both queens in his suits and both aces in the other suits. What­ever he’s look­ing for you prob­a­bly have. Bid 3C.

Q 6: East-West vul­ner­a­ble, as South, you hold: ♠ 3 ♥ 106 ♦ AKQ63 ♣ AK953

Part­ner opens 3S and right-hand op­po­nent passes. What call would you make?

A: Close be­tween pass­ing and rais­ing. We would raise if vul­ner­a­ble but pass if not vul­ner­a­ble, so we pass.

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