ACES ON BRIDGE

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Fun & Games - By Bobby Wolff Dist. by An­drews McMeel for UFS

Dear Mr. Wolff: I’m con­sid­er­ing tak­ing up in­verted mi­nors. The text­books present dif­fer­ent ap­proaches; would you rec­om­mend they be played as con­struc­tive, forc­ing for one round or forc­ing to game?

— Weird Sci­ence, Sioux Falls, S.D.

AN­SWER: In­verted mi­nors ap­ply only in non­com­pet­i­tive auc­tions, but they are in play for ei­ther passed or un­passed hands. They are forc­ing for one round if made by an un­passed hand. I sug­gest that if ei­ther opener or re­spon­der lim­its their hand with a re­bid of two no-trump or three of the agreed mi­nor at their next turn, that can be passed; oth­er­wise, the part­ner­ship is in a game-forc­ing auc­tion. Dear Mr. Wolff: A re­cent deal in­cluded an op­po­nent mak­ing a Michaels cue-bid, al­low­ing the op­po­nents to find the right line to make a grand slam. What are your thoughts re­gard­ing the proper kind of hand for the cue­bid? I won­der whether a hand with K-J-10 in the red suits is enough to bid two spades over one spade. The op­po­nents have the boss suit, so your hearts and di­a­monds will prob­a­bly be out­bid in any case.

— Junebug, Midland, Mich. AN­SWER: I do not mind act­ing when non­vul­ner­a­ble with skimpy suits, as long as you have of­fense, not de­fense. Vul­ner­a­ble, you need chunky suits, and what you most want to avoid is get­ting on of­fense when you should be de­fend­ing. But I sus­pect I would have bid here, too! Dear Mr. Wolff: Last week when we went to the wrong ta­ble, we started play­ing a board be­fore the er­ror was cor­rected. When we be­gan it at a new ta­ble, we got a top — but the di­rec­tor said that be­cause the open­ing bid was dif­fer­ent by our op­po­nents, the re­sult would be can­celed. Was this legally cor­rect?

— Chain of Fools, Rich­mond, Va.

AN­SWER: While the di­rec­tor will try to let a par­tially played deal be tack­led by the proper pairs, here it sounds like your sec­ond op­po­nents might not have had a fair crack at the board. That is be­cause you knew ex­tra in­for­ma­tion from the two open­ing bids you heard, so it is at the di­rec­tor’s dis­cre­tion as to whether the re­sult should stand.

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