ACES ON BRIDGE

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Fun & Games - By Bobby Wolff

Dear Mr. Wolff: I know you aren’t the big­gest fan of Key-card Black­wood, but if you ask for key-cards, then for the trump queen, what re­sponses should you use to that sec­ond ask?

— Pri­vate Eye, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

AN­SWER: Use a sig­noff in the trump suit as deny­ing the trump queen. Other calls show it, and you cue-bid a side-suit king if you can, or jump in the trump suit if you can­not.

Dear Mr. Wolff: I picked up SPADES A 10 2, HEARTS K 10 9 5, DI­A­MONDS J 97 4 3, CLUBS K and passed in irst seat. When my part­ner opened one club and the next hand over­called one spade, I could make a neg­a­tive dou­ble. But what is the right way to con­tinue over my part­ner’s re­bid of two hearts?

— Mashed Pota­toes, Eau Claire, Wis.

AN­SWER: This is an auc­tion where your part­ner will al­most al­ways de­liver four hearts but be in the 12 14 range. So you are likely to have an eight-card it with no val­ues to spare for game. Does that mean you should pass — given that you do have an ab­so­lute max­i­mum in high cards? I’m not sure. With your part­ner in third seat, you are on the cusp for a three­heart call. I think I’d pass, but if that sin­gle­ton king were in a long suit, I’d bid.

Dear Mr. Wolff: Please ex­plain what Check­back Stay­man means af­ter opener has re­bid one notrump. Do I un­der­stand cor­rectly that the se­quence one di­a­mond - one heart one no-trump - two clubs is not nat­u­ral? Isn’t there also a method called Two-way Check­back?

— In­quir­ing Minds, Pottsville, Pa.

AN­SWER: When opener re­bids one no-trump, his de­gree of sup­port for his part­ner and length in an un­bid ma­jor are of­ten still unde ined. So re­spon­der has a Stay­man-like re­lay (New Mi­nor) at the two-level. This prom­ises val­ues and is search­ing for three-card trump sup­port or length in an un­bid ma­jor. Two-way New-Mi­nor uses two clubs as a pup­pet to two di­a­monds, to play there or in­vite game some­where, while two di­a­monds is a game­forc­ing re­lay.

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