Weekly Bidding Quiz (Updated February 17)

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#209 – Posting for February 17, 2018

West is the dealer and opens with 1. What will North bid? How will South respond? Predict the bidding sequence, the final contract and the results (# of tricks to be won).

#208 – Posting for February 10, 2018

North is the dealer and will start the bidding. How will South respond? Predict the bidding sequence, the final contract and the results (# of tricks to be won). Try to put yourself in each player’s hands. You are sending messages back and forth and you cannot see each other’s hands. The player who knows game is there must make sure they get there by using forcing bids as necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answer: 

North has 16 HCP, unbalanced with a singleton. North will open 1♣ showing 12-21 pts and no 5-card major.

South has 10 HCP, plus a very long spade suit. South should bid 1♠. South cannot show 7 spades in one bid. A change of suit in the first round is forcing so South can rest assured he will take this game to 4♠, next bid. South knows there is game. Sometimes you have to “take the bull by the horns, so to speak.” It would take too many bids to tell North how many spades he has.

Having only one spade, North will bid his diamonds next, 2♦. This is a reverse. He started with a lower-ranking suit and now his 2nd bid would force South to bid 3♣ if clubs was a better fit compared to diamonds. When you make a reverse, you are showing 16+ pts.

South should jump to game in spades. Contract is 4♠ by South, making 6 (480 pts if not vulnerable). The slam works because of the favorable location of the King. They are missing one Ace, but have all the Kings. A 3NT contract will make 5 (460 pts if not vulnerable). So the spade contract is slightly better.

Here is East’s hand, so you can set up the game and try it out, if you wish.

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