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♠ Q98††††††††††††††††††† ♠ AJ102†††††††††††††††††††††† 1♣†††††††††††† 2♦†††† (1)†††† 2♥†††† (2)†††† pass††††
♠ Q852†† ††††††††Your partner has doubled a 1♦ opening. What should you bid? The board†††††††††
♥ KQ9 ††††††† ††† was played 5 times and game reached only twice. Alexís partner bid 2NT.
♦ K10†††††† †††††† This is incorrect as it shows 10-12 points and is non-forcing. Also, of
♣ KQ86††††††††† course, it denies a 4 card major and so is doubly wrong. 1♠ and 2♠ are both also incorrect as they show 0-9 and 10-12 points resp and are non-forcing.
3♠ is a reasonable bid, but I prefer a 2♦ cue bid to establish a forcing auction. A subsequent ♠ bid would then be game forcing. I do not like a direct leap to 4♠ Ė partner may have only 3 ♠ís.
♠ J73†††††††††† ††† Your partner has doubled a 1♥ opening. What should you bid? The board††††††††
♥ Q62††††††† ††††† was played 5 times and 2♣ was bid twice. I can only repeat what I have†
♦ KQ3†††††† ††††† said in previous news-sheets; do not go out of your way to play in a minor
♣ J1063†††††††††† suit. With this hand the correct bid is 1NT (6-9 pts). The hand is perfect for this bid. 2♣ went 1 down (a 4-3 fit). 1NT was bid just once and made with overtricks for a clear top.
♠ A942††††††††††† This is the North hand from board 5 on Friday 14th. Partner opens 2♣
p.s. My word processor has underlined george in red, seems to think it warrants a capital letter? In this case, I donít think so. (Chuckís gone, so no holding back). p.p.s There is just one exception to playing in NoTrump rather than the 4-4 major fit, that is when you have plenty of points to spare and at least a double stopper in each suit, but this is the exception rather than the rule.