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Q 1 • Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:

♠A 7 4 ♥K Q 8 5 3 ♦K Q J ♣10 6

Partner opens 1♦ and right-hand opponent overcalls 1♥. What call would you make?

A • It’s tempting to pass, but going for penalties at a low level when you are probably cold for a game is usually a poor idea. Bid 3NT.

Q 2 • North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold:

♠A 4 3 ♥K J 10 9 6 ♦9 8 6 ♣Q 4

WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH

1♦ 1NT Pass ?

What call would you make?

A • Three low diamonds is a worry, as diamond ruffs are possible against a heart contract. We like the idea of bidding 2♣, Stayman, and only playing in hearts if partner has four of them and playing in 3NT if he doesn’t.

Q 3 • East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold:

♠A 10 6 5 ♥Q J 2 ♦8 7 ♣K Q J 5

Partner opens 1♥ and right-hand opponent passes. What call would you make?

A • Raising hearts can wait. Bid 1♠.

Q 4 • Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:

♠Void ♥K 8 7 5 4 ♦Q 10 8 7 5 4 ♣8 6

Partner opens 1NT, 15-17, and right-hand opponent passes. What is your plan?

A • Bid 2♦, transferring to hearts. Should partner jump to 3♥, carry on to game. Pass if he bids 2♥.

Q 5 • North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold:

♠Q 10 5 3 ♥J ♦J 8 7 6 ♣A 9 7 3

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1♣ 1♥ Dbl Pass

1NT 2♥ ?

What call would you make?

A • You can’t sell out at the two level. Bid 3♣. (02/25/19)

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