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

♠A J 4 3 2 ♥K Q J 2 ♦9 5 ♣K 4

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1♠ 2♦ 2♠ 3♦

?

What call would you make?

A • Bid 3♥. We think this hand is just barely worth a game try, and 3♥ is the only available try. It is a general try, not specific to hearts.

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

♠A J 9 6 ♥K J 9 4 ♦A ♣10 5 4 2

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1♦ 1♠ Dbl Pass

2♣ Pass ?

What call would you make?

A • You tried to find a heart fit and didn’t find one. You were never looking for a club fit, so don’t get side-tracked. Bid 3NT.

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

♠9 7 3 2 ♥A ♦J 10 6 5 2 ♣K 6 4

Partner opens 1♥ and right-hand opponent makes a takeout double. What call would you make?

A • You usually ignore a takeout double and make the same bid you would have made without the double. Bid 1♠.

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

♠Q 6 ♥K Q J 7 5 4 ♦9 4 ♣A 7 3

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1♥ Pass 2♦ Pass

2♥ Pass 3♣ Pass

?

What call would you make?

A • Partner is advertising weakness in spades, so don’t bid no trump with such a weak spade holding. Bid 3♥.

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

♠Q 6 3 2 ♥K 8 ♦Q 9 8 4 ♣J 6 4

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1♦ 1♥ Dbl Pass

1NT Pass ?

What call would you make?

A • This auction may not be over. Let partner know you have a diamond fit. Bid 2♦. (02/11/19)

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