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

♠9 7 4 ♥8 5 4 ♦A 10 9 3 ♣K 3 2

WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH

1♠ 2♥ 2♠ ?

What call would you make?

A • It’s not just seven points • it’s an ace and a king! Bid 3♥.

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

♠A 9 4 ♥A K 9 5 4 ♦Void ♣Q 10 9 4 2

WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH

2♦ Pass 4♦ ?

What call would you make?

A • You must bid with this hand and it’s close between 4♥ and double. We like double.

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

♠A 10 7 5 ♥10 ♦A K J 8 4 ♣K 3 2

Left-hand opponent opens 1♥, partner passes, and right-hand opponent responds 1NT. What call would you make?

A • The double of a 1NT response is a take out double of the suit opened on your left. This hand is just about perfect. Double.

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

♠10 9 7 ♥K J 8 7 4 ♦A 9 3 ♣Q 4

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

A • Both 3♥ and 4♥ would be pre-emptive here. Bid 2♠, showing a raise with at least invitational values.

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

♠9 ♥J 10 9 ♦J 6 4 ♣A K 10 9 5 3

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

A • It is reasonable to evaluate this hand as worth 10 points. Never-the-less, don’t redouble. You have no interest in defending either major. Bid 2♣, non-forcing.

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