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44 - December 2023

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RESPONDING OPPOSITE A STRONG HAND [PART 3]

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1.

♠83
Q8654
K
♣Q10852

Dealer East. All Vul

2.

♠AKQJ10963

A4
♣AQJ

Dealer West. E/W Vul.

North overcalls 2 and South raises to 3.

3.

♠Q84
7
98765
♣J1064

Dealer East. N/S Vul.

4.

♠–
AKQJ1064
AJ6
♣KJ3

Dealer South. None Vul. North overcalls 4♠

5.

♠J106
A742
10952
♣Q2

Dealer West. All Vul.

6.

♠AK9
AKQJ10
A9
♣K104

Dealer West. All Vul

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1.

♠KQJ5
A2
AJ2
♣AKJ4

Dealer East. All Vul.

2.

♠85
A53
KQ932
♣532

Dealer West. E/W Vul. North overcalls 2 and South raises to 3.

3.

♠AKJ106532
AJ2
2
♣A

Dealer East. N/S Vul.

4.

♠98732
3
Q1085
♣A62

Dealer South. None Vul. North overcalls 4♠.

5.

♠AK
KQ1085
8
♣AK974

Dealer West. All Vul.

6.

♠Q1032
8532
532
♣J7

Dealer West. All Vul.

RESPONDING OPPOSITE A STRONG HAND

1.

WEST

Dealer East.

EAST

♠83
Q8654
K
♣Q10852

♠KQJ5
A2
AJ2
♣AKJ4

WNES
2♣Pass
2Dble2NTPass
3Pass3Pass
4♣Pass4NTPass
5Pass6♣

When declarer indicates a balanced hand with 23-24 points, West transfers to Hearts and then introduces his second suit. That is enough for East to ask for keycards and settle for 6♣ when West denies any.

2.

WEST

Dealer West.

EAST

♠AKQJ10963

A4
♣AQJ

♠85
A53
KQ932
♣532

WNES
2♣233
3♠Pass4Pass
5♣Pass5Pass
7♠

When East shows a positive hand with 3 and then cue-bids 4, West shows his Club control. When East cue bids in Diamonds, West bids the Grand Slam that cannot be worse than the Club finesse.

3.

WEST

Dealer East.

EAST

♠Q84
7
98765
♣J1064

♠AKJ106532
AJ2
2
♣A

WNES
2♣Pass
2Pass2♠Pass
3♠Pass4♣Pass
4Pass6♠

After West raises Spades, East cue-bids. When West can show a Heart Control, East jumps to the slam that cannot be worse than a finesse.

4.

WEST

Dealer South.

EAST

♠–
AKQJ1064
AJ6
♣KJ3

♠98732
3
Q1085
♣A62

WNES
Pass
2♣4♠PassPass
5Pass6

When West can bid 5 over North’s 4♠, East has enough to raise.

5.

WEST

Dealer West.

EAST

♠J106
A742
10952
♣Q2

♠AK
KQ1085
8
♣AK974

WNES
PassPass2♣Pass
2Pass2Pass
3Pass3♠Pass
3NTPass4♣Pass
4Pass5♣Pass
6

East was not really strong enough to open 2♣ but when West raised in Hearts, East cue-bid in Spades. When West showed some scattered values with 3NT, East cue-bid Clubs twice and West decided his A and ♣Q justified a jump to slam.

6.

WEST

Dealer West.

EAST

♠AK9
AKQJ10
A9
♣K104

♠Q1032
8532
532
♣J7

WNES
2♣Pass2Pass
2Pass2♠Pass
2NTPass3♣Pass
3Pass4Pass

After East’s negative response, West’s 2 was either natural or a balanced 24+. East’s reply of 2♠ was forced and when West rebid showed the balanced type East looked for a major suit fit and then raised his partner to game.

Pete Hollands started playing when he was 14 and is now a professional bridge player & teacher (www. bridgevid.com) who has represented the Australian open team. He runs a popular YouTube channel (Pete Hollands Bridge) where you can play tournaments and compare with him. He won two silver medals in the 2013 World Junior Championships.

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Pete Hollands started playing when he was 14 and is now a professional bridge player & teacher (www.bridgevid.com) who has represented the Australian open team. He runs a popular YouTube channel (Pete Hollands Bridge) where you can play tournaments and compare with him. He won two silver medals in the 2013 World Junior Championships.

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