Weekly Bridge Quiz

Goren Bridge


Bob Jones

  1. North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠Q J 10   Q 5  7    ♣ K J 10 9 7 4 2
    Right-hand opponent opens 1. What call would you make?
    ANSWER
    We suspect that many readers will choose 2♣, which would not be a sin. We prefer to increase the pressure with this low-defense hand. Bid 3♣.
  2. East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠A J 9 2 A Q 9 5 3    9 7   ♣ K 2

    South West North East
    1 Pass 2 Pass
    ?

    What call would you make?

    ANSWER
    Experts disagree. Old timers want a 2♠ rebid here to show extras. Many modern experts don’t agree. Let’s be modern. Bid 2♠.
  3. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠K 9 7 4  K J 6 4    9    ♣Q J 9 8

    West North East South
    1 Pass 2* ?

    *Decent hand, forcing to at least 3
    What call would you make?

    ANSWER
    If you wait for them to sign off in 3 before you double, partner will have to bid at the three level. Double now and partner will only bid at the three level if he wants to.
  4. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠ J    J    A K 10 8 6 5 3 2    ♣ A J 8
    Two passes to you. What call would you make?
    ANSWER
    Were partner not a passed hand, we would open 1. Here it is too likely that the opponents will outbid you in a major, maybe to game. Open 5.
  5. East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠10 7 6   A 8 3 2  Q 9 5 3   ♣3
    Partner opens 1NT and right-hand opponent passes. What call would you make?
    ANSWER
    Bid 2♣, Stayman, and pass any response, even 2. Should partner bid two of a major, do not raise.
  6. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠5 3    A Q 9 8 3  A J 5    ♣8 2
    As dealer, what call would you make?
    ANSWER
    1 or 2? This is an easy one. Bid 1.
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