Weekly Bridge Quiz

Goren Bridge


Bob Jones

  1. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠A K 7 6
    K Q 9
    J 9 6
    ♣Q 6 5
    Right-hand opponent opens 1♠. What call would you make?
    ANSWER
    It’s a bit dangerous, but you have to take responsibility for your values. Bid 1NT.
  2. East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠J
    8 3 2
    Q 8 6 3
    ♣K 7 6 5 4
    Partner opens 1♠ and right-hand opponent doubles. What call would you make?
    ANSWER
    You would have responded had right-hand opponent passed, but only as a courtesy. This hand is not worth a free bid. Pass.
  3. North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠A K 8 4
    A K J
    A Q J 8 6
    ♣9

    West North East South
    3 Pass Pass ?

    What call would you make?

    ANSWER
    Should you double, partner will always bid clubs. It’s the law! Maybe he’ll have a club stopper. Bid 3NT
  4. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠Q 9 8 7 2
    A J 3
    9 7 5 2
    ♣5

    North East South West
    1NT Pass 2* Pass
    2♠ Pass ?

    *Transfer to spades
    What call would you make?

    ANSWER
    You might have a game on some magical day, but that’s not the way to bet. Pass.
  5. North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠A K Q 7 3
    A 7 6
    9 3 2
    ♣J 2

    South West North East
    1♠ Pass 2 Pass
    ?

    What call would you make?

    ANSWER
    Should partner’s bid be game forcing, bid 3 to show a “little extra”. If not, bid 4 to be sure that you reach game.
  6. East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠Q 9 7
    Q J 10 7
    Q 5 2
    ♣Q 10 9
    Partner opens 1♠ and right-hand opponent bids 2. What call would you make?
    ANSWER
    Don’t be dazzled by the array of honor cards and intermediates. This aceless, kingless, flat hand is only worth a simple raise. Bid 2♠.
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