Weekly Bridge Quiz

Goren Bridge


Bob Jones

  1. Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠ A Q J 7
    5
    10 9 3 2
    ♣ Q 10 4 3

    East South West North
    1NT Pass Pass 2
    Pass ?

    What call would you make?

    ANSWER
    No one sent for you. Pass, and give left-hand opponent a confident look.
  2. North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠ K 4
    K 5 4
    A K J 10 4
    ♣ A Q 2

    West North East South
    1♠ Pass Pass Dbl
    2 Pass Pass ?

    What call would you make?

    ANSWER
    In the balancing seat, your actions show about a king less than they would in direct position. 3 would not do this hand justice. Double again.
  3. East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠ A 10 4
    Q 10 8 5
    A 10 2
    ♣ K J 10
    Right-hand opponent opens 1. What call would you make?
    ANSWER
    All four 10s might tempt you to bid 1NT, but there is nowhere to run if you’re doubled, and no good lead if you end up defending. Pass.
  4. Both vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠ Q J 7
    A K 8 2
    Q J
    ♣ Q J 10 3

    North East South West
    1 Pass 1 Pass
    1NT Pass ?

    What call would you make?

    ANSWER
    Partner has shown 12-14. Just bid 3NT. This hand is not worth more than that.
  5. North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠ K J 9 7 3
    J 7 4 2
    A 8 3
    ♣ K

    North East South West
    1 Pass 1♠ Pass
    2♣ Pass ?

    What call would you make?

    ANSWER
    2 here does not show hearts. It is fourth-suit forcing. Bid 2 anyway to prepare for a game-forcing diamond raise.
  6. East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold:
    ♠ 7 2
    A K 10 5 2
    10 2
    ♣ J 10 5 3
    Partner opens 1 and right-hand opponent bids 2♣. What call would you make?
    ANSWER
    A negative double would leave you horribly placed after a 2♠ bid by partner, and the hand is not worth 2. Pass.
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