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Hands to pass a holiday

Sept. 03, 1962
Sept. 03, 1962

Table of Contents
Sept. 3, 1962

Point Of Fact
The Bookies
Boom Beach
Clifford Ann
  • By Gwilym S. Brown

    Clifford Ann Creed is a slight southern miss who doesn't look tough enough to unnerve a mockingbird, but she has frightened some tigerish foes with a show of determination reminiscent of Hogan

Track
Horse Racing
Cowboy Race
Baseball's Week
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

Hands to pass a holiday

A little work isfitting for a long Labor Day weekend, so I offer you a summer bridge quiz. Noultramodern conventions are involved. Sound, simple bidding will produce asatisfying score for you. If your total is 60 or less, brush up on your game.If it is 70, you can hold your own in most company. A total of 80 means youwill do well anywhere. If you get a perfect score, why don't you call mesometime?

This is an article from the Sept. 3, 1962 issue Original Layout

1 As South youhold:

[4 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[King of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[Ace of Clubs]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]

East opens withone diamond. What do you bid?

2 As South youhold:

[7 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[7 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]
[King of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]

NORTH

2 NT

EAST

PASS

SOUTH

?

WEST

What do youbid?

3 North-Southvulnerable, North opens with four hearts. As South you hold:

[Ace ofSpades]
[King of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[Queen of Hearts]
[Ace of Clubs]
[King of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[6 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]

What do youbid?

4 Both sidesvulnerable, you are South and hold:

[King ofSpades]
[Jack of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[6 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[King of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]
[10 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]

NORTH

1 NT
PASS

EAST

DBL
PASS

SOUTH

PASS
?

WEST

2 [Club]

What do you bidnow?

5 As South youhold:

[Ace ofSpades]
[2 of Spades]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[King of Diamonds]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[King of Clubs]
[Queen of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]

SOUTH

2 [Diamond]
3 [Club]
?

WEST

PASS
PASS

NORTH

2 NT
3 [Diamond]

EAST

PASS
PASS

What do you bidnow?

6 As South,vulnerable, you hold:

[King ofSpades]
[Jack of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[King of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[King of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]
[King of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]

EAST

1 [Club]
PASS

SOUTH

DBL
?

WEST

PASS

NORTH

3 NT

What do you bidnow?

7 As South youhold:

[King ofSpades]
[10 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[Ace of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]
[King of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]

NORTH

1 [Heart]

EAST

PASS

SOUTH

?

WEST

What do youbid?

8 Both sidesvulnerable, you are South and hold:

[King ofSpades]
[10 of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[6 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]

EAST

1 [Heart]
3 [Heart]
PASS

SOUTH

1 [Spade]
4 [Spade]
?

WEST

PASS
5 [Heart]

NORTH

2 [Spade]
DBL

What do you bidnow?

9 As South youhold:

[7 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[5 of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[Ace of Clubs]
[Queen of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]

WEST

1 [Heart]
PASS

NORTH

PASS
2 [Spade]

EAST

2 [Heart]
PASS

SOUTH

PASS
?

What do you bidnow?

10 As South youhold:

[7 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[King of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[Ace of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[King of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]

EAST

PASS
DBL

SOUTH

1 [Heart]
?

WEST

PASS

NORTH

1 [Spade]

What do you bidnow?

11 As South youhold:

[9 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[Jack of Hearts]
[Ace of Clubs]
[King of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]

NORTH

1 [Spade]
2 [Heart]

EAST

PASS
PASS

SOUTH

2 [Club]
?

WEST

PASS

What do you bidnow?

12 Neither sidevulnerable and as South you hold:

[Ace ofSpades]
[Queen of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[4 of Hearts]
[King of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]
[9 of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]

WEST

3 [Club]

NORTH

DBL

EAST

PASS

SOUTH

?

What do youbid?

13 As South youhold:

[Queen ofHearts]
[Queen of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[King of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]

NORTH

1 [Club]
PASS

EAST

1 [Heart]
3 [Heart]

SOUTH

2 [Diamond]
?

WEST

2 [Spade]

What do you bidnow?

14 Both sidesvulnerable and as South you hold:

[Ace ofSpades]
[King of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[Ace of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[King of Diamonds]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]

NORTH

PASS

EAST

1 [Spade]

SOUTH

?

WEST

What do youbid?

15 As South youhold:

[King ofSpades]
[Jack of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[King of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[Queen of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]

SOUTH

1 [Club]
1 [Spade]
3 [Spade]
?

WEST

PASS
PASS
PASS

NORTH

1 [Heart]
2 NT
4 [Spade]

EAST

PASS
PASS
PASS

What do you bidnow?

16 You are Southand have 60 part-score:

[7 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[2 of Hearts]
[Jack of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]

NORTH

1 [Heart]

EAST

PASS

SOUTH

WEST

What do youbid?

17 As South youhold:

[King ofSpades]
[Queen of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[King of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[King of Clubs]
[King of Diamonds]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]

SOUTH

1 [Diamond]
?

WEST

PASS

NORTH

1 [Heart]

EAST

PASS

What do you bidnow?

18 As South youhold:

[Queen ofSpades]
[10 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[6 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[7 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[King of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]

EAST

1 [Spade]
2 [Heart]
PASS

SOUTH

PASS
PASS
PASS

WEST

1 NT
4 [Heart]

NORTH

PASS
PASS

What is youropening lead?

THE BIDS YOUSHOULD HAVE MADE, AND WHY

1
DOUBLE—5 PTS. 1 HEART—2 PTS. 2 HEARTS—1 PT.

While you areinterested in only one suit, no overcall in hearts will adequately describeyour hand. An overcall of one heart is apt to be passed out, while a jump bidof two hearts is now employed as a preemptive measure. After partner respondsto the double, you will bid your hearts.

2
5 HEARTS—5 PTS. 3 HEARTS—4 PTS. 4 HEARTS—3 PTS. 4 NO TRUMP—1 PT.

This hand standsa good chance of producing five or six tricks and consequently is on the vergeof a slam. You indicate such a holding by a big jump in hearts. Our ownpreference is for five hearts. However, the situation may be handled by firstresponding with three hearts, intending to leap beyond game on the next round.As a gentle reminder, partner has promised a high-card holding of 22 to 24.

3
6 HEARTS—5 PTS. 4 NO TRUMP—4 PTS. 5 HEARTS—2 PTS.

There is noscientific way to handle this situation. It's simply incumbent on you toexercise your sporting blood. Try six hearts. You surely have 12 tricks if thedefense docs not cash two diamond tricks at once. There is a reasonable chancethat diamonds will not be led; if they are, there remains the hope that partnerhas a singleton.

4
DOUBLE 5—PTS. 2 NO TRUMP—2 PTS. 2 SPADES—1 PT.

West, poorfellow, is in dire straits. North has at least 16 points. East presumably 16,and you have seven. A penalty double is money in the bank.

5
3 SPADES—5 PTS. 6 DIAMONDS—3 PTS. 4 CLUBS OR 4 DIAMONDS—1 PT.

There is nodoubt in your mind that you can make six diamonds, but even a partner who hasdenied strength may hold the king of spades. It is suggested you look for thatcard by bidding three spades—an obvious cue bid. If partner holds the king itwill be his duty to bid four spades, in which case you can undertake a grandslam.

6
6 NO TRUMP—5 PTS. 5 NO TRUMP—4 PTS. 4 NO TRUMP—3 PTS. 5 HEARTS—2 PTS.

Clearly, Easthas tossed a red herring across your trail. Your partner could have shown astrong hand by jumping to two no trump. His jump to three shows a hand of evengreater value. We would be inclined to chance a direct slam bid but surelywould bid at least five no trump.

7
2 CLUBS—5 PTS. 3 CLUBS—4 PTS. 4 NO TRUMP—3 PTS. 3 HEARTS—1 PT.

Your hand, worth17 points in support of hearts, is too good for a three-heart response, forwhich the limit is 16 points; not quite good enough for a jump shift, requiringabout 19 points. You must improvise a temporary bid, and the recommended callis two clubs. If partner shows any signs of encouragement you will look forslam.

8
5 SPADES—5 PTS. PASS—2 PTS.

While wenormally do not like to override partner's decision, we are inclined to go onto five spades, not merely because there is grave danger their contract will befulfilled, but because there is a reasonable chance we may make five spades.This much is certain, the loss at spades can hardly be severe, but if we shoulderr on the side of permitting the opponents to play the hand, the loss can bestaggering. A five-spade bid amounts to holding the middle of the road.

9
PASS—5 PTS. 3 CLUBS—2 PTS. 3 SPADES—1 PT.

This pass mayappear to be a symptom that our blood is thinning, but we prefer to believethat it is evidence of good business sense. You can hardly hope for game. Itappears that partner merely doesn't want to let the opponents run off with abargain. If it were his purpose to go places, he would have acted immediatelyover the opening bid of one heart.

10
REDOUBLE—5 PTS. PASS—3 PTS. 2 CLUBS or 2 DIAMONDS—1 PT.

Despite the factthat you have only one spade, the redouble is in order for your high-cardstrength should enable partner to fulfill his contract, even with the weakestsort of hand. It is not likely that the opponents will let the redouble stand,but you have now told partner the strength of your hand. When your opponentstake out to two diamonds or two clubs you will have requested the nextopportunity to speak, and a penalty double should prove highly profitable.

11
3 DIAMONDS—5 PTS. 2 NO TRUMP—3 PTS. 3 NO TRUMP-2 PTS. 3 SPADES—1 PT.

No convenientrebid is available. A mere return to two spades is inadequate. A jump to threespades is not attractive with such a meager trump holding. We would temporizewith a bid of three diamonds. If partner proceeds to three no trump, we relax.If he re-bids hearts, we return to three spades. If he rebids spades, we go tofour.

12
PASS—5 PTS. 3 NO TRUMP—3 PTS. 3 DIAMONDS—2 PTS.

While a game isprobably available to your side, it will be difficult at this level to find thebest contract. In view of your club holding, the pass should prove quiteprofitable.

13
PASS—5 PTS. 4 DIAMONDS—3 PTS. 3 SPADES—2 PTS.

Despite thegreat length of your diamond suit, you should not rebid; and no, we have notforgotten that partner opened the bidding. The void in partner's suit, plusyour abundance of spades, suggest the advisability of checking out. Partnerapparently did not like your diamond bid, because he refused to reenter theauction. His side strength is almost surely hearts. Let that bid roll around tohim. He may have some punitive ideas on the subject.

14
3 NO TRUMP—5 PTS. 2 SPADES OR DOUBLE—3 PTS. 5 DIAMONDS—1 PT.

While there is aremote chance that your side can make a slam, partner's pass and the opponent'svulnerable opening bid have had a dampening effect. If partner has nothing (nota remote contingency), even a game contract in diamonds will be out ofreach.

15
PASS—5 PTS. 5 SPADES—2 PTS. 5 CLUBS 1 PT.

You have alreadydone your full duty by this hand and should not be unduly influenced bydistributional features you have already described. Your hand is minimum as tohigh cards, and you may assume that partner is on notice that you may have asix-five distribution.

16
PASS—5 PTS. ANYTHING ELSE—0 PTS.

It is ourpractice to go to great limits to keep the bidding open with an advance partscore, but this would be going too far. Complications too often set in afterSouth's "sporting" bids of one no trump in situations such as this.Partner has received no warning and tends to carry on the fight against theexpected competition, to his great disaster.

17
4 NO TRUMP—5 PTS. 2 SPADES—4 PTS. 4 HEARTS—2 PTS.

Since there canbe little concern about the texture of the trump suit, the only pertinentfactor is the number of aces held by partner. If he has three, a grand slam canhardly be missed. If he has two, a small slam should be a cinch. If he has butone, five hearts should be safe. Thus the Blackwood four no trump.

18
A TRUMP—5 PTS. DIAMOND K—3 PTS.

Rather thanfirst taking a look with the king of diamonds you must start getting outdummy's trumps so declarer will have less opportunity to ruff spades. When youget in with a diamond, you will lead another trump in an effort to continueyour sabotage.

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