with John Wilmott, from Keswick Bridge Club
There is something especially exciting about entering the slam zone, that uncertain world beyond a game contract. It more often than not depends on finding a pesky queen in a side suit. Some are good at guessing, others attempt the infamous ‘golf club’ squeeze, running out trumps and looking for a careless discard indicating the whereabouts of the missing lady. How would you play the following hand?
The hand on your left opens 2♠ weak, passed round to you, your bid? I bid 2NT, simply because it describes my shape and point count. Partner now bids 3♦, transfer to hearts and I choose to bid 3♠, agreeing hearts showing a maximum and a spade stop, The auction continues
4NT-5♠* two key cards + queen of trumps
The 2♠ bidder puts the club queen on the table, partner tables the following hand,
Q♣ is led
Assume queen to six spades on your left. How do you make 12 tricks?
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The best answer will be mentioned in the next issue and will win a free game on a Thursday.
Last week’s competition was won by Frank Jenkinson.
You open 1♣ and partner responds 1♠
Your best bid is 2♥, having a partial fit with partner you have the values for a reverse.
You open 1♣ partner responds 1♠. Similar to the previous example, you have the reversing values to bid 2♦.
You open 1♣ partner responds 1♠
This is the most difficult. I think 3NT just pips it. The A108’s in the red suits could win two tricks opposite Jx. I have some sympathy for 3♣. 2♣ is just too weak and does not begin to describe the power of your hand.