Bridge I.Q. Lesson

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 2:30pm
Lesson Type: Declarer play

 

DLR: North
Vul: NS
 
 
  J2
  AJ32
  KQ105
  Q86
 
 
 
 
   1053
   K765
   A643
   104
  8764
  Q98
  J82   
  A73
 
 
 
 
  AKQ9
  104
  97    
  KJ952
 
 
 
 

 

  North  East  South  West
 1 Diamond  Pass  2 Clubs  Pass
 2 Hearts  Pass  2 No Trump  Pass
 3 No Trump  Pass  Pass  Pass
 Opening Lead: Heart 5

 

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Bridge Q.& A.

    Send Joe a question

Each week Joe will choose one to answer online, but he’ll try to answer all questions personally in a timely manner.

 Question:  I opened 1 spade and my partner bid 4 no trump. I thought it was keycard Blackwood for spades and i counted my king of spades when i responded. My partner thought he was simp-ly asking for aces. What do you think?

 Answer: The important thing is that you and your partner come to an agreement. It is much more important that you agree with each other as opposed to agreeing with me, or anyone else. Having said that, i am taking your partner's side. In order to use keycard Blacwood it any form ( 1430, 3014, etc.) it must be clear to everone what the trump suit is. Playing that it is the last bid suit when no suits have been raised is dangerous. Partner could have a hand like:

   8

   KQ7

   3

   AKQJ8763

  He doesn't care about the king or queen of spades. He just wants to know how many aces you have. If partner wants to use keycard Blackwood after you open he can make a forcing raise ( Jacoby 2 no trump ), which clearly sets a trump suit, and then bid Bkackwood.  

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Bridge T.G.I.F. 5/12

 
Every Friday test your skills on Joe’s weekly quiz.

Write your answer to quiz@bridgeprojoe.com and you may be one of the monthly winners who wins a free play with Joe.  Check back on Monday for the best answer.

               You have:

                       AK97

                       J

                       AK65

                       A875

             Your partner opens 2 hearts in first seat. You right hand opponent passes. What do you do?

 

 

 
 

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