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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Pig In The City

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:  Does bidding new minor forcing always show a 5 card major? If not, when would you use it without a 5 card major?

Answer: While you ill usually have a 5 card major to use NMF, you are sometimes looking for a 4-4 fit in the other major, or making a slam try in a minor suit.Suppose you held:

                   3

                   KQ86

                   AJ875

                   A76

          If your partner opened 1 diamond, you would respond 1 heart. If he now bid 1 no trump, you would want to show your diamonds. You might belong in 6 diamonds. How many diamonds should you bid. NMF to the rescue. Bid 2 clubs, and then bid 3 diamonds next. That is forcing. Now partner can make an informed decision.

 

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Bridge T.G.I.F. 1/1

 
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:

                     J74

                     65

                     K865

                     A876

            Your partneropens 1 spade. You respons 2 spades. Your partner passes. Now your balances with 3 hearts. What do you do?

       Answer: Double. Do not bid 3 spades. Double shows a maximum 2 spade bid with only 3 spades and a balanced hand. Bidding 3 spades would show either a 4th spade or a singleton somewhere.

 

 
 

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When I was as cute as I was in this picture, I was good at war and old maid. My mother made me graduate to canasta and, at the age of 13, my aunt Lucy taught me the basics of bridge. Unfortunately I didn't play again until I was 24.

 

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