THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder

First of all, I wish all of my readers a very happy holiday season. And here is this year’s Christmas Competition. Ignore the given East-West hands; they will change when the answers to questions one and two are given in the column of Jan. 25, 2013. (The other answers will be on Jan. 26, and the winners announced on March 23.)
1. How should South play in four hearts after West leads the club king?
2. If South is the dealer and East-West pass throughout, how would the bidding go?
Look at only the West hand.
3a. If South opens one diamond, what should West do?
3b. If West opens one club and East responds one heart, what should West rebid?
3c. South opens one no-trump (15 to 17 points) and North raises to three no-trump. What should West lead?
Look at only the South hand.
4. South opens one heart and North responds one spade. What should South rebid?
Look at only the East hand.
5a. If West opens one spade, what should East respond?
5b. If South opens one club, West doubles, and North passes, what should East bid?
Mail your entry to Phillip Alder, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106 to arrive by Jan. 23. Or email it from my website, www.phillipalderbridge.com. Click on the Contact button and type out your answers.
Please take as read all of the usual disclaimers, and remember that this is primarily for fun.

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