THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder
CHRISTMAS COMPETITION SUBSIDIARY QUESTIONS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
Now we come to the secondary, tie-breaking questions in my Christmas Competition.
3. Look at only the North hand.
a. Partner opens one spade and West passes. What would you respond?
Two diamonds. This hand is worth game, so start where you live. Do not respond two clubs.
b. Partner opens three clubs and West passes. What would you do?
Five clubs. You have no idea how well the opponents can do in a major. Yes, you would like to make a lead-directing diamond bid, but that would give East more room to enter the auction.
c. West opens one heart. What would you call?
Double. Not ideal without a fourth spade, but you should get into the auction. Pass is close, though.
4. Look at only the West hand.
a. Partner opens one heart and South passes. What would you bid?
Four hearts. This time, you do not know how well the opponents can do in a minor. Your hand is a “weak freak,” so make them guess.
b. Partner opens one spade, South overcalls five diamonds, and everyone passes. What would you lead?
The spade king. This is not without risk, but you might need to shift to a red suit at trick two. Second choice, just behind, is a low spade.
c. North opens one diamond, East doubles, and South passes. What would you advance?
Two hearts. With the double fit in the majors, you are worth the jump.