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 Friday- T.G.I.F. by Marti Ronemus*

Here we are at the end of the Work Week again, preparing for relaxation and fun. Or some of us are. How about a final mental tune-up?
Remember there's nothing in bridge that three people agree on. Enjoy using these as stimulating discussion points with your partner.

* Thanks God It's Friday

Question 1

  Your Hand
 7 6 4 2
 A Q 3
 6 2
 A Q J 3
Q: 1 - As South, what should be your bid?

 Your choice:
A: 2: Pard's Double is our friend, the Negative Double, showing the two unbid red suits. It is often the only way partner can show a four card major. Occasionally, partner will have a five-card suit, but not enough points to buy the two-level. SO! Don't be reluctant to bid the suit just because you only have three-card support. It's great support and you have some ruffing values. You'd prefer to bid No-trumps, but not without that Spade stopper. If Pard is grumpy and complains, tell him you had a Diamond in with the Hearts.

Your result so far:
Open Question

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Question 2

  Your Hand
 K 2
 A 3
 A K J 4 2
 10 9 6 3
Q: 2 - As South, what should be your bid?

 Your choice:
A: 4: My goodness, everyone is in the action! When we redoubled we promised another bid. With our A, we could entertain the thought of No-trumps, but it might not be good enough. With our 17 pts opposite Pard's opener, this auction is going somewhere. Our 4 bid is forcing. A new suit at the four level surely cannot be passed. We expect great things. All we need from Pard is a Heart singleton shown by a cue-bid, and we can then use Blackwood. We smell the chocolate-chip aroma of a minor suit slam. Yum.

Your result so far:
Open Question

Question 3

  Your Hand
 A J 4
 A K 4
 A Q 8 7 6 2
Q: 3 - As South, what should be your bid?

 Your choice:
A: 2: This reverse is the cheapest way for you to show your Big Hand. 3 is an alternative, but takes up a lot of room. Pard is 100% justified in thinking you have a four-card suit, but you will correct later. Desperate times call for desperate measures. (If he squawks, trade him in for a partner with a sense of humor.) This gives you room to give delayed Spade support on your next bid which promises three-card support.

Your result so far:
Open Question

Question 4

  Your Hand
 A 5
 K 7 6 4
 A 9 4
 K 7 5 4
Q: 4 - As South, what should be your bid?

 Your choice:
A: 3 No-trumps: We certainly have the values for game, and partner did show Hearts in response to our Negative Double. If we were sure he had four of them, we could jump to 4. BUT! We don't want to play for ten tricks with a 4-3 fit if it can be avoided. Since we've got a stopper in Their suit, plus a nice Club fit, our 3 No-trumps indicates to partner that we're protecting him from that three-card response. If we didn't have the Spade stopper, we'd rebid 3, which most partnerships would agree is game-force and denies a stopper in Their suit.

Your result so far:
Open Question

Question 5

  Your Hand
 A 8 7 3
 7 4 3
 A 7 6 5 3
Q: 5 - As South, what should be your bid?

 Your choice:
A: Pass: We haven't shown our true colors, er... shape, but we didn't have the cash to start with Clubs and rebid Spades. North limited his hand with his 2 bid, and let's face it, our hand isn't nice enough to invite. If They got back in the action, maybe at favorable vulnerability we might scrape up another bid, but for now, that four-letter word "pass" will have to do. And now, we have the challenge of actually MAKING the hand! Let's see if we can do it.

Your result so far:
Open Question

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