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Larry's Bridge Quizzes
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After we open 1 or 1 and partner raises to 2, what should we do? We should add at least a point to our original evaluation, because our 5+ card suit is now worth more. For example, K10765 might not be worth much opposite a singleton, but knowing partner has support (picture QJx), means we have lots of tricks in our suit. With a re-evaluated strength of less than 16, game is unlikely (facing at most 9 or a so-so 10). With about 16-18 in strength, we want to invite game. This is done by bidding a new suit (typically something like Axxx or Q10x -- where you want partner to evaluate his cards in that suit to help with marginal decisions). A re-raise (1-2-3) should just be a blocking bid--based on the LAW of Total Tricks--not invitational. With more than 18, opener just bids game (no need to give away extraneous information). What if the opponents interfere after the raise? After 1 (Pass) 2 (3), opener can bid 3 just to compete (not invitational). To invite game, he has to bid a new suit (in this case, the only try is 3--and says nothing about hearts). What if the opponents overcall in the suit one below opener's? For example: 1 (2) 2 (3) ?  In this case, 3 is needed as just competing for the partscore (not inviting game). If opener wants to invite, the partnership has to use "Game-Try Doubles"(also called "Maximal Doubles") -- whereby double of the suit 1-under is not penalty, but invites game. In all cases above, responder would bid game with about 9-10 and reject with about 6-7. In between hands require judgment.

Matchpoints, nobody vulnerable, South holds:

AQ10765
KQ93
A2
2

What is his call after:

WestNorthEastSouth
1
Pass  2 Pass  ??
Choose One:

Pass

3

3

4

IMPs, both vulnerable, South holds:

A
KQJ82
K1087
K87

What is his call after:

WestNorthEastSouth
1
Pass  2 Pass  ??
Choose One:

Pass

2

3

3

3

4

Matchpoints, vulnerable against not, South holds:

5
AQJ983
KJ42
Q2

What is his call after:

WestNorthEastSouth
1
Double  2 Pass  ??
Choose One:

Pass

3

3

4

IMPs, nobody vulnerable, South holds:

AQ1075
8
AQ32
KJ2

What is his call after:

WestNorthEastSouth
1
Pass  2 3  ??
Choose One:

Pass

Double

3

4

Matchpoints, nobody vulnerable, South holds:

AQJ76
KJ8
K2
KJ2

What is his call after:

WestNorthEastSouth
1
Pass  2 Pass  ??

Choose One:

Pass

2NT

3

3

3

3NT

4

Matchpoints. Nobody vulnerable. South holds:

K52
AJ10862
A8
98

What is his call after:

WestNorthEastSouth
1
Pass  2  Pass  ?

Choose One:

Pass

3

3

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