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Balancing


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Deciding whether to balance or not is a difficult decision for all levels of player. My least favorite contract is when the opponents play in a fit in two-of-a-major. As such, I'd balance frequently in that scenario. Other than that, you want to think about bidding to the level of your fit (following the Law of Total Tricks) and pay attention to vulnerability. See how well you handle these balancing problems. 

 

For the quiz, you will always be South and playing matchpoint (duplicate) scoring.

♠ Q1092  
♥ 87  
♦ KQ105  
♣ Q82
 

None vulnerable. The auction starts: 

WestNorthEastSouth
     1♠  Pass
2♠ Pass Pass ?
Choose One:

Pass

Double

2♠

Other

♠ 65  
♥ J7  
♦ A1085  
♣ KQ764
 

You are South. None vulnerable. What's your call?

WestNorthEastSouth
     1♠  Pass
 2♠  Pass  Pass  ?

 

Choose One:

Pass

Double

2NT

3♠

3♠

♠ Q1053  
♥ KJ2  
♦ AQ9  
♣ Q76
 

None vulnerable.

WestNorthEastSouth
 1NT  Pass  Pass  ?
Choose One:

Pass

Double

Other

♠ 8  
♥ KQ105  
♦ Q98  
♣ K10853
 

WestNorthEastSouth
       Pass
 2♠  Pass  Pass  ?

 

Choose One:

Pass

Double

3♠

Other

♠ QJ53  
♥ 82  
♦ AQ85  
♣ J63
 

None vulnerable.

WestNorthEastSouth
 1NT  Pass  2♠  Pass
 2♠  Pass  Pass  ?

What's your bid?

Choose One:

Pass

Double

2♠

♠ KJ10532  
♥ A82  
♦ 5  
♣ AQ8
 

Not vulnerable against vulnerable. 

WestNorthEastSouth
       1♠
 2♠  Pass  Pass  ?
Choose One:

Pass

Double

2♠

3♠

Other

♠ 95  
♥ J32  
♦ KQ98  
♣ AK108
 

None vulnerable. 

WestNorthEastSouth
   1♠  Pass  2♠
 2♠  Pass  3♠  4♠
 4♠  Pass  Pass  ?
Choose One:

Pass

Double

4NT

5♠

Other