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Thursday 27 January 2022

Still room for a couple more in the afternoon "pairs" tournament on Thursday 28 October at 2.30 pm. Answers to the quiz (see attachment)  at 2 and a little cocktail afterwards. Contact Jenny Pratt by email ()

For those of you who will be coming to the tournament on 28 October, the theme of the 4 commented hands will be "Doubling and cue-bids by responder after intervention by right-hand opponent". There is a quiz attached on this theme which you might like to try answering.

A few tips: your partner opens; your right-hand opponent intervenes by naming a suit (Spades for example); how should you react?

1) If the opening is in a minor suit and the intervention prevents you from naming a 4-card major, but you have 8H or more: you should start by doubling (Spoutnik)

2) Similarly if the opening is in a minor suit and the intervention prevents you from naming a 5-card major (which you cannot name at the 2-level for lack of points, i.e. at least 11H), you should again use the double.

3) If the opening is in a minor suit and you are fitted in that suit but too strong to fit at the 2 or 3-level and do not wish to name No Trumps (perhaps because you have no stopper in the opponent's suit or the wrong distribution), you should start by cue-bidding opponent's suit

4) If your partner opens in a major suit and you have a 4-card fit and enough points to go to game, you should again use the cue-bid.

This list is not exhaustive but might help you solve the problems in the quiz.