Bridge Puzzle


PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 June, 2015, 3:20pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 April, 2016, 10:55pm


1. Two clubs. It might be tempting to respond three clubs after having passed originally in order to show close to an opening bid, but the fact is that partner’s one-heart bid has not really added to the value of your hand. It is true that partner might pass two clubs, but if he does, it is not likely you will have lost a game.

It is important to remember that two clubs is an affirmative bid showing 10 or more points, despite your previous pass, and partner will presumably give full weight to this forward-going response.
2. Three clubs. Prospects for game are now much better, because this time you have three hearts instead of two. This seemingly trivial factor enhances the overall value of your hand because game in hearts now looms as an additional possibility. If partner next bids three notrump, you will naturally be delighted to pass.

3. Three hearts. The jump-raise to three invites partner to carry on to four if he has anything more than an absolute minimum. Partner is unlikely to make 10 tricks if he does choose to pass. Note that it would be wrong to respond two diamonds, which is not forcing by a passed hand.

4. Four hearts. Here you must take the bull by the horns and bid game without testing your luck to see whether partner would bid again over a three-heart response. Never trust your fate to partners in such situations. When your hand improves enough after you have passed initially, and you feel sure your side can make a game, you must bid it straight away.

5. Two notrump. This response, after passing originally, shows 11 or 12 points, stoppers in the three unbid suits and notrump distribution. That’s what you have, so you bid two notrump and leave the rest to partner.

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