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N

6

A Q 8 6 5 3

4 3 2

A 4 3


S

T 9 7

7 4 2

K J T 7

Q 6 2


W

A J 8 5 4 2

K J T

A 6

K 9


E

K Q 3

9

Q 9 8 5

J T 8 7 5

Hand

B4

Context

Worcestershire v Staffordshire - October 2016

Dealer

East

Methods

Trump raise, invitational double

Vulnerability

Both



Limit raise

The first two bids should be standard.

East must then value his hand.  The simple approach, lacking four-card support, is to raise to 2 on his 8 points.

West might now jump to 4 as a team’s bid.

Alternatively, with the suit agreed and in the absence of a trial suit below the level of 3 he can double, inviting partner to choose between 3 and 4.

W

N

E

S



-

-

1

2

2

3

x

-

4

-

-

-

-


W

N

E

S



-

-

1

2

3

-

4

-

-

-





Cue-raise

If East can see the potential of his hand as greater than a simple raise to 2 then he must show a good three-card raise.

The cue-bid of 3 shows just such a hand - with 4 spades he would bid 2NT to show a good raise.

West has little trouble in raising to the game.

What happens?


Spades can always make ten tricks, although it is far from easy on a trump lead.  Fortunately for declarer North does not have a second trump to lead after taking the Heart ace.

In the match nine pairs out of twelve bid 4.  Five of them made it.

Intermediate and above

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Hand C1