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Hands to pass a holiday
Charles Goren
September 03, 1962
A little work is fitting for a long Labor Day weekend, so I offer you a summer bridge quiz. No ultramodern conventions are involved. Sound, simple bidding will produce a satisfying score for you. If your total is 60 or less, brush up on your game. If it is 70, you can hold your own in most company. A total of 80 means you will do well anywhere. If you get a perfect score, why don't you call me sometime?
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September 03, 1962

Hands To Pass A Holiday

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No convenient rebid is available. A mere return to two spades is inadequate. A jump to three spades is not attractive with such a meager trump holding. We would temporize with a bid of three diamonds. If partner proceeds to three no trump, we relax. If he re-bids hearts, we return to three spades. If he rebids spades, we go to four.

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PASS—5 PTS. 3 NO TRUMP—3 PTS. 3 DIAMONDS—2 PTS.

While a game is probably available to your side, it will be difficult at this level to find the best contract. In view of your club holding, the pass should prove quite profitable.

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PASS—5 PTS. 4 DIAMONDS—3 PTS. 3 SPADES—2 PTS.

Despite the great length of your diamond suit, you should not rebid; and no, we have not forgotten that partner opened the bidding. The void in partner's suit, plus your abundance of spades, suggest the advisability of checking out. Partner apparently did not like your diamond bid, because he refused to reenter the auction. His side strength is almost surely hearts. Let that bid roll around to him. He may have some punitive ideas on the subject.

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3 NO TRUMP—5 PTS. 2 SPADES OR DOUBLE—3 PTS. 5 DIAMONDS—1 PT.

While there is a remote chance that your side can make a slam, partner's pass and the opponent's vulnerable opening bid have had a dampening effect. If partner has nothing (not a remote contingency), even a game contract in diamonds will be out of reach.

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PASS—5 PTS. 5 SPADES—2 PTS. 5 CLUBS 1 PT.

You have already done your full duty by this hand and should not be unduly influenced by distributional features you have already described. Your hand is minimum as to high cards, and you may assume that partner is on notice that you may have a six-five distribution.

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PASS—5 PTS. ANYTHING ELSE—0 PTS.

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