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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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It is our practice to go to great limits to keep the bidding open with an advance part score, but this would be going too far. Complications too often set in after South's "sporting" bids of one no trump in situations such as this. Partner has received no warning and tends to carry on the fight against the expected competition, to his great disaster.

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4 NO TRUMP—5 PTS. 2 SPADES—4 PTS. 4 HEARTS—2 PTS.

Since there can be little concern about the texture of the trump suit, the only pertinent factor is the number of aces held by partner. If he has three, a grand slam can hardly be missed. If he has two, a small slam should be a cinch. If he has but one, five hearts should be safe. Thus the Blackwood four no trump.

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A TRUMP—5 PTS. DIAMOND K—3 PTS.

Rather than first taking a look with the king of diamonds you must start getting out dummy's trumps so declarer will have less opportunity to ruff spades. When you get in with a diamond, you will lead another trump in an effort to continue your sabotage.

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