FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012
BY STEVEN BECKER
l. Two spades. Before discussing
what to do, it might be best to define
partner's one-spade bid. Most overcalls on the one-level are based on
eight to 12 high-card points and a
good suit, although partner could
have as many as 16 points in high
cards. The one-spade overcall should
therefore tentatively be regarded as
merely a competitive bid and not the
equivalent of an opening bid.
Though it is not likely that the
combined hands contain the wherewithal necessary for game, you
should nevertheless raise partner's
spades, partly to allow for the possibility that he has a strong hand, and
partly tor tactical reasons. A bid of
two clubs would not be wise because
it is not forcing and would deny
spade support and at the same time
would make it easier for West to bid
again at a low level.
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You are South, both sides vulnerable. The bidding has gone:
What would you bid with each of
the following five hands?
1. + A84 ., 87 • 653 + KQ974
2. + KJ7 ., AJ952 • 64 + K83
3. + 95., Q83 • AI07 + KJ752
4. + K2., KJ4. KQIO +AI0983
5. + J ., AQ842 • 985 + J642
2. Three spades. This time game
prospects arc much brighter, and
your three-spade bid invites partner
to continue on to four spades unless
his overcall is in the minimum range.
unlikely, but even so, it's much better
to bid one notrump than to pass. This
will give partner another chance to
bid if he happens to have a strong
hand. It would be wrong to bid two
clubs, whieh would indicate a better
club suit and would also understate
the all-around value of your hand.
4. Three notrump.
It's hard to
imagine a hand partner can have
where you won't have a good play
for nine tricks. A jump to two
notrump (invitational) would be an
Partner might dislike notrump and
retreat to four spades, but your values are fully adequate for that contract as well.
5. Pass. You shouldn't go looking
for trouble by bidding two hearts.
Partner's suit should be at least as
good as yours, and if he lacked support for hearts and rebid his spades,
you'd be worse off than you were
before. This is the type of hand that
suggests a possible misfit, and experience teaches that the sooner you
"let go" in misfit hands, the better off
you will be.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, April 6,2012:
The Full Moon marks your year. You often will Juggle your intellect
and your feelings. You could go back and forth when deciding
what you should do as opposed to what you want to do. You will
choose which voice works for you. If you are single, your charisma
attracts people like a magnet. Maintaining a relationship will take
a lot of understanding and compassion on both your parts. If you
are attached, you will be a little inconsistent in your relationship, as
your mind floats to other issues. Learn to respect the differences
between you rather than fight about them. LIBRA admires you and
wants to be with you.
The Stars Show the Kind of Day You'll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive;
3-Average; 2-So-so; I-Difficult
ARIES (March 21-ApriI19)
You might be busy Juggling two
different interests. Avoid someone who reads you cold, which could
cause a problem at this moment. Think in terms of gains. You might
be questioning whether you are giving enough or giving too much.
Tonight: Worry less.
TAURUS (ApriI20-May 20)
Pace yourself, and understand
that you easily could be drained. News from a distance could be
problematic. You might feel like you are being stretched too thin.
Walk away from the problem for a little while. Answers will come up
handle what your mind cannot. Pressure builds and creates a
somewhat touchy situation. Lo and behold, your intuitive reaction
will provide a solution. Tonight: Lead the Friday-night celebrations.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Basics do count. You might want
to rethink a decision or move a situation in a different direction. You
could be feeling high-strung and pressured. Squeeze in plenty of
physical activity. Walk a little more. Tonight: Find a stress-buster.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
You say what you feel, but
reactions come in from left field. You could feel pressured by an
associate or someone you deal with every day. Remember, it is a
Judgment you are making about the situation that creates stress.
Tonight: Hang out with friends.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You can play around with
your finances all you want, but realize that you still will need to stop
excessive spending. A risk will not payoff. A close loved one has a
different outlook on the situation. Tonight: Treat a friend to dinner.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-0ct. 22)
Your hands are full, as many
seem to need your help or attention. Trying not to look rushed,
even when you are, takes talent. Recognize that a friend or associate
could be intentionally slowing you down. Tonight: Where the gang
soon enough. Tonight: Whatever makes you feel good.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You might want to deal with a
situation directly. The problem is that it could backfire if you are not
GEMINI (Mav 21-June 20)
careful. Others are unusuallv touchv and could misinteroret vour
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words. Stay centered. Play the waiting game. Tonight: Vanish.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
A meeting or discussion
might force you to do some searching in your memory to see if
you have missed sorneone's warnings. Know that everything will
pass. Do not forget a child or loved one. Tonight: Relish the change
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You feel today's Full Moon
more than others. How you handle a personal matter might change
substantially after you witness what goes on with a key person. You
might have overlooked a certain quality of this person. Tonight: All
eyes turn to you.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
If you do not overreact to
a comment and take it personally, you might enJoy all the intense
communication happening around you. You might need to sort
through messages and make a Judgment call. Tonight: Flow into the
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
You might wish you were the
only one involved in dealing with a money matter. Quite clearly,
you discover that two people with different ideas might have
difficulty becoming one voice, especially today. If you can postpone
this matter, do. Tonight: Make it OK to let go and enJoy.
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