QUERY 9:     August 2019   From Ice Peenz, Pretoria

At Congress in Pairs Barometer R1 this hand came up (Hand 9). Although NS only has 22 HCPs, with a void by North and a Singleton by South and 2-fits (Hearts & Clubs) we promptly bid this hand to 6H but went 3 down. According to the double-dummy analyzer, North can only make 3H, while S can make 4H. Even playing in the good club fit, only 4-clubs can be made.

    My Questions:
  1. How do you evaluate the hand so as to not exceed the 4H level?
  2. How must it be bid in order to stay out of slam.

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QUERY 8:     16 June 2019   From Rose Duff, Cape Town

May I please ask the forum how to bid this hand?
It was hand no 19 at Trumps bridge club yesterday.
A pairs event.

West     North     East     South
 1C       4S        ?
  1. What should East bid now?
  2. What would 4NT mean here?

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