Mon 31st N-S 1st Bob Short/Phil 63% 2nd
E-W 1st Chuck/Terry 61% 2nd Gene/Richard = Bill/Dave 53%
Wed 2nd 1st Bob P/Alan P 64% 2nd Gene/Richard 56%
Fri 4th N-S 1st Jan/Jim(Sco) 63% 2nd
E-W 1st Chuck/Terry 60% 2nd Phil & Tomas 58%
NEW. When I expect a Mitchell movement all of the hands will be pre-dealt. You can pick up a leaflet with the hands or else they are on the web-site in with the results.
The standings in the Gold Cup competition are close; currently we have (best 30): -
1st Chuck 1876.6% 2nd Dave 1864.5% 3rd Bob 1849.4% 4th Clive 1799.3%
Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated
Hand A Hand B What do you open with Hand A?
♠ KQ83 ♠ Q8 (a) What do you open with Hand B?
♥ AQ5 ♥ KQ2 (b) Suppose you choose 1♦, then what is your rebid after
♣ 94 ♣ Q3
Hand C Hand D With Hand C partner opens 1♦, what do you bid?
♠ AJ1076 ♠ J With Hand D you open 1♦ and LHO overcalls 2♦ (Michaels).
K8643 ♥ K7 Partner passes and
♣ J73 ♣ KJ32
Hand E Hand F With Hand E RHO opens 1♣. (a) what do you bid?
(b) suppose you double, then what do you do if partner bids 2♣?
♠ AQ63 ♠ Q9654
♥ 8 ♥ Q10842 With Hand F partner opens 1NT. Just for a change I won’t ask
♣ KQ ♣ A2 into either suit partner simply accepts). The question is do you
consider the hand (a) weak, (b) invitational or (c) game forcing.
Hand G Hand H With Hand G LHO opens 1♣ which partner doubles, what
do you bid?
♠ J109542 ♠ 54
♥ Q10654 ♥ A85 With Hand H you open 1♣ and partner responds 1♥, what
♣ 65 ♣ QJ753
Hand J Hand K What do you open with Hand J?
♠ K10 ♠ KQ1072 Hand K, this is an interesting one, so have a good think before
♥ K7 ♥ A104 you come up with the “obvious” answer. You open 1♠, LHO
♣ Q10753 ♣ 65
Something new this week. I have compiled a comprehensive index to all of the news-sheets on the web. It is primarily for web use – searching for an item is so simple. But if you have no access to a computer and would like a print-out, let me know. Below is a sample of what you get – it’s this week’s index.
2 So what do those bids mean? – splinter and cue bid? – Dunno.
3 1NT or support with 3 cards? 1♣ - 1♥ - ? , you have ♠ 54 ♥ A85 ♦AK5 ♣QJ753
5 5-5 Come Alive – ♠AJ1076 ♥K8643 ♦ - ♣J73 is worth a move opposite a 1♦ opener.
5 Strong vs Weak NT-1 –you get the 15/16 point rebid problem less playing a strong NT.
6 Don’t put Qx’s on table! – try to be declarer.
6 The 2♣/♦ and the 2♥/♠ overcall of 1NT using Cappelletti/Multi Landy.
7 Don’t bid 4♣/♦ if 3NT is a viable contract!
10 Pick a major – 5-5 in the majors opposite 1NT.
9 Mobile phones – turn them off please!
10 Our ‘Friendly’ Club – everybody was asleep?
11 A negative double after partner pre-empts? – I don’t think so.
11 A weak two opener? – ♠J109874 ♥86 ♦AQ7 ♣K2
13 Strong vs Weak NT-2. – sometimes it works best to have a NT rebid as 15-16.
13 Contacting Others – there’s a secure page on the web.
So what do those bids mean? Board 28 from Friday 4th
North South North South
♠ KQ9 ♠ AJ1063 1♣ 1♠
♥ K643 ♥ A8 3♥ (1) 4♦ (2)
♣ A84 ♣ K6
N-S were asked what the bids meant; the explanations given were (1) dunno, and (2) dunno.
Playing sensibly, 3♥ would be a splinter agreeing ♠’s and showing ♥ shortage and 4♦ would be a cue bid showing the ♦A.
And what happened? N-S scored a zero as all the other tables were in slam or else in 3NT.
And how should the hand be bid?
North South (3) 18-19 balanced
1♣ 1♠ (4) NMF, some may prefer 3♣ CBS. Asks opener about his majors
2NT (3) 3♦ (4) (5) 4 ♥’s, may or may not have 3 ♠’s.
3♥ (5) 3♠ (6) (6) I have 5 ♠’s - forcing
4♠ (7) 4NT (8) (7) I have 3 ♠’s.
etc to 6♠ or 6NT (8) Whatever form of Blackwood you play.
Hand L West East With this hand L you are South with this bidding.
What do you lead?
♠ 854 - 1NT
♥ K763 4♣ 4♥ Answer next page.
♦ Q74 6NT pass
1NT or support with 3 cards? Board 7 from Monday 31st
Both vul ♦ J932 - - - pass
♣ 1084 1♣ pass 1♥ pass
1NT (1) all pass
♠ 54 N ♠ 1093
♥ A85 W E ♥ QJ942
♠ 1093 (d) East may have a hand like this – it’s only slightly different. Over a 1NT
♥ QJ942 response (12-14) from partner, this hand should pass. But over a 2♥
♣ A4 then easily reached.
- Support with support. I will always support with 3 decent trumps opposite possibly only 4 if I have a weak doubleton. Not everybody agrees with me and some will only do it with a singleton – different styles?
- If you have 14 points it’s even more important to do so as 2 of partner’s major is more encouraging than 1NT.
- This West hand has no tenaces and so it’s probably best for partner to be declarer (he may have something like ♠Kx or ♠KJx or similar).
- There was a very similar article in news-sheet 65.
A Poor Slam? Board 10 from Monday 31st
Both vul ♦ 1086 - - 1NT (1) pass
♣ 76 4♣ (2) pass 4♥ (3) pass
6NT (4) all pass
♠ Q102 N ♠ AKJ
♥ A9 W E ♥ Q104 Table B(Acol)
♠ 854 1♦ pass 1NT (5) pass
♥ K763 4♣ (6) pass 4♥ pass
♦ Q74 6NT all pass
- And the lead. Leading away from an honour is often the only way to set a contract – you hope to find partner with an honour in the suit. But if you know that partner is bust then don’t lead away from an honour!
5-5 Come Alive This one’s left over from last week: - Board 18 from Friday 28th
N-S vul ♦ QJ105 - - 1♦ (1) pass
♣ Q652 1♥ (2) pass 1♠ (3) pass
3♠ (4) pass 4♠ all pass
♠ AJ1076 N ♠ KQ83
♥ K8643 W E ♥ AQ5 Table B
♠ 54 1♠ (2) pass 2♠ (5) pass
♥ J10 pass (6) pass
Table A: (1) What did you open with this East hand A in this week’s quiz? A decent 15 count so 1NT looks obvious to me.
(4) And what did you bid with this West hand C in this week’s quiz? I bid 1♠ here, see Table B.
(5) Having not opened 1NT East can only really bid 1♠ here.
(6) But luckily West has great ♠ support and an easy invite.
Table B: (1) It’s catching! I don’t understand what’s wrong with 1NT.
(2) This West correctly bid 1♠, intending 2♥ over partner’s response.
(5) With great support for ♠’s, it’s in between 2♠ and 3♠. I would not be in this predicament as I would have opened 1NT.
(6) Pathetic. A 3♥ try is in order. I understand that West was ‘put off’ because he had a void in partner’s ‘suit’.
And what happened? Everyone was in game except Table B, mostly making 11 or 12 tricks. At Table B West made all 13 tricks for a cold zero. I guess his play is better than his bidding?
The bottom lines: -
- Open 1NT with a balanced hand within your opening 1NT range.
- Open 1NT and you never have a rebid problem – and you make it easier for partner if he’s having an off day!
- If you can describe your hand in one go – do so.
♠ 102 East hand 7 from Friday 28th
♦ KQ85 Incidentally, I know it was not the small doubleton that deterred East from opening
♣ K8 1NT at Table B, for in the same session he opened 1NT with this East hand!
Strong vs Weak NT – part 1.
N-S vul ♦ A863 - - pass 1NT (1)
♣ KJ86 pass 3NT all pass
♠ A975 N ♠ 1043
♥ A75 W E ♥ J10943
- Don’t bid 4♣/♦ if 3NT is a viable contract.
The 2♣/♦ and the 2♥/♠ overcall of 1NT using Cappelletti/Multi Landy
♠ 107 On Friday I witnessed a player overcall a weak NT with 2♦ playing Multi- Landy.
♥ Q10654 That shows a single suited hand. I said that I would bid 2♥ (♥’s and a minor),
♣ A10 All of the books that I could find simply said that 2♥ was ♥’s and a minor.
However, every reference to Cappelletti or Multy Landy said that the single-
suited bid (2♣/♦ resp) is a 6+ card suit. I found three fairly explicit references about 2♥ on the web. Bridgeguys.com says it’s 5 ♥’s and a 4 card minor. Slopin says it’s 5 ♥’s and 5 (rarely4) of the minor. www.acbld22.com/unit537 says - ‘2♥ shows hearts and a minor; should be 5-5 but just could be 5-4 with 5 hearts’. With these great ♦’s and miserable ♥’s I believe that 2♥ is the bid if you don’t like double. Nobody would seriously call this a single suited (♥) hand and later try to defend the bid, would they?
Don’t bid 4♣/♦ if 3NT is a viable contract! Board 8 from Monday 31st
Love all ♦ QJ95 pass pass 1♦ 2♦ (1)
♣ Q109 pass (2) 2♥ 4♦ (3) pass
5♦ all pass
♠ AK94 N ♠ J
♥ Q1083 W E ♥ K7
Michaels Again! Board 12 from Monday 31st
N-S vul ♦ Q1096 pass pass 1♥ 2♥ (1)
♣ K1073 3♥ (2) 3NT (3) pass pass (4)
♠ A9765 N ♠ K84
♥ 853 W E ♥ KQJ96
Pick a major – part 1 Board 22 from Wednesday 2nd (and Friday!)
E-W vul ♦ QJ975 - - pass 1♣
♣ J10987 2♦ (1) pass pass pass (2)
♠ AQ63 N ♠ J109542 Table B
♥ 8 W E ♥ Q10654 West(E) North East(G) South
♠ K87 4♠ (5) all pass
Is it asking too much for people to switch off their mobile phones during the session? I note that one player on Friday, notorious for being the slowest player in the club, had a conversation on the phone and subsequently did not play a board as a result. Next time I’ll give him an adjusted (unfavourable) score? What do you think?
Pick a major – part 2 Board 30 from Friday 4th
Love all ♦ J1072 3♠ (2) pass 4♠ (3) all pass
(1) What did you open with this East hand J in
♠ Q9654 N ♠ K10 this week’s quiz? With two tenaces to protect
♥ Q10842 W E ♥ K7 I totally agree with this 1NT opening.
♠ J72 play 3♠ to show a game-forcing 5-5 major suit hand.
♥ 53 (3) I would bid 4♥ here, not necessarily because East
♦ Q986 is a better declarer than West, but because it’s
♣ J864 usually better for the stronger hand to be declarer.
Maybe East forgot the system?
And what happened? 4♠ squeaked home despite East’s poor major suit holdings.
The bottom lines: -
- 8 points is enough to insist upon game if you are 5-5 in the majors opposite a 1NT opener.
- It’s up to you how you bid 5-5’s in the majors opposite a 1NT opener. I prefer transferring but I will usually go along with anything sensible that partner wants to play.
playing and Dave was in charge. This was the dummy and declarer was
♠ QJ10xxx playing in a ♥ contract. Declarer called for the ♥A and then called for ‘queen’.
♥ AQxxx Apparently dummy played the ♠Q, the next hand played a ♠ without
- If East did not like that ruling and feels he is entitled to the trick then he should play elsewhere, that kind of attitude is not tolerated at this club.
A negative double after partner pre-empts? Board 24 from Friday 4th
Love all ♦ 2 2♥ 2♣ dbl (1) pass
♣ A64 pass (2) pass (3)
♠ 54 N ♠ K76 (1) East intended this as a negative double
♥ KQ9854 W E ♥ J3 (showing the minors).
♠ 98 that it has to be penalties.
♥ A7 (3) Ian was irate about my pause – he would have called
♦ 108763 the director if he was not present. But we all know
♣ Q532 when to totally ignore Ian (most of the time).
So then – is dbl at (1) negative or penalties?
- I say it’s penalties. West has described his hand and East is the captain. It should not be a negative double because when playing negative doubles you expect partner to re-open with a double when you have the penalty pass; he most certainly never will in this situation.
- Chuck say it’s negative and with no 4-card minor I should simply revert to 3♥.
This is the 3rd time that Chuck and I have disagreed when there is obviously no book readily available to cover the particular sequence. So I have again written off to a Bridge magazine, does anybody want to lay any bets before the answer is public knowledge? What are the realistic odds of me being wrong? Having been proved to be correct twice it’s time I was wrong? Any bets on it snowing in Pattaya next week?
A weak two opener? Board 8 from Friday 4th
Love all ♦ J108 2♠ (1) pass pass 3♣ (2)
♣ 65 all pass
♠ J109874 N ♠ K (1) I did not bother to put this one in the quiz as I’m
♥ 86 W E ♥ AJ32 pretty sure that there is only one person in the
♠ A2 (2) I cannot criticise this bid – it’s difficult – that’s
♥ Q109 what pre-empting is all about.
Love all ♦ A75 pass 1♠ 2♦ (1) 2♥ (2)
♣ 65 pass 3♥ (3) pass 4♥
♠ 864 N ♠ AJ9
♥ K976 W E ♥ 52 ‘Expert Table’
♣ Q1072 ♣ 943 pass 1♠ 2♦ (1) dbl (2)
♠ 53 pass 2♥ (4) pass 3♦ (5)
♥ QJ83 pass 3NT (6) all pass
‘Expert’ (2) A Negative Double, promising 4+ ♥’s and 6+ points (in my style).
Table (4) Now this bid is interesting. What did you bid with this North hand K in this week’s quiz? Partner has not responded at the two level and may possibly have as few as 6-7 points. 2NT would be incorrect here as it’s too high if partner is weak. With this 13 count North has only two options - 2♥ or 2♠.
(5) And our expert South knows that partner may have just 3 ♥’s, so he takes it slowly with a cue bid of the enemy suit.
(6) And this expert North also knows what he’s doing. Partner’s cue bid is forcing to game, with 4 ♥’s he would bid 4♥ but with just 3 ♥’s and a ♦ stop he bids 3NT. With just 3 ♥’s and no ♦ stop he would bid 3♠ and leave it up to partner or else bid 4♥ if the Moysian fit looked the best bet.
Strong vs Weak NT – part 2.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 1NT. A balanced 15-17. Quite why at least two people chose 1♦ is beyond me.
Hand B: (a) 1NT. This hand is well worth a strong 1NT and these Qx’s belong in declarer’s hand (not dummy).
(b) 2♦, I suppose, but it’s a bit feeble. It’s too good for 1NT (12-14). That’s why I open 1NT – you don’t have to worry about your rebid!
Hand C: 1♠. Bid 5-5’s from the top down. If partner responds 1NT or 2♦ then bid 2♥, (or maybe 3♥ over 1NT).
Hand D: 3NT. Now partner has not made it easy for you (it would have been nice to hear a reassuring double from him to say that he has something) but you have to assume that LHO’s Michaels is weak. 3NT is a possible final contract and with the ♥Kx that presumably needs protecting you simply have to gamble that partner has something in ♠’s (he surely has – as otherwise where are they all?).
Hand E: (a) dbl. It’s far too strong for a 1♦ overcall.
(b) 4♠. Anything else is not forcing.
Hand F: (c) , game forcing, is correct in my opinion. 8 points is usually just invitational, but with two 5-card major suits I consider it worth a game force.
Hand G: 2♣. This is not natural. It asks partner to pick a (major) suit and promises values to compete to at least the two level.
Hand H: 2♥. With a weak doubleton ♠ I prefer the possible 4-3 fit to 1NT, and partner may well have 5 ♥’s. Also, 2♥ is preferable as it’s more encouraging than 1NT and if partner has say 9-10 points you want him to make a move – he will not over 1NT.
Hand J: 1NT. With two tenaces to protect 1NT is best. 1♣ is also fine as you have a good rebid of 2♦ (a reverse) but with these major suit tenaces I prefer 1NT. With less points in the majors or one of them worse than Qx then I would go the reverse route.
Hand K: 2♥. Yes, 2♥ and not the “obvious’ 2NT. Why is that?
I suppose that it depends upon how you play your negative doubles, but I do not promise 11 points with the double of 2♦, only enough to compete to 2♥ or 2♠, and so 2NT may be too high. Partner must also realise that this may easily be a weakish hand with just 3 ♥’s and should not leap off to 4♥ on the assumption that you also have 4 ♥’s.
Leading A ♠. Partner is totally bust and so to set the contract you must get two tricks with no
Quiz help from partner. Leading away from an honour will probably cost a trick
Answer (as partner is bust) so lead from nothing – it cannot give anything away.
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