Mon 5th †††† N-S † 1st †† Bengt/Bob††††††††††††††††††††† 59%†††††††† 2nd††† Sally/Jeremy†††††††††††††† 52%
† ††††††††††††††† E-W†† 1st †† Paul Scully/Richard†††††††† 62%†††††††† 2nd††† Jan/Knud††††††††††††††††††† 61%
Wed 7th †††† N-S†† 1st †† Bob/Terry††††††††††††††††††††† 60%†††††††† 2nd††† Chuck/Tom††††††††††††††† 59%
††††††††††††††††† E-W†† 1st††† Gerard/Derek†††††††††††††††† 68%†††††††† 2nd †† Kenneth/John†††††††††††† 65%
Fri† ††9th †††† N-S†† 1st †† Bob/Albert†††††††††††††††††††† 58%†††††††† 2nd††† Neil/Terry†††††††††††††††††† 58%
† ††††††††††††††† E-W†† 1st††† Dave/Tomas†††††††††††††††††† 60%†††††††† 2nd††† Anne/Barry†††††††††††††††† 58%
Well done Bob, I note that you achieved the elusive triple (with 3 different partners).The Gold Cup competition is still close, but Chuck has a fairly decent lead. Currently we have: -
1st Chuck ††† 1898.2%††††††† 2nd Dave 1890.2%††††† 3rd Bob 1858.9%††† 4th Clive† 1799.3%
††††††† in the Silver Plate competition (best 10) we have† †††††††† 1st† Ken Judson††††††† 2nd Clive
and†† in the Bronze Medal competition (best 5) we have† †††††† 1st Gerald/Derek†††† 2nd Paul K
Thereís a new bridge club in town! As I understand it, itís on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There will be a couple of sessions this year but in order to avoid Christmas and new year they will start in earnest next year. Iím sure that everybody will join me in wishing them (and all of the people who are unable to play at our club for one reason or another) success.
This new club is absolutely nothing to do with Dave or myself and our club is still 3 days every week regardless of Christmas, new year, Soncran or whatever.
Bidding Quiz†††††††††††††† †††† †††††† Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated
Hand A††††††††††† Hand B †††††††††† With Hand A partner opens 1♣, what do you bid?
♠ AKQ7††††††††† ♠ J98432†††††††† With Hand B partner opens 1NT. You transfer and partner
♥ QJ10964††††† ♥ AQ9†††††††††††† obediently bids 2♠, what do you do now?
♣ 7††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ 76
Hand C††††††††††† Hand D††††††††††† What do you open with Hand C?
♠ 86†††††††††††††††† ♠ 8††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
♦ A††††††††††††††††† ♦
♣ K1063†††††††† ♣ AQ985
Hand E†††††††††††† Hand F†††††††††††† What do you open with Hand E?
♠ 75†††††††††††††††† ♠ AKQ96††††††† With Hand F partner opens 1NT. What do you bid and what
♥ KQ84†††††††††† ♥ Q1097††††††††† do you plan to do next go (partner will simply accept a transfer
♣ AQJ86†††††††† ♣ 10965
What is 2NT?†††††† Some players in the club play weak jump shifts. So in an uninterrupted sequence like 1♣ - 2♥ - 2NT where 2♥ is weak, what is 2NT?
The Jump Shift ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 4 from Monday 5th ††
Dealer:†††††††††††† ♠ 963†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A
Love all††††††††††† ♦ J1098††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1♣†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2♥††† (1)††† pass
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ QJ53††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4♥†††† (2)†††† pass†††††††††† pass (3)††† pass
♠ J6†††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† ♠ AKQ7†††††††††††††††††
♥ A532††††††††††† † W††† E††††††††† ♥ QJ10964††††††††††††† Table B
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♠ 10842†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†† (2)††† pass
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♦ K654†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ 9862
Table A:†††† (1)† What did you bid with this East hand A in this weekís quiz. This particular East at Table A was a beginner and I suggested 2♥ - a strong jump shift. I covered a similar hand just last week and with these powerful hands it really is best to make a jump shift with a good suit Ė otherwise you may well have problems finding a suitable forcing bid next go(es). With this particular hand you could just respond 1♥ and then reverse into ♠ís next go, but for inexperienced pairs itís so much simpler to start with a strong jump shift.
(2) Now a jump shift from partner is game forcing and interested in slam. With good 4 card support East should co-operate with a 3♥ bid (slow arrival). This jump to 4♥ is unnecessary and I would take it as a very weak opener with minimal ♥ support.
(3) East could make another effort, but I sympathise with pass.
Table B:†††† (1)† Another player correctly chose the jump shift.
(2) But unfortunately his partner thought it was weak and passed. Even if 2♥ was weak, I would still bid with this West hand Ė with 10 combined trumps West should raise the Ďpre-emptí.
And what happened? Most pairs bid 4♥. Just one pair bid 6♥ and 13 tricks were pretty easy.
Now I really have to say something about the jump shift. I stated just last week ĎA jump in a new suit over partnerís opening shows a very strong hand/suit unless you have an agreement to the contraryí. A weak jump shift is most certainly not standard. One distinguished club member apparently disagreed with this statement and wandered off in order to find some sort of documentation to prove me wrong, muttering ĎI know more about Standard than anybody else in this clubí. Iíll save him the bother of any more searching Ė here is an extract from the latest ACBL notes on alerts etc: -ĎWeak jump shifts are unexpected and therefore Alertable.í
Person(s?) who believe that I donít know what I am talking about and believe that they know more about ĎStandardí than anyone else in the club may also like to look at an ACBL convention card. Weak jump shifts not in competition are in red and thus alertable. So the weak jump shift is most certainly not standard and I agree with the ACBL that it should be alerted.
Whatís more, I do not recommend playing the weak jump shift to any but the most experienced pairs. To start with, it is usually abused (bid with a hand far too strong) but more importantly if you do not play strong jump shifts then responder will often have problems later in the auction in finding a suitable forcing bid at every turn. If you really do want to play the weak jump shift I have produced a few pages on it and itís on the web.
Now there are, as our distinguished member points out, a number of pairs who do use (and abuse) the weak jump shift. I advise against it and it is not standard and needs alerting.
News Sheet 64†††††† Weak Jump shifts are alertable.
News Sheet 82†††††† The weak jump shift can be a very useful bid. Some play it only after a double, others play it even without interference (strong is standard).
Who should make the effort? ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 16 from Monday 5th††
Dealer:†††††††††††† ♠ A††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A
E-W vul†††††††††† ♦ QJ4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1NT† (1)†††† pass†††††††††† 2♥††††††††††† pass
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ 9842††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2♠†††† (2)†††† pass†††††††††† 4♠††† (3)††† all pass
♠ KQ105†††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† ♠ J98432††††††††††††††††
♥ J64†††††††††††††† † W††† E††††††††† ♥ AQ9†††††††††††††††††††† Table B
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♠ 76†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2♠†††† (2)†††† pass ††††††††† pass (3)
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♦ A10863†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ KJ53
Table A:†††† (1)† Itís totally flat, but with the two 10ís 1NT is fine.
(2) Now hereís the first question Ė should West super-accept or not. Views on what type of hand you need for a super-accept vary. My personal opinion is that I need 4 trumps and a non-minimum. Now this hand is about minimum but I would super-accept because of the excellent ♠ís.
Change the hand to something like ♠J532 ♥KQ10 ♦K92 ♣AQ10 and I would not super-accept.
(3)† What did you bid with this East hand B in this weekís quiz? I was kibitzing behind this East and wondered if he would pass or bid 3♠. I think that 4♠ is a bit pushy but not too bad (much better than pass!), I would bid 3♠.
Table B:†††† (2)† As I said, I would super accept if you play super-accepts
††††††††††††††††† (3)† This is far too feeble for me. A six card major suit opposite a 1NT opener (so guaranteed at least an 8 card fit) is a big plus. An invitational 3♠ looks right to me.
How should the bidding go assuming that West does not super-accept? How about
1NT - 2♥ - 2♠ - 3♠ - 4♠. With these great trumps West should accept the invitation.
And what happened? 4 pairs reached the excellent 4♠, 4 pairs did not.
The bottom lines: -
- Play super-accepts
- Upgrade a hand with a 6 card major opposite a 1NT opener.
- If the decision to super-accept is close, then look at the quality of your trump support.
- Two tens are often two good cards.
And to answer the question (who should make the
effort?) Ė both (or
either)! East should invite and West accept. If you
play super-accepts then West should invite (super-accept) and East should
A strong two opener?†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 12 from Monday 5th††
Dealer:†††††††††††† ♠ 86††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
N-S vul††††††††††† ♦ A††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††† ††††† 1♥††† (1)††††† pass†††††††† 1♠
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ K1063†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3♥††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 4♥
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass
♠ K32††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† ♠ J754††††††††††††††††††††
♥ 9652†††††††††††† † W††† E††††††††† ♥ 8††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♠ AQ109††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♦ 87632††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ A5
This was the bidding at most tables and I canít really fault it. One pair did manage to bid the good 6♥ slam. But I do have one question, what did you open with this North hand C in this weekís quiz? Playing Standard American then 1♥ is clear but if playing Benjamin I would open 2♣ (so 2♣ - 2♦ - 2♥) to show a strong 2♥ hand (I did note one Benjamin pair not open 2♣ and had the above auction to 4♥). I evaluate this North hand at about 8Ĺ playing tricks and well worth a strong two. Slam probably then has more chance of being reached. If North opens a strong two (via Benji if you play that) then South should support with 3♥ if you play that as forcing and a couple of cue bids later slam is easily reached.
And what happened? Just one table out of 7 reached slam.
Dealer:†††††††††††† ♠ 8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Now the computer says the 6♥ makes, but there was
N-S vul††††††††††† ♦ A††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† lead. On a non-trump lead declarer simply ruffs two
††††††††††††††††† ♣ K1063†††††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ís in the South hand; on a trump lead that is not
♠ 32†††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† ♠ J75†††††††††† Now I do not pretend to be an expert here, but it
♥ 652†††††††††††††† † W††† E††††††††† ♥ -†††††††††††††† looks like most lines of play actually work.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♠ AQ10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† which gets you home because West has no ♣ left.
♥ J†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† So the other ♣ loser goes away on a ♠ after a
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♦ 87632†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† drawing trumps and a successful 2nd ♠ finesse.
♣ A5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† There may be better ways?
The bottom lines: -
- Play Benjamin twos.
- If do you play Benjamin twos Ė then open 2♣ with 8+ playing tricks in a major.
The Competitive Double†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 3 from Wednesday 7th †††
Dealer:†††††††††††† ♠ KQ4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A
E-W vul†††††††††† ♦ 10864†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† 1♠
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ 10732††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2♦††††††††††††† 2♠††††††††††††† 3♥††† (1)††† pass (2)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass
♠ 9754†††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† ♠ 8††††††††††††††††††††††††††
♥ 8†††††††††††††††††† † W††† E††††††††† ♥ A10965††††††††††††††† Table B
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♠ AJ1063†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2♦††††††††††††† 2♠††††††††††††† 3♥††† (1)††† dbl†† (2)
♥ KQ432†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†† (3)††† pass†††††††††† pass (4)
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♦ J3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ 4††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ĎExpert Tableí
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† 1♠
2♦††††††††††††† 2♠††††††††††††† dbl†† (1)††† pass
3♣†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† ?††††† (5)††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††
(5) And whether East presses on or not will not matter as 3♣ + 2 would have got a good score.
And what happened? No less than 4 out of 8 Eastís landed in the miserable 3♥, with 3 of them being doubled and usually going 3 down.
The bottom line: -
- Play Competitive Doubles.
- When the opponents bid and support a suit then double is for take-out in most situations. The Competitive double is simply one case of this.
Which Slam?††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 6 from Wednesday 7th
I was asked about this board; and as it happens I already had it on my list to write up because of the interesting bidding at our table and next doorís.
Dealer:†††††††††††† ♠ J10932†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A
E-W vul†††††††††† ♦ Q9832††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1NT (1)††† 3♦††† (2)
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ 102††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4♦†††† (3)†††† dbl†† (4)††††† 4♥††† (5)††† pass
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5♥†††† (6)†††† pass†††††††††† pass (7)††† pass
♠ AKQ84††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† ♠ 75††††††††††††††††††††††††
♥ A732††††††††††† † W††† E††††††††† ♥ KQ84†††††††††††††††††† Table B
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♠ 6†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2♠†††† (9)†††† 5♦††† (10)††† dbl†† (11)† pass
♥ 10965†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass† (12)††
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♦ K107654†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ K5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Table A:†††† (1) What did you bid with this East hand D in this weekís quiz? I prefer the 1♣ opening chosen at table B.
(2) It looks like this pair play this a weak.
(3) This is best played as Stayman, a nice bid.
(4) Now I see this sort of thing a lot and I really donít understand it, what is the rational behind a double here? Surely itís best to throw a spanner in the works with 5♦, especially at this vulnerability.
(5) With Northís feeble bid, East now has an easy 4♥ bid.
(6) Another nice bid from West Ė slam invitational.
(7) With a super maximum I donít know why East did not bid 6♥.
Table B:†††† (1)† I too would open 1♣ as I think itís a bit good for 1NT and there is no rebid problem (bid 2♥ next go over most responses).
(8) A weak jump overcall. Some may frown upon this with a 4 card major but I think itís acceptable here.
(9) This must be right. Bid the ♠ís with a view to bidding the ♥ís next go.
(10) Nice one Bob. I was South and this is the sort of bid that my partner (Bob) is renowned for Ė no holding back. I bet he would have bid 6♦ if pushed.
(11) East is a bit fixed now.
(12) And the level is now really too high for West to introduce the ♥ suit.
And what happened? 5♦ doubled cost just 300. 4♥ making or +1 was a popular spot. 6♣ makes but only one pair found a ♣ slam - 7♣ going 4 down doubled!
Now I was asked about this deal; the question being how to bid the making 6♣ and not the un-making 6♥ ? Now obviously itís difficult to accurately bid a slam if Bob is the opposition! If N-S stick their ♦ís in itís very difficult. But say there was no violent opposition - then I would want to be in 6♥ with the E-W cards! It looks like a great contract to me and only fails because of the bad breaks and the ♣K offside.
With no opposition bidding, it could go something like: -
1♣ - 1♠ - 2♥ (reverse) - 4♦ (splinter) Ė 4NT etc to 6♥ which would normally be a great spot. With these E-W cards I think that 6♥ is a better slam than 6♣, especially at pairs. The bidding at Table A was also good if you like the 1NT opener and if East had bid 6♥ at (7).
How do you find a minor suit slam after Stayman?††††††††††††† Board 14 from Friday 9th
Dealer:†††††††††††† ♠ AKQ96††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A
Love all††††††††††† ♦ -††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1NT
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ 10965††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2♥††† (1)††††† pass†††††††† 2♠
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3♥††† (2)††††† pass†††††††† 3NT
♠ J102†††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† ♠ 873†††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4♣†† (3)
♥ KJ5††††††††††††† † W††† E††††††††† ♥ 864††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♠ 54†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1NT
♥ A32††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2♣†† (1)††††† pass†††††††† 2♦
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♦ A1032††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3♣†† (4)††††† pass†††††††† 3NT†† (5)
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ AKQ2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4♣ etc to 6♣ (6)††††††††††††††††††
Table A:†††† (1) What did you bid with this North hand F in this weekís quiz? Itís up to you how you bid 5-4 major suited hands after partner opens 1NT.
††††††††††††††††† (2) A 2nd suit after transferring is best played as natural and game forcing.
And what happened? One pair did find the excellent 6♣. 4♥/♠ +2 were popular spots.
The bottom lines: -
- Itís up to individual partnerships how you deal with 5-4ís in the majors opposite a 1NT opening. Some transfer, some use Stayman. My preferred method is Stayman.
- But whatever scheme you do use, are you able to distinguish between weak, invitational and game forcing hands and also differentiate between 5-4ís and 5-5ís? One scheme is recommended in the NT bidding book but itís all a bit advanced.
- Finding minor suit slams is always difficult; and itís especially difficult after a 1NT opening. MSS (2♠ as Minor Suit Stayman) is one possibility but you cannot use it if responder has a major suit (as he would try Stayman) and MSS is not that efficient anyway.
- SARS solves everything, whether responder has a 4 card major or not, but it is not that well known. Established/experienced pairs may wish to check it out Ė itís on the web.
- Another possibility with this North hand is to splinter. But I donít think itís really suitable with this great ♠ suit and not many people play splinters over a 1NT opening. There is a somewhat advanced scheme described in the NT bidding book but this hand is not really suitable and SARS solves everything anyway.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A:†††† 2♥. Strong (game forcing and usually slam seeking) with a very good suit. This is the standard use of the jump shift. A strong 2♥ really makes life easy as you never have to look for strange forcing bids later. With this particular hand a 1♥ response is also fine as you can reverse into ♠ís next go.
Hand B:††††† 3♠, invitational. Do not listen to the Ďpoints punditsí who say itís Ďonly 7 pointsí. A 6 card major opposite a 1NT opener is a huge plus and this hand is easily worth an invitation in my opinion.
Hand C:†††† 1♥, obviously. But playing Benjamin twos then open 2♣, this hand is easily worth a strong two in ♥ís.
Hand D:†††† Dbl. This is a competitive double, showing the two unbid suits and usually tolerance for partnerís suit. With ♦Kx this bid is ideal. A 3♥ bid is very dangerous as partner will pass with nothing much in ♥ís (a new suit opposite an overcall is generally played as constructive but not forcing) and it may also be that ♣ís or ♦ís may play better.
Hand E:††††† 1♣. Now I guess that 1NT is possible, but I do not like it because with two doubletons I only really like to open 1NT if they are both reasonable (Qx or better). Also, I think that this hand is a bit too good for 1NT and you have no rebid problem if you open 1♣ (bid 2♥ over either a 1♦ or 1♠ or 1NT response).
Hand F:††††† Itís up to your partnership how you bid major suited hands over 1NT.
(a) If you elect to transfer (so 2♥) then bid 3♥ next go, promising 5 ♠ís, 4 ♥ís and game forcing unless you have another agreement.
(b) If you elect to bid Stayman then you have more options after partnerís 2♦ response. ĎStandardí is to jump to 3♠ showing 5 ♠ís and 4 ♥ís. It is played as game forcing in the States (some play Smolen) but some Europeans play it as just invitational. 3♣ after bidding Stayman is often played as a good ♣ suit but the best solution is SARS which is written up in the NT bidding book.
What is 2NT?†††††† In an uninterrupted sequence like 1♣ - 2♥ - 2NT where 2♥ is played as weak (that is not standard), 2NT is best played as Ogust (or whatever you play 2NT as opposite a weak two opener).