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Mon 18th 1st
1st E-W Bob Short & Emil 61% 2nd John & Kenneth 57%
Wed 20th 1st Jim & Knut 63% 2nd Phil & Tomas 62%
Fri 22nd 1st Ivy & Wolfgang 60% 2nd Bob P & Ken 57%
Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
♠ AJ7 ♠ 86
♥ K92 ♥ A98 With Hand B partner opens 1♣ and you bid 1♦. Partner then bids
♦ 3 ♦ Q532 1♥, what do you do?
♠ - ♠ 874
♥ AQ6 ♥ K10 With Hand D RHO opens 1♦ in 3rd seat. (a) What do you do?
♦ K7653 ♦ AKJ107 (b) Suppose you pass, LHO bids 1♠ and this is passed round to
Hand E Hand F
With Hand E partner opens 1♥, what do you bid?
♠ 1084 ♠ 52
♥ KQ72 ♥ J104
♣ K62 ♣ J642 and
Hand G Hand H
With Hand G RHO opens 3♠, what do you do?
♠ K7 ♠ J9
♥ A86 ♥ K852
♦ A8542 ♦ J982 With Hand H partner opens 2NT (20-21), what do you do?
♣ AJ6 ♣ 642
Dealer: ♠ 62 Table A
Love all ♦ A765 - 1NT pass 2♠ (1)
♣ AK8 3♦ pass pass 4♣ (2)
♠ Q85 N ♠ K10943
♥ Q3 W E ♥ 10864 Table B
♠ AJ7 all pass
- With a balanced (2443 is certainly balanced) hand open 1NT if 15-17; don’t worry about the weak doubleton.
1NT - 2♠ - 3♣ - 3NT is mildly slam invitational with a 6 card ♣ suit.
1NT - 2♠ - 3♣ - 4NT is strongly slam invitational with a 6 card ♣ suit.
All of these and similar sequences (transfer to ♦’s, super-accept etc.) are listed in the
Raising partner directly to game is weak Board 25 from Monday 25th
Dealer: ♠ AK Table A
E-W vul ♦ AJ842 - 1♦ dbl 5♦ (1)
♣ 852 5♠ (2) pass (3) pass 6♦ (4)
dbl (5) all pass
♠ J1096532 N ♠ Q874
♥ J1052 W E ♥ K98 Table B
♠ - dbl (6) 5♦ (7) 5♠ (8) pass (9)
♥ AQ6 pass dbl (10) all pass
- When partner opens then a jump to game in his suit is weak.
- Splinters still apply after a double.
- You can splinter opposite a minor suit opening provided that you have 5+ trumps (or 4+ ♦’s if you know that partner’s 1♦ opening is 4+ cards).
Play in the Moysian fit? Board 19 from Monday 25th
Dealer: ♠ 7543
E-W vul ♦ A4 - - - pass
♣ KQ8 pass 1♣ pass 1♦
pass 1♥ pass 2♣ (1)
♠ KJ2 N ♠ AQ109 all pass
♥ Q62 W E ♥ 743
In my style (and many expert’s), sequences like
1♣ - 1♥ - 2♥ or
1♣ - 1♦ - 1♥ - 2♥ do not guarantee 4 card support.
Play of the suit
Incidentally, how should declarer play the suit ♥KJ105 opposite ♥A98 in a No Trump contract with ample entries everywhere?
With no inference from the bidding it’s best to start with the ♥J – you never know, some people always “cover an honour with an honour” regardless. Assuming the ♥Q does not appear it’s best to go up with the ♥A and then finesse by running the ♥9. This enables you to pick up Qxxx with West.
In a ♥ contract you do not have to worry about the location of the ♥Q as you simply ruff two ♠’s in the South hand – although the 2nd is over-ruffed with the ♥Q this still gives you one more trick than a NoTrump contract.
3♦ on a 3-1 fit Board 22 from Wednesday 27th
Dealer: ♠ KQ2
E-W vul ♦ J6542 - - 1♥ (1) pass
♣ A93 3♦ (2) pass pass (3) pass
♠ 1084 N ♠ J53
♥ KQ72 W E ♥ AJ654
(1) A minimal but reasonable opener.
(2) What did you bid with this West hand E in this week’s quiz? With great trumps and no jacks the hand would be worth a sound raise to 4♥ were it not for that dreaded 4333 shape.
I would simply raise to 3♥. This E-W pair played
(3) East apparently forgot the system and thought that it was a weak jump shift. Obviously he should not accept the invitation and simply sign off in 3♥.
- Don’t forget the system?
I cannot really recommend
- Knock off a point for the dreaded 4333 type shape.
A husband, proving to his wife that women talk more than men, showed her a study which indicated that men use on the average only 15,000 words a day, whereas women use 30,000 words a day.
She thought about this for awhile and then told her husband that women use twice as many words as men because they have to repeat everything they say.
He said, "What?"
A jump raise is pre-emptive after a double Board 15 from Friday 29th
Dealer: ♠ KJ963
N-S vul ♦ AQJ82 - - - pass
♣ K8 1♥ dbl (1) pass (2) 1NT
pass 2NT (3) pass pass (4)
♠ AQ108 N ♠ 52 pass
♥ Q9753 W E ♥ J104
(1) I prefer a 1♠ overcall, presumably this North considered the hand too good.
(2) What did you bid with this East hand F in this week’s quiz? At this vulnerability a pre-emptive 3♥ would have worked wonders – either going 2 down for just 100 away or else pushing the opponents too high. If you think that 3♥ is a bit much, then bid 2♥. Pass is far too feeble for me.
(3) North’s hand has improved after partner has bid NoTrump because the ♥K is now a good card, 2NT here is spot-on.
(4) But South does not quite have enough to bid game.
- After partner’s opening is doubled, then a jump to the three level is weak.
- At favourable vulnerability, pre-empt happily.
- A 1NT bid opposite partner’s double is 6-10 with a stop.
A take-out double is short in the suit(s) bid Board 24 from Friday 29th
Dealer: ♠ K96
Love all ♦ Q9 pass pass 1♦ (1) pass (2)
♣ KJ95 1♠ pass pass (3) dbl (4)
pass 2♥ all pass
♠ Q1032 N ♠ AJ5
♥ 986 W E ♥ AQ32
(1) A light 3rd seat opener – perfectly acceptable.
did you bid with this South hand D(a) in this week’s quiz? The correct bid is
pass – that’s usually best with length/strength in the suit opened. But this
hand has improved with a 1♦ opening from
(3) Pass here is quite acceptable opposite a passed hand.
(4) What did you bid with this South hand D(b) in this week’s quiz? This is the balancing seat and you should say something – you cannot let the opponents play peacefully in 1♠. But what should you do? Double is terrible – it is take-out and you have neither of the unbid suits. The best bid is 1NT which shows less than the normal 15-18 when in the balancing seat.
- A take-out double is short in the bid suit(s).
- A take-out double is playable in the unbid suit(s).
- If you have length/strength in the suit(s) bid, then consider bidding No Trump.
- A direct 1NT overcall is 15-18
- But a 1NT bid in the balancing seat is around 10-13.
- We have a book in the library about balancing if you wish to borrow it.
Don’t double at the 3♠ level without shape Board 10 from Friday 29th
Dealer: ♠ 1042 Table A
Both vul ♦ KJ106 - - 3♠ dbl (1)
♣ 985 pass 4♦ (2) pass 5♦ (3)
♠ 9 N ♠ AQJ8653
♥ KJ1052 W E ♥ 74 Table B
♠ K7 pass pass (4)
- You need a good hand (and usually ♥’s) to venture forth over a 3♠ pre-empt.
- There are a number pass cards in the box, that’s because it’s often the best bid!
Look for the 4-4 fit Board 20 from Friday 29th
Dealer: ♠ 82 Table A
Both vul ♦ AK7 pass 2NT pass 3NT (1)
♣ AKQJ all pass
♠ KQ43 N ♠ A10765 Sensible table
♥ J94 W E ♥ 63 West North East South(H)
♠ J9 all pass
- Look for the 4-4 major suit fit.
- With a balanced (2434 is certainly balanced) hand open 2NT if 20-21; don’t worry about the weak doubleton.
- ♥AQ107 is nowhere near good enough suit for a Benjamin two. Apart from the ‘holes’ it’s a couple of cards short
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 3NT. Even if you play 4-way transfers and so can specifically show ♣’s it’s best to simply bid 3NT if you have the values for it.
Hand B: I expect that 1NT will be the most popular answer; with the overbid of 2NT or the underbid of pass coming in 2nd and 3rd. But I prefer 2♥ - I am not afraid of the Moysian fit with decent trumps and a small doubleton in an unbid suit. I do not guarantee 4 card support in these sort of situations.
Hand C: 3♠.
A splinter agreeing ♦’s and showing ♠ shortage. 4♠ (showing a void) is a reasonable option. I prefer these bids to
redouble (9+ points) as the opponents get in cheaply with their ♠’s and you have not shown (actually you have
generally denied) your ♦ support. No ♦ bid is any good as any ♦ raise (including 5♦) is pre-emptive. 2NT
Hand D: (a) Pass. With length/strength in the suit opened it’s usually best to pass. With these great ♦’s and three tens I would not argue if you chose an upgrade to 1NT (15-18).
(b) 1NT. This is the balancing seat and you most certainly do not want them to be allowed to play in a one level contract. Double (take-out) would be ridiculous with just 5 cards in the unbid suits and with these great ♦’s 1NT now is fine. You have no ♠ stop, but then one rarely gets perfect hands.
Hand E: 3♥. Invitational. These are great trumps and the hand would be worth a raise to 4♥ were it not for that dreaded 4333 type shape. Knock off a point!
Hand F: 3♥. Weak and pre-emptive. I think it’s a good bid at this vulnerability but if you would like a little more then bid 2♥. Pass is simply feeble.
Hand G: Pass, with 3NT the only other reasonable alternative. Double is a poor bid with just 3 ♥’s as you will end up at the 4-level (at least) and probably go down.
Hand H: 3♣, Stayman. Look for a 4-4 ♥ fit; then bid 4♥ if there is a fit, else 3NT. This seems so obvious that you may wonder why it’s in the quiz?
Because three pairs bid 3NT on Friday and got their deserved poor score when 4♥ made +1 with 3NT going down. Now I thought this to be incredible so I checked to see if they were beginners – they were not, all were well established members! Guess they don’t read/digest the news sheets? Or maybe trying to prove the experts wrong?