Mon 3rd N-S 1st Chuck/Paul Kelly 68% 2nd Alan/Bob Short 58%
E-W 1st Ursula/Hans(Ger) 54% 2nd John/Kenneth 52%
Wed 5th N-S 1st Alan/Bob Short 62% 2nd Ole Dam / George 56%
E-W 1st = Ursula/Terry 63% 2nd Clive/Dave 61%
Fri 7th 1st Bob P / Bob S 65% 2nd Chuck/Paul Kelly 55%
Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand
A partner opens 1♥ and
do you do?
♠ A532 ♠ KQ82
♥ 9 ♥ A10942 With Hand B you open 1♥ and partner responds 1♠, what
♣ QJ65 ♣ A
Hand C Hand D (a) What would you do with Hand C in 1st seat, both vul?
(b) Suppose you choose 2♥ and partner bids 2NT, Ogust,
♠ Q ♠ AKJ742 then what would you bid?
♥ AQ8743 ♥ 10753
♣ Q76 ♣ 8 (12-14) and
Hand E Hand F With Hand E partner opens 1♠, what do you bid?
♠ 1062 ♠ K4 (a) What do you open with Hand F?
♦ 932 ♦ AKJ103
♣ AQ54 ♣ Q54
(a) What do you open with Hand G?
Hand G Hand H (b) Suppose you open 1♦, LHO bids 2♠ (weak) and partner
bids 3♦, what do you bid?
♠ QJ9 ♠ KJ985
♥ - ♥ K4 (a) What do you open with Hand H?
♦ AK9542 ♦ J (b) Suppose you choose 1♠ and partner bids 2♠, what now?
♣ AK42 ♣ KJ1097
Hand J Hand K With Hand J you are dealer at favourable vulnerability. What do you open?
♠ KQJ10953 ♠ Q96
♦ 8 ♦ 65 jumps to 3♦, what do you do?
♣ K5 ♣ K982
♠ 103 Leading
Quiz. With this Hand L
♥ 986 (a) What do you lead?
♣ QJ73 (c) What do you lead if partner makes a long pause and eventually passes?
Hanging Partner – part 1 Board 28 from Monday 3rd
I’ve mentioned this a few times recently, but is appears that some players are determined to get poor scores whatever: -
Dealer: ♠ KJ64
N-S vul ♦ J6 pass pass 1♥ 1♠ (1)
♣ J985 2♥ 2♠ pass pass (2)
3♥ (3) 3♠ (4) dbl (5) all pass
♠ 105 N ♠ AQ
♥ K1062 W E ♥ AJ743
And what happened?
- 3♠ doubled +1 is 930 and a cool top for N-S.
- When partner makes a balancing bid he is not showing more values.
Hanging Partner – part 2 Board 17 from Monday 3rd
Seems some people are determined to bid on after their partner has balanced. The typical excuse is ‘but I had 11 points’. How many times does it need to be said? – Partner is bidding your points when he balances! Here’s yet another example: -
Dealer: ♠ A87
Love all ♦ Q9 - 1♣ pass (1) 1♥
♣ AQ8652 pass (2) 2♣ pass pass
2♦ (3) 3♣ (4) 3♦ (5) all pass
♠ K96 N ♠ Q1042
♥ 32 W E ♥ AQ74
And what happened?
- 3♦ was one down. 3♣ would have gone one or two down for a complete top to E-W.
- I guess that if you play with a partner who does not understand balancing then you will get bad scores whatever. You can leave the opponents in a comfortable contract or else you can push them up (in the balancing seat) only to hear partner bid on and get clobbered.
A 4♥ opener, but what if you play Namyats? South hand 14 from Monday 3rd
♠ - I was asked the best opening with this hand. Obviously 4♥.
♦ 109 playing tricks and this hand is not quite good enough. 4♥ is correct in my
Negative double – or you’re fixed! Board 11 from Monday 3rd
Dealer: ♠ Q10 Table A
Love All ♦ AQJ107 - - - pass
♣ 72 1♥ 2♦ (1) pass (2) pass
dbl (3) pass pass (4) pass
♠ J974 N ♠ A532
♥ KQ843 W E ♥ 9 ‘Expert’ Table
♠ K86 1♥ 2♦ dbl (1) pass
♥ 652 2♠ (5) pass pass 3♦ (6)
♦ K52 3♠ (7) all pass
And what happened?
Nobody (!) out of 7 tables found the 4-4 ♠ fit, there are 9 tricks available in ♠’s.
- I note that three North’s played in 2♦ - are there really four East’s who don’t play (or understand) negative doubles?
- And are there also three West’s who do not know about re-opening doubles?
- Negative doubles are a really important part of bidding.
- If you fail to make a negative double when you should have, you will be totally fixed over partner’s re-opening double.
A 2NT opener? South hand 1 from Wednesday 3rd
♠ AQ8 I was asked if 19 points is good enough to open 2NT. Not usually, but with
♦ A102 With a major like this it’s also fine but I would feel happier if playing Puppet
♣ Q3 Stayman (or Niemeijmer) over 2NT.
A long pause and pass fixes partner! Board 9 from Wednesday 5th
Dealer: ♠ Q95
E-W vul ♦ J764 - 1NT (1) pass 3NT
♣ K105 pass (2) all pass
♠ AKJ742 N ♠ 103
♥ 10753 W E ♥ 986 Before we discuss the bidding, what was your
And what happened?
- I was East and would have led the ♠10. But after partner’s pause I considered that I was now unable to do that so I led the ♦10 and the contract made +1 when it would have gone -3 on the ♠10 lead.
- I later discussed the hand with Alan, Chuck and Paul K. They all agreed that ♠10 was the best lead but that it was not ethical to lead it after the long pause, and they agreed that had I led the ♠10 then N-S would be entitled to an adjusted score; I totally agree.
- How many times have I said it? If you pause for a long time and then pass you are passing unauthorised information to partner.
- It’s usually best to bid if you have paused for a long time, it takes the pressure off partner.
- In this particular situation West should have doubled having paused. This is a conventional double saying that you have a long suit and want partner to lead it.
- If it looks like partner might possibly have taken advantage of the information from your pause, you will get an adjusted (unfavourable) score.
- Partner’s actions must be very clear-cut after you pause and then pass, and leading the ♠10 here, although best, is not clear-cut.
A 3♠ opener? North hand 25 from Friday 3rd
♠ KQJ10953 I was asked about the 3♠ opening that one player made with this North hand J
♦ 8 or a psyche with this hand (it’s just a very poor bid). I would open 1♠ and the
♣ K5 only other sensible bid in my opinion is 4♠.
Too good for a weak two? Board 4 from Wednesday 3rd
Dealer: ♠ J632 Table A
Both vul ♦ 109 2♥ (1) pass 2NT (2) pass
♣ K954 3♥ (3) pass pass (4) pass
♠ Q N ♠ K875
♥ AQ8743 W E ♥ J Table B
♠ A1094 2♥ pass 2♠ (6) pass
♥ 1092 3♦ (7) pass 3NT all pass
And what happened?
3NT made on the nail. Only 3 pairs out of seven reached game.
- I suppose it depends on your range, but 11 points is too much for a weak two in my style.
- Play Ogust.
- If partner give a maximum point response to Ogust, then bid game?
- 6 points in the suit should be a ‘good suit’ response to Ogust.
And an ‘incidentally’. In my style I do not have a ‘gap’ between my 1♥/♠ and 2♥/♠ opening. With a 6 card suit that’s not strong enough to open 1♥/♠ I will always open 2♥/♠ (unless the hand contains 4 cards in the other major of course, when I can pass).
An easy slam missed by most Board 6 from Wednesday 5th
Dealer: ♠ 65
E-W vul ♦ Q874 - - 1♠ (1) 3♥ (2)
♣ QJ9742 3NT (3) pass 4♣ (4) pass
4♥ (5) pass 6♠ (6) all pass
♠ Q4 N ♠ AKJ109832
♥ Q752 W E ♥ 3
(1) The ‘modern’ style is to open 2♣ with a hand like this, and this one has close to enough high card points for me not to argue too much. But I still prefer to bid naturally!
(2) With a suit this good and especially at this vulnerability I would try 4♥.
(3) I agree with this bid, I think it’s better than 4♦.
(4) E-W had no agreement here, and in theory 4♣ is natural but West assumed that East would take it as Gerber (quite a sensible treatment).
(5) One ace.
(6) That should be enough.
And what happened? Only two pairs out of seven reached the cold 6♠ slam.
‘Don’t splinter with a singleton ace’ – so what should one do?
Board 16 from Wednesday 5th
Dealer: ♠ 63
E-W vul ♦ 87532 1♥ pass 1♠ pass
♣ 52 3♦ (1) pass 3NT pass
4♣ (2) pass 4♥ pass
♠ KQ82 N ♠ A1097 5♠ (3) pass pass (4) pass
♥ A10942 W E ♥ 3
(1) What did you bid with this West hand B in this week’s quiz? Neither 2♠ nor 3♠ are forcing so they are out. A 4♣ splinter would be correct if it was not the ace (one should not splinter with a singleton ace). So West went had a think and finally manufactured a 3♦ bid. Now this is (game) forcing but unfortunately it does not show the great ♠ support. The correct bid here is 4♠ - this shows 4 card ♠ support, around 18-19 points and a hand that was not suitable for a splinter. Contrary to some people’s belief 4♠ here is not shut-out and partner is invited to bid on with a good hand.
(2) As with the previous deal, 4♣ was Gerber here.
(3) But now West was in a real quandary, having not shown the ♠ support.
(4) East did not know exactly what was going on, and with little more than a minimum and a mis-fit for partner’s ♥ suit he wisely passed.
And what happened? 5♠ squeaked home exactly for a good score. Declarer would have felt much happier in 4♠!
Pass out or try for game? Board 14 from Friday 7th
There were a number of different evaluations of this South hand on Friday: -
Dealer: ♠ 1062 Table A
Love all ♦ 932 - - pass pass (1)
♣ AQ54 pass pass
♠ 74 N ♠ AQ3 Table B
♥ QJ98 W E ♥ 10752 West North(E) East South(H)
♠ KJ985 dbl (4) pass 3♦ (5) 4♣ (6)
♥ K4 pass 4♠ all pass
♣ KJ1097 Table C
West North(E) East South(H)
- - pass 1♠ (1)
pass 2♠ (2) pass 3♣ (3)
pass 3NT (7) pass 4♠ all pass
Table A: (1) Did you open with this South hand H(a) in this week’s quiz? I think it’s easily worth an opener. The ♦J is a ‘wasted’ point but two 5 card suits with excellent intermediates are great. Opinion is divided as to which suit to open with 5-5 in the black suits: Some prefer to open 1♣ and then bid ♠’s twice if necessary (and strong enough); others prefer to open 1♠ and see what happens. I generally prefer this 2nd approach – especially if you agree that a 3♣ bid over a two level response does not show extras (as when you play 2/1).
Table B: (1) This South correctly opened and chose 1♠, as would I.
(2) What did you respond with this North hand E in this week’s quiz? With just 3 smallish trumps 1NT is not totally unreasonable, but I certainly prefer 2♠. A flat 10 count is not good enough for more (say 2NT or 2♣ or whatever)
(3) What did you bid with this South hand H(b) in this week’s quiz? I think the hand is worth an effort and I prefer the bid chosen at Table C.
(4) Not unreasonably, South came in with a protective (balancing) double.
(5) I would bid the major (so 3♥) in this situation.
(6) But now South woke up and decided that his hand was worth a bid at the 4 level!
Table C: (3) We don’t need any made-up experts this week as Kees got this spot on. The hand has improved when partner supports ♠’s (one good reason why 2♠ by North was the best bid) and a 3♣ game try is easily the best bid.
(7) 4♠ looks right to me, but with 3 small trumps I guess 3NT is OK.
And what happened? 4♠ was bid 3 times and usually made +1.
Partscore or slam? Board 4 from Friday 7th
Dealer: ♠ K107642 Table A
Both vul ♦ Q8 2♣ (1) pass 2♥ pass
♣ Q5 3♦ pass 4♣ (2) pass
5♣ (3) pass 5♦ pass
♠ QJ9 N ♠ 83 6♦ all pass
♥ - W E ♥ AJ43
♠ A5 1♦ (1) 2♠ 3♦ (4) pass
♥ Q109876 5♦ (5) all pass
Table A: (1) What did you open with this West hand G(a) in this week’s quiz? I don’t like opening 2♣ with two-suiters and I don’t think it’s strong enough anyway.
(2) I believe that East meant this as an ace ask. I would not take charge here and would bid 4♦. But you’re past the best spot (3NT) but that’s because of West’s unwise opening.
(3) West thought 4♣ was natural.
Table B: (1) This West correctly opened 1♦.
(4) What would you bid with this East hand? A negative double would show 4 ♥’s but it really shows a few more points (I would say about 9+ over a 2♠ overcall). But sometimes you are stuck and I would not argue with double (the ♦ support improves the hand) but this 3♦ bid chosen is probably best.
(5) But I will argue with this – you all know my feeling about 5♣/♦ contracts – don’t bid them unless 3NT is ruled out. What did you bid with this West hand G(b) in this week’s quiz? Now I don’t expect many to agree with me, but I would bid 3NT. You are pretty sure of 8 tricks and may well get a 9th from ♠’s. And what about the ♥’s? Who knows – partner has shown some values and the opponents have bid ♠’s so partner surely (hopefully) has a ♥ stop.
And what happened? 5♦ should go down, 3NT makes easily, probably with an overtrick
Too high – who’s fault? Board 17 from Friday 7th
Dealer: ♠ Q96
E-W vul ♦ 65 - pass pass 1♦ (1)
♣ K982 pass 1♥ pass 3♦ (2)
pass 3NT (3) all pass
♠ J1072 N ♠ A853
♥ K8 W E ♥ A1042
(1) What did you open with this South hand F(a) in this week’s quiz? 1NT really is a much better bid and avoids rebid problems.
(2) And what did you rebid with hand F(b). The problem is that it may be a bit too good for 2♦ but it certainly is not good enough for 3♦ (in my opinion). And both of these bids imply a more shapely hand with usually 6 ♦’s. That’s why I would open 1NT – open 1NT and you never have a rebid problem!
(3) What did you bid with this North hand K in this week’s quiz? This North (incorrectly) thought that 3♦ was forcing. This North hand is a minimum with lousy ♦’s and I would pass.
Hand A: Dbl. Showing 4 ♠’s and 6+ points.
Hand B: 4♠. This shows about 18-19 and 4 card ♠ support.
Hand C: (a) 1♥. It’s a trifle too strong for 2♥ for me, but I won’t argue if you chose 2♥ as 1st seat vulnerable should be a decent hand.
(b) 3♠. Good hand and good suit.
Hand D: Dbl. This asks partner to lead his shortest suit. The other very good alternative is to pass, you know partner is virtually bust so he will probably try to find your suit. To bid (4♠) is suicide at this vulnerability. And one thing that is nearly as bad is to pause for a long time and then pass as that probably prohibits partner from leading a ♠ that he may well have done without the pause.
Hand E: 2♠. This totally flat hand is not worth more, but it’s max and 2♠ is more encouraging than 1NT.
Hand F: (a) 1NT. Saves any rebid problem.
(b) 2♦. Not nice (you should have opened 1NT) but the hand is not good enough for 3♦.
Hand G: (a) 1♦. It’s not strong enough for 2♣,
(b) 3NT. You have the ♠’s stopped and you can see 8 tricks. Nobody has mentioned ♥’s and partner surely has something there. I simply cannot understand why people continually leap off to 5♣/♦ in these sort of situations – 9 tricks are virtually always easier than 11.
Hand H: (a) 1♠. 1♣ is an alternative if that’s your style, but the point is that the hand is well worth an opening bid.
(b) 3♣. A help-suit game try. The hand is worth a try for game after partner has supported ♠’s.
Hand J: 1♠. 4♠ is also reasonable. It’s far too good for 3♠.
Hand K: Pass. A lousy hand with lousy ♦’s.
Leading Quiz Answer, Hand L.
(a) ♠10. You have no suit so try to find partner’s. ♦10 is the next best choice.
(b) ♠10. Partner want you to lead her suit, which is normally your shortest.
(c) ♦10. Partner’s long pause inhibits you from leading from shortage. The ♣Q is dangerous.