Mon 17th 1st Ole & George 59% 2nd Paul Buscoe & Bjorn 58%
Wed 19th No results as insufficient numbers due to Soncran
Fri 21st 1st Dave Cutler & Jim(Can) 66% 2nd Kees & Bjorn 60%
Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
♠ AKQJ7 ♠ A109
♦ K107 ♦ A1062 do you bid?
♣ K1083 ♣ K95
♠ A62 ♠ Q8654
♥ A95 ♥ J7632 With Hand D it’s favourable vulnerability. LHO opens 1♦ and
♠ 3 ♠ Q4
♦ KQ9742 ♦ KJ10873 LHO bids 1♠ and this is passed round to you, what do you do?
people have expressed interest in lessons, and so I’ll give lessons on
Wednesdays and Fridays from 11.00 to 12.00. I usually concentrate on bidding
but can discuss any topic.
A 1NT opener? I got my answers mixed up in early printings of news-sheet 180
♠ A10 ♠ AK2 The first hand here is Hand L from last week and I correctly
♥ A875 ♥ AJ1097 wrote that I opened 1♦ (with a 2NT rebid in mind) because I
♣ K5 ♣ K9 thing for the 2nd hand (Hand C last week). I would simply open 1NT to solve any rebid problem.
Dealer: ♠ AKQJ7 Table A
Love all ♦ K107 - 1♠ pass 1NT
♣ K1083 pass 3NT (1) all pass
♠ 962 N ♠ 543
♥ AKJ1083 W E ♥ 9742 Table B
♠ 108 pass 3♣ (1) pass 4♣ (2)
♥ 65 pass 5♣ all pass
Dealer: ♠ A10952 Table A
E-W vul ♦ A54 - pass pass pass
♣ QJ 1NT 2♠ pass (1) pass
♠ QJ6 N ♠ K84
♥ KJ9 W E ♥ AQ53 Table B
♠ 73 1NT pass 2♣ 2♦ (3)
♥ 1076 ? (4)
(3) But he decided to throw a spanner in the works here.
(4) I don’t know what happened next, but E-W landed in 3NT minus 4 for a complete bottom after the devastating ♦ lead.
And what happened? E-W reported South’s ‘psyche’ to me. Fine, that’s what one should do if you suspect a psyche. I said that I did not consider it a psyche, but simply a light bid.
Here are my opinions: -
1- South did not open, in 3rd seat at favourable vulnerability. Thus he has a weak hand.
2- South then came in ‘under’ a strong 1NT opening. Why on earth would he do that with a hand that was not even worth a 3rd seat opening? The answer can only be that his ♦ suit is solid and he wants that suit led. He did not open 2♦ as they play that as strong.
3- South knows that his partner has points, in fact North must have 9-11 pts on the auction. He knows that the opponents have game and he wants partner to lead a ♦ against any contract rather than find a lead from his scattered values. This was simply a good bid.
4- Normally when you come in over a strong NT you have a strong hand, but that cannot be the case when you have already passes in 3rd seat at favourable vulnerability. This bid simply shows good solid ♦’s and a weak hand.
5- In conclusion: South has advertised a weak hand with ♦’s. What has he got? – a weak hand with good solid ♦’s. That is not a psyche.
The bottom lines: -
I do not include myself in the club championships and try to make fair and unbiased decisions. It is clearly written in the club’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy rules (reproduced in news sheet 178) that ‘Disputing or arguing with a director’s ruling’ and ‘rudeness and profanity’ are UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR. Any more and the perpetrator will be asked to leave.
Can 5NT be a sensible contract? Board 2 from Monday 27th March
Dealer: ♠ J93
N-S vul ♦ J - - pass 1♦
♣ KQJ9543 pass 2♣ 2♥ (1) 3♣
3♥ 3NT 4♥ dbl
♠ K2 N ♠ Q8654 pass 4NT (2) 5♥ pass (3)
♥ K1094 W E ♥ J7632 pass 5NT (4) pass pass
(1) What did you bid with this East hand D in this week’s quiz? I don’t like this 2♥ bid at all. Pass is fine, but at this vulnerability it’s obviously tempting to stick an oar in. I would bid 2♦ (or even 3♦) to show a weak major two-suiter.
(2) North wants to protect his ♠AQ (obviously he places East with the ♥K on the auction and as partner has supported ♣’s it’s reasonable to place him with the ♣A. This hand is thus worth 8 tricks as declarer but perhaps only one defending, so North elected to bid 4NT.
(3) Having doubled last time there is no reason to do so again. Indeed, double here would say that South definitely wants to defend and it’s not sure with this hand.
(4) Not quite so easy this time. But North decided to declare in 5NT.
(5) West obviously doubled opposite a two-level overcall!
And what happened? 5NT made exactly for +870. 5♥ doubled would have gone only 3 down according to Deep Finesse and so North got it right.
The bottom lines: -
- The East hand does not have the values (or shape) for a two level overcall.
- Compare this East hand with the South hand on the previous page. In my opinion 2♦ was a reasonable overcall then, but 2♥ is not with this East hand. Why? Suit quality!
- A pre-emptive 2♦ or 3♦ (showing both majors) at (1) would be fine.
- AQ (usually) needs protecting when LHO has overcalled the suit, so try to be declarer.
Dealer: ♠ Q4 Table A
Love all ♦ KJ10873 - - - pass
♣ QJ98 1♣ 1♦ 1♠ (1) pass
pass (2) 2♦ (3) 2♠ (4) 3♦
♠ A62 N ♠ K109873 3♠ all pass
♥ A95 W E ♥ 1084
♠ J5 - - - pass
♥ QJ7632 1♣ 2♦ (5) 2♠ pass
♦ 942 pass (6) pass
West(C) North(F) East South
- - - pass
1♣ 1♦ 1♠ pass
2♣ (7) pass 2♠ pass
4♠ all pass
And what happened? Just 3 out of 6 pairs bid the easy game.
The bottom lines: -
- Sequence H is forcing.
- If an opponent has passed a forcing bid, think twice about coming in! – especially if you are short in the majors.
Dealer: ♠ 3 Table A
E-W vul ♦ KQ9742 - 2♦ (1) 2♠ 2NT (2)
♣ J3 3♠ pass (3) pass 4♦
♠ KJ42 N ♠ Q8765
♥ QJ2 W E ♥ K9
♠ A109 - pass (1) pass 1NT (4)
♥ A864 pass 2♣ (5) pass 2♥
♦ A1062 pass 3♥ (6) all pass
Table B: (1) This North correctly passed.
(4) A clear 1NT opener. You knock off a point for the 4333 type shape but two 10’s and good intermediates are easily enough compensation.
(5) This good shape and excellent ♦ suit made it worth a bid.
(6) And the hand improves immensely when a 4-4 ♥ fit is located. An invitational 3♥ bid is probably best but I would not argue with 4♥.
And what happened? N-S at Table A made 4♦ but scored badly as most pairs played in ♥’s. One pair did find 4♥ but 3♥ +1 scored well anyway.
The bottom lines: -
- Don’t pre-empt with an outside 4 card major.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 3♣. Game forcing and leaving your options open (3NT, 4♠ or 5♣).
Hand B: 2NT, especially if you play it as Ogust. Note that double here would be penalties and so not a good bid.
Hand C: 2♠ (with 1NT and 2♣ as equally good options). Partner’s 1♠ bid is forcing and you cannot pass.
Hand D: Pass (or 2♦ or 3♦ to show a weak major two-suiter). The hand is not good enough and the wrong shape for a 2♥ or 2♠ overcall.
Hand E: Pass. A 2♦ pre-empt opening is a poor bid with a 4 card ♥ suit.
Hand F: Pass! LHO’s 1♠ bid was forcing;