Mon 1st N-S 1st Phil & Tomas 59% 2nd Bob Short & Jan 52%
E-W 1st Dave & Dave 59% 2nd Hans(Hol) & Paul Kelly 52%
Wed 3rd 1st Chuck & Paul Kelly 62% 2nd Bill & Mike 60%
Fri 5th Indv. 1st Kees Bot 61% 2nd= Bill Noe, Jan v Koss 59%
Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
♠ 84 ♠ KQ96 With Hand B it’s
everybody vul and
♥ A1098432 ♥ K104 which is passed round to partner who doubles. What do you do?
♠ 108 ♠ AKJ32
♥ 10985 ♥ AKJ73 (a) What do you open with Hand D?
Hand E Hand F With Hand E you open 1♦ and partner responds 2♦, what do you do?
♠ 1063 ♠ J952
♥ K1064 ♥ Q
♣ A5 ♣ Q103 (b) Suppose you choose 2♦ and partner bids 2NT, what now?
♠ A8 pass pass 1♦ 1♠
♦ Q 3♦ pass 3NT all pass
Dealer: ♠ 97632
E-W vul ♦ A74 - - 1NT (1) pass
♣ K653 2♣ (2) pass 2♥ pass
4♥ (3) all pass
♠ 108 N ♠ AQ4
♥ 10985 W E ♥ KQ732
(1) A 1NT opening with a 5 card major is fine by me.
(2) This looks obvious to me, although one experienced player who was kibitzing thought that I would ‘get in a mess’ and he suggested that I should have passed. I could not disagree more.
(3) But what did you bid here with this West hand C in this week’s quiz? Actually this hand is similar to problem C last week (and the same kibitzer said that he would have passed 1NT with last week’s hand C). I see it differently, the hand is easily worth an invitational 3♥ but with these intermediates I considered it worth 4♥.
And what happened? 4♥ is obviously an excellent contract. Unfortunately declarer was a beginner and he played the ♥K from hand (instead of leading up to it) and so went one down.
The bottom lines: -
- Intermediates count, especially when partner opens 1NT.
- 10985 in a 4-4 fit is not zero points.
- Touching honours are good.
- This West hand is worth game opposite 1NT (in my opinion!), and easily so when a ♥ fit is uncovered.
Lead partner’s suit! Board 4 from Monday 1st
Dealer: ♠ A8
Both vul ♦ Q pass pass 1♦ (1) 1♠
♣ J9642 1NT (2) pass 2♥ (3) 2♠
3♦ (4) pass 3NT (5) all pass
♠ 1053 N ♠ 96
♥ J2 W E ♥ AQ104
(1) A clear 1NT opener. Do not worry about a weak doubleton for a 1NT opener.
(2) With no ♠ stop 2♦ is a far better bid here.
(3) East is a beginner and I do not believe that he realised that he was showing a good shapely hand with this forcing reverse.
(4) West correctly supported partner’s ♦’s.
(5) And East confirmed 18+ points with a 3NT bid.
Anyway, it does not matter what you think of this silly auction by E-W. The question is, what should North lead (what was you answer to this week’s lead quiz)?
South has shown 6 good ♠’s and the ♠A stands out a mile. If West indeed had the ♠ stopper that his 1NT bid indicated then the ♠A is still the automatic lead – if West has something like ♠Kx or ♠Qxx you stand excellent chances of blocking the suit if you do not lead the ♠A.
Incidentally, doing a ‘C….’ is a term I use when one player immediately blames partner for a disaster in order to conceal the fact that he himself was to blame. It is ‘named’ after a certain inbdividual who is a master at this.
Dealer: ♠ 985 Table A
Both vul ♦ Q10742 pass pass pass 2♣ (1)
♣ 5 pass 2♦ (2) pass 2NT (3)
pass pass (4) pass
♠ 74 N ♠ Q106
♥ 65 W E ♥ 82 Expert Table
♠ AKJ32 pass 2♥ (2) pass 2♠ (5)
♥ AKJ73 pass 3♦ (5) pass 3♥ (5)
♦ AK pass 4♥ pass 4NT
♣ 10 pass 5♣ pass 6♥
The bottom lines: -
- 2♣ followed by 2NT is a balanced 22-24, two 5 card majors is not balanced.
- A shapely 4 count (with two working 10’s) opposite 22-24 is easily enough for game.
There’s no such thing as a pre-empt over a pre-empt! Board 15 from Wednesday 3rd
Dealer: ♠ AQJ532
N-S vul ♦ AK - - - 2♦ (1)
♣ 1097 3♥ (2) 3♠ dbl (3) all pass
♠ 84 N ♠ K6
♥ A1098432 W E ♥ 6
(1) Not a very elegant opening. With a hand playable in support of either major from partner a pass may be more prudent than opening either 2♦ or a rash 3♦.
(2) What did you bid with this West hand A in this week’s quiz? 2♥ is best. 3♥ here shows a very good hand and 7 points does not qualify. If the bid was intended as pre-emptive then that is a mistake – jumps over a pre-emptive opening from an opponent show a strong hand.
(3) With what looks like 3 tricks in his hand and a mis-fit for partner East reasonably(?) chose to double. Whether this was wise or not is debatable as the 3♠ bid is forcing (at least I know that South would have taken it as forcing) and East can double later when 4♠ is reached if he wishes.
- You cannot pre-empt over a pre-empt; jumps show a very good hand.
- What’s the point of doubling a forcing bid for penalties (especially with only two trumps)?
When LHO has promised 6-9
points with a pre-empt, partner has bid strongly and
Deny a 4-card major? Board 7 from Wednesday 3rd
Dealer: ♠ 864
Both vul ♦ 8652 - - - pass
♣ J8 1♥ pass 2♦ (1) pass
2NT (2) pass 3NT (3) all pass
♠ K107 N ♠ J952
♥ A9643 W E ♥ Q
- When partner opens and you have game values with a 5 card minor and a 4 card major, bid the minor first.
- I like to play that a reverse over a two level response does not show extra values, but you have to agree that.
Unlucky? Board 10 from Wednesday 3rd
Dealer: ♠ J10 Table A
Both vul ♦ KQ5 - - 2♠ (1) pass
♣ A84 pass dbl (2) pass pass (3)
♠ - N ♠ A875432
♥ 983 W E ♥ 62 Table B
♠ KQ96 pass ? (4)
- ♠A875432 and 7 points is not good enough for 3♠ vulnerable in 1st seat.
- It’s up to you/partnership style if you pass or open 2♠ with such a hand.
How many points is 2NT? Board 16 from Friday 5th
Dealer: ♠ K8
E-W vul ♦ J103 1♦ pass 2♦ (1) pass
♣ Q732 2NT (2) pass pass (3) pass
♠ 1063 N ♠ AQ5
♥ K1064 W E ♥ J5
(1) Obviously very silly, but this player was a beginner. The ‘obvious’ bid is 2♣. It’s far too good for 1NT and really a bit good for 2NT. 3NT is an option but I see nothing wrong with the obvious 2♣, especially as 3NT may be better played by partner.
(2) What did you bid with this West hand E in this week’s quiz? Pass is clear. But there is a fairly amusing (and instructive) story here. This West is a good player and he knew that his partner was not (it was an individual event). 2NT here actually shows a big hand (sequence L), about 18 points; but West bid it because he (correctly) assumed that his partner had underbid.
(3) Just clarifying that East had no idea what he was doing, even given a 2nd chance.
Now the ‘instructive’ thing about this deal is that another experienced player told me about it, stating that West’s bid showed 12-14 points. I said not so. So we then went along to the West concerned and he admitted that he knew that the bid showed 18-19 points but that he bid it in case his partner had underbid (as was the case).
- Sequence L: 1♦ - 2♦ - 2NT shows a big hand; about 18-19.
- Do not support partner’s 1♣/♦ opening with 3 cards!
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 2♥. 3♥ is a strong bid here and this hand is not strong (in points). There is no such thing as a pre-empt over a pre-empt, jumps are strong.
Hand B: Pass. I would take the vulnerable money. Partner has bid in the protective position and may not be strong enough for there to be game your way. I guess that 2NT or 3NT are reasonable – depending upon your partnership balancing style.
Hand C: (a) 2♣. This hand is easily worth an effort and you should look for the 4-4 ♥ fit.
(b) 3♥, or even 4♥. The obvious bid is an invitational 3♥ but I think that with these great intermediates it’s worth 4♥. Anyway, it’s much too good to pass initially or to pass 2♥ now.
Hand D: (a) 2♣. I don’t really like opening 2♣ with two suiters but this one is so strong that you have too (a 1♠ opening may well be passed out).
(b) 2♠. Game forcing, and hopefully you will get a chance to bid ♥’s next.
Hand E: Pass.
Hand F: (a) 2♦. With game forcing values you should bid your long minor first (rather than 1♠) and then bid ♠’s next go to show your shape – game forcing.
(b) Umm…! Technically I suppose that you should bid a (forcing) 3♠, but there are a few points here. If you play 2/1 or have agreed that a reverse over a two level response does not show extra values then partner’s 2NT bid has denied 4 ♠’s and so 3NT is clear. With no such agreement 3NT now may miss a 4-4 ♠ fit, but with all of the points and intermediates outside ♠’s and such miserable ♠’s I feel that 3NT is acceptable. With my preferred treatment (1♥ 2♦ 2♠ not showing the extra values for a reverse) 3NT is obvious.