Mon 12th 1st N-S Jean-Marc & Michael 58% 2nd Jim & Phil 57%
1st E-W Mike Bell & Sid 56% 2nd Clive & Dave 54%
Wed 14th 1st Chuck & Clive 66% 2nd Hans Bijvoet & Henrik 61%
Fri 16th 1st Ivy & Terry 68% 2nd Mike Guin & Bill Noe 58%
Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
♠ A953 ♠ KJ63
♥ AK9 ♥ K72 (a) What do you open with Hand B?
♦ AJ6 ♦ A106 (b) Suppose you choose 1♣ and partner responds 1♦, what do
♠ 8532 ♠ KJ
♦ A87 ♦ Q2 then bids 1NT, what do you do?
do you bid?
♠ A43 ♠ 765
♥ AKQJ962 ♥ AQ With Hand F you pass as dealer. This is passed round to
♣ 752 ♣ J732 What do you do?
Dealer: ♠ KQ42 Table A
Love all ♦ 972 - - - 1♣
♣ A9765 pass 1♠ pass 2NT (1)
pass 3NT pass 4♠
♠ J76 N ♠ 108 pass 4NT (2) pass 5♠
♥ 865432 W E ♥ J107 pass 6♠ all pass
♠ A953 West North East South(A)
♥ AK9 - - - 1♣
♦ AJ6 pass 1♠ pass 4♠ (1)
♣ K104 pass 4NT (3) pass 5♣
pass 6♠ all pass
Deduct a point for the 4333 type shape Board 8 from Wednesday 14th
Dealer: ♠ A542 Table A
Love all ♦ 853 - - - pass
♣ J32 1♣ (1) pass 1♦ pass
1♠ (2) pass 1NT (3) pass
♠ KJ63 N ♠ Q7 3NT (4) all pass
♥ K72 W E ♥ J54
♠ 1098 West(B) North East South
♥ 10963 - - - pass
♦ Q74 1NT (1) all pass
- Deduct a point for the totally flat 4333 type shape. This really is important, 4333 hands are really lousy and do not generate tricks.
- This deal is a perfect example. 25 points but nobody made 3NT.
Who’s the joker? - A Psychic cue bid Board 11 from Wednesday 14th
Dealer: ♠ A1083 West North East South
Love all ♦ KQJ1053 - - - pass
♣ 9 1♣ 2♦ 2♥ pass
3♥ pass 4♣ (1) pass
♠ KQJ6 N ♠ - 4♦ (2) pass 4♠ (3) pass
♥ 1072 W E ♥ AKQ96 5♥ (4) pass 6♥ (5) all pass
♠ 97542 West North East South
♥ 543 - - - pass
♦ 986 1♣ 2♦ 2♥ pass
♣ A6 3♥ pass 3♠ (6) pass
4♦ (7) pass 6♣ (8) all pass
And what happened? I (South) was on lead. I asked if the 4 level bids were cue bids and Clive said yes. Chuck was silent. So did Chuck have a ♣ void? I assumed he was messing about and so I led the ♣A. Now when this held I realised that Chuck would not leap to slam missing the ♣A without 1st round ♠ control, so I followed with the ♣6 in the hope that partner had the ♣K - but a ruff was just as good. Chuck said that I found a lucky lead and that I should have led a ♦, partner’s suit. Yes!! Chuck actually tried to criticise an opponent after his ridiculous bidding! Of course I was lucky – to have an opponent who, like Papa the Greek, tries to be too clever. And I did not lead a ♦ because I believed Clive’s ♦ cue bid. I did not believe any of Chuck’s bids; seems I was right as every bid of his after 2♥ was a joke.
Just one pair did bid to 6♣ (well done Jean-Marc/Michael).
- Psyching, or lying about a control, may be allowed in higher level competitions, but it is not allowed at the Pattaya Bridge Club. However, I would not call going down in 6♥, when 6♣ is cold, ‘higher level’ bidding.
- Cue bidding is a very powerful tool if used correctly and should have enabled E-W to bid to the cold 6♣ contract.
Garbage Stayman? 1NT - 2♣ - 2♦ - 2♥ Board 17 from Monday 12th
Dealer: ♠ KQ5 West North East South
Love all ♦ 105 - 1NT pass 2♣ (1)
♣ KJ762 pass 2♦ pass pass (2)
♠ 1084 N ♠ A93
♥ 973 W E ♥ 654
And what happened? It was the worst case scenario and the 3-2 fit did not play well! At the end of the hand Chuck told his partner that if he chose to bid Stayman then he should have pulled the 2♦ response to 2♥ (promising a weak hand with 5 ♥’s and 4 ♠’s) and opener would then pass that or play in a 4-3 ♠ fit. Now I found this very amusing and innocently asked Chuck what would happen if opener raised the 2♥ bid to 3♥. Chuck said that he would never do that and that pass or a correction to 2♠ are opener’s only options. You may like to refer to news-sheet 158 when I was partnering Chuck and bid 2♥ in this same sequence which Chuck did indeed raise to 3♥, thus converting the top I would have got for making 2♥ into a bottom for 3♥ minus 1. He blamed me of course.
Psyching at our club
Psyching at our club is not allowed. That does not just mean psyching an opening bid, but includes psychic control bids and bidding a non-existent suit with the express intention of inhibiting it from being led. I did not bother to adjust the score on Wednesday’s board 11 as they got a bad one anyway, but I will give psychers a zero score. Also, repeated psyching will lead to a suspension. People who cannot adjust to playing with beginners and repeatedly disregard the club rules will be thrown out. And I like the California rules – a third strike and it’s life.
Bear in mind that there are a lot of inexperienced players at our club. And it’s time for me
to quote the ACBL yet again: - ‘psyching against less experienced players is unsportsmanlike’. At our club it simply gets you a zero and a suspension/ban for repeated offences.
Never deny a 4 card major Board 18 from Wednesday 14th
Dealer: ♠ 8532 Table A
N-S vul ♦ A87 - - pass 1♦
♣ QJ7 pass 2NT (1) pass 3♥ (2)
pass 3NT (3) all pass
♠ J107 N ♠ Q6
♥ Q5 W E ♥ 9872 Table B
♠ AK94 pass 1♠ (1) pass 2♠
♥ KJ64 pass 3♥ (4) pass 4♠
♦ QJ104 all pass
- Never deny a 4 card major (twice!).
It’s not forcing – part 1 Board 20 from Monday 12th
Dealer: ♠ A86
Both vul ♦ AJ976 1♣ pass 1♥ pass
♣ Q75 1NT pass 3♥ (1) pass
pass (2) pass
♠ 9752 N ♠ KJ
♥ K9 W E ♥ AQ542
- Sometimes you have to ‘dig up’ a non-existent minor (or sometimes a major) if you are stuck for a forcing bid. Note that this is not psyching – you are making the bid because it is the most descriptive forcing bid available, not with the intention of misleading the opponents. I would consider 2♠ or 3♦ at (1) perfectly acceptable as the more descriptive 3♣ or 3♥ bids are non-forcing.
- Read up on Checback Stayman (CBS) or New Minor Forcing (NMF). CBS is undoubtedly superior as you have more room for the responses after a 1♣ opening but NMF is, for some strange reason, more commonly played.
- It is acceptable to ‘lie’ about a suit – especially a minor – if you have no other forcing bid available.
It’s not forcing – part 2 Board 21 from Monday 12th
Dealer: ♠ K6 Table B
N-S vul ♦ AQ973 - pass 1♥ pass
♣ J983 1♠ pass 3♥ (1) pass
pass (2) pass
♠ J10985 N ♠ A43
♥ 74 W E ♥ AKQJ962 Table B
♠ Q72 1♠ pass 4♥ (1) all pass
- A jump rebid in your suit is not forcing over a 1-level response.
- With a self sufficient major suit and game values, bid game.
Balancing Board 16 from Friday 16th
Dealer: ♠ K943
E-W vul ♦ 76 pass pass pass 1♣
♣ K106 pass 1♥ pass (1) pass (2)
♠ 765 N ♠ Q2
♥ AQ W E ♥ 875
(1) East cannot say anything here as South may well have a big hand sitting over him.
(2) Even though South is minimum, he should raise to 2♥; to stop West form balancing cheaply…
(3) … but fortunately for South, West did not understand balancing. What did you bid with this West hand F in this week’s quiz? Once South passes you know that the points are evenly spread and that partner has around 10. So don’t let the opponents play in an easy 1-level contract. Without 4 ♠’s I would not double (but it is an acceptable alternative). Holding the ♥AQ a 1NT bid looks right to me. Note that this is not 15-18 points in the balancing seat – and obviously not by a passed hand. It simply shows scattered values without 4 ♠’s (double) and hopefully a decent ♥ stop.
- When the opponents stop bidding at the one level – then bid in the balancing seat.
- 1NT in the balancing seat is not 15-18.
- 1NT by a passed hand is not 15-18.
- Understand balancing – either you will often make something your way or you will push the opponents up.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 4♠. This shows a balanced 18-19 with 4 card ♠ support. 2NT is wrong because
(i) it is not forcing and (ii) it denies 4 ♠’s.
Hand B: (a) 1NT. Knock off a point for the totally flat 4333 shape.
(b) 2NT. If you considered this hand too good for 1NT then bid 2NT now. This is not considered as denying a 4 card major as partner rarely passes and any major suit fit will come to light.
Hand C: 1♠. Never deny a 4 card major. 2NT (11-12 points balanced) is a poor bid as it denies 4 ♠’s and partner is likely to be short in ♣’s when he opens 1♦, so NT may be a poor strain.
Hand D: 3♦ or 2♠, unless you play CBS(2♣) or NMF(2♦). 3♥ is not forcing. Sometimes you have to ‘dig up’ a non-existent suit in order to make a forcing bid.
Hand E: 4♥. 3♥ is not forcing. Digging up a minor, so 3♣ is also reasonable. 4♦, a splinter, is not good as it set’s ♠’s as trumps.
Hand F: 1NT (or maybe double or even 2♦). Do not sell out at the one level. Without 4 ♠’s I do not like double too much but it is acceptable as you can pull 1♠ from partner to 2♣ - thus showing the minors. Note that this does not show a strong hand as you have already passed. I would never pass in the balancing seat and with ♥AQ to protect I much prefer 1NT. Note that you know that partner has around 10 points here when the opponents have stopped at the one level. And since the opponents have a fit then that means that you do and so 2♦ is also a reasonable bid. In fact, anything but pass is reasonable.