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Mon 22nd 1st N-S Jean-Charles & Mike 65% 2nd Paul Save.. & Dave 56%
1st E-W Gunnar & Lars Gus.. 63% 2nd John & Kenneth 55%
Wed 24th 1st N-S Lars F & Arne 61% 2nd Britta & Jarne 55%
1st E-W Gunnar & Lars Gus.. 63% 2nd Jo & Tomas 61%
Fri 26th 1st N-S Britta & Jarne 61% 2nd Gastone & Jean-Charles 57%
1st E-W Bengt M & Wolfgang 67% 2nd Derek & gerard 65%
Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
♠ AK10932 ♠ Q
♦ - ♦ KQ982 you bid?
♠ AJ653 ♠ K73
♦ 43 ♦ - With
♠ K542 ♠ AJ8
♦ - ♦ A763
♠ 108 ♠ A4
♦ K105 ♦ AK10964 do you bid?
Bidding Sequences Quiz
Just a few of the complaints on Friday: - need to climb a set of stairs; the wash rooms are too far away; there needs to be a toilet upstairs; the aircon is not turned on early enough, the temperature is too hot, the temperature is too cold (YES!! I actually had both of these complaints within a time span of two minutes! - we had one lady with a coat and scarf while another was complaining about being overheated); the beer is too expensive; the room is claustrophobic (no windows); smoking is a not allowed upstairs; we have two beginners who don’t know what they are doing (this complaint was by a pair who are just about past the beginner’s stage themselves!); the coffee jug was not refilled after 3.30 p.m. (same pair); the sandwiches are not of an acceptable standard - they should be with wholemeal bread (same pair); etc. etc. …
That’s just a few. Are there any volunteers to take over the bridge club? Can YOU do better instead of simply continually complaining???
Anyway, I am fully aware of all of the problems and will try to fix some of them, others cannot be remedied at this hotel. The only really permanent solution is to have a club-house. The Tropicana is a stop-gap solution while Dave and I work things out, so can I please ask everybody (politely) to simply get off my back for a couple of months; another temporary move is out of the question. We have found a reasonable venue which will do us for the short term. It is better than playing at the Mercure for the same price when they provided nothing - Dave and I subsided our last three week’s at the Mercure and ‘worked’ at a loss and if we stayed there it would have cost the same as the current Tropicana price without tea/coffee/sandwich.
I am fully aware of the needs of the club:- easily accessible in Pattaya (not Jomtien); near a baht-bus route; plenty of parking; decent snacks with a choice of bread etc.; reasonably priced drinks (beer/tea/coffee/soft drinks/water etc.); air-conditioning with an even temperature that is turned on at 12.30; sensible playing fee (100bht per person for members); square tables; no stairs; washroom nearby; smoking facilities nearby, etc.
current plan is to build a club house close to the Dolphin roundabout in
I had a complaint about one of our beginners. Apparently a beginner did not understand their partner’s Blackwood or Gerber or whatever bid and talked during the auction. I got a complaint from the opposition – I was absolutely amazed! If I am at the table and a player makes a bid that their beginner partner obviously does not understand then I simply ask the person who made to bid to explain what it means. This may be against the rules of bridge, but this is a friendly club where we encourage beginners and try to help them improve; that’s right, isn’t it?
People who are rude or complain to the director because they do not like beginners will have to find somewhere else to play. No names this week, but they will follow if attitudes do not change.
Defending against Multi-Landy Board 10 from Monday 22nd
Dealer: ♠ AJ653 Table A
Both vul ♦ 43 - - pass 1NT
♣ A873 2♣ (1) 2♠ (2) 3♥ 3♠ (3)
pass (4) 4♠ pass pass
♠ Q10982 N ♠ - dbl (5) all pass
♥ Q1084 W E ♥ K953
♠ K74 - - pass 1NT
♥ AJ6 2♣ (1) dbl (2) 2♥ dbl (6)
♦ AK62 all pass
- It’s generally a bad idea
to bid a suit in which you know
A “High Reverse” is game forcing Board 17 from Monday 22nd
Dealer: ♠ AK10932 Table A
Love all ♦ - - 1♠ (1) 2♥ (2) 3♦ (3)
♣ AKQ76 pass 4♣ (4) pass pass (5)
♠ 876 N ♠ J54
♥ 965 W E ♥ QJ1083 Table B
♠ Q pass 2♠ pass 3♦ (7)
♥ K72 pass 4♣ (8) pass 6♣ (9)
♦ KQ982 all pass
Defence to weak twos – Leaping Michaels Board 17 from Wednesday 24th
Dealer: ♠ QJ10982 Table A
Love all ♦ J85 - 2♠ dbl (1) pass
♣ 7 3♦ (2) pass 3♥ (3) pass
5♣ (4) pass pass (5) pass
♠ A4 N ♠ K73
♥ - W E ♥ KQ987 ‘Expert’ Table
♠ 65 4♦ (6) pass 5♦ (7) pass
♥ 65432 5♥ (8) pass 5♠ (9) pass
♦ Q732 7♣ (10) pass all pass
Terrible ‘take-out’ doubles – part 1 Board 4 from Friday 26th
Dealer: ♠ K542
Both vul ♦ - 1♦ (1) dbl (2) redbl(3) pass (4)
♣ Q96 pass pass (5)
♠ Q106 N ♠ AJ97
♥ 1086 W E ♥
- A take-out double is short in the suit bid and playable in the other three suits, but with a five card major it is usually best to overcall and certainly so with a six card major.
Terrible ‘take-out’ doubles – part 2 Board 21 from Friday 26th
Dealer: ♠ Q74
N-S vul ♦ J9 - pass 1♥ dbl (1)
♣ QJ1063 redbl (2) 2♣ 2♥ (3) pass
pass 2♠ (4) 3♥ (5) all pass
♠ 6532 N ♠ K109
♥ - W E ♥ AKQJ32
Terrible ‘take-out’ doubles – part 3 Board 19 from Friday 26th
Dealer: ♠ 108
E-W vul ♦ K105 - - - pass
♣ KQ653 1♣ dbl (1) pass 2NT (2)
♠ QJ65 N ♠ K943
♥ K82 W E ♥ J1095
Terrible ‘take-out’ doubles – part 4 Board 20 from Friday 26th
Dealer: ♠ 94
E-W vul ♦ KQ7 - - - pass
♣ AQ8732 1 dbl (1) pass 2♠ (2)
♠ 10 N ♠ Q762
♥ AKQ86 W E ♥ 10542
Hand A: 1♠. 2♣ is not ‘wrong’ but I don’t like to open 2♣ with two-suiters – you often do not have room to show both of your suits and this deal is a perfect example of it going wrong after a 2♣ opening.
Hand B: Dbl. Negative and showing both minors. 3♦ is a poor bid as the hand does not have the values for a game forcing three-level response. 2NT, showing 11-12 points and a ♥ stop is a very reasonable, perhaps better, alternative.
Hand C: Dbl. Showing a hand with a good holding in at least one major.
Hand D: 3♥. I prefer this to double having nothing in ♦’s. Note that 3♠ here is not Michaels (unless you have specifically agreed this), Michaels cue bids are generally pre-emptive and do not apply over a pre-emptive opening. I would play a 3♠ cue bid here as a very strong hand with usually exactly 4 ♥’s. But actually the very best bid, which describes this hand in a nutshell, is 4♣ - Leaping Michaels. This shows a good hand with exactly 5 ♥’s and 5 or 6 ♣’s.
Hand E: 1♥. With a good 6 card suit this is far better than double.
Hand F: Pass. Double is terrible.
Hand G: Pass. Double is terrible.
Hand H: 3♠. This shows a good (game forcing) hand and implies no interest in ♥’s as trumps.
Bidding Sequences Quiz Answers