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Mon 16th 1st Dave & Kenneth 57% 2nd Torbjorn & Gunn 55%
Wed 18th 1st
Eddie & Terry 66% 2nd
Fri 20th 1st
Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A RHO opens 1♠, what do you bid?
♠ A4 ♠ -
♥ KQ8752 ♥ Q753 With Hand B you open 1♦
and partner responds 1♥.
♣ Q86 ♣ AK108
Hand C Hand D What do you open with Hand C?
♠ KJ6 ♠ KJ6
♥ KQ7 ♥ KQ What do you open with Hand D?
♣ K94 ♣ K9
Hand E Hand F With Hand E partner opens 2NT (20-21), what do you bid?
♠ 974 ♠ KJ62 With Hand F you pass as dealer and this is passed round to
♦ 8 ♦ K109 round to you, what do you do?
1816.8 Janne Roos 666.8 Janne Roos 350.4 Janne Roos
1789.7 Jan v Koss 650.5 Jan v Koss 340.2 Jan v Koss
1763.4 Dave Cutler 634.5 Lars Gu
627.2 Dave Cutler 325.6 Gunnar Barthel
This East made a really terrible double. It cost 350 points or so and I asked him if he reads the news-sheets. He said yes, but does not agree with what I say. Fair enough, I just love playing against people who double (to show an opening hand) instead of bidding a 5 (or 6!) card major. I know that N-S (Torbjorn/Gunn) found the hand amusing.
Dealer: ♠ Q10973 West North East(A) South
N-S vul ♦ AK4 4♣ (4) pass pass (5) pass
(1) A somewhat light opener.
♠ 86 N ♠ A4 (2) What did you bid with this East hand A in
♥ A3 W E ♥ KQ8752 this week’s quiz? Double is a terrible bid
♠ KJ52 vulnerability South would doubtless have
♥ 104 bid 4♠ to make it even more awkward for
♦ Q863 East-West.
And what happened? 4♣ made exactly for a poor score. Two East’s bid to 4♥ (making and making + 2) and one East bid 3NT + 3. The bottom lines: -
- A take-out double should be playable in the unbid suits.
- Do not make a take-out double if an overcall describes the hand perfectly.
E-W missed a comfortable game/slam on this board (Torbjorn/Gunn bid and made 6♦ at another table).
Dealer: ♠ J105
N-S vul ♦ 63 1♦ 2♣ pass (1) pass
♣ KQJ103 2♦ (2) pass 3♦ (3) pass
4♦ pass pass pass
♠ A4 N ♠ K732
♥ AQ2 W E ♥ J1094 (1) What did you bid with this East hand C in this
♠ Q986 (2) I would double – but then I expect my partners
♥ 876 to understand negative doubles.
♦ 5 (3) This is the impossible bid – if East has a hand
I often feature what I consider to be silly doubles when an overcall or pass is a better bid. Of course not everybody agrees with me and here we have two of our regular ‘silly doublers’. But neither of them could find a double when it would have been a good bid – they let the opponents play in an undisturbed 1♥ contract and they got a total bottom as a result: -
Dealer: ♠ KJ62 West North(F) East South
E-W vul ♦ K109 1♣ pass 1♥ pass (1)
♣ 84 pass (2) pass (3)
♠ 973 N ♠ 104 (1) Double here would be take-out and showing the
♥ KQ54 W E ♥ A982 pointed suits.
It’s a bit dangerous in the
♠ AQ85 if my partner does not understand balancing.
♥ J (2) 2♥ is best here – stop North entering the
♦ A642 auction cheaply.
And what happened? 1♥ made exactly for a complete top to E-W. 2♠ by N-S was making or making +1 at other tables. Incidentally, this N-S pair, who both failed to find a double, are the same E-W pair as this week’s ‘silly double’ pair and they believe that my writings are nonsense. It seems that they double on any hand that is 12+ points and pass on anything less.
The bottom lines: -
- Understand balancing.
E-W at table A missed an easy 3NT (+2) on this deal, who would you blame?
Dealer: ♠ 1032 Table A
both vul ♦ 96 - - - pass
♣ 7643 2NT (1) pass pass (2) pass
♠ KJ6 N ♠ 974 Table B
♥ KQ W E ♥ 10985 West(D) North East(E) South
♠ AQ85 3♦ pass 3NT all pass
♦ 10532 Sensible Tables
And what happened? Just table A missed game; all of the other 4 pairs were in 3NT and three made +3 when South did not cash his two aces. The bottom lines: -
- Upgrade a hand with a suit like AKQJxx
- With an excellent 6 points, do not pass partner’s 2NT opening!
- Play Benjamin twos (in which case I would open 2♦ and rebid 2NT – game forcing).
There are various definitions of a forcing pass. One good one is that when you/partner have clearly got the balance of power and have freely bid to game and the opponents sacrifice, then a pass is forcing – partner must either double or bid on.
Dealer: ♠ AKQJ743 Table A
E-W vul ♦ K7 - - 1♦ pass
♣ 543 1♥ 1♠ (1) 4♥ (2) pass
pass 4♠ (3) pass (4) pass
♠ 92 N ♠ - pass (5)
♥ A1062 W E ♥ Q753
♠ 10865 - - 1♦ pass
♥ KJ84 1♥ 4♠ (1) pass (6) pass
♦ 102 pass (7)
♠ AJ4 ♠ 53 You are North, playing in 3NT after East had made an opening
♥ AK3 ♥ Q54 lead of the ♠6 and West played the ♠Q. How should you play?
♦ J932 ♦ AQ106
♣ K62 ♣ A984
Dave’s Column answer Board 9 from Wednesday 18th
Dealer: ♠ AJ4 West North East South
East ♥ AK3 - - pass 1♦
E-W vul ♦ J932 pass 3NT all pass
This was the bidding at most tables, and just for
♠ Q97 N ♠ K10862 a change every pair reached 3NT. The one
♥ 10862 W E ♥ J97 ‘exception’ was our precision ♣ pair (Torbjorn/Gunn)
♥ Q54 Anyway, Dave’s problem this week is to make 3NT
♦ AQ106 from the North hand on the ♠6 lead.