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Mon 23rd 1st Frode & Kees P 68% 2nd
Wed 25th 1st
Fri 27th 1st Jan &
Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A partner opens 1NT, what do you bid?
♠ QJ7 ♠ Q10942
♥ 1085 ♥ K63 With Hand B RHO opens a weak 2♦, what do you do?
♣ A108 ♣ A82
Hand C Hand D What do you open with Hand C?
♠ A6 ♠ A63
♥ Q92 ♥ Q92 What do you open with Hand D?
♣ QJ7 ♣ QJ7
Hand E Hand F With Hand E RHO opens 1♠, what do you bid?
♠ 4 ♠ A10742
♥ A ♥ 82 With
Hand F partner opens 1NT and
Bidding Sequences Quiz All of these sequences occurred this week
1816.8 Janne Roos 666.8 Janne Roos 350.4 Janne Roos
1793.3 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
My mobile phone number has recently changed. It’s now 083 6066880.
That dreaded 4333 type shape again Board 4 from Monday 23rd
Dealer: ♠ 8653 Table A
both vul ♦ K86 1NT pass 2NT (1) pass
♣ 643 3NT (2) all pass
♠ K92 N ♠ QJ7 Table B
♥ AJ64 W E ♥ 1085 West North East(A) South
♠ A104 It’s a 25 combined points with a double stop
♥ 972 in every suit – so why does 3NT not make?
And what happened? Everybody
made 8 t
The bottom lines: -
- 4333 type shape is TERRIBLE. This is a totally classic example; both East and West are 4333 type shape and 3NT is hopeless even with the combined 25 count.
- Deduct a point for the 4333 type shape.
Understand hand evaluation. There’s a document on the
web (Hand Evaluation in the
A 1NT opener? West hand 12 from Monday 23rd
Hand C Hand D What did you open with this West hand C in this week’s quiz?
♠ A6 ♠ A63 I understand that one West was criticized by his partner when he
♥ Q92 ♥ Q92 opened 1NT, partner saying that he should de-value the hand.
♣ QJ7 ♣ QJ7 that excellent 5-card ♦ suit is a great 1NT opener. Hand D, however, should be devalued (4333 type shape) and I would open Hand D with 1♦ and rebid 1NT (12-14).
Double and bid shows a strong hand Board 11 from Friday 27th
E-W missed game at table C, who would you blame?
Dealer: ♠ 64 Table A
Love all ♦ 8742 - - - 1♣
♣ Q108 pass pass dbl (1) pass
1♠ pass 3♥ (2) pass
♠ Q1095 N ♠ J82 4♥ (3) all pass
♥ KJ4 W E ♥ AQ876
♠ AK73 - - - 1♣
♥ 5 pass pass dbl (1) pass
♦ Q105 1♠ pass 3NT (2) all pass
West North East South
And what happened? 3NT went one down; so 3♥+2 scored an average and 4♥ making was the top. The bottom lines:
- With game values, don’t make an invitational bid.
- Double and bid (or jump bid) shows a strong hand but it is not forcing.
- The only forcing bid having doubled is a cuebid of opener’s suit.
Dealer: ♠ Q10942 West North(B) East South
Love all ♦ Q3 6♦ (4) dbl (5) pass 6♥ (6)
♣ A82 pass 6♠ all pass
♠ 3 N ♠ 76 (1) What did you bid with this North hand B in
♥ Q W E ♥ J842 this week’s quiz? It seems I am saying the
♠ AKJ85 is totally obvious.
♥ A10975 (2) A good bid – make it difficult for N-S to
♦ 2 find their fit after the fatuous double.
partner. Double here is the best bid (responsive
- pick a suit) but South suspected that North may well pass.
(4) It’s not usually a good idea to bid again having pre-empted, especially at the 6-level! But this hand has great shape and it certainly looks like opponent’s have a slam. Come alive with six-five. Nice bid on this exceptional occasion after partner has jump supported (6♦ doubled went for just 300 at another table).
(5) Penalties. It looks like North’s 5 card ♠ suit is not going to be mentioned – as I said – it was a ridiculous double.
(6) But luckily for North, South came to the rescue.
(7) I don’t know if North realized that South’s bidding promised both majors, but after some thought he reluctantly mentioned his 5 card ♠ suit for the first time at the six level.
And what happened? The play in 6♠ was quite interesting. A ♦ was led and West won with the ♦K and returned a ♣. Declarer rose with the ace and drew trumps in two rounds. He then led the ♥K and noted the drop of the ♥Q. How should declarer now play the ♥ suit? Should he play West for ♥QJ doubleton or play East for ♥J842? At another table declarer went down in 5♠ when he played for ♥QJ doubleton, thus losing a ♥ and a ♣ in addition the ♦A. Our 6♠ declarer, however, has a limited knowledge of restricted choice and played the finesse - 6♠ thus made exactly for a top. The bottom lines: -
- Do not double when holding a 5 card major and just three (or less) in the other major.
West East You are East, playing in 7NT on the lead of the ♠10. Which
♠ AJ4 ♠ KQ7 suits do you play on first?
♥ AQ65 ♥ K93
♣ AK3 ♣ Q107
Dave’s Column answer Board 2 from Wednesday 25th
Dealer: ♠ 652 West North East South
East ♥ 10872 - - 1NT (1) pass
N-S vul ♦ J1065 2♣ pass 2♦ pass
♣ 84 7NT all pass
♠ AJ4 N ♠ KQ7 (1) With this totally flat shape I would open 1♦
♥ AQ65 W E ♥ K93 and rebid 1NT (12-14).
♠ 10983 indeed downgrade to a 12-14 hand. It could go: -
♦ 92 West North East South
Dealer: ♠ 852 Table A
E-W vul ♦ K8753 - - - 1♠
♣ - dbl (1) pass (2) 2♥ 4♠
pass (3) pass pass
♠ 4 N ♠ Q93
♥ A W E ♥ 9643 Table B
♠ AKJ1076 3♠ (1) pass (4) 4♥ (5) 4♠
♥ KQ2 5♣ pass 5♥ (6) pass
♦ 2 pass dbl (7) pass (8) pass
And what happened? 5♥* went for 2000. 6♣ would have made for 920 or more (it would presumably have been doubled). The bottom lines: -
♠ A10742 Partner opens 1NT and
♥ 82 in this week’s quiz?
Bidding Sequences Answers