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Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A you are in 1st seat at favourable vulnerability, what
do you open?
♠ 4 ♠ -
♥ QJ10952 ♥ KJ97 With Hand B you pass as dealer and LHO opens 3♠, this is
♣ Q4 ♣ 653 (b) What do you do if partner made a very long pause before passing?
Hand C Hand D With Hand C RHO opens 1♣, what do you bid?
♠ A763 ♠ AKQ3
♥ Q10753 ♥ Q10753 With Hand D
♦ J4 ♦ A4
♣ J10 ♣ J10
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
1773.2 Dave Cutler 634.9
1721.3 Bob Pelletier 634.5 Lars Gu
632.5 Dave Cutler 328.0 Dave Cutler
Different judgements Board 2 from Monday 6th
Two North’s took totally different opinions about their hand on this board: -
Dealer: ♠ AJ543 Table A
N-S vul ♦ A1093 - - 2♥ dbl
♣ KJ3 3♥ (1) 3♠ (2) 4♥ (3) pass
pass dbl (4) all pass
♠ 862 N ♠ 7
♥ 109763 W E ♥ AJ8542 Table B
♠ KQ109 5♥ (1) 6♠ (5) all pass
And what happened? Just two pairs out of 6 bid the decent 6♠ slam (they both got the ♣’s right).
The bottom lines: -
- Don’t double the opponent’s game (non vul) with a singleton trump when you have a cold vulnerable game your way.
- I note that one N-S pair managed to stop in 3♣ (+2)!
North South You are North, playing in 6♠ after East has opened a weak 2♥.
♠ AQJ53 ♠ K82 How do you play on the ♥Q lead?
♥ AK76 ♥ 83
♣ AK ♣ 10752
Dave’s Column answer Board 27 from Wednesday 1st
Dealer: ♠ AQJ53 Book Auction
East ♥ AK76 West North East(A) South
N-S vul ♦ A8 - - 2♥ (1) pass
♣ AK pass dbl pass 3♣
pass 4♠ (2) pass 5♠ (3)
♠ 10976 N ♠ 4 pass 6♠ all pass
♥ 4 W E ♥ QJ10952
♠ K82 - - 3♥ (1) pass
♥ 83 pass dbl pass 4♣
♦ K763 pass 4NT (4) pass 5♣
That 7♠ from last week Board 7 from Wednesday 1st
Dealer: ♠ A10765 Dave confirmed that he did put the board in
Both vul ♦ A97 lead with the ♦K, over with a trump and ruff a
♣ A104 ♦ apparently does not work because East has
♠8432 and the ♠8 eventually gets promoted.
♠ 832 N ♠ 4
♥ 4 W E ♥ Q985 Apparently, according to Dave’s book, you
♠ KQJ9 That indeed guards against ♠8432 with a defender
♥ AKJ1032 but I have changed the E-W cards slightly to have
♦ K more sensible distributions. Dave’s book says
♠ A10 That leaves this position with the lead in the
♦ A ♥’s now that it’s East who has the ♥Q and you
104 have to lose a t
♠ - N ♠ The odds: -
♥ W E ♥ Q9 - Dave’s book’s line of overtaking the ♣K and later
♠ - It also fails if East has all 5 ♥’s.
♥ J1032 - Which line is best? Let’s work it out:
♦ - a 4-0 ♠ break is 9.57%
QED (quod erat demonstrandum)
A good Michaels cue bid? Board 17 from Friday 10th
Dave and I agree on just about everything, that’s why the club runs fairly smoothly. However, we do disagree on the use Michaels cue bids and the UNT: -
Dealer: ♠ 9654 Table A
Love all ♦ 1082 - pass 1♣ 2♣ (1)
♣ K62 pass 2♠ (2) pass pass (3)
♠ 102 N ♠ J87
♥ 98 W E ♥ A62 Table B
♠ AKQ3 pass 2♥ (4) pass 2♠ (5)
♥ Q10753 pass 3♠ (6) pass 4♠ (7)
♦ A4 all pass
And what happened? Just two pairs out of four bid the cold 4♠. 4♥ would also have made.
The bottom lines: -
- To repeat what I have frequently said in the news-sheets, Michaels (and UNT) are the most abused conventions out there.
A long pause Board 18 from Monday 6th
I tend to be biased towards the opponents if there is a dubious bid at a table where I am actually playing, but I had to rule against them here when my partner objected: -
Dealer: ♠ Q74 West North East(B) South
N-S vul ♦ A9 pass (2) pass (3) dbl (4)… director called
♠ K10 N ♠ - (1) Normally it’s best to open 4♠ with an 8 card
♥ Q4 W E ♥ KJ97 suit, but this South looked at the vulnerability.
♠ AJ986532 would bid 4♠ like a shot with this North hand.
♥ 103 (4) What did you bid with this East hand B(a) in
♦ 3 this week’s quiz? And what was your answer
What happened? I was South and my partner complained about the double by a passed hand after partner’s long pause. Normally if I’m called over I look at the hand and see if the call is justified – obviously I cold not on this occasion as I was South. Anyway, the rules are very clear here – after a long pause and pass from partner you have to have a very clear bid if you decide not to pass. A double here is forcing partner to bid at the 4-level (unless he has a penalty of 3♠’s). With a nine count I do not think that 80% of East’s peers would bid.
There’s also another
way of looking at it, South presumably has 7 ♠’s and North
presumably has two or less ♠’s (he did not raise). That leaves partner with
4 ♠’s and obviously a good hand (as he paused) but he did not bid NoTrumps – is it likely that partner has a penalty ♠ hand and is hoping
that partner re-opens with a double? So should East
And what happened?
- I ruled that East could not double and the contract was 3♠ undoubled making exactly.
- Three other N-S’s bid to 5♠ doubled, going for 500 (twice) and 200. I guess that they did not look at the vulnerability? The bottom lines: -
- Try not to pass having made a very long pause.
This West hand is t
- If partner makes a very long pause and passes then you have to have a very clear bid in order to say something.
- In this auction: - North may well have 14 or so points but little prospect of game: South has made a vulnerable pre-empt against non-vul opponents and could easily have 9-10 points. West’s long hesitation made it clear the he had the big hand and so East is barred from the auction unless he has a very clear bid – he most certainly does not.
Bidding Sequences Answers