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Mon 27th 1st Sean B & Bengt 68% 2nd Dave & Lewis 59%
Wed 29th 1st Dave Cutler 60% 2nd Bengt & Jan 57%
Fri 31st 1st Alan & Lewis 62% 2nd
Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand RHO opens 1♠, what do you bid?
♠ AKQ ♠ 76 With Hand B partner opens 1♠, what do you bid when: -
J985 ♥ K1032 (a)
♦ A97 ♦ KQJ8 (b)
♣ 765 ♣ Q92
Hand C Hand D With Hand
C it’s unfavoureable
and this is passed round to partner who doubles. What do you do?
♠ J9876 ♠ J10984
♥ 102 ♥ A
Bidding Sequences Quiz All of these sequences occurred this week
1820.8 Jan v Koss 666.8 Janne Roos 350.4 Janne Roos
1816.8 Janne Roos 654.4 Jan v Koss 340.2 Jan v Koss
1800.8 Dave Cutler 640.0 Dave Cutler 336.2 Bengt Malmgren
1736.1 Bob Pelletier 634.9
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Don’t bid your hand twice Board 18 from Monday 27th
North made the perfect bid at his first turn and had pushed the opponents into a hopeless game – but he then blew it by bidding again!
Dealer: ♠ K987 West North East South
N-S vul ♦ KQ62 dbl (2) 3♠ (3) 4♥ (4) pass
♣ Q4 pass 4♠ (5) dbl all pass
♠ A2 N ♠ Q (1) Weak
♥ Q1062 W E ♥ A854 (2) Negative, a bit light since it forces partner to
♠ J106543 (3) Excellent – raise partner’s pre-empt to the
♥ J73 limit of the Law.
♦ 5 (4) And now East is fixed – he knows there’s a
And what happened? 4♠* by South went for
800 to E-W. Nobody else bid 4♥ but one South scored
670 when 2♠ was doubled and made an overt
The bottom lines: -
A poor double Board 14 from Monday 27th
N-S gave 800 away on this deal for the usual reason – doubling with a flat hand.
Dealer: ♠ AKQ Table A
Love all ♦ A97 - - pass pass
♣ 765 1♠ dbl (1) redbl (2) 2♥
pass (3) pass dbl all pass
♠ J10984 N ♠ 76
♥ A W E ♥ K1032 ‘Sensible’ Table
♠ 532 1♠ pass (1) 2♦ (4) pass
♥ Q764 2NT pass (5) 3NT all pass
And what happened? 2♥* by South went for 800. North exclaimed – ‘there’s nothing else I could have done – I had to show my points’. I disagree of course but did not bother to say anything as I did not feel that my opinion was asked for. South did later ask me ‘what could I do?’. My reply was – ‘find another partner’. The other tables were also all pretty silly. One West ended up in 3♣ doubled making for 470 – I guess that West bid 3♣ at (3) and North doubled(?), North thus bid the hand twice (when I would not even bid at all). One E-W pair stopped in 2NT (reasonable – East’s push to 3NT is borderline). And one E-W pair somehow played in 3♦ to score the bottom. The bottom lines: -
- A take-out double should be short in the suit bid unless very strong. ♠AKQ is not shortage and this North hand is not strong/shapely enough for any action except pass.
- Do not double to ‘show an opening hand’.
- When LHO doubles and partner redoubles then no mercy is given – double them and teach them not to double with flat hands. The message may eventually get across.
Responding to (RKC) Blackwood with a void Board 26 from Monday 27th
I’ve mentioned this a couple of times in the news sheets but nobody found the cold grand on Wednesday.
Dealer: ♠ 8 Table A
Both vul ♦ AQ96 - - 2♣ pass
♣ J972 2♦ (1) dbl 2♠ 3♦
4NT (2) pass 5♣ pass
♠ Q93 N ♠ AKJ10654 6♠ all pass
♥ 7 W E ♥ AQ1063
♠ 72 - - 2♣ pass
♥ K85 2♦ (1) pass 2♠ pass
♦ KJ432 4NT (3) pass 6♦ (4) pass
And what happened?
Everybody bid 6♠ and made 13 t
The bottom lines: -
West East You are West, playing in 4♥ after an uncontested auction.
♠ AK103 ♠ QJ5 North leads the ♣Q which holds and continues with another ♣,
♥ KJ872 ♥ A63 how do you play the hand?
♣ 3 ♣ 9842
Dave’s Column answer Board 27 from Wednesday 1st
Dealer: ♠ 86 West North East South
West ♥ Q95 1♥ pass 2♦ pass
Love all ♦ 9763 2♥ pass 4♥ all pass
The auction is uninteresting, with the East hand
♠ AK103 N ♠ QJ5 just about worth game. Onto the play.
♥ KJ872 W E ♥ A63
♠ 9742 should not risk relinquishing the lead with a
♥ 104 losing trump finesse. One such situation is when
♦ A54 you are in danger of losing trump control.
North leads the ♣Q and continues with
a 2nd ♣ which you ruff. Suppose you think about “Eight
ever, nine never”. You cross to the ♥A and finesse the ♥J which loses. North
plays another ♣ and you have to ruff with your penultimate trump.
When you draw the last trump and knock out the ♦A the defence will cash a ♣ t
What went wrong? After taking one ♣ ruff you had 4 trumps left and one of the defenders was bound to hold at least 3 trumps. You could not therefore afford the defenders to gain the lead twice more, once in trumps and once in ♦’s, to continue forcing you in ♣’s.
The winning play,
after ruffing the 2nd round of ♣’s was to cash the
ace and king of trumps. As long as the trumps break 3-2 you are safe. You then
knock out the ♦A (leaving a defender with the outstanding ♥Q) but the defenders
make only the first ♣ t
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? The board was played 3 times; 4♥+1, 4♥= and 2♥+1.
The bottom line: -
- Don’t take a trump finesse if it means that you will lose control if it fails.
- I was asked how anybody could make 4♥+1. I’m not saying that it’s correct play, but look at the effect of West leading the ♥J when he gets in!
North South You are North playing in 6♦ on a ♥ lead. You ruff in dummy
♠ 75 ♠ KJ9 and draw the trump. How do tackle the ♣ suit?
♥ 1042 ♥ - You need just one discard to throw the losing ♠; so should
♣ 3 ♣ AQJ86 by playing the ♣Q; or is there a better line altogether?
Answer next page
Set up the long suit Board 8 from Friday 31st
I did not play this board, but I was asked to write it up as it seems that everybody had problems with the play.
Dealer: ♠ 75 West North East South
Love all ♦ AJ98532 5♥ 6♦ (3) dbl all pass
(1) 3♦ seems clear to me,
♠ 10832 N ♠ AQ64 (2) I do normally advocate overcalling a 5-card
♥ KJ763 W E ♥ AQ985 major rather than doubling; but with a ♦ void
♦ KQ1064 Anyway, onto the play. East leads the ♥A which
♣ AQJ85 you ruff and you draw the trump.
How do you tackle
the ♣’s? With oodles of entries into the South hand you
should neither finesse nor play the ♣A followed by the ♣Q. The correct play
is play the ♣A at t
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Everybody took the ♣ finesse and all deservedly went one down.
The bottom line: -
- With a long suit – set it up rather than taking an unnecessary finesse.
The power of the good 4-4 fit Board 7 from Friday 31st
Dealer: ♠ 862 West North East South
Love all ♦ 853 1♣ pass 1♥ 2♦ (2)
♣ 962 2♠ (3) pass 4♠ pass
4NT pass 5♣ (4) pass
♠ AQ103 N ♠ KJ97 6♠ all pass
♥ 5 W E ♥ A1076
♠ 54 pre-empt suit – lots of body.
♥ J843 (2) South belatedly realized he had a great ♦ suit.
♦ QJ10974 (3) A reverse, so strong and forcing.
♣ A (4) 0 or 3 keycards.
All quite simple really. The board was played 4 times and two pairs found the ♠ slam. One West decided to shun the 4-4 major suit fit and played in the lesser scoring 6♣. The last E-W played in a silly 3NT to score a bottom.
Too high Board 14 from Monday 27th
All but one E-W pair got too high on this deal – I did not (I passed throughout with the West hand!).
Dealer: ♠ K West(C) North East South
E-W vul ♦ KJ6 pass pass dbl (2) pass
♣ 10754 pass (3) pass
♠ J9876 N ♠ A (1) At favourable vulnerability I expect that most
♥ 102 W E ♥ KQ53 will open a weak 2♠. But this deal illustrates
♠ Q105432 (2) Looks automatic to me.
♥ 97 (3) Now I don’t know the bidding at other tables
♦ Q107 but what did you bid with this West hand C in
And what happened? 2♠ doubled went two down and the 300 was a top to E-W. Two East’s overbid to 3NT (-1) and one West somehow ended in 3♦ (-1).
The bottom lines: -
Bidding Sequences Answers