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Mon 22nd             1st    Bob & Werner               62%       2nd    Hans & Lars                         61%

Wed 24th              1st   Jean & Lars                    70%       2nd    Jan & Royd                          60%

Fri    26th              1st    Lars & Jean-Charles       59%       2nd    Derek & Gerard                   56%


Bidding Quiz                           Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           With Hand A LHO opens 1 and partner doubles.

(a) What do you bid?

872               A2                (b) Suppose you choose 1 and partner bids 2, what now?

K853            AJ4

K54              J652              With Hand B you open 1 and partner responds 1, RHO bids

A83              Q932           1, what do you do?


Hand C           Hand D           With Hand C partner opens 1 and you respond 1. LHO bids

1 and partner bids 1NT, what do you bid?

J86               KJ96           

7652             AJ109          With Hand D RHO opens 1 and you double. Partner responds

AK4             AQ109         1 and this is passed to you, what do you do?   

A106            Q



Bidding Sequence quiz          


E      1NT   dbl     pass   2     What is 2?

F      1     dbl     pass   1                                   

pass   2                          How strong is 2?



The Club Championships       The current standings for the top 5 in each competition are: -


Gold Cup = Best 30                 Silver plate = Best 10      Bronze medal = Best 5


1841.3  Jan v Koss                  666.8  Janne Roos                    350.4  Janne Roos

1822.1  Dave Cutler                 655.2  Jan v Koss                    343.2  Bengt Malmgren

1816.8  Janne Roos                  646.0  Lars Gustaffson             340.3  Jan v Koss

1768.4  Bob Pelletier                644.2  Dave Cutler                   332.9  Paul Savelkral

1725.8  Phil Lovell                   644.1  Bengt Malmgren            332.0  Lewis Berg



Responding to partner’s double                          Board 4 from Friday 19th   


The date on this board is correct. I was told the bidding details too late for inclusion in last week’s news sheet. N-S missed an easy game at Table A, who would you blame?

Dealer:             872                                             Table A

West                K853                                          West          North(A)    East            South(D)

both vul            K54                                            -                 -                 1             dbl

                        A83                                            pass (1)      1    (2)      pass           2      (3)

pass           pass (4)      pass

10543                N             AQ                      

Q6                 W    E          742                       Table B

762                   S              J83                       West          North(A)    East            South(D)

7652                                  KJ1094               -                 -                 1             dbl

                        KJ96                                         pass (1)      2    (2)      pass           4      (5)

AJ109                                        all pass




Table A:     (1)  I would bid 2 here, make it slightly difficult for N-S

(2)   But this North made it difficult for their partnership all by himself. What did you bid with this North hand A(a) in this week’s quiz? This is far too strong for a feeble 1 which shows about 0-8 points. Even deducting a point for the 4333 type shape it’s too good, especially with the good A (the K would be bad) and two more kings. 2 is clearly called for.

(3)   What did you bid with this South hand D in this week’s quiz? This raise to 2 shows a good hand, about 17-18 points, and is spot on. A jump to 3 is totally unjustified as partner has promised absolutely nothing.

(4)   What did you bid with this North hand A(b) in this week’s quiz? Having underbid last go, North compounded the error by failing to bid game now. South is inviting game if North has 6-8 points and this pass is totally wrong.

Table B:     (2)  This North got it right.

(5)  And South has an easy raise to game.


And what happened? 2 made +2, everybody else was making game. North at Table A tried to blame South, saying that South should have jumped to 3 at (3). This is TOTALLY incorrect and North made the errors.

The bottom lines: -

-         Responding to partner’s double is all written up on the web site: basic bidding > doc 133



Dave’s Column   Here is this week’s Dave input involving the best play for the contract.          


North               South               You are North, playing in 6 after East has opened with a weak

AQJ53          K82              2♥. How do you play on the Q lead?

AK76           83

A8                K763                         

AK               10752                                 


Dave’s Column answer                Board 18 from Wednesday 24th



Dealer:             AQJ53                                  East opens with a weak 2 and subsequently

East                  AK76                                   leads the Q against your 6 contract by North?

Love all            A8                                             

                        AK                                       You win the opening lead with the K and must

somehow dispose of one of North’s losers.

10976                N             4                     That won’t be possible if you draw trumps straight

4                    W    E          QJ10952        away because you need to ruff at least one in  

Q42                  S              J1095              the dummy. Suppose you play the A at trick two.

J9863                                 Q4                 That’s no good either because West will ruff and

                        K82                                      still be in a position to over-ruff dummy when you

83                                         ruff one of the remaining losers with the 8.




The correct procedure is to cross to dummy with the K and lead the 2nd round of ’s towards the North hand. There is nothing West can do. If he ruffs a loser then the K will score later and the other loser can be ruffed with the K. Let’s suppose that West discards instead and you win the 2nd round of ’s with the K. You ruff a 3rd round of ’s with the K, return to hand with a honour and ruff the last with the 8. Whether or not West over-ruffs at this stage, he will score just one trump trick and will make the slam.

Do you see why it was important to ruff the last near the end, even though you know that you will be over-ruffed? It is because West’s 10976 has been promoted into a trump trick when you ruffed with the K. By forcing him to over-ruff you avoided losing both a trick and a trump trick.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? The board was played 5 times and nobody was in 6 of course. 6NT-1, 4+1, 5-1, 3NT+1 and 3NT+3 were the usual mixed bag of results that we come to expect.

The bottom lines: -

-         If you suspect that a player may be ruffing a suit but you need to play the suit – then lead up to the honour if it is LHO who’s ruffing.


12 points opposite an opener                               Board 16 from Wednesday 24th    


One very experienced player on Wednesday commented to me that they got a poor score on a board when an inexperienced pair bid just 1NT (with 12 points opposite an opener) when most of the field was going down in 3NT. A poor ill-fitting 24 points will probably not make game and Lewis and myself were the only other pair to stop short of game and we got a complete top at Table B as a result: -

Dealer:             753                                             Table A

West                K1083                                        West(B)     North         East(C)      South

E-W vul           Q109                                          1             pass           1              1

                        754                                            1NT (1)      pass (2)      3NT(3)      all pass


A2                     N             J86                       Table B

AJ4               W    E          7652                     West(B)     North         East            South

J652                  S              AK4                    1             pass           1              1

Q932                                 A106                   pass (1)      pass (4)      dbl   (5)      pass

                        KQ1094                                    2    (6)      pass           pass (7)      all pass





Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this West hand C in this week’s quiz? It’s 12 points with a stopper and most (but not me at Table B) bid 1NT.

(2)   I would bid 2, but then I always support partner with 3-card support.

(3)   What did you bid with this East hand B in this week’s quiz? This 3NT was the bid chosen by most. I would devalue for the 4333 type shape and miserable 4 card suit and bid just 2NT (which partner would obviously pass).

Table B:     (1)  This was my answer to question C in this week’s quiz. Without the overcall I would bid 1NT but with this ultra weak opening with both 4-card suits virtually pointless and just 1 stop I think it’s best to pass which usually shows a minimum. If you play support doubles then you can show this hand nicely with a double.

(4)  As at (2) above, I would bid 2.

(5)  An Action Double – saying that E-W have the majority of the points and leaving it up to partner.

(6)  I did not like my doubleton and so supported partner.

(7)  East knows that West has a weak hand with just 3 card support and so correctly does not even try for game.


And what happened? 2 made exactly for a clear top (the only +ve E-W score). 1NT went one down and everybody else overbid to 3NT and went one, two or three down.

The bottom lines: -

-         Deduct a point for the 4333 type shape – this East hand is only worth 2NT when partner opens.

-         A poor 12 opposite a poor 12 does not make game!


A amusing end-play                                             Board 7 from Wednesday 24th   


South thought that this deal was very amusing, and asked me to write it up.


Dealer:             K987                                   

South               A762                                          West          North         East            South

both vul            62                                               1             pass           1              pass

                        A65                                            2    (1)      pass           pass           dbl     (2)

pass           3              pass           pass

AQ3                  N             10652                   dbl   (3)      all pass

Q543             W    E          J8                        

843                   S              AQ109           (1)  I will sometimes support in this position with

KQ3                                  1082                   just three cards but that is generally when I

                        J4                                              have a weak doubleton. With this hand I think

K109                                          that 1NT is clear.

KJ75                                     (2)  South is a firm believer of “not letting the

J974                                           opponent’s play at the two-level”. But that only applies if they have a fit! Of course he does not know that the opponents only have a 7-card fit but to push partner to the 3-level in a likely 4-3 fit is surely dangerous, especially when vulnerable?

(3)  A very reasonable double. Looks like 200 or 500


                        -                                           E-W were heading for a poor score playing in 2

                        A                                          with a 4-3 fit, but South rescued them, leaving

                                                                     North to play in a 4-3 fit at the three-level doubled,      

                        A65                                      with the trumps splitting 4-2! So what happened?

East led the 10, to the J and A. West returned

                           N             -                     a low which North won with the K. North then

Q                    W    E          -                     ruffed a , noting the drop of the Q.

-                         S              Q                    Declarer then played the K and ducked a to East.

KQ3                                  1082              East led the 6 which North won with the 9

                        -                                           North then led a which East won with the A.

-                                           East returned a and declarer won with dummy’s        

DUMMY ®    -                                            J. The K was led from dummy, ruffed by West with  

                        J974                                     the 5 and over-ruffed. That left this position.

North knew that there was a trump out and also the Q, but he played for the only distribution that could bring home the doubled contract. He drew the remaining trump and led a towards dummy, playing the 9, and West was end-played.


And what happened? Obviously 3 doubled making was a complete top for N-S,  

The bottom lines: -

-         4-3 fit generally only play well if you can get a ruff with the short trump hand.

-         Thus E-W playing in ’s is ill-advised

-         But N-S playing in ’s is OK (but not generally at the three level!)

Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:     (a)  2. This hand, even though 3433, is far too good for a mere 1 which is 0-8.

(b)  4. Luckily partner has given you another chance. Partner’s raise shows a strong hand and invites you to bid game with about 6-8 points.

Hand B:     Pass. Without the interference 1NT is clear but with just the one stop I prefer pass to 1NT. 2 is a reasonable alternative but I generally only support with three cards if I have a weak doubleton.

Hand C:    2NT. This 4333 type shape hand is not worth a raise to 3NT, especially as LHO is known to hold length.

Hand D:    2. This shows a strong hand and invites partner to bid 4 if he has around 6-8 points. 3 would be a gross overbid and pass a bit feeble.


Bidding Sequence Answers


E      1NT   dbl     pass   2     What is 2? In my opinion it’s obviously natural and weak, but one experienced player said it was Stayman!

F      1     dbl     pass   1      How strong is 2? This shows more than a minimum double

pass   2                          and invites partner to bid game with 6-8; so it’s about 16-18.