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Bidding Quiz†††††††††††††† †††† †††††† Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.

 

Hand A†††††††††† (a) What do you open with Hand A (playing Standard American or Acol)

(b)Suppose you open 1 and partner bids 1, what do you bid now?

Q6††††††††††††††† (c)What do you open with Hand A if you play the Multi 2?

-†††††††††††††††††† (d)Suppose you choose a Multi 2 (considering it to be a strong hand with ís)

AQJ1064††††††††††† and partner bids 2NT, asking. What do you bid?

AJ1076

††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

Hand B†††††††††† Hand C†††††††††† With Hand B partner opens 1 and RHO overcalls 2, what

do you do?††††††

Q8753††††††††† 104

A6††††††††††††††† AK8654†††††† With Hand C partner opens 1 and RHO doubles, what do you bid?

J875 †††††††††††† 2

52††††††††††††††† AK64

 

Hand D†††††††††† Hand E††††††††††† With Hand D RHO opens 1, what do you do?

 

8†††††††††††††††††† A102†††††††††

QJ94††††††††††† QJ932††††††††† With Hand E you open 1 and LHO overcalls 2 and Ö†††††††††

KQ1064†††††† -††††††††††††††††††† (a) Partner passes, what do you bid?

J82†††††††††††††† AK1087†††††† (b) Partner doubles (negative), what do you bid?

 

 

Bidding Sequence quiz††††††††††

 

F††††† 1NT†† pass†† 3††††††††††††††† What is 3 (you play transfers).

You are playing the Multi 2 for these two deals: -

G†††† 2††††† pass†† 2††††† pass†† 2 is Multi (weak with a major, strong with a minor or 25+ balanced)

3®†††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2 is a (weakish) relay, what does 3 mean?

H†††† 2††††† pass†† 2NT†† pass†† 2 is Multi (weak with a major, strong with a minor or 25+ balanced)

3®†††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2NT enquires, what does 3 mean?

 


The Club Championships†††††† The current standings for the top 10 in each competition are: -

 

 

Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5

 

1

2

3

4

5

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1846.5Jan v Koss

1845.0Dave Cutler

1818.6Lewis Berg

1817.8Paul Savelkral

1816.8Janne Roos

1796.5Lars Gustaffson

1770.0Bob Pelletier

1748.7Ivy Schlageter

1731.7Sally Watson

1725.8Phil Lovell

 

666.8Janne Roos

656.7Lewis Berg

655.4Dave Cutler

655.2Jan v Koss

646.9Lars Gustaffson

644.1Bengt Malmgren

643.8Paul Savelkral

627.1Gunnar Barthel

624.3Bob Pelletier

620.8Wolfgang Foitik

 

350.4Janne Roos

343.2Bengt Malmgren

341.1Jan v Koss

338.4Lewis Berg

336.7Paul Savelkral

335.2Dave Cutler

332.5Lars Gustafsson

325.6Gunnar Barthel

324.8Derek & Gerard

323.8Gerry Hulbert

 

 

Playing negative doubles†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 14 from Monday 19th

 

Playing negative doubles should help you to get to the best spot, But this E-W pair appear not to fully understand them.

Dealer:†††††††††††† J64†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(E)†††† North†††††††† East(B)†††††††††† South

East††††††††††††††††† 84†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass

Love all††††††††††† AKQ10962††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass (1)††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 9†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass (2)

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

A102††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† Q8753††††††††††† (1)What did you bid with this East hand B in this

QJ932††††††††† W††† E††††††††† A6††††††††††††††††††††††† weekís quiz? Itís not good enough for 2 which

-††††††††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† J875††††††††††††††† †††† is forcing. But thatís the beauty of playing

AK1087†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 52††††††††††††††††† †††† negative doubles. Double here shows 4+ ís

††††††††††††††††††††††† K9††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† and 8+ points and this hand, with a 5th , is worth

K1075††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† it. Pass may make life difficult for partner

43†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† (2)What did you bid with this West hand E(a) in this

QJ643††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† weekís quiz? This is a difficult one (thanks to partnerís pass) but pass is out of the question if you play negative doubles. Since there is no clear alternative I would double (semi-automatic).

†††††††††††††††††††††††

And what happened? 2 made exactly and would normally be a good score for N-S as E-W

have an easy partscore (indeed Deep finesse says that 4 makes).

The bottom lines: -

-         If partner opensand RHO overcalls, then remember the negative double.

-†††† If you open, LHO overcalls and partner passes then it is rarely correct to pass (only with a good holding in the overcalled suit). This West hand should bid (I would double) but the fault lays mainly with East who has a clear negative double to show ís.


Multi Misunderstandings††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 24 from Monday 19th

 

I am not that keen on the Multi 2, but if you insist upon playing it then you really should know the sequences: -

Dealer:†††††††††††† Q6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††† North(A)††† East††††††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† AQJ1064††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT†† (2)

††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ1076††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†† ††††††† 3††† (3)††††† pass†††††††††† 4NT†† (4)

pass†††††††††† 5††† (5)††††† pass†††††††††† 6††††† (6)

103†††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† J8542†††††††††††† ††††† all pass

109875†††††††† W††† E††††††††† 63††††††††††††††††††††††††

K932††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 75†††††††††††††††††† †††† Table B

32††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q985†††††††††††† †††† West †††††††† North(A)††† East††††††††††† South

††††††††††††††††††††††† AK97†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† -††††††† ††††††† 1††† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 1

AKQJ42††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 2†† (7)††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††† (8)

8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4NT†† (9)

K4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 5††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 6†††††

pass†††††††††† 6NT (10)††† all pass††††††

 

Table A:†††† (1)What did you open with this North hand A(c) in this weekís quiz? If you play the Multi 2 I suppose that 2 is OK (good hand with ís) but I still prefer 1.

(2)   Asking partner to describe his hand.

(3)   What did you bid with this North hand A(d) in this weekís quiz? This North thought that he was showing the good hand type Ė he is not! This bid (sequence H) shows a weak 2 opener in the upper range (about 8-10). The correct bid is 4; this gets you a bit high and may make it difficult to get to the correct slam. This is just one reason why I would (did) open 1.

(4)   Presumably RKCB for ís.

(5)   I donít really understand this unless North was influenced by Southís explanation of the 3 bid. With two aces and the trump queen (Q) then 5♠ is correct unless you wish to show the void by bidding 5NT (2 keycards and a hopefully useful void).

(6)   With this hand opposite 6 ís and two aces I would bid 7.

Table B:†††† (1)This N-S pair were new and South a beginner. I was North and opened 1.

(7)   What did you bid with this North hand A(b) in this weekís quiz? Itís a mis-fit, so I just bid 2. I do not want to jump to 3 when partner responds in my void suit.

(8)   Natural (South is a beginner).

(9)   Blackwood (South is a beginner); normally I would play this as quantitive.

(10)   Obviously this must be better than 6 with a void

†††††††††††††††††††††††

And what happened? 6NT made exactly. 6 went two down but did not get a complete bottom as all three other N-S pairs Ďoverbidí to 7NT and went one or two down. I use the words Ďoverbidí carefully here Ė South has 20 points opposite an opener and with an excellent 6 card suit he could expect 7NT to make - especially if partner jumped at (7). But itís a misfit - thatís why I did not jump at (7) and 7NT does not make (with sensible play) even with the K onside. The bottom lines: -

-         If you choose to play the Multi two diamonds Ė then understand the sequences.

-         Be wary of mis-fits Ė do not jump if partner responds in your void suit.


Double Dummy Problem

 

Deep Finesse says that on the previous deal 7NT makes by North or South on any lead. This led to a discussion after the event that the computer (Deep Finesse) was wrong. Of course the computer is never wrong - can you work it out?

 

A poor double?†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 13 from Monday 19th

 

I often write up poor take-out doubles, so to be fair Iíve written up a double which I made and which an opponent said was a poor bid.

Dealer:†††††††††††† AKQJ62†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West †††††††† North†††††††† East(D)††††† South(C)

North†††††††††††††† 72†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† dbl†† (1)††††† redbl(2)

Both vul††††††††††† 9†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3††† (3)††††† 3††† ††††††††† pass (4)††††† 4NT†† (5)

††††††††††††††††††††††† 10953††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass ††††††††† 5††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 6

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 7††††††††††††† dbl

9732†††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† 8†††††††††††††††††††† †††††

10†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† QJ94††††††††††††† (1)What did you bid with this East hand D in this†††††††††

AJ8753†††††††††††††S††††††††††††† KQ1064†††††††† †††† weekís quiz? A take-out double should be close

Q7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J82†††††††††††††††† †††† to opening values, short in the suit bid, and

††††††††††††††††††††††† 104†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† playable in the other 3 suit. It should also

AK8654†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† have 4 cards in the unbid major unless it

2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††† has compensating values. This hand fits the

AK64†††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† description in my opinion; Sean disagreed.

 

(2)   What did you bid with this South hand C in this weekís quiz?This redouble is best, 2 would be weak and non-forcing after a double.

(3)   Weak after a re-double.

(4)   Perhaps East should bid 5 now but he was hoping that N-S would stop short of slam.

(5)   RKCB

†††††††††††††††††††††††

And what happened? 7 doubled went for 1100 and was a good save against the cold 6(1430). Everybody else played in ís (one in 6 and the rest in 4) and everybody made 12 tricks easily enough. At the table East received some totally unjustified slack both for his double and the 7 bid. Both seem fine to me.

The bottom lines: -

-         A take-out double should be short in the suit bid and playable in the other three suits. In my opinion 1453 shape is fine but with a 5-card major I would always overcall. I do agree that the double is slightly light as it forces partner to bid at the two level and itís probably a matter of partnership style.

 

 

Daveís Column†††††††† Here is this weekís Dave input involving the best play for the contract. †††

North†††††††††††††† South†††††††††††††† You are South, declarer in 6. How do you play the hand safely

K4††††††††††††††† A1062††††††††† when West leads the K?

AK63†††††††††† 82

A8752††††††††† J

K8 ††††††††††††† AQJ1052


Daveís Column answer††††††††††††††† Board 17 from Wednesday 21st

 

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Dealer:†††††††††††† K4††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Daveís book does not give any bidding and

North†††††††††††††† AK63†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† everybody at the Pattaya bridge club played

Love all††††††††††† A8752††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in 3NT.

††††††††††††††††††††††† K8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Anyway, how do you make 6 on the lead of the K?

 

QJ875††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† 92†††††††††††††††††† You have 11 tricks on top. If you were in 7, you

J5†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† Q10974††††††††† would need to ruff two losing ís. You would ruff

KQ32††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† 964†††††††††††††††† the third round with the 8 and this would fail (as

64††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 973††††††††††††††† would a 7 contract on a trump lead).

††††††††††††††††††††††† A1062††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Playing in 6, you need only one ruff. Look what

82†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† will happen if you ruff the 3rd round of ís with the

J††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 8. East will over-ruff with the 9 and return a trump.

AQJ1052†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† One down.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

To play safe in the small slam, you must take the first ruff with the K. You can then draw trumps and concede a trick at the end (or you seek an overtrick by ruffing the 4th with the 8 which will not succeed as the cards lie).

Terryís comment. - I donít usually agree with safety plays at pairs scoring. But if you are good enough to have reached 6 with these cards then itís best to play safe as the vast majority of the field are probably in 3NT.

 

 

Bridge Cryptogram††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Each letter denotes a specific letter in the alphabet.

 

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-         Thereís a clue on the back page.


Bidding Quiz Answers

 

 

Hand A:†††† (a)1. Itís not good enough for 2 in my style. Even though it has 9 playing tricks I like to have at least 16 HCPís for a 2 opener.

(b)   2. If partner had responded 1 or 1NT then I would rebid 3, but I downgrade a hand with a void in partnerís suit and I bid just 2. Incidentally, after I wrote this I gave the hand to Lewis and he bid 2. Sean bid 3 and insists that the jump is easily justified. I disagree and donít think that this hand is worth a game forcing bid in a mis-fit situation.

(c)    1. I guess you could open a Multi 2 (strong hand) but I donít really like to do that with two-suiters.

(d)   4. This shows a strong hand opposite partnerís 2NT enquiry. If partner has merely relayed with 2 then 3 would have shown the strong hand.

Hand B:†††† Dbl. Negative and promising 4+ ís, itís not strong enough for 2.

Hand C:††† Redbl. Showing 10+ points. 2is wrong because itís a weak non-forcing bid after a double.

Hand D:††† Dbl or pass. I think itís close but that itís just about strong enough and has a decent 4-card holding in the unbid major and I doubled. Sean commented that it was a terrible double.

Hand E:††† (a)This one is difficult, but one bid that you cannot make when playing negative doubles is pass. I would double, but 2 is an alternative. 3 would show a stronger hand.

(b)2. It may be a Moysian fit but you will take ruffs in the short trump hand and ís should play well.

 

Bidding Sequence Answers

 

F††††† 1NT†† pass†† 3†††††††††††††††3 is whatever your partnership agrees. In SAYC it is a slam invitation. There are also other possibilities; a splinter, a broken suit slam invite or a broken suit transfer to name but a few. With Lewis I play it as 5-5 in the majors, weak.

You are playing the Multi 2 for these two deals: -

G†††† 2††††† pass†† 2††††† pass†† 2 is Multi (weak with a major, strong with a minor or 25+ balanced)

3®†††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 3 shows a strong hand with ís.

H†††† 2††††† pass†† 2NT†† pass†† 2 is Multi (weak with a major, strong with a minor or 25+ balanced)

3®†††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 3 here shows a weak 2 bid but upper range.

 

Double Dummy Answer

 

Itís a typical (against the odds) double dummy problem and not a play you would find at the table. The normal line (at least the one I adopted in 6NT) is to finesse a and cash the A. When the K fails to appear you give it to them and claim 12 tricks with entries all over the place. In 7NT I donít know what the best line is (thatís why, with my limited playing abilities, I stopped in 6NT) but the line that works according to Sean is apparently to finesse a , play the A and 4 ís and East is squeezed in the black suits.

 

Cryptogram clue††††††††††††††††††† 25 = B