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

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† With Hand A everybody is vulnerable. RHO opens 1, what do you do?

98†††††††††††††††† AJ106 †††††††††

74†††††††††††††††† AK7†††††††††††† With Hand B RHO opens a Multi (D&A) 2 (either weak with

Q96543††††††† 7†††††††††††††††††† ís and a minor or very strong with ís). What do you bid?†††

KQ10††††††††† A5432

 

Hand C†††††††††† Hand D†††††††††† With Hand C partner opens 1NT and RHO overcalls 3, what do you do?

1063†††††††††††† A1074††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††

K7542††††††††† J6†††††††††††††††† With Hand D you open 1 and partner responds 1, what do

K93††††††††††††† KJ1083†††††††† you do?†††††††††††††††††

K5†††††††††††††† A4

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Hand E††††††††††† Hand F††††††††††† What do you open with Hand E?

 

10†††††††††††††††† Q4†††††††††††††††

AKQ96432 AJ9††††††††††††† (a)What do you open with Hand F?

K2††††††††††††††† QJ42†††††††††††† (b)Suppose you open 1, partner bids 1 and RHO bids 2,

92††††††††††††††† Q1062†††††††† ††††† what do you bid?

 

Bidding Sequence quiz††††††††††

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G†††† 1†††† pass†† 1NT†† pass†††††† 2 is a reverse, but how many ís does opener have?

2††††† †††††††††

H†††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††† 2††††††††† How strong is 2NT?

2NT††


A two-level overcall?††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 23 from Friday 11th

 

There was an amusing result (for some of the players involved) on this board from Friday two weeks ago.

Dealer:†††††††††††† KQ64†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West †††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South(A)

South†††††††††††††† Q10982††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††† ††††††††† pass

both vul††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††† (1)††††† 2

††††††††††††††††††††††† J652†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† dbl†† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† pass (3)††††† pass††

 

J5†††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† A10732††††††††† (1)1 is the alternative opening, but then there

KJ63††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† A5††††††††††††††††† ††††† would be no story to tell.

J††††††††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† AK10872†††††† (2)A negative double. I play it as showing 4 ís

A9874††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††† †††† but itís the same bid if you play it as showing

††††††††††††††††††††††† 98†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† the two unbid suits.

74†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (3)This should be fun.†††††††

Q96543††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† †††††

KQ10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††††††††††††††

And what happened? 1100 away when E-W have nothing more than a dubious 4.

The bottom lines.

-         7 points and a suit of Q96543 is nowhere near good enough for a two-level overcall.

 

Defending against the Multi†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 27 from Friday 11th

.

Dealer:†††††††††††† AJ106†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(B)††† East††††††††††† South

South†††††††††††††† AK7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass

Love all††††††††††† 7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††† (1)††††† dbl†† (2)††††† pass (3)††††† 4††††† (4)

††††††††††††††††††††††† A5432††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†† ††††††† pass ††††††††† pass (5)

 

Q8732††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† K5††††††††††††††††† (1)A D&A weak two; 2 shows a weak hand

-†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† QJ10862††††††† ††††† with ís and a minor or a strong hand with ís.

KJ1065†††††††††††††S††††††††††††† 932†††††††††††††††† (2)Unwise, itís usually best to pass and find out

J97†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q6†††††††††††††††† †††† openerís hand type before making a bid.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 94†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (3)No need to bid. This could be fun.

9543†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (4)South, quite reasonably, bid what he had.

AQ84†††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††(5) This will be fun †††††

K108††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††††††††††††††

And what happened? 4 went minus one, with 3NT making for N-S.

The bottom lines.

-         Itís usually best to wait and see what the opponentís hand type is before intervening over a multi bid.

-         D&A twos (and suggested defence) are written up on the website.

 


When partnerís 1NT is overcalled††††††††††††††††††††† Board 18 from Monday 14th

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† AQ85†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† AQJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(C)

N-S vul††††††††††† Q752††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 72††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† 3†† (1)††††† dbl†††† (2)

all pass

KJ742††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† 9†††††††††††††††††††† †††††

1063†††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 98†††††††††††††††††††††††† Table B

106†††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† AJ84†††††††††††††† ††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South(C)†††††††††

A108††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† QJ9643††††††††† †††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1063†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† pass†††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† 3†† (1)††††† 3††††† (2)

K7542††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† pass (3)††††† pass

K93††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† †††††

K5†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† †††††††

 

Table A:†††† (1)A bit weak, but it does have shape, itís favourable vulnerability, and perhaps South does not know what to do over interference?

††††††††††††††††† (2)What did you bid with this South hand C in this weekís quiz? This South did not know what to do. He later uttered some nonsense about stolen bid.

Table B:†††† (2)This South knew what to do Ė with ís, bid them! Itís up to you if you play the 3 bid here as forcing or not. Itís probably best to play it as invitational, in which case 4 is an alternative here.

(3)With a minimum North decided to pass.

†††††††††††††††††††††††

And what happened? 3 doubled at Table A made for a complete bottom to N-S. The top N-S score was 3+1 by South and there were the usual mixed bag of results.

The bottom lines: -

-         Understand how to bid when partnerís 1NT gets overcalled.

-         Forget about Ďstolení bids and similar nonsense; play natural methods and more advanced pairs should play Lebensohl over two-level overcalls.

-         Itís simplest and usually best to play that double is always for penalties.

 


An adjusted score††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 17 from Wednesday 16th

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† 7532†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South(E)

North†††††††††††††† 8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2†† (1)

Love all††††††††††† QJ963†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass (2)††††† 2††† ††††††††† pass ††††††††† 2

††††††††††††††††††††††† 874††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3†† ††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3

3††† ††††††† dbl†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass

AKQ9††††††††† †††††N†††††††††††† J864†††††††††††††† ††††† 4†† ††††††† all pass

J7†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 105††††††††††††††††

7†††††††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† A10854††††††††† (1)Alerted†††††† †††††††

AJ10653††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KQ††††††††††††††† (2)South asked what the bid was, and West†††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† replied Ďstrongí.

AKQ96432†††††††††††††††††††††††††

K2††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† †††††

92†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

(1) What did you open with this South hand E inthis weekís quiz? The best opening is 4 (which South found against me at another table). If you play Namyats then 4 is easily the best bid and describes the hand perfectly. I guess you could open 1or 2 Benjamin but these are both poor options.

 

Anyway, this particular South decided to open with 2, which in his system (I mean that literally Ė it is a system that he dreamed up) shows either a very good strong game forcing hand or just an 8 playing trick hand or just a 9 playing trick hand; apparently attempting to incorporate the Benjamin 2 and 2 bids into just one opening bid.

West asked at (2) and the answer he got indicated that this was a normal Standard American 2 opening Ė which it clearly is not. As a result of this mis-information E-W ended up in 4 making for a bottom (4 makes +1).

And what happened? I adjusted the score to E-W bidding 4 making +1 which was the result at the majority of the other tables.

The bottom lines.

-         All bids that are out of the ordinary need to be alerted and fully explained if asked. If your opponents get a bad result because of an insufficient explanation, youíll get an adjusted score.

-         If this happens again, South will be penalized, N-S got off lightly this time.


How often does partner lead the suit that you want? Half the time if youíre lucky. But sometimes you can influence his decision by doubling an opponentís artificial bid. And that is the subject of Daveís two columns this week:

 

Daveís 1st Column†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 26 from Wednesday 16th

 

There are several situations where a lead-directing double is possible. One is when the opponents have used some form of Blackwood and the artificial response is the suit that you want to be led. If it is, you can double to tell partner that you are strong in that suit. Here is a typical deal:

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Dealer:†††††††††††† 86†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West †††††††† North†††††††† East(D)††††† South

East††††††††††††††††† 10752†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass††††

Both vul††††††††††† A92††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† (1)††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† QJ95††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 5††††††††††††† dbl (2)

6††††††††††††† all pass

KQJ932†††††††††††† N†††††††††††† A1074†††††††††††

A8††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† J6†††††††††††††††††† (1)What did you bid with this East hand D in this

Q5†††††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† KJ1083†††††††††† †††† weekís quiz? This is actually the bidding from

K103†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A4††††††††††††††††† †††† Daveís book and is correct, 2 is quite adequate

††††††††††††††††††††††† 5†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† with this East hand and 3 (as bid at one table) is

KQ943†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† an unnecessary overbid.

764††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

8762†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

East responds 5 to the RKC Blackwood enquiry, showing two keycards. This is no time to be asleep in the South seat! With a solid KQ holding in ís you should double the 5 response to suggest a good opening lead.

West, knowing that there is just one keycard missing, bids 6 regardless but a lead defeats the slam. Without the lead-directing double North would probably lead the Q . Declarer then draws trumps, sets up the ís, and makes the slam easily.

 

And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Five pairs out of eight bid the slam; three made and two went down on a lead. The other three pairs were all in 4 making +2.

The bottom lines: -

-         With a good holding in a suit that RHO bids as a response to Blackwood, double for a lead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daveís 2nd Column†††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† Board 27 from Wednesday 16th

 

When you are on lead against a slam contract you must sometimes take note of the fact that partner did not make a lead-directing double of a Blackwood response:

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† AKQ1086††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† West †††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

South†††††††††††††† J75†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1

Love all††††††††††† K3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 3

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q9†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 4††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4NT

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

974†††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† 52†††††††††††††††††† ††††† all pass

A6††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 3††††††††††††††††††††

10742††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† J9865††††††††††††† (1) Strong. Many players play this a weak these

8652††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ1074††††††††† †††† days and you need to discuss jump shifts with

††††††††††††††††††††††† J3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† a regular partner. If I am playing with a new

KQ109842†††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† partner I never jump shift!

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A3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

Suppose you are West after this auction, what do you lead? You will normally lead one of the unbid suits - ís or ís. Here you have nothing special in the suits yourself. Think this way:

ĎIf partner had something good in ís , he might have doubled 5í. It is more likely that partner has a good holding in ís and that is the suit that you should lead, other things being equal. On this layout a lead is the only one to beat the slam.

 

And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Played nine times, the results were all over the place. Four pairs reached 6 and just one went down. The bottom lines: -

-         If partner had a chance to double an artificial response to Blackwood and did not, then donít lead that suit unless you have a very good reason to.

 

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

 

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Impossible to go down?†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 10 from Friday 18th

 

The majority were in 6NT by West on this board and the lie of the cards means that 12 tricks fall into your lap however the play goes. But at Pattaya bridge club only one player managed 12 tricks and he was in 3NT!

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† J76†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

East††††††††††††††††† 98†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†† ††††††††† pass

Both vul††††††††††† 10852†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††† ††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 1††† ††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q1032†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4NT ††††††† pass†††††††††† 5††† (1)††††† pass

6NT ††††††† all pass

AKQ3††††††††† †††††N†††††††††††† 10†††††††††††††††††† †††††

AQ6†††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† K1072††††††††††† (1)Two keycards (assuming ís).

KJ73†††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† Q4††††††††††††††††† ††††† ††††††††

75††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AKJ984††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 98542†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

J543††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

A96††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† †††††

6†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

As it happens, whatever North leads is likely to cost a trick, but West still has work to do.

At one table North led the 9. If declarer covers with the 10 then there are 4 tricks. Declarer played low, however, and so has just 10 tricks after knocking out the A. There is actually an automatic squeeze on North but a simple way to make the contract as the cards lie is to take the double finesse in ís. This declarer simply played everything form the top and went two down.

At another table a was led and when dummy played low South hopped up with the A, thus giving declarer a trick. Declarer now has 11 top trick and the simple Q finesse provides the 12th. This declarer also decided not to take a finesse and went one down.

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† How should the hand be played on a lead?

East††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Play low from dummy and letís assume that South

Both vul††††††††††† 10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† correctly plays low. West should win with the J

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q1032†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and play back a . This sets up the 2nd trick and

also rectifies the count if there is a squeeze.

Q3††††††††††††††† †††††N†††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††† South wins the A and returns a . Declarer now

-†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††† has 10 tricks and should try the ís first to see

7†††††††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††††††† if they break 3-3. They do not so declarer has to††††††††††

75††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AKJ98†††††††††† resort to desperate measures. The simple line

††††††††††††††††††††††† 985†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† is to take the double finesse, which works.

J†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Another possibility is to cash the winners outside ís

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† and end up with this 5-card ending with the lead in††††††††

6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† the West hand. Play the Q and North is squeezed. He has to keep the 10 and so discards a . A simple finesse of the Q brings home the contract.

And what happened? Five pairs were in 6NT. One went two down and the others all went one down. 5NT was bid once and also went one down. The only pair to make 12 tricks were in 3NT but they got a complete top anyway! The bottom lines:

-†††† Eight Ever Nine Never. Missing 5 cards including the queen, finesse.


Bidding Quiz Answers

 

Hand A:†††† Pass, obviously. I note that two players found a very poor 2 (itís nowhere near good enough and a weak 3 would be lunacy). One player was doubled and went for 1100. The other player was not doubled and got away with an average.

Hand B:†††† Pass. Wait and see what hand type opener has. If, as is most likely, RHO has the weak -minor type hand you can bid 2NT over the expected 2 from LHO and pass from RHO.

Hand C:††† 3, simple. If you play 3 as non-forcing you might like to try 4, but itís close. Double is for penalties of course and is preposterous.

Hand D:††† 2. This is quite enough, the hand is not good enough for a jump to 3.

Hand E:††† 4, or preferably 4 if you play Namyats. 1 letís the opposition in too low and itís nowhere near a 2 opening in my style. If you play Benjamin twos then 2 is possible, but that again lets the opposition in. A Namyats 4 is ideal for this hand.

Hand F:†††† (a)1. I always prefer 1 when 4-4 in the minors, but some experts (including Max Hardy) do indeed advocate 1.

(b)Pass. Do not bid 2NT Ďto show your stopsí. Partner has promised only 6 points and a 2NT bid here shows 18-19 points. Remember, it is an opponent, and not partner, who has pushed the bidding up to the two level.

 

Bidding Sequence Answers

 

G†††† 1†††† pass†† 1NT†† pass†††††† Opener should have 5+ ís.

2††††† †††††††††

H†††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††† 2††††††††† 2NT here is strong, about 18-19; partner has promised no more

2NT†† ††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† ††† than 6 points for his 1-level response.