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Bidding Quiz                   


Hand A           Hand B           With Hand A LHO opens 1 and partner overcalls 1,

                                                what do you bid?                                       

K95              9                                         

K983            J93               With Hand B you open 1 and partner bids:       

108               AKQ43        (a) 1, or (b) 1. What do you do in either case?

A875            AQ105                                         


Hand C           Hand D           With Hand C LHO opens 2 and partner doubles. RHO passes,

what do you bid?

J10863         AJ8                      

AQ764         AQ52           With Hand D suppose that you are playing primitive Standard

7                   AKQ            American so that 2 - 2 - 2NT is 22-24 and 2 - 2 - 3NT is

93                AJ2              25-27. You open 2 and partner bids 2, what do you bid?


Hand E            Hand F            With Hand E RHO opens 1, what do you bid?


A8763          K42              Just for a change, we’ll have a couple of questions on the    

QJ                J85432         Multi 2 (weak major, strong minor or strong balanced).

AK42           J93                With Hand F you decide to open 2; what do you bid when

J4                 K                 (a) Partner responds 2NT? (b) Partner responds 2?


Bidding Sequence Quiz


G     2     dbl                             What is the double of the strong 2 opening, take-out or something else?

H     1     pass   1      pass

1                                        How many ’s is opener promising in this sequence; 2,3,4 or 5?

J      1      1      2                    What is the 2 bid?

K     1      1      2      pass

        3                                       Is 3 promising extra values or could it be a minimal hand?


L      1     1      pass   3          Is 3 invitational or weak?

M    1     1      pass   2         What is the 2 bid?

N     1      pass   2      pass

        3                                        Is 3 forcing?

Double of a Cipher Bid is for a Lead
                  Board 23 from Monday 7th

Dealer:             AKQ74                                      West(C)     North         East            South

South               K2                                              -                 -                 -                 pass

Both vul            QJ65                                           pass           2   (1)      dbl   (2)      pass

A7                                              2    (3)      2    (4)      pass           2NT

pass           3NT           all pass

J10863              N             95                  

AQ764          W    E          85                   (1)  This is way off the requirements for a 2    

7                       S              A9842                  opening, maybe they were playing Benjamin,

93                                      KQ106                but it’s still not good enough.

                        2                                           (2)  What was your answer to Bidding Sequence G?

J1093                                        This bid is simply showing ’s and is most

K103                                          certainly not inviting partner to bid.

J8542                                   (3)  What did you bid with this West hand C in this week’s quiz? West incorrectly thought that he should bid.

(4)  Having already shown a big hand, North could pass here in the hope of a reasonable penalty.


And what happened? 3NT is hopeless but West did not realize that the double of 2 asked for a lead. He led a and 3NT rolled home for a complete top to N-S. Two other N-S’s overbid to 3NT but they both went down.


The bottom lines: -

-         A double of a strong 2 opening shows a suit and asks for a lead.


Cover an honour with an honour?                       Board 8 from Monday 7th

Dealer:             K98                                            West          North         East            South

West                532                                             pass           pass           1              pass

Love all            654                                            1              pass           2              pass

QJ73                                          pass (1)      pass


J75                    N             A4                  (1)  This is marginal between pass and an invitation,

KJ96             W    E          Q1084                 but East would obviously decline any invitation

K107                S              AJ983                   anyway.

K42                                   86                       



Q2                                              .



And what happened? At our table there was a trump lead. South won the A and lead another. Declarer won and cleared trumps ending in dummy (East). He needed to guess the ’s and so led the J. His intention, if this was not covered or if South gave no tell-tale pause, was to overtake and then take the (losing) finesse. South, however, covered; and declarer got two discards on the good ’s. The bottom lines: -

-         It is not automatic to ‘cover an honour with an honour’. South should have seen that there was no possibility of promoting a for partner and should not cover.

A Multi Mix-up                                                    Board 5 from Wednesday 9th


As I have said in previous news-sheets, inexperienced or non-established pairs can often get mixed up when using the Multi 2 diamonds: -


Dealer:             A93                                           

North               AQ6                                           West          North         East(F)     South

N-S vul            652                                            -                 pass           2    (1)    pass

                        J1097                                         2    (2)      dbl             3   (3)    pass

4NT (4)      pass           5    (5)    pass

QJ10                 N             K42                      6   (6)      dbl             all pass

K109             W    E          J85432                

Q107                 S              J93                 

AQ43                                 K                        






(1)   The Multi two diamonds: weak with a 6 card major or strong with a minor suit or strong and balanced. Many would consider this suit unsuitable for a pre-empt.

(2)   Showing a willingness to compete to 3 or more if partner’s suit is ’s or else to play in 2 if partner’s suit is ’s. 3 (a pre-emptive raise for either major) is a possibility but this bid gives a lot of information away to the opposition and West thought that East might not understand it anyway.

(3)   What did you bid with this East hand F(b) in this week’s quiz? I believe that East got confused, thinking that West hand a hand similar to a 2NT enquiry, and responded accordingly. This is incorrect, West is not showing a strong hand and East should simply bid 3. 3 here shows a strong hand with a good suit.

(4)   West thinks that East has a good hand with ’s and so bids RKCB.

(5)   1 or 4 keycards.

(6)   West knows that it must be 4 keycards and so bids slam


And what happened? 6 doubled went down six for 1400 and a top for N-S.

The bottom lines: -

-         The Multi is an amusing gadget but that does not mean it’s better than traditional weak twos.

-         If you really want to play the Multi – then understand all of the sequences!

-         I much prefer Benjamin twos to the Multi 2; no mix-ups.


It did not take me long to write this article – it is copied from news sheet 236 where the same East player made exactly the same erroneous 3 bid in exactly the same sequence with exactly the same partner and got exactly the same bottom. I remembered writing this up in May 2007; it seems that East does not have such a good memory.

If you really want to play the Multi Two Diamonds, it is written up, together with all of the sequences, on the website and is in the conventions folder.

Worth a Jump?
                          Board 13 from Monday 7th  


Dealer:             9                                                 Table A

North               J93                                             West          North(B)    East            South

Both vul            AKQ43                                     -                 1              pass           1

AQ105                                       pass           2   (1)      pass           2    (2)

pass           3    (3)      pass           4NT (4)

QJ86                 N             105432                 pass           5    (5)      pass           6    (6)

105                W    E          864                       all pass

9852                 S              J7                                  

932                                    876                      Table B

                        AK7                                          West          North(B)    East            South

AKQ73                                     -                 1              pass           1

106                                            pass           3   (1)      pass           4NT   (7)

KJ4                                            pass           5    (8)      pass           7NT   (9)

all pass


Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this North hand B(a) in this week’s quiz? I prefer the choice made at Table B.

(2)   4th suit forcing – in order to set up a game force and find out more about partner’s hand.

(3)   Denying a stop and showing the three (possibly two) card support.

(4)   RKCB for ’s.

(5)   Two keycards but no Q.

(6)   South has no idea that North has 15 points (it could well be 11) with such good (in context) ’s and so very reasonably signed off in 6.

Table B:     (1)  This North got it right, 16 points is borderline for a game forcing jump to 3, but the good suits, singleton and J9x in partner’s suit make it good enough in my opinion and it’s what I bid at the table.

(7)   RKCB for ’s. Note the neat use of RKCB here – South wants to know about the Q even though there is no question of them being trumps!

(8)   Two keycards + the Q.

(9)   With a known 16+ points opposite including the Q South has no problem bidding 7NT.


And what happened? 13(+) tricks are cold in ’s or NoTrumps. Two pairs bid 7NT and two stopped in 6.


The bottom lines: -

-         Upgrade a hand with reasonable support for partner’s suit. This North hand is a case in point. Swap the majors so that the hand is J92 9 AKQ43 AQ105, so a similar problem to bidding quiz B(b), and I would not jump to 3 at (1) with a singleton in partner’s suit. And note that the Jxx are crucial to ensure 13 tricks.


Raising Partner’s (Major Suit) Overcall            Board 26 from Wednesday 9th   


Dealer:             A8763                                        Table A

East                  QJ                                              West          North(E)    East            South(A)

Both vul            AK42                                        1             1    (1)      pass           2      (2)

J4                                               pass           pass (3)      pass


QJ                     N             1042                     ‘Expert’ Table

A1072           W    E          654                       West          North(E)    East            South(A)

QJ                     S              97653                   1             1    (1)      pass           2 (2) 

Q10632                             K9                       pass           4    (4)      all pass






Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this North hand E in this week’s quiz? This simple overcall is correct. A double is a poor bid because partner may well respond in ’s and then you are fixed as a bid would then show a much stronger hand.

(2)   What did you bid with this South hand A in this week’s quiz? This 2 bid is incorrect as it shows a weak raise, generally around 5-9 points.

(3)   North did think for a while, but ‘foolishly’ decided to trust partner.

‘Expert’      (2)  Our experts play any raise here as weak, with three decent trumps and good

 Table’             intermediates this hand is worth a constructive raise and the correct bid is 2 - an Unassuming Cue Bid showing a sound raise to 3.

(4)  North now has an easy 4 Bid.


And what happened? One pair bid and made 4, other results were 3+1, 2+2 and 2+1.


The bottom lines: -

-         If partner overcalls in a major and RHO passes, then any raise to 2,3 or 4 of partner’s suit is pre-emptive. With a sound raise to the three level or better, cue bid the opener’s suit.

-     The Unassuming Cue bid is fully described in the conventions folder and on the website 

Worth Three NoTrumps?                                    Board 4 from Monday 7th  


Dealer:             Q53                                            Table A

West                J9874                                         West(D)     North         East            South

Both vul            6542                                          2   (1)      pass           2              pass

Q                                               3NT (2)      all pass


AJ8                    N             964                       ‘Expert’ Table

AQ52             W    E          63                         West(D)     North         East            South

AKQ                 S              J103                      2    (1)     pass           2              pass  

AJ2                                    108654                2NT  (3)     all pass






Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this West hand D in this week’s quiz? This 2 was this pair’s strongest bid.

(2)   And the 3NT rebid (I hate this) showed 25+

‘Expert’      (1)  Our experts play Benjamin twos and they also know to deduct a point for a totally

 Table:              flat 4333 type hand. So this West opened 2 which is not the strongest bid.

(3)   And the 2NT rebid showed 22-24, what is what this hand is worth.


And what happened? Everybody! Overbid to 3NT. At my table they went one down when my partner held up the K till the 3rd round. 3NT made twice when South presumably failed to do this.


The bottom lines: -

-         Downgrade a totally flat 4333 type shape by one point.

-         A system where you have to rebid 3NT to show a (genuine) 25+ point hand really sucks – partner has no room to sensibly try Stayman/transfers. Play Benjamin twos or Multi 2 or Kokish Relays.



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


North               South         You are South, declarer in 3NT, plan the play on the 7 lead upon

103               K5          which East plays the A and returns the 9.               

Q109            AK2                                    

AJ1097         Q543                                   

Q43             AK62                                                  



Dave’s Column answer                      Board 11 from Wednesday 9th



Dealer:             103                                             West          North         East            South

South               Q109                                          -                 -                 -                 1

Love all            AJ1097                                      pass           1              pass           2NT

                        Q43                                           pass           3NT           all pass


QJ8742              N             A96                      West leads the 7 against your 3NT contract;        

543                 W    E          J876                     East wins with the A and returns the 9,

6                        S              K82                      plan the play.

J98                                     1075             




AK62                                   .            


Count your tricks. You have 8 top tricks; 1 , 3 ’s, 1 and 3 ’s and need but one more trick to secure your contract.

That extra trick can either come from the finesse or a possible 3-3 division. If you could only try one you would try the finesse as that’s a 50% chance whereas a 3-3 split is only 36%. But when you can try both…

Play 3 round of ’s and see if they break 3-3, if they do then you have 9 tricks and do not need the finesse. Only if ’s do not divide evenly should you then try the finesse.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Nobody made 3NT exactly of course. Results were 3+2, 4+1, 3NT-2 and 3NT+3.


The bottom lines: -

-         If you have a finesse and also a 3-3 split option, try the 3-3 split first if you can try both.

-         Don’t play in 3 or 4 is 3NT is a reasonable proposition.

-         Open 1 when 4-4 in the minors.



Dave’s 2nd Column   Here is Dave’s 2nd input involving the best play for the contract.


West                East                You are West, declarer in 4 and North leads the A,K and a

962               875             3rd to South’s Q. South then leads a , plan the play of the

AKJ1043     62               trump suit.         

KJ                 AQ652      

A5                KQ10

Dave’s 2nd Column answer              Board 12 from Wednesday 9th



Dealer:             AKJ4                                          West          North         East            South

West                5                                                 1              pass           2              pass

E-W vul           9843                                           3    (1)      pass           4              all pass



962                     N             875                 This is the bidding from Dave’s book and was

AKJ1043       W    E          62                   also the bidding at our table. Note that the 3  

KJ                       S              AQ652           jump at (1) is forcing (sequence N)

A5                                      KQ10           

                        Q103                                    Anyway, you are in 4 and North plays the AK

Q987                                    followed by a to South’s Q. South then leads  

107                                      a , plan the play.    



You have no more losers outside trumps and so the problem is easy – how to play this suit for no losers?

In order to understand the play of this trump suit you must understand the difference between this trump holding and AKJ10x opposite xxx.

Notice that in both cases you have all of the missing honours except the Q, but in one case the suit is divided 6-2 and in the other 5-3. This difference is that in the latter case you can lead a high honour and still be able to take two finesses if necessary because you remain with two ’s in dummy. In other words you can cater for a singleton Q with North as well as Qxxx with South.

Unfortunately you cannot do both with 6 opposite 2. If you lead a high honour first you do pick up a stiff queen to your left, but alas you will not be able to pick up Qxxx on your right. As Qxxx on your right is 4 times more likely than a singleton queen to your left, you should finesse it immediately. Win the return in dummy and lead a low to the J. When this holds enter dummy with a and repeat the finesse.


The bottom lines: -

-     With AKJ10xx   opposite  xx      take the first round finesse.

-     With AKJ10x     opposite  xxx    cash the ace first and then take the finesse.

And what happened at the Pattaya bridge Club? Only one declarer made 4. At two tables I believe that declarer cashed the A after the opponents had taken their three tricks. At the other two tables N-S played low to encourage and declarer played the 6 on the first round – thus leaving North in doubt about the Q and he switched to a . At one table Declarer then simply played AK, three rounds of ’s (discarding a ) and then two more rounds of ’s - discarding his last when the 3rd was ruffed. He thus made the contract, losing just 1 and two trumps. At the 4th table the declarer tried something similar but went wrong when he tried a 3rd round of ’s before the 3rd round of ’s. When this was ruffed he had no entry to the top in table and went one down.


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:     2. An Unassuming Cue Bid showing a sound raise to 3 (or better).

Hand B:     (a)  3. The singleton , decent support for partner and two good suits make this hand just about worth a game forcing jump to 3.

(b)  2. This time it’s different. The singleton in partner’s suit is bad and so the hand is not worth a jump.     

Hand C:     Pass. Partner is not asking you to bid – he is simply showing good ’s.

Hand D:    2NT. Knock off a point for the totally flat 4333 type shape; this applies equally well for strong hands as well as weaker ones. Playing Benjamin twos also open 2 and rebid 2NT, showing 22-24. This hand is not worth a game forcing 25+ point bid.

Hand E:     1. This is very simple, if you start with a double you will have problems when partner responds 1.

Hand F:     (a)  3, showing a good weak 2 opening (3 shows a bad 2 opening and 4

shows a strong hand)

                  (b)  3, showing a weak 2 opening (3 shows a strong hand).

Note. This question F is copied verbatim from News-sheet 236.


Bidding Sequence Answers


G     2     dbl                             dbl shows ’s, it most definitely does not invite partner to bid when RHO has opened with a strong 2.

H     1     pass   1      pass       Opener could well have just three ’s (but not two). It most

1                                        certainly does not promise five as one player thought.

J      1      1      2                    2 shows a sound raise to 3 or better.

K     1      1      2      pass       I take 3 as a cue bid (’s are agreed) and showing extra

        3                                       values and slam interest (3 is weak and 4 just game values).


L      1     1      pass   3          3 is a weak pre-emptive raise

M    1     1      pass   2         The 2 cue bid shows a sound raise to 3 or better (Unassuming Cue Bid).

N     1      pass   2      pass       The jump to 3 is forcing when playing Stand American -

        3                                        It is only invitation when playing Acol where the 2 response promises just 8 points.