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Bidding Quiz                   


Hand A           Hand B           With Hand A you elect to open 1 in 1st seat. Partner responds 1, what do you bid?

8                   -                

AKJ9           J8                 With Hand B you open 1 and LHO overcalls 1. This is passed

AKQ85        AK8753       round to you, what do you do?

A73              KQJ62


Hand C           Hand D           With Hand C RHO opens 1, what do you bid?


AK86           AK986        

AK10964     AK1096       With Hand D RHO opens 1, what do you bid?

QJ4               QJ4              

-                   -


Hand E            Hand F            With Hand E you open 1 and partner bids 2,

(a) What do you bid?  (b) What do you bid if playing Acol?

J8743           5

A94              K4               

4                   QJ10952      With Hand F partner opens 1 and you bid 2. Partner then

AKQJ          AQ96           bids 3, what do you bid?



Bidding Sequence Quiz


G     1      pass   2     pass       (a) Is 2 forcing in Standard American? 

2                                       (b)  Is 2 forcing when playing Acol?

H     1      pass   2     pass       (a) Is 3 forcing in Standard American?

3                                       (b)  Is 3 forcing when playing Acol?

J      1      pass   2     pass       (a) What is 3 in Standard American?

3                                       (b)  What is 3 when playing Acol?

K     1      pass   1      pass       What is 3?

Michaels, double or Overcall?                               Board 28 from Wednesday 4th     


Dealer:             AK86                                         Table A

West                AK10964                                   West(B)     North(C)    East            South

N-S vul            QJ4                                            1              1    (1)      pass           pass (2)

-                                                 2   (3)      3    (4)      4             4

5             dbl             all pass

-                        N             Q32                     

J8                   W    E          Q2                        Expert Table

AK8753            S              962                      West(B)     North(C)    East            South

KQJ62                               109874                1              1    (1)      pass           pass (2)

                        J109754                                    2   (3)      2    (4)      4             4

753                                            pass           pass           5             5

10                                              pass (5)      pass           pass



Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this North hand C in this week’s quiz? The options are double, 2 or 2 (Michaels). I don’t like double as partner may well bid ’s and when you then bid the ’s the suit is lost. I don’t like Michaels 2 (and then bid ’s) because, although it promises both majors, it is a distortion of the shape. I think it’s best to overcall 1 and then reverse into ’s next go.  

(2)   A raise to 2 is a possibility.

(3)   What did you bid with this West hand B in this week’s quiz? This shapely hand is NOT a good hand for the normally automatic re-opening double. Bidding the ’s is obviously very sensible and the alternative is pass (where are the ’s?).

(4)   North got this wrong, this shows a strong hand but unfortunately the suit is now lost.

Table B:     (4)  Our expert North reverses into ’s.

(5)   West now has the option of sacrificing in 6 or defending 5.


And what happened? Two pairs played in 5 doubled -2 for an average. One pair were pushed to 6 and went -4 for a bottom. Just one N-S pair played in 5 of a major. They actually played in 5doubled which looks like it should make but they went minus one for a bottom. I believe that West doubled and so North reasonably played him for QJx.

The bottom lines: -

-         With a strong 6-4 hand, overcall the 6-carder and then bid the 4-carder.


There was a discussion after the hand as to how to bid the North hand. One player said to double and another said to bid Michaels. I have already expressed my views (overcall).

Look for the slam?                                               Board 7 from Wednesday 4th    


Dealer:             A10742                                      Table A

West                AJ                                              West          North         East            South(F)

N-S vul            A7                                             pass           1              pass           2

K853                                         pass           3             pass           4   (1)

pass           4NT   (2)    pass           5

KQJ98              N             63                         pass           6             all pass

1083               W    E          Q97652               

63                      S              K84                     Expert Table

J72                                     104                      West          North         East            South(F)

                        5                                                pass           1              pass           2

K4                                             pass           3             pass           4   (1)

QJ10952                                    pass           4    (2)      pass           4    (3)

AQ96                                         pass           4    (4)      pass           5    (5)

pass           6   (6)      all pass


Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this South hand F in this week’s quiz? Should you raise ’s (and thus go past 3NT) or protect your K with 3NT? Partner’s 3 bid has presumably shown a decent hand and I prefer to look for the slam with 4.

(2)   RKCB for clubs. But note that using 4NT as Blackwood when ’s are trumps is very dodgy – you a virtually forced to bid slam unless partner responds 5 (whatever that means in your version of Blackwood).

‘Expert’      (2)  Our experts play Kickback of course, where 4 of the suit above trumps asks for

 Table:              keycards. It really is important to play something other than 4NT as the keycard ask if a minor suit is trumps.

(3)   1 keycard; there is absolutely no advantage in playing 1430 when using Kickback.

(4)   Do you have the trump queen? Note that at Table A North had no room to ask for the trump queen, there is always room to ask (and stop in 5 of the trump suit with no queen) when playing Kickback.

(5)   Yes, I have the trump queen and the K.

(6)   Knowing you have the Q, I feel happier than those guys at table A.


And what happened? Just the one pair bid 6. Other contracts were 3NT+3, 3NT+2 and 5+1.

The bottom lines: -

-         The trump queen ask, unlike a king ask, does not guarantee all keycards and asker may well have a keycard missing and be looking for the small slam, aiming to sign off in 5 of the trump suit with no trump queen opposite.

-         1430 is designed to give more room for the trump queen ask; but it really is a waste of time – especially if a minor suit is trumps. Kickback is the only real solution.

-     The sequence 1 - 2 - 3 generally shows a good opening (even if you do not play it as a game forcing reverse). With a weak opening opener should rebid 2.


Double for a lead                                           Board 28 from Monday 2nd   


When the opponents freely bid to 3NT, then a double by the player not on lead asks partner to lead dummy’s first bid suit. It worked a treat on this deal.


Dealer:             9532                                           West(A)     North         East            South

West                Q85                                            1              pass           1    (1)      pass

N-S vul            1072                                          3    (2)      pass           3    (3)      pass

J96                                             3NT           pass           pass (4)      dbl   (5)

all pass                        

8                        N             KJ64                   

AKJ9             W    E          1062                    

AKQ85              S              96                        

A73                                    10842                 






(1)   East did not relish the thought of playing in 1 and so bid 1.

(2)   What did you bid with this West hand A in this week’s quiz? A jump to 3NT is not a good bid as partner is unlimited and there may well be a slam. The best bid is 2, a reverse which is forcing (but maybe not in Standard French?). This 3 bid is wrong because it’s a splinter agreeing ’s and E-W had agreed that they play splinters in all positions.

(3)   With a minimum East hopes to sign off in the fit at a low level.

(4)   East assumed that West did not realize that his bid at (2) was a splinter.

(5)   This is a good bid – it asks partner to lead a .


And what happened? 3NT* went -2 for a top to N-S. Another West was in 3NT but did not get the double and so with no lead it made. 3NT was played by East at another table and went just one down.

The bottom lines: -

-     A jump to one above the natural forcing bid is a splinter.




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


North               South                     You are South, declarer in 4 after East has opened 1NT.

6543             AK10987            

J94               32

Q98              K105

AK9             32


West leads the 5. East wins with the Q and continues with the K and A which you ruff. West followed with the 6 and 7. You play the A,K and East follows with  the Q and J, West discarding a small . You now play A,K and ruff a , East playing the 6,J,Q. How do you play the suit?

Dave’s Column answer                      Board 26 from Wednesday 4th    


Dealer:             6543                                           West          North         East            South

East                  J94                                                               -                 1NT           2  (1)

Both vul            Q98                                           pass           3    (2)      pass           4

                        AK9                                           all pass


2                         N             QJ                  (1)  This is the bidding from the book, 2

10765             W    E          AKQ8                  being natural and promising a 6-card

A73                   S              J642                      suit.

108754                              QJ6                (2)  This hand is worth an effort opposite a

                        AK10987                                  6-card suit.






East has turned up with three points in ’s, nine in ’s and three in ’s for a total of 15. He cannot have the A as that would give him 19. So play a to the Q and finesse the 10 on the way back. If East has the J you make your contract.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge Club. Everybody made 10 tricks in ’s but only one pair bid game. At our table South bid 2 at (1) in error (they were playing it as 5 ’s and a minor) and North passed, as would I.



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


West                East                  You are West, declarer in 7NT. North leads a , plan the play.

AKQ            J106          

QJ10            A42           

32                 AKJ104     

KQJ109       A5               

Dave’s 2nd Column answer              Board 27 from Wednesday 4th


Dealer:             9872                                           West          North         East            South

South               83                                               -                 -                 -                 pass

Love all            9865                                          1             pass           1              pass

                        832                                            2NT (1)      pass           7NT (2)      all pass


AKQ                  N             J106               (1)  18-19 points

QJ10              W    E          A42                (2)  This is the bidding in the book, at our club

32                      S              AKJ104                everybody bid a more modest 6NT.

KQJ109                             A5                 

                        543                                       Anyway, North leads the 9, what is the best

K9765                                  play if you are in 7NT?




You have eleven top tricks and can make 7NT if either red suit finesse works. Which one should you take?

You should combine your chances by playing the A,K, if the Q does not drop then take the finesse.       


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Everybody bid to 6NT and obviously took a red suit finesse immediately to ensure the contract. Cashing the A,K when only in 6NT risks going down unnecessarily.




Restricted Choice?                                              Board 24 from Friday 6th  


Dealer:             6432                                           West          North         East            South

West                AK6                                           pass           1              pass           1

Love all            K982                                         pass           2              all pass      


This was the bidding at all three tables on Friday.          

                              N                           West leads the Q which you win in dummy.   

                          W    E                        You play a from dummy, East plays the 8, you  

                              S                            play the A and West plays the Q.      

What now?


43                             Do you play the K hoping for a 2-2 split or do    

1073                        you enter dummy and finesse the 10?             

862                          Are the odds about even or is one play definitely          

superior? Answer on the next page.

Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:     2, a forcing reverse showing power and shape. 3NT is not a good alternative as partner is unlimited and you may well miss slam.

Hand B:    2, or maybe pass. This is not a hand for the usual automatic re-opening double as it is too shapely with few defensive tricks.

Hand C&D:    These two hands are very similar, with a moved to a for Hand D.

So what are the options? – Double, an overcall or a Michaels cue bid?

Hand C:    With a 6-card major it’s best to bid it, so bid 1 with the intention of reversing into ’s next go. Doubling and then bidding ’s over partner’s expected 2 response would show a good hand with a good suit but a fit may well then get lost.

Hand D:    With 5-5 it’s different. With a medium strength hand it’s best to overcall the higher ranking, but with either a weak (6-9) hand or a very strong hand (as this one) then it’s best to start with a Michaels cue bid of 2 and then bid on. Double is again a poor choice as you are fixed when partner responds in ’s.

Hand E:    This is the same Hand E from news-sheet 288. I said to bid 3 if you play two-over-one (that was my ‘expert’ sequence’) but was unsure in other systems. I sent the hand off to Sally Brock to find the Acol Expert’s opinion. Here is her reply to my e-mail:

“In modern Acol (i.e. BM Standard), a 2 rebid over 2 is forcing and 3 would be a splinter, just as in your ‘expert’ sequence in your attached document. Thereafter the auction would continue exactly as that.”

So the answer to (a) and (b), or in any normal system, is a 3 splinter.

Hand F:     4. Forcing and looking for slam. 3NT (thus protecting the K) was a popular choice when the hand occurred but is a bit pessimistic. Partner’s 3 bid should show a good/distributional hand and 6 looks like a good bet.


Bidding Sequence Quiz


G     1      pass   2     pass       2 is forcing in either system.


H     1      pass   2     pass       (a)  3 is up to partnership agreement. Forcing is best.

3                                       (b)  3 is not forcing playing Acol.

J      1      pass   2     pass       3 is a splinter agreeing ’s in either system.


K     1     pass   1      pass       3 is a splinter agreeing ’s in any system.




Restricted Choice?


You should enter dummy and take the finesse. I went all over this in very fine detail in news-sheet 288. Taking the finesse works 66% of the time. However, it seems that 100% of the declarers in the Pattaya bridge club don’t believe me (or the laws of mathematics) and every single declarer tried to prove me wrong by played for the drop. They failed; East held J85.