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Mon 23rd 1st Bob & Robbie = Dave & Ivy 59%
Wed 25th 1st Janne & PerAke 65 % 2nd
Dave & Terry = Bob &
Fri 27th 1st Janne & Jan 63% 2nd Oli &
Bidding Quiz Stand American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
♠ A542 ♠ K86 With Hand B what do you bid if:
♥ A43 ♥ 1075 (a) partner opens 1NT?
Hand C Hand D With Hand
C partner opens 1♣ and
♥ A10 ♥ AKQJ9732
♣ J83 ♣ 5 jumps to 2♠ (game forcing), what do you bid?
Hand E Hand F Hand G With Hand E partner opens 1♥, what do you bid?
♠ 7 ♠ AQ97 ♠ KJ1072 With Hand F you open 1♣ and LHO overcalls 1♠.
♥ A852 ♥ K754 ♥ 5 What do you do if: (a) partner bids 2♦?
♣ 9 ♣ Q64 ♣ AQ63
With Hand G you open 1♠ and partner bids 2♥, what do you bid?
Bidding Sequence Quiz
H 1♣ 1♠ 2♦ Is 2♦ forcing?
J 1♣ 1♠ 3♥ What is 3♥?
K 1♠ 2♣ 3♦ What is 3♦?
L 1♣ pass 1♥ pass 2♠ is natural and strong, 3♦ is 4th suit and 3NT shows a ♦ stop.
2♠ pass 3♦ pass (a) What does 4♣ mean?
3NT pass 4/5♣ (b) What does 5♣ mean??
M 1♣ pass 1♥ pass The jump to 2♠ is strong, but is it passable, forcing for one
2♠ round, or game forcing?
Hand Evaluation Board 13 from Monday 20th
Dealer: ♠ QJ73 Table A
North ♥ KJ2 West(A) North East(B) South
both vul ♦ K65 1NT (1) pass 3NT (2) all pass
♠ A542 N ♠ K86 West(A) North East(B) South
♥ A43 W E ♥ 1075 1♦ pass 1NT (3) all pass
♣ AK ♣ J52
And what happened? 1NT made +1 for a joint top. At two other tables 2NT and 3NT both went one down.
The bottom lines: -
- Understand Hand Evaluation. This West hand IS NOT worth 15 points. This deal demonstrates why perfectly. East has a fairly reasonable raise to 3NT, suits split reasonably well and the ♦K is onside – yet 3NT stands no chance! Put the ♦K with South and even 2NT goes down. Why, with a combined 25 points and no bad splits, is 3NT not making? It is not unlucky - the main reason is that the West hand is not worth a 1NT opener; ♣AK doubleton is a waste of 7 ‘points’ – points belong in long suits. The other reason also concerns hand evaluation; this East hand, because of the 3343 shape, is only worth 9 points, but it does have a ten and so the raise to 3NT is not as bad as the opening 1NT bid.
Don’t bid Blackwood with a weak suit Board 11 from Wednesday 22nd
Nobody likes to have A,K cashed against their slam and so it is unwise to bid Blackwood if you have a wide open suit in which partner has promised nothing.
Dealer: ♠ KJ73 Table A
South ♥ 1054 West North East(D) South
Love all ♦ 7542 1♣ pass 1♥ pass
♣ 96 2♠ (1) pass 4NT (2) pass
5♥ pass pass (3) pass
♠ A984 N ♠ Q6
♥ - W E ♥ AKQJ9732 “Expert” Table
♣ AKQ32 ♣ 5 1♣ pass 1♥ pass
♠ 1052 2♠ (1) pass 3♦ (2) pass
♥ 86 3NT (4) pass 5♣ (5) pass
♦ A106 5♠ pass 6♥ all pass
Table: East to find out more about partner’s hand – and in particular if he has a ♦ stop.
(4) I have a ♦ stop – showing a stop in the 4th suit (by bidding NoTrumps) is always the first priority.
(5) This is Gerber – a jump in ♣’s after partner’s NoTrump bid. 4♣ would be natural looking for a ♣ slam. The big advantage here over bidding 4NT at (2) at Table A is that not only does East know that partner has the ♦ ace or king, but this Gerber bid asks for aces and the unimportant ♠K will not be included.
And what happened? At the other two tables they
did not even make a try and played in 4♥.
Everybody made 12 t
The bottom lines: -
- Don’t jump straight into Blackwood if there is a better bid.
- Don’t use RKCB if the ‘trump’ suit king is of no use to you.
- Don’t use Blackwood with a weak suit in which partner has shown nothing.
- It is usually unwise/unsound to bid Blackwood/Gerber unless you are prepared to bid slam with one keycard/ace missing.
- Gerber is always a jump in ♣’s after partner has bid NoTrumps.
40% slams are against the odds Board 21 from Wednesday 22nd
Dealer: ♠ J984 Table A
North ♥ Q10 West(E) North East South
N-S vul ♦ J4 - pass 1♥ pass
♣ Q10862 4♣ (1) pass 4♥ (2) pass
6♥ (3) all pass
♠ 7 N ♠ KQ
♥ A852 W E ♥ K9763 “Expert” Table
♣ 9 ♣ A4 - pass 1♥ pass
♠ A106532 2NT (1) pass 4♥ (4) pass
♥ J4 4NT (5) pass 5♥ (6) pass
♦ - pass (7) pass
Table: sets ♥’s as trumps and asks opener to describe his hand.
(4) This jump to 4♥ shows a total minimum.
(5) West is still interested in slam of course, and he needs to know about keycards and also if partner has the ♥Q (or six ♥’s). RKCB does this perfectly.
(6) two keycards, but not the ♥Q and only 5 ♥’s
(7) Knowing that slam is against the odds, West sensibly stops at the 5-level.
And what happened? 4♥+2 once and 6♥= twice. The miserable slam luckily rolled home when the trumps split 2-2 and East fortunately had the ♥K.
The bottom lines: -
- Don’t jump straight into an ace ask if there is a better bid.
- With a trump suit, one needs to play RKCB and include the trump king in the initial response.
- Primitive, crude... as I don’t wish to be sued for libel, I shall not say any more about West’s bidding at table A; and anyway, I don’t have enough room on this page.
- A 2-2 split is 40%.
A new suit after intervention Board 22 from Monday 20th
A couple of people got this fairly basic bidding situation very wrong on Monday:
Dealer: ♠ 84 Table A
East ♥ QJ932 West(C) North East(F) South
E-W vul ♦ 95 - - 1♣ 1♠
♣ 10752 3♦ (1) pass pass (2) pass
♥ A10 W E ♥ K754 West(C) North East(F) South
♣ J83 ♣ Q64 2♦ (1) pass pass (3) pass
And what happened? 3♦ made +1, 2♦ made +3 but the other two tables bid to 3NT making +1 and +2. The bottom lines: -
If partner opens and
- The meaning of the jump (as at Table A) has to be agreed. West at table A actually came over to me during the game and asked. I said that 2♦ was natural and forcing, so that 3♦ is then either a splinter or a weak bid, according to partnership agreement. He then went back and said to his partner ‘Terry says either weak or strong – according to partnership agreement’. I am used to being mis-quoted, but to get it wrong in the ten seconds walking from one table to the next really is a bit extreme.
- Anyway, in my opinion it’s probably best to play it as a splinter over a major suit opening and as a weak natural jump shift over a minor suit opening.
Dave’s Column Here is this week’s Dave input involving the play of the hand.
West East You are East, declarer in 6♠ (or 6NT). South leads the ♦Q,
♠ 43 ♠ AKQJ10 plan the play.
♥ AKQ65 ♥ 32
♣ 742 ♣ AJ6
Dave’s Column answer Board 18 from Wednesday 25th
Dealer: ♠ 86 West North East South
East ♥ J987 - - 2♣ pass
N-S vul ♦ 532 2♥ pass 2♠ pass
♣ Q1083 3♥ pass 3NT pass
5NT (1) pass 6♠ all pass
♠ 43 N ♠ AKQJ10
♥ AKQ65 W E ♥ 32 (1) Pick a slam.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Two pairs were in the better contract of 6NT but both missed the ♥ duck and went one down. The top score was a cautious 2♠+3
Terry’s Comment. 6♥ is the best contract (assuming a ♦ lead) as you can then try the ♥’s from the top as you have an entry to the 5th ♥ if they split 4-2 (it is a trump).
Dave’s 2nd Column Board 17 from Wednesday 25th
This is a hand that Dave played against Bridge Baron. He put it in to see if anyone would emulate the BB’s conservative bidding
Dealer: ♠ KJ1072 Bridge Baron Bidding
North ♥ 5 West North(G) East South
Love all ♦ A92 - 1♠ pass 2♥
♣ AQ63 pass 2NT (1) pass 3NT (2)
♠ Q83 N ♠ 953 Table A
♥ J86 W E ♥ Q1073 West North(G) East South
♣ 98 ♣ 105 pass 3♣ (1) pass 4NT (3)
♠ A6 pass 5♠ (4) pass 7♣ (5)
♥ AK942 all pass
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Everybody found the ♣ fit; 6♣+1 once and 7♣= twice. When Dave played the hand in partnership with Bridge Baron the bidding was as table A.
Hand B: (a) 2NT. Knock off a point for the flat 4333 type shape and it’s not quite worth 3NT.
(b) 1NT. Knock off a point for the flat 4333 type shape and it’s nowhere near a 2NT invite. Supporting ♦’s is a poor choice even if partner promises 4 ♦’s.
Hand D: 3♦, 4th suit forcing. Leaping straight into Blackwood is rarely a good idea and Blackwood is also a bad idea with a weak suit (♦’s) in which partner has promised nothing. Also, a RKCB 4NT bid here would include the ‘useless’ ♠K in the answer and so gets you nowhere unless partner has all four missing keycards. It’s best to take things slowly with a big hand in a game-forcing auction and 3♦ (4th suit forcing) is clearly best, especially as the response will tell you if partner has a ♦ control. 3♥ (still game forcing) is a less good alternative but better than 4NT.
Hand E: 2NT. The Jacoby 2NT setting ♥’s as trumps and asking partner to define his hand further. If you do not play Jacoby 2NT or similar there is no satisfactory way to look for slam as you need to set ♥’s as trumps and no ♥ bid is forcing. That just leaves the very crude 4NT bid (which at least asks for keycards in ♥’s) but you have no idea if partner has a shapely 11 count or a good 19 points. Jacoby 2NT followed by RKCB solves everything.
Hand F: (a) 2NT, with these ♠’s that’s fairly obvious as long as you realize that partner’s 2♦ bid is 100% forcing.
(b) Pass. With no agreement to the contrary I think it’s best to play a new-suit jump by partner as weak when you have opened a minor. The other possibility is that it’s a splinter, but that seems unlikely with this hand and also if you play a short club. As 2♦ is forcing it would be silly to play 3♦ as natural and strong.
Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers
H 1♣ 1♠ 2♦ 2♦ is natural and forcing.
J 1♣ 1♠ 3♥ I would play this as a weak jump shift after a minor suit opening.
K 1♠ 2♣ 3♦ I would play this as a splinter after a major suit opening.
L 1♣ pass 1♥ pass (a) 4♣ is natural and looking for a ♣ slam.
2♠ pass 3♦ pass (b) 5♣ is Gerber. Gerber is always a JUMP in ♣’s (4♣ or 5♣)
3NT pass 4/5♣ when partner’s last bid was NoTrumps.
M 1♣ pass 1♥ pass This jump to 2♠ is called a ‘high’ reverse and is absolutely
2♠ forcing to game.