|to news-sheet main page|
|to Pattaya Bridge home page|
|to bridge book reviews||to bridge conventions||to No Trump bidding|
|to bridge CD's and computer games and software|
Mon 30th 1st Derek & Gerard 62% 2nd
Wed 2nd 1st Derek & Gerard 63 % 2nd Lewis & Terry 61%
Fri 4th 1st Jan & Janne 63% 2nd Lewis & Terje 55%
Bidding Quiz Stand American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
♠ - ♠ KJ95
♥ J1098632 ♥ 9853 With Hand B everybody is vulnerable. LHO opens 1♦ and
Hand C Hand D With Hand C LHO opens 1♦ and partner overcalls 1♠, what
do you bid?
♠ AQ8 ♠ AK86
♥ AK8642 ♥ A5 With Hand D you open 1♣ and partner bids 2♥ (very weak,
♣ A10 ♣ AJ105
Hand E Hand F With
Hand E partner opens 1♦ and
what do you bid?
♠ AQ76432 ♠ K10542
♥ A4 ♥ 1073 With Hand F RHO opens 1♦ and you overcall 1♠. Partner
♣ 3 ♣ Q8
Hand G Hand H With Hand G RHO opens 1♥, what do you do and what are
♠ K106 ♠ K1032
♥ KQ954 ♥ J32
♣ AKQJ8 ♣ 84
Hand J Hand K With Hand J RHO opens 1♥ and you overcall 1♠. Partner
then bid 1NT, what do you do?
♠ QJ1094 ♠ A
♥ AJ ♥ K10874
♣ 962 ♣ KJ87 RHO passes, what do you do?
Bidding Sequence Quiz
L 1♥ 1NT pass 2♦ You have agreed to play systems on over partner’s 1NT overcall (and the 1♥ opening only promised 4 cards), so what is the 2♦ bid?
M 1♣ 1♠ pass 2♥ Is 2♥ forcing?
N 1♥ 1♠ pass 1NT How many points is 1NT?
Let it be Board 20 from Monday 30th
If the opponents bid to a bad spot when it’s very likely that they have a better contract – pass!
Dealer: ♠ 8 Table A
West ♥ KQJ6 West(B) North East South(E)
Both vul ♦ KQJ9832 pass 1♦ 3♣ 4♠ (1)
6 5♣ (2)
♠ KJ95 N ♠ 10 Table B
♥ 9853 W E ♥ 1072 West(B) North East South(E)
♣ Q985 ♣ AKJ10742 pass (2) pass (4) pass
♥ A4 Table C
♦ A107 West(B) North East South(E)
And what happened? 4♠ by South went two down for a total bottom. 5♣ doubled went for 800 but scored reasonably well as the other two tables bid the 6♦ slam.
The bottom lines: -
- If the opponents are in a poor contract and they probably have a better spot, then pass!
1) Can people who decide to eat during the session please be more careful about keeping greasy/dirty hands away from the cards. Ask for tissues if a knife and fork are inappropriate.
2) As some of you may know, there is a guestmap for comments on the website. Anybody can post a comment and somebody posted a derogatory comment about Dave and the club, they also said that it was from Hans Bijvoet. But the e-mail address was wrong and they could not even spell Hans’ name correctly. Hans confirmed that he has never made a post so somebody is just trying to stir up trouble. Pathetic eh? The comment is now deleted.
3) One occasional guest arrived just on time on Wednesday and was partnered with a player of average ability. They scored poorly, he was unhappy, and said he won’t turn up again. My advice is that if you want to get a good partner then turn up early, the good players tend to pair off and if you make a habit of arriving latish you will miss the good players.
1NT opposite partner’s overcall Board 17 from Friday 4th
Dealer: ♠ K765 Table A
North ♥ Q6532 West(K) North East(J) South
Love all ♦ 4 - 1♥ 1♠ pass
♣ AQ5 1NT (1) pass 2NT (2) pass (2)
pass (3) all pass
♠ A N ♠ QJ1094
♥ K10874 W E ♥ AJ Table B
♣ KJ87 ♣ 962 - 1♥ 1♠ pass
♠ 832 2NT (1) pass 3NT all pass
And what happened? Just this one pair missed
the 3NT game and everybody made between 9-11 t
The bottom lines: -
- A 1NT response to partner’s 1-level overcall IS NOT 6-9; it is 10-12. This is because partner may have as few as 7 points for his overcall.
- A 2NT response to partner’s 1-level overcall IS NOT 10-12; it is 13-14. This is because partner may have as few as 7 points for his overcall.
- This is all explained on the website:
General Bridge Topics > Responding with No Trumps to partner’s overcall
Too strong for a low-level pre-empt Board 8 from Monday 30th
Dealer: ♠ Q10943 Table A
West ♥ Q7 West(D) North East(A) South
Love all ♦ J5 1♣ (1) pass (2) 2♥ (3) pass
♣ K972 pass (4) 2♠ 3♦ (5) 3♠
♠ AK86 N ♠ -
♥ A5 W E ♥ J1098632 Table B
♣ AJ105 ♣ 4 1♣ (1) pass (2) 1♥ (3) pass
♠ J752 2NT (8) pass 4♥ all pass
And what happened? 3♠* went just one down for 100 but 4♥ making scored 420. One North found the good sacrifice of 4♠ over E-W’s 4♥ contract and only went for 300. The other contract was a somewhat bizarre 2NT by West (I don’t see how East can pass this with 12 red cards!). The bottom lines: -
- Understand Hand Evaluation. Four points concentrated in 12 red cards is NOT 4 points! The hand is worth a GREAT DEAL more.
- Note that this East hand will make 5♥ opposite as little as ♠xxxx ♥Ax ♦Axx ♣ Axxx and will make 4♥ opposite most moderate openers.
Not for take-out Board 3 from Monday 30th
When there’s only one suit left, a double is usually penalties.
Dealer: ♠ K1053 West North East South
South ♥ A43 - - - pass
E-W vul ♦ A10 pass 1♣
J963 1NT (3) pass 2♥ (4)
pass pass (6) pass
♠ 87 N ♠ A9
♥ J109 W E ♥ KQ8765
♣ AK85 ♣ Q43
And what happened? 2♥* made +1 for 870 and a total top to E-W. 4♠’s makes for 420 to N-S. There were various spurious results.
The bottom lines: -
- Bid a 5-card major in preference to a 5-card minor.
- Do not make a silly double if it’s possible that partner may think it’s for penalties.
- With a 6-card suit and 13 points, overcall rather than double.
- Double followed by a new suit shows around 17+ points.
Change of suit over partner’s overcall Board 11 from Monday 30th
Most people play that a simple change of suit opposite an overcall by partner is non-forcing; with a good hand, cue bid the opener’s suit.
Dealer: ♠ 3 Table A
South ♥ Q5 West(F) North East(C) South
Love all ♦ 5432 - - - 1♦
♣ J76542 1♠ pass 2♥ (1) pass
pass (2) pass
♠ K10542 N ♠ AQ8
♥ 1073 W E ♥ AK8642 Table B
♣ Q8 ♣ A10 - - - 1♦
♠ J976 1♠ pass 2♦ (1) pass
♥ J9 2♠ (3) pass 4♠ (4) all pass
And what happened? 2♥ made +4 for a total bottom as everybody else was in game, either +1, +2 or just making,
The bottom lines: -
- A change of suit over an overcall is not forcing.
- Any raise of partner’s overcall is weak.
- With a good hand opposite an overcall, start off with a cue bid of opener’s suit.
Standard French? Board 9 from Monday 30th
I am not familiar with French methods, but Jean Charles goes along
Dealer: ♠ AQ76 Table A
North ♥ AQ West North East South
E-W vul ♦ 65 pass 1♣ pass 1♦
♣ 107642 pass 1NT (1) pass 3NT
♠ J53 N ♠ 98
♥ KJ854 W E ♥ 10962 Table B
♣ K8 ♣ QJ3 pass 1♣ pass 1♦
♠ K1042 pass 1♠ (1) pass 4♠
♥ 73 all pass
And what happened? 4♠ should make +1; 3NT got a bad score for just making.
The bottom lines: - If you partner
Walsh Board 11 from Wednesday 2nd
Now Lewis is back I play with him on Wednesdays, and we play a system called Walsh in which the 1NT bid in the sequence 1♣ - 1♦ - 1NT may well conceal one or two 4-card majors.
Dealer: ♠ K108 West North East South
South ♥ K74 - - - pass
Love all ♦ QJ62 1♣ pass 1♦ pass
♣ J42 1NT (1) all pass
♠ Q432 N ♠ J95 (1) This was alerted with the explanation that
♥ A63 W E ♥ Q95 West may or may not have a 4-card major.
♣ KQ65 ♣ 873 And what happened?
♠ A76 Virtually everybody was playing in 1NT but
♥ J1082 at this table West scored +2 for a joint top
♦ 1073 when the opponents played on ♠’s. Walsh
The bottom lines:
If you play the
- Playing Walsh the 1♦ response does not necessarily deny a 4-card major and so does not need to be alerted; however, the 1NT bid in the sequence 1♣ - 1♦ - 1NT needs to be alerted as “could contain a 4-card major”.
- If you play either of these schemes and fail to alert then you may well get an adjusted score if the opponents feel that they were injured.
An Awkward Bid Board 7 from Wednesday 2nd
Dealer: ♠ QJ3 Table A
North ♥ 87 West(G) North East South
Both vul ♦ QJ742 - - - 1♥
♣ 1097 2♣ (1) pass pass pass (2)
♠ K106 N ♠ 8752 Table B
♥ KQ954 W E ♥ J West(G) North East South
♣ AKQJ8 ♣ 63 1NT (1) pass 2♦ (3) pass
♠ A94 2♥ (3) pass 3♦ (4) pass
♥ A10632 3NT (5) all pass
And what happened? A ♥ was led, won by South and a ♥ returned. I won with the ♥9, cashed the ♣’s and ♥KQ and threw South in with the last ♥ so that I was assured the 9th t
The bottom lines: -
- A 1NT overcall promises 15-17 (or 15-18) points and guarantees a stop in the suit bid. Unlike a 1NT opening, the shape need not be balanced and a singleton (or void?) is allowed.
- Do not make a simple overcall with a good 18 points; it’s also too good for 1NT – double is best.
- I guess you have to agree what a transfer into an opponent’s suit means?
Dave’s Column Here is this week’s Dave input involving the play of the hand.
West East You are East, declarer in 4♠, South leads the ♣Q, plan the play.
♠ K1032 ♠ AJ54
♥ J32 ♥ Q76
♣ 84 ♣ AK
Dave’s Column answer Board 10 from Wednesday 25th
Dealer: ♠ 76 Table A
East ♥ A109 West(H) North East South
Both vul ♦ 764 - - 2NT pass
♣ 97652 3NT (1) all pass
♠ K1032 ♠ AJ54 Table B
♥ J32 ♥ Q76 West(H) North East South
♣ 84 ♣ AK 3♣ (1) pass 3♠ pass
♠ Q98 4♠ all pass
♦ 105 (1) What did you bid with this West hand H in this
♣ QJ103 week’s quiz? No less than 4 West’s have apparently
not yet mastered Stayman.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Two
pairs were in the best contract of 4♠
and both made. Unfortunately they did not share the top but scored an average
when two of the pairs in the inferior 3NT scored an overt
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is this week’s Dave input involving the play of the hand.
North South You are North, declarer in (a) 7♦ or (b) 7NT. West had doubled
♠ K76 ♠ AQ32 a 2♣ Stayman bid during the auction and East leads a small ♣.
♥ KQ75 ♥ A3 Plan the play.
♦ QJ32 ♦ AK64
♣ A3 ♣ K54
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 10 from Wednesday 25th
Dealer: ♠ K76 Pattaya bridge club bidding
North ♥ KQ75 West North East South
E-W vul ♦ QJ32 - 1NT pass 2♣
pass 5♠ pass 5NT
♠ J9 ♠ 10854 pas 6♠ pass 7NT
♥ 10864 ♥ J92 all pass
♣ QJ10987 ♣ 62 (1) Apparently asking for aces in their system.
♥ A3 In Eddie Kantar’s book the contract was 7♦ and you
♦ AK64 got a ♣ lead. The answer was to play ♦A,Q and
♣ K54 discover the 4-1 break. You then play for the 13th
♠ - At out table the declarer cashed the top two ♣’s
♥ KQ75 and three rounds of ♠’s. Three rounds of ♦’s
♦ 2 followed and this was the 5-card ending.
♣ - The ♦A was led from dummy and West was squeezed. He had to discard a ♥ as otherwise
♠ - ♠ 10 dummy’s ♣5 was good and declarer then
♥ 10864 ♥ J92 had four ♥ t
♣ Q ♣ - came first and who came second on the day.
♠ 2 But we’ll be back.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 7NT= twice, 7NT-1 once, 6NT+1, 6NT=, and 4♥+2.
Play Problem Here’s another play problem that was randomly dealt.
West East You are East, declarer in 6♥ against very sensible opponents,
♠ Q9 ♠ AK10 how do you play the ♥ suit?
♥ KJ7 ♥ A10942
♣ J1082 ♣ K7
Play problem answer Board 10 from Monday 10th
Dealer: ♠ J432 West North East South
North ♥ Q86 - pass 1♥ pass
E-W vul ♦ 85 2♣ pass 2NT pass
♣ Q953 4♣ (1) pass 4♠ pass
6♥ all pass
♠ Q9 ♠ AK10
♥ KJ7 ♥ A10942 (1) asking for aces.
♣ J1082 ♣ K7 One pair had this auction to the rather optimistic
♠ 8765 6♥ slam. The question is, how do you play the ♥ suit?
♦ 10743 At the table declarer led the ♥J and when it was not covered
♣ A64 he went up with the ♥A and thus went one down.
Was this the correct play of the ♥ suit? I did not think so and so I asked an experienced player on Wednesday (I could not check it out with the program on the website as my internet was down), he did exactly the same. It is often a good idea to lead the jack from table in situations like this in case an inexperienced North covers with the queen. But in a reasonable standard game nobody would cover as declarer is known to have 5+ ♥’s and if he did not have the ♥10 he would finesse the Jack.
So it looks like an evens bet then?
No!. The point is that if the ♥’s are 3-2 then it is simply a gamble, but if they are split Qxxx opposite x then you can only pick up the suit if North has the Qxxx. So the correct play is to play the ♥K and then run the ♥J.
For those disbelievers who do not believe me, check it out on the web-site’s suit play program. The program does indeed play the king and then run the jack.
I have just written a new page on the web with Suit Split Tables and a 4-1 split is 28%, and it’s 11.3% (you get that number from the suit split calculator) that North has Qxxx – so well worth playing for.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand B: Pass.
Hand D: Pass, the hand is nowhere good enough for 2NT.
Hand E: 3♠. This is forcing and quite sufficient. A jump to 4♠ is totally unnecessary and would show a much better ♠ suit with little liking of ♦’s.
Hand F: Pass. Partner’s change of suit over your overcall is not forcing and you are minimum.
Hand K: 1NT, this promises 10-12 points and a ♥ stop.
Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers
L 1♥ 1NT pass 2♦ This is up to partnership understanding. In the real world it may well be sensible to use it as a transfer to expose a psyche by opener. In our club, where psyches are not allowed, the best use of the bid is probably to show a weak hand that wants to play in ♦’s.
M 1♣ 1♠ pass 2♥ A new suit opposite an overcall is generally played as non-forcing
N 1♥ 1♠ pass 1NT 1NT over partner’s 1-level overcall is 10-12 points; remember, partner may have only 7-8 points for his overcall.