Mon 7th 1st Janne & Per-Ake 64% 2nd Lewis & Terry = Jan & Jean-Charles 56%
Wed 9th 1st George & Oli 60% 2nd Ivy & Robbie 56%
Fri 11th 1st Jean-Francois & Lewis 69% 2nd Derek & Gerard 63%
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Bidding Quiz Stand American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
♠ K94 ♠ J
♥ K963 ♥ AJ With Hand B you open 1♣ and partner bids 1♠, what do
♦ KJ6 ♦ J854 you bid?
Hand C Hand D With Hand C partner opens 2NT, what do you bid?
♠ 9764 ♠ J10862
♥ Q1075 ♥ J84 With Hand D everybody is vulnerable. You open 1♠ and
♦ K93 ♦ AQ2 LHO overcalls 2♥, passed to you. What do you do?
♣ 54 ♣ AQ
Hand E Hand F With Hands
E & F
♠ Q108 ♠ Q108
♥ AQJ3 ♥ AQJ43
♦ 4 ♦ -
Hand G The news-sheets come out on Mondays, and on 7th there was the usual
(last week) gathering of people before the game. There was a discussion about Hand G
♠ K106 (reproduced
♥ KQ954 at the table and Jeremy said that it was a psyche. Dave sided with me, saying
♣ AKQJ8 Jeremy insisted that if unbalanced, then the shortage must be ace or king.
So who’s right? Well of course you know the answer. What did you bid with Hand E in this week’s quiz? It is from page 251 of Eric Crowhurst’s “Acol in Competition”.
Eric advocates a 1NT overcall. So a 1NT overcall does not guarantee a balanced hand nor an honour in the short suit, just a good ♥ stop. Move the ♦4 to the ♥ suit to get this week’s hand F (virtually the same as last week’s hand G) and it’s still a 1NT overcall in my opinion, as it would be if the ♦4 is moved to the ♠ suit. Never mind the void, show your values and stops.
Bid that slam Board 14 from Monday 7th
Just one pair bid slam with these E-W cards on Monday, with 7♥ or 7NT cold.
Dealer: ♠ KQ542 Table A
East ♥ 1093 West North East(B) South
Love all ♦ K7 - - 1♣ pass
♣ 1052 1♠ pass 3NT (1) pass
6♥ (2) pass pass (3) pass
♠ A10987 N ♠ J
♥ KQ964 W E ♥ AJ ‘Expert’ Table
♣ 43 ♣ AKQJ87 - - 1♣ pass
♠ 63 1♠ pass 3NT (1) pass
♥ 752 4♣ (4) pass 4♥ (5) pass
♦ Q109632 4NT (6) pass 5♣ (7) pass
Hand A: (1) What did you bid with this East hand B in this week’s quiz? This 3NT rebid shows a good hand and a good long ♣ suit and is the best bid in my opinion.
(2) Showing a good hand and both majors.
(3) East is a little short of room to investigate now. The choices are pass, 6♠ or 6NT. Having already shown his hand, he elected to play in the trump suit with AJ rather than J singleton. Good choice. He did not bid 6NT because the ♦’s may be wide open.
‘Expert’ Our Experts have to be a bit devious in order to reach the optimum 7NT.
And what happened? 6♥ makes +1 easily enough for a clear top. Seems everybody else was chicken. 3NT+4 (three times) and 5♣+1.
The bottom lines: -
- A 3NT rebid over a 1-level response generally shows a good hand with a good long suit or else 20+ with shortage in partner’s suit. With a balanced 18-19, rebid 2NT.
- How many chickens make up a roost?
It’s difficult to bid this hand to 6NT or 7NT – West does
not know that East’s ♣’s are running and East does not know that
partner has the ♦A. The ‘Expert’ auction was realistic but West
had to gamble on there being 5 ♥ t
Go for the penalty? Board 10 from Monday 7th
Dealer: ♠ K94 Table A
East ♥ K963 West North(A) East South(D)
Both vul ♦ KJ6 - - pass 1♠
♣ J96 2♥ pass (1) pass pass (2)
♠ AQ5 N ♠ 73 Table B
♥ AQ1052 W E ♥ 7 West North(A) East South
♣ 1087 ♣ K5432 2♥ 2NT (1) pass 3NT
♠ J10862 all pass
And what happened? Nobody reached the best contract of 4♠. 3NT made +2 and 660 for the top, 2♥ went minus 2 for 200 and 2♠+3 also scored 200. Two others somehow failed to bid game (2NT+2 and 3♠=).
The bottom lines: -
- At equal or unfavourable vulnerability, K963 is not good enough to go for the penalty.
- Remember the re-opening double if you play negative doubles.
Dave’s Column Here is this week’s Dave input involving the play of the hand.
North South You are North, declarer in 4♠, East leads the ♥9, plan the play.
♠ QJ108 ♠ 9764 You win with the ♥K and play the ♠Q to West’s ♠K.
♥ AKJ ♥ Q1075 West returns the ♣J. You cover with the ♣K but East wins with
♦ AQ2 ♦ K93 the ♣A and returns the ♣2 to the ♣8 and ♣Q.
♣ KQ3 ♣ 54 At
How do you continue?
Dave’s Column answer Board 5 from Wednesday 9th
Dealer: ♠ QJ108 Table A
North ♥ AKJ West North East South(C)
N-S vul ♦ AQ2 - 2NT pass 3NT (1)
♣ KQ3 all pass
♠ K N ♠ A532 Table B
♥ 8643 W E ♥ 92 West North East South(C)
♣ J1098 ♣ A762 pass 3♠ pass 4♠
♠ 9764 all pass
♦ K93 (1) What did you bid with this South hand C in this
♣ 54 week’s quiz? It seems two South’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 made exactly or made +1 (when East inexplicably popped up with the ♠A on the first round of trumps). At the two other tables, where South made the totally hideous bid of 3NT at (1), they both quite deservedly went one down scoring what they deserved – a bottom.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is this week’s Dave input involving the play of the hand.
West East You are West, declarer in 4♥.
♠ 763 ♠ KQJ North leads the ♣Q which South wins and returns the ♣7,
♥ AJ9832 ♥ K54 plan the play.
♣ K65 ♣ 432
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 4 from Wednesday 9th
Dealer: ♠ 982 West North East South
West ♥ Q1076 2♥ pass 2NT (1) pass
both vul ♦ Q98 3♠ (2) pass 4♥ all pass
(1) Ogust – how good is your hand?
♠ 763 N ♠ KQJ (2) Max with points in the ♥ suit.
♥ AJ9832 W E ♥ K54
♣ K65 ♣ 432 returns the ♣7, plan the play.
♣ A987 .
Things look pretty rosey. You can discard your losing ♣ on a top ♦ and you have only a ♠ and perhaps a trump loser.
But wait! When things look too good you ask yourself what can possibly go wrong? In this case the most likely thing that can go wrong is all four trumps in one hand.
So take out a little insurance. Remember, you can afford to lose one
The safety play is to win the ♣K and play the ♥A. If everybody follows cross to the ♥K. Assuming ♥’s are 3-1 and the ♥Q is outstanding, play off the top ♦’s, discarding a ♣, conceding a ♠ and a trump to the opposition.
However, if somebody shows out on the ♥A, you must proceed
with a bit more caution. Say, for example, that North shows out. Fine, cross to
the ♥K, discard your losing ♣ on the top ♦, and lead up to the ♥J. You only
lose one trump t
Say that South shows out – as in the diagram. Fine. Play the ♥8 which North must cover, win the ♥K, discard the ♣ loser on the top ♦ and concede a ♥ to North’s ♥Q.
Terry’s comment. This is a typical IMPs
safety play. You give up the chance of an overt
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Everybody was in 4♥, three went down and one made it, I believe by some sort of end-play.
Play Problem Here’s another play problem that was randomly dealt.
West East You are West, declarer in 3NT against mediocre opponents,
♠ A109 ♠ KJ873 how do you play the ♠ suit?
♥ K53 ♥ AQ2
♣ 9765 ♣ A
Play problem answer Board 21 from Monday 7th
Dealer: ♠ 42 West North East South
North ♥ J96 - pass 1♠ pass
N-S vul ♦ AJ4 2♣ (1) pass 2♦ pass
♣ QJ1043 2♠ (2) pass 3♣ (3) pass
3NT (4) pass pass (5) pass
♠ A109 N ♠ KJ873
♥ K53 W E ♥ AQ2 (1) game forcing playing two-over-one
♣ 9765 ♣ A (3) A cue-bid, showing the ♣A
♠ Q65 (4) I don’t like this bid at all. Partner has shown
♥ 10874 an unbalanced hand with 9+ cards in the
♦ 852 pointed suits and with no slam ambitions
♣ K82 West should bid 4♠.
(5) East assumed that West had 3 very poor ♠’s.
Anyway, onto the play in 3NT with East as dummy, how do you play the ♠ suit?
This is very similar to the play problem last week. You should play North for the ♠Q as you can pick up ♠Qxxx with North but not with South.
But there is an extra chance here. The ♠J is exposed on table and the best play is to lead it – an inexperienced South may just cover! If South smoothly plays low you go with the percentages and overtake with the ♠A and lead the ♠10 and let it run.
And what happened? South was an inexperienced
player and he covered the ♠J. 3NT thus made an
- Do not automatically cover an honour with an honour – you should only do so if it promotes a card in your hand or is likely to promote a card in partner’s hand.
- In this particular case, when the ♠J was played from table, and astute South should know West’s holding exactly. He is marked with ♠A109 as with any other holding he would play a ♠ up to table and finesse the ♠J. Also, it is very unlikely that an experienced declarer will play the ♠J with the intention of running it – if he was going to finesse South he would fist cash the ♠K to cope with a singleton ♠Q with North.
- Onto the bidding – A decent 5-3 fit is generally better than NoTrumps if either hand is unbalanced, here East has shown an unbalanced hand and the contract should be 4♠.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand B: 3NT. 2NT is 18-19 and 3NT is best used to show a good hand with a good long minor.
Hand D: Double. Automatic when playing Negative Doubles.