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Bidding Quiz Stand American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
♠ 1093 ♠ 542
♥ AK ♥ K974 With Hand B RHO opens 1♣ and this is passed round to
♦ 4 ♦ K3 partner who bids 2♠, what do you bid?
♣ AKJ10984 ♣ A982
Hand C Hand D With Hand
C partner opens 1♦ and
what do you bid?
♠ Q96532 ♠ 63
♥ 1098 ♥ AKJ6 With Hand D you open 1♦ in 3rd seat and partner responds 1♥,
♣ A6 ♣ 9
Bidding Sequence Quiz
E 2NT pass 3♦ pass what is the 3♦ bid?
F 2♣ pass 2♦ pass 2♣ is strong and artificial, 2♦ waiting and 2NT is 22-24
2NT pass 3♦ what is the 3♦ bid?
G 1NT pass 2♥ pass
2♠ pass 4♣ what is the 4♣ bid?
H 1NT pass 2♥ pass
2♠ pass 4NT what is the 4NT bid?
K 1♣ 2♥ 2♠ how many points does the 2♠ bid promise, is it forcing?
L 1♣ pass pass 2♠ what is 2♠? Is it weak?
Too high Board 1 from Monday 14th
E-W got too high here at Table A, what went wrong?
Dealer: ♠ J7 Table A
E-W vul ♦ AJ76 - pass (1) 1♦ 2♥ (2)
♣ KQ98532 2♠ (3) 4♣ 4♠ 5♣
5♠ pass 6♠ (4) all pass
♠ Q96532 N ♠ A108
♥ 1098 W E ♥ AK43 ‘Expert’ Table
♣ A6 ♣ J - pass (1) 1♦ 2♥ (2)
♥ QJ7652 5♠ (6) pass pass (7) pass
And what happened? 6♠ went -1 for a poor score 4♠+2 was the top score.
The bottom lines: -
Do not let an overcall by
- After partner’s 1♦ opening is overcalled with a weak 2♥, then a negative double promises 8+ points and 4 ♠’s or else a weaker hand with 5+ ♠’s.
- A 2♠ bid in this sequence promises 10+ points and 5+ ♠’s.
Dave’s Column Here is this week’s Dave input involving the play of the hand.
West East You are East, declarer in 3NT, South leads the ♦6 upon
♠ AQ5 ♠ KJ42 which North plays the ♦Q.
♥ 1083 ♥ KJ4 (a) Do you win or duck?
♣ AQ654 ♣ J109 you cover with the ♦J and South wins with the ♦K. You win the 3rd round of ♦’s and run the ♣J which loses to East’s ♣Q, back comes a low ♥, do you play the ♥K or the ♥J?
Dave’s Column answer Board 26 from Wednesday 16th
Dealer: ♠ 10763 Table A
East ♥ A972 West North East South
Both vul ♦ Q94 - - 1NT (1) pass
♣ K7 3NT all pass
♠ AQ5 N ♠ KJ42 Table B
♥ 1083 W E ♥ KJ4 West North East South
♣ AQ654 ♣ J109 2NT pass 3NT all pass
♥ Q63 This was the bidding at two of our tables. You may
♦ K10862 or may not like the bidding but it’s better than the
♣ 832 bidding from the book which is terrible and I refuse to reproduce it.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? West was declarer once and had no problem on a non-♦ lead. At the other three tables East was declarer. One player ducked twice and played a similar line to above and made the contract, the other two failed at the first hurdle when they both went up with the ♦A and thus went down in the contract.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is this week’s Dave input involving the play of the hand.
North South You are North, declarer in 4♠.
♠ AKQJ92 ♠ 543 East leads the ♦K and continues with a ♦ to West’s ♦A,
♥ 107 ♥ J982 plan the play
♦ 6 ♦ J74
♣ AQ105 ♣ J92
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 25 from Wednesday 16th
Dealer: ♠ AKQJ92 In Dave’s book West was dealer and opened 1♦
North ♥ 107 which North overcalled with 4♠.
E-W vul ♦ 6 At our club nobody reached 4♠, but two North’s
♣ AQ105 played in 3♠ and one in 1♠.
♠ 108 N ♠ 76 Anyway, let’s suppose you are playing in 4♠
♥ AQ W E ♥ K6543 and East leads the ♦K and then plays a ♦ to
♣ K876 ♣ 43
You have two ♥ losers and a ♦ loser so you need
to find West with the ♣K to make the
contract. The catch is that you need to reach dummy to take the ♣ finesse. There is only one possible entry and
that is the trump suit – if the opponents’ trumps divide 2-2 and if you do not
ruff with that precious ♠2 at t
You must ruff with the ♠9 and hope that ♠’s are 2-2. Once they are, don’t relax, your problems are still not
over. Take a good look at the ♣ suit. If you lead
the ♣J and West ducks you will be forced to win the
2nd ♣ in your hand, When
the suit splits 4-2 you end up losing a t
Now observe what happens if you begin with the ♣9. West plays low and you underplay with the ♣5. Now lead the ♣J underplaying the ♣10, remaining in dummy
if West does not cover. You then make 4 ♣ t
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 3♠+1 twice to share the N-S top, 1♠+2 once and 3♥-1 by East for the E-W top. I understand that one North player (Janne)
found the book line, the other made 10 t
Play Problem Here’s another play problem that was randomly dealt.
West East You are East, declarer in 4♠ and get a ♥ lead.
♠ 6 ♠ KQ1098532 How do you play the trump suit?
♥ K83 ♥ A
♣ KJ873 ♣ A2
Play problem answer Board 8 from Friday 11th
Dealer: ♠ A West North East South
West ♥ QJ542 1♣ pass 4♠ (1) all pass
Love all ♦ Q1062
♣ 1094 (1) Not very scientific, but this was the
auction by our opponents.
♠ 6 N ♠ KQ1098532
♥ K83 W E ♥ A
♣ KJ873 ♣ A2 how do you continue?
♥ 10976 Obviously you should cross to dummy and lead the ♠
♦ 843 from Dummy. If North plays low then insert the ♠K.
♣ Q65 If this wins with South playing low then you play the ♠Q in the hope that trumps are now 1-1. In this actual situation North is forced to play the ♠A and East has no problem at all.
So why is this trivial problem in the quiz?
Because three out of four got it wrong! What happened? Just the one East (Janne,
my opponent) played like this and made +2. Everybody else led a trump from hand
and made just 11 t
No Pe-empt in 4th seat Board 15 from Friday 18th
Dealer: ♠ 107 West(B) North East South
South ♥ 532 - - - 1♣
N-S vul ♦ A9862 pass pass 2♠ (1) pass
♣ 754 pass (2) pass
♠ 542 N ♠ AKQJ96 (1) What was your answer the this week’s
♥ K974 W E ♥ 108 bidding sequence L. There is no such
♣ A982 ♣ QJ Some play it as the same as a pre-empt
♠ 87 but stronger but most play it as a
♥ AQJ6 intermediate strength bid with about 7
♦ QJ7 playing t
And what happened? Everybody was in 2♠. Two made +2 and one made just +1
The bottom lines: -
- A jump overcall in the pass-out seat is not a pre-empt, it shows a good hand.
Worth a jump to game Board 28 from Friday 18th
Dealer: ♠ AQ92 West North East(D) South
West ♥ 107 pass pass 1♦ pass
N-S vul ♦ 94 1♥ (1) pass 3♥ (2) pass
♣ KJ642 pass (3) pass
♠ J874 N ♠ 63 (1) With 4-4 in the majors, West decided to bid.
♣ Q73 ♣ 9 outside 6-card suit, this hand is worth 4♥.
♥ 953 then it’s 5 losers (a normal average opening
♦ QJ10 is 7 losers) and so the LTC says to bid 4♥.
And what happened? Two pairs bid 4♥, only this pair did not.
The bottom lines: -
I prefer to count winners, this East hand has a good
8+ playing t
- One can’t really imagine a worse 1♥ response than this West hand, but game is easy.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand B: 4♠. Partner’s 2♠ in the pass-out
seat is a strong bid, about 7 playing t
Hand D: 4♥. This hand is worth game once a 4-4 or better ♥ fit is uncovered. A splinter of 4♣ is equally good, perhaps better, but slam is unlikely opposite a passed hand. 3♥ is pathetic.
Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers
E 2NT pass 3♦ pass 3♦ is a transfer of course.
F 2♣ pass 2♦ pass
2NT pass 3♦ 3♦ is still a transfer!
G 1NT pass 2♥ pass 4♣ is Gerber or RKCB, depending upon partnership
2♠ pass 4♣ agreement. Standard is that it is Gerber.
H 1NT pass 2♥ pass
2♠ pass 4NT 4NT is quantitive with 5 ♠’s.
K 1♣ 2♥ 2♠ 2♠ is forcing and should be 5+ ♠’s and 11+ points.
L 1♣ pass pass 2♠ The 2♠ jump overcall in the pass-out seat is
intermediate. How strong is up to partnership agreement; I play about 7 playing
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