Mon 6th N-S 1st Linda Lyen & Terry = Bob
E-W 1st Janne & Hans V 62% 2nd Alan & Dave 55%
Wed 8th 1st Oli & Peter Lux 58% 2nd Dave & Royd 58%
Fri 10th 1st Lewis &
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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
♠ KQJ1096 ♠ KJ103
♥ 65 ♥ KQ73 With Hand B partner opens 1♦. (a) What do you bid?
♠ J64 ♠ AQ107
♥ A84 ♥ 93 With Hand F LHO opens 1♦ and
♦ Q742 ♦ AK3 double. Partner bids 2♠, what do you do now?
1062 ♠ QJ875 (b) What do you bid if
♥ J953 ♥ AQ2
Bidding Sequence Quiz
J 1NT pass 4♣ pass
4♠ pass 4NT 4♣ is Gerber, what is 4NT?
K 1♣ pass 1♦ pass
1♥ pass 2♠ What is 2♠? – Natural or 4th suit forcing?
L 1♦ 1NT 2♠ Is 2♠ weak, invitational or forcing?
M 1♦ 1NT 3♠ Is 3♠ weak, invitational or forcing?
Club rules: We have more regulars returning now, so I’ll just remind them of a few of club rules. Psyching is not allowed at this club. You may open 2NT with a singleton, a 1NT overcall may be made on almost any shape (including a void) if it is with the defined range (usually 15-17 or 15-18), and we now allow a 1NT opening to be made with a singleton ace or king. 1NT opening bids may be made with +- 1 point outside the expected range. Other general bids should be near to the expected range; the free bid of 1♥ made with two-point hand G(b) is not in the spirit of play at our club.
About movements: We have more people now and there are alternatives when we have 7 or 7˝ tables. On Monday we had exactly 7 tables and I understand that Jeremy asked why we did not play a 7 table Howell, 2 boards a round, with everybody playing everybody – perfect.
I agree, in a perfect world but our room is a little cramped for 7 tables especially when half of the people have no idea where to go to. I do use this movement when 6˝ in order to avoid a 4-board sit-out. Two board movements are a pain. On Wednesday we had 7˝ tables and the 8-table movement involves a 4-board sit-out (or else only 24 boards). So I had previously devised a 7˝ Mitchell ‘revenge’ movement with only 3 boards a round in order to avoid a 4-board sit-out. This worked a treat and we managed 30/27 boards. When we get more than 8 table (very soon) we will expand into the main clubhouse section which is also air-conditioned. Movements with 8+ tables are no problem at all.
Dave’s hands: Every Wednesday Dave sets two boards from a book of which I have a copy. After the play ends he tells me which pages the boards are and I write them up. Should Dave be playing and become declarer on one of his pre-set boards then he gets his partner to play the hand (they are all declarer play problems). This adds a bit of something different to the news-sheets. Dave has now used nearly all of the hands in the book but Cheryl/Don have donated a bridge calendar which I believe he will be using from now until it runs out in 3˝ years time!
The Club Championships
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
1848.5 Hans Vikman
1837.9 Dave Cutler
1797.4 Bob Pelletier
1783.8 Janne Roos
1782.5 Ivy Schlageter
1718.5 Jan v Koss
670.0 Hans Vikman
661.8 Dave Cutler
661.1 Jeremy Watson
643.7 Lewis Berg
642.7 Ivy Schlageter
642.0 Lars Gustafsson
636.1 Bob Pelletier
634.3 Derek & Gerard
632.3 Janne Roos
347.2 Hans Vikman
342.3 Dave Cutler
341.1 Jeremy Watson
336.9 Lars Gustafsson
335.3 Ivy Schlageter
333.5 Lewis Berg
328.5 Derek & Gerard
326.2 Bob Pelletier
The Blackwood and Gerber conventions were invented for very good reasons – one of them being to stop bidding a slam with two aces off the top. No less than three out of seven pairs reached hopeless slams with these N-S hands:
Dealer: ♠ KJ103 Table A
South ♥ KQ73 West North(B) East South
Love all ♦ KJ - - - 1♦
♣ AQ2 pass 6NT (1) all pass
♠ 9875 N ♠ 64 Table B
♥ J9642 W E ♥ A105 West North(B) East South
♣ 10 ♣ 98765 pass 1♥ (1) pass 1NT (2)
♠ AQ2 pass 4♣ (3) pass 4♥ (4)
♥ 8 pass 4NT (5) all pass
Table B: (1) This North got question B(a) right by simply bidding his hand, this enables partner to show hers and any possible extra values, and enables any possible fit to be found.
(2) 2♣ is the alternative, but I have no problem with this 1NT bid found by my partner. This hand has a couple of tenaces and any contract is probably best played from this hand. The problem is that partner may place you with 2-3 ♥’s.
(3) What did you bid with this North hand B(b) in this week’s quiz? Partner’s 1NT response has made life very easy – use Gerber to check on aces.
(4) One ace.
(5) Obviously this is a sign-off. I believe that a couple of players mistakenly think that 4NT asks for kings – maybe they are amongst those who reached the silly small slam?
And what happened? 6NT-1 twice; 6♠-1; 5NT=, 5♠=, and 4NT= twice.
The bottom lines: -
- The responses to 4♣ Gerber are: 4♦ = 0 or 4; 4♥ = 1; 4♠ = 2; 4NT = 3.
- After the response to 4♣ Gerber, 4NT is a sign-off and 5♣ asks for kings.
5-3 fit or No Trumps? Board 12 from Wednesday 8th
Dealer: ♠ A63 Table A
West ♥ J1063 West North East(H) South
N-S vul ♦ KJ6 1♦ pass 1♠ pass
♣ Q105 1NT pass 2♣ (1) pass
2♠ (2) pass 4♠ all pass
♠ 1092 N ♠ QJ875
♥ K54 W E ♥ AQ2 Table B
♣ AK6 ♣ 432 1♦ pass 1♠ pass
♠ K4 1NT pass 2NT (1) pass
♥ 987 3NT all pass
Table B: (1) This East got question H right by not bothering
to look for a 5-3 ♠ fit. With shortage in partner’s first bid suit
it’s unlikely that a 5-3 ♠ fit will make more t
And what happened? 4♠-1 twice, 4♠=, 3NT+1, 3NT=twice and 1NT+3. Note that 3NT is a better contract that 4♠. The bottom lines: -
- 4-4 fits are great, but 5-3 is not necessarily better than NoTrumps.
Is it a psyche? Board 17 from Wednesday 10th
A touchy topic at the moment. I received a complaint about East’s bid after the session, and I was asked to write it up. Here is my take on the situation although I am sure that whatever I say somebody will be in disagreement.
Dealer: ♠ Q8 West North East(G) South
North ♥ AQ8 - 1♦ pass 1♠
Love all ♦ KQ1087
♣ 976 … and onto 6♦ by North.
♠ 3 N ♠ 1062 (1) What did you bid with this East hand G(b) in this
♥ 107642 W E ♥ J953 week’s quiz? Without North’s 1NT bid - so hand
♣ AKQ852 ♣ J1043 accepted that a free bid in a situation like this
♠ AKJ9754 should show around 6-9 points.
♥ K I accept that East has values (ho-ho!) in and 4-
♦ A6432 card support for both of partner’s suits but I feel
♣ - that this 2♥ bid is pushing it; especially by a very
experienced player against a lesser opponent.
And what happened? 6♦+1 scored below average as two pairs bid 6♠+1. I let the result stand as I do not see that East’s poor bid should affect the auction, but I will have a word with him.
Double and bid game Board 1 from Wednesday 8th
Dealer: ♠ J64 Table A
North ♥ A84 West(F) North(E) East South
Love all ♦ Q742 - 1♦ (1) pass 2♥ (2)
4♠ (5) all pass
♠ AQ107 N ♠ K32
♥ 93 W E ♥ J7 Table B
♣ KQ109 ♣ 7632 - pass (1) pass 2♥ (6)
Table B: (1) This North got question E right by passing.
(6) Weak; excellent bid especially in 3rd seat.
(7) And here we see the difference with the similar situation at (3). North can quite happily raise to 3♥ and cause problems for E-W.
(8) This East chose to bid his ♣’s rather than his ♠’s. As I said above this is probably a matter of personal style. I would bid 3♠.
And what happened? 4♠-2, 4♣-2, 3♠-1, 2♠-1 and three other odd scores.
The bottom lines: -
- Although both of these E-W’s shared the bottom, at Table A it was because of West’s bad bidding but at Table B it was because of N-S’s excellent bidding and E-W did nothing obviously wrong.
- If you double and then raise partner’s minimal response that shows a good hand.
- If you double and then raise partner’s minimal response to game that shows a fabulous hand, which this West hand is not.
- Deduct a point for the totally flat 4333 type shape. Anybody past the beginner’s stage should now this and it is advocated by real experts such as Tony Forrester, Freddie North and Brian Senior. Just read any book on hand evaluation.
No points for a transfer? Board 24 from Monday 6th
When partner opens 1NT (or 2NT) then a transfer to a major suit promises nothing other than a 5-card major.
Dealer: ♠ K75 Table A
West ♥ AK West North East South(C)
Love all ♦ K1032 pass 2NT pass pass (1)
♣ AK86 pass
♠A10932 N ♠ QJ8 Table B
♥ J86 W E ♥ Q53 West North East South(C)
♣ Q32 ♣ J94 pass 3♥ all pass
Table B: (1) This South got question E right by transferring. You should virtually always transfer when holding a 5-card major, and this is even more important the fewer points you have.
And what happened? 2NT*-3, 2NT-2, 2NT-1 twice, 3♥=, 3♥-1 and 3♥-2 and the strange contract of 2♠= by West.
The bottom lines: -
partner opens 2NT and you have a 5-card major and few points, then transfer.
Your hand will be useless unless your 5-carder is trumps. On a bad day partner
will have only 2 trumps and you make just one extra t
- This deal is fairly typical, double dummy both 2NT and 3♥ go one down, but in practice it’s much easier to declare 3♥ and one North did make the contract.
It’s a Weak Bid Board 10 from Monday 6th
Dealer: ♠ 543 Table A
East ♥ Q1092 West(A) North East(D) South
Both vul ♦ K108 - - 1♦ 1NT
♣ 1093 2♠ (1) pass 3♦ (2) pass
♠ KQJ1096 N ♠ 8 all pass
♥ 65 W E ♥ 873
♣ 87652 ♣ AQJ West(A) North East(D) South
♠ A72 - - 1♦ 1NT
♥ AKJ4 2♠ pass pass (2) all pass
Table B: (2) This East got question D right by passing. Partner is the captain in this auction and you should only bid on with a good hand for ♠’s.
And what happened? 4♦* went -5 for -1400 and a top to N-S. 4♣* would have been only one down and 2♠ would have made an overt
The bottom lines: -
partner opens and
North South You are North, declarer in 6♦.
♠ A4 ♠ 865 East leads the ♠J, plan the play.
♥ KJ10 ♥ A532
♦ A10986 ♦ KQ75
♣ AK3 ♣ QJ
Dave’s Column answer Board 11 from Wednesday 8th
Dealer: ♠ A4 West North East South
North ♥ KJ10 - 1♦ (1) pass 1♥
E-W vul ♦ A10986 pass 2NT pass 4♦ (2)
♣ AK3 pass 6♦ all pass
♠ KQ32 N ♠ J1097 (1) This hand is much too strong for 1NT of course.
♥ 864 W E ♥ Q97 (2) Looking for a ♦ slam. It’s much easier to find
♣ 10765 ♣ 9842 1♦ opening promises 4+ ♦’s. Playing better
♠ 865 minor partner may have only three ♦’s if he
♥ A532 has the (bad) habit of sometimes opening 1♦
♦ KQ75 when 3-3 in the minors with more points in ♦’s
You have a certain ♠ loser and a possible ♥ loser. If you finesse in ♥’s and it loses then the opponents will cash
their ♠ t
Hands that have losers in two suits, one of which is inevitable (♠’s here) and one of which is not (♥’s) lend themselves to strip and throw-in plays.
The correct technique is to give up a loser at
such a time that any return costs the defenders a t
The play here is to win the ♠A, draw trumps, play 3 rounds of ♣’s discarding a ♠ (this evens out the ♠ suit). You now
concede a ♠ and the opponents must either give you a ruff
and discard or else give you three ♥ t
West East You are East, declarer in 4♠.
♠ KJ9 ♠ AQ10754 South leads the ♥K, plan the play.
♥ A5 ♥ 3
♣ AK754 ♣ 632
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 26 from Wednesday 8th
Dealer: ♠ 86 West North East South
East ♥ J1042 - - 2♠ 3♥
both vul ♦ QJ109 4♠ all pass
♠ KJ9 N ♠ AQ10754
♥ A5 W E ♥ 3
♣ AK754 ♣ 632
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 2♠, this is a weakish bid, to play. A perhaps better alternative is 3♠ if you play that as pre-emptive. You have a mis-fit for partner so any higher action is unwise.
Hand C: 3♦, transfer. This hand will probably be totally useless unless ♥’s are trumps.
Hand E: Pass. Knock off a point for the totally flat 4333 type shape. This flat garbage, even with two aces, is nowhere near an opener with just two points in the only ‘long’ suit. It’s usually best to obey the rule of 20.
J 1NT pass 4♣ pass
4♠ pass 4NT 4NT is a sign off, to play. 5♣ would be the king ask.
K 1♣ pass 1♦ pass You have to agree this one. I play 1♠ as natural
1♥ pass 2♠ (and forcing) and 2♠ as 4th suit forcing.
L 1♦ 1NT 2♠ 2♠ is a weak (passable) bid. Dbl with a good hand.