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Mon 8th N-S 1st Jean W & Hans 73% 2nd Arnt & Terje 58%
E-W 1st Bob S & Dave 58% 2nd Derek & Gerard 57%
Wed 10th N-S 1st Bengt &
E-W 1st Arnt & Johan 61% 2nd Lars G & Lennart 54%
Fri 12th N-S
1st Janne & Lard B 61% 2nd Lewis &
E-W 1st Arnt & Bob P 60% 2nd Dave & Royd 55%
Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
♠ AK ♠ 102 With Hand B everybody is vulnerable. Partner opens 1♠ and
A62 ♥ 73
♦ A1052 ♦ A9752
♠ 10654 ♠ 10654
♥ Q8653 ♥ Q8653 What do you bid with Hand C?
♦ K7 ♦ A7
Hand E Hand F With Hand E RHO opens 1♥, what do you bid?
♠ AQJ109 ♠ Q7 With Hand F partner opens 1♥ and you bid 2♣. Then …
♥ J2 ♥ AJ2 (a) partner then bids 3NT, what do you bid?
♦ AK ♦ J8 (b) partner then bids 2♠, what do you bid?
♣ AQJ10 ♣ AQJ1075
Hand G Hand H What do you open with Hand G?
♠ 82 ♠ AQ
♥ AK876542 ♥ AK876542
♦ 82 ♦ 82
♣ 6 ♣ 6 What do you open with Hand H?
The Club Championships
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
1902.7 Hans Vikman
1844.5 Dave Cutler
1840.5 Lewis Berg
1829.9 Janne Roos
1812.1 Lars Gustafsson
1806.6 Bob Pelletier
1790.3 Ivy Schlageter
1772.5 Derek & Gerard
1727.5 Jan v Koss
683.5 Hans Vikman
661.8 Dave Cutler
661.1 Jeremy Watson
653.4 Lewis Berg
651.0 Lars Gustafsson
643.6 Ivy Schlageter
642.9 Janne Roos
640.6 Derek & Gerard
352.6 Hans Vikman
342.3 Dave Cutler
341.1 Jeremy Watson
339.7 Lars Gustafsson
335.8 Lewis Berg
335.3 Ivy Schlageter
329.9 Derek & Gerard
326.2 Bob Pelletier
Christmas Day Party
see new-sheet 319
1) We do have a club dress code, in particular vest-type T-shirts or string ones are not allowed. If somebody comes along unsuitably attired I politely ask then to wear a sleeved T-Shirt next time. That has always been no problem but the following terse conversation took place on Wednesday:
Me: Could you please wear a T-shirt with sleeves next time you come.
Visitor: If you don’t like the way I dress then I won’t come again.
Ours is a civilized (most of the time) bridge club and not a gymnasium.
2) Will players please take their cups/glasses/bottles with them when they move, and in particular do no put them on the floor or the side-tables where they can be easily broken.
When to devalue for a 1NT opener Board 8 from Monday 8th
Most balanced hands with 15 points should be opened 1NT, but there are exceptions for some hands that need to be devalued. 4333 type hands should deduct a point. Also, AK, KQ and AQ doubletons are bad holdings – points belong in long suits. The following deal from Monday demonstrates this latter point extremely well.
Dealer: ♠ 10632 Table A
South ♥ 874 West North East South(A)
E-W vul ♦ KJ84 - - - 1NT (1)
♣ AQ pass 2♣ pass 2♦
pass 3NT (2) all pass
♠ 87 N ♠ QJ954
♥ Q1093 W E ♥ KJ5 Table B
♣ 10986 ♣ KJ7 pass pass pass 1♦ (1)
♠ AK pass 1♠ pass 1NT (3)
♥ A62 pass 2♦ (4) all pass
Table B: (1) Two players got the answer to question A right, 1♦. This hand is not worth 1NT – the AK doubleton is bad and the fact that eight(!) cards are no higher that a six makes it terrible. The redeeming features of three aces and a ten are not enough to offset the very bad features. I am fully aware that 95% of ‘experts’ may well open 1NT and then gracefully accept the -50 or -100. My abilities go beyond adding up to 15. I will open 1♦ and will end up in 1NT or 2♦ and collect +90 or +110.
(3) 12-14, which is what this hand is worth.
(4) If East’s opening promises 4+ ♦’s (as when playing a short ♣) then 2♦ is best here, playing better minor pass is best.
And what happened? 3NT (as at table A) was bid 5 times; -2 four times and -1 once. One player elected to bid only 2NT at (2) and scored well for going only one down (perhaps he knew that partner opens 1NT on poor hands like this South one? Or else he recognized that ♣AQ were poor cards). The two players who sensibly opened 1♦ played in 1NT= and 2♦+1 for the two top scores.
N-S both have balanced hands with 25 combined points, so why is 3NT going two down? Because of the terrible South hand and the poor ♣AQ doubleton in the North hand.
The bottom lines: -
- AK and AQ doubletons are poor holdings – it’s a waste of ‘7 or 6 points’; points belong in long suits. And these holdings are especially bad in NoTrumps, which is likely to be the final strain when opener is 2344 shape with just 5 cards in the majors.
- Also downgrade hands with no intermediates.
Puppet Stayman Anyone? Board 24 from Monday 8th
Most players reached 6♠ on this deal.
Dealer: ♠ AK1082 Table A
West ♥ K6 West North East South
Love all ♦ J85 pass 2NT (1) pass 3♣ (2)
♣ AKQ pass 3♠ pass 5♠ (3)
pass pass (4) pass
♠ J64 N ♠ 9
♥ J108 W E ♥ 97542
♣ J76 ♣ 108542 West North East South
♠ Q753 pass 2NT (1) pass 3♣ (2)
♥ AQ3 pass 3♠ (5) pass 6♠ (6)
♦ K1092 all pass
Puppet: (2) Puppet Stayman asks for both 4-card and 5-card majors over 2NT…
(5) … and this response guarantees a 5-card ♠ suit…
(6) … and knowing that partner has 5 ♠’s makes it easy for South to take the pressure off partner and bid the slam.
And what happened? Everybody made 12 t
The bottom lines: -
- Puppet Stayman is used to locate both 4-4 and 5-3 major suit fits. I don’t like it over 1NT as you need at least invitational values, but it’s great over a 2NT (or equivalent) opening.
- It’s described on the website: Conventions > Section 1 > Puppet Stayman.
The Negative Double Board 23 from Monday 8th
I believe that East at table A got confused over the ‘automatic’ re-opening double.
Dealer: ♠ J763 Table A
South ♥ AK1054 West North East(B) South
Both vul ♦ KJ3 - - - pass
♣ 4 1♠ 2♥ pass (1) pass (2)
♠ AK854 N ♠ 102
♥ Q8 W E ♥ 73 Table B
♣ J986 ♣ AKQ5 - - - pass
♠ Q9 1♠ 2♥
♥ J962 3♣ pass 3♥ (5) pass
♦ 864 3♠ (6) pass 4♠ (7) all pass
Table B: (1) This is a very reasonable answer to question B, a negative double promising values in the minors. The alternative of 3♦ takes up too much bidding space in my view.
(5) Asking for a ♥ stop.
(6) This denies a ♥ stop.
(7) East opted for the 5-2 ♠ fit in preference to 5♣.
And what happened? Despite their 25 points, the lack of a decent fit meant that 4♠ went down, as did 3NT bid at two tables. Two East’s successfully stopped in a partscore and 2♥* made exactly for the N-S top.
The bottom lines: -
- Do not (effectively) double a two-level contract with two small trumps just because you know your side has the balance of the points.
The Unassuming Cue bid Board 20 from Monday 8th
Dealer: ♠ 83 Table A
West ♥ AJ1094 West North East South(D)
Both vul ♦ K105 1♣ (1) 1♥ pass 3♥ (2)
♣ AJ2 pass 4♥ (3) all pass
♠ KQJ9 N ♠ A72 Table B
♥ K W E ♥ 72 West North East South(D)
♣ Q108763 ♣ 95 pass 4♥ (3) all pass
Table B: (1) This pair sensibly play that any ♥ raise is pre-emptive. 2♣, an unassuming cue bid, would show a sound raise to 3♥ with three card support and this jump unassuming cue bid shows a sound raise to 3♥ with 4 (or in this case 5) card trump support.
(4) Knowing of a good hand with at least 4 trumps opposite, North has an easy accept.
And what happened? All but two N-S pairs played
in 4♥ making 11 t
The bottom lines: -
- Opposite an overcall, it’s best to play that a cue bid of the opponent’s suit shows a good raise and any direct raise is pre-emptive.
- The Unassuming cue bid is described on the website:
Conventions > Section 1 > Unassuming Cue Bid.
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s input involving the bidding.
North South You are North, declarer in 4♠ after West had opened 1♥.
♠ AQJ109 ♠ 82 East leads the ♥3, West wins with the ♥Q and cashes the ♥A
♥ J2 ♥ 964 followed by the ♥K. You ruff and East follows. Plan the play.
♦ AK ♦ Q652
♣ AQJ10 ♣ K653
Dave’s Column answer Board 24 from Wednesday 10th
Dealer: ♠ AQJ109 West North(E) East South
West ♥ J2 1♥
Love all ♦ AK pass 2♥ (3) pass 3♣
♣ AQJ10 pass 3♠ pass 4♠
♠ K743 N ♠ 65
♥ AKQ107 W E ♥ 853 (1) What did you bid with this North hand E in
♣ 8 ♣ 9742 a simple overcall and so double first and then
♠ 82 bid on. An alternative is to bid 2♥, a Michaels
♥ 964 Cue Bid to show ♠’s and a minor and then
♦ Q652 bid again to show a strong hand.
♣ K653 (2) 2♦ is better than 2♣ here, the reason being
that if partner bids again you can then bid ♣’s.
(3) This cue bid, having doubled, shows a very strong hand.
East leads the ♥3, West winning with the ♥Q and cashing the ♥A followed by the ♥K. You ruff and East follows. Plan the play.
West is marked with the ♠K for his opening bid, so there is a temptation to cross to the ♣K and take the trump finesse. However, that line fails here because when West wins the 3rd round of trumps with his ♠K, he forces you again with another ♥, establishing his long suit while he has the outstanding trump as an entry.
Instead, you must utilize the power of dummy’s ♠8. At t
If West takes the t
West East West North East South
♠ 1075 ♠ AJ964 - - 1♠ 2♥
♥ Q1063 ♥ 8 2♠ pass 3♣ pass
♦ Q1075 ♦ KJ9 4♠
♣ KQ ♣ A1074
You are East, declarer in 4♠. South leads the ♥A and switches to the ♦6. North wins the ♦A and returns his ♥ which you ruff. You lead a ♣ to dummy and then the ♠5 from dummy. North plays low, what should you do?
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 6 from Wednesday 10th
Dealer: ♠ KQ832 West North East South
East ♥ 74 - - 1♠ 2♥
E-W vul ♦ A842 2♠ pass 3♣ pass
♣ 65 4♠
♣ KQ ♣ A1074 South leads the ♥A and switches to the ♦6. North
♠ - wins the ♦A and returns his ♥ which East ruffs.
♥ AKJ952 declarer leads a ♣ to dummy and leads the ♠5.
♦ 63 North plays low, what should East do?
North’s double was dangerous as it gave declarer a lot of information. When this was played by an expert he became alert when North doubled. Having crossed to dummy and led the ♠5 North played low and declarer finessed the ♠6! Had North split his honours it would not have changed the outcome. Declarer then cashed 3 ♦’s and dummy’s ♣K, reducing North to just his 4 trumps.
♠ KQ83 Completing the trump coup, declarer led
♥ - a ♥ from dummy and over-ruffed north’s
♦ - ♠Q with the ♠A. Finally East led the ♣A
♣ - and ruffed it in dummy with the ♠10.
North could over-ruff or not, but it did
♣ - ♣ A the game.
♠ 7 (1) Strong
♦ QJ9 You are East, on lead defending against 6♥. You decide
♣ KQJ985 to lead the ♣A and partner plays the ♣3. What do you
lead next? The contract depends upon it. Answer next page.
Signalling in Defence Board 21 from Friday 12th
Dealer: ♠ AQ West North(H) East South
North ♥ AK876542 - 2♥ (1) 2♠ 4♥
N-S vul ♦ 82 4♠ 6♥ (2) all pass
(1) What did you open with this North hand H in
♣ 1073 ♣ A42 open 4♣, Namyats, showing a good 4♥
♠ 7 opener. This makes it difficult for the
♥ 1093 opponents to find their ♠ fit.
♦ QJ9 (2) A bit silly missing two aces.
Anyway, North is declarer in a somewhat optimistic 6♥ and you are East. You lead the ♣A and partner plays the ♣3. What does the ♣3 mean and what do you do?
First of all, what does partner’s low ♣ mean? It does not
really matter if you play attitude, inverted attitude (my preference) or count
on partner’s lead. Everything changes when dummy comes down and it is clear
that dummy will win the next t
So in this case the ♣3 is suit-preference, asking for a ♦ (the lowest ranking suit).
And what happened? At the table where 6♥ was bid, East woodenly ignored partner’s signal and switched the ♠ suit which they had both bid; so 6♥ making, thank you very much;
And what happened elsewhere? 6♥ obviously scored a top, other final contracts were a mixed bag of 4♠-1, 5♥= and 5♠-2 and a few more spurious results.
The bottom lines: -
defending a suit contract and partner leads an
good hand with a long major (like this North hand) I do not like to open 2♣/2♦/strong
two or whatever. Without a great abundance of points it’s too easy for the
opponents to come on with their major. That’s why I like Namyats and this North
hand is ideal for a Namyats 4♣ (good 4♥) opening. A Namyats 4♣/♦ opening
should be about 8˝ playing t
- Namyats is explained on the website: Conventions > Section 1 > Namyats
Obey the LAW Board 2 from Monday 10th
Dealer: ♠ 3 Table A
East ♥ Q53 West North East South
N-S vul ♦ AKJ65 - - 1♠ pass (1)
♣ K972 1NT
♠ Q10 N ♠ AKJ9876
♥ 109742 W E ♥ AKJ Table B
♣ QJ853 ♣ 104 - - 1♠ pass (1)
♠ 542 1NT 2♦ (2) 3♠ (5) 5♦ (6)
♥ 86 all pass
Table B: (2) This North chose to bid his ♦ suit – I agree.
(5) This is feeble and I would bid 4♠.
(6) This South knows about The LAW, and with at least 11 ♦’s between the hands he makes it difficult for the opponents to bid their game.
And what happened? Two pairs bid 5♦-1 and got a near top. Five E-W’s were allowed
to play in 4♠ all making or with overt
The bottom lines: -
- Obey the LAW. With 11 trumps you can usually compete to the 5-level.
Wrong Sided Board 31 from Friday 12th
Dealer: ♠ 105 Table A
South ♥ 9865 West North East(Fa) South
N-S vul ♦ A965 - - - pass
♣ 642 1♥ pass 2♣ pass
3NT (1) pass 4♥ (2) pass
♠ KJ94 N ♠ Q7
♥ KQ1043 W E ♥ AJ2 Table B
♣ K8 ♣ AQJ1075 - - - pass
♠ A8632 1♥ pass 2♣ pass
♥ 7 2♠ (1) pass 3NT (3) all pass
Table B: (1) This West chose to bid his ♠ suit – I agree, whether or not it shows reversing values in your system.
(3) What did you bid with this East hand F(a) in this week’s quiz? This 3NT bid, with nothing in ♦’s, is terrible. I would bid 4♥ as partner has 9+ cards in the majors and may well not have the ♣K. 3♦ (4th suit forcing) is the alternative if you want to possibly play in 3NT.
And what happened? At Table B East got exactly
what he deserved – a ♦ lead and he guessed
wrong, so down two for a joint bottom. 3NT by West would probably make 12 t
The bottom lines: -
- Don’t bid 3NT with just Jx in the 4th suit.
- Remember 4th suit forcing. It can be used in various scenarios and one important one is to ask for a stop in the 4th suit (and thus get the contract played from the right side).
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 1♦. AK doubleton is bad in a No-trump orientated hand and the hand has no intermediates. I am fully aware that most ‘experts’ will automatically open 1NT because they can add up to 15. Some players with more appreciation of hand evaluation will realize that this is not worth a 1NT opener.
Hand C: 3♥, this is a weak pre-emptive bid. 4♥ is probably too much vulnerable.
Hand G: 4♥, pre-emptive with an 8-card suit