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Mon 29th      N-S     1st  Jean W & Bob P            56%       2nd    Jeremy & Sally                 54%

                    E-W     1st   Hans & Janne                 60%       2nd    Oranong & Paul B            57%

Wed 31st      N-S     1st  Hans & Jean                   60%       2nd    Bob S & Jeremy               50%

                    E-W     1st   Oranong & Paul B          59%       2nd    Torbjorn & Gunn              56%

Fri 2nd          N-S     1st  Lewis & Paul Q              59%       2nd    Janne & Jean                    56%

                    E-W     1st   Bob P & Paul B             58%       2nd    Einar & Kjell                    57%

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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A                 West        North     East      South(A)    |     West    North   East      South(A)

Qx                      pass         1          pass     1NT           |     pass     1        pass     1NT

KQxx                 pass         2          pass     ?(a)            |     2       2        3       ?(b)


xxxx             With Hand A you are South, what do you bid at (a) and what do you bid at (b)?


Hand B           Hand C           With Hand B LHO opens 1NT and RHO transfers with 2,

what do you do?

543               J                                          

J107643       K1073          With Hand C partner opens 1. (a) What do you bid?             

65                 J54               (b)  Suppose you bid 1NT and partner bids 2, what now?

A6                A10832


Hand D           Hand E            With Hand D LHO partner opens 1NT, what do you bid?


AJ108763     2                   With Hand E everybody is vulnerable. You open 1 and

QJ                Q1093          LHO bids 1, this is passed back to you.            

83                 AJ863          (a)  What do you do?              

J2                 KJ5              (b)  Suppose you double and this is passed to RHO who bids 2,

what do you do now?


Hand F            Hand G           With Hand F partner opens 1, what do you bid?


K1073          K10743               

AQ103         A                  With Hand G it’s both vulnerable. Partner opens 1 and RHO

K63              10                 overcalls 1, what do you do?

86                A109743   



Bidding Sequence Quiz


H     1    1      pass   pass       The first double is ‘automatic’, what is the 2nd double?

        dbl     pass   pass   2                                   



The Club Championships


Here are the final standings in the 2008 club competitions. There are 5 prizes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Gold Cup and then the Silver plate and Bronze Medal. Note that coming 2nd or 3rd in the Gold Cup is considered a higher achievement that winning the Silver Plate or Bronze Medal and if somebody (like Hans) wins a prize then he is not eligible for a lesser competition. Prize winners are in bold type. Well done Hans and everybody, especially the eleven players who managed to qualify for the Gold Cup.

Note that Janne temporarily had the 3rd place in the Gold Cup, but lost 2.8 points when a scoring error on Monday 29th was pointed out and so Dave actually came in 3rd. Hard luck on Janne Roos, who just missed a Gold Cup place and also hard luck Lewis Berg who fell just short in all three competitions.

The top 11 places are here, full results are 2008 Championship results page on the website.



Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5














1905.2 Hans Vikman

1856.5 Sally Watson

1849.9 Dave Cutler

1849.1 Janne Roos

1845.6 Lewis Berg

1817.1 Lars Gustafsson

1806.6 Bob Pelletier

1790.3 Ivy Schlageter

1786.1 Derek & Gerard

1762.2 Jeremy Watson

1727.5 Jan v Koss


683.5 Hans Vikman

664.9 Sally Watson

663.8 Jeremy Watson

661.8 Dave Cutler

652.2 Lewis Berg

651.0 Lars Gustafsson

648.3 Janne Roos

646.8 Derek & Gerard

645.6 Janne Roos

643.6 Ivy Schlageter

639.0 Tomas Wikman



352.6 Hans Vikman

342.3 Dave Cutler

341.1 Jeremy Watson

341.1 Sally Watson

339.7 Lars Gustafsson

335.8 Lewis Berg 

335.3 Ivy Schlageter

333.8 Derek & Gerard

327.4 Tomas Wikman

326.2 Bob Pelletier

328.8 Bob Short




Our Website


I have just about completed the bridge shop and book pages on the website and now have a little more time for other topics such as conventions. Paul Q gave me a few notes on Inverted Minors and I have just put that on the website. A reader asked me about New Minor Forcing and that is also now written up. Checkback Stayman and Crowhurst will be my next projects. Paul Q has also written a few notes on TWERB (a defence to the strong club) and that’s also on the list to do. If you want something written up or have some input, then please do contact me.



When Your Hand Improves
                                 Board 26 from the Xmas teams


This is an input from Paul Q. I only have this hand from the deal, partner had a 5431 shape 12 count.


Hand A              Table 1

Qx                  Partner opened 1 and you bid 1NT of course (not good enough for 2)

KQxx             At the table partner made a poor pass. The sensible bid with his 5431       hand

QJx                 is 2♥. What did you bid with this South hand A(a) in this week’s quiz?  

xxxx               An invitational raise to 3 is called for (which partner would pass). There was a bit more action at the table 2.


                          West            North           East          South(A)

pass             1                pass         1NT

2               2                3           ?  (1)


(1)  What did you open with this South hand A(b) in this week’s quiz? Bid 4 now! The opponents’ intervention has proven that partner is short in ’s and likely has most of his honors in the remaining suits. The opponents have competed to the 3 level in ’s with less than 1/2 the points in the deck, and every honor card in your hand is "working".  Even a minimum opening bid should provide a good play for game. This is an excellent example of how hand evaluation can change based on information gained during the auction.
And what happened? 1NT made exactly at table 2 and 4 made exactly at table 1.

The bottom lines: -

-         With a 5-card suit and a lower ranking 4-card suit, open the 5-carder of course and if partner responds 1NT, then bid the 4-carder.

-         This Hand B was initially only worth an invitation, but when both opponents bid ’s the hand improved – hand evaluation evolves during the bidding.




Dave’s Column           Here is Dave’s input involving the play of the hand.


North               South                     You are South, declarer in 4 and West leads the J.

K1073          AQJ62                Do you play the A or the Q from dummy? And plan      

AQ103         54                       the play.

K63              A742                                   

86                K7



Dave’s Column answer                      Board 16 from Wednesday 31st


Dealer:             K1073                                        West          North(F)    East            South

South               AQ103                                       -                 -                 -                 1

Love all            K63                                           pass           2NT (1)      pass           3NT   (2)

                        86                                              pass           4              all pass


84                       N             95                   (1)  What did you bid with this North hand F

J2                   W    E          K9876                  in this week’s quiz? This 2NT is the

Q1085                S              J9                         Jacoby 2NT convention, showing an opening

AJ542                                Q1093                 hand with 4 trumps and no shortage.

                        AQJ62                                        If you don’t play Jacoby 2NT then you would

54                                              have to bid 2 as it’s too strong for 3 and

A742                                         4 is a weak pre-emptive raise.

K7                                       (2)  Showing a better than minimum hand with no shortage.


West leads the J, plan the play.

South should neither play the Q nor the A – he should play low from dummy! – letting the J win. This is an unusual variation of avoidance technique.

If West shifts to a trump, South draws trumps, takes the A and leads the Q, ruffing East’s K. South then leads a to dummy and throws a on the 10. He loses a , a and a .

East can’t prevail by taking his K at trick one and shifting to a . The defence can take two ’s but South later pitches two ’s on dummy’s high ’s and loses just 2 ’s and a .



And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 5-1, 4= three times, 4-1 twice and 5* by West -4.

The bottom lines: -

-         The Jacoby 2NT convention is described on the website.

-         Another possible conventional bid here is the Swiss Convention - 4 at (1) would show a an opening hand without two keycards and a feature (a feature being a third keycard or shortage). Not many play Swiss these days, preferring Jacoby 2NT; but I like to play Swiss when 12-15 and use Jacoby 2NT with 16+ (i.e. definite slam interest)



Dave’s 2nd Column           Here is Dave’s 2nd input involving a defensive problem.


                        4                                                 West(D)     North         East            South

                        942                                             -                 -                 1NT           pass

                        J107                                           4    (1)      pass           4              all pass


                                                                        You are North. West’s 4 was a Texas transfer

AJ108763         N                                         and partner leads the 8, plan the defence.

QJ                W    E                                            

83                     S                                              



Dave’s 2nd Column answer              Board 10 from Wednesday 31st


Dealer:             4                                                 West(D)     North         East            South

East                  942                                             -                 -                 1NT           pass

Both vul            J107                                            4    (1)      pass           4              all pass


                                                                        (1)  What did you bid with this West hand D in

AJ108763         N               KQ5                     this week’s quiz? This bid from the book

QJ                W    E            K103                   is a Texas transfer – showing no slam

83                     S                AQ54                  interest and demanding that partner bids 4.

J2                                       Q73                     If you do not play Texas transfers then bid 4,  

                        92                                              you do not want to bid a 2 transfer as that

A8765                                       may allow the opponents in the auction.


84                      Anyway, you are North and partner leads the 8.          


This is a tough problem, you win with the K and the only winning defence is to immediately shift to the J (or another ). This establishes a 4th defensive trick in ’s before declarer can discard a loser on the Q


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 4= four times, 3=, and 4-1 twice.


Note that if you play Texas Transfers or South African Texas transfers, then a normal Jacoby transfer followed by 4-of-the major (e.g. 1NT - 2 - 2 - 4) is non-minimum and mildly slam invitational.

Also, if you play Texas Transfers then the sequence 1NT - 4 is redundant and can be put to good use as explained in the book on No Trump Bidding.


A 1NT response followed by 2NT                       Board 31 from Monday 29th   


Dealer:             J                                                 Table A

South               K1073                                        West          North(C)    East          South

N-S vul            J54                                              -                 -                 -               1

                        A10832                                      pass           1NT   (1)    pass         2    (2)

pass           2NT   (3)    all pass

Q85                    N             A92                    

J6542             W    E          AQ9                    Table B

82                       S              10763                  West          North(C)    East          South

KJ5                                    Q96                     -                 -                 -               1

                        K107643                                    pass           1NT   (1)    pass         2    (2)

8                                                all pass



Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this North hand C(a) in this week’s quiz? It’s not strong enough for 2 and 1NT is correct.

(2)  South has a choice here – rebid the motley 6-card major or bid the good 4-card suit. I think it’s close and would not argue with either.

(3)  But I would argue with this. What did you bid with this North hand C(b) in this week’s quiz? Partner’s 2 bid has shown a dislike for NoTrumps and bidding 2NT is very poor. Pass is my choice.

Table B:     (2)  Most South’s rebid 2 and that solved any problems.


And what happened? The results were all over the place; Deep Finesse says that 2 makes +1, 2 goes -1 and 2NT goes -2.

The bottom lines: -

-         If partner does not like 1NT then he won’t like 2NT.

-         The sequence 1x – 1NT – 2y – 2NT (y lower ranking than x) does not exist in Standard American. Playing 2/1 (I.e. a forcing 1NT) the sequence shows a balanced 11-12 over a major suit opening.


Double a transfer for a lead?                              Board 6 from Monday 29th   


Dealer:             543                                             West          North(B)    East          South

East                  J107643                                     -                 -                 1NT         pass

E-W vul           65                                               2              dbl   (1)      2    (2)    pass

                        A6                                              3NT           all pass


Q10976              N             AK                 (1)  What did you bid with this North Hand B in

92                   W    E          KQ5                    this week’s quiz?  A double of a transfer

AJ108                 S              KQ943                shows a good holding in the suit, but it also

J8                                       K97                     asks for that suit to be led. I cannot see that

                        J82                                             North really wants a led and he should pass.

A8                                        (2)  East should pass (showing just 2 ’s) but I

72                                              believe that he did not notice the double card.


And what happened? The resultant A lead and continuation was good for East and when the ’s split 3-3 he has a joint top, making 12 tricks.

The bottom lines: -

-         Do not double Stayman or a transfer bid unless you want that suit led.


Doubling Mode                                                    Board 7 from Wednesday 31st    


Dealer:             AJ986                                         West(E)     North         East(G)    South

South               KJ                                              -                 -                 -               pass

both vul            KQ95                                        1             1              pass (1)    pass

                        86                                              dbl   (2)      pass           pass         2

                                                                              pass (3)      pass           3           all pass

2                         N             K10743         

Q1093            W    E          A                    (1)  What did you bid with this East hand G in this

AJ863                 S              10                         this week’s quiz? This East decided to go for

KJ5                                    A109743              the vulnerable penalty by passing – very

                        Q5                                              reasonable with a mis-fit and is what I did.

876542                                 (2)  What did you bid with this West Hand E(a) in

742                                            this week’s quiz? Double is ‘automatic’.

Q2                                       (3)  What did you bid with this West Hand E(b) in this week’s quiz? Partner has shown a decent hand prepared to defend just 1doubled – you must double for penalties here.


And what happened? 3 made +2 for a poor score. 2* goes about two down for a virtual top to E-W.

The bottom lines: -

-         It is well known that after the sequence 1y dbl redbl then all doubles by the opening side are for penalties.

-         The same is true after an automatic re-opening double is passed for penalties. Sequence H.

Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    (a)  3, invitational.

(b)  4, with both opponents bidding ’s that marks partner with shortage, and with no wasted honours in the suit the hand is worth a shot at game.

Hand B:    Pass. Double (showing ’s) will probably not work out well as you probably do not want a led.

Hand C:    (a)  1NT. The hand is not strong enough for 2,

(b)  pass. Partner has shown a two-suiter and a dislike of NoTrumps, so give preference by pass. Do not bid 2NT – your side does not have the values. 

Hand D:    4. You want to go straight to game with this weak hand so as not to allow the opponents into the auction. A 2 transfer allows the opponents bidding space. If you play Texas transfers then bid 4 and if you play South African Texas transfers then bid 4. These latter two conventions demand that partner bid 4.

Hand E:    (a)  double, automatic when playing negative doubles.

(b)  double - penalties. Partner has a mis-fit with you and wanted to defend 1 doubled, so 2* should be glorious.

Hand F:     2. You cannot bid 3 as the hand is too strong and 4 is a weak pre-emptive bid. You cannot bid 2 as that guarantees 5 ’s although it is possible with this actual hand as you can always convert bids from partner to ’s. Best is to temporize with 2 and then raise to 4 - a delayed game raise – over partner’s minimal rebid. If you play Jacoby 2NT or Swiss then these conventions are the alternatives.

Hand G:    Pass. It’s a mis-fit with no guarantee of game, so go for the vulnerable penalty. Partner will usually automatically re-open with a double of course which you will pass.


Bidding Sequence Answers


H     1     1      pass   pass       The second double is absolutely penalties. Partner has shown

        dbl     pass   pass   2          a good hand with a misfit for you and a desire to defend at

dbl                                       the one-level, he will probably be delighted to defend at the two level; and if not he can always pull it as he knows that you have just 4 ’s.


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