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Mon 16th N-S ††† 1stPaul Q & Terry Q††††††††† 62%†††††† 2nd †† Johan & Michel††††††††††††††† 59%

††††††††††††††††††† E-W†††† 1st Dave H & Per AndÖ†††† 60%†††††† 2nd †† Ken H & Lewis S†††††††††††† 59%

Wed 18th N-S ††† 1stTom Hanlon & Sean†††††† 62%†††††† 2nd †† Brian Senior & Paul Q††††† 61%

††††††††††††††††††† E-W†††† 1stBorge & Terje Sk†††††††††† 69%†††††† 2nd †† Jeremy & Sally†††††††††††††††† 63%

Wed evening teams†† 1stIvy & Terry Q††††††††††††††† 73%†††††† 2nd †† Bengt & Eddie††††††††††††††††† 52%

Fri 20th †††† N-S ††† 1stBengt & Eddie††††††††††††††† 59%†††††† 2nd †† Ian W & Johan†††††††††††††††† 57%

††††††††††††††††††† E-W†††† 1stHans V & Sally††††††††††††† 54%†††††† 2nd †† Alain & Michel†††††††††††††††† 53%

     
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Bidding Quiz†††††††††††††† †††† Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.

 

Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† (a) What do you open with hand A

(b) Suppose you open 1 and partner bids 1, what now?

A††††††††††††††††† AK94††††††††††

Q102††††††††††† AQ932†††††††† With Hand B it is favourable vulnerability. You open 1 and

AJ863†††††††††† A9††††††††††††††† LHO doubles. Partner redoubles and RHO bids 1, what do

KQJ4†††††††††† 32††††††††††††††† you do?†††††††††††

 

Hand C†††††††††† Hand D†††††††††† (a) What do you open with hand C

(b) Suppose you open 1 or1 and partner bids 1, what now?

A††††††††††††††††† 53†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

Q974††††††††††† K10††††††††††††† With Hand D it is favourable vulnerability. Partner opens 1

AKJ6††††††††††† KJ732†††††††††† and RHO doubles, (a) what do you bid? Suppose you redouble,

QJ87††††††††††† AQ95††††††††††† LHO bids 1 and partner doubles then (b) what do you do?

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

 

Bidding Sequence Quiz

 

E††††† 1†††††pass†† 1††††† pass†††††† What is the jump to 5?

5

F††††† 1††††† dbl†††† redbl1††††††††† What is the dbl by opener, penalties or take-out?

dbl

 

The 2008 Club Championship Presentations

 

On Wednesday 18th we had the 2008 championship presentations. It was a great success, with 12 tables turning up and two bridge internationals (Brian Senior and Tom Hanlon) attending. The Pattaya People sent a reporter to cover the event and there was an excellent buffet afterwards. After the buffet there were 8 people who stayed on for a rather hastily arranged swing teams event.

A number of people took photos and I will put pictures on the web site if anybody sends me any. If you go to pattayapeople.com there is a short video of the presentation, but I guess itís only up there for one week

 


Cold for the grand††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 24 from Monday 16th††

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† 10974†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

South†††††††††††††† QJ1085††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

both vul††††††††††† 9†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† J92†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass

2NT (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (2)††† pass

AKJ††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† Q3††††††††††††††† †††† 5††† (3)††††† pass†††††††††† 6††† (4)††† all pass

AK94†††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† 8†††††††††††††††††† ††††

J76†††††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††††† AK108432††††††††ĎExpert Tableí

K107†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A43††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

††††††††††††††††††††††† 8652†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass

732†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass

Q5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† 2NT (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (2)††† pass

Q865†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4NT (3)††††† pass†††††††††† 5†† (4)††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5††† (5)††††† pass†††††††††† 5NT (6)††† pass.

7NT (7)††††† all pass

Table A:†††† (1)18-19, fine.

(2)   I quite like this bid, chosen by an opponent at our table. It says he had a good 6+ suit and slam ambitions if partner has decent ís.

(3)   This is a bit feeble, and you donít really want to play in 5 at pairs scoring. See ĎExpertí table for my choice.

ĎExpert톆††† There are many ways to bid these hands, so letís suppose that our experts start

Table:††††††† out as at Table A.

(3)   With reasonable ís (i.e.3 of them) West should ask about keycards. I prefer to play Kickback (especially when a minor suit is Ďtrumpsí) but weíll keep it simple and assume that our experts play 4NT as RKCB for ís.

(4)   3 keycards (playing 3014)

(5)   Do you have the Q? The cheapest bid excluding the trump suit asks for the trump queen.

(6)   Yes, but no other king. Note this response! You should say that you have the trump queen (even when you do not) if you have one more trump than partner can reasonably expect.

(7)   West can count 12 tricks Ė 2 ís, 2 ís, 6 ís and 2 ís. The 13th will be there if partner has a 7th or any outside queen. In the very unlikely event that he has none of these then you may get a lead or may have to fall back on the finesse. Real expert pairs doubtless have a way to find out if partner has something extra (the Q or a 7th ).

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

And what happened? You would think that E-W would get a bad score for just 6+1, but no! One pair bid 7= and three bid 6 (one making only 12 tricks!) and everybody else was in 5 or 3NT all making 13 tricks.

The bottom lines

-         A 7 card suit headed by the AK is huge, it is even huger when partner shows a balanced 18-19 points and you should be looking for the grand if all keycards are present.

-         To ask for the trump queen, bid 5 of the cheapest suit over 5/ (but not the trump suit which is a sign off).

-         If you donít have the trump queen but have an extra trump, then say that you have the queen.

 


Exclusion Roman Keycard Blackwood†††††††††††††† Board 16 from Monday 16th††

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† 86†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

South†††††††††††††† AQ1097†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

both vul††††††††††† AKQ854††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††† (1)††† pass†††††††† 1

pass†††††††††† 3††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 3

AJ104†††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† 952†††††††††††††† †††† pass†††††††††† 4NT†† (2)††† pass†††††††† 5††† (3)

J42†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† 3†††††††††††††††††† †††† pass†††††††††† 6††††† (4)††† all pass

62†††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† J107

AJ92††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† K86543†††††††††††† Table B

††††††††††††††††††††††† KQ73†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South††††

K865††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass

93†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† pass†††††††††† 1††††† (1)††† pass†††††††† 1

Q107†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 5†††† (5)††† dbl†††††††††† pass (6)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 5††††† (7)††† pass†††††††† pass

dbl†† (8)††††† all pass

 

Table A:†††† (1)Most would open 1 and then bid ís twice to show the strength and shape of this hand.

(2)   RKCB for ís, but I donít like it for two reasons:

a. The hand has a void and you have no idea if partnerís response will include the A or not.

b.†† The hand has a weak doubleton, a bad holding for Blackwood.

(3)One keycard.

(4)A complete gamble. He could easily find partner with the useless A and be missing the AK and the K.

Table B:†††† (5)This is Exclusion RKCB, showing a void, agreeing ís, and asking for keycards outside ís. It is obviously far better than the 4NT chosen at (2) above but still has drawback (b). A 4 splinter followed by 5 (showing a void) is probably best, but I believe that North chose Exclusion Blackwood to test his partnerís memory of their agreed conventions.

(6)   One keycard playing DOPI.

(7)   Perhaps North should punt 6 here (he is certainly knows much more than the gambler at table A).

(8)   The 5 bid was not alerted (no need to alert above the three level) but West asked and South said that it showed a void and asked for Keycards. I guess that West thought that N-S had had a bidding misunderstanding and with two aces and a partner who had doubled during the auction West decided to double.

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And what happened? Just the one pair bid the slam, which beat the score for the doubled overtrick at Table B into 2nd place.

The bottom lines

-         Do not bid Blackwood with a void Ė you have no idea if partnerís response includes the ace in your void suit.


A 1-level penalty Ė more than a slam!††††††††††††††† Board 25 from Monday 16th

 

I just love doubling the opponents for penalties, even at the one level. This time we doubled them at the 1-level and missed a slam! No probblem.

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† AK94†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† AQ932†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† A9††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass (1)††† 2

††††††††††††††††††††††† 32††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††† ††††††† pass†††††††† 3NT

all pass

1072†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† QJ86††††††††††† ††††

87654†††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† J†††††††††††††††††† †††† Table B

864††††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††††† Q105†††††††††††††††††West††††††††† North(B)††† East††††††††† South(D)

86††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ1074††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† dbl†† (1)††† redbl(2)

††††††††††††††††††††††† 53†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 1††† (3)††††† dbl†††† (4)††† pass†††††††† pass†† (5)

K10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass††††††††††

KJ732†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††

AQ95†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Table A:†††† (1)Pass is probably wise at this vulnerability Ė dbl and 2 are alternatives but you may run into trouble as at Table B.

Table B:†††† (1)This double looks fairly reasonable, with 10 points, good intermediates, 4 ís and shortage in the suit bid. Pass (probably best) and 2 are alternatives.

(2)   What did you bid with this South hand D(a) in this weekís quiz? Any two-level bid is weak and redouble is very clear Ė showing the majority of the points and often shortage in partnerís suit.

(3)   Normally a bid here should be a 5-card suit, but West obviously wants to play at the one level in ís and so this bid is fine.

(4)   What did you bid with this North hand B in this weekís quiz? Double (penalties) is pretty clear, especially at this vulnerability Ė a penalty is usually what partner has in mind when he redoubles.

(5)   What did you bid with this South hand D(b) in this weekís quiz? South knows that N-S have values for game Ė but look at the vulnerability! This is a situation where you trust partner and go for the penalty.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

And what happened? One N-S pair bid to 6NT and made 1020, However 1* went -4 (this was under dispute as one player thought it was -5, but he settled for -4 to save time) and the 1100 penalty was more than the slam! Most N-S pairs bid to 3NT with all making with various numbers of overtricks.

The bottom lines

-         Donít listen to people who say you should not double 1-level contracts for penalties.

-†††† Of course most doubles at the 1-level are for take-out, but not after a redouble.††††


Interfering with their strong 2 opening††††††††††† Board 28 from Monday 16th††

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

West††††††††††††††† KJ8764††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

N-S vul††††††††††† A9864††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2†††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† J6†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††† pass

4††† (1)††††† all pass

K53††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† AQJ87642††† ††††

1092†††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† A3††††††††††††††† †††† Table B

1073††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††††† Q2†††††††††††††††††††††West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

10932††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2†††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 109†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 2††††††††††††† 2††††† (2)††† 4††††††††††† 5†† (3)

Q5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 5††††††††††††† 5††† (1)††† all pass

KJ5†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††

KQ8754†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

Table A:†††† (1)Fast arrival, this totally flat hand is not really interested in slam.

Table B:†††† (2)This is a conventional bid (TWERB) that is usually used over a strong 1 and 1 response but is also applicable over 2 and 2. It shows the next suit up (ís) or both of the suits above that (so ís and ís here).

(3)   With excellent ís and the useful Q South bids. 5 here shows a willingness to play in ís if that is partnerís suit or else to play in a red suit (ís).

(4)   And that pushed West one too high, but note that 5 makes!††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

And what happened? Five Eastís were left to play peacefully in 4. One stopped in 3+1 and two were pushed into 5-1.

The bottom lines

-         Donít be afraid to interfere over their strong 1 or 2 if you have a shapely hand.

-         The TWERB convention is written up on the website:

-         Conventions > Section 2 > TWERB.

 

 

Daveís Column†††††††††† Here is Daveís input about the play of the hand.

 

North†††††††††††††† South†††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

63†††††††††††††††† K7††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 2†††††††††††††

A83††††††††††††† KQ1075†††††††††††††† pass†††††††††††††† 3††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (1)†††††

KJ983†††††††††† A106††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††††††† 4†† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 4NT

AQ5†††††††††††† KJ7††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††††††† 5††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 6

all pass†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (1) = cue bid

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

West leads the 2 to Eastís A and East returns the Q to your K. You cash the K and lead another trump to the A, West discarding.

Review the bidding and play so far and choose your play in the suit. Do you finesse against East or West, or do you expect the Q to drop?

 


Daveís Column answer††††††††††††††††††††† Board 1 from Wednesday 18th

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Dealer:†††††††††††† 63†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West †††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

North†††††††††††††† A83††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 2

Love all††††††††††† KJ983†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††pass†††††††††† 3††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3(1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ5†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4†† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 4NT

pass†††††††††† 5††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 6

10852†††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† AQJ94††††††††††† ††††† all pass

4 ††††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† J962††††††††††††††

Q754††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 2†††††††††††††††††††† (1)A cue bid, I guess itís up to you if you

10962††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 843††††††††††††††† ††††† cue bid a 2nd round control before a 1st

††††††††††††††††††††††† K7††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† round control (4) but it saves space and

KQ1075†††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† this is the bidding from the book.

A106††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (2) A cue bid.

KJ7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

Answer: You continue with drawing trumps, finessing Eastís J.

Are you ready to play the suit? Should you play low to dummyís K expecting East to hold the Q because of his overcall? Or should you first cash the A and finesse against West, expecting West to have greater length in ís?

There is no need to guess. First you should cash three rounds of ís. When both defenders follow suit you know what to do. East has at least 5 ís, 4 ís and 3 ís. Therefore he can have no more than one . After cashing the A you make the slam, taking the marked finesse against Westís Q.

 

And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Four out of 12 bid the slam, two made it and two made +1. The other 8 contracts were the usual spurious ones such as 3NT, 4 and 4*(E).

The bottom lines: -

-         When in search of an elusive queen, donít commit yourself too early. Look for more information first and get a (partial) count on the hand.

 

 

 

 

Daveís 2nd Column†† Here is Daveís 2nd input about the play of the hand.

 

West††††††††††††††† East††††††††††††††††††† You are West, declarer in 6. North leads the 10 and

73†††††††††††††††† AKJ2††††††††††††† you win with the A and draw trumps in four rounds

AKQJ964††† 2†††† †††††††††††††† (North had 10873). Plan the play.

84†††††††††††††††† AQ63††††††††††††

63††††††††††††††† AQ97

 


Daveís 2nd Column answer††††††††††††† Board 2 from Wednesday 18th

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Dealer:†††††††††††† 1098†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

East††††††††††††††††† 10873†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†† ††††††††† pass

N-S vul††††††††††† J95††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 4††††††† ††††† pass ††††††††††††††††† 6††††† ††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 843†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

73†††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† AKJ2††††††††††††††††††† This is the bidding from the book.

AKQJ964††††† W††† E††††††††† 2†††††††††††††††††††† ††††

84†††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† AQ63††††††††††††

63††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ97††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q654††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††

5†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††

K1072†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

KJ102†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

Declarer discarded two ís and a from dummy as he drew trumps, and South also threw two ís and a . Declarer then cashed the K and ruffed a . When the Q did not drop declarer tried the finesse. South won and returned the Q which declarer ruffed. Declarer then tried the finesse and when that also lost he was one down.

How should West have played the hand?

Although he has many options he has an easy 100% play for the contract:

He takes the first , draws trumps and then leads a to dummyís 9 (if North covered with the 10 or J then dummy plays the Q).

When South wins, he must concede the slam, any return gives declarer a free finesse and his 12th trick.

 

And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 7NT-2, 7NT-1, 6NT+1, 6NT=(twice), 6=(three times), 6-1(3 times), 4+2 and 4+1.


Open 1NT with a singleton Ė part 1††††††††††††††††††† Board 17 from Wednesday 18th

 

Opening 1NT with a singleton (ace or king) is allowed. It came up twice this week, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesnít.

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† Q9542††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† A85††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(A)

Love all††††††††††† K††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††† 1††† (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† 8763††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 2†† (2)

pass ††††††††† pass†† (3)††† all pass

K1076††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† J83†††††††††††††† ††††

KJ973††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† 64†††††††††††††††† †††† Table B

104†††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† Q9752†††††††††††††††West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(A)

A2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1095††††††††††††††††† -†††††† ††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass ††††††† 1NT (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† A††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 2†† (4)††††† dbl†††† (5)††† 2††† (6)††† dbl†† (7)

Q102††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† dbl†††† (8)††† all pass

AJ863†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††

KQJ4††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

Table A:†††† (1)What did you open with this South hand A in this weekís quiz? 1 seems pretty clear, but then what do you bid when partner responds 1? 1NT, 2 and 2 are all underbids; 2NT and 3 are overbids. There is no good rebid.

(2)This is the best of the evils, but you may well miss game.

(3)Some Northís passed here and some bid 3.†††

Table B:†††† (1)This is the alternative opening for question A Ė get the balanced nature and strength of the hand off you chest with your opening bid.

(4)   Both majors.

(5)   North had a conventional means (Lebensohl) to show an invitational hand with 5 ís, but with West showing at least 4 ís he decided to simply show values.

(6)   Presumably natural.

(7)   Penalties Ė showing ís.

(8)   With now an obvious lead (K) North went for the penalty.

 

And what happened? 2* was -4 and an 800 top for N-S. A few N-Sís were in game, sometimes making and sometimes going down but many were in a partscore.

The bottom lines

-         Opening 1NT with a singleton (A or K) tells you partner your values immediately and in this case facilitated a good penalty.

 

 


Open 1NT with a singleton Ė part 2††††††††††††††††††† Board 19 from Friday 20th

 

But opening 1NT with a singleton (ace or king) does not always work out well:

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† Q86††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

South†††††††††††††† AKJ2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(C)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† 8743†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 65††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass

2†† (2)††††† all pass

A††††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† 107542†††††††† ††††

Q974††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† 86†††††††††††††††† †††† Table B

AKJ6†††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††††† 10††††††††††††††††††††††West(C)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

QJ87††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† K10942†††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ93††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 1NT (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† (3)††† pass

1053†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† all pass

Q952††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††

A3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

Table A:†††† (1)What did you open with this West hand C in this weekís quiz? 1 seems OK, but then what do you bid when partner responds 1? 1NT, 2 and 2 are all underbids; 2NT and 3 are overbids. Itís much the same if you open 1. There is no good rebid.

(2)This is the best of the evils, it implies 5ís and also does not show the strength of the hand.

Table B:†††† (1)This is the alternative opening for question C Ė get the balanced nature and strength of the hand off you chest with your opening bid.

(3)Unfortunately this is the downside of opening 1NT with a singleton Ė partner transferring and leaving you there.

 

And what happened? 2-1 was a disaster, with most pairs playing nicely in a partscore

The bottom lines

-         Opening 1NT with a singleton (A or K) tells you partner your values immediately but in this case facilitated a miserable score in a 5-1 fit.


Bidding Quiz Answers

 

Hand A:††† (a)1NT. Of course you can open 1 if you prefer.

(b)I donít know. I guess that 2 is the lesser of the evils. 1NT is an underbid and 2NT is an overbid as is 3.

Hand B:††† dbl, penalties.

Hand C:††† (a)1NT. Of course you can open 1 or 1 if you prefer.

(b)I donít know. 1NT is an underbid and 2NT is an overbid. If you opened 1 then a reverse into 2 (or 2) would show the values but imply a 5-card suit. If you opened 1 then 2 or 2 are possible but both of these imply a 5-card suit.

Hand D:††† (a)redouble. Any 2-level bid is weak.

(b)pass. Partnerís double is penalties and you have no reason to remove it.

 

 

Bidding Sequence Answers

 

E††††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††† pass†††††† 5 is Exclusion RKCB agreeing ís, showing a void and

5†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† asking for keycards outside the suit.

F††††† 1††††† dbl†††† redbl1††††††††† Openerís dbl is penalties, he has good ís.

dbl

 

       

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