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Mon 16th N-S 1st Lars B & Jean 67% 2nd Eddie & Dave H 59%
Ado & Derek 60% 2nd
Wed 18th 1st
Fri 20th N-S 1st Hans V & Per And.. 59% 2nd Bob P & Robbie 56%
Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A partner opens 1♥ and you bid 1♠. Partner then
jumps to 3♣, what do you do?
♠ K105432 ♠ Q9872
♥ 93 ♥ A86 With Hand B it’s favourable vulnerability. LHO opens 1♠ and
♦ J5 ♦ 102 partner doubles, what do you do?
♣ J72 ♣ 532
Hand C Hand D What do you open with Hand C?
♠ K108 ♠ A8 With Hand D you open 1♥ and partner bids 1♠
♥ AK2 ♥ AKQJ6 (a) What do you bid?
♦ AK10 ♦ 3 (b) Suppose you bid 3♣ and partner bids 3♠. What now?
♣ AJ87 ♣ K10943
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
628.8 Janne Roos
617.6 Hans Vikman
603.8 Lars Broman
602.3 Bob Short
588.6 Derek & Gerard
586.4 Johan Bratsberg
574.6 Jean Wissing
568.9 Lars Gustafsson
326.0 Janne Roos
321.3 Hans Vikman
320.1 Bob Short
316.1 Lars Broman
310.7 Per Andersson
307.1 Derek & Gerard
303.9 Per-Ake Roskvist
We played this board in the first round on Wednesday against Eddie
Dealer: ♠ J6 West North East South
South ♥ AKQJ64 - - - pass
N-S vul ♦ QJ109 2♠ 3♥ (1) 4♠ 5♠ (2)
♠ AK8432 N ♠ Q10975
♥ 10 W E ♥ 9 (1)
♣ 654 ♣ AQJ983 (3) Showing good values in spades, and by
♠ - inference not much outside, so this may aid
♥ 87532 partner if he is thinking about sacrificing at
♦ AK863 the 6-level.
♣ K107 (4) Forcing.
And what happened? 6♠* by West went -2 for just 300 away at four tables. At the other table 6♥ made for 1430.
The bottom lines
South West North East South
♠ K - pass 1♠
♥ KJ74 pass pass pass
♣ AKJ84 You are South and partner has converted your take-out double into penalties, what do you lead?
Dealer: ♠ Q9872 Table A
North ♥ A86 West North(B) East South
E-W vul ♦ 102 - pass 1♠
♣ 532 pass pass (2) pass
♠ 63 N ♠ AJ1052 Table B
♥ Q1053 W E ♥ 92 West North(B) East South
♣ 10 ♣ Q976 pass 1NT (2) all pass
And what happened? 2♠ doubled was the final contract twice and it made on both occasions. 1NT by North was a good result and 2♦ by West scored an average. The other two contracts were 2♣* by South -2 and 2♠ by East -4 (undoubled!).
The bottom lines: -
The bottom line: -
Dealer: ♠ K105432 Table A
South ♥ 93 West North(A) East South(D)
E-W vul ♦ J5 - - - 1♥
♣ J72 pass 1♠ pass 3♣ (1)
pass pass (2) all pass
♠ 6 N ♠ QJ97
♥ 108754 W E ♥ 2 Table B
♣ AQ ♣ 865 - - - 1♥
♠ A8 pass 1♠ pass 3♣ (1)
♥ AKQJ6 pass 3♠ (3) pass 4NT (4)
♦ 3 pass 5♣ pass 5♠
♣ K10943 pass pass
And what happened? 3♣ at Table A was the only plus score for N-S but I disapprove of the bidding (I would not bid 3♣
as South and I would not pass as North). Two wrongs make a right?
At Table B 5♠* went -4 and 800 away and a clear bottom.
So who was at fault at table B? South gave North a mouthful of stick, but in my opinion South was totally at fault in both
the 2nd and 3rd bids and in my opinion North bid perfectly. I note that the most popular contract was 4♠ undoubled, so I guess
most North’s bid their ♠’s twice.
The bottom lines
Dealer: ♠ K108 Table A
South ♥ AK2 West North(C) East South
Love all ♦ AK10 - - - pass
♣ AJ87 pass 2NT (1) pass 3♥ (2)
pass 4♠ (3) all pass
♠ 62 N ♠ J75
♥ 983 W E ♥ J1054 Table B
♣ K1064 ♣ Q53 - - - pass
♠ AQ943 pass 2♣ (1) pass 2♦
♥ Q76 pass 2NT (4) pass 3♥ (5)
♦ 742 pass 3♠ (6) pass 3NT
♣ 92 pass pass (7) pass
And what happened? This was the last board at Table A and decided the winners of both sections. Going into this last
board N-S were winning in their direction and E-W were 2nd in their direction. However, 4♠ making exactly was a clear
bottom to N-S and so they dropped to 2nd place and the top to E-W gave them first place in the E-W line. 3NT +2 or +3
were the popular scores. The bottom lines
North South You are North, declarer in 4♠ via a Stayman sequence having
♠ Q942 ♠ K876 opened 1NT in 4th seat. East leads the ♥A followed by the
♥ J6 ♥ 1032 ♥K and ♥Q which you ruff. Plan the play.
♦ KJ9 ♦ AQ102 Will
declarer succeed if he leads a low ♠
from hand at t
♣ AKQ4 ♣ J7
Dave’s Column answer Board 2 from Wednesday 18th
Dealer: ♠ Q942 West North East South
East ♥ J6 - - pass pass
N-S vul ♦ KJ9 pass 1NT pass 2♣
♣ AKQ4 pass 2♠ pass 4♠ (1)
♣9652 ♣ 1083 North and I was South.
♥ 1032 (1) With 10 points and two tens this is easily
♦ AQ102 worth bidding game.
Answer: Declarer will fail if he leads a trump at t
In order to hold the trump losers to one, declarer needs one of his opponents to hold the doubleton ♠A or the ♠J10 doubleton or else West to hold the singleton ♠J or ♠10 so that he can take a later finesse against East’s remaining guarded ♠J/10.
So the critical question is – who has the ♠A?
West must have it as East has already turned up with 9 points and with the ♠A in addition he would have opened as dealer. Therefore declarer must lead the first ♠ from dummy through West. So cross to dummy in a minor suit and lead the ♠6. If West plays low declarer wins the ♠Q and leads another ♠. Whether East plays the ♠J or the ♠10 declarer must play low from dummy, hoping that West began with ♠Ax and will have to play his ♠A on thin air.
This form of play is known as an obligatory finesse. It is not really a finesse but is a close relative.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 4♠= (by my partner along the lines given above), 4♠-1 twice, 3NT-1 and 2♠+2.
The bottom lines: -
- I simply cannot understand the contracts of 3NT and 2♠, surely the given auction is automatic?
♣ J109863 ♣ AKQ
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 1 from Wednesday 18th
Dealer: ♠ 65432 West North East South
North ♥ 10976 pass 2♣ pass
Love all ♦ A10 2♦ pass 3NT (1) all pass
♣ J109863 ♣ AKQ are probably in a silly contract.
♠ K108 There are various options: play Benjamin
The 100% play is to cash three top ♣’s and then lead the ♠Q (key play). If somebody overtakes the ♠K then the ♠J is an entry to those lovely ♣’s.
If the ♠Q wins the t
Notice that if you try to knock out the ♥A before leading the ♠Q South can win, exit with a ♦ and, holding the ♠K as yet another entry, you go down.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 3NT+2, 3NT+1, 3NT= and 3NT-1 twice.
The bottom lines: -
Hand A: 3♠. Partner’s 3♣ is game forcing and I prefer to rebid this reasonable 6-card suit rather than giving (false) preference to 3♥.
Hand C: 2♣, to be followed by 2NT, showing a balanced 22-24.
Hand D: (a) 2♣. 3♣ is game forcing and is an overbid.
(b) 4♠. Having already overbid, the only way to salvage the situation is to bid 4♠. 4NT (as bid at one table) is way over the top.