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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A partner opens 1♣, what do you bid (2NT or 3NT)?
♠ K64 ♠ 83
♥ A62 ♥ K108742 With Hand B you open 2♥.
Partner raises to 4♥ and
♣ Q1074 ♣ A76
Hand C Hand D With Hand C partner opens 3♥, what do you bid?
♠ AKQ954 ♠ A32
♥ K7 ♥ 10843 With Hand D you open 1♣ and partner bids 2NT, what do
♣ A952 ♣ A865
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
631.3 Janne Roos
621.6 Hans Vikman
612.2 Lars Broman
609.9 Bob Short
607.6 Per Andersson
592.4 Jean Wissing
588.6 Derek & Gerard
586.4 Johan Bratsberg
326.0 Janne Roos
321.7 Bob Short
321.3 Hans Vikman
321.0 Per Andersson
316.1 Lars Broman
312.8 Dave Hurst
309.5 Jean Wissing
Dealer: ♠ 87 Table A
East ♥ K5 West(A) North East South
N-S vul ♦ QJ97543 - - 1♣ pass
♣ J9 3NT (1) all pass
♠ K64 N ♠ A32 Table B
♥ A62 W E ♥ 10843 West(A) North East(D) South
♣ Q1074 ♣ A865 2NT (1) pass 3NT (2) all pass
And what happened? Three pairs overbid to 3NT and two made it. Deep finesse says it’s minus one, but I know that one declarer received the obvious ♦Q lead which declarer won in dummy with the ♦A. After a bit of messing about in the black suits declarer eventually threw North in with the ♥K in order to end-play him in ♦’s and thus make the contract.
The bottom lines: -
♣ Q4 ♣ A952
Dave’s Column answer Board 8 from Wednesday 1st
Dealer: ♠ 6 West North East(C) South
West ♥ 10852 3♥ pass 4NT (1) pass
Love all ♦ KQJ73 5♣ (2) pass 5♦ (3) pass
♣ 1076 5♠ (4) pass 7♥ (5) all pass
♣ Q4 ♣ A952 (RKCB) or 5NT (Josaphine grand slam try)
are the only sensible options.
♠ J10732 (2) 1 keycard (playing 1430).
♥ - (3) Do you have the trump queen?
♦ 10962 (4) Yes, plus 2nd round ♠ control.
♣ KJ83 (5) It’s easy enough for East to count 13+ tricks: 7 ♥’s, 1 ♣, 1 ♦ and 5 ♠’s assuming a ♠ needs to be ruffed to set up the suit.
This was the bidding at out table (with me as East). In Dave’s book East simply bid 5NT and West jumped to 7♥.
Anyway, North leads the ♦K against 7♥, plan the play.
The hand is trivial if ♠’s break no worse than 4-2. So now a word from Dr. Doom. “What if the ♠’s are 5-1, and the hand with the singleton ♠ is your LHO who might have 4 ♥’s meaning that you cannot ruff a ♠ safely?”
Dealer: ♠ 6 The best way to cater for this is to begin with 5
West ♥ - rounds of ♥’s leaving this position.
Love all ♦ QJ7
♣ 1076 The North hand is now immaterial*. The ♥6 is then
led and the ♣9 discarded from dummy. If South
♣ Q4 ♣ A9 ♣K and setting up the ♣Q for the 13th trick.
♥ - * I (Terry) do not see that the North hand is
♦ - immaterial - it may have 5 ♠’s or it may have
♣ KJ the ♣K or it may have both.
A note about 1430
♣ A952 0314 then partner will respond 5♦ with one keycard and you would need to commit yourself to slam if you ask for the queen with 5♠. If partner does not have it 6♥ goes down. 1430 has a small advantage when ♥’s are trumps.
Terry’s comment. This really is too much for a simple soul like me to comprehend. Surely North, who started with three ♣’s to South’s four, is fairly likely to have the ♣K?
And in fact I do not believe that declarer has a count of the hand
and North could well have started with 4 ♣’s or even 5 ♣’s? Playing
the ♠A at t
5 ♠’s or when South has the ♥10. I can’t
be bothered to work out the odds but this must be well above 80++%. But I’m no
play expert, so let’s see what
Terry’s 2nd comment. Thanks for the input
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Nobody made 13 t
- This deal is very unfortunate and I will keep my (Terry) further comments to the bare minimum, but nether the less noting that the hand was not random but prepared. The two pairs who bid to the excellent grand slam and played perfectly with the odds were rewarded with a joint bottom; the two pairs who pathetically stopped in 4♥ without even sniffing at any kind of slam were rewarded with a joint top. What are your thoughts on this deal?
- Don’t believe everything you reads in books, even if by Eddie Kantar.
- Terminology: a chicklet is a chicken chicken, or chicken2.
♠ QJ97 ♠ AK You are South, declarer in 6NT on a ♣ lead. You win in
♥ KQ7 ♥ A1042 hand and lead to the ♥Q with East showing out.
♦ J8 ♦ K752 Plan the play.
♣ AK62 ♣ QJ5
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 7 from Wednesday 1st
Dealer: ♠ QJ97 West North East South
South ♥ KQ7 - - - 1NT
both vul ♦ J8 pass 2♣ pass 2♥
♣ AK62 pass 4NT (1) pass 6NT
♣ 43 ♣ 10987
♦ K752 West leads the ♣4, plan the play.
You have 11 top t
Yes, you should run your winners to see what happens. Win the opening lead in hand with the ♣Q, cash the ♥K (this reveals the ♥ position) and unblock the two top ♠’s. Follow this with the ♣J and a ♣ to dummy.
Now cash black suit winners, coming down to ♥A10 and ♦K7 in hand. On the 4th ♠ West is down to ♥J9 and ♦AQ and is stuck. If he throws the ♦Q you throw him in with the now bare ♦A and he is end-played. If he throws a ♥ then your ♥’s are good and he just gets the ♦A at the end.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Four pairs bid a small slam and all went down.
The players in 4NT and 5NT scored a joint top for making 11 t
Incidentally, in my opinion, this hand is a lot
easier than the previous one (if you believe the book line) and our better
players would doubtless have found the winning line had they been declarer. It
really is a bit obvious if you count the ♥’s
and look at West’s discard on t
West East You are East, declarer in 3NT. South leads the ♠6 and
♠ 1053 ♠ K4 North wins with the ♠A and returns the ♠J which you
♥ AQJ6 ♥ 1072 win with the ♠K. It looks like the ♠’s are 5-3 so take a
Dealer: ♠ AJ7 West North East South
East ♥ K943 - - 1NT pass
N-S vul ♦ J108 2♣ pass 2♦ pass
♣ 873 3NT all pass
♠ 1053 N ♠ K4
♥ AQJ6 W E ♥ 1072
♣ J642 ♣ AK105
And what happened? All six East’s were in 3NT: +2, +1, =, and -1 three times.
The bottom lines: -
Dealer: ♠ AJ10963 Table A
East ♥ 6 West North East(B) South
both vul ♦ 87 - - 2♥ pass
♣ K1082 4♥ (1) 4♠ (2) 5♥ (3)
♠ Q7 N ♠ 83
♥ AQ W E ♥ K108742 Table B
♣ Q54 ♣ A76 - - 2♥ pass
♠ K42 4♥ (1) 4♠ (2) pass (3) pass
J953 5♦ (4) pass 5♥
♦ J104 all pass
And what happened? Three pairs overbid to 5♥, all were doubled and they went -2 or -3. Other contracts were 4♥= and 3♥= and 3♥+1. 4♠ should go one down; it is a good save against the making 4♥ and even better if the opponents are foolish enough to bid to 5♥.
The bottom lines: -
Hand A: 2NT. It’s just 12 points; add on a point for the two tens but deduct a point for the 3334 shape and you are back where you started – 12 points so just 2NT.
Hand C: 4NT (RKCB) or 5NT (Josaphine). Obviously you want to be in 7♥ if partner has the ♥A and the ♥Q and these are two methods to find out. If partner is missing one of these cards then you want to be in 6♥. My thoughts on the 4♥ bid made by two players are unprintable. Cluck, cluck.