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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           What do you open with Hand A?


AKQJ953     62                                        

KJ                J109             With Hand B LHO opens 1 and partner doubles. You bid 2

4                   AJ8654         and partner bids 2 (looking for 3NT). What do you bid?

K107           102



Hand C           Hand D           What do you open with Hand C?     


10843           QJ7                                     

AKJ             AK8             What do you open with Hand D?

A87              A96

AQ4             A942



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Current Championship standings




Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5











1813.6 Janne Roos

1788.5 Hans Vikman

1758.0 Paul Quodomine


643.2 Janne Roos

639.3 Hans Vikman

631.1 Sally Watson

629.9 Paul Quodomine

615.1 Lars Broman

611.1 Bob Short

609.7 Jeremy Watson

609.2 Jean Wissing

607.6 Per Andersson

597.7 Ivy Schlageter


331.8 Janne Roos

329.0 Hans Vikman

324.5 Sally Watson

323.5 Paul Quodomine

321.7 Bob Short

321.3 Jeremy Watson

321.0 Per Andersson

318.2 Ivy Schlageter

316.1 Lars Broman

315.7 Jean Wissing



The  Western cue bid                                           Board 5 from Monday 18th   


When you bid the opener’s suit that is often asking for a stopper for NoTrump purposes. Called the Western cue bid in America, it is similar to the Directional Asking Bid (DAB), popular in Europe. The difference is that the DAB only asks for a partial stop, and this makes a lot of sense to me as a single stop from partner will often not be enough unless you have 8 quick tricks elsewhere.


Dealer:             K942                                         

North               AQ873                                       West(B)     North         East          South

N-S vul            3                                                 -                 1              dbl           pass

                        QJ9                                            2              pass           2    (1)    pass

3NT (2)      all pass

62                       N               AQ105              

J109               W    E            K                  (1)  Asking for a stop.     

AJ8654               S                KQ7             (2)  What did you bid with this West hand B in this

102                                      AK843               week’s quiz? This pair play the DAB in sequences

                        J87                                             like this, and a ˝ stop is enough. West jumped as

                        6542                                           he was near maximum for his original negative

                        1092                                           (non-jump) response.          



And what happened? 3NT+2, 3NT+1, 4=, 3= and 1*(N)=,

The bottom lines: -

-         You have to decide whether your bid of the opponent’s suit in sequences like this asks for a full stop or a ˝ stop; I prefer the ˝ stop DAB style and it worked well on this hand.




Dave’s Column           Here is Dave’s 1st input concerning the play of the hand.


West                East                        South leads the 2 and North wins with the Q and continues

with the A, plan the play for East.

87642           AKQJ953                            

53                 KJ               

1064             4                  

Q98             K107                                  

Dave’s Column answer                      Board 6 from Wednesday 20th


Dealer:             10                                               Book Auction

East                  A1082                                        West          North         East(A)    South

E-W vul           AKQ63                                      -                 -                 1    (1)    pass

                        J54                                             1NT   (2)    2      (3)    4            pass (4)

pass           pass  

87642                 N               AKQJ953          

53                   W    E            KJ                (1)  What did you open with this East hand A   

1064                   S                4                         in this week’s quiz? I don’t like this bid from

Q98                                     K107                the book and would open 4 or possibly 4

            -                                                if playing Namyats – you do not want to let

Q9764                                       the opposition in cheaply.

J982                                      (2)  Forcing playing 2/1

A632                                    (3)  Here we see the problem with the opening bid, dbl is an alternative.

(4)  This is pathetic, with a void and 4 ’s and favourable vulnerability, 5 seems clear.


South leads the 2 and North wins with the Q and continues with the A, plan the play for East.

Declarer ruffed the 2nd high and cashed the A. He then led his 3 to dummy’s 4 and ruffed dummy’s last high. Next he led his 5 to dummy’s 6 to lead a from dummy. When North ducked declarer guessed right by playing the K. Declarer then exited with the J and whichever defender won would be end played – either opening up the suit or conceding a ruff and discard.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4= three times and 3+1.




Dave’s 2nd Column       Here is Dave’s 2nd input about the play of the hand.


North               South                   You are North, declarer in 4. East leads the 3, plan the play.

QJ10876      A9                                       

J7                 Q9865                                 

K8643          A                                                       

-                   AQ972







Dave’s 2nd Column answer              Board 8 from Wednesday 20th  


Dealer:             QJ10876                                    Book Bidding

West                J7                                               West          North         East            South

Love all            K8643                                        1             2    (1)      pass           4     

                        -                                                 all pass


K5                      N             432                 (1)  Weak jump overcall

AK103           W    E          42                        

J2                        S              Q10975              

K10864                             J53                      



A                            East leads the 3, plan the play.       



North discarded a on dummy’s A and cashed the A. He then ruffed a and cashed the K and ruffed a with dummy’s 9. West over-ruffed and returned a trump. Declarer could no longer ruff another and lost a , 2 ’s and a over-ruff for one down.

How should declarer have played? The play to the first four tricks was correct but at trick 5 he stumbled by ruffing with dummy’s 9. Instead, he should have ruffed with the A. Another ruff to hand would have enabled him to ruff another low but this time the over-ruff would not have hurt. The secret is to plan to concede a trump trick.


Dave’s comment: Why cash the K? Surely simply keeping it and ruffing two ’s works equally well.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4-1, 3-2, 3-1 and 2+1.




Lead Quiz



J7                                                                 West        North       East            South

Q93                                                              -               pass         1              2

J2                                                                  2NT         pass         3NT           all pass



You are North, on lead against 3NT after partner has overcalled in ’s. Which do you lead?

Answer next page.
An obvious lead
Board 5 from Friday 22nd  


You are North, defending 3NT on this bidding, which do you lead?


Dealer:             J7                                               West          North         East          South

East                  Q93                                            -                 pass           1            2

E-W vul           J2                                                2NT           pass           3NT         all pass



9                         N               AK8643       What did you lead from the North hand? From 

KJ6                W    E            74                 Qxx in partner’s suit you should always lead low.

K10987              S                A43              The Q lead was fatal and enabled declarer to

KQ87                                  A2                get an easy 11 trick when the obvious low lead         

                        Q1052                                  holds declarer to 9 or 10 tricks. 





The bottom lines: -

Leading an honour in the suit that partner has bid generally applies only when you hold a doubleton. With Hxx and RHO showing stopper(s), lead low.


That horrible 4333 shape – part 1                       Board 26 from Friday 22nd    


Dealer:             A76                                            Table A

East                  Q875                                          West(C)     North         East          South

both vul            94                                               -                 -                 pass         pass

                        KJ72                                          1   (1)      pass           1            pass

4    (2)      all pass

10843                 N               QJ52                 

AKJ               W    E            63                      Table B

A87                    S                Q10532              West(A)     North         East          South

AQ4                                     53                      -                 -                 pass         pass

                        K9                                              1NT (1)      all pass





Table A:     (1)  What did you open with this West hand C in this week’s quiz? 18 points so this West woodenly opened 1 with a 2NT rebid in mind.

(2)   Again, not realizing how terrible the 4333 shape is, despite my continual writings in the news sheets, West overbids a 2nd time.

Table B:     (1)  This West opened the obvious 1NT, deduct a point for the totally flat shape and the fact that all of the honours are outside the 4-card suit makes this an obvious candidate for devaluation. So 1NT is the answer to question A.


And what happened? 4-1, 3NT-1, 2NT-1 and 1NT+1

The bottom lines: -

-         Deduct a point for the terrible 4333 shape.

That horrible 4333 shape – part 2                       Board 3 from Friday 22nd    


Dealer:             K32                                            Table A

South               963                                             West          North         East          South(D)

E-W vul           J853                                            -                 -                 -               1   (1)

                        Q103                                         pass           1              pass         2NT (2)

pass           3NT   (3)    all pass

109654               N               A8                     

Q42                W    E            J1075                Table B

2                         S                KQ1074             West          North         East          South(D)

J876                                     K5                     -                 -                 -               1NT (1)

                        QJ7                                            pass           pass           2    (4)    pass

AK8                                           2    (5)      all pass




Table A:     (1)  What did you open with this South hand D in this week’s quiz? 18 points so this South woodenly opened 1 with a 2NT rebid in mind.

(2) Continuing with the illusion that this hand is worth 18 points.

(3)   With 6 points and a ten, North decided to accept the invitation, Obviously North should pass because he also has the terrible 4333 type shape.

Table B:     (1)  This South knows all about the 4333 type shape and correctly opened 1NT.

(4)   Meant as showing ’s…

(5)   …but the pair play Multi Landy and 2 here is forced.


And what happened? 2 by West went -3 for a bottom and the other results were spurious. N-S have a combined 24 points but 3NT is hopeless (it went -1 and -2 the two times it was bid), this is because both hands are 4333 type shape with no chance of setting up a suit.

The bottom lines: -

-         Deduct a point for the terrible 4333 shape.





Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    4, you do not want the opponents competing. If you play Namyats then it’s close to a 4 opening but slightly light.

Hand B:    3NT, that is provided that you play the DAB and partner promises a little something in ’s himself. 3 is also a possibility if you agree what it means (showing a half stop with game values). Without any agreement I guess you have to bid 3.

Hand C:    1NT, deduct a point for the terrible 4333 type shape.

Hand D:    1NT, deduct a point for the terrible 4333 type shape.


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