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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           With Hand A partner opens 1 and RHO overcalls 1, what do

you do?

6                   AKQJ104

J987             J95               With Hand B partner opens 1 and you bid 1. Partner then

J62                82                bids 2, what do you bid? What do you think of 3?

AQJ96         AQ


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


104               AQ32          

A43              10876           With Hand D it’s favorable vulnerability. RHO opens 1 and

K874            Q109            LHO bids 1NT. This is passed to you, what do you do?

AK86           J10                                            



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1847.7 Janne Roos

1819.0 Paul Quodomine

1796.5 Hans Vikman

1776.3 Sally Watson

650.5 Janne Roos

643.4 Paul Quodomine

639.3 Hans Vikman

631.8 Sally Watson

619.9 Jeremy Watson

616.8 Bob Short

615.1 Lars Broman

614.1 Ivy Schlageter

609.2 Jean Wissing

607.6 Per Andersson

334.8 Janne Roos

330.2 Paul Quodomine

329.0 Hans Vikman

324.5 Sally Watson

321.8 Ivy Schlageter

321.7 Bob Short

321.7 Jeremy Watson

321.0 Per Andersson

316.9 Terje Lie

316.1 Lars Broman




A nice balance                                                      Board 9 from Monday 13th


Balancing (bidding in the pass-out seat) is a very important part of the game, and well worth understanding.


Dealer:             K986                                          Table A

North               QJ2                                            West          North         East(C)    South

E-W vul           J65                                             -                 pass           1 (1)      pass

                        542                                            1NT           pass           pass         pass (2) 


J75                     N               104                     Table B

K95                W    E            A43                   West          North         East(C)    South(D)

A32                    S                K874                 -                 pass           1  (1)      pass

Q973                                   AK86                 1NT           pass           pass         dbl   (3)

AQ32                                         pass           2              all pass





Table A:     (1)  What did you open with this East hand C in this week’s quiz? This 1 bid is absolutely obvious, there is absolutely no advantage in opening 1, and a fit may well get lost.

                  (2)  This is pathetic, a take-out double is very clear with this hand in the balancing seat.

Table B:     (1)  I have no idea why this East chose to open 1 rather than the obvious 1.

(3)  What did you bid with this South hand D in this week’s quiz? With just a doubleton it’s not as clear as at (2) above, but LHO has denied a major and so it’s quite likely that partner has a 4-card major and so I bid a take-out double. I know it’s not ideal, but if partner bids 3 then he will surely have 5 of them?


And what happened? 2 went-1 and a near top for N-S. Other results were 3♠*(S)-2, 1NT(W)+1 twice, 2NT(W)= and 3NT(W) -1.

The bottom lines: -

-         Open 1 when 4-4 in the minors – you will then never miss a fit.

-         I did not really matter here, but E-W have a fit and can make 9 tricks with ’s as trumps

-         Don’t let the opponents play in 1NT if you have a suitable hand for a balancing double.

A negative double                                                Board 5 from Monday 13th


E-W missed a fit and good 4 contract here, who would you blame?


Dealer:             8753                                           West(A)     North         East          South

East                  642                                             -                 -                 1            1    (1)

E-W vul           98                                               2   (2)      pass           3NT   (3)  all pass


(1)  For some reason South decided to overcall

6                         N               AJ92                   with a 4-card suit. This can work when you

J987               W    E            AK103              have length in the opener’s suit.

J62                      S                KQ54          (2)  What did you bid with this West hand A in

AQJ96                                 3                        this week’s quiz? West felt that he could no

KQ104                                       longer bid his ’s and so bid 2. Actually, he

Q5                                              can show ’s with a negative double.

A1073                                  (3)  A reverse into 2 is an option I suppose but

752                                            I would like to have 5 ’s.


And what happened? 3NT went -1, everybody else reached the easy 4.

The bottom lines: -

-         So who was to blame? West is not strong enough to bid at the two level, and definitely not strong enough to bid 2 followed by a bid. He should have bid a negative double at (2).




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



North               South                     You are North, declarer in 4. East leads the Q,

AQ953         KJ86                  plan the play.            

AQ8             1052

K5                A93

A85              KQ6

Dave’s Column answer                      Board 1 from Wednesday 15th


Dealer:             AQ953                                      

North               AQ8                                           West          North         East            South

Love all            K5                                             -                 1              pass           2NT   (1)

                        A85                                            pass           4NT           pass           5      (2)

pass           5NT           pass           6      (3)

42                       N             107                       pass           6              all pass

973                 W    E          KJ64                   

8642                   S              QJ107            (1)  Jacoby 2NT      

J1092                                 743                (2)  2 keycards without the trump queen     

                        KJ86                                    (3)  1 king


A93                    East leads the Q. Trumps break 2-2, plan the play



After winning the K and drawing trumps, it really is easy.

Ruff out dummy’s 3rd , play three rounds of ’s ending in dummy, and run the 10. If West covers then play the Q and East is end-played. You always get 2 tricks on any layout.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Just one pair bid to 6 and made it as above for a near top; unfortunately this was against me and my partner. Other contracts were 7-1, 6NT=, 6-1, 5= and 3NT+2.




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


West                East                          You are East, declarer in 6.

K97532        -                           South leads the 6, plan the play.       

542               AK             

K3                A754                                   

J2                 AKQ9875   

Dave’s 2nd Column answer              Board 2 from Wednesday 15th  


Dealer:             AQJ                                            Book bidding

South               J98                                             West          North         East            South

Both vul            QJ10982                                   -                 -                 2             pass

                        10                                              2              pass           3             pass

3              pass           5             pass

K97532              N             -                          6             all pass

542                 W    E          AK                       

K3                      S              A754                    South leads the Q, plan the play.

J2                                       AKQ9875           






East can safeguard the contract by winning the lead with dummy’s K and then playing a low from both hands. He wins the trump return in hand and then ruffs his losing . He ruffs a in hand and draws trumps and has the rest of the tricks.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 6NT-1, 6= twice, 3NT+4, 3NT+3 and 3NT+2. My partner and I were one of the two in 6 and Paul Q made it with the line given. At the other table the defence were very helpful, I believe that North discarded three ’s.




Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    dbl, negative showing 4 ’s. 2 is wrong because the hand is not strong enough for a two level response and you may miss a 4-4 fit.

Hand B:    2, 4th suit forcing. This is the West hand from board 5 on Wednesday. You want to show good ’s and force to game, so the way to do this is bid the 4th suit and then bid the ’s – absolutely game forcing. And what do I think of bidding 3? – Not a lot! 3 is non-forcing, make it game forcing by going via 4th suit forcing.

Hand C:    1, this is clearly better than 1 as you never miss a fit and always have a good rebid (2 over 1; 2 over 1; and 1NT over 1).

Hand D:    dbl, take-out. LHO has denied a 4-card major and partner probably has one.


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