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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           With Hand A it’s favourable vulnerability. You decide to

open 1 in 3rd seat and LHO overcalls 2. This is passed to you,

Q965            J62               do you pass or re-open with a double?

AKJ3           QJ1096       

5                   AQ85           With Hand B partner opens 1 and RHO overcalls 1, what

Q765           7                  do you bid?


Hand C           Hand D           With Hand C partner opens 1, what do you bid?


AQJ72          AJ62            

AQ7             AK               With Hand D RHO opens 1, what do you bid?

3                   A109

AK63           QJ53


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Bidding Sequence Quiz


E      1     pass   1      pass       What does the dbl mean and what suit should be led?

1      pass   1NT   pass

        2NT   pass   3NT   pass

pass   dbl



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An automatic re-opening double?                       Board 3 from Monday 3rd


Dealer:             A8                                              West          North         East(A)    South

West                97642                                         pass           pass           1    (1)    2

N-S vul            74                                              pass   (2)    pass           pass (3)    pass


(1)  A typical 3rd seat opening in this pair’s  

J43                     N               Q965                  style – a decent 4-card suit and lead

Q5                  W    E            AKJ3                directional.

KQ109               S                5                  (2)  You have to pass with this hand (not quite

J1084                                   Q765                 enough for 2NT), but what would you do if

K1072                                        partner doubles? Pass for penalties?

109                                       (3)  What did you bid with this East hand A in

AJ8632                                      this week’s quiz? An ‘automatic’ re-opening

9                                                 double is usually the answer, but opposite a passed hand and lacking 2˝ quick tricks pass is more prudent in this case.


And what happened? 2 made exactly for a near top to E-W, had it been doubled it would have been a top to N-S.

The bottom lines: -

-         There are exceptions to the ‘automatic’ re-opening double, one of these is when opener does not have a real opener, i.e. lacks 2˝ quick tricks.


Splinter to slam – part 1                                      Board 21 from Monday 3rd  



Dealer:             Q1084                                        Table A

North               5                                                 West(B)     North         East          South

N-S vul            K1073                                       -                 pass           1            pass (1) 

                        K852                                         4    (2)      all pass


J62                     N               A                        Table B

QJ1096          W    E            AK732              West(B)     North         East          South

AQ85                 S                J964                   -                 pass           1            1    (1)

7                                          A93                    4   (3)      4              6  (4)      all pass






Table A:     (1)  2, a Michaels cue bid, is an alternative.

                  (2)  What did you bid with this West hand B in this week’s quiz (whether there is a 1 overcall or not is pretty much irrelevant)? With 5 trumps and a singleton this looks OK, but it’s not the bid I made.

Table B:     (1)  This looks a bit dangerous at this vulnerability. I prefer pass or Michaels.

(3)   This is my answer to question B. I think it’s too good for the 4 bid made at table A, with great intermediates in the trump suit and a decent 4-card side suit this must be worth a sound raise to 4, and the way to do that is to describe the hand with a 4 splinter.

(4)   With both opponents bidding ’s and knowing that partner has nothing in ’s, our Sherlock Holmes sitting East correctly deduced that partner must have a high honour and probably a decent suit.


And what happened? 6=, 4+2 twice, 4NT+2 and 4+1.

The bottom lines: -

-         Understand splinters.


Splinter to slam – part 2                                      Board 7 from Monday 3rd 



Dealer:             6                                                 West          North         East(C)    South

South               62                                               -                 -                 -               pass

both vul            KQ974                                      1              pass           4    (1)    pass      

                        J10982                                       4    (2)      pass           4NT (3)    pass

5    (4)      pass           5NT (5)    pass

K9853                N               AQJ72               6    (6)      pass           7    (7)    all pass

K98                W    E            AQ7            

A6                      S                3                  (1)  What did you bid with this East hand C in

Q75                                     AK63                 this week’s quiz. A 4 splinter is very clear.

104                                       (2)  With this good holding opposite a singleton

J10543                                       West could make a more positive move, but

J10852                                       with a minimum and no convenient cue bid

4                                                        he decided to bid just 4,

(3)   This East hand is good enough to press on with RKCB regardless.

(4)   Two keycards without the Q.

(5)   King ask

(6)   Showing the K (and no other). This pair bid the cheapest king in response to the king ask.

(7)   The K is a great card of course (far better than the K) and so East bid the grand knowing that West needed very little more (Q or doubleton for example) but it’s perhaps a bit of a gamble.


And what happened? 7=, 6+1twice, 4+3 and 5*(N)-1.

The bottom lines: -

-         Understand splinters.

-         Specific King responses to RKCB are a popular treatment with more experienced players.





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


West                East                      You are West, declaring in 5 after North had opened

3                   AQJ                  with a weak 2. North leads the A and switches to

843               Q                      the 10. You win with the A, plan the play and in         

A63              Q8752             particular the play of the suit.

AQ8762       K1053




Dave’s Column answer                      Board 25 from Wednesday 5th


Dealer:             876                                             Book bidding

North               AK10652                                   West          North         East            South

E-W vul           104                                            -                 2              dbl             3

                        94                                              5             all pass


3                         N             AQJ               

843                 W    E          Q                    North leads the A and switched to the 10.   

A63                    S              Q8752           You play low from dummy and win with the A.

AQ8762                             K1053           Plan the play.   






You can, after drawing trumps, play either opponent for the K. You can lead to the Q or you can lead the A and then the Q for a ruffing finesse.

Which is best?

Before you decide, you should ask the opponents what they normally lead from AK. If  it is the ace the it’s quite likely that North also holds the K. Then, assuming that North has the K, he rates not to also hold the K. You cannot be certain, but leading to the A and playing the Q through South for a ruffing finesse is a logical line of play.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 4+1 twice, 4*(N)-1, 3(N)= and +1.



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


North               South                       You are South, declarer in 3NT after East had opened 1.

K10              AJ62                     West leads the J, plan the play.        

765               AK                                      

QJ7               A109                                   

109862        QJ53




Dave’s 2nd Column answer              Board 26 from Wednesday 5th  


Dealer:             K10                                            Book bidding

East                  765                                             West          North         East            South(D)

E-W vul           QJ7                                            -                 -                 1              dbl     (1)

                        109862                                      pass           2             pass           2NT

pass           3NT           all pass

Q83                    N             9754            

J108               W    E          Q9432                  My Table

86532                 S              K4                       West          North         East            South(D)

74                                      AK                       -                 -                 1              1NT   (1)

                        AJ62                                           all pass


A109           (1)  What did you bid with this South hand D in this week’s quiz?

QJ53                 I fully understand that most will not agree with me, but I don’t like the double as in the book. I agree that it makes finding a fit easier but if there is game then a fit will always be located. If it’s just a partscore then 1NT may play just as well as 3 or even better (you would have to raise a 2 response to 3 and partner may be virtually bust). But the real problem is if partner does not have ’s then your rebid of 2NT may well get you too high (as here) and this bare AK are 7 lousy points which will be quickly knocked out.


So I was not facing any particular problem as I played in the best spot of 1NT making +1.


Anyway, those of you who chose to double with Hand D have to now solve the problem of making 3NT on the J lead.

The book clearly states that this is not a terribly good contract (as I predicted when I did not double). But the book continues as follows, saying that the bidding was fine right down to North’s 3NT bid. North was counting on South to have around 19 points and since South is sitting over the points he should be able to play the hand nicely.

After winning the lead, South saw that he would not have time to play on ’s. He would have to take the finesse to give him seven sure tricks. South then needs two more and they can only come from ’s. How should South get them?

The answer is that South needs a miracle. At least he knows which miracle is needed. South needs 4 tricks. That means that he needs one of the opponents to have Qxx. It won’t work if East has Qxx but will work if West has Qxx. Finesse the 10. Miracle one: it wins. Play the ’s taking the finesse and repeating if necessary. OK so far. Play the K and come to the A. Now when the A drops the Q you have your second miracle.

There are many reasons why you cannot make 3NT if East has the Q. Try finding them.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 3NT-2, 3NT-1, 2NT+3, 2NT= and 1NT+1.

The bottom lines:

-     I prefer not to rely on miracles. I disagree with the majority (including Michael Lawrence) who got themselves into this ‘lousy contract’ because they did not realize that AK stiff in the opponent’s suit is a bad holding (points belong in long suits – this South hand is not worth 19 points) and it was pretty obvious to me when I picked it up that I was not going to double and then bid 2NT because a 3NT contract would be very poor opposite a 6-count and 2NT equally hopeless opposite less.

A Stayman Super-accept                                     Board 11 from Wed 5th  teams 



Dealer:             A6                                              Table A

South               K10752                                      West          North         East          South

Love all            A73                                           -                 -                 -               pass

                        KQ7                                          pass           1NT           pass         2   (1)

                                                                              pass           2              all pass

Q742                  N               KJ3                   

QJ                  W    E            8                        Table B

86                       S                KJ1092              West          North         East          South

AJ865                                  10932                -                 -                 -               pass

10985                                         pass           1NT           pass         2   (1)

A9643                                        dbl   (2)      3    (3)      4           4    (4)

Q54                                           all pass



Table A:     (1)  This is preferable to a 2 transfer.

Table B:     (1)  Garbage Stayman, intending to pass a major suit response or to bid 2 over 2 to show 4-5 in the majors and to play.

(2)   Showing ’s.

(3)   A Stayman super-accept! This convention is not that well known, it is fully described in the NoTrump bidding book. This particular bid shows 5 ’s and a maximum.

(4)   South happily bids game that most will miss.


And what happened? 4+1, 2+3.

The bottom lines: -

-         There are 5 separate bids for Stayman super-accepts, quite playable in combination with garbage Stayman which promises no points, and they will often allow you to reach otherwise un-biddable games.


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    Pass. You know that partner wants you to double, but you do not have 2˝ quick tricks and pass is more prudent.

Hand B:    4, a splinter agreeing ’s. This hand is far too good for a pre-emptive raise to 4 which is the bid I would make if lacking the A.

Hand C:    4, a splinter. This one is pretty obvious and it’s probably just a matter of a small or grand slam.

Hand D:    1NT (15-18). I fully realize that every man and his dog will disagree with me here and bid the ‘obvious’ double. This works well if partner has a minimal hand with 4 ’s but what happens if he does not have ’s? He bids 2 of something and you bid 2NT. Partner passes with 0-5 or raises to 3NT with 6 points. Either way the contract will be lousy one, the opponents have an obvious lead and your glorious AK will be quickly knocked out setting up at least 3 tricks for opener. This AK is a horrible 7 points – points belong in long suits – and this hand should be downgraded to 18 and so a 1NT overcall. If partner happens to have 4 ’s and values for game or an invite then he will bid Stayman and the correct 4♠ contract will always be reached (played by the strong hand).            



Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers


E      1     pass   1      pass       When 3NT is freely bid with no interfering bidding,

1      pass   1NT   pass       a double asks partner to lead dummy’s first bid suit.

        2NT   pass   3NT   pass       So in this example, a should be led.

pass   dbl




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