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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           With Hand A it’s love all. Partner passes and RHO opens 1 what do you do?

Q3                762              

Q832            82                With Hand B it’s favourable vulnerability. RHO opens 1,

AQ74           109              do you pass or bid a weak 3?

K53             A98732


Bidding Sequence Quiz


C     1      2NT   dbl                   2NT is the UNT, showing both minors. What is the double?

D     1     1      dbl                   The double is negative, what does it show?

E      2     2      dbl                   2 is strong and artificial and 2 natural. What is the double?

F      1      pass   2      pass      

        2NT                                     How many points does 2NT show?


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Current club championship standings



Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5











1900.0 Janne Roos

1894.8 Hans Vikman

1865.4 Paul Quodomine

1793.8 Sally Watson

1725.8 Bob Short

1689.1 Paul Scully

674.5 Janne Roos

673.4 Hans Vikman

655.2 Paul Quodomine

633.8 Sally Watson

619.9 Jeremy Watson

619.2 Ivy Schlageter

618.9 Bob Short

615.1 Lars Broman

611.8 Gerard Hardy 

611.8 Derek Tyms


350.7 Hans Vikman

350.6 Janne Roos

336.7 Paul Quodomine

325.3 Ivy Schlageter

324.5 Sally Watson

321.7 Bob Short

321.7 Jeremy Watson

321.0 Per Andersson

316.9 Terje Lie

316.1 Lars Broman



The Tripple


Congratulations to Paul Quodomine for getting the triple (3 wins in a week). This rare event occurs only about three or four times a year.

A one-level penalty                                              Board 8 from Wednesday 23rd   


Dealer:             ♠ K62                                            West          North         East(A)    South

West                AJ9                                            pass           1             1  (1)      pass (2)

Love all            962                                            pass           dbl   (3)      all pass



AJ83                   N               Q3                (1)  What did you bid with this East hand A in this

654                 W    E            Q832                  week’s quiz? It looks like this East does not

105                     S                AQ74                 like to pass when holding 13 points.

10942                                  K53             (2)  1NT is the ‘obvious’ bid but this South 

10975                                        decided to go for the penalty.

K107                                    (3)  ‘Automatic’, this hand is not one of the 

KJ83                                          exceptions for not doubling.



And what happened? 1* went just one down, -100  (it looks like 2 down to me, but it’s a top whatever). That was enough for a clear top to N-S. At other tables it was 1NT= and 3NT-2.

The bottom lines.

-         Four card overcalls can work, but usually with length in opener’s suit. Anyway, I would never dream of overcalling with this East hand.

-         Remember the penalty pass and automatic re-opening double when playing negative doubles.





Dave’s Column           Here is Dave’s first problem on the play of the hand.

                                                            E-W vulnerable.


West                East                              West            North         East          South

AJ543           Q109                        -                   -                 1            3   (1)

KQ7             A3                            3                pass           4            all pass

K83              AJ642                      

Q6               J105                   (1)  Weak jump overcall          


You are West, declarer in 4. North leads the K and continues with the 4 to South’s A. South plays the 7 at trick3, plan the play.



Dave’s Column answer                      Board 22 from Wednesday 23rd


Dealer:             K8                                              Book bidding

East                  J109654                                     West          North         East            South(B)

E-W vul           Q75                                           -                 -                 1              3 (1)

                        K4                                             3              pass           4              all pass


AJ543                 N             Q109            (1)  What did you bid with this South hand B in

KQ7               W    E          A3                      this week’s quiz? The book bid is a weak 3

K83                    S              AJ642                jump, but when I held the hand I passed as I

Q6                                     J105                   knew that my partner would expect more.    


82                                   Anyway, You are West, declarer in 4. North leads

109                                 the K and continues with the 4 to South’s A.

A98732                          South plays the 7 at trick3, plan the play.             


In the final of a major teams event declarer erred by ruffing the third low. North over-ruffed and when declarer later ran the 10 to finesse against South for the K the contract was one down.

With normal breaks 4 needs either the K or the Q onside. Declarer’s play based everything on the K being with South. Declarer could have succeeded by ruffing the third with the J. Whether or not North over-ruffs, declarer can manage the rest with the normal play in ’s.

Ruffing with the J would not hurt if South started with Kx or Kxx.


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





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


North               South                           West            North         East          South

8732             95                             -                   -                 -              1

Q94              AKJ103                   1                2              pass         4

A873            K6                           all pass

72                AQ109



You are South, declarer in 4. West leads the A and you ruff the third as East discards a . How should you continue?





Dave’s 2nd Column answer              Board 23 from Wednesday 23rd   


Dealer:             8732                                           Book bidding

South               Q94                                            West          North         East            South

both vul            A873                                          -                 -                 -                1

                        72                                              1              2              pass           4

all pass

AKQJ6               N             104                

52                   W    E          876                

95                       S              QJ1042                

KJ43                                  865                     


AKJ103                         West leads the A and South ruffs the third as  

K6                                 East discards a . How should South continue?



After South ruffed the 3rd , he led a to dummy and returned a to finesse his Q. West took the K and led a 4th and East discarded his last . South ruffed the ♠ but had to lose another trick: if he drew trumps he would lose a to West’s J and if he tried to ruff ’s in dummy East would ruff the A.

South’s Q seduced him into bidding game but betrayed him in the play. If South’s ’s had been A843 he would not have bid game but would have made ten tricks! After South ruffed the 3rd , he would cash the A and the top ’s and lead another . He would ruff the next , ruff a with the 9, ruff a , ruff his last with the Q and win the rest with high trumps.

South should play the same way in this actual deal, but the Q was his undoing.

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


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:          Pass, obviously. But one player did overcall 1 and got clobbered.

Hand B:          Pass. Paul Q and myself both think that this is too weak for a weak jump to 3, even at this vulnerability. But then an ‘expert?’ in Dave’s book did bid 3.


Bidding Sequence Quiz


C     1      2NT   dbl                   Double is best played as being able to penalize at least one minor

D     1     1      dbl                   This negative double should show exactly 4-4 in the majors…

E      2     2      dbl                   … but this sequence is completely different. Dbl most definitely does not show both majors as only one suit (’s) has been bid. Your have to agree what dbl means when partner’s strong 2 has been overcalled. Common treatments are to show a positive with no good suit or to play it as penalties.

F      1      pass   2      pass      2NT here is 12-14. Responder has pushed the bidding up to the

2NT                                     two level and you are bidding NoTrumps at the lowest level possible. One responder thought it was 18-19 despite this sequence appearing frequently in the news sheets. He bid 7NT with his 15 count and declarer quickly claimed minus three.


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