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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?


42                 Q9             

52                 AQJ106       With Hand B nobody is vulnerable. LHO opens 1 and partner

AKQJ1097   A10             doubles, what do you bid?       

84                A1098


Hand C           Hand D           With Hand C it’s love all. RHO opens 1, what do you do?


AJ83             6                   Hand D is one for the experienced player, or one who thinks

4                   K10984        that he knows his conventions. RHO opens 2, how do you

J632              A                 describe this hand in one bid?

KJ65            AKJ1072    



Hand E            Hand F            With Hand E it’s love all. Partner opens 1 and RHO overcalls

1, what do you do?

KJ1094        76                                        

KQ98           4                   With Hand F there is nobody vulnerable. You open 1, LHO

84                 A1073          overcalls 1 which is round passed to you. What do you do?

84                AKQ962



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A one-level penalty?                                            Board 17 from Wednesday 14th   


Dealer:             K5                                              West(B)     North         East(C)    South

North               K8753                                        -                 1              dbl (1)      pass

Love all            KQ9                                           pass (2)      pass


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

Q9                      N               AJ83                   this week’s quiz? Eleven + points is about

AQJ106         W    E            4                        the norm for a take-out double, but with this

A10                    S                J632                   ‘perfect’ shape double is fine.

A1098                                  KJ65            (2)  What did you bid with this West hand B in

107642                                       this week’s quiz? You have 17 points and

92                                               opener presumably has 12 and partner 11.

8754                                          Slam is remote, 3NT will probably make two

42                                              overtricks for 460, but how many will 1* go for? Surely declarer will make only 3 or 4 tricks and at this vulnerability you should pass and go for the 500 or 800 rather than 460 for game.


And what happened? The above auction looks automatic to me, but it seems that only one pair doubled and passed. Results were  3NT+2 three times, 3NT+1, 1NT+5, 2NT+2 and 1*-4.

The bottom lines.

-     A one-level penalty can be lucrative even with non-vul opponents. J


Leaping Michaels                                                Board 27 from Wednesday 14th   


Leaping Michaels is a little known and little used convention, but if it come up it describes your hand perfectly! I was West and this is the first time that I have ever used the bid.


Dealer:             9                                                 West(D)     North         East          South

South               QJ65                                          -                 -                 -               2    (1)

Love all            Q93                                          4   (2)      pass           4            5

                        Q9543                                       pass (3)      pass           dbl   (4)    all pass


6                         N               Q10874        (1)  This is silly of course, 1 is clear. 

K10984          W    E            A72              (2)  What did you bid with this West hand D in

A                        S                J62                     this week’s quiz? The answer is 4 - Leaping

AKJ1072                             86                      Michaels, usually showing exactly 5 ’s and

AKJ532                                      6 ’s and a decent hand. If you don’t play this

3                                                 convention then it’s difficult!

K108754                             (3)  West has already described his hand perfectly

-                                           (4)  From South’s bids East knows that North probably has 4 ’s and so he doubles rather than bidding 5.


And what happened? A mixed bag, as you would expect on a distributional deal like this, with seven different contracts: N-S: 6*-2, 5*-2, 5*-1; E-W: 6*-4, 4*-1, 4-1 and 3*-1

The bottom lines.

-     I love a bid that describes you hand in one go. Leaping Michaels does just that but occurs infrequently. This is the first time I have ever made the bid J

The re-opening double                                         Board 1 from Friday 16th   


One player said to me on Friday that he did not like/understand the ‘automatic’ re-opening double. My answer is that if you do not understand it (despite its repeated appearances in the news-sheets), then don’t play negative doubles!


Dealer:             KJ1094                                      Table A

North               KQ98                                         West          North(E)    East          South

Love all            84                                              -                 pass           pass         1

                        84                                              1              dbl   (1)      pass         2

2              dbl             pass         3   (2)

AQ853               N               2                         all pass

A1075            W    E            J632                 

KJ                      S                Q9652               Table B

73                                        J105                   West          North(E)    East          South(F)

76                                               -                 pass           pass         1

4                                                 1              pass (1)      pass         2   (3)

A1073                                       2    (4)      dbl             all pass



Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this North hand E in this week’s quiz? This negative double does indeed promise 4 ’s but it is not my choice of bid.

(2)   South knows that partner has 4 ’s, but he also knows that both opponents have 4 ’s each. He did not know that partner had a stack over overcaller and so he decided to pull the double.

Table B:     (1)  This North fully understands Negative doubles and re-opening doubles, and this pass (waiting to pass partner’s re-opening double) is the answer to question E.

(3)   What did you bid with this South hand F in this week’s quiz? There are exceptions when you should not re-open with a double, but this is not one of them. With two trumps, a singleton, the A, and great ’s which partner will presumably lead, this is a great offensive hand and double is clear.

(4)   Fortunately for South, West was also not an experienced player.


And what happened? 3=, 3NT+1 for 430 and 2*-5 for 1100 (1* would have been easily enough for a clear top). The bottom lines: -

-     Remember to pass when RHO overcalls and you have a penalty hand K

-     If you do not understand the need for the ‘automatic’ re-opening double, then do not play negative doubles. L

-     Negative doubles, and a comprehensive study of when to re-open with a double, are all written up on the website. J


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


North               South                           West            North         East          South

AK104         8532                         -                   1             pass         1

QJ83            AK1097                   pass             2              pass         4

87                 Q6                           all pass

K73             A8

                                          You are South, declarer in 4. West leads the 6, plan the play     

Dave’s Column answer                      Board 25 from Wednesday 14th


Dealer:             AK104                                       Book Bidding

North               QJ83                                          West          North         East            South

E-W vul           87                                              -                 1             pass           1

                        K73                                           pass           2    (1)      pass           4

all pass              

6                         N             QJ97           

65                   W    E          42                 (1)    This is better than 1; you should not bid 1          

K10432              S              AJ95                    as a major suit fit is already located. A 1 rebid

Q9542                               J106                     followed by a raise shows only three ’s.



Q6                                  West leads the 6, plan the play



The only problem is if the lead is a singleton, in which case there could be two ’s and two ’s to lose. The first step is to win the A, draw trumps and unless they are 4-0 play the A, K and ruff a , stripping the suit. Now exit with a , your equal length inevitable loser suit. The best play for the opponents is to take their two ’s and exit with a , but it’s not good enough. If West has the lead he has to lead a and give you a ruff-sluff. If East has the lead he has to lead a into dummy’s K10 or give you a ruff-sluff.


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

So what is this ridiculous 3NT+1 you may ask? Well, that was against me and my partner. North opened a weak 1NT, South decided to transfer with 2 (2 Stayman is the alternative), West considered his hand and holding not good enough for a lead-directing double and so passed, North bid 2 and South bid 3NT which North passed, deciding to ignore the known 5-4 fit and ’s never got a mention. East led the Q which North, looking at 9 top tricks and 5 certain losers, ducked! E-W were playing low to encourage East thought for a while and decided that partner’s 6 was more likely to be encouraging than a singleton. He continued with a and N-S’s ridiculous bidding and dubious play gained them a clear top.



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


Dealer:             K763                                          Book bidding

East                  J109                                           West          North         East            South

Both vul            63                                              -                 -                 5    (1)      all pass



AJ109                 N               You are North, defending 5. South leads a 4th highest 2.      

AK743           W    E            After taking the first trick with the A, what do you do       

2                         S               at trick two?          





Dave’s 2nd Column answer
        Board 26 from Wednesday 7th   


Dealer:             K763                                          Book bidding

East                  J109                                           West          North         East(A)      South

Both vul            63                                               -                 -                 5    (1)      all pass


(1)  What did you open with this East hand A

AJ109                 N             42                         in this week’s quiz? This is yet another

AK743           W    E          52                         classic 3NT opener and 5 is ridiculous

2                         S              AKQJ1097          of course.

QJ10                                  84                 






To defeat 5 your side seems to have two tricks and you need to find one more trick. If East has eight ’s headed by the AK then the contract is cold, If south has a trump trick it won’t go away.

But what if East has never heard of the gambling 3NT and has pre-empted with a solid seven card suit? A trick looks unlikely for your side, so you will need a trick. But East is likely to set up a discard on dummy’s 3rd if you return a . There isn’t a moment to waste. You must shift to a , presumably the 3. It comes with no guarantee and on some layouts might cost an over-trick. But here it works perfectly.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 3NT+2 five times, 3NT+1 and 6-4. I understand that one top player passed with the East hand and then jumped to 3NT when partner opened – I assume that the 3NT opening has a different meaning in Sweden? And I also note that 3NT was declared by West four times so I guess that only the one pair play/understand the Gambling 3NT despite it having been written up in the last two news-sheets.


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    3NT. This is yet another perfect example of the Gambling 3NT.

Hand B:    Pass. Go for the penalty. Slam is remote with LHO sitting over you with an opening. You know that 3NT will probably make +2 for 460 but how many will 1 doubled go down? Surely LHO cannot make more than 4 tricks in ’s and three down is 500 which beats any game with overtricks your way.

Hand C:    Dbl. A take-out double is normally about 11+ in the direct seat, but with this classic shape 10 is fine. Here is a note about this bid from Paul Qupdomine:

This is an example of one of my favorite treatments ... the light shaped take out double.  At match-points aggression is frequently rewarded and never more so than here.  I feel that this treatment MUST meet 3 criteria ... the shape must be a perfect take-out, all the high cards must be in your long suits, and the vulnerability must be white/red or white/white.  It also helps if  partner understands you may be doubling with as little as 10 hcp.  My hand was perfect for this and 1 doubled went for -800 white/white when the best we could achieve declaring (on reasonable play) was 460.  My hand was AJ9x, x, J10xx, KJxx.  NOT what everyone considers a T.O. double of a 1 opening apparently but fine by my standards.  It met all three criteria and partner (holding Hand B) worked out that a pass would net a top!  Most balancing hands had to settle for 3NT opposite this.  At IMPs this is a bit riskier but still valid.

Hand D:    4, Leaping Michaels. Generally showing a strong hand with 6 ’s and 5 ’s.

Hand E:    Pass, and pass partner’s expected re-opening double. This penalty pass is much better than a negative double showing 4 ’s as game is not certain and you will get an excellent score for 1* going down a lot.

Hand F:     Dbl. ‘automatic’ when playing negative doubles.



Current club championship standings



Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5











1918.3 Hans Vikman

1905.5 Janne Roos

1875.2 Paul Quodomine

1802.9 Sally Watson

1728.7 Ivy Schlageter

1725.8 Bob Short

1709.7 Paul Scully

1708.2 Bob Pelletier

680.4 Hans Vikman

674.5 Janne Roos

655.3 Paul Quodomine

636.6 Sally Watson

625.4 Jeremy Watson

619.7 Ivy Schlageter

618.9 Bob Short

615.1 Lars Broman

613.2 Per-Ake Roskvist

611.2 Gerard & Derek 

351.7 Hans Vikman

350.6 Janne Roos

336.7 Paul Quodomine

326.0 Sally Watson

325.4 Jeremy Watson

325.3 Ivy Schlageter

321.7 Bob Short

321.0 Per Andersson

316.9 Terje Lie

316.1 Lars Broman



The Tripple


Congratulation to Paul Quodomine for achieving the triple for the second time. Also well done Bob Pelletier who has now qualified to join the other seven challengers in the Gold Cup.


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