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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?
♣ Q ♣ J1085
Hand C Hand D With Hand C it’s favourable vulnerability and
1NT, what do you do?
♣ K3 ♣ AJ876
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Negative double how high? Board 18 from Wednesday 28th
Dealer: ♠ AQ952 Table A
East ♥ 765 West(B) North East South
N-S vul ♦ 10532 - - 1♠ 3♣
♣ 2 pass (1) pass dbl (2) pass
pass (3) pass
♠ J6 N ♠ K10873
♥ QJ102 W E ♥ AK943 Table B
♣ J1085 ♣ - - - 1♠ 3♣
♠ 4 dbl (1) pass 3♥ pass
♥ 8 4♥ all pass
And what happened? Lots of spurious results, but three pairs did bid 4♥, = and +1 twice.
The bottom lines: -
- You have to agree how high you play negative doubles. Common options are 3♦ and 3♠ J
♦ A1083 ♦ J9765
♣ A2 ♣ - (1) pre-emptive
East leads the ♣K, what is your plan?
Dealer: ♠ KJ1098 Book bidding
North ♥ AK West North East South
N-S vul ♦ A1083 - 1♠ 2♣ 3♠ (1)
♣ A2 5♣ 5♠ all pass
♣ 109653 ♣ KQJ874
♥ 9643 East leads the ♣K, what is your plan?
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 5♠*=, 5♠=, 5♠-2, 5♠-1, 4♠=, 5♣*-2, 4♣*-1, 4♣-1 and 2♠+3.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s second problem on the play of the hand.
♣ Q ♣ 754 North leads the ♣A and then the ♣K which you ruff, plan the play.
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 20 from Wednesday 28th
Dealer: ♠ Q Book Bidding
West ♥ 7632 West(A) North East South
both vul ♦ 9 1♠ (1) 3♣ pass pass
♣ AKJ9632 4♠ (2) all pass
♣ Q ♣ 754 3♠ pass 4♠ all pass
♥ J5 North leads the ♣A and then the ♣K, plan the play.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 4♠*-1, 4♠=, 4♠-1, 3♠= four times, 2♠+1, and 5♣*(N)-1. I note that just the one player managed to make ten tricks and he did indeed play the ♠K when he got in, just a lucky guess I suppose?
The bottom line. Terry Note: The author does not go into detail as to why playing for the singleton ♠Q is the only hope. The reason is that if ♠’s are 2-2 or 4-0 you lose whatever you do and if it is Qxx opposite A you still lose two tricks whatever you do, so given that you have no entries to dummy, the only hope is a singleton Q opposite Axx, so play the ♠K.
Dealer: ♠ J743
North ♥ KJ6 West North East South
N-S vul ♦ J987 - pass 2NT pass
♣ 108 6♣ (1) pass 6NT all pass
♣ AK97652 ♣ Q43 two aces off the top.
I declared 6NT after an auction of 2NT, 6♣, 6NT. Partner's 6♣ bid was aggressive but it let me count 12 tricks in NT since I had the club fit.
A diamond was led and won perforce and I cashed my second diamond pitching a spade. The key play was next, cashing the Ace of hearts (Vienna Coup) to cater to one defender having sole control of spades and the King of hearts. This is merely good technique, the hoped for distribution seldom exists. South, on the run of the clubs and with a zillion diamonds to discard chose to discard a spade. Thus North now did have sole control of spades and the heart king! With dummy's last 3 cards the Qx of hearts and a spade North had to find a discard. The A, K, and 6 of spades took the last 3 tricks. Without cashing the Ace of hearts first declarer would block the heart Q as a threat. Certainly there was a defensive faux pas, but without setting the stage it would have been innocuous and overlooked.
Someone will no doubt point out to me that this particular squeeze
would have worked against North without cashing the heart ace first by
discarding from the suit North chooses to guard. My answer is that I
don't always recognize which suit North guards, and by cashing the Ace first it
operates against EITHER defender and removes all doubt. The heart King
either is discarded or you play on spades.
Owing to the plethora of flawed "instant analyses" by
opponents I would like to start a regular column:
"IT IS BETTER TO REMAIN SILENT AND BE THOUGHT A FOOL THAN TO SPEAK AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT"
My favorite from recent sessions concerns a player who pre-empted 3♣ in third seat holding the spade Axx on the side with ♣AJxxxxx. Cardinal sin number one: Never open a 3 level preempt with an outside ace or partner will never know when to sacrifice over the opponents’ high level contract. His LHO bid 3NT and his partner raised protectively to 4♣, thus taking us out of our only making game, and 3NT would have required inspired declarer play. I stretched a mile to bid a competitive 4♦ and now came cardinal sin number two: Do NOT preempt and bid again, your partner is in charge. To do so with extra defense and inviting a penalty is asinine/moronic/atrocious but he bid 5♣ which of course was doubled. -500 against a partscore?? At the conclusion of play, having played my partner for the spade king after I had shown precisely nothing outside Kxxxxx in diamonds to that point he justified his play with the statement "The NT overcaller should have had that card!". I couldn't contain myself. I said "I had to have something to bid at the four level". His three little words "No you didn't" removed all doubt.
Hilarious (and somewhat instructive if you are bold) Board 21 from Friday 30th
Dealer: ♠ J9
West ♥ 106543 West North East(D) South
N-S vul ♦ 109873 - pass 4♠ dbl
♣ 4 pass 5♥ pass pass
dbl all pass
♣ 95 ♣ AJ876
What did you open with this East hand D in this week’s quiz? I opened not ONE spade, but FOUR spades. Non-vul vs vul this had certain tactical advantages. Partner had already passed and with only two singletons in the red suits the opponents were likely to interfere with any constructive auction. Indeed, if they bid to 4 hearts I'd probably want to save. It put them to a high level guess, and LHO doubled as a "card showing" double.
Weird: Board 6 from Friday 30th
Dealer: ♠ K1087
East ♥ 873 West North East South
E-W vul ♦ A1084 - - 1♣ 1♦
♣ J2 pass 2♦ pass pass
2♥ pass pass 3♦
♣ 104 ♣ AK9853
After a 1♣ opening by East, South overcalled 1♦. West passed! North raised to 2♦ passed around to West who only NOW saw his partner's 1♣ opening! 2♥ from our intrepid West passed to South who bid 3♦. Now our hero was in there with ... 3 SPADES. Passed to South (I was East and really didn't have a CLUE about what was going on) and South decided to bid 4♦. West was right there with 4♥! Having failed to respond initially he was NOT to be denied! Passed to South who now bid FIVE diamonds! When that was passed to me I had a pretty fair idea of what to do. +300. Four hearts could have made on perfect play, but what was SOUTH thinking about? What he had for breakfast?
< End of Paul’s Column>
Double a strong 1NT? Board 31 from Friday 30th
Dealer: ♠ 1086 West North East(C) South
South ♥ A6 - - - pass
N-S vul ♦ KJ9 pass 1NT 2♥ (1) all pass
♠ KQ9 N ♠ A52 (1) What did you bid with this East hand C in
♥ 743 W E ♥ KQJ102 in this week’s quiz? I would not bid this
♣ 86 ♣ K3 15 counts are good penalty doubles but this
♠ J743 one is because it has an obvious (♥) lead.
And what happened? 4♥-1, 4♥= twice, 2♥+1, 2NT(W)= and 1NT(N)-3 twice. So it looks like NOBODY thought of doubling the 1NT opening which would have collected 500 or 800 for an absolute top.
The bottom lines.
- With a good 15 and a good lead, double a 1NT opening J
A good 4-4 fit… Board 9 from Monday 19th
Just one pair reached this great grand slam on Monday – everybody else insisted in playing in game in one of their 7 or 6 card suits and did not locate the great 4-4 ♣ fit for slam.
Dealer: ♠ AQ10876 West North East South
West ♥ 7 pass 1♠ pass 2♥
N-S vul ♦ 103 pass 3♣ (1) pass 4♣
♣ AKQ4 pass 4NT (2) pass 5♥
pass 7♣ all pass
♠ 94 N ♠ KJ52
♥ K9 W E ♥ J85 (1) This is the key bid.
♣ 832 ♣ 75
And what happened? 7♣=, 4♥+2, 4♥+1 three times, 4♠= and 4♠-1. 7♣ made pretty easily by just setting the ♥’s up. The bottom lines:
- Look for good 4-4 fits. A good 4-4 fit is usually better than 5-3, 6-2 or 6-1 J
TWERB – a defense to a strong 1♣ Board 8 from Wednesday 28th
Dealer: ♠ 852 West North East South
West ♥ A764 pass pass pass 1♣ (1)
Love all ♦ J32 2♣ (2) pass 2♦ (3) pass
♣ 1082 2♥ (4) pass 2♠ 3NT (5)
♠ AJ1093 N ♠ Q76
♥ 10983 W E ♥ 2 (1) Precision 1♣, 16+, artificial
♣ A75 ♣ KQ543 (3) nothing special to say – pass or correct.
♠ K4 (4) ♥’s and ♠’s, at least 5-4 or 4-5
♥ KQJ5 (5) South (correctly) assumed that she would
♦ AK1084 not get rich by doubling 2♠.
And what happened? 3NT went -1 for about an average. The bottom lines:
- TWERB is a great convention for messing up their strong 1♣ opening J
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 2♣ (or your strongest bid). This hand is 9 playing tricks in ♠’s with 19 HCPs and easily meets the criteria for a strong 2♣ opening. Partner needs very little for 4♠ to be cold.
Hand C: dbl, pretty clear at this vulnerability and with an obvious lead.
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