Mon 23rd N-S 1st Bob P & Robbie 61% 2nd Johan & Frode 58%
E-W 1st Lars D & Terry Q 65% 2nd HansV & Paul S 60%
Wed 25th N-S 1st Paul K & Sean B 68% 2nd Jan & Mike G 61%
E-W 1st Gerard & Derek 62% 2nd Gerry C & Richard M 54%
Fri 27th N-S 1st Janne & Lars B 58% 2nd Paul K & Sean B 53%
E-W 1st Jan & Olaf 60% 2nd Gerry C & Ivy 57%
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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?
♠ AKQ84 ♠ J76
♥ AKQ9 ♥ J108 With Hand B RHO opens 1♠, what do you bid?
♦ K86 ♦ AQJ9
♣ 2 ♣ AK5
Hand C Hand D With Hand C RHO opens 1♥, what do you bid?
♥8 ♥1073 With Hand D LHO opens 1♥ and partner bids 2♣.
♦1032 ♦Q876 2♥, what do you do?
Swiss teams of 4 – two events soon
There are two totally separate upcoming Swiss teams of 4 events:
1) Alan Purdy is organizing a Swiss teams event on Sun 13th December, 6 p.m.
This event is not associated with the Pattaya bridge club and all are welcome. Details are:
Entry fee only 600bht per team
Please inform Alan if you wish to enter a team. If you are a pair and need team-mates, or if you are an individual, please contact Alan Purdy:
Tel 0800491427 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
2) The annual Pattaya Bridge Club Xmas teams event. Sat 26th Dec, 11 a.m. Details are:
Entry fee free and the event is open to all (except the few people who are banned from the club)! There will be a lunch break with food also free – you have to pay for any beverages.
The event is sponsored by Paul Quodomine
Tropies will be presented for first and second placed teams.
Please sign up on the notice board at the
If you are a pair and need team-mates, or if you are an individual, then your name(s) will be added and you will hopefully get assigned to a team – first come first served.
Tel 038 422924 e-mail email@example.com
Worth a strong 2♣ opener? Board 10 from Friday 4th
Dealer: ♠ 1095 Table A
East ♥ 43 West North East South(A)
Both vul ♦ 5432 - - pass 2♣ (1)
♣ Q943 pass 2♦ pass 2♠ (2)
Pass 4♠ (3) all pass
♠ J76 N ♠ 63
♥ J108 W E ♥ 7652 Table B
♣ AK5 ♣ J10876 - - pass 1♠ (1)
♠ AKQ84 pass (4) pass pass
And what happened? It looks like the field was evenly split as to whether to open 2♣ or not. 4♠ obviously should not make but three did manage to bid and make it. Other results were 2NT+1, 3♠=, 1♠+3 and 4♠-1.
The bottom line:
- I do not like opening 2♣ with strong two-suiters.
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s first input on the play of the hand.
♦ A104 ♦ 52 pass 5♣ all pass
♣ KQJ1043 ♣ A92
Dealer: ♠ A43 Book bidding
North ♥ Q West North East South
Love all ♦ A104 - 1♣ pass 1♥
♣ KQJ1043 pass 3♣ pass 4♣
pass 5♣ all pass
♥ K10987 .
♦ 52 East leads a trump. Plan the play in 5♣.
North took the ♣K and led the ♥Q. East did well to play low and the ♥Q won. North then cashed the ♦A and conceded a ♦. He was able to ruff his 3rd ♦ in dummy but lost two ♠’s.
North could make 5♣ if East grabbed the ♥A: North could win the trump return in dummy and lead the ♥10 to ruff out West’s ♥J, setting up three ♥ tricks to go with six ♣’s and the pointed aces. But North should also succeed against the actual defense: he must overtake the ♥Q with the ♥K and return the ♥10, throwing a ♠. If East takes the ♥A and leads another trump, declarer wins in dummy, leads a ♥ to ruff out the ♥J. and returns to dummy with a trump for the good ♥’s.
East’s opening trump lead wasn’t dynamic since South had advertised a ♥ suit. East should have preferred an attacking lead in ♦’s or ♠’s, either of which would defeat the contract.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 6NT-4, 6♣-3, and lots of spurious results. Nobody was in 5♣ but two played in a sensible 3NT and both made exactly to share the top.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s second problem on the play of the hand.
♦ AKJ953 ♦ Q108 4♥ pass 5♦ all pass
♣ 54 ♣ AJ7632
You are West, declarer in 5♦. North leads the ♠K, plan the play.
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 24 from Wednesday 2nd
Dealer: ♠ KQ1083 Book Bidding
West ♥ AQ82 West North East South
Love all ♦ 2 1♦ 1♠ 2♣ 3♠ (1)
♣ Q98 pass pass dbl pass
4♥ pass 5♦ all pass
♣ 54 ♣ AJ7632
♦ 764 North leads the ♠K, plan the play
Given the bidding, there is a good chance that the ♥AQ are sitting over your ♥KJ. If South has a ♣ honour he can get in and lead ♥’s; curtains. So you must keep South off play. Duck the ♠K! If a 2nd ♠ is played, take the ♠A and discard a ♣. Now the ♣A and a ♣ ruffed high. If ♣’s are 3-2, cross to dummy with a trump, ruff another ♣ high and draw trumps ending in dummy with it’s three e winning ♣’s upon which three ♥’s are discarded. So you lose just one ♥ and a trump and make eleven tricks. If ♣’s are 4-1, you are in trouble.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4♠*= twice, 4♠= twice and a few ♦ and NT contracts by E-W.
An “Expert” Defense
Board 18 last Monday saw the following “expert” defense:
♠K9 The auction, with East dealer:
♥432 P, 1C, 1D, 2C, 2H(1), P, P, 3C,
♦1054 3H, all pass.
East passed initially rather than open 2H with such a good spade holding but (1) while 2H here was certainly reasonable a responsive double (see the next article) would have uncovered the superior 4-4 fit.
South, Expert #1, was faced with a lead problem and selected the club ace as his partner was a favorite to hold the king and if it was in the opposing hands it was likely on his left or perhaps singleton. Before playing to trick 2 he assessed the defensive prospects. His side would likely take two clubs (Expert 2 signaled strong encouragement on the lead), 1H, and 1D. The setting trick(s) would have to come from spades. The spade shift was certainly right but the card he selected was the 4, violating one of the principles of defense. When shifting to a new suit during the defense of a hand lead “attitude”, the lower the card the more encouraging. He wished to give the impression of holding something like ªQ84 and he certainly accomplished that! Declarer played the ace and Expert #2 who had deduced that Expert #1 would not defend like this without the ¨A and a trump control wanted to assure his spade ruff or clear partner’s possible ªQJ4. He unblocked the king! Declarer now finessed in hearts and back came a spade. Of course the defense was now screwed, and only 2 clubs, a heart, and a diamond were won. Only a couple of “experts” could have accomplished this and yes, I was Expert #1!
A Counter-intuitive Defensive Play
Board 10 from Monday:
♠J8754 The auction with East dealer:
♥543 P(1), P, 1H, P, 1NT(2), P, 3NT (All vul)
East’s initial pass (1) instead of a 2D opening may have been due to the vulnerability and lack of overall strength. At any rate after the 1H opening only a weak jump response of 3D suits the hand and reaches a playable contract. If not playing WJR a pass seems best. 1NT (2) was both under-strength and mis-descriptive. As South I had to find an opening lead. A © from my best suit was unattractive, a ¨ too passive, and I finally settled on the killing lead of the ª2. Now, after unblocking the diamonds, declarer had no way back to his hand. If instead I had chosen to lead a § declarer would win the 3rd round, unblock the ¨A and K, then lead a ª from dummy. Can you see the defensive problem for North? If the ª10 is led he must duck it and if East also ducks so will South, while if East plays the Q South will win and return a ª. If instead the ª3 is led North must play the Jack, truly a counter-intuitive play but one which effectively blocks the entry to East’s hand and those lovely diamonds! Would I find this at the table if I were North? I’d like to think so but my last name isn’t Hamman!!
The Responsive Double
Board 17 from Monday was as follows:
North (D) North dealt, no-one vul.
At our table the auction was P, 1H, 2C, P, 2S!, 3H, 3S, 4H, 4S. 2S was a bold venture, but what could North reasonably do? 4S might have made but for a great bit of defense by East. He cashed the diamond ace and then under-led in hearts to his partner’s king, who cashed a diamond and gave him a ruff. Well done! When this hand was later discussed someone thought the South hand should have made a take-out double - what did you bid with this South hand C in this week’s quiz? I strongly disagree with double, with such shabby support for two un-bid suits and a concentration of values in a 5-card suit it is much better suited to an overcall. If West should declare in NT does South want to attract a diamond lead?
At another table after 1H, 2C, the enterprising West playing 5 card majors ventured a 2H raise! I was asked what North should do - what did you bid with this North hand D in this week’s quiz? This is a CLASSIC hand for a “responsive” double showing values and length in the un-bid suits as well as a tolerance for partner’s overcalled suit. Q7 should be plenty if he trusts his partner’s overcalls. The spade fit would have been reached but played by South, and the likely lead of the heart king and continuation would put paid to the diamond ruff. South might have played for the drop in spades reasoning the spade Q was more likely with East for the opening bid and demonstrated heart length. Remember the “responsive” double … it is unlikely you want to make a low level penalty double of a suit that has been bid and raised.
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Bidding Quiz Answers
Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
1949.2 Janne Roos
1931.1 Hans Vikman
1896.1 Paul Quodomine
1804.7 Sally Watson
1756.1 Lars Broman
1744.3 Ivy Schlageter
1728.9 Bob Pelletier
1725.8 Bob Short
1725.1 Paul Scully
636.6 Sally Watson
631.2 Per-Ake Roskvist
625.4 Jeremy Watson
625.0 Per Andersson
623.3 Lars Broman
622.6 Guttorm Lonborg
621.2 Ivy Schlageter
332.6 Per-Ake Roskvist
329.8 Per Andersson
326.0 Sally Watson
325.4 Jeremy Watson
325.3 Ivy Schlageter
321.7 Bob Short
321.5 Lars Broman
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