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Mon 21st  N-S   1st  Paul Q & Janne              64%       2nd    Alan K & Michael C                    59%

                E-W   1st  Gerard & Derek             62%       2nd    Kjell & Rolf = John B & Royd      57%

Wed 23rd N-S   1st  Paul Q & Terry Q          63%       2nd    Alan K & Michael C                    61%

                E-W   1st  Gerry C & Howard N    65%       2nd    Gerard & Derek                           61%    

Sat  26th   Teams:     1st Hans V, Janne, Jean & Lars B

                                2nd Dave H, Per And, Gerry C & Martin V.


Many thanks to Paul Quodomine for organizing the Boxing day teams event which went very well, especially because of his (and mine) instance that late entries would not be accepted in order to ensure that we had an exact multiple of four without an odd pair left over. I am sure that most people know and understand what a deadline is; especially when the event (and the deadline for entries) had been well publicised for over three weeks in advance.

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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           With Hand A partner opens 1 and RHO bids 3 (weak),

what do you bid?   

K2                K1098         

Q95              A7632

62                 5                  With Hand B it’s favourable vulnerability. LHO opens 2 and

AK8432       K93             RHO raises to 3, what do you do?           


Hand C           Hand D           With Hand C it’s unfavourable vulnerability and partner opens 1. RHO bids 3 (weak), what do you bid?   

KQ853         1083                                                      

109               K7                                             

K3                103              With Hand D partner opens 1 and RHO overcalls 1, what

J95                AQJ1084     do you bid?     

Ron Klinger web site



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


West                East                              West            North       East            South

J74               AQ105                    -                   -               1             pass

K106            A2                            1                pass         1              pass

A9832          7                               2NT             pass         3NT           all pass      

K10             A98764     


North leads the 8, plan the play at IMPs/rubber and at matchpoint teams.           

Dave’s Column answer                      Board 26 from Wednesday 23rd  


Dealer:             82                                               Book bidding

East                  QJ9875                                      West          North         East            South

Both vul            Q54                                            -                 -                 1             pass

                        J3                                               1              pass           1              pass

2NT           pass           3NT           all pass            

J74                     N             AQ105               

K106              W    E          A2                        North leads the 8, plan the play at:

A9832                S              7                           (a)  rubber bridge or teams

K10                                   A98764                (b)  matchpoint pairs


43                       Terry, Paul and Dave note: 8 lead? – isn’t the Q obvious?

KJ106                Ron Klinger says: With no likely late entry North chooses the

Q52                   8 rather than a . As West had not supported ’s North was hoping that South has values sitting over dummy.          


Anyway, onto the problem with the 8 lead. If ’s are 3-2 or there is a singleton honour declarer does not need the finesse to bring home nine tricks. Five ’s, one , two ’s and one will do. Declarer should reject the finesse. Play the A on the opening lead and then play the K, A and a third . When the ’s behave the contract is safe.

If you play a low from dummy at trick one then South wins and might switch to a . Then declarer probably loses a , three ’s and a .

The recommended play is the same at teams/rubber and at pairs. The choice of a lead, dummy’s bid suit, and in particular the 8 lead are indications that the K is with South.




And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? I suspect that most led the Q, but here is what happened anyway: 3NT+2 twice, 3NT+1 twice, 3NT= twice, 2*(S)-2, 1NT+4, 2NT+1 and 1NT+1.



Dave’s 2nd Column   Here is Dave’s second problem, this time on bidding


Dealer:             1083                                          

South               K7                                              West          North(D)    East          South

Love all            103                                             -                 -                 -               1

AQJ1084                                   1              ?


What is your North hand worth - hand D in this week’s Quiz? If you pick up this hand you would say it has 10 points with a good suit and a tiny bit of distribution.

What you would recognize is that the worth of this hand will, like most hands, depend upon who has what. For instance, If East opened 1 you would not like your K and would downgrade the hand.

With this sequence your partner opens 1 and RHO bids 1. What do you think about your hand now? And what do you bid with the hand (hand D in this week’s quiz?)


Dave’s 2nd Column answer
              Board 27 from Wednesday 23rd


Dealer:             1083                                           Book Bidding (Mike Lawrence)

South               K7                                              West          North(D)    East          South

Love all            103                                             -                 -                 -               1

                        AQJ1084                                   1              2    (1)      pass         2NT (2)

pass           3NT           all pass

KQ975               N               J2                      

J102               W    E            Q9543               Our Bidding (Paul Q & Terry Q)

A542                  S                K976                 West          North         East          South

2                                          96                      -                 -                 -               1

A64                                            1              3    (1)      pass         3NT

A86                                            all pass




Mike says:  (1)  What did you bid with this North hand D in this week’s quiz? Your hand has grown greatly. You do not know how much it has grown, but it has improved. You suspect that the suit is solid. Either your partner has the K or if not, it is probably on-side in the overcaller’s hand. The same thing applies to the A, your partner is likely to have it and if not it rates to be in overcaller’s hand. These are not firm facts but they are inferences. I suggest that North treat his hand as a game forcing hand. If you agree then one way to show it is to bid 2. The cue bid of the overcall shows (in my methods) a fit for partner and enough points for game. Some players use the cue bid as a limit raise or better. Not my choice.

(2)   In any event South has a balanced hand with stoppers and bids 2NT which North obviously raises to 3NT.

Paul Q &    (1)  Paul Q and I play things slightly differently. Paul (North) bid 3 - a jump cue

Terry Q:           bid – which simply asks partner, who opened a minor, to bid 3NT with a stop.                                  


So this problem, for a change, is just about bidding – did you reach 3NT?


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT+1 twice, 3NT= three times, 3+1 twice, 3= twice and 3(E)-1.



Paul’s Column                                         


A Vindication for previous claims                    Board 16 from Wednesday 16th  


Dealer:             Q                                                Table A

West                J4                                               West          North         East          South(B)

E-W vul           1087                                           2              pass           3            dbl

                        AQJ10865                                 pass           5             all pass


A532                  N               J764                  

5                     W    E            KQ1098      

KJ9642               S                AQ3                  

72                                        4                 






In earlier ramblings I have advocated the “advance balance” when you are morally certain the opponents are about to pass out an auction at a low level and may be stealing from you, and also the advantages of making light, shaped take out doubles if you have the requirements of PERFECT shape, honor placement and being non-vulnerable.


On this board my partner, who is a National Champion in the U.S.A., demonstrated just how effective BOTH these concepts are.  After an auction of 2, P, 3 what did you bid with this South hand B in this week’s quiz?  Normally you would think getting in at the 3 level opposite a passed partner is dangerous with this, but the opponent’s auction tells you otherwise.  They have settled in a comfortable 3 diamonds without even a sniff at a game try.  Partner MUST have something but was handcuffed by the opening.  Accordingly he doubled with support for all un-bid suits.  Note that a 3 bid on such a ratty suit would be foolish.  He was a bit abashed when LHO passed and partner produced a surprising FIVE CLUB call.  All passed.  His partner reasoned that opposite the KNOWN diamond shortness and likely §Kxx(x) all he needed was the major suit aces.  Almost what was there, but there was another wrinkle to it.  The diamond Ace was led followed by a shift to the heart K.  MIRACLE!  Hearts were 5-1 and the spade Ace with the opener!!


Five clubs could not be beaten on the lie of the cards but if it could be beaten the opponents would surely have scored +110 or +130 in diamonds.  Without getting into the auction we would have certainly gone minus.  Too bad we weren’t doubled in 5!!


As for the 2 opening with Axxx in spades it is a matter of style, and I am firmly in the camp that believes with xxxx in a side major and otherwise the requirements for a weak 2 opening, as Nike (and apparently Tiger Woods) says “JUST DO IT!”  (Or do her, and her and …)  With a top honor to four I would await developments.  Simply too good to preempt my partner out of a possible game, and competitive bidding later may lead to a lucrative double or game/part-score our way.

Bidding with a King less than normal             Board 9 from Wednesday 16th  


Dealer:             AQ104                                       Table A

North               AK873                                       West          North         East          South(A)

E-W vul           -                                                  -                 1              3            4    (2)

                        J1075                                         pass           pass           pass


J98763               N               5                        

J102               W    E            64                     

A94                    S                KQJ108753       

6                                          Q9                    






By now almost everyone knows that in balancing seat after an opening bid of a suit and two passes a bid of 1NT shows 11+ - 14 hcp and a stopper in the opened suit.  A king less than an opening 1NT would show.  Other actions in that position are also predicated on the “king less” assumption that partner must have undisclosed values.


Fewer know that bidding as responder when partner has opened and there has been an intervening preempt is also based on the “king less” principle.  You want to differentiate between genuine but limited support and a simple retreat after partner’s re-opening double.


Some examples where partner opens 1 and there is a 3 preempt to your right:


With KJx Qxx xxx Qxxx  you would have raised 1© to 2©.  The preempt has really screwed that, but if you pass and convert partner’s re-opening double to 3 can he/she know that you have both the decent heart support and spade king as well as something in clubs?  No, you will show something like Jxx xxx Qxx Qxxx or even less and hope he/she gets off lightly.  Instead bid three hearts!


Kxx QJxx xx KJxx  You would have made a limit raise of 1 to 3 but you cannot bid 3 now as that would show the above example hand or something similar.  Bid four hearts! 


NEW SUIT FORCING TO GAME!  This shows one of two hand types, either one with good support and a source of tricks or one with an independent suit. 


The South hand in this deal from Wednesday is an excellent example of when to bid your own suit, game forcing, showing the good suit, support, and a game force.  Bidding four hearts would show about a king LESS!  The auction given is how went at my table, white vs red:


What did you bid with this South hand A in this week’s quiz? This South bid 4 and North DID pause a bit over 4 hearts but finally decided not to press on.  South after all was under pressure.  What would he bid with Jxx, Qxxx, Axxx Kx?  Four hearts of course.


Now look at what would happen if South had bid 4 CLUBS!  North would be off to the races and cue-bidding madly in diamonds and spades!  The club slam missed at every table would be reached and perhaps even the Grand Slam which is far superior to 7 owing to the likelihood of a bad heart split with the preempt.  Nobody even bid SIX clubs or hearts!  7 Clubs needs only a 2-1 split (or Qxx onside) which makes for pretty good odds!!


Is this an easy concept?  Yes, if the opponents have crowded your bidding space just bid as though you had a king more … and HOPE your partner has read this!


< end of Paul’s column >




Borrow that King!                                                Board 21 from Wednesday 23rd  


I (Terry) do take note of what Paul says in his column and had read the previous article the day before this hand occurred. Unlike some at the club – and some may include me! – Paul does know what he is talking about! I was South on this deal:


Dealer:             A73                                            West          North         East          South(C)

North               AK432                                       -                 1              3  (1)      3    (2) 

N-S vul            4                                                pass           6    (3)      all pass


(1)  weak

1092                   N               J6                       (2)  what did you bid with this South hand C

QJ765            W    E            8                              in this week’s quiz? I was South and had

962                     S                AQJ10875               I not read Paul’s previous article about

84                                        1073                        borrowing a king after a pre-empt overcall

KQ853                                             I may well have decided that I had

109                                                   insufficient values for a forcing 3 bid and

K3                                                   made a negative double.

J95                                              (3)  Fully aware that partner may be a king light for his bid.


So, a cold 6 was reached – I wonder if it would have been reached has South made a negative double at (2)?

And what happened? 6= four times, 6=, 4+2 twice, 3NT= and 4=

12 red cards – and partner plays in clubs?         Board 25 from Wednesday 23rd  



Dealer:             A753                                          West          North         East          South

North               -                                                 -                 1             pass         1

E-W vul           Q3                                              pass           3NT (1)      pass         6    (2)

                        AKQ5432                                  pass           7   (3)      pass         pass (4)


KQJ9                 N               108642         (1)  Usually showing a strong hand with a good

8765               W    E            K4                     long minor.

86                       S                10975          (2)  Showing his strength and suits!     

J96                                       87                (3)  I guess 7 is an alternative?  

-                                           (4)  Trusting partner, and the void and 10 may

AQJ10932                                 be useful    



And what happened? 7*= (West led a !), 7=, 6NT+1, 6= three times, 5+2, 7NT-1 and 6NT-1. With 14 top tricks, please don’t ask me how people went down in 6NT and 7NT.


Bidding Quiz Answers – these are from Paul’s column


Hand A:    4 (forcing of course). 4 could be made on a much weaker hand.

Hand B:    dbl, both opponents are limited and so it is safe to bid this hand at the three level.

Hand C:    3 (forcing of course). The hand would appear to have insufficient values for a forcing 3 (so negative double?) - but read Paul’s column about ‘borrowing’ a king in this situation.

Hand D:    2, that’s Mike Lawrence’s answer (game forcing in his methods). Paul Q bid 3 which asked partner to bid 3NT with a stop.






Current club championship standings



Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5











1959.5 Janne Roos

1943.3 Hans Vikman

1926.0 Paul Quodomine

1817.2 Sally Watson

1770.2 Lars Broman

1748.3 Paul Scully

1746.5 Ivy Schlageter

1745.1 Gerard Hardy

1733.2 Bob Pelletier

1725.8 Bob Short

693.1 Janne Roos

689.2 Hans Vikman

673.0 Paul Quodomine

639.8 Sally Watson

639.6 Alan Kleist

634.5 Lars Broman

631.2 Per-Ake Roskvist

630.7 Guttorm Lonborg

625.4 Jeremy Watson

625.0 Per Andersson

355.2 Janne Roos

351.7 Hans Vikman

343.7 Paul Quodomine

341.7 Alan Kleist

332.6 Per-Ake Roskvist

329.8 Per Andersson

327.8 Sally Watson

327.6 Lars Broman

325.4 Jeremy Watson

325.3 Ivy Schlageter



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