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Mon 2nd   N-S   1st  Janne & Paul Q              67%       2nd    Bob P & Robbie                    57%

                E-W   1st  Mike Wiss & TerryQ     66%       2nd    Guttorm & Tomas                  59%

Wed 4th    N-S   1st  = Jean & Lars B                           =      Richard M & Tomas               56%

                E-W   1st  Janne & Per And…        71%       2nd    =    Jan & Sigurd                    53%

                                                                                            =    Hans V & Sigurd              53%

Fri  6th      N-S   1st  Janne & Lars B              57%       2nd    Gerry & Per-Ake                   56%

                E-W   1st  Guttorm & Paul Sc         63%       2nd    Terry Q & Jean                      59%

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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 overcalls 2, what

do you do?

KQ74           KQ8532                                    

Q87              A52              With Hand B partner opens 1NT. You transfer with 2 and

7                   Q76              partner bids 2, what now?

QJ854          6                 


Hand C           Hand D           With Hand C partner opens 1 and you bid 1. Partner rebids 1NT, what do you do?

A983            J105            

105               A102            (a)  Do you open with Hand D in first seat?

A7654          KQJ85         (b)  Suppose you open 1, LHO overcalls 2 and this is passed

QJ                     76                      round to you, what do you do?


Bidding Sequence Quiz


E      1      2     pass   pass      

        dbl                                              What is the double – does it show extra values?

F      1NT   pass   2      pass      

        2      pass   4♣/4NT                 What are 4and 4NT?


The Tripple

Congratulations to Janne Roos for winning the triple (winning all three sessions in the same week) two weeks in a row(!?)Wow! I note that Hans has won it three times and Paul Q and now Janne have both won it twice and so I expect that one or more of them will soon overtake the old codger who won it five times many moons ago when the standard at the club was no so high.



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Current club championship standings



Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5











1945.1 Janne Roos

1924.0 Hans Vikman

1890.8 Paul Quodomine

1804.7 Sally Watson

1732.1 Ivy Schlageter

1725.8 Bob Short

1719.9 Bob Pelletier

1709.7 Paul Scully

690.6 Janne Roos

682.1 Hans Vikman

659.1 Paul Quodomine

636.6 Sally Watson

625.4 Jeremy Watson

625.0 Per Andersson

624.0 Per-Ake Roskvist

621.4 Guttorm Lonborg

619.7 Ivy Schlageter

618.9 Bob Short

355.2 Janne Roos

351.7 Hans Vikman

337.1 Paul Quodomine

329.8 Per Andersson

328.1 Per-Ake Roskvist

326.0 Sally Watson

325.4 Jeremy Watson

325.3 Ivy Schlageter

321.7 Bob Short

319.5 Lars Broman



The Gold Cup standings are quite likely to be unchanged at the end of the year, but anything cam happen in two busy months I guess? The bronze is the interesting competition, and presently it seems that whoever plays with Janne leaps into the lead?

Worth a raise?                                                     Board 26 from Friday 30th  


This board is actually from the previous week but there was no room in the news-sheet which I try to keep to 6- 8 pages.


Dealer:             J1054                                         Table A

East                  AJ93                                          West(C)     North         East          South

both vul            K108                                         -                 -                 1            pass

                        102                                            1              pass           1NT         pass

2NT   (1)    all pass

A983                  N               Q2                     

105                 W    E            Q8762               Table B

A7654                S                J92                     West(C)     North         East          South

QJ                                        AK3                   -                 pass           1            pass

K76                                            1              pass           1NT         pass

K4                                              pass (1)      pass          




Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this West hand C in this week’s quiz? 11-12 points is the norm for a 2NT raise and that’s what virtually everybody did.

Table B:     (1)  This West knows a bit more about hand evaluation than most. The QJ are not worth three points, the suit is nothing to write home about, and it looks like a mis-fit. So this West (me) passed.


And what happened? Everybody in 2NT went down, as Dealmaster Pro says you should, and my partner made a clear top in 1NT with the only positive E-W score. J

The bottom line:

-     Understand hand evaluation – it is not just a matter of adding up high card points.


Values – what values?                                         Board 17 from Monday 2nd


I was asked to write this one up by somebody who did not think much of East’s bid.  


Dealer:             J                                                 West          North         East          South

North               972                                             -                 5              dbl (1)      pass

Love all            QJ1098652                                6NT (2)      all pass


(1)  Apparently ‘values’. Now I doubt that many

K8643                N               Q975                 have discussed exactly how many points

AKQ              W    E            J105                   you need to show ‘values’ over a 5-level

K4                      S                A3                     pre-empt, but I suspect that most would

AQ2                                     J1053                 like to have a bit more than eight points with

A102                                          two 10’s?

8643                                     (2)  Presumably expecting a little more opposite?




And what happened? Not surprisingly, this pair were the only ones to bid 6NT. It made easily enough when the K was onside and restricted choice (together with the information that North had very long ’s) picked up four tricks to go with the two ’s, three ’s and three ’s. Maybe East realized how important the 97 were when he bid? So 990; 5* scored -4 and 800 at another table for a second and most of the field were in 4 making +1 or +2.


Playing negative doubles                                     Board 2 from Friday 2nd


Dealer:             A962                                          West(A)     North         East(D)    South

East                  K953                                          -                 -                 1  (1)     2

N-S vul            6432                                           pass (2)      pass           dbl (3)      all pass


(1)  Did you open with this East hand D(a)?

KQ74                 N               J105                  I did. It’s only 19 for the rule of 20 but has

Q87                W    E            A102                  two tens and a great suit which is clearly 

7                         S                KQJ85               worth more than 6 points.

QJ854                                  76                (2)  What did you bid with this West hand A in

83                                               this week’s quiz? A negative double

J64                                             (guaranteeing just one 4-card major here) is

A109                                         a poor choice. Playing with a sensible partner

AK1032                                     you should pass and pass his “automatic’

re-opening double.

(3)  What did you bid with this East hand D(b) in this week’s quiz? Fortunately for West, East was indeed ‘sensible’ and doubled.


And what happened? +800 and a clear top on a part-score deal. The bottom Lines:

-         If you think that West should bid at (2) or that East should not double at (3) then do not play negative doubles (play penalty doubles!?) – you will let the opponents get away with too many huge penalties if you do not appreciate the penalty pass and ‘automatic’ re-opening double. Note that South had a decent hand (although some would like a sixth ) but he still went for 800. East’s suit and West’s lead were huge assets for the defense.

What is 4and 4NT?                                          Board 5 from Friday 6th  


Dealer:             6                                                 Table A

North               K10876                                      West(B)     North         East          South

N-S vul            J52                                             -                 pass           1NT         pass

                        10987                                        2              pass           2            pass

4NT   (1)    pass           pass   (2)  pass

KQ8532             N               A109                 

A52                W    E            Q9                     Table B

Q76                    S                K843                 West(B)     North         East          South

6                                          AQ52                 -                 pass           1NT         pass

J74                                             2              pass           2            pass

J43                                             4   (1)      pass           pass (3)    all pass




Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this West hand B in this week’s quiz? Apparently this West thought that 4NT was asking for aces.

(2)  East knew his partner, and despite holding a maximum with decent ’s he correctly surmised that 6 would stand no chance,

Table B:     (1)  This West thought that 4 was a splinter, agreeing ’s and suggesting slam.

(3)  East thought that partner was ace asking as so showed two aces.


And what happened? Apart from the spurious 4NT contract, everybody else was in 4, generally making or making +1 J

The bottom line:

-         I guess established partnerships have to agree what 4 and NT mean after a transfer. With no agreement I believe that Gerber and Quantitative are standard, and in the vote after the meeting Linda Lyen cast the final vote confirming this by the narrowest of margins. If you want to play splinters, then have a look at Marty Bergen style ambiguous splinters (three of the other major) which can be played over Stayman and also over transfers.

-         And what is my answer to question B? I guess that an ambiguous splinter is possible, but I think it’s a bit pushy with no super-accept and I would simply bid 4. The 4 bid is, in any case, mildly slam invitational if you play Texas Transfers or South African Texas.



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


West                East                              West            North         East          South

Q854            A1062                      -                   -                 1           pass

10962           AKJ3                       1                pass           2NT         pass

832               K6                           3NT             pass           pass         pass

KQ              A43                       


South leads the 5 to North’s Q and your K. That is one benefit for 3NT. It attracted a lead allowing you to score the K. With the A apparently on your left, you would not have scored a trick in 4.

Still, you need to bring in 4 tricks in 3NT what do you play at trick two?

Suppose you choose the K: 7, 2, 4. How do you plan the rest of the play? Be specific.

Dave’s Column answer                      Board 10 from Wednesday 4th  


Dealer:             K93                                            Book bidding

East                  854                                             West          North         East            South

both vul            Q107                                         -                 -                 1             pass

                        10875                                        1              pass           2NT (1)      pass

3NT (2)      pass           pass (3)      pass

Q854                  N             A1062           

10962             W    E          AKJ3             (1)  4 is the alternative.

832                     S              K6                 (2)  More advanced players should have a

KQ                                    A43                      mechanism to enquire if partner has 4 ’s.

                        J7                                              The PARROT convention does this with a

Q7                                             Checkback style 3 bid to ask for clarification

AJ954                                         of partner’s major suit holdings.



(3)  The bidding will not meet with the approval of purists, who would revert to 4 over 3NT. This East felt that 9 tricks in 3NT would be at least as easy as 10 in ’s. In addition, playing in no-trumps did not expose the K to attack at trick one.


Anyway, whatever you think of the bidding, you are in 3NT and South leads the 4. You win and lead the K: 7, 2, 4.

How do you plan the rest of the play?

You need 4 tricks. Having cashed the K, the normal play is to cross to dummy with a and finesse the J – it fails. The same normal play would also fail in 4.

Australian legend, Tim Seres, found the winning path. As N-S would not expect East to have 4 ’s he led the K at trick two. Expecting partner to hold the A, each defender is bound to give honest count on the K. Seres pointed out that if both follow with the lowest card, playing natural count, the Q will be doubleton.

South played the 7 and North the 4. So the position was not yet clear. A to dummy was followed by the 10. When North played the 5, that could be from 854 or Q54. If Q54 then South would have 87 and likely would have played the 8 on the first . Therefore North began with 854 and Seres rose with the 8 to make his contract.

Note that North could have made the position tougher by playing the 8 on the second but defenders do not always find the best defense. The deal appears in Play Cards with Tim Seres which is reviewed on page 17 of the Pattaya bridge website book store.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 3NT= and 3NT-2; 4=twice, 1+3, 5-2, 4-2 twice and 4-1.


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


North               South                           West            North         East          South

A6                KQ32                       -                   -                 -               1NT

73                 AK                           pass             3NT           all pass                            

KQJ10          8765                        

107652        KJ4              West leads the 2. South sees lots of tricks but the clock is against him. What chance does South have of making 3NT?

Your suggestions?

Dave’s 2nd Column answer              Board 11 from Wednesday 4th


Dealer:             A6                                              Book Bidding

South               73                                               West          North         East            South

Love all            KQJ10                                       -                 -                 -                 1NT

                        107652                                      pass           3NT           all pass


J875                   N             1094                    

Q962              W    E          J10854                

94                       S              A32                    

A93                                    Q8                      


AK                                 West leads the 2. South sees lots of tricks but the

8765                               clock is against him. What chance does South have  

KJ4                                of making 3NT? Your suggestions?


The normal play is to lead ’s but the normal play is not going to work after a lead. The defense will take the and continue with ’s. When they get in with the A they will have enough tricks to set 3NT.

When you see that the normal play will not work, you sometimes need to look for a risky alternative. On this deal there is one that may do the trick. Look at the suit. You have three tricks and two tricks. Do you see a way of getting four tricks?

There is one layout of the cards that will work. You need East to have the doubleton Q. If he has, you can make nine tricks by going to dummy with a and leading a to the J. If West takes this trick with the A, you will later lead the K and that is nine tricks when the Q falls.

What if West gets sneaky and does not take his A? You should then revert to ’s which will, now that you have a trick, be enough to make the contract.

And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? All nine Souths who played the hand declared in 3NT:  +2 twice, +1 three times, = three times and -1 once.


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    pass, and hit partner over the head if he does not have a really good excuse for not re-opening with a double.

Hand B:    4, I don’t think it’s quite good enough for a splinter even if you have that in your bidding repertoire.

Hand C:    pass. 11 points is usually just enough to raise to 2NT, but this is a very poor 11 points – no fit with partner, the QJ doubleton are poor and so is the 5-card suit.

Hand D:    (a)  1. It’s only 19 for the rule of 20, but the great suit and two tens make it well

 worth an opener.

(b)  dbl. This hand is no exception the general ‘rule’ of re-opening with a double when playing negative doubles. You expect a lead and that’s great.


Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers


E      1      2     pass   pass            No, it does NOT promise extras. It shows a hand that is

        dbl                                             prepared to defend 2 doubled if that is what partner wants.

F      1NT   pass   2      pass             ‘standard’ is that 4 is Gerber and 4NT quantitive. Of course

        2      pass   4♣/4NT                 partnerships can have different agreements.

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