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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A partner opens 1NT and you bid 2♣, Stayman. Partner replies 2♠, what do you bid?
♠ 96 ♠ AQ10743
♥ A963 ♥ KJ10 With Hand B you open 1♠ and partner shows 4+ card ♠
♣ K1085 ♣ AQ7 RKCB and establish that partner has the ♠K, ♥A and ♦A.
What do you do now?
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Intermediates and tens count. Board 12 from Friday 12th
Dealer: ♠ 10754 Table A
West ♥ QJ West North East(A) South
N-S vul ♦ 965 1NT pass 2♣ pass
♣ AQJ7 2♠ pass 2NT (1) pass
♠ AKJ8 N ♠ 96
♥ 752 W E ♥ A963 Table B
♣ 9642 ♣ K1085 1NT pass 2♣ pass
♠ Q32 2♦ pass 3NT (1) all pass
And what happened? 1NT+2 twice, 2NT+1 twice, 3NT= twice and 3NT+1
The bottom line:
- A ten with another honour in the suit is generally worth about ˝ a point – especially in NoTrumps.
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s second input on the play of the hand.
♠ AQJ43 ♠ K bidding. West leads a trump, plan the play
♥ 8 ♥ AQJ7
♦ AQ85 ♦ KJ74
♣ AJ7 ♣ Q954
Dave’s Column answer Board 21 from Wednesday 13th
Dealer: ♠ AQJ43 Book Bidding
East ♥ 8 West North East South
Both vul ♦ AQ85 - - - 1♦ (1)
♣ AJ7 pass 1♠ pass 2♥
pass 4♦ pass 4♥
♠ 862 N ♠ 10975 pass 4NT pass 5♥
♥ K9653 W E ♥ 1042 pass 5♠ (2) pass 6♦ (3)
♣ 1083 ♣ K62
♠ K (1) Many will open 1♣ with this hand
♥ AQJ7 (2) Asking in ♠’s
♦ KJ74 (3) ♠K but no ♠Q apparently
West leads a trump, often the safest lead against a grand slam. Plan the play.
If you are prepared to play for ♠’s 4-3 you can win the lead with the ♦A and lead a ♥ to the ♥A, followed by the ♥7 ruffed. Continue with a low ♦ to the ♦J. When all follow, ruff another ♥ with the ♦Q, cross to the ♠K and draw the last trump. A ♣ to the ♣A allows you to run the ♠’s allows you to run the ♠’s on which you discard three ♣’s and your last ♥.
If it turns out that trumps are 4-1 when you play a ♦ to the ♦J, you can play a ♦ to the ♦Q, return to the ♠K, draw the last trump and rely on the ♣ finesse.
Australian expert Ted Chadwick made 7♦ via a different route. He took the trump lead in hand and led the ♣Q. When West played low he rose with dummy’s ♣A and led two more rounds of trumps. Next came the ♠K, ♥A and ♥Q covered by the ♥K and ruffed. On the ♠’s declarer discarded three ♣’s and the ♥ loser.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Nobody was in 7♦ of course. 6NT=twice, 6♦=, 3NT+3, 3NT=2 twice and 6NT-1.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s first input on the play of the hand.
♣ AQ7 ♣ 842
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 20 from Wednesday 13th
Dealer: ♠ 92 bidding
West ♥ 9873 West North East South
Both vul ♦ KQJ8 1♠ pass 2NT (1) pass
♣ KJ9 3♦ (2) pass 3♥ (3) pass
4♣ (3) pass 4♦ (3) pass
♥ 642 North leads the ♦K, plan the play.
♣ 10653 (1) Jacoby 2NT
(2) ♦ shortage
(3) cue bid
(5) 0 or 3 keycards
(6) What did you bid with this West hand B in this week’s quiz? You need the ♣K opposite for the grand to be a good prospect and an efficient method of finding out if partner has this card is to play cheapest king responses to a RKCB king ask. Note that number of kings will not work if partner responds one king as it may be the ♦K, which is worthless.
(7) No kings – a return to the trump suit denies a king.
(8) With the ♣K missing, West declines to bid a grand slam.
Anyway, onto the play in 6♠ with the ♦K lead. The first time the hand was played declarer immediately recognized a chance for a strip and endplay. He took the ♦A, drew trumps, and ruffed the last ♦. He then cashed three ♥’s ending in dummy and led a low ♣, intending to insert the ♣7 When South played low.
South rudely interrupted matters by playing his ♣10 instead of routinely playing low and the slam was defeated.
Against a sleepy South the plan would have worked. But to give himself a better chance at no cost, declarer should be in no rush to ruff dummy’s ♦10. Instead he should draw trumps and cash three ♥ winners. Then he leads the ♦10 from dummy. If South covers, declarer must ruff and cross to dummy, hoping for the ♣ endplay to succeed. The big payoff comes when South cannot cover the ♦10. Instead of ruffing, declarer discards a low ♣ and North is end-played, either leading into declarer’s ♣AQ or conceding a ruff and discard.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 7♠-1, 6♠= twice, 3NT+3, 4♠+2 and 6♠-2 twice. I note that one of our best players did indeed find the expert play of stripping the ♥’s and running the ♦10, but unfortunately he was in 7♠!
Hand A: 3NT – the two useful tens and intermediates make this hand too good for an invitational 2NT
Hand B: 5NT – provided that you play cheapest king responses. If you play the number of king responses then you have no idea what to do with a one king response - you want to be in a grand if it’s the ♣K but in 6♠ if it’s the ♦K.
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