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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B What do open with Hand A?
♠ AK4 ♠ Q4
♥ J6 ♥ A543 With Hand B LHO opens 1♦ and partner doubles,
♦ AK94 ♦ 752 what do you bid?
♣ K1063 ♣ KQ104
E 2♥ pass 2NT What is 2NT? Ogust, natural or feature asking?
Many thanks to Paul and Dave who supplied the material for this week’s news-sheet. Inputs from any member are always appreciated, especially now as I am very busy for the next month or so.
Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
623.4 Janne Roos
615.2 Paul Quodomine
600.2 Lars Broman
595.4 Duplessy & Coutlet
580.4 Holger Renken
321.7 Hans Vikman
320.9 Janne Roos
319.6 Sally Watson
319.5 Paul Quodomine
319.5 Duplessy & Coutlet
312.9 Lars Broman
311.2 Tomas Wikman
300.4 Jean Wissing
298.6 Holger Renken
296.0 Gun Karlsson
Monday, Feb. 15 there were 3 boards I found interesting and instructive.
If a little knowledge is a
dangerous thing, a
It isn’t fair for me to be critical of anyone else’s bids or plays unless I tell this tale about myself. On board 16, NV vs Vul, I was North. A routine auction led to me declaring 3NT.
The defense began with 3 rounds of clubs and East continued with a 4th club, North pitching 2 diamonds and on the 4th club West pitching a discouraging heart. 4 rounds of spades followed with both West and East parting with a diamond. Then the A, K of hearts putting the lead in dummy with these cards remaining:
With a complete count on the opposing distribution it was now easy to work out that West had 3 diamonds left and East had only 1. A 75% probability that the finesse was working, and this is matchpoints after all, so a diamond to the J. THE ROOF FELL IN! -100 when everyone else made +430!!
If you double an artificial bid for the lead you had better be sure you can beat that contract.
On board 29, with both vulnerable, the layout was this:
What did you open with this South hand A in this week’s quiz? This South evaluated his balanced 18 hcp with 7 in a 3-card suit and 1 in a doubleton as worth only 17, correctly in my opinion. He opened 1NT, West passed, and North bid 2C, Stayman. East saw a chance to get his side off to a good lead and doubled. South was about to bid 2D, but then thought better of it. He REDOUBLED showing 4 or 5 good clubs and, usually, a maximum opener. West turned 3 different shades of green before passing, and North happily passed holding 3 clubs and some useful cards. The usual contract of 3NT scored +630 or +600 at all the other tables. 2C** also took 10 tricks, but for +1560! At IMPs I’d hate to bring a result like that to my teammates!
Terry was quite mistaken in his claim in news-sheet 380 about Ogust
not being popular in
Terry Answer. No – but I have only met two Americans at the club who played Ogust. Also, if you look at the definition of the 2NT response to a weak two on the pre-printed ACBL SAYC convention cards it clearly says “2NT – if maximum requests a feature”.
Also, the recent book ‘Standard bidding with SAYC’ by
I believe that Paul means that Ogust is popular with the more
experienced players in
Making a flawed take out double can be dangerous
Board 13 was as follows, all vulnerable:
After North opened 2H East inquired what that was. Upon being informed it was a normal “weak” 2 opening he decided to make a take-out double. Let’s look at the flaws: A) heart length in a hand far too weak to bid NT next, B) under-strength with an ace-less balanced 12 count to act directly on the 2 level vulnerable, and C) it pinpoints the defender’s high cards should the opposing side declare. If his side owned the contract his partner should be able to act. What was he intending to do over a 3C response by his partner?? The auction proceeded REDOUBLE by South, 3S by West, P, P, FIVE hearts by South. What is 5 hearts? Some play it as asking for second round control of the opponents suit to bid 6, some play it as asking for trump quality to bid 6 … but whatever it was North had it!
East naturally failed to find the killing diamond lead and N/S scored up +1430, the only pair to bid slam. South had correctly assumed the club king would be well placed (See News Sheet 366 “Card Placement by Assumption”) and with his good trump support and a side suit source of tricks as well as first round controls in S and D he issued the slam invitation. Most Souths either bid 4H directly or went through an asking call of 2NT first.
< End of Paul’s Column >
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s first input on the play of the hand.
♣ KQ104 ♣ AJ2
You are West, declarer in 4♥, and North leads the ♦K. You win in dummy with the ♦A and South encourages. How do you play the trump suit?
Dave’s Column answer Board 5 from Wednesday 24th
Dealer: ♠ A93 Book Bidding
North ♥ K7 West(B) North East South
N-S vul ♦ KQJ986 - 1♦ dbl pass
♣ 86 2♥ (1) pass 4♥ all pass
♠ J1062 jump to 2♥ shows about 8-11.
♦ 103 .
So you are West declaring 4♥ and North leads the ♦K. You win in dummy with the ♦A and South encourages. How should you continue?
There will be almost certainly one trump loser and the contract will depend upon avoiding a second one. The correct play is a low trump to the ♥A and a low ♥ towards dummy. On the auction, North rates to hold the ♥K, and there is no advantage in running the ♥Q, which would lose not only to a singleton ♥K but also to the actual unexceptional layout. North would take the ♥Q with the ♥K and lead two more ♦’s. It would not matter if declarer ruffed with the ♥J or a lower card – South would always score a second trump trick.
By playing ♥A and another ♥ declarer avoids a rather ignominious defeat. By preserving the ♥QJ in dummy, declarer can ruff the third ♦ and draw South’s ♥10 with dummy’s remaining trump honour.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4♥= four times, 2♥+3, 2♥+2, 2♣+2 and 3NT-3.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s second problem on the play of the hand.
You are South and arrive in a very good 3NT after East opens the biding in first seat. West leads a ♥ and East plays the ♥Q. East must have the ♥A so you could duck but there’s nothing to gain by doing so, and so you take the trick with the ♥K. It looks as though you need the ♦ finesse through the opening bidder for your 9th trick. Is that so?
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 6 from Wednesday 24th
Dealer: ♠ KQJ87 Book Bidding
East ♥ 64 West North East South
E-W vul ♦ J1062 - - 1♥ 2♣
♣ K10 pass 2♠ pass 3NT
♣ 86543 ♣ -
♥ K83 The remarkable thing about this deal is that if the ♦K is
♦ AQ onside, you don’t need to go to dummy to take the finesse
♣ AQJ972 – it will take care of itself.
East is marked with the ♠A, which he must hold, and he must keep four ♥ winners, else declarer can concede a ♠. So run your six ♣’s and see what happens. On this layout East, who has no ♣’s at all, discards a ♠ and … five ♦’s. His last six cards must be the ♠A, four ♥ winners and one ♦. If it’s the ♦K it will fall under the ♦A. If it’s not the ♦K then it must be singleton in West’s hand.
Although you could not envisage East’s
distribution as 2560 to bring about this spectacular ending, it should have
been possible to appreciate that taking the ♦ finesse early could not gain and could only lose. The hand was
originally played in this way by
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Not surprisingly, nobody ended up in ♠’s. 4♥-3, 4♥-2 twice, 3NT-1 three times, 3♦+2 and 3NT=.
Bidding Quiz Answers
C 2♥ pass 2NT This 2NT response to a weak two is generally played as forcing and the meaning is up to partnership agreement. Ogust and feature ask are popular treatments.