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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           With Hand A partner opens 1, what do you bid?


Q1076          A64

2                   AJ3              What do you open with Hand B?

KQ109         J875

7543            AJ7



Bidding Sequence Quiz


C     3      5                                      What is the 5 overcall, pre-emptive or strong?


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


West                East                                  West            North         East          South

AQ1052       87                                 -                   -                 pass         pass

AQJ75         K1092                          1                pass           1NT         pass    

AJ                 753                              3                pass           4            all pass

5                  KJ43                             


You are West, declarer in 4. North leads the K, plan the play.         

Dave’s Column answer                      Board 10 from Wednesday 10th     


Dealer:             KJ64                                          Book Bidding

East                  863                                             West          North         East            South

Both  vul           KQ10                                       -                 -                 pass           pass

                        987                                            1              pass           1NT           pass

3              pass           4              all pass            

AQ1052             N             87                  

AQJ75           W    E          K1092                 

AJ                      S              753                     

5                                        KJ43                   

                        93                                   North leads the K, plan the play.    

4                                     .          

98642                                         .



With two losers in the minor suits, you need only to ensure that you lose no more than one . If ’s are 5-1 offside the defense will prevail by leading a trump as soon as possible, so for all practical purposes you need to find ’s no worse than 4-2 (with one exception). You cannot draw more than one round of trumps before establishing ’s, but you must be careful with your entries. Say you win the A, cross to dummy in trumps, and play a to the Q, North wins and exits with a trump. You win, play the A, ruff and … oops! You can’t get back to your hand to ruff another without losing the lead and North will get in to clear trumps.

To avoid this, either play the J under North’s K at trick one, or win the A and play a or the J at trick two. The defense will lead a trump when it gains (or holds) the lead. Win in dummy and take the finesse. North wins and plays a second trump which you win in hand. Play the A, ruff a , return to hand with the minor-suit ruff you established earlier, ruff another to establish the suit, enter hand with another ruff, draw the last trump and cash the fifth for the contract.

While you are focusing on the traditional technique of establishing a side suit before drawing trumps, it’s important not to lose sight of the entry situation which can just as easily make or break a contract.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4= four times, 2= and 4-1 four times.



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


North               South                               West            North         East          South

Q1076          AJ9854                         -                   -                 pass         1

2                   KJ3                             pass               3              pass          4

KQ109         65                                all pass

7543            AQ


You are South, declarer in 4. West leads the 9 which East wins with the A and shifts to the 2. You try the Q but no luck. West wins the K and exits with the 6 to the 10 and A. At trick four you lead a to the K which holds, West playing the 8 and east the 2. What do you do now?


Dave’s 2nd Column answer                          Board 11 from Wednesday 10th   


Dealer:             Q1076                                        Book Bidding

East                  2                                                West          North(A)    East            South

Love all            KQ109                                      -                 -                 pass           1

                        7543                                          pass           3    (1)      pass           4

all pass

K                        N             32                  

9876               W    E          AQ1054         (1)  What did you bid with this North hand A

J874                    S              A32                     in this week’s quiz? After partner opens 1

KJ96                                  1082                    this hand re-evaluates to 10 support points

AJ9854                                       because of the singleton and four trumps.





West leads the 9 which East wins with the A and shifts to the 2. You try the Q but no luck. West wins the K and exits with the 6 to the 10 and A. At trick four you lead a to the K which holds, West playing the 8 and East the 2. What do you do now?

East is a passed hand but is known to have the AQ from the lead and if East has the A (10 HCPs) then West must have the K. But if West has the A the percentage play in ’s is to take the finesse. Thus you should endeavour to find out who has the A before attacking ’s. After the K holds, play the Q and smoke out the A. If East takes the A, play the A and hope that West, marked with the K, has it singleton. If West wins the A then take the finesse.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Unfortunately the hand was put in with South as the dealer and so the problem was not valid at the table. Results were 4+1, 4=, 2+2, 4-1 three times, 5-1 and 5-2.


That Terrible 4333 type shape again                  Board 21 from Friday 12th



Dealer:             KJ82                                          Table A

North               965                                             West          North         East          South(B)

N-S vul            A10                                           -                 pass           pass         1NT (1)

                        9543                                          pass           2   (2)      pass         2

pass           2NT           all pass

Q10953             N             7                          

Q74                W    E          K1082                  Table B

K63                    S              Q942                   West          North         East          South(B)

62                                      KQ108                -                 pass           pass         1    (1)

                        A64                                            pass           1NT (3)      all pass





Table A:     (1)  What did you open with this South hand B in this week’s quiz? 1NT was the popular choice, opened by all but one I believe.

(2)   This hand is just about worth an invite.

Table B:     (1)  This was me of course and 1 is my answer to question B. Deduct a point for the totally flat shape and, with no intermediates to compensate and only one point in the 4-card suit, the hand is not worth a strong 1NT

(3)   South’s opening promised 4+ ’s and North decided to bid 1NT rather than 1. I would always bid 1 (I hardly ever deny a 4-card major – especially one this good). The result of bidding 1NT was that the contract was wrong sided, as North should expect with two empty suits.


And what happened? 2NT= twice, 1NT= twice and 2NT-1. So three out of five made only 7 tricks, vindicating my opinion of the opening bid.

The bottom lines: -

-         Deduct a point for the terrible 4333 type shape.

-         1NT is the limit when played by North, but 2NT is possible (but not easy) when played by South.


Pre-empt over a pre-empt?                                 Board 21 from Friday 12th


I was asked about this one, apparently East criticised West’s 6 bid.


Dealer:             AKJ976                                      West          North         East            South

South               105                                             -                 -                 -                 pass (1)

Love all            10852                                         pass           3    (2)      5    (3)      pass

                        5                                                6    (4)      dbl             all pass


843                     N             Q10               

873                 W    E          KQ94            

K94                    S              AQJ763              

AJ93                                  7                         






(1)   I would (did) open this hand 1. It’s 21 for the rule of 20 and a clear opener in my style.

(2)   Reasonable in 3rd seat.

(3)   What was your answer to bidding sequence C? This is way over the top, 5 here promises a very strong hand. East later explained that the bid was pre-emptive!

(4)   With the K and an ace opposite what West thought was a huge hand, West quite reasonably raised to slam.


And what happened? Minus four and 800 away on a partscore deal.

The bottom lines: -

-     East’s logic was way off here. There is no such thing as a pre-empt over a pre-empt, and since South is a passed hand then obviously there is no need to pre-empt! If East really wants to enter the lists at the four level opposite a passed partner, then 4 would be enough, but many (including me) would consider the hand not good enough and would pass.

Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    3. The singleton and four trumps make this worth a limit raise.

Hand B:    1. Deduct a point for the totally flat 4333 type shape and, with no intermediates and the only 4-card suit headed by a jack, the hand is not worth a strong 1NT.


Bidding Sequence Quiz Answer


C     3      5                              5 should show a very strong hand. It most certainly is not pre-emptive.



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