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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           With Hand A it is favourable vulnerability and RHO opens 2NT, what do you do?

-                   AK843                               

10872           AJ                With Hand B ’s are agreed and partner asks for keycards with

9                   K104            RKCB. You respond 5 (1 or 4) and partner bids 5, what do

QJ1087542  A43              you do?


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Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

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641.8 Janne Roos

639.6 Hans Vikman

629.2 Paul Quodomine

619.8 Lars Broman

613.9 Tomas Wikman

609.5 Duplessy & Coutlet

600.5 Jean Wissing

582.8 Bengt Malgren

580.4 Holger Renken

573.5 Tom Grovslien


328.9 Tomas Wikman

327.8 Janne Roos

327.4 Hans Vikman

322.9 Lars Broman

319.6 Sally Watson

319.5 Paul Quodomine

319.5 Duplessy & Coutlet

314.7 Jean Wissing

300.8 Bengt Malmgren

299.7 Bob Short




Dave’s Column                       Here is Dave’s first input, this time on bidding.


South(A)                                                  West            North         East          South(A)

-                                                           -                   -                 2NT         ?


9                                          You are South, non-vul against vulnerable opponents.

QJ1087542                          What do you do over RHO’s 2NT (20-21) opening?

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Dave’s Column answer                      Board 22 from Wednesday 24th     


Dealer:             Q109864                                    Book Bidding

East                  K94                                            West          North         East            South(A)

E-W vul           1073                                           -                 -                 2NT           ?    (1)


(1) What did you bid with this South hand A  

A53                    N             KJ72                    in this week’s quiz?

Q63                W    E          AJ5                     

KQ842               S              AJ65                    

63                                      AK                      



9                                           .



(1)   What do you do when you hear an opponent open with 2NT? Do you more or less crawl into a shell and wait until the bidding is over? A theme that the author of this article has talked about in many places is that you should be willing to bid over an opening 1NT bid if you have good shape with a long suit or a hand with shape and two suits. Bidding against a 1NT opening does have a place in today’s competitive world.

But what about bidding over a 20-21 point 2NT?


South has a hand that would not expect to set 7NT if the opponents bid it. Given that E-W probably have at least a game, it behooves South to bid something.

What should that something be? The author suggests 4. This bid pushes E-W up to a level where they do not have any of their normal conventional bids. As you can see, South can take two ’s and six ’s so will go down only 300 points doubled.

Feel free to look at the E-W hands and see if you can bid sensibly to the best contract after South’s 4 bid.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Many Souths did indeed bid 4 and the end contract were: 6NT+1, 6NT= twice, 6=, 4NT+3, 4NT= and 6-1. I understand that the ridiculous 6 contract was when West bid 4 over the 4 overcall and East thought it was a transfer!




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


North               South                               West            North         East          South

KJ7              AQ98                           -                   -                 -               1

J8752           AQ3                             3               3              5            6

-                    A2                               all pass

A10743        QJ95                                                     


You are North, declarer in 6. Playing MUD (Middle-Up-Down) leads East leads the 2 to the Q, K and A. You lead the 2 to the 4, A and 9. How should you continue?

Dave’s 2nd Column answer              Board 23 from Wednesday 24th   


Dealer:             KJ7                                            Book Bidding

South               J8752                                         West          North         East            South

Both vul            -                                                  -                 -                 -                 1

                        A10743                                      3    (1)      3              5              6

all pass

654                     N             1032              

9                     W    E          K1064            (1)  1 or 2 are alternatives.

KQJ976              S              108543               

K86                                   2                         






Bidding can be awkward after an opponent’s pre-empt. North does not have a huge hand, but with the void it is better for North to bid than to pass (as Paul Q says – borrow a king from partner after a pre-emptive overcall). When East jumped to 5, South was confident that there would be no loser and bid the slam because of the fit in ’s and the extra strength.

Playing MUD (Middle-Up-Down) leads East led the 2 to the Q, K and A. North led the 2 to the 4, A and 9. How should declarer continue?

If ’s are 3-2 you will be safe by continuing ’s from dummy if West did not start with K doubleton (about which you can do nothing anyway). Is it likely that the ’s are 3-2? If you judge that West began with six or seven ’s and three ’s then you might feel that the 9 is a singleton.

Sydney expert Peter Buchen felt it was more likely that West began with a 3163 or 2173 pattern than with a 2263 with specifically 109 doubleton. He therefore came to hand with a to the K and led the 8. When East followed low he let it run and thus made the slam.

Note that West might have given North a tougher time by playing low smoothly on the Q at trick one.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 6NT+1, 6=, 4*-3, 4+1, 5+1, 5=, 4= and 5-1.



One or 4 keycards?                                             Board 12 from Monday 22nd  



I was asked to write this one up, so here are my thoughts:


Dealer:             AK843                                       West          North(B)    East          South

South               AJ                                              -                 -                 -               pass

both vul            K104                                          pass           1              pass         2

                        A43                                            pass           4              pass         4NT (1)

pass           5    (2)      pass         5    (3)

Q106                 N             J5                          pass           pass (4)      pass

943                 W    E          8762                    

932                    S              Q87                     

J1086                                 KQ95           






(1)   Being maximum for his original bid, South decided to look for slam. A dubious decision.

(2)   1 or 4 keycards.

(3)   Unsure if partner had one or four. I think that South could assume four as partner presumably has around 19 points and thus it is very unlikely (but just mathematically possible) that three keycards are missing. However, if partner understands RKCB properly then he will correct a 5 bid to 6 if he has four keycards.

(4)   What did you bid with this North hand B in this week’s quiz?  North should correct to 6 here – he knows that partner was looking for slam and that his reply was ambiguous, so with four (and not one) he should bid slam.                     


And what happened? Slam is decent but not great, with a certain trump loser and also possible loses in ’s and ’s. There are two discards on the ’s to pitch the ’s from the North hand and the contract probably hinges on finding the Q. Results were 1NT+4, 4+2 three times, 5+1 and 6= three times.

The bottom lines: - When playing RKCB and making a 5/ reply, bid slam if partner signs off and you have the 3 or 4 rather that 0 or 1.



Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    4. This prevents the opponents from using any conventions to find the best spot and at this vulnerability a penalty double by the opponents will be OK.

Hand B:    6. When partner asks and you have 0/3 or 1/4 and partner then signs off at the five level then he is assuming that you may have the lower number and you should correct to the small slam.




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