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2nd = Dave C & Tomas 59%
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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. LHO opens 1♣
♠ AKJ76 ♠ AJ2
♥ 105 ♥ AKQ87 With Hand B everyone is vulnerable.
♦ A982 ♦ K5 do you bid?
♣ 83 ♣ 963
Hand C Hand D With Hand C RHO opens 1♠, what do you do?
♠ 53 ♠ 10943
AKQ754 ♥ Q82 With Hand D
it’s favourable vulnerability.
♦ KQ7 ♦ KQ5 1♣, you pass, LHO bids 1♥ and partner bids 1♠.
♣ Q4 ♣ J65 raises to 2♥, what do you do?
Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
1819.6 Janne Roos
623.4 Tomas Wikman
619.8 Lars Broman
612.8 Jean Wissing
609.5 Duplessy & Coutlet
594.9 Bengt Malgren
583.2 Johan Bratsburg
581.7 Tom Grovslien
322.9 Lars Broman
320.3 Jean Wissing
319.6 Sally Watson
319.5 Duplessy & Coutlet
308.2 Bob Short
305.7 Bengt Malmgren
A Fun Michaels Auction Board 9 from Wednesday 21st April
I like to play that a Michaels Cue bid is either weak or very strong. Of course the stong type rarely comes up, but it did on Wednesday.
Dealer: ♠ J West North East South
North ♥ KQ542 - 1♥ 2♥ (1) pass
E-W vul ♦ KQ 3♦ (2) pass 3♠ (3) dbl
♣ 108762 4♦ (4) pass 5♦ (5) all pass
♠ 76 N ♠ A9832
♥ J987 W E ♥ A
♣ - ♣ AKQ954
(1) Of course you can double with this hand, but if you play that a Michaels cue bid is either weak or very strong, then I prefer that. So 2♥ here showed ♠’s and a minor.
(2) Assuming that partner has a weak hand (as he usually has) with ♠’s and ♣’s, West is not interested and wants to play in ♦’s.
(3) Showing the strong hand type.
(4) West still prefers to play in ♦’s.
(5) Hoping that partner had good ♦’s, East, with every other suit controlled, decided to raise to game with his singleton! A more conservative pass is probably a better bid, especially as partner has shown nothing except long ♦’s and both opponents have shown values.
And what happened? The favourable ♦ situation meant that 5♦ made OK. Other results were 4♠=, 2♦+3, 1♠+1, 6♣-3 and 4NT-3.
The bottom line:
- Most players play the Michaels cue bid to show a two-suited hand. Some play it weak and some play it any strength; but I prefer to play that it is either weak or very strong.
- Trust partner – the player in 6♣-3 got exactly what he deserved. I agree that 5♦ was lucky to make, but it’s much better than insisting on ♣’s.
Doing a Chuck! Board 21 from Wednesday 21st April
Boy, has it been a long time since we heard that name! And the phrase‚ "doing a Chuck" –which means imediately blaming partner for your mistake. Now Chuuck was the master at this, but I believe he has now been surpassed by today’s East at table A who criticizes partner and anybody else on just about every board. Bob Short is so sure that he is right on this deal that he insisted I write it up with his name and reasoning:
Dealer: ♠ 2 Table A
North ♥ AJ97 West(A) North East(D) South
N-S vul ♦ J103 - 1♣ pass 1♥
♣ AQ742 1♠ (1) 2♥ pass (2) all pass
♠ AKJ76 N ♠ 10943 Table B
♥ 105 W E ♥ Q82 West(A) North East(D) South
♣ 83 ♣ J65 1♠ (1) 2♥ 2♠ (2) all pass
And what happened? At Table A North made 2♥ quite comfortably for a near top as most E-W’s were playing in ♠’s making 110 or 140 or else N-S were pushed too high and went down. At the end of the hand Bob Short (East) criticized his partner, saying that he should have doubled instead of bidding 1♠. The mild-mannered West said nothing and so I defended his bid and said that 1♠ was quite correct and that the West hand is nowhere near worth a double followed by a ♠ bid.
Bob totally disagreed, and here is what he wants me to put in the news sheet: ‘The West hand has a good ♠ suit AND the ♥A and should double to show opening values. The reason I (Bob) did not raise ♠’s is that I thought that the opponents may make 4♥’.
My (Terry) opinion: This is TOTAL TWADDLE. Bob was 100% to blame for the poor score for not raising ♠’s with four(!) ♠’s, and a double followed by a new suit shows a MUCH better hand than West had. And as for N-S making 4♥, I am sure that their bidding prowess is good enough to reach it if it was there (but I am biased here).
The bottom lines:
- The concept of doubling to show opening values went out in the stone age.
- It is impolite to continually criticize people, and when you are 100% wrong then it is pretty silly as well. And inviting me to write it up, well...?
- Bob Short might also like to have a look at this week’s Dave’s column 2, where an auction given by Bobby Wolf has a simple 1♥ overcall of 1♣ holding ♠AJ2 ♥AKQ87 ♦K5 ♣963.
- There is no doubt in my mind that Bob Short is a fine player of the cards; but his bidding, to put it politely, is somewhat antiquated.
Double and bid again. Board 22 from Wednesday 21st April
Now as it happened, the very next board against Bob Short and his partner had a decent example of a hand that was good enough to double and then bid again. I was partnering Ivy who was South and DOES know how to bid (and is polite enough not to criticize others).
Dealer: ♠ KQ62 West North East South(C)
East ♥ 3 - - 1♠ dbl (1)
E-W vul ♦ 1084 pass 1NT pass 2♥ (2)
♣ J10985 all pass
♠ 94 N ♠ AJ1087 (1) What did you bid with this South hand C
♥ J982 W E ♥ 106 in this week’s quiz? I think its good enough
♣ K32 ♣ A76 I would not argue with a 2♥ overcall but the
♠ 53 hand probably is a bit too good.
♥ AKQ754 (2) So showing a good hand with ♥’s.
And what happened? 2♥ was the correct spot and it earned a joint top. Three N-S pairs overbid and went down in 3 or 4♥’s.
The bottom line:
- Double followed by a new suit shows a good hand and a good suit.
- So Bob, if you want to know how to bid correctly, maybe you should stop telling others how to bid and ask Ivy?
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s first input on declarer play of the hand.
North South West North East South
♠ QJ106 ♠ 98753 - 1♦ pass 1♠
♥ A103 ♥ KQ pass 2♠ 3♣ 4♠
♦ AQ107 ♦ KJ984 all pass
♣ 85 ♣ 6
You are South, declarer in 4♠ and West leads the ♦2 (looks like a singleton). There seem to be only three losers: two ♠’s and one ♣. What nasty surprise is around the corner and how might you avoid an accident?
Dave’s Column answer Board 21 from Wednesday 21st
Dealer: ♠ QJ106 Book Bidding
North ♥ A103 West North East South
E-W vul ♦ AQ107 - 1♦ pass 1♠
♣ 85 2♣ 2♠ 3♣ 4♠
♥ KQ There seem to be only three losers: two ♠’s and one ♣.
♦ KJ984 What nasty surprise is around the corner?
♣ 6 How might you avoid an accident?
The ♦2 lead has all the aura of a singleton and the nasty ‘surprise’ is a ♦ ruff. If you play a trump, there is the risk that West will take the trick, put his partner on lead with a ♣, and gain a ♦ ruff with a low trump. If so, you will lose two ♠’s, one ♣ and a ruff.
Is there a way to avoid this denouement?
Perhaps. After winning the first trick, lead a ♥ to your ♥K and play the ♥Q, overtaking with dummy’s ace. Then play the ♥10. If East covers with the ♥J you will ruff and hope for the best. But here East plays low do not ruff – instead discard the ♣6. This stops East from gaining the lead and you can draw trumps at your leisure.
That is a classic Scissors Coup.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 4♠=, 5♣*(W)-1, 3♠+2, 3♠+1 and 2♠+2 twice. I don’t believe that anybody found the scissors coup, but that all of the West’s were unprepared to under-lead the ♣A.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s second problem on the play of the hand.
West East West North East South
♠ Q963 ♠ K875 - - 1♣ 1♥
♥ J104 ♥ 6 pass pass dbl redbl
♦ 962 ♦ AQ7 1♠ 2♥ 2♠ pass
♣ K82 ♣ AQJ105 3♠ pass 4♠ all pass
You are West, declarer in 4♠. North leads a ♥ to South’s ♥Q and South continued with the ♥A which you ruff in dummy. How should you continue?
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 26 from Wednesday 21st
Dealer: ♠ 104 Book Bidding
East ♥ 9532 West North East South(B)
both vul ♦ J10843 - - 1♣ 1♥ (1)
♣ 72 pass (2) pass dbl redbl
1♠ 2♥ 2♠ pass
♣ K82 ♣ AQJ105 this week’s quiz? Bob Short will doubtless
♠ AJ2 double, but this is an article by Bobby Wolff
♥ AKQ87 and 1♥ is a much better and descriptive bid.
♦ K5 (2) West might have tried a negative double to
♣ 963 show four ♠’s but with such a flat hand
(that terrible 4333 type shape) and so many losers, pass is reasonable.
North led a ♥ to South’s ♥Q and South continued with the ♥A, ruffed in dummy. How should declarer continue?
Declarer led a trump to his ♠Q and a trump back to dummy’s ♠8, hoping to drop an original ♠A doubleton from South. Curtains! South took the ♠J and cashed the ♠A, removing dummy’s last trump. With dummy unable to ruff, South cashed a high ♥, giving defenders two tricks in each major for one down.
West does not need to find South with ♠Ax, all he had to do was ensure two ♥ ruffs in dummy.
After ruffing South’s ♥ continuation in dummy at trick two, declarer leads a trump to his ♠Q and ruffs his last ♥. Having ruffed his last ♥ he can now safely lead dummy’s ♠K to South’s ♠A and it does not matter who has the ♠J, it will be the last trick for the defense.
What if North has the ♠Jxx? It does not matter, Declarer accepts the force in ♥’s and runs the ♣’s until North ruffs. Either way, all the defenders can win are two trump tricks and one ♥.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4♠=, 3♠+2, 3♠+1 twice, 2♠+1 and 3♥(S)=.