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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           With Hand A it’s love all. Partner opens 2 and RHO bids 3,

what do you do?

AQJ5            QJ96                                   

K                  A5                With Hand B you open 1 and partner bids 1. You bid 1     

AKQ94        AJ874          and partner raises to 2, what do you do?  

A52              K2                                            


Hand C           Hand D           With Hand C you open 2 and LHO overcalls 3. Partner

doubles. What is the double and what do you bid?

1086             Q3                                       

AQ8753       QJ43            With Hand D you open 1 and partner bids 1NT. RHO doubles

107               A76             (presumably a take-out of ’s) and LHO bids 2. This is passed

J8                 AJ95            to you, what do you do?


Hand E            Hand F            With Hand E LHO opens 1 and RHO bids 1NT, what do

you do?

K976            AK              

A7                J984             With Hand F you are in 1st seat at favourable vulnerability

432               A865           (a)  What do you open?

KQ74          AK7             (b)  What do you open if playing Acol?



Bidding Sequence Quiz


G     1      pass   1      pass              

        3                                               Is 3 invitational or forcing?

H     1      pass   2     pass              

        3                                               Is 3 invitational or forcing?

J      2      3     dbl                           Is dbl penalties or something else?


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Overbid                                                                 Board 3 from Monday 31st May


Four pairs out of five over-bid on this deal


Dealer:             K742                                          Table A

South               J9863                                         West          North         East          South(B)

E-W vul           1095                                          -                 -                 -               1

                        Q                                               pass           1              pass         1

pass           2              pass         4    (1) 

1085                   N               A3                      all pass

KQ                 W    E            10742                

62                       S                KQ3                  Table B

J98753                                 A1064                West          North         East          South(B)

-                 -                 -               1

QJ96                                          pass           1              pass         1

A5                                              pass           2              pass         pass (1)

AJ874                                        pass



Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this South hand B in this week’s quiz? This jump to game is far too optimistic for me but was chosen by at least two experienced players.

Table B:     (1)  This pass was chosen by just one player and is fine by me, with an invitational trial bid (whatever your style is) a reasonable alternative as the answer to question B.


And what happened? 2 made +1. Everybody else went down, 3-1, 4-1 twice and 4-2.




Dave’s problems are usually quite tricky; this week they are from a different source and fairly easy:


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


North               South                                       Book Bidding

Q982            A43                                      West          North       East          South

AJ3              KQ985                                 -                 1NT         pass         2

K4                J82                                       pass           2            pass         3NT

AQ53           92                                        pass           4            all pass


You are North, declarer in 4. East leads a to West ’s A and a is returned which you win with the K. Plan the play.                                                      



Dave’s Column answer                      Board 1 from Wednesday 2nd June  


Dealer:             Q982                                          Book Bidding

North               AJ3                                            West          North         East            South

Love all            K4                                             -                 1NT           pass           2

                        AQ53                                         pass           2              pass           3NT

pass           4              all pass

KJ5                    N             1076                    

642                 W    E          107                

A63                    S              Q10975              East leads a , West takes the A and

KJ84                                  1076                    returns a won by the K. Plan the play.






As declarer you want to go to work on ’s but you cannot afford to draw trumps first as that would leave you with a losing . So you might play a to the Q  and a towards the Q. West can jump in with the K but that’s the end of the defense. With the ’s 3-3 and the finesse working there are numerous ways to take the rest of the tricks.

Terry comment: It looks like virtually any line works as long as you ruff a before drawing trumps – I think that that is the point of the hand.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4+1 three times, 3NT+1 and 4-1.




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


West                East                                          Book Bidding

A7532          KJ8                                      West        North         East          South

1084             3                                           -               pass           1            1

-                    AKQ76                               1            pass           3           pass

J8532           AQ97                                   4           pass           4            all pass


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


Dave’s 2nd Column answer                    Board 2 from Wednesday 2nd June


Dealer:             94                                               Book Bidding

East                  Q52                                            West          North         East            South

N-S vul            J985432                                     -                 -                 1             1

                        4                                                1    (1)      pass           3   (2)      pass

4             pass           4              all pass

A7532                N             KJ8               

1084               W    E          3                     (1)  Generally showing 5 ’s if playing negative

-                         S              AKQ76                doubles.

J8532                                 AQ97             (2)  A splinter here should promise 4-card

                        Q106                                         support. When I was West on this deal

AKJ976                                     my partner simply bid 4.


K106                         North leads the 4, plan the play.


The 4 looks like a singleton, so you rise with the A and play a trump to the A and back to the K. Then run the ’s to throw your losing ’s – at least that’s the plan. On this actual layout South ruffs the 2nd and takes a and a but you still make 4.

If you duck the initial lead then South wins with the K and gives North two ruffs to set you by one trick (South should return the 10 – a Lavinthal suit preference signal – to ask for a return in order to get the lead with a to give another ruff).

And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4= three times, 5= and 6-2.


Raising partner’s 1NT response                         Board 27 from Friday 4th June


Dealer:             AJ8                                             West          North         East(E)     South(D)

South               1096                                           -                 -                 -               1

Love all            K95                                           pass           1NT           dbl   (1)    pass

                        10863                                        2              pass           pass         2NT (2)

pass           3NT (3)      all pass                  

10542                 N               K976                 

K852              W    E            A7                (1)  What did you bid with this East hand E in this

QJ108                 S                432                    week’s quiz? This dbl is a take-out of ’s, and

2                                          KQ74                very silly bid with 4 ’s and a doubleton .

Q3                                             I would pass, you have a partner who can

QJ43                                          balance (and then you find the fit!).

A76                                      (2)  What did you bid with this South hand D in

AJ95                                          this week’s quiz? This 2NT is wrong as it shows a good hand, I would say 18-19. A penalty double is also not good as you know

that the opponents have 8+ ’s and can run there. Pass is the only sensible bid.

(3)  North thought that South had a good hand and was inviting 3NT.


And what happened? The defence was not optimum and 3NT made! Other contracts were 1NT+1, 1NT= and 1NT-1. 2 would probably go -2 for a decent result to N-S.

The bottom lines:

-     You need a good hand (generally about 18-19) to raise partner 1NT response to 2NT, and this also applies when the opponents intervene.

When partner pre-empts                                             Board 11 from Friday 4th June


Dealer:             AQJ5                                          Table A

South               K                                                West          North(A)    East          South(C)

Love all            AKQ94                                      -                 -                 -              2

                        A52                                            3             dbl   (1)      pass         3    (2)

pass           4              all pass                  

32                       N               K974                 

J                     W    E            109642              

63                       S                J852                    Table B

KQ1097643                         -                        West          North(A)  East    South(C)

-                 -                 -               2

1086                                           3             dbl   (1)      pass         pass (2)

AQ8753                                     pass          




Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this North hand A in this week’s quiz? This double is wrong as it is generally played as penalties – there is little point in playing a negative double here when partner has shown a weak hand with a 6-card major.

(2)  What did you bid with this South hand C in this week’s quiz? Luckily for North, South also did not understand the double and so bid.

Table B:     (1)  This North also found the meaningless double.

(2)   And this is the correct answer to question C – partner has made a penalty double and he is the captain, there is no reason whatsoever to over-rule him


And what happened? 4=, 5-3, 4-2 and 3-1. Deep finesse says that 4 makes +1 and that 3NT makes +2.

The bottom lines:

-     So what should you bid with this North hand A? I would bid 4, with 3NT as a dubious alternative (partner may have no entry or you may not be able to run tricks when playing in NoTrumps). This will almost certainly score better that 3* which you would need to set by three tricks.

-     When partner pre-empts and RHO overcalls, then a double by you is penalties.


Paul’s Column                                      Friday, April 4 offered some interesting hands.


4 card or 5 card major openings?


For 30 years I played a variety of systems in the U.S. using 5 card major suit openings with good results.  Seldom did I encounter 4 card major openings until coming here though I knew the debate has raged for decades over which is superior.  Here are a couple of hands where I played 4 card majors with excellent results.


Q965                                                 Board 10      

6                                                        East dealt and passed as did South

J108632                                            and  West opened 1, all passed.



AJ42                                      108

AQ1084                                973

7                                           KQ94

AQJ                                      10863






East’s decision to pass 1 was based both on the fact that this hand was sub-standard for either a raise on 3 small opposite 4 and it simply was below minimum even with the doubleton spade.  Result: +140 (played well for a top.)  At least one pair reached 4 for a shared bottom after an apparent raise by East.  (One pair actually played TW0 –1).


87                                                      Board 12. 

AKQ2                                               West opened 1, all passed!


985                                                   Terry Comment

AK   (F)                                J6542                         What did you open with West hand F(b) in

J984                                      763                            this week’s quiz playing Acol? I note that

A865                                    7                                West opened 1 and not 1.This is indeed

AK7                                      QJ43                         correct playing modern Acol, where a 4-

Q983                                                 card major should be opened in preference

105                                                    to a 4-card minor. A few club members

K1043                                               believe that you should bid up the line, but

1062                                                 that is not the Acol philosophy.


If East’s former hand was sub-standard for a response this CERTAINLY was!!  Result?  Another top when North led the 8 and West was able to ruff 3 ’s in dummy (side suits being favorably divided) and claim +170.


A Bols Bridge Tip from years ago.                                            Board 5


When the Bols Corporation of the Netherlands sponsored an annual competition for the best 12 bridge tips of the year this was one of them … virtually ALL being submitted by current or former world top-ranked players.  While the entire article is lengthy it can be summarized as thus: “If a player pre-empts over an opening bid he/she will usually have an attacking lead in that suit vs a subsequent game/slam by the opposing side. Thus a SIDE suit lead must send a message to partner … this is a singleton or I want (hope) you can work out what to do!  Equal vulnerability.





K1063                                   AQJ42

AQJ953                                K6

J                                            Q8762

A5                                         J






After 1 by East South bid 3, and West pondered and bid 4.  Not my choice!  Now South led the 10 won by North’s K and North had to work out the position.  Was South’s lead a singleton, or had he a surprise for declarer?  After considering the likely layouts North led back a heart RUFFED by South.  +450 for E/W was a bottom since 2 pairs reached 6 and were allowed to make on the “routine” K lead, and one N/S pair suffered –500 on what can only be 5 doubled.  Was this a “top” for us?  Well, as we can see it was while even 480 for N/S would be as well, but kudos to South for his enterprising lead and North for working it out and the only lead back which would defeat the slam which made twice!


A Little humor                                                              Board 18    East dealt.


VOID                                    While East was arranging his cards WEST opened

10632                                    1! North was there with a double, an action I

1085                                      consider very poor on that hand ,,, especially now

AKJ654                                that it condoned the opening bid out of turn. 

East redoubled, South passed and West bid 2

J97632                                  AQ5              ( 6+ spades and a minimum opener).  North passed

AK6                                      Q74               and East raised to 4.  After the opening lead

KQ9                                     A632             dummy went down and West asked somewhat

2                                           Q107             peevishly “Why didn’t you open that 14 point

K1084                                   hand??  East just smiled and said “I never got a

J98                                        chance to!”



                                                <  end of Paul’s Column  >

Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    4. You could try 3NT but partner may have no entry. Double here is penalties and I don’t think it’s a good bid.

Hand B:    It’s close between pass and 3 (or whatever game try you play), but the hand is not worth a jump to 4.

Hand C:    Pass. The double is penalties and partner is the captain. Negative doubles do not apply when partner has pre-empted.

Hand D:    Pass. You expect 2 to go down but you should not double as you know that the opponents have 8 or more ’s and they might run there. 2NT is of course an overbid promising a much stronger hand.

Hand E:    Pass. Double with this hand would be take-out of ’s and is very silly with length and only two ’s.

Hand F:     (a)  1, it’s nowhere near good enough for a (20-21) 2NT.

(b)  1. Playing Acol you should open a 4-card major in preference to a 4-card minor (assuming 1NT is not possible); with two 4-card minors open 1 and with two 4-card majors open 1. I like the way Hans Vikman says this: – with two 4-card suits including ’s, open 1.



Bidding Sequence Quiz Answer


G     1      pass   1      pass              

        3                                               3 here is invitational.

H     1      pass   2     pass              

        3                                               3 here, after a two-level response, is forcing.

J      2      3     dbl                           double is penalties. Negative doubles do not apply when partner has pre-empted.



Current club championship standings



Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5











1845.7 Paul Quodomine
1841.9 Janne Roos
1815.1 Hans Vikman

649.7 Janne Roos

642.1 Hans Vikman

640.1 Paul Quodomine

626.8 Tomas Wikman

619.8 Lars Broman

615.9 Jean Wissing

615.9 Sally Watson

609.5 Duplessy & Coutlet

597.8 Bengt Malgren

591.0 Johan Bratsburg

330.4 Janne Roos

329.6 Tomas Wikman

327.9 Hans Vikman

324.8 Sally Watson

323.4 Paul Quodomine

322.9 Lars Broman

320.3 Jean Wissing

319.5 Duplessy & Coutlet

309.3 Jeremy Watson

308.2 Bob Short



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