Mon 21st 1st Arin & Rochelle 59% 2nd Mike g & Kenneth 56%
Wed 23rd 1st Dino & Per-Ake 63% 2nd Sally & Martine 63%
Fri 25th 1st Jan & Michael S 69% 2nd Sean & Terje Lie 55%
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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A you open 2♥ and LHO overcalls 2♠. Partner
doubles, what do you bid?
♠ 65 ♠ KJ9752
♥ KQ10875 ♥ 7 With Hand B it’s unfavourable vulnerability. You open 1♠ and
♦ Q108 ♦ AK103 LHO
bids 3♥, partner bids 4♥ (good ♠ raise) and
♣ 54 ♣ 63 You bid 6♠ passed to
Hand C Hand D With Hand C partner opens 1♦, what do you bid?
♠ Q82 ♠ AJ103
♥ KQ4 ♥ A With
Hand D partner opens a weak 2♥ and
♦ Q42 ♦ A9432 2♠. What do you do?
♣ KQJ10 ♣ Q109
Hand E Hand F With Hand E partner opens 1NT, how do you plan to bid
♠ A ♠ AK10
♥ A53 ♥ AK74
♣ J94 ♣ AKJ74 bids negative or waiting according to your agreements.
G 1♠ 3♥ 4♥ 5♥ The final pass is obviously forcing, asking partner to
6♠ pass pass 7♥ either double or bid 7♠, but what does it say about
pass opener’s ♥ holding? And what would a double show?
H 2♥ 2♠ dbl What is the double; penalties, negative or what?
J 2♣ pass 2♦ pass How do you play this 3NT rebid after opening 2♣?
K 3NT How do you play the 3NT opening?
It’s Penalties! Board 5 from Monday 21st June
I think there were dubious bids at both of these tables.
Dealer: ♠ 65 Table A
North ♥ KQ10875 West North East South(D)
N-S vul ♦ Q108 - 2♥ 2♠ 2NT (1)
♣ 54 all pass
♠ 8 N ♠ KQ9742 Table B
♥ 32 W E ♥ J964 West North(A) East South(D)
♠ AJ103 all pass
(2) What did you bid with this North hand A in this week’s quiz? When you pre-empt then partner is the captain and there is no reason to bid again. There is no excuse whatsoever for North to remove partner’s double, especially when holding two ♠’s.
(3) Pass is wiser, but South was presumably annoyed at seeing the penalty slip away?
And what happened? 2NT-3, 4♥-2, 3♥=, 2♥+1 and 2♠(E)-2.
The bottom lines:
partner opens with a pre-empt and
- Don’t bid again if you open with a pre-empt; partner is the captain.
Bid your hand in one go Board 20 from Monday 21st June
If there is a bid that describes your hand in one go, then that usually is the best bid.
Dealer: ♠ K9 Table A
West ♥ J10985 West North East(C) South
both vul ♦ 8753 1♦ pass 2♣ (1) pass
♣ 63 3NT (2) pass pass (3) pass
♠ A3 N ♠ Q82 Table B
♥ A72 W E ♥ KQ4 West North East(C) South(D)
♣ A94 ♣ KQJ10 6NT (4) all pass
And what happened? With the ♦J dropping there are obviously 13 tricks off the top but an initial ♠ lead from South was a problem and caused a safety play at two tables. So 6NT=, 3NT+4 three times and 3NT+3.
The bottom lines:
- If there is a bid that accurately describes you hand, then bid it!
A forcing pass Board 15 from Monday 21st June
All four players here were pretty experienced with good bidding right up to the last hurdle – which the N-S pair had not discussed.
Dealer: ♠ AQ64 West North East South(B)
South ♥ 9 - - - 1♠
N-S vul ♦ QJ7 3♥ 4♥ (1) 5♥ (2) 6♠ (3)
♣ AKQ94 pass pass 7♥ (4) pass (5)
pass 7♠ all pass
♠ 10 N ♠ 83
♥ KQJ8432 W E ♥ A1065
♣ 82 ♣ J1075 (2) Making a Blackwood bid impossible.
♠ KJ9752 (3) Who needs Blackwood?
♥ 7 (4) East is sure that 6♠ makes, and 7♥ should
♦ AK103 cost only 1100 or 1400.
(5) Now it’s crunch time for N-S! What did you bid with this South hand B in this week’s quiz? South passed (obviously forcing) and North assumed that this showed 1st round ♥ control and so bid the grand. The ♥K lead spelled defeat.
So how do you play forcing passes? Have you ever discussed it? I guess you can play it how you like, but Paul Q and myself believe that our treatment is ‘standard’. We pass with first round control and double without it. Apparently both Janne and Jeremy play it the other way round.
And what happened? Two others bid 6♠ but nobody else found the 7♥ sacrifice. Two N-S’s stopped in 5♠ for reasons beyond my comprehension.
The bottom lines:
- The forcing pass is a fairly complex bid which established partnerships need to discuss. Indeed, Paul Q informed me that he has had so many problems with various partners with the bid over the years that he does not really like to use it!
- As for the two who stopped in 5♠. I don’t know their bidding, but if you use Blackwood and find that there is one ace (or keycard) missing then you should bid the slam – one should not use Blackwood to gauge strength, the strength should already have been established and Blackwood is used to check for top losers.
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s first problem on the play of the hand.
♠ A8 ♠ K973 West North East South
♣ KJ1087 ♣ A65
Dave’s Column Board 20 from Wednesday 23rd June
Dealer: ♠ 542 Book Bidding
West ♥ 84 West North East South
both vul ♦ 765 2NT pass 6NT all pass
♦ AKQ S ♦ 1098
In the article, declarer led a ♣ to dummy’s ♣A at trick two, if the missing ♣’s broke 3-2 or 4-1 then there may be a ♣ loser but that would be all. Even if all 5 ♣’s lay with South there would be 4 ♣ tricks. Unfortunately when South showed out the slam went one down.
The correct play at trick two is to play the ♣J and let it ride if North plays low. If South wins with the ♣Q then declarer has the rest. There are always 4 ♣ tricks, and thus the slam, on any distribution of the ♣ suit if the ♣J is initially led.
Actually, a ♣ to the ♣A would have succeeded (by end-playing North) but the safety play guarantees the slam.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 6NT=, 3NT+3 twice and 6NT-1.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s second problem, on the play of the hand.
♠ - ♠ K97532 West North East South
♣ AKQ9875 ♣ J2 pass 5♣ pass 6♣
You are North, declarer in 6♣. East leads the ♦6, where do you win the trick and what do you play at trick two? Plan the play.
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 21 from Wednesday 23rd June
Dealer: ♠ - Book Bidding
North ♥ AK West North East South
N-S vul ♦ A754 - 2♣ pass 2♠
♣ AKQ9875 pass 3♣ pass 3♠
♠ AQJ N ♠ 10864 all pass
♠ K97532 East leads the ♦6, plan the play.
In the article, declarer won the opening lead with dummy’s ♦K and led a 2nd ♦ to his ♦A. East ruffed and shifted to a ♣. North won in his hand and ruffed a ♦ with the ♣J but his last ♦ was a loser – so down one.
A trump opening lead would beat 6♣, but after East’s opening lead is not a trump North can safeguard the slam by taking the ♦K and then playing a low ♦ from both hands. He wins West’s trump return and ruffs his last low ♦. Ruff a ♠ to hand and draw trumps to get the rest of the tricks.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 6♣=, 4♦*(W)-5, 3NT-4 and 3NT+2.
♠ 2 ♠ QJ West North East South
♣ 983 ♣ KQJ10 4♥ all pass
Play problem answer Board 1 from Friday 18th June
Dealer: ♠ 976 West North East South
North ♥ Q84 - pass 1NT pass (1)
Love all ♦ J852 2♦ pass 2♥ pass
♣ A75 4♥ (2) all pass
♠ 2 N ♠ QJ (1) Obviously South should bid ♠’s, but this
♥ J South led the ♠A and switched to a ♣. North returned a
♦ Q9 ♣ which declarer won. He led a trump to the ♥K and
♣ 642 noted the ♥J from South. Assuming that South would play the ♥J or ♥Q randomly from this doubleton, Declarer should now finesse North for the ♥Q. This is NOT a 50% guess but a 66% example of restricted choice.
And what happened? East played for the ♥’s to split 2-2 and so made the contract exactly instead of with an overtrick, but this was still a top as at the other tables N-S played in ♠’s; 3♠= and 4♠*-2.
One of my pet hates Board 18 from Friday 25th June
How do you play sequence J in this week’s quiz?
Dealer: ♠ 974 West North East South(F)
East ♥ QJ93 - - pass 2♣
N-S vul ♦ 109432 pass 2♦ pass 3NT (1)
♣ 9 pass pass (2) pass
♠ 8532 N ♠ QJ6 (1) What did you bid with this South hand F in
♥ 1086 W E ♥ 52 this week’s quiz? This jump to 3NT (or a
♣ Q832 ♣ 1065 was chosen by two players on Friday. When
♠ AK10 partner is very weak he will not want to bid
♥ AK74 Stayman or transfer and get one level higher.
♦ A (2) North risks a 4NT contract if he tries Stayman.
This is a classic example, and here a ♥ contract makes 13 tricks whereas 3NT makes only 10 tricks. What’s the solution? Never use sequence J! You need to be able to show the very strong hand with a 2NT bid so that partner can use Stayman or transfers below the level of 3NT. If you play the Multi 2♦ then use 2♣ - 2♦ - 2NT to show 26+ balanced; if you play Benjamin twos then use 2♦ - 2♥ - 2NT to show 26+; and if you have 2♣ as your only strong bid then play the Kokish Relay where 2♣ - 2♦ - 2♥ - 2♠ (forced) - 2NT shows 26+. Of course if South chooses a 3♣ rebid with this hand F then a ♥ contact is easily reached.
And what happened? 3NT=, 3NT+2 and 6♥+1.
Dealer: ♠ 2 Table A
East ♥ KJ1075 West North East South
N-S vul ♦ 10965 - - pass 1♠
♣ KJ8 pass 1NT pass 4♠ (1)
♠ J8653 N ♠ 9
♥ 82 W E ♥ Q4 Table B
♣ Q973 ♣ A106542 - - pass 1♠
♠ AKQ1074 pass 1NT pass 3♥ (1)
♥ A963 pass 4NT (2) pass 5NT (3)
♦ K32 pass 6♣ (4) pass 6♠ (5)
♣ - pass 7♥ all pass
And what happened? A real mixed bag: 7♥-1, 6♥*-4, 5♥-1, 4♠-1 and 2♠= for a top! 4♥ is clearly where you want to play, but I guess it’s not easy to stop there?
The bottom lines:
- The void responses to RKCB were, I believe, devised by Eddie Kantar and they are up on our website.
- It’s perhaps debatable whether the South hand is worth a game forcing jump at its 2nd turn and it may well be possible to stop in 4♥ if playing Benjamin twos. The sequence could be 2♣ - 2♦ - 2♠ - 3♥ - 4♥ - pass, where 2♣ only guarantees 8-9 tricks.
- I happen to be in the middle of reading a great book by Sabine Aukin – “I love this Game” and I note one deal where she used similar RKCB void responses to reach a great slam which was missed at the other table.
AKQxxx is not 9 points Board 28 from Friday 25th June
Dealer: ♠ K7642 Table A
West ♥ J1098 West North East(E) South
N-S vul ♦ 85 1NT pass 6NT (1) all pass
♠ J95 N ♠ A Recommended Auction
♥ KQ42 W E ♥ A53 West North East(E) South
♣ AKQ10 ♣ J94 4♥ (2) pass 7NT all pass
And what happened? Two pairs stopped in 6NT+1 and so did the sit-out pair after the sequence 1NT – 5NT (invitational to the grand) – 6NT. One pair bid 7♦= for the top.
The bottom lines:
- AKQxxx is worth much more than 9 points, and if partner has opened 1NT (thus promising at least two) then this is expected to produce six tricks.
- Looking at this East hand it is almost certain to make 13 tricks opposite a strong 1NT. In fact the West hand is nothing special and not maximum but there are 14 top tricks.
- I cannot really understand the 7♦ bid – surely if 7♦ makes then so does 7NT and you want partner to play the hand as he may possibly have a tenace in the suit led (perhaps ♣’s or ♥’s).
Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
1871.3 Janne Roos
1846.9 Paul Quodomine
626.8 Tomas Wikman
622.1 Sally Watson
619.8 Lars Broman
615.9 Jean Wissing
609.5 Duplessy & Coutlet
597.8 Bengt Malgren
597.3 Jan v Koss
325.4 Sally Watson
322.9 Lars Broman
320.3 Jean Wissing
319.5 Duplessy & Coutlet
316.0 Sigurd Zahl
314.2 Niels Krojhaard
Bidding Quiz Answers
G 1♠ 3♥ 4♥ 5♥ This sequence actually occurred on Monday and there
6♠ pass pass 7♥ was some disagreement about the meaning of pass.
pass Janne and Jeremy both passed when holding a singleton ♥ but Paul Q and myself are both of the opinion that pass shows first round ♥ control and that double would show no first round ♥ control.
H 2♥ 2♠ dbl Penalties. Negative doubles do not apply when partner pre-empts.
J 2♣ pass 2♦ pass I don’t! I think that this is a terrible sequence to show a big
3NT balanced hand as partner may be too weak to risk Stayman or transfers. I guess you can use it with a huge hand with no 3-card major and no interest in playing in a major?
K 3NT Again, I do not like to play this as a very strong balanced hand. I prefer the gambling 3NT with absolutely no outside ace or king.