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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B What do you open in first seat with Hand A?
♠ Q83 ♠ 9632 With Hand B partner opens 1♦ and you bid 1♠. Partner
♥ Q10763 ♥ A10 then bids 2♠, what do you do?
♦ Q5 ♦ 53
♣ AQ4 ♣ AK832
Hand C With Hand C you open 1♦ and partner bids 1♠, what
do you bid?
D 1♣ pass 1♠ pass How many ♠’s does the 2♠ bid promise?
2♠ Is it always four or can it be just three?
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Dave’s Column Board 22 from Wednesday 30th June
Dealer: ♠ Q832 Book Bidding
East ♥ 6 West North East South
E-W vul ♦ K982 - - 1♣ pass
♣ KQJ8 1♥ dbl 2♥ 2♠
♦ 65 S ♦ AQ4 elect to play low. North continues with the ♣Q
♠ A7654 in two rounds with North discarding an
♥ 102 encouraging ♠ on the second round of ♥’s.
♦ J1073 You exit with a ♣ hoping for a 3-3 break but
♣ 92 no luck. North wins the ♣J with South discarding
a low ♠. North exits with a low ♠ what now?
With two ♣ losers and a certain ♠ loser, you must assume that North has the ♦K to have any chance of making. Assuming that North has the ♦K along with the ♣KQJ already seen, North cannot have the ♠A if he passed initially. Unfortunately Dave put the hand in with East as the dealer and so the problem is probably void. The point is that North cannot have the ♠A if he has the ♦K as assumed or he would have opened and so you need to finesse the ♠J.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3♥+1 twice, 3♥=, 4♥-1 and 5♥-2.
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 23 from Wednesday 30th June
Unfortunately the second Dave problem is also a bit of a non-event, this time because it’s an opening lead problem that assumes East is on lead – and he is not if South opens the bidding!
Dealer: ♠ A5 Book Bidding
South ♥ AJ982 West North East South(A)
both vul ♦ 83 - - - pass (1)
♣ K982 pass 1♥ pass 4♥ (2)
♠ J9762 N ♠ K104
♠ Q83 pass 2NT (3) pass 4♥ (4)
♥ Q10763 all pass
The Book article explains that the ‘eccentric’ lead of the ♦K defeats the contract. However, with West on lead a ♠ lead will probably defeat the contract on normal play.
What did you open with the South hand (A) in this week’s quiz? The book does not comment on South’s initial pass (1), but says that ‘the leap to game (2) suggests a decent hand’. I disagree both with this comment (this hand is far too good for this jump in my style) and the initial pass. At my table the bidding was as Table A, with (3) 2NT Jacoby and (4) 4♥ showing a minimal opener with no shortage.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Everybody opened the South hand and everybody went one down in 4♥, except the pair that got a 1400 penalty for 5♦*-5.
Qui Culpa? Board 24 from Monday 28th June
A hopeless 4♠ was reached at Table B, who was to blame or were both at fault?
Dealer: ♠ Q8 Table A
West ♥ QJ972 West North East(C) South
love vul ♦ A64 pass pass 1♦ pass
♣ 964 1♠ pass 1NT (1) pass
2NT pass 3NT all pass
♠ 9632 N ♠ AJ7
♥ A10 W E ♥ 85 Table B
♦ 53 S ♦ KQJ97 West(B) North East(C) South
♣ AK832 ♣ QJ10 pass pass 1♦ pass
♠ K1054 1♠ pass 2♠ (1) pass
♥ K643 4♠ (2) all pass
(2) What did you bid with this West hand B in this week’s quiz? It’s 11 points with good top cards and probably worth an invite; this jump to 4♠ is preposterous of course. Now I said ‘probably’ worth an invite and the terrible ♠ suit may make one cautious and pass, which I would not argue with. But the point is that if you do think that this hand is worth an invite then you should bid 2NT – just in case partner has just thee ♠’s and prefers NoTrumps.
And what happened? 2♣+3, 2♥(N)-1, 3NT-1, 3♠-2 twice and 4♠-3 .The bottom lines:
- When opener opens a minor and then supports responder’s major, this does not guarantee four card support (sequence D).
No game contract makes on this deal with a combined 25 points – is it possible sensible to bid sensibly and stay out of game if N-S stay quiet? I think so, how about: 1♦ - 1♠ - 2♠ - pass, with West passing at (2) because of his miserable ♠ suit and miserable holding in partner’s first bid suit. However, this may be hind-site and I suspect that few will pass but invite with 2NT and then 3NT is probably unavoidable.
Bidding Quiz Answers
D 1♣ pass 1♠ pass 1♠ here is usually 4-card, but can be decent 3-card support,
2♠ typically with short weak ♥’s.