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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A partner opens 1♦, (a) what do you bid?
(b) Suppose you bid 1♠ and partner rebids 3♣, what now?
♠ AKQ10973 ♠ KQJ9743
♥ J84 ♥ 2
♦ 2 ♦ 98 With Hand B partner opens 1♦, what do you bid?
♣ 98 ♣ J84
Hand C Hand D What do you open with Hand C?
♠ AQ109 ♠ Q4
♣ K9654 ♣ 8762
E 1NT pass 2♦ dbl 2♦ is a transfer and the dbl shows ♦’s,
pass what does opener’s pass signify?
F 1NT pass 2♦ dbl 2♦ is a transfer and the dbl shows ♦’s,
redbl what does opener’s redouble signify?
G 1♦ pass 1♠ pass What is the jump to 4♠, strong with good ♠’s or
3♣ pass 4♠ weakish with good ♠’s and fast arrival?
Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
1871.9 Janne Roos
1848.0 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
When a transfer bid is doubled Board 3 from Friday 9th July
Dealer: ♠ KJ72 West North East(D) South
South ♥ A10852 - - - 1NT (1)
E-W vul ♦ 7 pass 2♦ (2) dbl (3) pass (4)
♣ A43 pass redbl (5) pass pass (6)
♠ 965 N ♠ Q4
♥ K764 W E ♥ J3
♣ 105 ♣ 8762
And what happened? The bidding was not perfect, the defence was not perfect, but the declarer play was and 2♦** making scored 560 for a top. Other results were 4♠+1 three times and 3NT=
The bottom lines:
- Playing in a 2-1 fit redoubled is not usually recommended.
- It’s up to you what you play, but I believe that the following treatment after a transfer bid is doubled is fairly standard:
. Complete xfer = 3 cards, or 4 cards but not good enough to super-accept.
. pass = 2 cards but not a good holding in the cipher suit.
. redouble = a good holding in the cipher suit.
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s first problem, on the play of the hand.
♠ Q6 ♠ AJ2 West North East South
♣ Q963 ♣ K4 3NT pass 6♦ all pass
You are East, declarer in 6♦. South leads the ♥4. Plan the play (trumps are 2-1).
Dave’s Column Answer Board 9 from Wednesday 8th July
Dealer: ♠ 9854 Book Bidding
North ♥ 1086 West North East South
E-W vul ♦ Q2 - pass 1♦ pass
♣ AJ105 2NT (1) pass 3♦ pass
3NT pass 6♦ (2) all pass
♠ Q6 N ♠ AJ2
♥ J7543 South leads the ♥4, plan the play; trumps are 2-1
♦ 8 with North starting with ♦Qx.
Some might win the ♥ lead, draw trumps and try the ♠ finesse. When that fails the slam is one down. As long as you can deduce which opponent has the ♣A you can make sure of the slam if you have no trump loser.
After drawing trumps, if you place the ♣A with South, lead a low ♣ from hand. If South takes the ♣A you have two winners in dummy, the ♥A and the ♣Q. If South plays low the ♣Q wins and the ♣K can later be thrown on the ♥A.
Martin Bloom of
He therefore placed North with the ♣A. He won trick one with the ♥K and played the ♦A and a ♦ to dummy’s ♦K. Then came the ♣3. If North rose with the ♣A declarer then has twelve tricks. In practice North played low and the ♣K won. Then came the ♥Q, a ♦ to dummy and the ♥A pitching the ♣4. The ♠ finesse then lost but the slam was made.
This is a classic Morton’s Fork.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT+3, 3NT+2 three times and 3NT=.
The bottom lines:
- I note that the author recommends 4♦ as RKCB here. There are often problems with using 4NT as Blackwood with a minor suit as trumps and Paul Q and myself have agreed that four-of-the-minor is RKCB.
Dave’s 2nd Column Board 7 from Wednesday 8th July
Dave’s second article this week is a simple bidding problem – what was your answer to question A(a) in this week’s quiz?
Dealer: ♠ AKQ10973 Table A
South ♥ J84 West North(A) East South
Both vul ♦ 2 - - - 1♦
♣ 98 pass 1♠ (1) pass 3♣ (2)
♠ 862 N ♠ 5 pass 5♠ (5) pass pass (6)
♠ J4 West North(A) East South
♥ 2 - - - 1♦
♦ AKQJ7 pass 1♠ (1) pass 3♣ (2)
♣ AKJ42 pass 4♠ (3) pass 4NT (7)
pass 5♠ (8) pass 6♠ (9)
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 6NT=, 6♠= twice, 4♠+2 twice.
1NT opening with a void (or small singleton) is not allowed.
♠ AQ109 One player (not a beginner) opened this East hand 25 from
♣ K9654 It is also pointless as you will automatically get a zero score.
Paul’s Column Mandatory falsecards
On Monday 5th, board 5, my partner and I reached 6♠:
North South North South
Dealer: ♠ 98643 ♠ AKJ - 2NT
South ♥ A3 ♥ QJ 3♥ * 4♠ **
N/S vul ♦ A865 ♦ Q103 5♦ *** 6♠ ****
♣ 54 ♣ AKJ106 all pass
* Transfer to spades.
*** Delicate slam probe cue bid
**** This South is not known for delicacy.
North realized that opposite a super-accept (a marginal call at best with 3♠) Aces might be golden. Not all slams require 33 hcp to bring in 12 tricks. The opening lead of the ♦9 was ducked to the ♦K in East and a ♦ came back won in dummy to preserve entries to South. A ♠ was played to the Ace with East playing low and West playing the ♠10. South now banged down the ♠K, dropping the ♠Q10 in West and later established the clubs for 4 tricks giving 5♠, 4♣, 2♦ and 1♥ for 12. When I asked at least 5 decent players at the club why South had rejected the idea of taking the spade finesse after re-entering dummy in © none could provide a quick answer. It’s simple really … if the ♠10 was a “true” card only the ♠Q10 would allow the contract to make since East would have begun with Qxxx if the ♠10 was singleton.
This led us later to discuss the importance of West making the mandatory false-card of ♠10 from ♠10x. If N/S have a 9+ spade fit it doesn’t matter a bit, but if the layout is as above and both follow low on the first ♠ South will have little choice but to go with the odds and finesse East for ♠Qxx.
This leads to another interesting situation on defense. After an auction where South opens a 15-17 1NT, North raises to 2NT after Stayman, and South bids the game you are East on defense. Partner leads a low ♥ and you see in North:
♣Kxx You (East)
You win partner’s ♥ lead with the K and return a ♥ to his A, Q, and 10 declarer playing ♥Jx and discarding a ♠ and a ♣. If you have been doing a little counting and reasoning South will need 5 cards in a minor to bring his total to 9 and partner exits safely with a ♠. South wins with the ♠A and bangs down the ♦A, low from partner, low from dummy and … did you drop the Q in tempo?? South will now reason that West must have begun with ♦10xxx and lead low to the 9 following the logical conclusion. If you didn’t, South’s only option will be to bang down the ♦K hoping to drop your ♦Q doubleton and 9 tricks roll in. As you win your ♦10 you may mutter “Ooops!” as partner blesses your black little heart and North glares at partner.
The South hand: ♠Axx
♥Jx I’ll have a few more of these for
♦AK87x future columns.
♣AJx Paul Quodomine.
Bidding Quiz Answers
E 1NT pass 2♦ dbl
pass I play that pass denies 3 (or 4) ♥’s.
F 1NT pass 2♦ dbl
redbl I play that redbl shows good ♦’s.
G 1♦ pass 1♠ pass I guess that this is up to you. At least one expert plays that
3♣ pass 4♠ it is a good hand with good ♠’s. Others play fast arrival.