Mon 19th N-S 1st Paul Q & Janne 61% 2nd Hans V & Per-Ake 55%
E-W 1st Dave F & Martin K 61% 2nd Guttorm & Johan 57%
Wed 21st 1st Gerard & Derek 58% 2nd Robbie & Ivy 57%
Fri 23rd 1st Guttorm & Paul Sc 61% 2nd = Dave & Martin K 59%
2nd = Georges & Jean-Charles 59%
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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A everybody is vulnerable. Partner opens 1♠ and
♠ 105 ♠ J1097
♥ KJ10986 ♥ AJ
♦ 85 ♦ K5 With Hand B partner opens 1♠, what do you bid?
♣ 854 ♣ A10965
Hand C Hand D With Hand C it’s unfavourable vulnerability. Partner opens 1♦
♠ Q9754 ♠ K
♥ AQ3 ♥ 95 With Hand D it’s favourable vulnerability. You open 1♦ and
♦ 96 ♦ AJ976543 LHO overcalls 1♥. This is passed to you, what do you do?
♣ Q32 ♣ A4
E 2♥ pass 3♦ 2♥ is weak. What is the 3♦ bid, is it forcing?
F 2♥ dbl 3♦ 2♥ is weak and dbl is take-out. What is the 3♦ bid?
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Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
1874.0 Janne Roos
1848.9 Paul Quodomine
626.8 Tomas Wikman
622.1 Sally Watson
619.8 Lars Broman
615.9 Jean Wissing
609.5 Duplessy & Coutlet
607.2 Derek & Gerard
602.4 Jan v Koss
325.4 Sally Watson
322.9 Lars Broman
322.7 Derek & Gerard
320.3 Jean Wissing
319.5 Duplessy & Coutlet
316.0 Sigurd Zahl
The re-opening double? – part 1 Board 4 from Monday 19th July
Dealer: ♠ AK962 West North East South(A)
West ♥ - pass 1♠ 2♥ (1) pass (2)
Both vul ♦ 10732 pass dbl (3) pass pass (4)
♣ AK62 pass
♠ Q873 N ♠ J4 (1) I guess that most would make this overcall.
♠ 105 negative doubles, so you have to pass and
♥ KJ10986 hope that partner re-opens with a double.
♦ 85 (3) Many say not to re-open with a double
♣ 854 with a void in trumps, but with top tricks
it worked a treat here.
(4) Thank you partner.
And what happened? 2♥*-3 three times, 2♥*-2, 3♥-1 and 3♣(N)-1
The re-opening double? – part 2 Board 2 from Monday 19th July
Dealer: ♠ Q9754 West North(C) East South
East ♥ AQ3 - - pass 1♦
N-S vul ♦ 96 1♠ (1) dbl (2) pass 2NT
♣ Q32 pass 3NT all pass
♠ A1086 N ♠ - (1) West is a beginner and presumably had not
♠ KJ32 (2) What did you bid with this North hand (C)
♥ KJ7 in this weeks quiz? This North doubled
♦ AK85 to show points. I do not like this treatment
♣ A4 and this hand is a very clear pass (and pass
partner’s expected re-opening double). Even at this vulnerability this surely is best.
And what happened? South said that North should have passed the 1♠ overcall because he always re-opens with a double. So N-S missed a huge penalty and West’s eccentric 1♠ overcall prevented N-S from finding their 5-4 ♠ fit. But as it happens there are just as many tricks available in NoTrumps and 3NT made +2 for a top to N-S anyway. Results were 3NT+2, 4♠+1 three times, 4♠= and 5♠-1.
The re-opening double? – part 3 Board 3 from Monday 19th July
This was the very next board with the same players, and again an example of where a negative double philosophy was applied.
Dealer: ♠ Q108653 West North East South(D)
South ♥ KQ - - - 1♦
E-W vul ♦ KQ2 1♥ pass (1) pass dbl (2)
♣ K6 pass pass (3) pass
♠ J4 N ♠ A972 (1) Apparently bearing in mind the four digit
♠ K that N-S have 27+ points, North decided to
♥ 95 go for the penalty. A dubious decision.
♦ AJ976543 (2) What did you bid with this South hand (D) in
♣ A4 this weeks quiz? This is a good example of when to re-open with a double: two trumps and good defensive cards.
(3) Hoping for a big score.
And what happened? There was a big score: but it was +560 to E-W for making 1♥*+2. Other results were 5NT*=, 5♦+1, 5♦= twice and 3♦+3.
The Bottom Lines:
- When playing Negative doubles you cannot double for penalties, so you have to pass and hope that partner re-opens with a double, as he usually will.
- Vulnerability obviously affects your decision, but you generally need five trumps or four very good ones in order to go for the penalty with a pass. Points are not enough – you need trumps!
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s first problem, on defence.
Problem 1 Problem 2
Dealer: ♠ A52 ♠ A5 Book Bidding
East ♥ 1053 ♥ 10532 West North East South
both vul ♦ A98 ♦ A98 - - 1♠ pass
♣ QJ109 ♣ QJ109 2♦ pass 2NT (1) pass
3♠ (2) pass 4♠ all pass
♠ J96 N
You are North defending a 4♠ contract. Partner leads the ♦2 which is clearly a singleton.
Plan the defence (1) if you hold Problem 1 and (2) if your hand is Problem 2.
Dave’s Column Answer Board 10 from Wednesday 21st July
Dealer: ♠ A52 Book Bidding
East ♥ 1053 West North East South
both vul ♦ A98 - - 1♠ pass
♣ QJ109 2♦ pass 2NT (1) pass
3♠ (2) pass 4♠ all pass
♠ J96 N ♠ KQ1083
♥ K97 You are North, partner leads the ♦2 to dummy’s ♦10
♦ 2 and your ♦A. Plan the defense.
Partner has clearly led a singleton, so you can give him a ruff. With Problem 1 you unfortunately can’t give partner a 2nd ruff because he can have only two ♠’s and when you get in with the ♠A partner will be out of ♠’s. On the other hand, you can always give partner a ruff when you get in with the ♠A so what’s the rush? Why not try to build up an outside trick in ♥’s first? If partner has the ♥K, a ♥ shift by you is crucial. If you give partner an early ruff, partner can’t lead ♥’s safely and the ♥ trick disappears on dummy’s ♦’s. Leading a ♣ at trick two serves no real purpose as if partner has the ♣A the trick is not going anywhere.
The Bottom Line:
- A good defender should know from the bidding how many trumps partner has and defend accordingly. Here, North knew that South had two ♠’s which allowed North to try to build a ♥ trick without jeopardizing the ♦ ruff. However, if North held ♠Ax (as Problem 2), he would know that partner had three ♠’s and should play to give South two ruffs by returning a ♦ immediately.
- So the answers are:
Problem1: a ♥.
Problem 2: a ♦.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT+2, 3NT+1, 4♠= twice, 3NT= and 3♣*(S)=.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s 2nd problem, on the play of the hand.
♠ J1097 ♠ AKQ86 West North East South
♣ A10965 ♣ QJ74 pass 4♠ all pass
(1) Jacoby 2NT
(2) A decent opener with no shortage.
You are South, declarer in 4♠. West leads a low ♦, plan the play
Dave’s 2nd Column Board 11 from Wednesday 21st July
Dealer: ♠ J1097 Bidding
South ♥ AJ West North(B) East South
Love all ♦ K5 - - - 1♠
♣ A10965 pass 2NT (1) pass 3NT (2)
pass 4♠ (3) all pass
♠ 42 N ♠ 53
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4♠+1, 4♠=four times and 6♠-2.
The Bottom Lines:
- I note the poor 6♠ contract, this would be avoided if playing the Jacoby 2NT convention.
On Wednesday there were two interesting boards and nobody reached the perfect contract.
with a ♥ bid next go. LHO passes and partner bids 1♥.
♠ KJx do you bid? You look at your hand and now it is very strong. At least 4♥,
♥ AKxx maybe more. I suggest 4♣, showing ♥ support with a singleton or void in
♦ K10xxxx ♣’s. If it was only a singleton ♣ then you should have the ♦AK and maybe
♣ - only two ♠’s. Never Gerber asking for aces.
♠ Ax Now your partner’s hand. Knowing that partner is short in ♣’s he must
♥ Qxxxx have a very good suit. You can cue bid 4♠ but I suggest 4♦, showing
♦ Qx something in the vital suit. You know that partner has a very good ♦ suit
♣ xxxx and the ♦Q must be important. Next you check on aces and partner shows
one. You bid 6♥. If you had a boring hand with no good values or only values in ♣’s you would bid just 4♥ over 4♣.
If you don’t agree with the 1♦ overcall and you prefer double it’s up to you but I think that 1♦ is better because you probably have a chance to bid one more time. If you don’t know if you have a fit, bid slowly. If you have a fit, bid hard. Next hand next week.
<end of Janne’s Column>
Bidding Quiz Answers
E 2♥ pass 3♦ This is usually played as natural and forcing, RONF (Raise Only Non Forcing bid – as stated in SAYC).
F 2♥ dbl 3♦ This is up to you, the treatment that I have agreed with Paul Q is that it shows ♥ support and asks for a ♦ lead if defending.
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