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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B What do you open with Hand A?
♠ K103 ♠ AQ5 With Hand B LHO opens 1NT and this is passed to you.
♥ 986 ♥ AKQ3 (a) What do you bid if the opponents are non-vulnerable?
♦ AK6 ♦ Q102 (b) What do you bid if the opponents are vulnerable?
♣ AJ76 ♣ K104
♠ Q875 ♠ K83
♣ A103 ♣ AKQ842
Hand E Hand F With Hand E you are in first seat at unfavourable vulnerability,
what do you open?
♠ K9754 ♠ A974
♣ 1085 ♣ 9
G 1♥ 3♣ dbl 3♣ is weak, what is the dbl – penalties or negative?
H 1♣ pass pass 2NT What does 2NT here in the balancing seat show?
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Worth an opening bid? Board 22 from Wednesday 22nd Sept
Dealer: ♠ A6 West North East(E) South
East ♥ K104 - - 1♠ (1) pass
E-W vul ♦ A95 1NT (2) all pass
(1) What did you open with this East hand E in
♠ 32 N ♠ K9754 this week’s quiz? Hans V commented that
♠ QJ108 poor, the ♦KQJ are poor (points belong in
♥ 32 long suits), and the ♠ suit is poor. I would pass
♦ 1064 (2) West wants to play in ♥’s – but he cannot!
♣ AQ96 2♥ would show a much stronger hand and a
weak jump to 3♥ a much weaker hand. A good case for playing 2/1 with a forcing 1NT?
And what happened? 1NT had no chance and went two down for a top to N-S. Other results were 2NT(S)+1, 2♣+1, 3♣-1 three times and 2♥(W)+1.
The bottom lines:-
- If you think that this Hand E is a sound opener, then read up on hand evaluation (there is an article on the website). I personally will open many 11 or even 10 counts but would pass this 12 count.
Worth a bid? North 18 from Monday 20th Sept
♠ 107632 You are vulnerable, opponent’s
are not. LHO opens1♣ and
♣ K in the quiz and I won’t insult your intelligence by commenting too much about this bid, except to say that we now have a new member of the elusive 2000 club.
Support for partner 1m opening Board 24 from Wednesday 22nd Sept
When partner opens 1♣/♦ and you have a strong hand with support with no other 4-card suit then it’s difficult in traditional methods:
Dealer: ♠ Q105 Table A
West ♥ A972 West North East(F) South(D)
Love all ♦ AK3 pass 1♣ pass (1) 3♣ (2)
♣ 1073 pass pass (3) pass
♠ J62 N ♠ A974 Table B
♠ K83 all pass
Table B: (2) This N-S pair play inverted minors and this is the only sensible way to bid hands like this. 2♣ here shows good ♣ support and denies a 4-card major. It is forcing to 2NT or 3 of the minor.
(4) This, in this pair’s style, shows 12-14 with stoppers in both majors.
(5) South’s bid is obvious now.
And what happened? 3NT+3, 3NT+2, 3NT+1, 3NT=twice, 2♣+4 and 3♣+1.
The bottom lines:-
- Inverted Minors is a great convention for the more experienced partnerships, it is written up on the website.
Bid That Slam! Board 11 from Wednesday 22nd Sept
Only two out of seven bid a slam on this board, and nobody bid the reasonable grand.
Dealer: ♠ 3 Table A
South ♥ A96 West North East South
Love all ♦ KQJ8 - - - 1♠
♣ AK843 pass 2♣ pass 2♥
pass 3NT (1) all pass
♠ J1096 N ♠ KQ4
♠ A8752 pass 2♣ pass 2♥
♥ KQ872 pass 3♦ (1) pass 3♥
♦ A10 pass 4NT (2) pass 5♣ (3)
♣ J pass 5♦ (4) pass 5NT (5)
pass 7♥ (6) all pass
Possible: (1) This North realized that there may be a good ♥ fit, and so simply made a forcing bid.
(2) RKCB for ♥’s
(3) 0 or 3
(4) Trump queen ask
(5) I have the trump queen, but no outside king.
(6) North can count 12 tricks; one ♠, hopefully four ♥’s, four ♦’s, two ♣’s and one ♠ ruff (two on a non trump lead). There may be a trump loser but there are surely 13 tricks if partner has five ♥’s.
And what happened? 6NT+1, 6♥+1, 3NT+ three times, 4♥+3 and 4NT+2.
The bottom lines:-
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s 2nd problem, on defence.
West East Bidding
♠ Q832 ♠ A109764 West North East South
You are East, declarer in 4♠. South leads the ♥J and you win with the ♥Q. You play the ♠A and North discards, asking for a ♦. Plan the play.
Dave’s Column Answer Board 19 from Wednesday 22nd September
Dealer: ♠ - Book Bidding
South ♥ K109762 West North East South
E-W vul ♦ K1097 - - - pass
♣ 964 pass 2♥ 2♠ pass
3♠ pass 4♠ all pass
♠ KJ5 You win the ♥J lead and play the ♠A only to see
♥ J North discard, asking for a ♦. Plan the play.
You know what is going to happen if you play a 2nd ♠. South will win, put North in with a ♦, ruff the ♥ return, get out with a ♣, and you are stuck with another ♥ to lose.
What you have to do is cash three rounds of ♣’s before exiting with a ♠. South will win his ♠K and lead a low ♦ to North’s ♦K. After South ruffs the ♥ return he cannot now exit safely in ♣’s (ruff-sluff) and if the ♦ honours are divided he cannot exit with a ♦ without setting up your ♦ suit.
The bottom line:
- When it is inevitable that one of your winners is going to get ruffed, try stripping the hand before the ruff. Then the player getting the ruff may be endplayed after ruffing.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4♠+1, 4♠= three times, 5♦*-2, 3♠+2 and 4♠-1.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s 2nd problem on declarer play.
North South Bidding
♠ AQ5 ♠ J62 West North East South
♥ AKQ3 ♥ J54 - - 1♣ pass
♦ Q102 ♦ 53 pass dbl pass 1♥
♣ K104 ♣ Q9832 pass 2NT pass 3NT
You are North, declarer in 3NT. East leads the ♦A and West encourages. East continues with the ♦K and then the ♦6 to your ♦Q. You try the ♣K and it goes ♣6, ♣2, ♣5. You continue with the ♣10 and East plays the ♣7. How do you play from here?
Dave’s 2nd Column Answer Board 18 from Wednesday 22nd Sept
Dealer: ♠ AQ5 Book Bidding
East ♥ AKQ3 West North East(A) South
N-S vul ♦ Q102 - - 1♣ (1) pass
♣ K104 pass dbl (2) pass 1♥ (3)
pass 2NT (4) pass 3NT (5)
♠ 9874 N ♠ K103 all pass
♦ J9874 S ♦ AK6 Table A
♣ 5 ♣ AJ76 West North(B) East(A) South
♠ J62 - - 1NT (1) pass
♥ J54 pass dbl (6) pass 2♣
♦ 53 pass pass (7) pass
Table A: (1) This East opened 1NT, as most who do not realize how bad 4333 is will do.
(6) What did you bid with this North hand B(a) in this week’s quiz? You can be fairly sure that 1NT will go down, probably by two tricks, but you also know that partner has insufficient points to stand the double and will pull it. So the deciding factor is the vulnerability; as the opponents are non-vul you will probably only get 100 by passing 1NT – so double and hope that partner will score say 110 when he pulls the double.
(7) Clearly North should continue with his plan by passing and going for the partscore.
Anyway, onto the play after the ‘book’ bidding sequence to the ‘optimistic’ 3NT.
East led the ♦A and West encouraged. You drop the ♦10 and East continues with the ♦K and then the ♦6 to your ♦Q. You try the ♣K and it goes ♣6, ♣2, ♣5. You continue with the ♣10 and East plays the ♣7. How do you play from here?
So what do you play from dummy on your ♣10 lead? As East started with at most 4 ♣’s, he was unlikely to have four or more ♦’s. With a balanced hand and 4-4 in the minors, it is normal to open with 1♦ rather than 1♣.*
North could also count 24 points for N-S and so E-W started with 16. As East had opened the bidding and West passed, East has the bulk if the points. In particular, East was certain to have the ♣A as otherwise East would have only 11 HCPs and West would have taken the ♣A to cash the ♦’s.
Although it works as the ♣’s lie, it would be an error to let the ♣10 run at trick five. West could have the ♣J and would take two more ♦ tricks. Therefore you should rise with the ♣Q. Do not take the ♠ finesse next, instead continue with four rounds of ♥’s and exit with a ♣. East can have the ♣A and ♣J, but then has to lead a ♠ into your ♠AQ. You make two ♠’s, four ♥’s, one ♦ and two ♣’s.
*Terry Note. I disagree with this bidding assumption, many (including me) will open 1♣ when 4-4 in the minors. Anyway, it’s a rather strange problem as most will open 1NT with the East hand, most N-S’s will not bid game, it assumes opening 1♣ when 4-4 in the minors, and it does not actually matter how you play the ♣ suit as the ‘error’ leads to an overtrick.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 3NT+1, 1NT*(E)-2, 2NT+1, 2NT=, 2♣+2, 2♣+1 and 3♥-1.
NoTrump Bidding in the balancing seat
Showing a balanced hand after an overcall is different in 2nd seat and 4th seat. This is because with say 10-14 you pass in 2nd seat but need to say something in 4th seat. Assuming a 1♣ opening on your left is passed to you, a good treatment for NT bids in the balancing seat is:
14-17 dbl followed by 1NT
20-21 dbl followed by 2NT
A penalty double? Board 14 from Wednesday 22nd Sept
Dealer: ♠ 9 West North East(C) South
East ♥ K98 - - pass pass
E-W vul ♦ J8 1♥ 3♣ dbl (1) pass
♣ KJ96542 pass (2)
♠ AKJ6 N ♠ Q875
(1) What did you bid with this East hand C in this week’s quiz? This double looks right to me, a negative double promising four ♠’s in my style.
(2) Unfortunately West thought that East’s double was penalties with a ♣ stack.
And what happened? 3♣* went down just one for a good score to N-S. Other results were 6♦=, 3NT+2, 3NT+1, 4♠=, 3♠+1 and 4♠*-1.
The bottom lines:-
- Obviously you need to agree how high to play negative doubles. With my regular Wednesday partner we play to 3♥, without discussing it I would assume 3♠.
Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
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Bidding Quiz Answers
G 1♥ 3♣ dbl dbl here is best played as negative. I play it as just showing ♠’s but some play it as showing the two unbid suits.
H 1♣ pass pass 2NT 2NT here in the balancing seat shows a strong NT hand, typically 18-19 but up to partnership agreement.
There is no point in it being the Unusual NoTrump as there is no need to pre-empt in the pass-out seat.
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