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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


Hand C           Hand D           With Hand C partner opens 1 and RHO overcalls with a weak 3, what do you bid?

Q875            K83           

3                   8                   With Hand D partner opens 1, what do you bid?

A10742        1092          

A103            AKQ842                                                                       


Hand E            Hand F            With Hand E you are in first seat at unfavourable vulnerability,

what do you open?

K9754          A974         

QJ                K643            With Hand F RHO opens 1, what do you do?

KQJ              QJ75

1085            9




Bidding Sequence Quiz


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

A98765          W    E          QJ                        Janne would certainly say something if you

8732                   S              KQJ                     opened this hand when playing with him.

K                                       1085                    And what do I think? The QJ doubleton are

                        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 RHO bids 1.

102                       What do you think of a 3NT bid (presumably pre-emptive for the pointed

87543                   suits) by a very experienced player? Obviously this was not worth putting

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

QJ105            W    E          K643                    West          North         East(F)       South(D)

864                     S              QJ75                    pass           1             pass           2   (2)

J65                                     9                          pass           2NT (4)      pass           3NT (5)

                        K83                                           all pass






Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this East hand F in this week’s quiz? With this perfect shape, I would follows Paul Quodomine’s advice from articles in news-sheets 362 and 407, and I would double.

      (2)  What did you bid with this South hand D in this week’s quiz? Unless you have

some sort of agreement this situation poses a problem – both 2 and 3 are non-forcing and 3NT is simply gambling, it may go down or there may be slam. The general ‘solution’ is to bid the other minor, so 1 here, and see what partner’s rebid is; but that is very unsatisfactory.

(3)  With a flat minimum, North passes the invitational 3 of course.

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                    

J43                 W    E          105                       Possible Auction

643                     S              9752                    West          North         East            South

1097                                  Q652                   -                 -                 -                 1

                        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


Table A:     (1)  Looking at a possible mis-fit, this North simply bid 3NT

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:-

-         Be sure that you know how to ask for the trump queen when playing Roman Keycard Blackwood.


Dave’s Column                               Here is Dave’s 2nd problem, on defence.


West                East                                          Bidding

Q832            A109764                              West            North             East            South

843               AQ5                                    -                   -                     -                 pass

J86                Q                                          pass             2                  2              pass

AK2             Q83                                     3                pass               4              all pass


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

Q83                     N             A109764             

843                 W    E          AQ5              

J86                      S              Q

AK2                                   Q83              

                        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

all pass


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

1072               W    E          986                      

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



Book:         (1)  What did you open with this East hand A in this week’s quiz? Deduct a point for the flat 4333 type shape and it’s not worth a strong 1NT.

(2)   Playing that a balancing 2NT is 18-19, North starts with a double.

(3)   South has a problem, with no 4-card suit other than opener’s. The hand is too weak to pass for penalties and also too weak for a 1NT response, and so he chose 1 as the lesser of evils.

(4)   North has enough strength to jump to 3, but the hand pattern suggests NoTrumps and it seemed wise to protect the K from the opening lead. So he chose 2NT, showing 20-21.

(5)   South raised to game with optimism rather than cards.

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:


10-13         1NT                               

14-17         dbl followed by 1NT       

18-19         2NT

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                   

QJ654            W    E          3                          

KQ93                 S              A10742              

-                                         A103         






(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.


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Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    1. The usual stuff, deduct a point for the totally flat 4333 type shape.

Hand B:    This one is very interesting and depends upon the vulnerability; and what’s more, you double when the opponents are non-vul but not when they are vulnerable! :-

(a)    double. This is penalties but you know that partner does not have enough points to pass the double and will pull it. But that’s fine – you expect 1NT to go two down for just 100 to you and hopefully when partner runs he will score 110 in his resting place.

(b)   pass. Seems strange I know, but partner will pull a penalty double, so pass and hope to set them by two and get 200 to beat any partscore your way.

Hand C:    dbl, negative, showing four ’s. Maybe you have to agree this, but negative doubles are generally (best?) played to 3 or 3.

Hand D:    Another interesting one. This hand is ‘impossible’ to bid in standard methods as neither 2 nor 3 are forcing and 1 is probably best. But the best solution is to play inverted minors where 2 is forcing (and 3 would show a weakish hand).

Hand E:    Pass. It’s not 4333 and so has decent shape, but the QJ and KQJ are poor holdings (points belong in long suits), the hand is ace-less, and the one long suit is rather feeble.

Hand F:     Double. This is a classic take-out double shape, so get it in now.



Bidding Sequence Quiz Answer


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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