Mon 11th N-S 1st Tomas & Sally 63% 2nd Bob S & Royd 60%
E-W 1st Dave C & Tonni 66% 2nd Richard m & Terry Q 63%
Wed 13th N-S 1st Guttorm & Johan 63% 2nd Dave C & Mike G 60%
E-W 1st Alan K & Jan 64% 2nd Hans V & Janne 59%
Fri 15th 1st Dave C & Tomas 59% 2nd Alan K & Jan 58%
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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A partner opens 2♠, what do you bid?
♠ Q3 ♠ K95432
♣ KQJ108 ♣ 7 (b) What do you bid if
KJ103 With Hands
C and D partner opens 1♣ and
♥ Q76 ♥ Q76 what do you bid?
♦ 972 ♦ 9872
♣ J5 ♣ J5
E 1♣ pass 2♠ What is the 2♠ jump shift, very weak or strong?
F 1♥ dbl 2NT What is the 2NT bid?
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Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
1915.1 Janne Roos
1895.2 Hans Vikman
1862.9 Paul Quodomine
1773.3 Tomas Wikman
1728.8 Johan Bratsburg
642.6 Tomas Wikman
632.7 Sally Watson
627.0 Derek & Gerard
625.6 Jean Wissing
619.8 Lars Broman
617.7 Johan Bratsburg
617.4 Alan Kleist
327.5 Derek & Gerard
325.6 Sally Watson
323.8 Tonni Kjaer
323.5 Jeremy Watson
322.9 Lars Broman
321.4 Jean Wissing
A Free bid. Board 1 from Friday 15th Oct
Dealer: ♠ Q8 West(B) North East South
North ♥ AK542 - 1♥ 2NT (1) dbl (2)
Love all ♦ K64 3♦ (3) pass pass 4♥
♣ J108 pass pass 5♦ (4) pass
pass dbl all pass
♠ K95432 N ♠ J7
♠ A106 this week’s quiz? West later said that he had
♥ QJ863 a distinct preference for ♦’s. But I would pass
♦ QJ as I feel that it’s a free bid showing values.
♣ A93 (4) One should not pre-empt and then bid again,
but this is different. West has shown values in support of ♦’s (in my opinion) and with decent playing strength it’s not clear that East’s 2NT is actually pre-emptive.
And what happened? 4♥ makes for 420, but 5♦* was bid at two tables and costs 500. I have no idea how one E-W pair reached 7♦* (-5).
The bottom lines:
- A free bid shows values.
- In this particular situation there is absolutely no reason for West to bid at (3) because if the double is passed to partner and he bids 3♣ then West can correct to 3♦.
Responding to a weak two Board 9 from Wednesday 16th Oct
It was a disaster for N-S at table B, who would you blame?
Dealer: ♠ AKJ52 Table A
West ♥ 875 West North East South
E-W vul ♦ J8752 - pass pass 1♥
♣ - pass 2♥ pass 4♦ (1)
pass 4♠ (2) pass 6♥
♠ 1087 N ♠ 964 all pass
♦ KQ1043 S ♦ A96 Table B
♠ Q3 - 2♠ (3) pass 4♠ (4)
♥ AKJ1092 all pass
Table B: (3) This North elected to open the North hand with a weak 2♠. Now I am not adverse to opening a weak two with 5-cards and an outside 5-card suit, but with three ♥’s the hand may possibly play better in ♥’s, so pass is the alternative.
(4) What did you bid with this South hand A in this week’s quiz? Naively assuming that partner has six ♠’s, this South simply raised to game. A 3♥ bid (forcing of course) would have worked out better although it’s unlikely that slam will be reached after the opening bid.
And what happened? 6♥= twice, 4♥+2, 4♥+1 three times, 4♠-1.
The bottom lines:
- Remember RONF – a new suit opposite a weak two is forcing.
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s 1st problem, on defence.
♠ 76 N Book Bidding
♠ AQ52 pass 4♠ all pass
You are West, defending 4♠. Partner leads the ♥J. Plan the defence and what do you lead at trick having won with the ♥K?
Dave’s Column Answer Board 19 from Wednesday 13th October
Dealer: ♠ KJ1083 Book Bidding
South ♥ Q76 West North(C) East South
E-W vul ♦ 972 - - - 1♣
♣ J5 1♥ 1♠ (1) pass 3♠ (2)
pass 4♠ (3) all pass
♠ 76 N ♠ 94
♠ AQ52 would bid 4♠; knowing that there is a 5-4 fit,
♥ 43 holding great black suits, three aces and
♦ AJ no wasted ♥ values.
♣ AQ1063 (3) I (Terry) am also unhappy about this bid.
North has already shown 5 ♠’s and so this hand is little more than minimum. But then who am I to disagree* with Eddie Kantar twice?
*Note. This is based an article by Eddie Kantar about excellent defensive play he witnessed. The bidding is that at the table; he may or may not agree with it, but does not comment in the original article.
East leads the ♥J, plan the defense as West.
You (West) have two ♥ winners and a ♣ winner. What you must do is establish a ♦ trick before cashing the 2nd ♥ (otherwise North can discard the ♦J on the ♥Q which he is known to hold). So you must immediately shift to a ♦ at trick two. You have to hope that partner has the ♦Q, otherwise the contract is unbeatable.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4♠= five times, 3♠+1 twice, 4♠-1.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s 2nd problem on declarer play.
West East Book Bidding
♠ 7 ♠ Q54 West North East South
♦ 752 ♦ AKJ 3♥ pass 4♥ all pass
♣ A95 ♣ Q63
You are West, declarer in 4♥. North leads the ♠A and continues with the ♠9 when South encourages. Plan the play.
Dave’s 2nd Column Answer Board 22 from Wednesday 13th Oct
Dealer: ♠ A96 Book Bidding
East ♥ 62 West North East South
E-W vul ♦ 10843 - - 1♣ 2♠
♣ J1084 3♥ pass 4♥ pass
pass pass (1)
♠ 7 N ♠ Q54 all pass
♦ 752 S ♦ AKJ (1) At this vulnerability, North could consider
♣ A95 ♣ Q63 a 4♠ bid either here or the round before.
♠ KJ10832 But then who am I (Terry) to ‘disagree’
♥ 7 with Philip Alder? (again, there was no
♦ Q96 comment on the bidding).
North leads the ♠A and South encourages. North continues with the ♠9, what is declarer’s basic plan?
Declarer has nine top tricks. Six ♥’s, two ♦’s and one ♣. You can make 4♥ in more than one way if you correctly read the full layout – but there is a guaranteed line if you assume that South has the ♠K.
Play low from the dummy at tick two and trump in hand. Draw trumps ending in dummy and then play the ♠Q. When South covers with his ♠K, do not ruff but instead discard a losing ♣ or ♦.
What can South do now? He is endplayed. If he shifts to either minor it concedes a trick and a ♠ continuation gives a ruff and discard.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 3NT*+2, 4♠*(S)-3 twice, 4♥-1 twice, 5♥-2 three times. Note that three North’s at our club did indeed push West up to 5♥.
Bidding Quiz Answers
E 1♣ pass 2♠ The jump shift may be played as either strong or very weak. ‘Standard’ is that it is strong and I would assume this with an unfamiliar partner. However, most at our club play it as weak. I would not use the bid if unsure how partner would take it.
F 1♥ dbl 2NT This 2NT bid after a double is
best played as the Truscott 9or
I note that Dave Cutler nearly got the triple (he got two wins and a 2nd). That’s a great result since he jointly runs the club and only has a regular partner on Fridays.
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