Mon 10th N-S 1st Leo & Ivy 60% 2nd Michael C & Alan K 57%
E-W 1st Bengt D & Hans V 65% 2nd Paul Sc & Guttorm 61%
Wed 12th N-S 1st Michael C & Alan K 61% 2nd Phil & Kenneth 54%
E-W 1st Paul Sc & Dave H 63% 2nd Tobjorn & Johan 57%
Fri 14th 1st Bob S & Terry 64% 2nd Claus & Hans V 58%
Bidding Quiz Standard American (short ♣) bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B What do you open with Hand A?
♠ K9 ♠ A
♥ K85 ♥ K985 What do you open with Hand B?
♦ KJ85 ♦ AKQ9
♣ AKJ8 ♣ KQ92
Bidding Sequence Quiz
C 1♥ pass 2♥ 2NT 2NT is Unusual, showing both minors here.
dbl What does the double show?
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Worth an effort? Board 16 from Friday 14th
Dealer: ♠ K9 Table A
West ♥ K85 West North(A) East South
E-W vul ♦ KJ85 pass 1NT (1) pass 2♥ (2)
♣ AKJ8 pass 2♠ pass 4♠ (3)
♠ 842 N ♠ 63
♥ J10 W E ♥ A762 Table B
♦ Q10632 S ♦ 74 West North(A) East South
♣ Q93 ♣ 107542 pass 1♣ (1) pass 1♠
♠ AQJ1075 pass 2NT (4)` pass 6♠ (5)
♥ Q943 all pass
Table A: (1) What did you open with this North hand A in this week’s quiz? This is a decent
18 count and I can see no reason to downgrade to 1NT (it is not 4333).
(2) With a great self-sufficient ♠ suit South decides to transfer rather than bring ♥’s
into the picture using Stayman with such poor ♥’s.
(3) South could (probably should) make a game try (with 3♠) but decided against it.
Table B: (1) This North correctly opened 1♣ in answer to question A…
(4) .. and this rebid shows 18-19…
(5) Opposite 18-19 South has an fairly easy 6♠ bid (you can mess about with RKCB
first if you wish).
The bottom lines:
And what happened? Two bid the slam, three did not. So who was to blame at Table B?
I think that both underbid their hands.
North South West North East South
♠ 832 ♠ AK7 - pass pass 1♦
♥ K92 ♥ A763 pass 2♣ pass 3NT
♦ 107 ♦ AK63 all pass
♣ AK732 ♣ 64
You are South, declarer in 3NT. West leads the ♠4 to East’s ♠J, plan the play.
Dave’s Column Answer Board 25 from Wednesday 12th Oct.
Dealer: ♠ 832 Bidding
North ♥ K92 West North East South
E-W vul ♦ 107 - pass pass 1♦
♣ AK732 pass 2♣ pass 3NT
♠ Q1064 N ♠ J95
♥ Q1054 W E ♥ J8
♦ J92 S ♦ Q854
♣ 109 ♣ QJ85
♦ AK63 Plan the play for declarer on the ♠4 lead.
You can see from the lead that West probably has just four ♠’s. With eight trick on top it
looks as though the ninth will come from either a 3-3 break in ♣’s or ♥’s.
But actually you can do better than that because you should be able to make at least three
♣ tricks as long as the suit is no worse than 4-2. However, you have to be a little careful.
Suppose you win the opening lead and play three rounds of ♣’s finding out that one opponent
started with four ♣’s.
While it is true that you can win the return and enter dummy with the ♥K to play another ♣,
setting up a winner in the process, you will find yourself unable to get to dummy to enjoy it.
So play low from both hands to the first ♣. Win the return and play ♣’s from the top, setting
up the fifth ♣ as the ninth trick. You will still have an entry to enjoy it.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT= three times, 3NT-1 and a few
Dave’s 2nd Column
West East West North East South
♠ AJ3 ♠ 1074 - - 1♥ pass
♥ 975 ♥ AKQJ42 2♥ pass 3♦ pass
♦ J1082 ♦ K93 4♥ all pass
♣ A85 ♣ Q
You are East, declarer in 4♥. South leads the ♣J, plan the play.
Dave’s 2nd Column Answer Board 26 from Wednesday 12th Oct.
Dealer: ♠ K95 Bidding
East ♥ 1086 West North East South
both vul ♦ 54 - - 1♥ pass
♣ K7542 2♥ pass 3♦ (1) pass
4♥ all pass
♠ AJ3 N ♠ 1074
♥ 975 W E ♥ AKQJ42 (1) Help suit game try
♦ J1082 S ♦ K93
♣ A85 ♣ Q
♦ AQ76 South leads the ♣J, plan the play.
You have eight top tricks and at first glance it looks as though you might require a favorable
position of the ♦Q. Since entries to dummy are scarce, suppose you win the opening lead and
take a losing ♦ finesse. You will go down when the opponents find the third round ♦ ruff.
Fortunately, a closer look at the ♦ pips shows that you always have two tricks in that suit by
force, so draw trumps and play the ♦K. If South wins and plays a ♠, just duck, for although
North can win he cannot play another without giving you a second ♠ trick. He will probably
return a ♣ which you ruff in hand. You then play another ♦ to force out the ♦Q and still have the
♠A in dummy as an entry.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4♥= four times and 4♥-1 twice.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 1♣. The hand is too strong for a 15-17 1NT.
Hand B: 2NT. This is West hand 7 from Friday. 2NT is not ideal with a singleton but there
is no other realistic alternative.
Bidding Sequence Quiz
C 1♥ pass 2♥ 2NT 2NT is Unusual, showing both minors here. It’s up to you,
dbl but I play that dbl here says that you can penalize one of the