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Mon 24th N-S 1st Gus & Magnus 58% 2nd Linda & Nina 53%
E-W 1st Alan K & Michael C 66% 2nd Lars B & Hans V 59%
Wed 26th N-S 1st Bob S & Robbie 56% 2nd Bengt & Bam B 55%
E-W 1st Bidin + Guttorm L 62% 2nd Tony C & Magnus 56%
Fri 28th 1st Paul Q & Hans V 69% 2nd Bjorn R & Guttorm L 65%
Bidding Quiz Standard American (short ♣) bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B Do you open with Hand A, 1st seat both vul?
♠ J72 ♠ AKQ94 (a) What do you open with Hand B?
♥ 542 ♥ AKJ76 (b) Partner opens 2♦, what do you bid?
♦ AKQ43 ♦ 76
♣ 74 ♣ Q
Bidding Sequence Quiz
C 1♠ 2♦ 3♦ What is 3♦?
D 1♠ 2♦ 3♠ How strong is 3♠?
E 1♣ dbl 1♠ dbl What is the second double?
A couple of important maxims:
You need opening values to make a direct take-out double,
but do not double (without the correct shape) just because you have opening values.
You need strength to reverse,
but do not reverse (without the correct shape) just because you have strength.
North South West North East South
♠ AK3 ♠ Q104 - - - 1NT
♥ K7 ♥ AQ pass 3NT all pass
♦ 986 ♦ QJ10543
♣ K5432 ♣ A8
You are South, declarer in 3NT. West leads the ♥10, plan the play.
Dave’s Column Answer Board 19 from Wednesday 26th Oct.
Dealer: ♠ AK3 Bidding
South ♥ K7 West North East South
E-W vul ♦ 986 - - - 1NT
♣ K5432 pass 3NT all pass
♠ J75 N ♠ 9862
♥ 109853 W E ♥ J642
♦ 72 S ♦ AK
♣ J96 ♣ Q107
♣ A8 Plan the play for declarer on the ♥10 lead.
5♦ is virtually laydown, but minor suit games are notoriously hard to bid and score badly if 3NT makes an overtrick or two (as it will here if a ♥ is not led).
As it is, you are in 3NT and they have attacked your weakness and you have horrible duplication in ♥’s. At first sight, it might seem right to attack ♦’s because we learn that it is often right to try to establish tricks in our longest suit. Just see what will happen if you do. The defence will win the ♦ and play another ♥. They will then cash their ♥’s when they win the next ♦ trick. The reluctant conclusion is that the ♦’s are a mirage and you have to ignore them.
Instead, you have to hope for a 3-3 ♣ split. So win the ♥ and play three rounds of ♣’s. On a good day like today they will divide evenly and you make game with three ♠’s, two ♥’s and four ♣’s. The ♦’s do not feature.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT= 6 times, 3NT-1 twice.
Dave’s 2nd Column
West East West North East South
♠ K63 ♠ A54 pass pass 1NT pass
♥ 1086 ♥ A643 2NT pass 3NT all pass
♦ AQ94 ♦ 753
♣ 654 ♣ AKQ2
You are East, declarer in 3NT. South leads the ♥K, plan the play.
Dave’s 2nd Column Answer Board 20 from Wednesday 26th Oct.
Dealer: ♠ QJ107 Bidding
West ♥ 75 West North East South
both vul ♦ 1082 pass pass 1NT pass
♣ J1097 2NT pass 3NT all pass
♠ K63 N ♠ A54
♥ 1086 W E ♥ A43
♦ AQ94 S ♦ 753
♣ 654 ♣ AKQ2
♣ 83 Plan the play for declarer on the ♥K lead.
You duck two rounds of ♥’s but win the third as North shows out, pitching a ♠. If ♣’s divide 3-3 you still need to make two ♦’s, while if the ♣’s are not breaking kindly, you will need to make three ♦’s whilst making sure to keep South off lead.
So, at trick four you play a ♦, finessing dummy’s ♦9. As it happens, North will win cheaply and play a ♠, but you win in hand and then play a ♦ to the ♦Q. When this wins, you are home if either ♣’s or ♦’s break evenly. If the ♦Q lost to the ♦K with North you would still make the contract if both minor suits broke evenly.
If you had mistakenly played a ♦ to the ♦Q earlier, you would have been unable to establish three tricks in the suit without letting South gain the lead (and you would have blown a ♦ trick if South held ♦J10x).
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Various scores with the majority making 3NT, but only one –ve for E-W, 3NT-1.
Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
1844.7 Hans Vikman
649.4 Hans Vikman
335.5 Bob Short
Bid 5-5’s top down Board 13 from Monday 24th
Dealer: ♠ J72 Table A
North ♥ 542 West North(A) East South(B)
Both vul ♦ AKQ43 - pass (1) pass 1♠ (2)
♣ 74 pass 2♠ pass 3♥ (3)
pass 4♠ (4) all pass
♠ 108 N ♠ 653
♥ Q1093 W E ♥ 8 Table B
♦ J102 S ♦ 985 West North(A) East South(B)
♣ K982 ♣ AJ10653 - 2♦ (1) pass 2♥ (5)
♠ AKQ94 pass 3♥ pass 4♥
♥ AKJ76 all pass
Table A: (1) Did you open with this North hand A in this week’s quiz? The majority simply
(2) What did you open with this South hand B(a) in this week’s quiz? This 1♠ is
obviously correct – bid 5-5’s from the top down.
(3) In principle this is a help suit game try, but here South is always going to bid
game and this bid may enable a superior ♥ fit to be found.
(4) Clearly enough to accept.
Table B: (1) This North chose to open 2♦, and this is answer to question A. You are allowed to
be +-1 in length for an opening pre-emptive bid and surely 2♦ is a more descriptive
bid and you definitely want a ♦ lead if you end up defending.
(5) What did you bid with this South hand B(b) in this week’s quiz? A new suit is best
played as forcing, but as with an opening bid you should bid ♠’s first and then ♥’s.
The bottom lines:
And what happened? 4♥ made exactly. Everybody else was in 4♠ making six.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: Most people passed, but I like 2♦. You are allowed to be +-1 in length for
an opening pre-empt and this is surely the most descriptive bid and you want a ♦ led if you end up defending.
Hand B: (a) 1♠. Bid 5-5 from the top down.
(b) 2♠. This is generally played as forcing, so bid ♠’s now and ♥’s next go.
Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers
C 1♠ 2♦ 3♦ 3♦ here is best played as showing a sound raise to 3♦ or better…
D 1♠ 2♦ 3♠ … because this is best played as pre-emptive,
E 1♣ dbl 1♠ dbl The 2nd double is also take-out (for the red suits).