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Mon 5th N-S 1st Sean & Jeremy 71% 2nd Bob P & Robbie 52%
E-W 1st Frode & Dino 59% 2nd Jan & Henry H 55%
Wed 7th N-S 1st Ian W & Peter L 59% 2nd Bengt & Bam 56%
E-W 1st Jeremy & Sigurd 60% 2nd Frode & Olaf 56%
Fri 9th N-S 1st Jean & Helligier 57% 2nd Frode & Dino 54%
E-W 1st Hans V & Pars 66% 2nd Jan & Olaf 58%
Bidding Quiz Standard American (short ♣) bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A partner opens 1NT, what do you bid?
♠ AQ862 ♠ -
♥ 9765 ♥ 9842 With Hand B RHO opens 1♠, what do you bid?
♦ 103 ♦ K9853
♣ 97 ♣ J872
Bidding Sequence Quiz
C 1♥ pass 1♠ pass Is 2♦ forcing?
D 1♥ pass 2♣ pass Is 2♦ forcing?
The New Year’s Teams
The yearly teams event will be held on Sun 8 Jan provided 4 or more teams sign up. Please put
your name(s) down (as an individual, pair or team) on the sign-up page on the notice board on
the right as you leave the bridge room. The entry fee is 100 bht per person regardless of membership.
50 bht is automatically taken by the Bowling Green and the rest will be distributed between the tw
winning teams. There will be some sort of free buffet or lunch snack which has yet to be determined.
Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
1891.9 Hans Vikman
658.5 Hans Vikman
335.5 Bob Short
No Psyches Please.
As you know, psyches are not allowed in this club.
♠ - On player doubled a 1♠ opening with this hand. When I later explained to him
♥ 9842 that an immediate double should be about opening strength he said that four
♦ K9853 points and seven for the void was fine!!! He may even have been serious??
♣ J872 In News Sheet 407 Paul Quodomine wrote an article called “perfect shape Doubles”
where he explained that with perfect shape you can double with as few as ten points.
That’s clearly very sensible, four points is not! In fact this hand is not even good
enough for any type of pre-emptive overcall.
Just for clarity, the definition of a psyche is “… bluffing calls to create the illusion of strength or length…”.
Clearly a call which is expected to be 10+ points and is in fact 4 points is a psyche.
North South West North East South
♠ Q94 ♠ AK3 - - - 1NT
♥ K7 ♥ AQ pass 3NT all pass
♦ QJ10543 ♦ 986
♣ A9 ♣ K5432
You are South, declarer in 3NT. West leads the ♥2, plan the play.
Dave’s Column Answer Board 11 from Wednesday 7th Dec.
Dealer: ♠ Q94 Bidding
South ♥ K7 West North East South
Love all ♦ QJ10543 - - - 1NT
♣ A9 pass 3NT all pass
♠ 10862 N ♠ J75
♥ 10642 W E ♥ J9853
♦ AK S ♦ 72
♣ Q87 ♣ J106
♣ K5432 Plan the play for declarer on the ♥2 lead.
5♦ is laydown, but minor suit games are difficult to bid and score badly if 3NT makes an
overtrick or two (as it will here if a ♥ is not led).
Anyway, you are in 3NT and they have attacked your weakness and you have terrible
duplication in ♥’s. Normally it would be correct to attack ♦’s because it’s usually best to
establish tricks in our longest suit. But here you cannot as here 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 cannot be established on a ♥ lead 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.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Since West has no particular reason to lead ♥’s
rather than ♠’s, most made 11 tricks.
Dave’s 2nd Column
West East West North East South
♠ A54 ♠ K63 1♣ 1♥ 3NT all pass
♥ 643 ♥ A108
♦ 753 ♦ AQ94
♣ AKQ2 ♣ 654
You are East, declarer in 3NT. South leads the ♥7, plan the play.
Dave’s 2nd Column Answer Board 12 from Wednesday 7th Dec.
Dealer: ♠ 982 Bidding
West ♥ KQJ92 West North East South
N-S vul ♦ KJ6 1♣ 1♥ 3NT all pass
♠ A54 N ♠ K63
♥ 643 W E ♥ A108
♦ 753 S ♦ AQ94
♣ AKQ2 ♣ 654
♣ J1097 Plan the play for declarer on the ♥7 lead.
You duck two rounds of ♥’s but win the third as South 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 North off lead.
So, at trick four you play a ♣ to dummy and lead ♦, playing the ♦9 from hand or covering a higher card
from North. As it happens, South will win with the ♦10 and play a ♠, but you win in dummy 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 South 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 North gain the lead (and you would have blown a ♦ trick if North held ♦J10x).
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Again, the majority made the contract – but not, I suspect,
with this line of play. At at least two tables South led the ♠Q which in my opinion is a beginner play which
ignores partner. You should lead partner’s suit unless you have a very good reason not to; with no outside
entry the ♠Q lead cannot be a good bet and the ♥7 is “obvious’ to me and I doubt if the majority of our
club would find the ♦ to the ♦9.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 2♣, I was asked about this North hand 7 from Monday. Provided that you play Garbage Stayman
this is better than a transfer to ♠’s when a possible 4-4 ♥ fit will be missed. So bid 2♣, pass a major
suit response and bid 2♠ (weak) over 2♦. The fact that the ♠’s are stronger is pretty much irrelevant;
you do not want to play in a 5-2 ♠ fit if there is a 4-4 ♥ fit and a 4-4 ♥ fit will almost certainly play
better that a 5-3 ♠ fit.
Hand B: Pass, of course. This is only here because one player doubled! This hand is nowhere near worth any
sort of pre-emptive bid, let alone a constructive double.
Bidding Sequence Quiz
C 1♥ pass 1♠ pass 2♦ is not played as forcing by the majority, although I
2♦ believe that the Scandinavians play it a s forcing.
D 1♥ pass 2♣ pass But after a two-level response 2♦ it is played as forcing
2♦ but a few do appear to play it as non-forcing.