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Bidding Quiz Standard American (short ♣) bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A LHO opens 1♦ and partner overcalls 1♥, what
do you bid?
♠ A954 ♠ KJ
♥ QJ3 ♥ AKJ964
♦ J1064 ♦ K What do you open with Hand B?
♣ AQ ♣ AJ107
The Unassuming Cuebid Board 8 from Wednesday 8th Feb
Dealer: ♠ KQ8 Table A
West ♥ K9652 West North East South(A)
Love all ♦ 92 1♦ 1♥ pass 3♥ (1)
♣ 875 all pass
♠ 1076 N ♠ J32 Table B
♥ 74 W E ♥ A108 West North East South(A)
♦ AKQ53 S ♦ 87 1♦ 1♥ pass 2♦ (1)
♣ KJ9 ♣ 106432 pass 2♥ all pass
Table A: (1) What did you bid with this South hand A in this week’s quiz? Many experienced
players still play this as invitational, despite the fact that it is totally illogical.
Table B: (1) This is the correct answer to question A, the Unassuming Cuebid showing a sound
raise to 3♥ or better. And this is a perfect example of why you need to use this
convention. Despite the fact that you have a decent 14 points opposite an overcall,
3♥ stands no chance.
And what happened? Five players managed to stop in 2♥, and so presumably know about the
USB. Just two overbid to 3♥ and both went one down.
The bottom lines:
Dave’s Column Bidding:
West North East South
West East - - 1♣ pass
♠ A765 ♠ 43 1♦ pass 1♥ pass
♥ AK4 ♥ J862 1♠ pass 1NT pass
♦ 108754 ♦ AK6 3NT all pass
♣ K ♣ A984
You are East, declarer in 3NT. South leads the ♠K,Q,J and you take the third round with
North following three times. Plan the play after you win the ♠A.
Dave’s Column Answer Board 10 from Wednesday 8th Feb
Dealer: ♠ 982 Bidding
East ♥ 75 West North East South
Both vul ♦ J2 - - 1♣ pass
♣ QJ10732 1♦ pass 1♥ pass
1♠ (1) pass 1NT pass
♠ A765 N ♠ 43 3NT all pass
♥ AK4 W E ♥ J862
♦ 108754 S ♦ AK6 (1) Natural and forcing.
♣ K ♣ A984
♦ Q93 Plan the play after you win trick three with the ♠AQ.
Counting nine winners here gets declarer only partway towards his goal. More important is
planning the play to ensure that those winners are cashed.
Barring a bad ♦ break East counted nine winners – one ♠, two ♥’s, four ♦’s and two ♣’s.
Without further ado, East played the ♦A, ♦K and a third ♦, getting both good news and bad.
The good news was that ♦’s split; the bad news was that he could not now reach his ♣A.
To make the game, declarer has to consider entries as well as winning tricks. After winning the
third ♠ he should duck a round of ♦’s. South can cash his 4th ♠ but declarer then has the rest with no entry problems.
Dave’s 2nd Column
North South Bidding
♠ 43 ♠ K8 West North East South
♥ KJ1092 ♥ A84 - - - 1NT
♦ Q98 ♦ KJ102 pass 2♦ pass 2♥
♣ K75 ♣ AJ98 pass 3NT pass 4♥
You are South, declarer in 4♥. West leads the ♣3, plan the play. Ifyou play small from dummy
East plays the ♣Q; and here’s a clue, trumps are 4-1.
Dave’s 2nd Column Answer Board 15 from Wednesday 8th Feb
Dealer: ♠ 43 Bidding
South ♥ KJ1092 West North East South
N-S vul ♦ Q98 - - - 1NT
♣ K75 pass 2♦ pass 2♥
pass 3NT pass 4♥
♠ A976 N ♠ QJ1052 all pass
♥ 3 W E ♥ Q765
♦ 765 S ♦ A43
♣ 106432 ♣ Q
♥ A84 Plan the play in 4♥ on ♣3 lead.
Here’s the amusing tale of what happened when this hand was first played:
Declarer captured the ♣Q and played the ♥A followed by another ♥.
With West discarding a ♦ declarer decided for some reason to play the ♥J.
What happened next should not be discussed with children in the room.
East took the ♥Q and shifted to a low ♠. Declarer played the ♠K which lost to the ♠A and back came a ♣ which East ruffed. Now the coup de grace. East underled his ♠QJ10 again! West had the ♠9 and so got in again to give his partner another ruff. The ♦A then meant three down.
On 2/7/12, Paul Q wrote:
Terry, had this not happened TWICE in less than a week I probably would ignore it. These, however, were glaring examples of inappropriate and outrageous behaviour as well as ignorance of the laws governing duplicate bridge as propounded by the World Bridge Federation.
Incident 1. During the play of a hand by East, West (dummy) demanded that South expose to him a trick quitted two tricks before and therefore face down. South, a current director at this club, told West that he had no right to inspect the trick. West, one of the club's best players, persisted. After play concluded North, a former Tournament Director for the American Contract Bridge League, calmly told West that South had been correct. West stated with some hauteur "I've played bridge for sixty years and you are not going to teach me bridge." North said no one was trying to teach you bridge, only explain a rule. West's reply with the same attitude as before was " You ALWAYS are trying to teach bridge!" ignoring entirely the subject and instead launching a personal attack on North. From Law 66C of the WBF, "... until play ceases, the cards may not be inspected (except at the Director's specific instruction; for example if necessary to verify a claim of a revoke." This Law governs the inspection of tricks. It is quite remarkable that anyone playing bridge for sixty years has not learned this basic rule and those regarding dummy's conduct!
Incident 2. During the auction South opened 1 spade, West passed, and North bid 4 clubs. South alerted and explained North's bid as showing a singleton club and game forcing support for spades after East had asked for the explanation. East passed. After the auction had concluded and prior to West's opening lead North asked West to wait a moment and explained that South's explanation was incorrect. The correct explanation was that the alerted bid showed a singleton or void. Play then commenced and after it had concluded East claimed North had no right to make the explanation. West (one of the least respected players in the club) chimed in that was right. North explained that he was REQUIRED to make the explanation at that time. North was the aforementioned ACBL Tournament Director and identified himself as such. East then claimed that HE ALSO was a Tournament Director and the rules worldwide were in disagreement, an assertion which East agreed with. North told East/West that if they felt they had been damaged to please call for the Director. They declined. From WBF Law 75B giving an example and then an explanation where South is to be dummy "South must do nothing to correct the mistaken explanation while the auction continues; after the final pass South if he is to be declarer or dummy should call the Director and must volunteer a correction." Note the use of the word must. Also note that nothing is said about the explanation being made in private conference. Perhaps West's behaviour can be explained by the onset of senility. Perhaps his bag had suddenly developed a gaping hole. Certainly his knowledge had one. East's claim to be a Tournament Director and subsequent claim that rules worldwide were in disagreement with me begs the question what world he was living in.
Terry’s comment: It may be a bit long-winded for some, the pertinent points are:
played to. Obviously you cannot look at the cards from two tricks ago.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 2♦, an Unassuming Cuebid showing a sound raise to 3♥. Even though you have 14
points 3♥ may be too high if partner has a minimal overcall (it was and he did).
Hand B: 1♥ or 2♣? This is difficult, the problem being that 1♥ may get passed out (it was at