Club News Sheet Ė No. 168††† www.pattayabridge.com21st Jan 2006


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Winner†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† Runner-up


Mon 16th N-S 1st †† Bob P/Joe††††††††††††† 65% ††††††† 2nd††† Bill/Mike(Can)††††††††††††††††††† 55%

††††††††††††††† E-W†† 1st †† Dave/Ruth††††††††††††† 65% ††††††† 2nd††† Albert/Esko††††††††††††††††††††††† 61%

Wed 18th N-S†† 1st †† Margit/Ursula†††††††† 60% ††††††† 2nd††† Bill/Mike(Can)††††††††††††††††††† 54%

††††††††††††††††† E-W†† 1st††† Gerard/Derek†††††††† 66% ††††††† 2nd †† Jim(Can)/Phil††††††††††††††††††††† 57%

Fri20th †† N-S†† 1st †† Anne/Eileen††††††††††† 58% ††††††† 2nd††† Margit/Ursula†††††††††††††††††††† 57%

††††††††††††††† E-W†† 1st††† Dave/Ruth††††††††††††† 72% ††††††† 2nd††† Derek/Gerard†††††††††††††††††††† 55%


A very short news-sheet this week Iím afraid, obviously I have been very busy organising the move. The club now plays at the Mercure hotel, Soi 15. We have to pay the hotel and so the playing fee has had to be increased to 100 bht a session (150 bht for non-members).


Bidding Quiz†††††††††††††† †††† †††††† Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated


Hand A††††††††††† Hand B††††††††††† With Hand A partner opens 1 and RHO overcalls a weak 2.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What do you do?

6†††††††††††††††††† AKJ3†††††††††

KQ6†††††††††††† Q2††††††††††††††† With Hand b RHO opens 1 and this is passed round to partner

KQ84†††††††††† 8743†††††††††††† who doubles, what do you bid?

K10954†††††† J54††††††††††††††††††††††††††


With a stop in the opponentís suit, bid NT!††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 10 from Monday 16th


Dealer:†††††††††††† 6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

East††††††††††††††††† KQ6†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††† ††††† North(A)††† East††††††††† South

Both vul††††††††††† KQ84†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1††† (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† K10954†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2†††† (2)†††† 3††† (3)††††† 3††††††††††† 4

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass

873†††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† AJ542††††††††††††††††††

AJ9874††††††† W††† E††††††††† 1053††††††††††††††††††††

J††††††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 95††††††††††††††††††††††††

QJ2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A73†††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† KQ109††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


††††††††††††††††††††††† A107632†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 86†††††††††††††††


(1)   Itís a bit light on points, but the excellent intermediates in the two suits make this worth an opener if thatís your style.

(2)   Weak.

(3)   What did you bid with this North hand A in this weekís quiz? You have values for game and so 3 is obviously incorrect. With this double stop and excellent fit for partnerís suit I would bid 3NT. Donít worry about the ís, partner simply must have something there.


And what happened? Just two pairs out of nine reached the top spot of 3NT + 1.


The bottom lines: -

-†††† If you have stops in the opponentís suit, then bid NT.

A balancing double†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 17 from Wednesday 18th


3NT by E-W was hopeless, can you spot where the auction went wrong?


Dealer:†††††††††††† 92††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

North†††††††††††††† AK105†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(B)†††† South

Love all††††††††††† K5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††††† pass†††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† KQ832††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† dbl††† (1)†††† pass ††††††††† 1††† (2)††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1NT(3)†††† pass†††††††††† 3NT (4)††† all pass

Q64††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† AKJ3†††††††††††††††††††

J964†††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† Q2†††††††††††††††††††††††

AQ10†††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 8743††††††††††††††††††††

1076††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J54††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 10875††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


††††††††††††††††††††††† J962†††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† A9†††††††††††††††


(1)   West is in the balancing seat and decided to make a noise, 1NT is an alternative - it shows around 10-13 points in the balancing seat.

(2)   What did you bid with this East hand B in this weekís quiz? 1 is correct. Partner has made a balancing double and may have as few as 7 points.

(3)   But this is where it went wrong. When you double and then bid NT that shows a big hand. In the direct seat itís 19+, in this balancing seat it shows around 15.

(4)   And so East understandably went to game.


And what happened? Minus 3 was not a good score for E-W


The bottom lines: -

-         If you double and then bid NT that shows a strong hand.

-         Do not leap about when partner makes a balancing double.



Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:†††† 3NT. You have the ís stopped and partner clearly has nothing in ís so you must bid NT. Donít worry about the ís Ė partner surely has them.

Hand B:††††† 1. This is not good enough to jump opposite a balancing double.