Club News Sheet Ė No. 219†††††††14th Jan 2007


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Mon 8th 1st N-S ††† Paul Savenkral & Ursula†††† 57%†††††††† 2nd †† Phil & Tomas†††††††††††††††† 57%

††††††††††††††††† 1st E-W †† Bjorn & Knud††††††††††††††††††† 60%†††††††† 2nd †† Paul Biscoe & Ivy†††††††††† 56%

Wed 10th 1st N-S ††† Paul Scully & Ursula ††††††††† 57%†††††††† 2nd †† Dave & Eileen††††††††††††††† 54%

††††††††††††††††† 1st E-W †† Sakari & Terry†††††††††††††††††† 59%†††††††† 2nd †† John & Kenneth†††††††††††† 56%††††

Fri 12th 1st N-S ††† Sakari & Seppo†††††††††††††††† 65%†††††††† 2nd †† Jan Roos & Per-Ake††††† 55%

††††††††††††††††† 1st E-W †† Lars & Gunnar†††††††††††††††††† 66%†††††††† 2nd †† Ivy & Mieke†††††††††††††††††† 61%


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


Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† With Hand A partner opens 1 and RHO overcalls 2, what do

you bid?

A8643††††††††† A1086†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

87†††††††††††††††† KQJ5†††††††††† With Hand B partner opens 1 and RHO overcalls 1,

K10954††††††† Q543††††††††††† (a) what do you bid? (b) would your bid be different if

3††††††††††††††††† 6††††††††††††††††† you play precision and partnerís opening is limited to 15 HCPís?


Hand C†††††††††† Hand D†††††††††† With Hand C RHO opens 1, what do you bid?


Q54††††††††††††† AK542†††††††† With Hand D LHO opens 1(maybe short) and RHO bids 1.

KJ9††††††††††††† 10†††††††††††††††† (a)What do you do?

J654††††††††††††† KJ75†††††††††††† (b)Suppose you bid 1 and LHO bids 2which is passed

AK10†††††††††† A98††††††††††††††††††† round to you. What do you bid now?


Hand E††††††††††† Hand F††††††††††† (a) What do you open with Hand A? Suppose you choose

to open 2; LHO overcalls 3 and partner doubles.

102†††††††††††††† J10762†††††††† (b) What does partnerís double mean? And (c) what do you bid?

KJ10984††††† AJ2††††††††††††† †††††††††††††

-††††††††††††††††††† A5††††††††††††††† With Hand F partner opens 1, you bid 1 and partner raises to

K9632†††††††† AQJ†††††††††††† 2. What do you bid?†††† †††


Hand G†††††††††† Hand H†††††††††† With Hand G you open 1 and partner bids 1. What do you bid?


J1054†††††††††† K

-†††††††††††††††††† J973†††††††††† With Hand H RHO opens 1, you pass, LHO bids 1 and

AK953†††††††† Q8642††††††††† partner bids 1. RHO bids 2, you pass again and this goes

AQ43†††††††††† 1072††††††††††† round to partner who doubles. What do you do?

Bidding Sequences Quiz


J††††† 2††††† 3††††† dbl†††††††††††††††††† What is the dbl, take-out or penalty?

K†††† 1††††† pass†† 2†††† pass†††††† What is 4NT?


L††††† 1†††† pass†† 1NT†† 2††††††††† What is the dbl, take-out or penalty?


M††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††† 1††††††††† (a) What is the dbl, take-out or penalty?

2††††† pass†† pass†† dbl†††††††† (b) What shape would you expect doubler to have?

Local Rules†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


The Pattaya bridge club is a friendly club with a lot of inexperienced players and the strict rules of bridge do not necessarily apply. The local rules are on the web and I always have a copy with me. I have had to make two recent additions to the local rules: -


-         Bidding boxes: We only have right-handed bidding boxes, but a player may place his/her box on either the right side or the left side. I myself am right handed but I always hold my cards in my right hand and use the left to pull out the bidding cards. I personally place my box on my right but there is absolutely no problem if you prefer to place it on your left and so next to LHOís bidding box. The tables at the Tropicana are certainly big enough to accommodate this!

-         Reviewing the cards played to the last trick: The strict rules of bridge do not allow you to see the last trick once everybody has turned their card over. This can cause problems (uncertainty as to where the lead is etc.) and with the large number of inexperienced players at our friendly club we do relax this rule so that anybody may ask to see the cards for the last trick before any card is played to the next one.


The raise to 4/ - part 1††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 25 from Monday 8th



Dealer:†††††††††††† KQJ52†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† KJ96††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(A)

E-W vul†††††††††† Q††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 2†††††††††† 2(1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† K65†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass


97†††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† 10†††††††††††††††††††††††† Table B

Q105††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† A432††††††††††††† ††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(A)

AJ873†††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 62†††††††††††††††††† †††† -†††††††† ††††††† 1††††††††††††† 2†††††††††† 4(1)

1072††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AQJ984†††††††††††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† A8643†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


K10954††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† †††††††

3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††


Table A:†††† (1) What did you bid with this South hand A in this weekís quiz? 2 really is a bit feeble with 5 trumps.

Table B:†††† (1)With 5 trumps and a singleton this is time for the pre-emptive raise to 4. This

††††††††††††††††††††††† direct raise is weak; showing 5 trumps.


And what happened? One pair stopped in 2. On pair somehow managed to stop in 3. One pair over-bid to 5 and most of the field were in the sensible 4 making exactly. I note that the two pairs in partsores both made 11 tricks, so they would have got a clear top had they known about ĎThe Lawí

The bottom lines:

-         The direct raise to four of partnerís 1/ opening (with or without an overcall) is weak.

-         Generally speaking, with five trumps and a weak hand (5-10 points) raise partner to 4/♠.

The raise to 4/ - part 2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 26 from Monday 8th


The very next board. Having seen partner raise 1 to 4 very successfully on the last board with just seven points; North at table A made the same bid (in ís) with a really great twelve points! An easy slam was deservedly missed.


Dealer:†††††††††††† A1086††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East††††††††††††††††† KQJ5†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(B)††† East††††††††† South

Both vul††††††††††† Q543††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† 6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 4††† (1)††††† pass†††††††† pass (2)


KQJ943†††††† †††† N†††††††††††† 752††††††††††††††††††††††

-†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 642†††††††††††††††††††††† ĎExpertí Table

97†††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† A1082††††††††††† †††† West††††††††† North(B)††† East††††††††† South

K10842†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q75†††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 4†† (1)††††† pass†††††††† 6††† (3)

A109873††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass

KJ6†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††

AJ93††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††


Table A:†††† (1) What did you bid with this North hand B in this weekís quiz? 4 is a very poor bid because, as we have just seen, it is pre-emptive with long ís.

(2)   Obviously South does not envisage slam.

ĎExpert톆††† (1)This is a great hand in support of ís and slam could easily be there if partner

Table†††††††††††††† does not have wasted values (king/queen) in ís. The best bid is 4 - a splinter showing 4 card support, shortage and sound game values.

(3)South has options here but he has the ideal holding and simplest is just to bid the slam. Cue bidding will not really help as you do not need the A to make 6 and 5 Exclusion Blackwood commits the partnership to slam anyway.†††††††††††


And what happened? Everybody(!) stopped in 4. One West bid on (presumably with 5♣) and got doubled in 5 for 800 away and an unlucky bottom.

The bottom lines:

-         The direct raise to four of partnerís 1/ opening (with or without an overcall) is weak.

-         With a sound raise (about 12+ points and four trumps) and shortage then splinter.

-         With a sound raise (about 12+ points and four trumps) and no shortage then bid a new suit first if you do not play Jacoby 2NT.

Donít double with flat hands††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 27 from Monday 8th



Dealer:†††††††††††† Q54††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

South†††††††††††††† KJ9††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(C)††† East††††††††† South

Love all††††††††††† J654††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† AK10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† dbl†† (1)††††† 2††† (2)††† 2††† (3)

3††† (4)††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††† 3††† (5)

A83††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† 1072†††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (6)††††† all pass

A106††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 72††††††††††††††††††††††††

A1072††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† KQ3†††††††††††††† †††† ĎExpertí Table

Q52†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J8764†††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(C)††† East††††††††† South

††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ96††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††† ††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass

Q8543††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass (1)††††† 1NT†††††††† pass

98†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† pass ††††††††† pass (7)

93††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††


Table A:†††† (1) What did you bid with this North hand C in this weekís quiz? Itís nowhere near good enough for 1NT and with 4 ís is totally unsuitable for a double.

(2)   1NT or pass are alternatives.

(3)   Expecting partner to have one or both majors, South makes a free bid.

(4)   I donít know why West decided to bid here, but it worked out well.

(5)   Since partner appeared not to have ís South tried ís.

(6)   But N-S are now too high whether North corrects or passes.

Table B:†††† (1)With a totally flat horrible 14 count hand C should pass.

Table†††††††† (7)And with a flat hand itís probably best to pass here although double would be acceptable now.


And what happened? 4 went minus one for a poor score. E-W can not make 1NT and if North decided to double at (7) then 2+1 would have earned N-S a joint top.

The bottom lines:

-         A take-out double is playable in the other three suits (or very strong).

-         Do not double ďto show an opening handĒ.

-         Do not double with a balanced hand unless itís too strong for 1NT (so 19+).



A play problem


You are in 6NT with plenty of entries in all of the other suits. How do you play the following suit for max one loser? Itís pairs so no losers would be even better if it does not risk going down unnecessarily. Answer next page.


Q109††††††††††† opposite ††††††††† A87654


A play problem Ė answer†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 17 from Wednesday 10th



Dealer:†††††††††††† QJ975††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

South†††††††††††††† 54†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass

Love all††††††††††† 3 ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 109543††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6NT (1)††††† all pass


A3††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† K102††††††††††††† (1)Not ultra sophisticated, but this was a first

K2††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† AJ97††††††††††††††††††† time partnership.

A87654††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† Q109†††††††††††††

AK7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† QJ2††††††††††††††† Anyway, this is not about the bidding but the play.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 864†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† North led the 7. It would not be my choice but

Q109††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the opening lead is pretty much irrelevant.

KJ2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Dummyís 10 won the trick. How did you play

86††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the ís in the quiz on the previous page?

I think itís best to play South for one of the missing honours and lead the Q with the intention of running it and later entering dummy and running the 10 if the 1st finesse loses to the K. As it happens this line picks up the whole suit and there are 14 tricks off the top.

And what happened? Just three pairs were in 6NT. One played as above to make 13 tricks, one made 12 tricks and the third managed to go two down! Presumably by starting with the A? My suggested line only fails if North has KJ, KJx or KJxx and is about 80%. It also has the advantage of no losers should South hold KJ, KJx or KJxx. The other reasonable line is to run the 10. This gets one less trick should North hold J or Jx but gains if North has the K stiff. I canít be bothered to work out which is actually best but leading the A is certainly inferior to either of the other lines.††††††


Itís take-out†† Board 12 from Monday 8th



Dealer:†††††††††††† K††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††

West††††††††††††††† J973†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(H)††† East††††††††† South(D)

N-S vul††††††††††† Q8642††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1†† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††† 1††† (2)

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1072††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††† dbl†† (3)

pass†††††††††† pass (4)††††† pass

Q1098††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† 763††††††††††††††††††††††

AKQ5††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 8642††††††††††††††††††††

3†††††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† A109†††††††††††††

Q643†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ5†††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† AK542††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


KJ75†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††

A98††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††


(1)   Alerted as could be short (2 cards).

(2)   What did you bid with this South hand D(a) in this weekís quiz? With a 5 card major itís much better to overcall rather than double.

(3)   What did you bid with this South hand D(b) in this weekís quiz? Double is perfect here; it shows 5 ís, 4 ís and perhaps tolerance for ís.

(4)   But North decided to pass! What did you bid with this North hand H in this weekís quiz? Partnerís double is 100% take-out, if you were not sure a glance at your own holding will confirm this. To convert to penalties is a very poor decision with just 4 miserable trumps and a known 5-4 fit.


And what happened? 2 doubled made exactly for a complete top to E-W. Nobody played in 3 which would have scored a top but three E-W pairs were pushed into 3 which goes one down. After the event East asked me if South should have bid 3 at (3) rather than double. Obviously that would have prevented the disaster but it is a poor alternative for three reasons: -

1.      It implies 5 ís (as dbl promises 4 ís).

2.      If partner prefers ís then you are up at the three level.

3.      It rules out a possible 3 contract should opener be short and partner have ís.


The bottom lines:

-         When the opponents have bid and supported a suit at the two level then double is for take-out

-         Do not pass partnerís take-out double with just Jxxx in trumps, especially when the opponents have bid and supported the suit.

-         Do not pass partnerís take-out double when you have a known 5-4 fit.


Donít bid again having pre-empted†††††††††††††††††††† Board 9 from Monday 8th


When you pre-empt you have said it all. Partner is the captain and you should not bid again unless invited. To pull partnerís penalty double is mutiny.



Dealer:†††††††††††† 102††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

North†††††††††††††† KJ10984††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(E)††† East††††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† -††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 2††† (1)††††† pass†††††††† 2††† (2)

††††††††††††††††††††††† K9632†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass (3)††††† 3††† (4)††† dbl†† (5)

pass†††††††††† 3††† (6)††††† pass ††††††† 3NT (6)

754†††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† AQ8†††††††††††††††††††† all pass

Q753††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† A†††††††††††††††††††††††††

QJ†††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 9765432††††††††

QJ84††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 105†††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ963†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


AK108†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††

A7††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††


(1)   What did you bid with this North hand E(a) in this weekís quiz? I would open 3 because of the great intermediates and good 2nd suit, but I guess that most will choose 2 (or a multi). This N-S pair play the Multi Two diamonds, in this case showing a weak two in ís.

(2)   This is close. South thought about making an effort (with 2NT) but decided against it as he had such poor ís.

(3)   Confirming a weak two in ís.

(4)   East quite reasonably did not want the opponents to play peacefully in 2. He knows that somebody has points and top ís and hoped that his partner had his fair share of them.

(5)   Unfortunately for East, South has the ís and the points and knew exactly what to do

Ė a penalty double. A glorious top for N-S at favourable vulnerability.

(6)   What did you bid with this North hand E(c) in this weekís quiz? There is no reason to pull the double. If you think that 3 is reasonable then you should have opened 3♥.

(7)   The 800 is now out of the window but Southís hand has improved with RHO bidding ís.With hopefully 4 tricks on the expected lead South decided to bid the NoTrump game.


And what happened? West led the Q which declarer won. He led a to the 8 which East won perforce. East led a low and South had a think. 3 tricks were enough, so no need to be greedy and lose to a now singleton 9 had West led from Q9 and so South played the 10. East won with her now singleton J and led a which E won with the A. East then put South to a guess again by returning a . South did not know that the ís split badly and so won with the K and finessed the ís again but he had to lose a trick. South thus managed to go down, losing 2ís, 2 ís and 1 , in a contract that makes +2 easily if you see all of the hands!

Anyway, most N-Sís were in 4 for +420 or 450 but these result for N-S here were nowhere near as good as the 800 on offer for 3 doubled going three down.

The bottom lines:

-         Do not bid again having pre-empted Ė partner is the captain.

-         Do not remove partnerís take-out double if you opened with a pre-empt.

4NT over partnerís 2NT is quantitative†††††††††††† Board 3 from Monday 8th



Dealer:†††††††††††† 52†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

South†††††††††††††† A††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† AKJ109643††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1†† (1)††††† pass†††††††† 2†† (2)

pass†††††††††† 2††† ††††††††† pass†††††††† 2NT††††††

986†††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† KJ743††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4NT (3)††††† pass†††††††† 6NT (4)

KQJ105†††††† W††† E††††††††† 9732†††††††††††††††††††† all pass

75†††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 82††††††††††††††††††

J93†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 72††††††††††††††††††††††† Table B

††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

864†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass

Q††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† pass†††††††††† 1††† (1)††††† pass†††††††† 2††

K108654†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4NT (5)††††† pass†††††††† 5♥††† (6)

pass†††††††††† 5NT (7)††††† pass†††††††† 6†† (8)

pass†††††††††† 6††††††††††††† all pass††††


Table A:†† (1) This pair play Precision . So 1 is 16+ points and any shape

(2)   8+ points and a 5+ card suit Ė game forcing playing Precision.

(3)   North meant 4NT here as Blackwood.

(4)   But South took it a quantitative and so bid 6NT as he is way above minimum.

Table B:†† (1)This hand is good enough for a 2 opening in some peopleís style.

(5)   Here 4NT is RKCB for ís (sequence K). It is obviously very important for North to have the K included in the responses even though he has no intention of playing in ís.

(6)   Two key cards without the Q.

(7)   Kings?

(8)   None.


And what happened? Most tables bid to the sensible 6 making +1. N-S at table A lucked out for a total top when 6NT made +1.

The bottom lines:

-         Itís up to partnership understanding when 4 is Gerber and when 4NT is the ace (keycard) ask.

-         I would play 4 at (3) as Gerber even if the 1 opening was natural/better minor.

-         Itís all up on the web, with the rather long but apt title: - ďQuantitative, Normal Blackwood, RKCB, Gerber, Splinter or what?Ē Ė and itís in the conventions folder.



Open 1 / and raise partnerís 1/ to 4/†††† Board 5 from Monday 8th


The sequence1 - 1 - 4 shows 4 card support and 19 points with no shortage.


Dealer:†††††††††††† 86†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† AQ82†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(G)††† East††††††††† South

N-S vul††††††††††† J74††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ52††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass

4††† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 4NT (2)††† pass††††††

J1054†††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† AQ92†††††††††††††††††† 5††† (3)††††† pass†††††††††† 6††† (4)††† all pass

-†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† K63†††††††††††††††††††††

AK953†††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† Q1086††††††††††† †††† ĎExpertí Table

AQ43†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 87††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(G)††† East††††††† South

††††††††††††††††††††††† K73††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -††††††† ††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††† pass

J109754†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass

2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† 3††† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (5)††† all pass




Table A:†† (1) What did you bid with this North hand G in this weekís quiz? This jump to 4shows 19 points with no shortage and is clearly incorrect. See ĎExpertí table for my esteemed opinion.

(2)   With a decent hand East quite reasonably went looking for slam.

(3)   Two keycards without the Q. Presumably this pair have not agreed what I wrote last week about showing a void.

(4)   And as I have regularly said, one keycard missing is no reason to back down.

ĎExpert톆† (1)So whatís the real answer to question G? This West hand does not really have

Table†††††††††††† the values to insist upon game but if partner has a reasonable hand with no wasted values in ís then slam could well be there. I think itís worth a try and agree with our expertís decision to splinter. A simple invitational 3 is the rather meek alternative.

(5)   Fast arrival. This East hand is close to co-operating for slam but partnerís splinter indicates that the K is not pulling its weight.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


And what happened? Two pairs bid the hopeless slam. Most were in 4 making +1.

The bottom lines:

-         The sequences 1/ - 1/ - 4/ show 19 points and no shortage.

-         With shortage, splinter.

-         The splinter is game forcing but needs less in the way of high cards, especially with a void.

-         Splinters are great. They describe the hand perfectly and partner knows if his values are in the right places. Change Eastís K to the K and the 6 slam is a great contract.


The game try as a slam try††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 8 from Monday 10th


Dealer:†††††††††††† AK9†††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† K1065††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††† ††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(F)

N-S vul††††††††††† Q932††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† 83††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass (1)††††† 2††† (2)††††† pass†††††††† 4NT (3)

pass†††††††††† 5††† (4)††††† pass†††††††† 6††† (5)

3†††††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† Q854††††††††††††††††††† all pass

3†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† Q9874†††††††††††††††††

J764††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† K108††††††††††††† †††† ĎExpertí Table

K1076542†††††††††††††††††††††††† 9††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(F)

††††††††††††††††††††††† J10762†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††† ††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1

AJ2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass (1)††††† 2††† (2)††††† pass†††††††† 2NT (3)

A5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (5)††††† pass†††††††† 4††† (6)

AQJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass



Table A:†† (1) At this vulnerability a weak 3 is a sound option.

(2)   With excellent ís and a very weak doubleton I prefer this too the alternative of 1NT.

(3)   What did you bid with this South hand F in this weekís quiz? Itís a combined 29+ points with a fit, so marginal as to whether to seriously look for slam or to invite. RKCB is obviously reasonable and may work on a good day, our experts took the more cautious route.

(4)   Two key cards without the Q.

(5)   Perhaps South should chicken out with the Q missing; thatís Ĺ a loser.

ĎExpert톆† (3)Our expert South did not like the distribution of his high cards and decided just

Table†††††††††††† to invite slam. 2NT here is a general game try (but in reality it is a slam try).

(5) North cannot pass. 3 here shows a minimum and any other bid would be accepting the Ďgameí try.

(6)Having established that North is minimum for his raise, South gives up on looking for slam.

And what happened? Things could not be worse. The AQJ is virtually wasted opposite two small, the K and K are both wrong and the trumps split 4-1 with the Q not falling. At table A 4 went one down and it went two down at another table. 4 made exactly twice and two pairs did well playing in 3NT +1 or +2.

The bottom line:

-         You can use a game try as a slam try (but obviously not 3 of the major as that may be passed).

-†††† Having agreed a major at the 2-level, then 2NT is a general game try (maybe a slam try).
Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† 4♠. The Law. The direct raise to the four level is pre-emptive, generally with 5 trumps and about 3-9 points.

Hand B:††† (a)4. A splinter agreeing ís with opening values (i.e. a sound raise to 4) and showing shortage. 4 is a very lazy bid as this hand may easily make slam opposite a moderate opener without wasted values. This holding is great as it indicated that partner is very likely to be short in ís.

(b)No. You should still bid the 4 splinter. This is the problem with many precision players Ė they are points pundits and do not appreciate the power of a fit and shape. A super shapely 12 opposite a well fitting 14 or 15 can easily make slam.

Hand C:††† Pass. Do not double with flat hands. A take-out double should be short in the suit bid and playable in the other three suits unless very strong (19+).

Hand D:††† (a)1. When you have a 5 card major it is usually better to bid it rather than double.

(b)Dbl, absolutely for take-out. Now you have shown the hand exactly. This promises 4 ís in addition to the 5 ís already shown and shows 5143 or 5044 shape. 3 is a poor alternative as it indicates 5 ís and rules out 2 and 3 as possible resting places.

Hand E:††† (a)3. With these great intermediates and 5-card 2nd suit I prefer 3 to 2.

(b)Penalties. Negative doubles do not apply over pre-empts.

(c)Pass. If you think that removing partnerís double is a reasonable alternative then you should have opened 3. Never bid again having pre-empted, and most definitely never remove partnerís penalty double.

Hand F:†††† 2NT. Apparently a game try but in reality a slam try. 17 points opposite an opener with a fit is often enough for slam but with these weak ís and points in the short suits it may be best to invite partner instead of launching straight into RKCB. If partner shows a minimum (with 3) you can then give up on slam and simply bid 4. If you chose 4NT (RKCB with the intention of bidding 6 if partner has one of the two missing key cards) then I would not say that that is wrong but perhaps a bit pushy.

Hand G:††† 3. A splinter agreeing ís and showing game values with shortage. The hand is a little light point-wise but slam may well be there if partner has no wasted values in ís. 4 is totally wrong as it shows 19 points with no shortage. The rather feeble invitational 3is the only sensible alternative to a splinter.

Hand H:††† 3. Partnerís double is 100% take-out, showing probably exactly 5 ís, 1 , 4 ís and 3 ís (so 5413 or else 5404). You cannot pass and convert to penalties with these poor ís, especially when you know there is a 5-4 fit.


Bidding Sequences Quiz Answers


J††††† 2††††† 3††††† dbl†††††††††††††††††† A dbl is always penalty opposite a pre-empt.

K†††† 1††††† pass†† 2†††† pass†††††† 4NT is RKCB for ís.


L††††† 1†††† pass†† 1NT†† 2††††††††† The dbl is penalty, it cannot be for take-out as the 1NT bidder

dbl†††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† has denied both majors.

M††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††† 1††††††††† (a) The dbl is take-out; opponents have bid and agreed their suit

2††††† pass†† pass†† dbl†††††††† (b) Doubler is 5143, possibly 5044.