Club News Sheet Ė No. 237†††††††20th May 2007

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Fri 18th †† 1stPaul Sc & Gene††††††††††††††††† 64%†††† ††† 2nd †† Dave & Hugh†††††††††††††††††††††††††† 60%††

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


Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† With Hand A RHO opens a weak 2, what do you bid?


AK987†††††††† J2†††††††††††††††† With Hand B you open 1and partner responds 1,

AJ††††††††††††††† AK102†††††††† (a)What do you bid?††††††

J2††††††††††††††††† J10††††††††††††††† (b)Suppose you choose 2 and partner bids 2, what now?

KJ32††††††††††† AQ983


Hand C†††††††††† Hand D†††††††††† What do you open with Hand C?


AQJ54††††††††† 10432†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

K42††††††††††††† KQ92†††††††††† With Hand D partner opens 1 and RHO doubles, what

AK ††††††††††††† AQ7†††††††††††† do you bid?

A52††††††††††††† 82


Hand E††††††††††† Hand F††††††††††† With Hand E partner opens 2NT, what do you bid?†††


10632†††††††††† K6†††††††††††††††

J75†††††††††††††† Q87††††††††††††† With Hand F partner opens a weak 2 and RHO overcalls 2,

8764†††††††††††† 2†††††††††††††††††† what do you bid?

K4†††††††††††††† AKQJ875


Hand G†††††††††† Hand H†††††††††† With Hand G partner opens 1 and you respond 1. Partner

then bids 1, what do you bid?

J7†††††††††††††††† KQ†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††

AQ9632†††††† AQ9632†††† With Hand H itís the same sequence, partner opens 1 and you

Q987 †††††††††† K987 †††††††††† respond 1. Partner then bids 1, what do you bid?

3††††††††††††††††† 3


Hand J††††††††††† Hand K†††††††††† With Hand J you open 1 and partner responds 1, what

do you bid?

Q764††††††††††† K1064††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

J†††††††††††††††††† AK932††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

AK†††††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††††† With Hand K you open 1 and partner responds 1, what

A87432††††††† AQJ7†††††††††† do you bid?




††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††
Bidding Sequences Quiz††††††† All of these sequences occurred this week


L††††† 1††††† pass†† 2††††††††††††††††††† Is 3 invitational or forcing?


M††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††††††††††††††††† Is 3 invitational or forcing?


N†††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††††††††††††††††† Is 4 shut-out or strong?


P††††† 1††††† dbl†††† 4††††††††††††††††††† Is 4 shut-out or strong?

Q†††† 1††††† dbl†††† redbl††††††††††††††† What is redouble?

R†††† 1††††† dbl†††† 2NT†††††††††††††††† What is 2NT?

S††††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††††††††††††††††† 2 is a reverse (forcing), is 2 forcing. I.e. does reverser

2††††† pass†† 2††††† ††††††††††††† promise another bid?

T††††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††††††††††††††††† 3 is strong, generally with a 6 card suit, but is it forcing?

1††††† pass†† 3††††††††††††††††††

U†††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††††††††††††††††† 2 is 4th suit forcing and 2NT promises a stop;

1††††† pass†† 2††††††††††††††††††† 3 is strong, generally with a 6 card suit, but is it forcing?

††††††††† 2NT†† pass†† 3


The Club Championships

I have calculated the club 2007 championship standings to date and they are in the results folder and on the web. Note that all competitions, including individuals, now count towards the club championships. Nobody has yet qualified (30 results) for the Gold cup; the top 5 for the silver and bronze are currently: -

Silver plate = Best 10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bronze medal = Best 5


650.4Janne Roos††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 337.3Janne Roos

634.5Lars Gustaffson†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 336.2Bengt Malmgren

627.1Gunnar Barthel††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 332.9Paul Savelkral

626.7Bengt Malmgren††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 325.6Gunnar Barthel

625.8Paul Savelkral††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 325.6Lars Gustafsson



Too high after a reverse††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 14 from Monday 14th


Every E-W pair got too high on this board.


Dealer:†††††††††††† A95††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East††††††††††††††††† J8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††† North†††††††† East(B)†††† South

Love all††††††††††† 862†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†† (1)††† pass (2)

††††††††††††††††††††††† J10654†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††† ††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† (3)††† pass

2††† (4)††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT (5)††† pass

Q87643††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† J2†††††††††††††††††††††††† 3††† (6)††††† all pass††††††††††††††

Q76††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† AK102††††††††††††††††

K73††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† J10††††††††††††††††† †††† Table B

J7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ983†††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(B)†††† South

††††††††††††††††††††††† K10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†† (1)††† 1††† (2)

9543†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2†† (7)††† pass

AQ954†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (8)††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† K2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 3††† (9)††††† all pass††††††††††††††



Table A:†††† (1)This is best, 1NT is not a sensible option with two weak doubletons.

(2)   Looks like a fairly routine 2 overcall to me.

(3)   What did you bid with this East hand B(a) in this weekís quiz? Itís just about worth a reverse into 2. The two long suits are good and it has tolerance for partnerís ís.

(4)   This is fairly clear, showing a weak hand with six ís.

(5)   What did you bid with this East hand B(a) in this weekís quiz? I can see no reason for East to bid on, he has already shown around 15-18 points with 5 ís and 4ís and is minimum with reasonable support.

(6)   Whatever West does now does not matter Ė theyíve gone past 2.

Table B:†††† (2)South sensibly decided to overcall here.

††††††††††††††††† (7)I would ignore the overcall and still reverse into 2. This 2 bid does not show the strength or shape oh the hand.

(8)   And for some reason East decides to press on; partnerís two bids have not improved this hand and pass is clear.

(9)   If I was West I would take partner for a bigger hand and with a maximum for Westís bidding so far I would bid 3NT (and go even more down).


And what happened? Nobody stopped in 2. 4-1 was bid three times and 3 went two down.

The bottom lines: -

-         6-2 fits play better than 4-3 fits.

-         Sequence S (1 - 1 - 2 - 2) is non-forcing.

-         When you have reversed, you have said your hand unless you have significant extras. This East hand is barely worth a reverse and most certainly does not have extras.

-         There is a section on the reverse on the web-site (conventions > Section 1 > The Reverse)

-         Finally, a recurring theme Ė stay low with mis-fits; East knows itís at best a 6-2 fit and so he should settle for 2.


Overcall or double?†††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 8 from Monday 14th


Most N-S pairs again got too high on this board.


Dealer:†††††††††††† Q105††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

West††††††††††††††† Q9853††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(A)

Love all††††††††††† Q75††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††† dbl†† (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† 108††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass ††††††† 2††† (2)

pass†† ††††††† 4††† (3)††††† all pass

642†††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† J3†††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

K10642††††††† W††† E††††††††† 7†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table B

A9††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† K108643††††††† †††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(A)

Q75†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A964††††††††††††††††††† 2††† (4)††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††† dbl†† (5)

††††††††††††††††††††††† AK987†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT (6)††††† pass†††††††† 3††† (7)

AJ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass (8)††††† all pass††††††††††††


††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ32††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table C

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

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

all pass


Table A:†††† (1)What did you bid with this East hand A in this weekís quiz? I simply cannot understand why people want to double (despite my continual writings) and thus propel themselves into unmakeable games, when they can describe their hand perfectly with a 2 overcall

(2)   2 now, having previously doubled, shows a hand too good for an immediate 2 overcall.

(3)   And North, quite correctly, bid the hopeless 4.

Table B:†††† (4)This West chose a somewhat off-beat 2 opener.

(5)   But it mattered not to this South, who also doubled instead of bidding the obvious 2.

(6)   With 8 points and stops, 2NT is clear here, with pass an alternative.

(7)   And this South also said that he had a huge hand, which he does not.

(8)   I would automatically bid 4 here. Perhaps that explains why I often get scores of 30% - I foolishly(?) believe my partnerís bids and bid correctly myself.

Table C:†††† (1)Finally somebody got it right. Well done Hugh (I believe Hugh was South at table C); it seems that Hughís bidding has evolved from the level of Ďdouble with any opening handí. Good show; maybe my continual writings do actually have some effect?


And what happened? 2 is the best spot and should make exactly. 4 went two down, serves South at Table A right.

The bottom lines: -

-         Donít double when you have a 5 card major (simply overcall) unless VERY strong.

-         Do not double ďto show an opening handĒ when you have a better alternative.

-         Double followed by a bid shows a very strong hand.


Never deny a 4 card major††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 2 from Monday 14th


Same old story, the fit (this time 5-4) got 2 more tricks than No trumps.


Dealer:†††††††††††† 87†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East††††††††††††††††† Q108††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(C)††† South

N-S vul††††††††††† QJ105†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††† (1)††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q1073†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass (2)††††† pass


10632†††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† AQJ54††††††††††††††††† Table B†††††††††††

J75†††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† K42††††††††††††††††††††† West(D)†††† North†††††††† East(C)††† South

8764†††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† AK†††††††††††††††† †††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 2NT (1)††† pass

K4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A52††††††††††††††††††††† 3NT(3)†††† all pass††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† K9††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

A963††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table C†††††††††††††

932†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(D)†††† North†††††††† East(C)††† South

††††††††††††††††††††††† J986†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 2NT (1)††† pass

3†† (3)††††† pass†††††††††† 3††††††††††† pass

4††††††††††††† all pass


Table A:†††† (1)What did you open with this East hand C in this weekís quiz? Itís a good 21 points and 1 simply is not good enough Ė it may get passed out with an easy game on. 2NT is fine with a 5 card major.

(2)I would bid 2, but thatís no defense for Eastís poor opening.

Table B:†††† (1)Most Eastís opened the sensible 2NT.

(3)What did you bid with this West hand D in this weekís quiz? Never deny a 4 card major; even though the ís are 10xxx, 3NT is a terrible bid.

Table C: (1,3)This East-west pair got it right, the 2NT opening is correct, 3 was standard Stayman and they arrived at the top spot.


And what happened? 4 was only bid only once and so scored an outright top. 1 was not quite a bottom because one E-W pair somehow landed up in a silly 4NT minus one. According to deep Finesse, 4 makes exactly and 3NT goes minus one.

The bottom lines: -

-         Never deny a 4 card major.

-         Even if you are one of the quaint old-fashioned players who will not open 1NT with a 5-card major, a 2NT opening most certainly may contain a 5 card major - what other sensible opening is there with this East hand C?

-         In fact, because 2NT very often contains a good 5 card major, there is a convention that enables responder to search for both a possible 5-3 major suit fit as well as a 4-4 fit. Itís called Puppet Stayman and enables all 4-4 and 5-3 major suit fits to be found after a 2NT opening. Itís part of the Niemeijer complex (very popular in Holland) and is written up on the web site.


Left in the Dark ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 17 from Monday 14th


North was criticised for making an unnecessary sacrifice on this board at Table A Ė but he has my sympathies Ė his partner left him in the dark


Dealer:†††††††††††† AKJ765††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(D)

Love all††††††††††† J9865††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† dbl†††††††††† 4††††† (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q9†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5††† (2)††††† 5††† (3)††††† pass†††††††† pass†† (4)


Q9††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† 8†††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

J10753†††††††† W††† E††††††††† A864††††††††††††††††††† Table B

4†††††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† K1032††††††††††† †††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(D)

J7643†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AK105†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† dbl†††††††††† redbl(1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† 10432†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 2††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† 3††††††††††† dbl†††† (5)

KQ92†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (6)††††† 4††††††††††† 4††††† (7)

AQ7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 82†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

ĎExpertí Table

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

-†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† dbl†††††††††† 2NT (1)

4††† (8)††††† 4††††††††††††† pass (9)††† all pass


Table A:†††† (1)What did you bid with this South hand D in this weekís quiz? This 4 bid is incorrect as it shows a weak pre-emptive hand with usually 5 ís.

(2)   Itís only 4 points but I too would bid 5 Ė assuming that partnerís double guarantees ís or else a very strong hand.

(3)   I was asked about this bid Ė South was unhappy because he wanted to double 5. The problem is all of Southís making Ė his poor bid at (1). I too would bid 5 with this North hand Ė I expect the opponents to make 11 or more tricks in ís.

(4)   South was unhappy, but itís his own fault in my opinion.

Table B:†††† (1)This South chose a much better bid for question (D), but itís not the best bid.

Redouble here shows 10+ points and is obviously far better than 4.

(5)   Penalties Ė dubious with E-W freely bidding and agreeing ís and with 4 card support for partnerís 5+ card suit.

(6)   Luckily for South, North pulled the double.

(7)   Itís one level higher now, but South sensibly decided (somewhat belatedly) to show his support rather than doubling again.

Table C:†††† (1)This is the best answer to question (D) Ė the Jordan 2NT showing a sound raise to 3 or better.

(8)   A good pre-emptive bid.

(9)   North can confidently bid 4.

(10)   East could bid 5 but then South would be able to double for penalties.


And what happened? 4 was bid and made exactly at two tables (420), bid and doubled at a third (590). 5 went one down (-100) and 5 doubled would have gone for 500.

The bottom lines: -

-         A direct raise to 4 of partnerís 1/ opening is weak; especially after a double.

Setting up a game force using the 4th suit†††††††††† Board 25 from Wednesday 16th


Just one pair reached the excellent 3NT on this deal: -


Dealer:†††††††††††† J8743†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(H)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

North†††††††††††††† K105††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1†† (1)††† pass

E-W vul†††††††††† J3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q84†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT†††††††† pass

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

KQ†††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† A952††††††††††††††††††† †††

AQ9632†††††† W††† E††††††††† J†††††††††††††††††††† (1)I prefer this to 1.††††††††

K987††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† Q1065††††††††††† (2)What did you bid with this West hand H in

3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ97††††††††††††††††††† in this weeks quiz? 3 is incorrect as it is

††††††††††††††††††††††† 106†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† not forcing (and East would certainly pass!).

874†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (3)This is now game forcing (having used 4th suit)††††††††

A42††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (4)East begrudgingly bid game.

††††††††††††††††††††††† K10652††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


And what happened? This was the only E-W pair to reach 3NT, making +1. Other contracts were the lower-scoring 5 making exactly and 2+1.

The bottom lines: -

-         Sequence T (1 - 1 - 1 - 3) is not forcing.

-         The way to make it forcing is to bid the 4th suit first (so sequence U).







Daveís Column†† Here is this weekís Dave input involving the best play for the contract.


North†††††††††††††† South†††††††††††††††††††† You reach a reasonable 3NT by South on the this deal, with

AJ†††††††††††††††† Q973††††††††††††††††† no opposition bidding, and West leads the 2

Q††††††††††††††††† AJ103††††††††††††††† (a) Which do you play from dummy and (b) which red suit

J10865††††††††† Q2††††††††††††††††††††† do you attack when you get the lead?

AKQJ2††††††† 874†††††††††††††††††††


Daveís Column answer


Which suit to attack in No trumps?††††††††††††† ††††† Board 23 from Wednesday 16th



Dealer:†††††††††††† AJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

South†††††††††††††† Q††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass

Both vul††††††††††† J10865††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† AKQJ2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3†††††††††††† pass†††††††† 3NT

all pass

10862†††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† K54†††††††††††††††

K752††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 9864†††††††††††††† The bidding seems straight forward and

K3††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† A974††††††††††††† Dave put this in as a play problem in 3NT.

1065††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 93††††††††††††††††† This is, however, Pattaya bridge club and no

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q973††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† matter how obvious it is we always get a good

AJ103††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† number not playing in the predestined contract.

Q2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This time the board was played just 3 times

††††††††††††††††††††††† 874††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† and the other contracts were 6NT and 3♣.


I have no idea how two-thirds of the Pattaya bridge club can get into these two ridiculous contracts at either extreme, so letís just get onto the play in the sensible 3NT.

You get a small lead, where do you win and which red suit do you attack?

The best play, I believe, is to take the A at trick one and immediately lead the Q. This is better than attacking ís because (i) the ís may not split, and (ii) You very likely have 10 tricks (3 ís, 2 ís and 5 ís) without needing to touch the ís.

Dave did not give me the analysis of this deal - he just told me that he had put it in after I had played it and to have a look at the play. He added that itís correct to play the A at trick one because otherwise you may have entry problems to the South hand. I believe that the two experts in Daveís book went down when they played the J at trick one and a was returned. East later got in with the ace and so E-W scored two ís, two ís and one for one down.

At the one sensible table in the Pattaya bridge Club where N-S were actually in 3NT declarer won the A and led the Q which West won. A was led to Eastís K and a returned. Declarer won with the Q and cashed his ís and ís. Declarer thus made 2 ís, 3 ís and 5 ís for +1.

And what happens if West ducks the Q at trick two? I think that declarer can scramble 9 tricks before E-W get their 5 Ė he has won the A and the Q and has 5 tricks to come, he must surely also get another and either a or the A before the opponents get their 5 tricks. I would have switched to a had the Q held.

So my answers are (a) the A and (b) ís.

With a long solid minor, think NoTrumps Ė part 1 †††† Board 14 from Wednesday 16th


Just one pair reached the excellent 6NT on this deal: -


Dealer:†††††††††††† K7532††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East††††††††††††††††† 752†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

Love all††††††††††† 10532†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 3†† (2)††† pass

6NT (3)††††† all pass

Q††††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† AJ8††††††††††††††††

A83††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† KQJ104†††††††† ††††† ĎExpertí Table

AKQJ76†††††††††††† S††††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††††††† †††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

A84††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q9762†††††††††††††††† -††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 10964†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 2NT (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (4)††† pass

96†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4NT (5)††††† pass†††††††††† 5††††††††††† pass

984†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 7NT (6)††††††††††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ53†††††††††††††††††††††††


Table A:†††† (1)With just 3 trumps a splinter is not recommended, and lacking more sophisticated methods for the partnership, West simply bid 2, game forcing playing 2/1.

(2)   Expert opinion differs as to whether this should show extra values when playing 2/1 (the auction is already game forcing). My opinion is that it should not and I agree with the bid Ė bid out your shape.

(3)   But here we see the problem with West not having a forcing raise available

at (1) Ė he cannot ask for keycards with ís as Ďtrumpsí so he simply went for

the high scoring 6NT rather than 6.

ĎExpert톆††† (1)Our experts play Jacoby 2NT of course, and although West is not sure that ís

Table†††††††††††††† is going to be the final strain he wants to set ís as trumps (temporarily) in a game forcing sequence before finding out more about partnerís hand.

(4)   Showing a shortage (singleton or void). East could bid 4 to show a 5 card suit but this suit is rather anemic.

(5)   RKCB with ís as trumps.

(6)   Two keycards plus the Q. East actually had a choice here, he could have bid 5NT to show 2 keycards and a void, but having already shown shortage itís best to show the trump queen.

(7) West can be pretty sure of 5 ís, 6 ís, 1 and 1 and so bids the grand; at teams scoring 7 may be better as the contract may still come home if the ís donít behave.


And what happened? The board was played 3 times; two pairs bid 6+1 and 6NT+1 scored a top.

The bottom lines: -

-         More experienced players really should play the Jacoby 2NT convention.

-         Itís virtually always best to play in a major suit 4-4 fit, but a 5-3 fit is different. With all suits well stopped a No Trump contract may well be better, especially at pairs scoring.


With a long solid minor Ė think NoTrumps Ė part 2†† Board 22 from Friday 18th


Just two pairs out of five reached the excellent 3NT on this deal: -


Dealer:†††††††††††† K6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(F)††† East††††††††† South

East††††††††††††††††† Q87††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 2

E-W vul†††††††††† 2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† 3NT (1)††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† AKQJ875

(1)What did you bid with this North hand F in

A102††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† QJ874††††††††††† ††††† this weekís quiz? With a long solid minor

A5432††††††††† W††† E††††††††† K10††††††††††††††† ††††† and a probable stop you should not just

Q4††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† K875††††††††††††† ††††† Ďthinkí 3NT Ė you should bid it!

1093††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 64†††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 953†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††


AJ10963†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


And what happened? 3NT was bid at two tables and made exactly. There were the usual couple of players who insist upon playing in their minor and 3 made exactly and 4 went one down. One E-W pair were allowed to find 4 and that went just two down for an average score.

The bottom lines: -

-         With a long solid minor and a (probable) stop in the opponentís suit, bid 3NT.

-         Note that the 3NT bid at (1) stops E-W finding their fit.








Leading Quiz


QJ9††††††††††††† West††††††† North†††††† East††††††††† South†††††††††††††† You are North, what do you lead?

1073†††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass†††††††† pass†††††††††††††††† Answer next page

532†††††††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1NT†††††††† pass††††††

A1082††††††††† 2††††††††††† all pass




Follow Partnerís lead? ††††††††††††††† Board 2 from Friday 18th


Bobís sister apparently follows our news-sheets in America and asked if I could include more on defence. I generally concentrate on the bidding and Daveís column is usually about declarer play. Why no defence? Well, maybe itís because Iím not that good a defender, or maybe because it takes a lot of time to write up. But I did notice this appalling defense on Friday, so here goes: -


Dealer:†††††††††††† QJ9††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

East††††††††††††††††† 1073†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† pass

N-S vul††††††††††† 532†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT†††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† A1082††††††††† DUMMY†††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† all pass


K87542††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† A3††††††††††††††††† Thereís nothing to the bidding but what did you

K65††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 82†††††††††††††††††† lead in the bidding quiz on the previous page?

Q††††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† KJ986†††††††††††† This North found the good lead of the Q.

KQ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J963†††††††††††††† His reasoning was that this cannot cost as dummy

cannot have A10x or K10x (he did not

††††††††††††††††††††††† 106†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† support ís) and itís quite likely that dummy has

AQJ9†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† two ís and a doubleton elsewhere and will

A1074††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† get a ruff unless trumps are pulled.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 754†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


And, low and behold, North got it spot on, dummy has just two ís and may manufacture a ruff there. Declarer can see that he wonít now get a ruff and should probably win with the K and lead the Q Ė then he still has the A entry to the ís on table.

Anyway, declarer won immediately with dummyís A. He now has two reasonable options, a or a . But because of the trump lead itís pretty obvious that he wonít get a ruff and so he led a low . South rose with the A and what did he do?

Letís put it another way Ė what is the most ludicrous Ďlineí that South can adopt?

Did you guess it? He led the A followed by another ! Absolutely amazing. Not only did West score his king and also score a ruff but he also go to the otherwise entry-less dummy to cash the two top ís. As I said Ė amazing.

A trump return is totally obvious. Note that a may seem a reasonable alternative but the problem is that when partner wins the trick he does not know that you have the 10 and will be unwilling to lead trumps again from his Jx.

And what happened? 2 made +1 for a top to E-W. A trump return at trick 3 would have got the contract one down for a top to N-S.

The bottom lines: -

-         If dummy is threatening to ruff a suit, then lead trumps.

-         If you donít have a clue what youíre doing, then follow partnerís lead?




Is 3 forcing? Ė part 1 ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 13 from Friday 18th



Dealer:†††††††††††† K1064††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† AK932†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(K)††† East††††††††† South

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

††††††††††††††††††††††† AQJ7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (1)††††† pass†††††††† pass (2)


A92††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† Q5††††††††††††††††† †††††

875†††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† QJ64††††††††††††† ††††† Table B

A932††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† K875††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(K)††† East††††††††† South

654††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 64††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† J873†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (1)††††† pass†††††††† 4††† (3)

10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass

QJ864†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† K103††††††††††††††††††††††


Table A:†††† (1)What did you bid with this North hand K in this weekís quiz? This 3 bid is incorrect as it simply an invitational bid.

(2)And with his minimum South correctly passed.

Table B:†††† (1)This North got it right. 4 here is a splinter agreeing ís, game forcing and showing shortage (singleton or void).

(3)And with his minimum South correctly signs off in 4.


And what happened? 2(+4), 3(=), 4 (twice, = and -1) and 6 (-1) were the usual assortment of final contracts at the Pattaya Bridge Club. 4 is where you want to be.

The bottom lines: -

-         Sequence M: 1 - 1 - 3, is invitational.

-         With game values and shortage opposite partnerís suit Ė splinter.

-         If you do not play splinters, then 4 at (1) shows a strong hand.


Is 3 forcing? Ė part 2 ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 15 from Friday 18th



Dealer:†††††††††††† A1032†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

North†††††††††††††† A32††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(J)

N-S vul††††††††††† Q7††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† J965†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 3††† (1)

pass†††††††††† 4††† (2)††††† all pass

95†††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† KJ8††††††††††††††† †††††

KQ5†††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 1098764†††††††† †††††

86542†††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† J1093†††††††††††††††††††

KQ10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q764††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††


AK†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† A87432†††††††††††††††††††


(1) What did you bid with this South hand J in this weekís quiz? This is only in the quiz because one player bid 3with this hand (meant as invitational), but also bid 3(forcing) with Hand K on the previous page! Obviously you canít have it both ways, and 3 in this sequence is invitational. This is a nice South hand and well worth 3but no more.

(2)And North has a very sound 4 bid.


And what happened? Unfortunately the cards lay badly for N-S, 4 was bid twice and went one down. 4 seems obvious, but there were the usual spurious final contracts of 3(-1 and +1) and 5(-2).

The bottom lines: -

-         Sequence M: 1 - 1 - 3, is invitational.



Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† 2. With a 5 card suit this is very clear. Double is a very poor choice that is likely to get your side too high.

Hand B:††† (a)2, as reverse showing around 15-18 points. Itís marginal Ė the hand is only just about worth a reverse, but I donít see any other real alternative.

††††††††††††††††† (b)Pass, you have already bid your hand. 2NT is a poor bid with nothing in ís and itís a mis-fit (stay low in the presumed 6-2 fit).

Hand C:††† 2NT. Donít worry about having a 5 card major. 1 is a poor opening as it may get passed out with game on (it did!)

Hand D:††† 2NT, the Jordan 2NT showing a sound raise to 3 or better. Redouble, showing 10+ points is a reasonable alternative. The direct 4 is not a reasonable alternative as it shows a weak hand.

Hand E:††† 3, Stayman. 3NT is a very poor bid Ė never deny a 4 card major.

Hand F: ††† 3NT. You have a probable stop so donít mess about bidding ís. Although 3 is forcing it is a poor bid because (i) it may allow the opponents to find their fit, and (ii) you may well miss a making 3NT.

Hand G:††† 3, invitational and showing a good 6 card suit.

Hand H:††† 2, 4th suit forcing, to be followed by 3. As we saw in the previous hand a direct 3 bid is not forcing and the way to make it forcing is to go via the 4th suit.

Hand J:†††† 3. Itís not good enough for a 3 splinter and really is too good for a simple 2♠.

Hand K:††† 4. A splinter agreeing ís, showing shortage and slam interest. If you do not play splinters then 4 is best Ė that shows a strong hand, about 18-19 points.


Bidding Sequences Quiz††††††† All of these sequences occurred this week


L††††† 1††††† pass†† 2††††††††††††††††††† 3 is forcing over partnerís two level response.


M††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††††††††††††††††† 3 here is invitational, around 15-17 with 4 card support.


N†††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††††††††††††††††† 4 is strong, around 18-19 with 4 card support. If you play

4††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† splinters the bid denies shortage elsewhere.

P††††† 1††††† dbl†††† 4††††††††††††††††††† This jump to 4 is weak and pre-emptive.

Q†††† 1††††† dbl†††† redbl††††††††††††††† redouble shows 10 + points, often with a mis-fit for partner.

R†††† 1††††† dbl†††† 2NT†††††††††††††††† The Jordan 2NT, showing a sound raise to 3 or better.

S††††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††††††††††††††††† 2 is not forcing, it shows a weak hand with 6 ís and

2††††† pass†† 2††††††††††††††††††† the reverser may well pass.

T††††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††††††††††††††††† 3 is not forcing, itís invitational.

1††††† pass†† 3††††††††††††††††††

U†††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††††††††††††††††† This 3 bid is forcing; the previous sequence T is invitational

1††††† pass†† 2††††††††††††††††††† and to make the 3 bid (game) forcing you introduce 4th suit

2NT†† pass†† 3                    forcing first.