Club News Sheet Ė No. 239†††††††3rd June 2007

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Fri 1st ††† 1stPaul Sav. & Mike ††††††††††††† 62%†††† ††† 2nd †† Janne & Per-Ake†††††††††††††††††††† 58%††


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


Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† With Hand A partner opens 1 and RHO overcalls with a

weak 2, what do you do?

AK106†††††††† KJ1093†††††††

K95††††††††††††† 10†††††††††††††††† With Hand B partner opens 1NT and you transfer with 2.

A2††††††††††††††† 643†††††††††††††† Partner bids 2, what do you do now?

7542††††††††††† KJ98


Hand C†††††††††† Hand D†††††††††† With Hand C RHO opens 3 and you decide to double (with the

intention of bidding 3 over a 3/ reply). But partner bids 4,

AQ10762†††† Q10††††††††††††† what do you do?

A8††††††††††††††† AK93††††††††††††††††††††††

A1084††††††††† KJ1073†††††††† With Hand D LHO opens a weak 2 (actually showing 5 ís

10††††††††††††††† 72††††††††††††††† and a minor) and partner doubles. What do you bid?††


Hand E††††††††††† Hand F††††††††††† With Hand E LHO opens 1 and partner overcalls 1. What

do you bid?

8†††††††††††††††††† AJ6 †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

K972††††††††††† Q9854 †††††††† With Hand F itís love all. Partner opens 1 and RHO overcalls 2,

KQJ86††††††††† 104†††††††††††††† what do you bid?†††

Q103†††††††††† A32†††††††††††††


Hand G†††††††††† Hand H†††††††††† With Hand G itís love all. LHO opens 1 and partner doubles,

what do you bid?

963†††††††††††††† A8†††††††††††††††

KJ65††††††††††† A109††††††††††† With Hand H RHO opens 1, what do you do?

A7††††††††††††††† Q65†††††††††††

Q752†††††††††† A10984†††††††


Hand J††††††††††† Hand K†††††††††† With Hand J RHO opens 2 and you pass. LHO bids 3 which

partner doubles (take-out). What do you bid?

AK2†††††††††††† Q10875

J3†††††††††††††††† A5

Q8765††††††††† A102††††††††††† With Hand K LHO opens 2 and RHO raises to 3, what

J76†††††††††††††† AK3†††††††††††† do you bid?††††††††††† †††††††



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


L††††† 1NT†† pass†† 4†††† pass†††††† 4 is Gerber, what is 4NT?

4††††† pass†† 4NT††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

M††† 2††††† 2NT†† pass†† 3††††††††† 2 is weak and 2NT natural, 15-18.

††††††† pass†† 4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (a) What is 3?(b) What is 4?

N†††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††† 2††††††††† 2 is weak and 3 very strong.

††††††† 3††††† pass†† 3NT†† pass†††††† So what is the 4 bid Ė how many ís and how many ís?


P††††† 2††††† dbl†††† pass†† 3††††††††† 2 is weak and dbl is take-out. What is 3, is it forcing?

Q†††† 3†††† dbl†††† pass†† 4††††††††† 3 is weak and dbl is take-out. What is 4, how many points?

R†††† 1NT†† pass†† 2†††† dbl†††††††† What is the double of Stayman?



The negative double promises an unbid major†† Board 25 from Monday 28th


There are numerous ways of playing negative doubles. My preferred treatment is that if there is just one unbid major then a negative double promises 4 cards in it; if there are two unbid majors then a negative double guarantees 4 cards in just one of them.


Dealer:†††††††††††† 843††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

North†††††††††††††† A742††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(A)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† K986††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††† 2††† (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† 83††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† dbl†† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 3†††††††††† pass

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

AK106†††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† Q97††††††††††††††††††††† 4†† (5)††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (6)††† all pas

K95††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† Q86†††††††††††††††

A2††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 10††††††††††††††††††††††††

7542††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AKJ1096††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† J52†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††



††††††††††††††††††††††† Q††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

(1)   Weak

(2)   What did you bid with this West hand A in this weekís quiz? 2 is wrong because that promises a 5-card suit and the negative double chosen is correct.

(3)   Asking for a stop.

(4)   I donít have a stop but I do have 3 ís.

(5)   I donít have 4 ís but I do have good support.

(6)   OK, then lets play in the 4-3 fit.††††††††††††††††††††


And what happened? 6 makes but thatís a bit difficult to bid; 4 is the best contract. Just two pairs found 4 (+1 and +2); three were in 3NT scoring reasonably well and one was in 5 scoring badly. The bottom Lines: -

-     5 does not score as well as 4.

-     A Moysian fit plays well when you have shortage of the opponentís suit in the three trump hand.

The Club Championships


Gold Cup = Best 30†††††††††††††††† Silver plate = Best 10††††† Bronze medal = Best 5


1780.5Janne Roos††††††††††††††††† 651.0Janne Roos††††††††††††††††††† 337.3Janne Roos

1731.2Dave Cutler†††††††††††††††† 634.5Lars Gustaffson†††††††††††† 336.2Bengt Malmgren

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 630.9Paul Savelkral††††††††††††††† 332.9Paul Savelkral

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 627.1Gunnar Barthel††††††††††††† 325.6Gunnar Barthel

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 626.7Bengt Malmgren††††††††††† 325.6Lars Gustafsson

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 619.5Dave Cutler†††††††††††††††††† 322.9Dave Cutler



A 1NT opener††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 11 from Monday 28th


A familiar story Ė somebody failed to open 1NT ďbecause of a weak doubletonĒ and missed an easy game.


Dealer:†††††††††††† KJ1093††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

South†††††††††††††† 10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

Love all††††††††††† 643†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††† (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ98††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† (2)

pass (3)††††† pass†††††††††† pass

542†††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† Q6†††††††††††††††††††††††

QJ96††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† K832††††††††††††††††††† Table B

1052†††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† K98††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(B)††† East††††††††††† South

Q32†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A1065††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1NT (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† A87††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2

A754††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3†† (4)††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (5)

AQJ7††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 74†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


Table A:†††† (1)This is clearly a poor bid. Itís a 1NT opener Ė donít worry about weak doubletons.

(2)   This is better than 1NT which would now show 12-14.

(3)   North has a nice hand and should probably make a game try (by bidding 3), but with just 3 trumps South may well not accept?

Table B:†††† (1)Most Southís opened the obvious 1NT.

(4)   What did you bid with this North hand B in this weekís quiz? This hand had great shape and excellent intermediates Ė itís easily worth game and the best bid is 3 to highlight the weakness in the red suits.

(5)   South knows that the ís may be weak and so sensibly goes for the game.


And what happened? Just 3 out of 7 pairs bid 4, with the other 4 in 2 or 3. Anything from 10 to 12 tricks were made.

The bottom Lines: -

-         Donít let a weak doubleton deter you from opening 1NT.

-         Upgrade a hand with good intermediates in the long suits.



The blind squirrel†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 3 from Monday 28th


When you double Stayman or a transfer bid then that asks for a lead. But you need a decent holding in the suit Ė especially if opener is reasonably experienced and places the redouble card on the table!


Dealer:†††††††††††† Q1032††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East††††††††††††††††† 32†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

Both vul††††††††††† A109††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†††† (1)††† pass††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ62††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4††††† (2)††† all pass


K54††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† AJ8†††††††††††††††††††††† Table B

K1094††††††††† W††† E††††††††† AJ65††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

Q72††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† KJ†††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1NT†† (1)††† pass

Q53†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A1097††††††††††††††††† 2†††††††††††† dbl†† (3)††††† redbl(4)††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 976†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass (5)††††† 2††† (6)††††† dbl†††† (7)††† all pass



††††††††††††††††††††††† 84†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


Table A:†††† (1)This looks like the obvious opening with this hand Ė with a jump to 2NT in mind over a 1, 1 or 1NT response

(2)And the jump to 4 is correct when partner responds 1 - this shows 18-19 points, 4 card support and no shortage to splinter.

Table B:†††† (1)This East decided to downgrade the hand because of the doubleton KJ. But the holding is adequate compensation so perhaps heís just a No trump hog?

(3)   This double of Stayman asks for a lead. Quite why he wants a lead I donít know, but it cannot cost to double, can it? Ö

(4)   Ö Eastís 18 count and his ís are now looking very good, so he decided to make life uncomfortable for North. If West cannot co-operate he can pull it of course.

(5)   But West has a good enough hand with good enough ís to believe that 2 redoubled will be making.

(6)   Oh dear, oh dear; what can I do now?

(7)   Obviously East only needs double cards form here on.


And what happened? Most E-Wís were in 4 or 3NT, with scores varying from 600 to 660. 2 doubled went 4 down for 1100 (2 redoubled would have made +3 for the rare score of 1960). Now I wonít mention any names of course, but despite this set-back N-S at Table B went on to win the N-S competition, so it looks like even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut Ė eh?

The bottom Lines: -

-         You really need a decent holding in the suit to double Stayman or a transfer Ė especially if the opponents are playing a strong No Trump and opener has his wits about him.

-         KJxx is not a decent holding.




Responding in NT to partnerís overcall
†††††††††††† Board 21 from Friday 1st


A few pairs have got in a mess over this recently.


Dealer:†††††††††††† AQ10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† A84††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(E)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

N-S vul††††††††††† A732††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††† (1)††††† 1††† (2)††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† K52†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2NT (3)††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (4)††††† all pass


8†††††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† K97632†††††††††††††††

K972††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† QJ105††††††††††† ††††† ĎExpert Tableí

KQJ86††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 5†††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(E)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

Q103†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 76††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††† (1)††††† 1††† (2)††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† J54†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 1NT (3)††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† (5)††††† pass

63†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass (6)††††† all pass††††††††††††††††


††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ984†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


Table A:†††† (1)Playing a weak No Trump.

(2)   I guess that East has choices Ė a weak 2 or a Michaels cue bid. But neither are really correct: A weak jump to 2 would deny 4 ís and Michaels shows 5-4 or 5-5 in the majors. Pass is a possibility but I like this hand with both majors (and the points in the long suits). Double is out of the question of course and I too would overcall 1.

(3)   What did you bid with this West hand E in this weekís quiz? You donít want to leave partner in 1 and should look for a better spot. Had North opened 1 then 2 would be best but as North has opened 1 itís not so easy. With a good holding a No Trump bid seems best and West thought that 2NT shows 11-12 points and good stops. Unfortunately this is incorrect when partner has overcalled at the one level.

(4) East decided to show his 6th rather than his 4th .

ĎExpert톆††† (3)The correct bid here is 1NT. Opposite a 1-level overcall this shows about

 Table:              10-12 points.

  (5) Our expert East knew that there may well be a 4-4 ? fit.
  (6) Ans so there is.

And what happened? 3 went four down for a bottom. Two Eastís ended up in 2 (-2) and one North played in 2NT. No E-W pair found the 4-4 fit.

The bottom Lines: -

-         The No Trump responses to partnerís 1-level overcall are different to responses had partner opened; this is because a 1-level overcall may be as few as 7-8 points. I mentioned this in last weekís news sheet (sequence W last week) and here we have another player getting in a similar mess.

-         So I have written up a new page on the web: -

(General bridge topics > responding in No Trumps to partnerís overcall).





Responding to partnerís double Ė part 1††††††††††† Board 6 from Monday 28th


This is pretty basic, but it went wrong at a couple of boards on Monday and two more on Friday. I was asked to write up how it should have gone after Eastís disruptive opening.


Dealer:†††††††††††† Q10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East††††††††††††††††† AK93†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(D)††† East††††††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† KJ1073†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 2††† (1)††††† dbl

††††††††††††††††††††††† 72††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 4(3)

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

652†††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† KJ983††††††††††††††††† all pass

Q7542††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 1086††††††††††††††

862†††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 5†††††††††††††††††††††††††† ĎExpert Tableí

Q10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J653†††††††††††††††††††† West †††††††† North(D)††† East††††††††††† South

††††††††††††††††††††††† A74††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 2††††† (1)††† dbl

J†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 4

AQ94†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4NT (5)

††††††††††††††††††††††† AK984†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 5††† (6)††††† pass†††††††††† 6††† (7)

all pass


Table A:†††† (1)A somewhat light Muiderberg 2 - weak with 5 ís and a minor suit.

(2)   What did you bid with this North hand D in this weekís quiz? This non-jump is totally inadequate as it shows a weak hand, 0-8 points. A jump to 4 is possible but I prefer our expertís auction. 4 is not a good bid as that should promise 5 ís Ė itís best to cue bid.

(3)   Showing a very good hand after partnerís negative response.

(4)   An attempt to recover?

Table B:†††† (2)This is the best answer to question D Ė cue bid to set up a game force.

(5)   RKCB for ís.

(6)   Two keycards without the Q.

(7)   West can sign off in 6 or try for 7 with a king ask.


And what happened? I assume most N-Sís were given a free run but just 1 pair bid 6. 3NT (making various numbers of overtricks) was the most popular contract and 5 scored badly (as it usually does).

The bottom Lines: -

-         Donít bid 5/ if 3NT is a sensible option.

-         A non-jump response to a double shows 0-8 points and is non-forcing.

-         With a good hand opposite a double and no clear bid, cue bid openerís suit to set up a game force.


Responding to partnerís double Ė part 2††††††††††† Board 3 from Monday 28th


A problem occurred here when a player correctly jumped in response to partnerís double.


Dealer:†††††††††††† 53††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

South†††††††††††††† 10762†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(C)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† QJ9753†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 3 (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† K†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† dbl†† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (3)††††† pass

pass (4)††††† pass†††††††††† pass

AQ10762†††† †††† N†††††††††††† KJ9†††††††††††††††††††††

A8††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† KJ543†††††††††††

A1084††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† K2†††††††††††††††††††††††

10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J95††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 84†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††



††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ876432††††††††††††††††††††††††††


(1)At this vulnerability, 4 (if you play that as natural) or even 5 are alternatives.

(2)West can simply bid 3 but considered it a bit good, so he decided to double first. Iím a simple soul who likes to keep it simple and I would have bid 3.

(3)With a good 11 points East has to make a noise, and with a 5 card suit 4 is correct.

(4)What did you bid with this West hand C in this weekís quiz? West really should have carried through with his plan of bidding ís. Partner has shown game values but only guaranteed a 5 card suit. West should bid 4.


And what happened? One pair did reach the good 6 but went down. Results really were all over the place and 4 making scored badly.

The bottom Lines: -

-         If you plan to double and then bid again Ė to show a good hand Ė then carry on with that plan when partner makes a jump.

-         A jump bid over partnerís double shows 9+ points and a 5+ card suit.

Responding to partnerís double Ė part 3††††††††††† Board 8 from Friday 1st


At table A I donít like the bidding by either East or West.


Dealer:†††††††††††† KQ5†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

West††††††††††††††† Q8742††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(G)†††† North†††††††† East(H)††††† South

Love all††††††††††† K4††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† dbl†† (1)††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† K63†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass (2)††††† all pass††††††


963†††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† A8††††††††††††††††††††††† ĎExpert Tableí

KJ65††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† A109††††††††††††††††††† West(G)†††† North†††††††† East(H)††††† South

A7††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† Q65††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 1NT (1)††††† pass

Q752†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A10984††††††††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† J1074†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††



††††††††††††††††††††††† J††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


Table A:†††† (1)What did you bid with this East hand H in this weekís quiz? A take-out double should be playable in the other three suits Ė this double is terrible. This is a nice suit and 2 is a reasonable bid but I prefer our expertís choice.

(2)   What did you bid with this West hand G in this weekís quiz? This pass is also a poor bid. Partner is presumably short in ís for his double and you will not get rich by passing at the one level for penalties with just 4 trumps. 2NT (11-12) is correct (which partner would raise to 3NT with his hand).

ĎExpert톆†† (1)Our expert knows how to evaluate a hand. 1NT here is 15-18 but the great

Table:†††††††††††† and intermediates make this hand worth a 1NT overcall.


And what happened? 1 doubled went just one down for a poor score to E-W. Two pairs ended up in 3NT (430 and 460) and there was the usual suspect who insists on playing in a minor suit and thinks that making 10 tricks 5 -1 scores the same as 3NT +1; it does not, and 5 would have got a poor score even if it had made.

The bottom Lines: -

-         Up grade a hand with good 10,9 combinations.

-         5/ is not usually a good contract - if 3NT is an option, then bid it.

-         A take-out double is short in the suit bid and playable in the other three suits (unless very strong).

-         Donít make a take-out double if 1NT or an overcall describe the hand better.


Responding to partnerís double Ė part 4††††††††††† Board 12 from Friday 1st


This time itís North-South who got into an inferior contract because of a poor take-out double and an incorrect response.


Dealer:†††††††††††† AK2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

West††††††††††††††† J3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(J)†††† East††††††††††† South(K)

N-S vul††††††††††† Q8765††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††† ††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (1)††††† dbl†††† (2)

††††††††††††††††††††††† J76†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass ††††††† 3††† (3)††††† pass†††††††††† pass†† (4)


63†††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† J94†††††††††††††††††††††† ĎExpert Tableí

Q108762††††† W††† E††††††††† K94††††††††††††††††††††† West††† ††††† North(J)†††† East††† ††††††† South(K)

J3††††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† K94††††††††††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (1)††††† 3(2)

Q42†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 10985††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (5)††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q10875††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††



††††††††††††††††††††††† AK3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


Table A:†††† (1)I like this Ė itís usually best to raise partnerís pre-empt immediately with three card support.

(2)   What did you bid with this South hand K in this weekís quiz? A take-out double should be playable in the other three suits and I guess that this hand just about is - but with a 5 card suit itís best to mention it. Double followed by a bid over partnerís response would show a much stronger hand and the other problem with double is that partner may well respond 5 or 5.

(3)   What did you bid with this North hand J in this weekís quiz? Itís not easy with just 3 ís but with 11 points you cannot make a non-jump like this. 4 is not possible as thatís also a weak bid and the most obvious bid is 5. The whole problem is of Southís making of course.

(4)   Northís 3 bid shows about 0-8 points and South decided to pass. Looks like he dug himself a pit that he could not get out of.

ĎExpert톆†† (1)Our expert knows to bid a 5 card major when he has one.

Table:†††††† (5)And that makes Northís bid trivial.


And what happened? 3 made +3 for a clear bottom, everybody else was in game.

The bottom Lines: -

-         Donít double when you have a 5 card major.

-†††† Donít make a non-jump response to partnerís major with more than 9 points.

-†††† This North, incidentally, is the same North as in Part1 of these four articles Ė it seems that he simply does not know the basics of responding to partnerís double.

-†††† I wrote all about this way back in news-sheet 133 and there is a page on the web

(Basic Bidding > #133 Responding to partnerís take-out double).

A penalty hand playing negative doubles†††††††††† Board 1 from Wednesday 30th


South at table A made a sort of Ďleave it up to youí wishy-washy double on this deal: -


Dealer:†††††††††††† K10932††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† KJ3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South(F)

Love all††††††††††† AQ8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 2††† (1)††††† dbl†† (2)

††††††††††††††††††††††† 65††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT (3)††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (4)

all pass

8754†††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† Q†††††††††††††††††††††††††

-†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† A10762††††††††† ††††† Table B

J9762††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† K53††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South(F)

Q1097†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ84††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 2††††† (1)††† pass (2)

††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ6†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† dbl†† (5)††††† pass†††††††††† pass

Q9854††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass

104†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† A32†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


Table A:†††† (1)A dubious two level overcall, that should have been severely punished.

(2)   What did you bid with this South hand F in this weekís quiz? You only have values for a raise to 3 and game is by no means certain. Itís clearly best, at equal vulnerability, to go for the penalty. However, double here is not penalties! N-S play negative doubles and this double promises the minors and denies ís.

(3)   With a stop, North correctly bid 2NT.

(4)South does not have the values for 4.

Table B:†††† (2)This South fully understands negative Doubles and correctly passed.

(5)And the same goes for North, who correctly re-opened with a double.


And what happened? At Table A East led a and declarer has difficulties because the A was removed immediately and West had 4 trumps. He was unable to set up the ís (East held up the A till the 3rd round of course) and 4 was one down for a clear bottom. 2 doubled would have been about 3-4 down for 500-800 to N-S and a clear top.

At Table B 2 doubled went three down for 500 and a clear top to N-S (Bob and Jo).

If N-S donít go for the penalty, 3NT is a good contract as the 4-1 fit is irrelevant if they are not trumps and declarer will get 4 tricks.

And what happened at other tables in the Pattaya bridge club? - there were the usual spurious results.

The bottom Lines: -

-         If you play negative doubles, then pass with a penalty hand and then pass partnerís anticipated re-opening double.

-         If partner opens with a major and RHO overcalls in the other major, then a negative double promises both minors.

-         So this double at (2) is lousy because: -

††††††† (a) it denies a decent holding (bid No Trump),

(b) it denies 3 ís (generally raise ís),

(c) it implies a good holding in both minors,

(d) partner cannot possibly pass Ė he has at most 3 ís.

-         In my opinion, five cards in total between ís and ís is not Ďboth minorsí!

How many ís, and how many ís?††††††††††††††††††† Board 9 from Wednesday 30th


What were your answers to bidding quiz N? N-S here went 4 down in a 5-1 fit when there was a cold slam in another suit!


Dealer:†††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

North†††††††††††††† AQ752†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

Love all††††††††††† 86†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†† (1)††††† pass ††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† AKQ985††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††† (2)††††† 3††† (3)††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT (4)

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

AQJ10643††† †††† N†††††††††††† 92††††††††††††††††††††††††

42†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† KJ986†††††††††††††††††

2†††††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† QJ1093††††††††††††††††

643††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7†††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† K875††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††


AK754†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††



(1)   This is surely the best opening, with the plan to reverse into 2 followed by another bid to thus show the strength and shape of the hand. A 2 opening is the alternative but I donít really like that with two-suiters and with just 15 HCPís.

(2)   Weak

(3)   A reverse, so promising a good hand with 4 ís and more ís.

(4)   So showing the stop.

(5)   This now completely describes Northís hand Ė a huge hand with 5 ís (and thus 6 ís).

(6)   Unfortunately South did not realise this. Since South has shown nothing more than 6 points, a raise to 6 is surely in order.


And what happened? Two out of 5 pairs landed up in the rather ungainly 4 - going three or four down. Two pairs bid 6 and the fifth pair got an average for playing safely in 3+4.

The bottom Lines: -

-         If you open one of a suit and then bid another suit twice, then that promises 6-5 shape.

-         I believe that South got confused because they were playing a short (could be two) .

-         But whatever system you play, if you open 1 and then reverse then that guarantees 5 ís.



Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† Double. Negative, promising values to at least compete at the two level and promising a 4 card major.

Hand B:††† 3. This hand, with its excellent shape and intermediates, is well worth forcing to game. Itís best to show the good 2nd suit and emphasize the weaknesses in the red suits with a 3 bid rather than bidding 3NT. An invitational 2NT is feeble.

Hand C:††† 4. Partnerís 4 bid shows 9+ points and 5+ ís, there is no reason not to continue with your plan of showing this good suit.

Hand D:††† 3. Cue bid the suit opened to set up a game force. 3 is a very poor bid as it shows a weak hand. 4is a poor bid because it shows 5 ís. 4 is reasonable but not really a good bid as itís not strictly forcing.

Hand E:††† 1NT. Showing a stop, a dislike for ís, and 10-12 points.

Hand F:†††† pass. You are playing Negative Doubles and so cannot double (that would show the minors). You have support but only invitational values, I think itís best to pass and then pass partnerís re-opening double for penalties. If partner does not re-open with a double but bids something else (showing a shapely hand not suitable for defending 2 doubled) then you can happily bid 4. If partner passes then do not play negative doubles with him or find a new partner.

Hand G:††† 2NT, showing 11-12 and good stop(s). Passing for penalties is a poor choice.

Hand H:††† 1NT, 15-18 with a stop. The great and intermediates make this worth 1NT. 2 is a reasonable alternative. Double is terrible.

Hand J:†††† 5. This is a tricky one. You cannot bid 3 or 4 as these are non-jumps and show about 0-8 points. 4 is a possibility but the 4-3 fit may not play well and partner may not even have 4 ís! The only sensible bid that I can think of is 5 or the somewhat nebulous 4 cue bid.

Hand K:††† 3, what could be simpler? If you double you will be in a mess when partner bids 4/ or in a real pickle if he bids 5/ - you may easily miss a 5-3 ♠ fit.


Bidding Sequence Answers


L††††† 1NT†† pass†† 4†††† pass†††††† 4NT is to play (obviously 2 aces missing). If you want to ask

4††††† pass†† 4NT†††††††††††††††† for kings, itís 5.†††††††††

M††† 2††††† 2NT†† pass†† 3††††††††† (a)If you play systems on here (I do) then 3 is a transfer

††††††† pass†† 4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to ís and (b) 4 is simply doing what partner says to do.

N†††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††† 2††††††††† Opener opened with 1 and subsequently bid ís twice.

††††††† 3††††† pass†† 3NT†† pass†††††† Thus he has 5 ís and more (so 6+) ís.


P††††† 2††††† dbl†††† pass†† 3††††††††† 3 is a weak bid (0-8) and non-forcing.

Q†††† 3†††† dbl†††† pass†† 4††††††††† 4 should be a 5 card suit with 9+ points.

R†††† 1NT†† pass†† 2†††† dbl†††††††† The double of Stayman promises good ís and asks for a lead.