Club News Sheet Ė No. 240†††††††10th June 2007

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Wed 6th †† 1st Jan & Tonni††††††††††††††††††††††† 67%†††††††††† 2nd †† Bill Peters & Robbie†††††††††††††††††††††††††† 53%

Fri 8th †† 1stJan & Janne††††††††††††††††††††††† 77%†††† ††† 2nd †† Frode & Robbie†††††††††††††††††††††† 57%††


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


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


J3†††††††††††††††† Q973

A9854††††††††† J98†††††††††††††† With Hand B partner opens 2NT, (a) what do you bid?

A982††††††††††† 106†††††††††††††† (b) Suppose you bid 3 and partner responds 3, what now?

K10†††††††††††† K1086††††††††


Hand C†††††††††† Hand D†††††††††† With Hand C you open 1 and partner bids 1NT, what do you bid?††


AKJ9632††††† AK82

A987††††††††††† AK103†††††††† (a)What do you open with hand D?

A††††††††††††††††† 95†††††††††††††††† (b)Suppose you open 2NT, partner bids 3 Stayman and you

6††††††††††††††††† AQ9†††††††††††††††††† bid 3. Partner then bids 3NT, what now?


Hand E††††††††††† Hand F††††††††††† With Hand E partner opens 1 in 4th seat and RHO overcalls 1.

What do you bid?

Q1054††††††††† K

102†††††††††††††† KQJ632†††††† (a)What do you open with Hand F?

AQ9865†††††† 103†††††††††††††† (b)Suppose you choose a weak 2 and partner bids 2, what

3††††††††††††††††† 9862††††††††††††††††† do you do now?


Hand G†††††††††† Hand H†††††††††† With Hand G partner opens 1. (a) what do you bid?

(b) Suppose you choose 1NT and partner bids 3, what now?

7†††††††††††††††††† 32†††††††††††††††

K3††††††††††††††† A9†††††††††††††† With Hand H you open 1 in 4th seat and LHO overcalls 1.

Q1092††††††††† K10†††††††††††† What do you do when (a) partner bids 2, or (b) partner bids 1?

QJ10975††††† AKJ10752


Hand J††††††††††† Hand K†††††††††† With Hand J partner opens 1 and RHO overcalls 1.

(a) What do you bid?

1064†††††††††††† K97††††††††††††† (b) Suppose you choose a negative double, LHO bids 3 and

Q963††††††††††† KQ106†††††††††††††† partner bids 4, what do you bid now?

K42††††††††††††† K1085

Q75†††††††††††† K6†††††††††††††† With Hand K itís favourable vulnerability and RHO opens 1

in 3rd seat, (a) what do you bid? Suppose you choose to pass,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LHO bids 1 and this is passed to you, (b) what do you bid now?††††††††

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


L††††† 1††††† 1††††† dbl†††† 3††††††††† double is negative (showing 4 ís), what is 3 - weak or invitational

M††† 1††††† dbl†††† pass pass†††††† double is take-out and advancerís pass is penalties. What

††††††† redbl††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††† is redouble?

N†††† pass†† pass†† 1††††† 2†††††††† Opener passed the 2 bid as his partner was a passed hand,

††††††† 2††††† pass†† pass†† dbl†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† what is the double - take-out or penalties?†† †††††††††††

P††††† 1††††† pass†† 1NT†† pass†††††† 3 is strong, but is it forcing?

††††††† 3†††††††††††††††

Q†††† 1†††† 1††††† dbl†††††††††††††††††† The double is negative, it promises 4 ís but does it promise 4 ís?

R†††† 1†††† 1††††† dbl†††† 3††††††††† The double is negative, is 4 forcing?

††††††† 4†††††††††††††††

S††††† 1†††† pass†† 2††††††††††††††††††† Is 2 weak or strong?

T††††† 2††††† pass†† 2††††††††††††††††††† 2 is weak, is 2 a weak correction, invitational or forcing?



The Club Championships


Well done Jan who achieved the triple this week, I believe itís the first this year. That, together with this yearís highest score of 77% which he got playing with Janne, has propelled him into 2nd position in the silver and bronze competitions and he will be in a strong position in the gold when he gets 4 more scores above 53%.

I have put up a list of past winners of the Triple Crown on the web (results page). Let me know of any omissions, I believe that Dave has won it two or three times but it was only recorded in the news-sheets on one occasion? Incidentally, thereís no prize for it. Itís like a hole in one at golf, the winner is expected to buy a round of drinks, OK Jan?


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


1810.5Janne Roos††††††††††††††††† 666.8Janne Roos††††††††††††††††††† 350.4Janne Roos

1731.2Dave Cutler†††††††††††††††† 647.2Jan v Koss††††††††††††††††††† 340.2Jan v Koss

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

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

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




Yet another Multi Mix-up†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 6 from Wednesday 6th


Two weeks ago there was a defence to the Multi 2 diamonds that went tragically wrong. That prompted me to write up a defense to the Multi two diamonds and itís on the web and in the conventions folder. Unfortunately West at Table A chose to ignore my advice and went for 800.


Dealer:†††††††††††† AQ1098†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

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

E-W vul†††††††††† KQJ74††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass ††††††††† 2(1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††††† (2)††† dbl†† (3)††††† all pass


J3†††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† 76542†††††††††††††††††† Table B

A9854††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 107†††††††††††††††††††††† West(A)†††† North†††††††† East††† ††††††† South(F)

A982††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 65†††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass (1)

K10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J543†††††††††††††††††††† 1†††† ††††††† dbl†† (4)††††† pass†† ††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† K††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† redbl (5)†††† 1††† (6)††††† all pass


103†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table C

††††††††††††††††††††††† 9862††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† West(A)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(F)

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

pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††† pass (7)


Table A:†††† (1)What did you open with this South Hand F(a) in this weekís quiz? This South chose Multi 2 (so a weak 2).

(2)   What did you bid with this West hand A in this weekís quiz? Overcalling the Multi 2 on the first round is very dangerous and if youíve read the defence to the multi 2 (in the conventions folder or on the web) you will see that pass is clear.

(3)   With this big hand North does not mind whoís got what.

Table B:†††† (1)This South decided not to open. With a good 6 card major I would never pass and this looks like a classic 2 to me.

(4)   This double is fine Ė the hand is too strong for a 1 overcall.

(5)   Meant as SOS. Sequence M is indeed SOS but thatís with a minor. When you open a 5 card major itís not at all clear that itís SOS.

(6)   So North thought that 1 by West was making.

Table C:†††† (1)Finally an ordinary 2 opener in answer to question F(a).

(7)What did you bid with this South hand F(b) in this weekís quiz? Partnerís 2 bid is forcing and promises a good suit. With reasonable (in context) support for ís you should bid 3 - showing support (the K is good enough). Apparently South did not realize that 2 (sequence T) is forcing.†††


And what happened? At Table A West went for 800. At Table B 1 somehow went one down. At Table C 2 made 12 tricks. The bottom Lines: -

-         The defence to the Multi 2 is in the conventions folder. It clearly says Ďthere is no point in bidding a suit that RHO has 6 cards in!í.

-         Itís also on the web (conventions > section 3 > defense to the Multi two diamonds )

-         A new suit over partnerís weak two is strong and forcing (RONF).

-         Do not pass with 9 points and an excellent 6 card major.



A poor double Ė part 1†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 21 from Wednesday 6th


A recurring theme Ė it seems that people do not like to bid their hand. The next two boards are examples of poor doubles when there is a very clear alternative. Here is a case where a No Trump bid was called for.


Dealer:†††††††††††† AJ864††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

North†††††††††††††† J54†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(K)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

N-S vul††††††††††† J2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††† ††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1

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

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

K97††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† Q52††††††††††††††††††††† 2NT (4)††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT (5)††††† pass

KQ106†††††††† W††† E††††††††† 972†††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† dbl†† (6)††††† all pass

K1085††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 74††††††††††††††††††††††††

K6†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ973†††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 103†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††



††††††††††††††††††††††† Q104††††††††††††††††††††††


(1)   What did you bid with this West hand K(a) in this weekís quiz? With two tens and good intermediates (and favourable vulnerability) I would overcall 1NT. If itís not quite up to your standard for a 1NT overcall then pass is clearly correct. Double is a poor bid as you will doubtless get an unwelcome 2 response.

(2)   A 1NT rebid seems clear to me, the fact that partner is a passed hand is irrelevant.

(3)   What did you bid with this West hand K(b) in this weekís quiz? If, in your style, it was not good enough for 1NT last go then 1NT is the obvious bid now in the balancing seat. This double is poor for the same reason as given at (1).

(4)   West gets no sympathy from me Ė he had two chances to bid NoTrumps at the one level and blew them both; and he now decides to pull the inevitable 2 response to 2NT.

(5)   East should probably pass, but he has my sympathy Ė partner has bid 2NT all by himself; somebody is lying about their points, but who?

(6)   The opponents have a maximum of about 21 points unless my partnerís 3rd seat opening was very light, so Iíll double them and find out.


And what happened? 3NT doubled went for 1100. At other tables the deal was played in sensible contracts of 1NT by West or 2 by South.

The bottom Lines: -

-         If a 1NT overcall describes your hand, then bid 1NT.

-         Note that a 1NT overcall (as with a 1NT opening) does not deny a 4 card major.

-         Donít double with a doubleton in an unbid suit unless very strong.

-         To double and then bid 2NT shows a very strong hand.


A poor double Ė part 2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 24 from Wednesday 6th


And this time East chose a poor double and his great 6 card major never got a mention.


Dealer:†††††††††††† 82†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

West††††††††††††††† KJ98754††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† 8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††††††††††††† dbl†††† (1)††† 4

††††††††††††††††††††††† J43†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†† (2)


K104††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† AQJ953††††††††††††††† Table B

63†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

J9642††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 75†††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††††††††††††† 4††††† (1)††† 4NT†† (3)

A86††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† K10752†††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 5††† (4)††††† dbl†††††††††††† 5

††††††††††††††††††††††† 76†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†† (5)††† pass†††††††††† pass†† (6)



††††††††††††††††††††††† Q9††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


Table A:†††† (1)This is a very poor double; with an excellent 6 card suit I would bid 3. The hand is not quite right for a leaping Michaels 4 as that shows only 5 ís (and 5 or 6 ís).

(2)Selling out to 4 cannot be right.

Table B:†††† (1)This East decided his hand was worth 4.

(3)   Quite why South wants to ask for keycards is a bit of a mystery. The pre-emptive 3 opener cannot possibly cover four of the five losers; perhaps he wanted to create an illusion of strength so that the subsequent 5 bid does not get doubled? I guess that thatís a good bid at most clubs but psyching is not allowed at our club. Anyway, I donít believe that this South intended anything devious; but donít do it again!

(4)   1 keycard

(5)   I guess that West can double Ė partner has shown a strong hand.

(6)   East presumably thought that South had all of Westís points?


And what happened? 4 was one down and 5 was 2 down. At the other table East played peacefully in 4 making exactly.

The bottom Lines: -

-         Donít double with a 6 card suit unless you intend to bid it later.

-         Despite similar articles week after week, why do people continue to double instead of bidding their hand?



Leading Quiz


KQ9852†††††††††††† You are on lead against 3NT, Iím not sure of the bidding but it could

92†††††††††††††††††††††† well have been a weak 1NT on your right which LHO raised to 3NT.

103†††††††††††††††††††† Which do you lead?


Leading Quiz Answer Board 17 from Wednesday 6th


Dealer:†††††††††††† J63†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This was the complete layout, Iím afraid that

North†††††††††††††† Q103††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I donít have the bidding but two pairs out of

Love all††††††††††† AK975†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† three reached 3NT with no stop.

Q9†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Which should East lead?

Clearly the trusted 4th highest, longest and strongest

A10††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† KQ9852†††††††† works best, and E-W take the first 7 tricks to

J8765†††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 92†††††††††††††††††† set the contract by 3. And what happened at the

J84††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 103†††††††††††††††† Pattaya bridge Club? At one table East led the K

1065††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ3††††††††††††††† and West played the10. East woodenly

††††††††††††††††††††††† 74†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† continued with the Q and declarer had 10 tricks.

AK4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† At the 2nd table West overtook the K lead and

Q62††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† returned the 10 which North correctly ducked.

††††††††††††††††††††††† K8742†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West did not know to switch to a and a lead meant North has 8 tricks in the red suits and went just one down.

One East who led the K maintains that itís a good lead as he has the A as an entry. Perhaps, but I think there are more combinations where leading a honour costs. I would lead the K from KQ10xxx but not from KQxxxx.


A weak jump shift††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 4 from Wednesday 6th


What was your answer to sequence S in this weekís quiz?


Dealer:†††††††††††† 8542††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

West††††††††††††††† A92††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

both vul††††††††††† KQ108†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††† (1)††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† J5†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2NT†† (2)††† all pass


AJ7†††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† 86†††††††††††††††††† (1)East plays weak jump shifts, so this was 2-6

J†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† K87654††††††††††††††† points with a 6 card suit.

A763††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 54†††††††††††††††††† (2)West plays strong jump shifts and so 2 is

KQ832††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1094††††††††††††††††††† 100% game forcing. 2NT by West is the best

††††††††††††††††††††††† KQ93†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† bid in that scenario.


J92††††††††††††††††††††† And what happened? 2NT went down four for a bottom.

††††††††††††††††††††††† A76


The bottom lines: -

-         You have to agree whether you play weak or strong jump shifts. Strong jump shifts are Ďstandardí and weak jump shifts need alerting. Experienced playerís preferences differ: for example Chuck plays strong jump shifts but Lewis plays weak ones.

-         However, more and more players are converting to weak jump shifts and so if youíre not sure what partner plays then itís best not to make a jump shift at all!

-         I was asked (by this West) to write up something on weak jump shifts: -

Weak Jump Shifts are already described on the website -

(conventions > Section 1 > Weak Jump shifts)

and I have now added a page on comparing weak and strong jump shifts -

(conventions > Section 3 > Jump shifts Ė weak or strong?).

Donít pass partnerís forcing bids Ė part 1††† ††††† Board 13 from Wednesday 6th


Dealer:†††††††††††† 8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(G)†††† North†††††††† East(C)††††† South

North†††††††††††††† J104†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass (1)††††† 1††† ††††††††† pass

both vul††††††††††† KJ8763†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1NT (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (3)††††† pass

A42††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass (4)


7†††††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† AKJ9632††††††† (1)Itís a 2 opener if you play a weak 2.

K3††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† A987††††††††††††† (2)What did you bid with this West hand G(a) in

Q1092††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† A††††††††††††††††††††††††† this weekís quiz? 1NT is correct Ė the hand is

QJ10975††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6††††††††††††††††††††††††† not strong enough for 2

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q1054††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (3)What did you bid with this East hand C in

Q652††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in this weekís quiz? 3 is best; 4 is too

54†††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† unilateral Ė partner may have 0 ís and 5 ís!

K83†††††††††††††††††† (4)What did you bid with this East hand G(b) in this weekís quiz? You cannot pass, the 3bid is absolutely forcing. I would bid 3NT but 4 is an alternative.

And what happened?

The other two tables were in the sensible 4 contract. The 4-2 fit does not play well.


Donít pass partnerís forcing bids Ė part 2††††††††† Board 21 from Wednesday 6th


Dealer:†††††††††††† 1064†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(J)†††† East††††††††††† South

North†††††††††††††† Q963††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1

N-S vul††††††††††† K42††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††† ††††† dbl†† (1)††††† 3††† (2)††††† 4(3)

Q75†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass ††††††††† pass (4)††††† pass


AQ875†††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† KJ932††††††††††† (1)What did you bid with this North hand J(a) in

A1085††††††††† W††† E††††††††† K74††††††††††††††† ††††† this weekís quiz? This negative double

Q96††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 1083†††††††††††††††††††† promises 4 ís and 6 points and is correct.

10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 82††††††††††††††††† (2)Pre-emptive.

††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (3)I consider this to be a reverse and thus forcing

J2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† If you play that the negative double promises

AJ75†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† the two unbid suits (a very poor treatment)

AKJ9643†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† then the bid is not forcing and South would have bid 5.

(4)   What did you bid with this North hand J(b) in this weekís quiz? Obviously this N-S play the sensible variation of negative doubles (only promising 4 ís at (1)) and so Southís 4 bid is a reverse and forcing. North must bid 5.


††††† And what happened?

-         4 made exactly, at the other two tables they played in 5 making or 4 + 1.


The bottom lines (for both of the above deals):

-†††† Donít pass partnerís forcing bids.

A Note About Negative Doubles


Consider this sequence: -††††††††††††† 1†††† 1††††† dbl†††††† pass††††



Is 2 a strong reverse or a weakish bid?


The answer is that it depends upon how you play your negative doubles. If the negative double only promises the unbid major and says nothing about the unbid minor then 2 is a strong reverse. If you play that a negative double promises both unbid suits (I donít recommend this) then 2 is simply a weak bid supporting partner.


Never deny a 4 card major††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 21 from Monday 4th


There were errors in both the bidding and play on this board: -


Dealer:†††††††††††† J54†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† Q2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(B)†††† North†††††††† East(D)††††† South

N-S vul††††††††††† QJ43†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT†† (1)††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 7432††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3NT (2)††††† all pass


Q973††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† AK82†††††††††††††††††† Table B

J98†††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† AK103†††††††††††††††† West(B)†††† North†††††††† East(D)††††† South

106†††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 95†††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT†† (1)††† pass

K1086†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ9†††††††††††††††††††† 3†† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 3††††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 106†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 3NT (3)††††† pass†††††††††† 4††††† (4)††† all pass



††††††††††††††††††††††† J5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


Table A:†††† (1)What did you open with this East hand D(a) in this weekís quiz? 2NT is clearly correct Ė donít worry about small doubletons Ė that is assuming that partner knows about Stayman.

(2)   What did you bid with this West hand B(a) in this weekís quiz? 3, Stayman is a must Ė always look for the 4-4 fit, especially with a weak doubleton.

Table B:†††† (2)Most Westís correctly responded with Stayman.

(3)   What did you bid with this West hand B(b) in this weekís quiz? You have game values and so should bid the 3NT game. 4 is incorrect as partner may well not have a suit. 3 is wrong as thatís a weak hand with 4 ís and 5 ís.

(4)   What did you bid with this East hand D(b) in this weekís quiz? This 4 bid is correct. Partnerís 3 has promised a 4 card major and his 3NT bid shows game values and denies 4 ís. Therefore he has 4 ís and you should bid 4.


And what happened? 3NT made when E-W blocked the suit but E-W still got a top. Three pairs were in the obvious 4 +1 to share the top and one East played in 4 which scored badly as there is no overtrick.

The bottom Lines: -

-         Never deny a 4 card major.

-         The 4-4 fit usually gets an extra trick.

-         Unless you play a sophisticated system, Stayman always promises a 4-card major.

The 3NT rebid††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 24 from Wednesday 6th


Two out of three missed the comfortable 3NT on this board.


Dealer:†††††††††††† 32†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East††††††††††††††††† A9††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(H)††† East††††††††††† South(E)

Love all††††††††††† K10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† AKJ10752†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1†††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 2††† (1)

pass†††††††††† 3†† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† pass (3)

K74††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† AJ98††††††††††††††††††††

Q743††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† KJ865††††††††††††††††† Table B

743†††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† J2††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(H)††† East††††††††††† South(E)

Q86†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 94††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q1054††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 1†††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 1††† (1)

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


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


Table A:†††† (1)What did you bid with this South hand E in this weekís quiz? This 2 bid is incorrect for two reasons (a) the hand does not have sufficient values for a two level bid, and (b) it denies 4 ís. Note that this bid does indeed deny 4 ís (even if you intend to reverse into ís next go) because there may not be a next go. You are a passed hand and partner may elect to pass 2. The best bid here is a negative double Ė to show exactly 4 ís.

(2)   What did you bid with this North hand H(a) in this weekís quiz? I would simply bid 3NT, but then Iím a simple soul. The alternative is 3 - provided that partner knows that itís forcing.

(3)   South has already overbid his hand and decided to pass. Northís jump to 3 is forcing over a two level response.

Table B:†††† (1)This South decided to bid 1. I guess thatís OK if you donít guarantee 5 ís for the bid.

(4)What did you bid with this North hand H(b) in this weekís quiz? This time 3 would not be forcing and I would certainly bid 3NT.


And what happened? The board was played 3 times, with 3NT(+2), 3(+4) and 4(+2). The bottom Lines: -

-         If 3NT is an option Ė then bid it.

-         3NT +2 scores more than 3, even if 3 makes all 13 tricks.

-         You need 11 points to respond with a new suit at the two level.

-         Never deny a 4 card major.

-         The 3NT rebid over a 1-level response shows a good hand with a good long minor.

-         The 3NT rebid over a 2-level response shows either a good hand with a good long minor or a balanced 18-19 points.


Another Note About Negative Doubles


This is again up to partnership agreement, but most play that 11dblshows exactly 4 ís and that111shows 5 or more ís. A less good treatment (in my opinion) is that 1 shows 4+ ís and that dbl shows 4 ís and 4 ís.

Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† Pass. If you think that 2 is best, then read up on Ďthe defence to the Multi 2í in the conventions folder or on the web. In that document I clearly state to only overcall 2 Ďwith a very good 5, preferably 6 card suit. There is no point in bidding a suit that RHO had 6 cards in!í A9854 is not a Ďvery goodí suit.

Hand B:††† (a)3, Stayman.

(b)3NT. Partner knows that you have 4 ís. 3 is wrong as thatís a weak bid with 5 ís.

Hand C:††† 3, forcing. 3 is poor because itís not forcing and denies 4 ís. 4 is poor because partner may have zero ís and 5 or even 6 ís. So bid 3 now and then bid 4 if partner does not support ís.

Hand D:††† (a)2NT, donít worry about the small doubleton.

(b)4. Partner bid Stayman and so has a 4 card major. Itís not ís so it must be ís.

Hand E:††† Double, negative and showing exactly 4 ís. If you do not play negative doubles in this way then bid 1. You cannot bid 2 as you do not have the values.

Hand F:†††† (a)2, a weak 2 looks clear to me. Itís a point shy for a rule of 20 1 opening and the singleton K is a poor card. I would not dream of passing.

(b)3. Partnerís 2 is forcing with a very good suit. He is asking you to bid a feature (ace or king) if you have support. This super-maximum with the K is sufficient to co-operate with a 3 bid. Pass is out of the question - 2 is 100% forcing. 3 would show a weak hand and deny the K.

Hand G:††† (a)1NT. Not enough values for a 2 response.

(b)3NT, or 4 if you prefer. The one bid that you cannot make is pass, 3 is forcing.

Hand H:††† (a)3NT or 3. 3 is forcing after a two level response and may be best.

(b)3NT, showing a good hand with good long ís and a stop.

Hand J:†††† (a)dble. Negative and promising 4 ís and 6+ points.

(b)5. Partnerís 4 bid is a reverse and forcing.

Hand K:††† (a)1NT or pass. With these good intermediates and two tens I prefer 1NT, but pass is a reasonable alternative. Double is a poor bid as you will be fixed over a likely 2 response.

(b)1NT. If the hand was not quite good enough for 1NT last go, then itís a perfect bid now in the balancing seat. Double is poor for the reason given above.


Bidding Sequence Answers


L††††† 1††††† 1††††† dbl†††† 3††††††††† 3 is weak. With a good hand advancer should bid 2.

M††† 1††††† dbl†††† pass pass†††††† redouble here is SOS, asking partner to rescue you.

††††††† redbl††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††

N†††† pass†† pass†† 1††††† 2†††††††† Double is take-out, with 5+ ís and 4 ís. The opponents have

††††††† 2††††† pass†† pass†† dbl†††††††† effectively agreed ís and doubler is sitting under the bidder.

P††††† 1††††† pass†† 1NT†† pass†††††† 3 is 100% forcing. No exceptions, even for Dutchmen.

††††††† 3†††††††††††††††

Q†††† 1†††† 1††††† dbl†††††††††††††††††† Itís best to play it as only promising 4 ís and nothing about ís.

R†††† 1†††† 1††††† dbl†††† 3††††††††† This depends upon your answer to Q. If the negative double shows

††††††† 4††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† 4 ís then the bid is invitational, if not then itís a forcing reverse.

S††††† 1†††† pass†† 2††††† ††††††††††††† This is up to you. Strong is best for non experienced pairs.

T††††† 2††††† pass†† 2††††††††††††††††††† 2 is strong and 100% forcing.