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


Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† With Hand A partner opens 1, what do you bid?


AK63†††††††††† A7543 ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

8754†††††††††††† AJ1085††††† What, if anything, do you open with Hand B?

K6†††††††††††††† J9

Q85†††††††††††† 3



Obey the Law†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 13 from Monday 24th


Dealer:†††††††††††† Q92††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

North†††††††††††††† QJ85††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1

both vul††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††1††††††††††††† pass ††††††††† 2††† (1)††††† dbl†††† (2)

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1087643††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (3)††††† all pass


J65†††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† 8743†††††††††††††† (1)This is correct Ė always raise partner with 3

109762†††††††† W††† E††††††††† A43††††††††††††††† ††††† card support.

J104††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† K9852††††††††††† (2)Take-out

AK†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J†††††††††††††††††††† (3)This is silly Ė itís one above the Law when

††††††††††††††††††††††† AK10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† vulnerable against a partscore.

K††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

AQ763†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††



And what happened? Even though 3 was not doubled West went minus four for 400 away and a poor score on a partscore deal.

The bottom lines: -

-†††† Obey the Law; East needs 4 ís to bid 3 at (4).

The Jump Cue Bid overcall††††††††††††††††††† ††††† ††††† Board 20 from Monday 24th


I wrote a page on the website about the jump cue cid overcall a few months back and subsequently noted that Google took months to find it. They have finally found it and itís listed at number 1. Also, my recent blog article on it is at number 2. It makes one wonder if itís worth having a website if blogs get indexed immediately and web pages take two months.


Dealer:†††††††††††† KQ†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(B)†††††† South

West††††††††††††††† 42†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††† (1)††††† 3††††† (2)

both vul††††††††††† A8432††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4††††††††††††† 4NT (3)††††† dbl†† (4)††††† pass†† (5)

††††††††††††††††††††††† 8754††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 5†† (6)††††† all pass


1062†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† A7543†††††††††††††††††

KQ976†††††††† W††† E††††††††† AJ1085†††††††††††††††

K765††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† J9†††††††††††††††††††††††††

2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3†††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† J98†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††


Q10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††



(1)What did you open with this East hand B in this weekís quiz? When 5-5 in the majors, you should open 1 and then bid ís next go.

(2)The jump cue bid overcall, it promises a completely solid minor and asks partner to bid 3NT if he has a stop.The and suit should really be a bid better for the bid.

(3)North did not understand partnerís jump cue bid overcall and for some reason thought that he had both minors. Anyway, North bid 4NT now in the asking partner to bid his best minor. Had North understood the 3 bid he should bid 5 as that is obviously partnerís suit.

(4)A totally unnecessary double.

(5)South believes that North has a stop and is willing to play in 4NT.

(6)Thanks to Eastís double, North can now bid the correct contract.


And what happened? 5 made exactly. 4NT would have gone four down.

The bottom lines: -

-         When 5-5 in the majors, open 1.

-         Do not double the opponents if they are in a silly contract and have a decent place to run.



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


West††††††††††††††† East††††††††††††††††† You are West, playing in 4 after North has bid ís.

AKQ976††††† J10†††††††††††††† North cashes the AKQ and switches to the K, how

A42††††††††††††† K86††††††††††††† do you play the hand?

10†††††††††††††††† A9862†††††††

J74†††††††††††††† 1092

Daveís Column answer
††††††††††††††† Board 4 from Wednesday 26th



Dealer:†††††††††††† 32†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You are West, declarer in 4. North cashes the

West††††††††††††††† J7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AKQ and switches to the K. You win this with

Both vul††††††††††† KQJ9††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the A, how should you continue?

††††††††††††††††††††††† AKQ83†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

You have 9 top tricks and the only hope of a 10th

AKQ976††††† †††† N†††††††††††† J10†††††††††††††††† trick is to set up a long . So at trick 5 you should

A42††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† K86††††††††††††††† ruff a , play a trump to the J and ruff another .†††††††††

10†††††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† A9862††††††††††† Go back to dummy again with the 10,

J74†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1092††††††††††††† a 3rd ruff sets up the last in dummy. So draw

††††††††††††††††††††††† 854†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the last trump and the K is the entry to this

Q10953††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† winning .

753†††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††Can the defense do anything to prevent declarer

65††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† from making his contract?


Yes, North has to try to remove an entry to dummy. It is not possible to dislodge the K but a trump switch at trick 4 defeats the contract.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4 was bid just once and went one down doubled. 3 made exactly at another table and North went one or two down playing in a minor at the other two tables.†††



The Club Championships†††††† The current standings for the top 5 in each competition are: -

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


1826.4Jan v Koss††††††††††††††††† 666.8Janne Roos††††††††††††††††††† 350.4Janne Roos

1816.8Janne Roos††††††††††††††††† 654.9Jan v Koss††††††††††††††††††† 343.2Bengt Malmgren

1812.3Dave Cutler†††††††††††††††† 644.2Dave Cutler†††††††††††††††††† 340.3Jan v Koss

1760.9Bob Pelletier †††††††††††††† 644.1Bengt Malmgren††††††††††† 332.9Paul Savelkral

1724.5Phil Lovell†††††††††††††††††† 636.7Paul Savelkral††††† ††††††††† 332.0Lewis Berg



Daveís 2nd Column†† Here is another Dave input, this time ití about defence.


††††††††††††††††† N†† ††††† J3†††††††† ††††††††††††† North opens 1, you (East) overcall 2 and South bids 3

††††††††††††† W††† E††††† AKQ963††††††††††† which North raises to 4. You lead the A and partner

S††††††††† 1095†††† †††††††††††† plays an encouraging 4 (playing upside-down attitude).

98††††††† †††††††††††† You continue with the K and partner plays the 8.

9764†††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††† You know that both partner and declarer are now out of

J103†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ís, so what card do you play now and why?

QJ3†† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


Daveís 2nd Column answer††††††† Board 16 from Wednesday 26th



Dealer:†††††††††††† AK1082†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

West††††††††††††††† 72†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† 3(1)

Both vul††††††††††† K6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 4††††††††††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† QJ62†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

(1)This South hand, with 4 trumps, is worth a

Q5††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† J3†††††††††††††††††† ††††† raise to 3. If you play 3 here as pre-emptive

84†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† AKQ963††††††††††††† then bid 3 to show a sound raise to 3

A8742††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 1095†††††††††††††† †††† or better.

10543††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 98†††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 9764†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hereís what Daveís book says about the play: -


QJ3†††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††



ďItís declarerís lucky day, isnít it? When he plays the A and K, the suit will break 2-2 and he wonít lose a trump trick. Thatís very true if he has an early chance to draw trumps. But if East can lead a suit that both West and North can ruff itís different. If West ruffs with the Q this will force the A or K from declarer. Eastís J will score a trick.

The technique is known as an Ďuppercutí. Letís follow the play as it could happen.

East cashes the A and K, what should Westís reaction be when East leads the Q at trick three? You may think that he should ruff with the Q, attempting an uppercut, but that would cost a trick is declarer has another . The answer is that East has to lead a low at trick three Ė inviting West to ruff with his highest trump.Ē


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4 was bid three times and made on two occasions. It went down when Ivy was West and trumped her partnerís Q with the Q.





Daveís 3rd Column†† Hereís another Dave input involving the best play for the contract.


West††††††††††††††† East††††††††††††††††† You are East, playing in 6 with silent opposition.

AK63†††††††††† QJ1072††††††† South leads the J, how do you play the hand?

8754†††††††††††† AK93††††††††††

K6††††††††††††††† A†††††††††††††††

Q85†††††††††††† AJ10


Daveís 3rd Column answer†††††††† ††††† Board 14 from Wednesday 26th


Dealer:†††††††††††† 954†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(A)†††††† North†††††† East††††††††††† South

East††††††††††††††††† J6†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass

Love all††††††††††† Q8532††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 2†† (1)††††† pass ††††††††† 2††† (2)††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 963††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4††† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 4NT†††††††††† pass

5††††††††††††† pas†††††††††††† 6††††††††††††† all pass

AK63†††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† QJ1072†††††††††

8754†††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† AK93†††††††††††† (1)What did you bid with this West hand A in

K6††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† A††††††††††††††††††† †††† this weekís quiz? You have values for game

Q85†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ10††††††††††††† †††† but a direct 4 is a weak bid. Unless you

††††††††††††††††††††††† 8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† play the Swiss convention in conjunction

Q104††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† with Jacoby 2NT itís best to bid a minor

J10974††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††† and then raise partner to 4 next go. I donít

K742†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† like to bid Jacoby 2NT here as I prefer a much stronger hand for the Jacoby 2NT.

(2)   E-W play 2/1 so thereís no need to jump.

(3)   Playing 2/1 this shows a weaker hand than 3


Now Daveís bookís problem was the play in 6, but that is without me as West. You probably know me by now Ė go for the 4-4 fit, so Lewis actually ended up in 6 rather than 6 but the play is very similar. Anyway, letís look at the bookís play in 6: -


††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You win the J lead and draw 3 rounds of trumps

††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (ís). You have a loser and maybe a loser.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q8††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You should not take the finesse unless itís†††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 963††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† absolutely necessary. The correct play is to

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† play the K discarding a and then play the A,

3†††††††††††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† J10†††††††††††††††† K and another .

8†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 3†††††††††††††††††††† That leaves this position when South wins the

-††††††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††††††† 3rd round of ís with the Q. South is end-played;

Q85†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ††††††††††††††††† he must either lead into the AJ or else give

††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† you a ruff and discard. ††††††

-†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Had North held the Q then you would then††††

109†††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† have to take the finesse.



And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Lewis played the hand in 6 and made it on the lines give above. Other scores were 6-1, 6-1 and 3NT+2. The bottom lines.

-         Understand the strip and end-play, it often avoids needing to take an unnecessary finesse.


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† 2. The hand is worth game but 3 is not forcing and 4 is generally played as a pre-emptive bid. So bid 2 and raise partner to 4 next go to show a sound raise rather than a pre-emptive one. If you play Jacoby 2NT then I guess that that is an option but I would like a much stronger hand (about 15+).

Hand B:†††† 1. Itís 20 for the rule of 20 and well worth an opening as it has both majors and has an easy (2) rebid. I note that somebody opened 1 - thatís a poor choice as you may well miss a fit.