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Bidding Quiz                   


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


K105            Q96              (a)  What do you open with Hand B?                   

65                 A75              (b)  Suppose you pass, partner opens 1 and you choose to bid 1.

AKQ96        QJ96                   Partner then bids 1, what do you bid?

K92             K72


Hand C           Hand D           With Hand C Partner opens 1 and RHO overcalls 1NT,

what do you do?

874               AQ93                                        

KQJ1032     A874                                   

87                 J10                With hand D you open 1 and LHO overcalls 1NT. Partner    

108              QJ6              bids 2, what do you do?        


Bidding Sequence Quiz


E      1     1NT   2                    What is 2, weak, invitational or forcing?



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A Poor Moysian Fit
                              Board 23 from Wednesday 28th   


Moysian (4-3) fits can play well, usually when the hand with 3 trumps can get a ruff. It’s rarely a good idea to go for the Moysian fit without shape:


Dealer:             A754                                          Table A

South               K6                                              West          North         East            South(B)

both vul            A108                                          -                 -                 -                 pass (1)

Q653                                         pass           1             pass           1    (2)

pass           1              pass           2    (3)

K1083               N             J2                         all pass

J109842         W    E          Q3                       

42                      S              K753                   Table B

9                                        AJ1084                West          North         East            South(B)

                        Q96                                           -                 -                 -                 pass (1)

A75                                           pass           1             pass           1    (2)

QJ96                                           pass           1              pass           2NT (3)

K72                                           pass           pass (4)      pass


Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this South hand B(a) in this week’s quiz? This totally flat 3343 hand is not worth an opener (knock off a point). It is not by coincidence that the hand does not conform to the rule of 20.

(2)   2NT (11-12 points and no 4-card major) is a sensible alternative and is what I would bid, especially as 1 is not forcing by a passed hand.

(3)   What did you bid with this South hand B(a) in this week’s quiz? 2NT is very obvious now, this hand is totally unsuitable for playing in a Moysian fit.

Table B      (3)  This South bid the obvious 2NT.

(4)   This North hand is not good enough to go to 3NT



And what happened? 2 went -2 for a total bottom. 2NT went -1 as did 3NT at another table.

The bottom lines: -

-         With NoTrump shape – bid NoTrumps!

-         With just 3 trumps, only support partner’s 4-card suit if you have shape (ruffing potential).


Understanding the Law                                        Board 7 from Wednesday 28th  


West went wrong here because he did not completely understand the Law. The Law of Total Tricks does not say that you should bid to the 4-level just because you have 10 trumps – you should do so only if you have sufficient points (and expect to make) or if there is a competitive auction and it appears, or you suspect, that the opponents may also have a 10 card fit.


Dealer:             K105                                          West(D)     North(A)    East(C)      South

South               65                                               -                 -                 -                 pass

both vul            AKQ96                                      1             1NT (1)      2    (2)      pass

K92                                           4    (3)      all pass


AQ93                N             874                      

A874              W    E          KQJ1032            

J10                      S              87                        

QJ6                                    108                     






(1)   What did you bid with this North hand A in this week’s quiz? It’s a good 15 points and with a stop I agree with this 1NT overcall.

(2)   What did you bid with this East hand C in this week’s quiz? 2 here is fine; after a 1NT overcall it is a weak bid and not forcing.

(3)   What did you bid with this West hand D in this week’s quiz? This is NOT a situation to apply the Law of Total Trumps. Partner has shown a weak hand with 5-6 ’s and you have 9-10 ’s between you, but this hand also has ’s and it’s unlikely that the opponents can make anything (with North already saying his hand and South passing). Pass is the bid, there is no need to bid 3-4 ’s which will probably go down. Partner’s pre-emptive bid means that North cannot now sensibly bid his ’s.


And what happened? 4 was bid twice and went -1 and -2. Two E-W’s stopped sensibly in 2 and made = and +1.

The bottom lines: -

-         2 in Sequence E is weak.

-         The Law of Total Trumps only applies if the opponents also have a fit.

-         To avoid confusion, The Law of Total Trumps is a simplified version of the Law of Total Tricks.



Dave’s Column       Here is this week’s Dave input involving the best play for the contract.


North               South                     You are South, declarer in 4. West leads the K which

A2                QJ10987            East overtakes and leads the 2, an apparent singleton.

J87               AK                     Can you see any way out of this? Plan the play.

KQ1076       AJ3                                      

653              107             

Dave’s Column answer                      Board 3 from Wednesday 28th    


Dealer:             A2                                              West          North         East            South

North               J87                                                               -                 -                 1

Love all            KQ1076                                     pass           2              pass           3

                        653                                            pass           4              all pass


65                       N             K43               

954                 W    E          Q10653          West leads the K which East overtakes and

9854                   S              2                     leads the 2, an apparent singleton. Can you

KQJ8                                 A942              see any way out of this? Plan the play.






East probably has the K and is planning to return a upon getting in with the K to secure a ruff.

As you can see, if you play A and another , East will do exactly that and the defence will enjoy four tricks – the K, a ruff and two ’s. What can you do?

What you must do is stop East putting West in with a . How? Play the AK and enter dummy with the A and play the J. If East has the Q he will certainly play it, upon which you deposit your losing . Now East has no way to get to the West hand and you make your contract.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4 was bid and made three times (I assume tha East did not overtake and switch to his singleton ). At the other table North bid 3NT and made +3 when the opponents did not find a lead/switch.




Dave’s 2nd Column   Here is Dave’s 2nd input involving the best play for the contract.


West                East                  You are West, declarer in 4. North leads a and South

AJ1098         KQ5             cashes the AKQ with North discarding two ’s.

765               J32               South then shifts to a which you win in dummy.

AJ                 KQ               You now play 4 rounds of ’s, South following to all four 

K43             A10982        and North discarding three ’s. How do you continue?             

Dave’s 2nd Column answer              Board 16 from Wednesday 21st


Dealer:             7                                                 West          North         East            South

West                4                                                 1              pass           2             2

E-W vul           9765432                                     2              pass           4              all pass


South wins the first three tricks, with North

AJ1098               N             KQ5               discarding two ’s. South shifts to a which

765                 W    E          J32                 you win in dummy. You now play 4 rounds of 

AJ                       S              KQ                 ’s, South following to all four with North        

K43                                   A10982          discarding three more ’s.






                        -                                           How do you continue from here? 


                        9                                           South is known to have 6 ’s, 4 ’s and at least

                        Q765                                   one . In order to know how to tackle the ’s

you must find out whether or not South has

8                         N             -                     another .

-                     W    E          -                     Play another . If South follows he can have at

A                        S              K                    most one . If that is an honour you are home.         

K43                                   A1098            Lead the K and then finesse the 10.

                        -                                           If South shows out on the 2nd round of ’s it

1098                                     means that he started with two ’s and your

10                                         only chance then is that they are QJ doubleton.



And what happened at the Pattaya bridge Club? 4*-1, 4-1, 4= and 4+1.


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:     1NT. It’s a good 15 points with a stop.

Hand B:    (a)  Pass. It does not conform to the rule of 20. Another way of looking at it is to knock off a point for the totally flat 4333 type shape.

(b)  2NT, obviously. You probably should have bid 2NT instead of 1 but now you have to bid it. The 2 bid found by one player is ludicrous with this flat hand.

Hand C:    2. This is a weak non-forcing bid. I prefer this to pass (and lead a against 1NT) because you have no possible entry outside ’s.

Hand D:    Pass. Partner’s 2 bid is weak and there is no need to bid unless pushed.



Bidding Sequence Quiz


E      1     1NT   2            2 is weak. The only strong bid over the 1NT overcall is double (penalties).