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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


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


QJ9843        J74            

KJ9              J982             With Hand B you open 1 and partner bids 1. You bid 1NT

J5                  QJ                and partner bids 2, what do you do. Warning! Although I

AJ                AKQ8          think this is trivial, everybody got it ‘wrong’ on Monday.


Hand C           Hand D           With Hand C partner opens 1 and you bid 1, partner bids

2, what do you bid?

Q874            AK1052    

Q                  85                 

AQ7             A876           With Hand D you open 1 and partner splinters with 4,

AQ986         94                what do you bid?


Hand E            Hand F            With Hand E you open 1 in 4th seat and partner bids 2NT,

                                                  what do you do?

AJ4               Q865432

J32               -                   With Hand F it’s love all, LHO opens 1 and RHO bids 2.

AKJ              KQJ54        (a)  What do you bid? Suppose you choose 2 and LHO bids 4

10875          4                  (b)  What do you do? 


Hand G           Hand H           What do you open with Hand G?


-                   KQ4                                    

AQJ104       A63              What do you open with Hand H?

-                    K6                                       

KQJ98653   AJ1097       


Hand J            Hand K           With Hands J and K LHO opens 1 and this is passed round to

you, what do you do?

KJ1097        J98764                                

J5                 J76

J1052            J10

Q4               QJ                                             

Bidding Sequence Quiz


L      1     pass   1      pass      

        1NT   pass   2                          Is 2 weak or invitational?

M    1     pass   1      pass      

        2     pass   3                          Is 3 invitational or forcing?

N     1     pass   1      2         

        pass   pass   2                          Is 2 forcing?

P      1     1     pass   2NT             How many points is 2NT?



Ron Klinger web site

The Club Championships


Here are the latest standings in the club competitions. The significant movement this week was Hans V moving into the top spot in the silver and bronze competitions. He needs just three more qualifying results and he’ll be right up there in the Gold Cup fight, where Bob P has just overtaken Ivy in 3rd spot.




Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5













1836.6 Dave Cutler

1815.6 Sally Watson

1782.6 Bob Pelletier

1782.5 Ivy Schlageter

1714.7 Jan v Koss


667.3 Hans Vikman

661.8 Dave Cutler

661.1 Sally Watson

661.1 Jeremy Watson

642.7 Ivy Schlageter

642.0 Lars Gustafsson

634.3 Derek & Gerard

634.4 Lewis Berg

628.6 Bob Pelletier

621.7 Janne Roos



347.2 Hans Vikman

342.3 Dave Cutler

341.1 Jeremy Watson

341.1 Sally Watson

336.9 Lars Gustafsson

335.3 Ivy Schlageter

328.5 Derek & Gerard

327.7 Lewis Berg 

327.4 Tomas Wikman

320.5 Bob Pelletier


Too High – part 1                             Board 22 from Monday 15th  

A couple of pairs got carried away with their 6-5 fit and ended up too high on this deal.


Dealer:             6                                                 Table A

East                  A106                                          West(A)     North         East(D)    South

E-W vul           K932                                         -                 -                 1            pass

                        KQ1075                                    4   (1)      pass           4    (2)    pass

5             pass           5            all pass  

QJ9843              N             AK1052              

KJ9                W    E          85                        Table B

J5                       S              A876                   West(A)     North         East(D)    South

AJ                                      94                        -                 -                 1            pass

                        7                                                2   (1)      pass           2    (3)    pass

Q7432                                       4    (4)      all pass




Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this West hand A in this week’s quiz? It’s difficult as the hand is too strong for a direct 4. This West decided upon 4 which most play as a splinter showing shortage.

(2)   What did you bid with this East hand D in this week’s quiz?’ Mentioning the 2nd suit here in a natural sense is totally wrong. Partner’s splinter has set ’s as trumps and 4 here is a cue bid, but with a totally minimal hand I would attempt to sign off in 4

Table B:     (1)  This West also realized that he had a problem. He eventually decided to bid 2 which is quite reasonable, 2 (where the values are) is probably better. It’s not usually a good idea to lie in a major (2 here promises 5 ’s) but there’s no problem on this occasion as the hand will always be played in ’s.

(3)   This time bidding ’s is fine as it’s a weakish bid.

(4)   West decided to settle for game. 2 (4th suit forcing) is probably better – find out if partner has a honour and then show slam interest if he does.


And what happened? 5 was bid twice, -1 and -2. 4 was bid three times and made just the once. The bottom lines: -

-         Sometimes there is no perfect bid, in this situation the only sensible solution is to play Jacoby 2NT and/or the Swiss convention.


Too High – part 2                                                 Board 24 from Monday 15th 


One E-W pair went way overboard on this deal


Dealer:             J102                                           Table A

West                K63                                            West          North         East(C)    South

Love all            KJ5                                            1   (1)      pass           1            pass

                        KJ102                                        2              pass           4NT (2)    pass

5   (3)      pass           5NT (4)    pass    

AK95                 N             Q874                    6   (5)      dbl             6            all pass

AJ5                W    E          Q                        

1098                  S              AQ7                    Table B

743                                    AQ986                 West          North         East(C)    South    

63                                               1   (1)      pass           1            pass

1098742                                    2              pass           4    (2)    all pass




Table A:     (1)  A light opener (totally flat), but it does have three quick tricks and a few intermediates.

(2)   What did you bid with this East hand C in this week’s quiz? This jump to Blackwood is an overbid opposite a minimal opener

(3)   3 keycards

(4)   Asking for kings!! I simply cannot comprehend this, was he really looking for the grand?

(5)   None.

Table B:     (1)  This West also decided to open.

(2)   But this East sensibly decided to bid the obvious 4.


And what happened? 6-1, 4+1 twice and 4=. Note that even with both minor suit kings onside the slam still went down

The bottom lines: -

-         16 points opposite a minimal opener is not usually enough for slam.

-         There is no point in asking for kings unless you have a grand slam in mind.

Too High – part 3                                                 Board 7 from Monday 15th 


Every single pair went (one or two) over the top on this deal.


Dealer:             J74                                             Table A

South               J982                                           West          North(B)    East          South

Both vul            QJ                                              -                 -                 -               pass

                        AKQ8                                        pass           1             pass         1

pass           1NT           pass         2       

8                         N             AK65                   pass           3    (1)      pass         4    (2)

A7                  W    E          105                      all pass

A1073                S              K842                   

1097652                            J43                       Table B

Q10932                                      West          North(B)    East          South

KQ643                                       -                 -                 -               pass

965                                            pass           1             pass         1

-                                                 pass           1NT           pass         2

pass           3    (1)      pass         pass   (3)


Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this North hand B in this week’s quiz? This 3 bid was, I believe, found by everybody at the club. It is terrible! Partner has shown a weak hand with 9 or 10 cards in the majors. It’s true that there’s at least a 4-4 fit but look where the points are in the North hand! Partner has both majors and North has just two jacks in the suits. Obviously you should pass and pray that 2 makes (it does not!).

(2)  With 5 ’s and a void I guess this is reasonable if partner really had a 3 bid.

Table B:     (1)  It seems that everybody found this raise.

(3)   I was one of the ones who did not trust partner and I passed.


And what happened? 4*-3, 4-2, 4-1, 3-2 and 3=

The bottom lines: -

-         Sequence L is weak, opener should only raise with a maximum, 4 (preferably 5) ’s and POINTS IN THE MAJOR SUITS.

-         Note that North’s glorious AKQ were 9 totally wasted points, which should have been pretty much predicted after South’s 2nd bid.




Not Too High                                                       Board 3 from Friday 19th 


It seems that it’s not just me who evaluates hands according to shape and intermediates as well as points. I didn’t play on Friday but luckily Hans Vikman was North on this deal and was the only one to appreciate that Hand H was worth more than a 1NT opener.


Dealer:             KQ4                                           Table A

South               A63                                            West          North(H)    East          South

E-W vul           K6                                              -                 -                 -               pass

                        AJ1097                                      pass           1NT (1)      all pass    


AJ1063               N             97                         Table B

J98                 W    E          KQ4                    West          North(H)    East          South

10754                 S              QJ2                      -                 -                 -               pass

3                                        Q8654                 pass           1   (1)      pass         1    (2)

                        852                                            pass           2NT (3)      pass         3NT (4)

10752                                        all pass




Table A:     (1)  What did you open with this North hand H in this week’s quiz? A balanced 17 count so 1NT is obvious – isn’t it? Well happily the North at table B agrees with me that it’s too good for a strong NT!

Table B:     (1)  This is the ‘proper’ answer to question H and is what I would most certainly open had I been playing – but Hans Vikman waved the flag for me when he opened 1 at the table. Now I know that many of you point count addicts will say ‘a balanced 17 count so open 1NT’. That statement is true, but is inapplicable to this hand. AJ1097 is NOT 5 points – it’s more like 7! This hand is well worth a 1 opener followed by a 2NT rebid.

(2)   It’s up to your partnership understanding if you respond 1 or 1 with this type of hand.

(3)   18-19, which is what this hand is worth.

(4)   And South has an easy raise to game.


And what happened? Hans was the only player not to open 1NT, he made 3NT despite the adverse split for a well deserved top. Everybody else played in 1NT making various numbers of overtricks.

The bottom lines: -

-         AJ1097 is not 5 points.

-         Add on for intermediates and good 5-card suits.

-         Note the importance of the intermediates on this deal. If North did not have the 109 then 3NT would not have made (and Hans would not have opened 1).

-         I don’t know if Hans reads the news-sheets, but he obviously has the same philosophy as me about hand evaluation and this undoubtedly aided his 71% winning score.

So how much is AJ1097 really worth?                Board 3 from Friday 19th


On the previous page I made the statement that AJ1097 was not 5 points but more like 7. Is this just me being melodramatic or a fact?

Let’s consider the actual deal. Partner had Kx which is undoubtedly 3 points. The suit easily netted 4 tricks (and would have been 5 had the Q, Qx or Qxx been onside). Anyway, 4 tricks is fine. Now to make 3NT you generally need 25 combined points, so that’s 25/9 = 2.8 points for each trick, agreed? The AJ1097 netted three tricks and so was worth 3*2.8 = 8.3 points.

So my statement that the holding was worth about 7 points was 1.3 light on this occasion.

The bottom line: Upgrade a good 5-card suit with honours and intermediates.



Distributional Hands – part 1                              Board 11 from Wednesday 15th 


As we have just proved, bridge bidding is much more about distribution than points, as these next two deals from Wednesday also illustrate.


Dealer:             K107                                          Table A

South               10872                                         West          North         East(F)     South

Love all            73                                              -                 -                 -               1

                        AQ98                                         pass           2              2    (1)    4

pass           pass           pass (2)

9                         N             Q865432             

QJ3                W    E          -                         

A982                  S              KQJ54                 Table B

J10653                               4                          West          North         East(F)     South

                        AJ                                              -                 -                 -               1

AK9654                                    pass           2              2    (1)    4

106                                            pass           pass           5   (2)    dbl   (3)



Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this East hand F(a) in this week’s quiz? It’s totally unsuitable for any sort of two-suited overcall and I would never consider a Michaels 3. This 2 overcall seems clear to me.

                  (2)  What did you bid with this East hand F(b) in this week’s quiz? I know it’s up a level if partner prefers ’s but I would (did) bid 5.

Table B:     (2)  This is my bid – the hand has great playing strength so show your suits.

(3)  Whether you choose to double or not depends upon how much respect you have for your opponents?


And what happened? 5* made easily to take the E-W top and would have got a near top even if it had gone one or two down. Two South’s were left to play peacefully in 4 making. One got pushed up to 5 and made that for the N-S top. One East bid 4-1.

The bottom lines: -

-         If you have 12 cards in two suits, then bid both of the suits.


Distributional hands – part 2                                     Board 25 from Wednesday 17th 


There was a different result at every table on this board


Dealer:             -                                                 Table A

North               AQJ104                                     West          North(G)    East          South

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

                        KQJ98653                                 2    (3)      3   (4)      3            pass

4              5   (5)      5            dbl  

KQJ987             N             A1042                  pass           6   (6)      all pass

3                     W    E          982                     

KQ1084             S              A63                     Table B

A                                        1042                    West          North(G)    East          South

                        763                                            -                 1   (1)      pass         1    (7)

K765                                         1    (8)      6    (9)      pass         pass

J9752                                         pass (10)



Table A:     (1)  What did you open with this North hand G in this week’s quiz? This pair play Benjamin and 2 is their strongest bid, game forcing. I much prefer my partner’s opening at table B.

(2)   Relay.

(3)   West is in a similar position to East on the previous deal. He has a huge two-suiter and so keeps the bidding low.

(4)   Natural (and game forcing).

(5)   With a two-loser hand, 5 may be better, but North decided to play it safe.

(6)   There’s no room to mention the ’s now of course.

Table B:     (1)  I much prefer this 1 opening in answer to question G. 2 (or 2 Benjamin) is not always best with two suiters – even if 11 playing tricks! Open 2/ and there is bound to be huge interference and you won’t have a chance to bid both your suits. With two voids (one of them ’s) there is zero chance of 1 being passed out.

(7)   This pair play a short and this particular South (me) will hardly ever pass 1 if he has shortage. We also play Walsh and so with a weak hand South bids the major directly rather than bidding the suit. It worked very well here!

(8)   West, with his huge hand, again wants to keep the bidding low.

(9)   But North does not! Don’t mess about with a distributional hand when you don’t have the suit.

(10)   It’s not clear that West should bid 6.


And what happened? 6 made exactly but was pipped when 6 got doubled at another table. 6 making scored an average. 6 making was the E-W top and one North had to sacrifice in 7-1.

The bottom lines: -

-         With two suiters it’s often best not to open with a game forcing two bid – you may not have enough room to show both of your suits.




If you have around 6-7 points, LHO opens and this is passed to you in 4th seat, then you have to decide whether to balance or pass.


Balancing with the suit – part 1                        Board 21 from Monday 15th


Dealer:             KJ1097                                     

North               J5                                               West          North(J)     East          South

N-S vul            J1052                                        -                 pass           1            pass

                        Q4                                             pass (1)      pass (2)


Q82                    N             3                     (1)  1NT (or 2) is obvious.

A107              W    E          KQ86             (2)  What did you bid with this North hand J in

9843                   S              AKQ76               this week’s quiz? With 8 points I think it’s

872                                    AJ3                      very clear to balance with a 1 bid. It’s true

                        A754                                          that you have reasonable ’s but partner is

9432                                          likely to have shortage.


K10965                         And what happened? 1 made +1, N-S can make 4.


Balancing with the suit – part 2                        Board 14 from Friday 19th  


Dealer:             J98764                                       West          North(K)    East          South

East                  J76                                             -                 -                 1            pass

Love all            J10                                             pass           pass (1)


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

Q                        N             1062                     this week’s quiz? There’s not so many points

984                 W    E          AQ52                  this time but I still think it’s best to balance

K85                    S              AQ94                  with a 1 bid, especially holding a 6-card suit.

1098764                            A3                       



7632                     And what happened? 1 made exactly, N-S can make 3.

K52                                     .


The bottom lines (for both boards): -

-         Holding the suit I think it’s generally best to bid in the balancing seat unless you have length & strength in the suit opened and no other good suit.

-         You only need about 7+ points to balance.


Dave’s Column   Here is this week’s Dave input involving the play of the hand.


North               South               You are North, declarer in 4 after opening 1 in 4th seat.

32                 AQ106           East leads the 10 which West wins with the A and

AKQ987      10432             switches to a low . Which do you play or is it just

KJ                 432                a guess?        

532              KQ                               

Dave’s Column answer                      Board 326 from Wednesday 17th


Dealer:             32                                               West          North         East            South

East                  AKQ987                                    -                 -                 pass           pass

Both vul            KJ                                              pass           1              pass           3

                        532                                            pass           4              all pass


K74                    N             J985               It’s not a guess.

65                   W    E          J                     Forget about the ’s for a moment and look       

Q1086                S              A975             at the whole hand. You have lost a and you

AJ64                                  10987            could lose a and two ’s if everything goes

                        AQ106                                 wrong. In fact if the AQ are with East. you

10432                                  won’t make the hand if the K is also wrong

432                                      but there’s nothing you can do in that case.



Consider the location of the K for a moment. If East has that card the contract is assured regardless of how you play the ’s. Therefore assume that West has the K.

Assuming West has the K makes it easier to work out the position. If West has the K in addition to his A,J (known) then he is very unlikely to have the A as well. After all, he was in 3rd seat and would have opened with 12 points. So East must have the A and so you play the J.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 4= four times, 3= once.




Dave’s 2nd Column   Here is Dave’s second input involving the play of the hand.


West                East                  You are West, declarer in 3NT after partner opened 1 in 4th

K102            AJ4               seat. North leads the 10, you win with the K in dummy

K96              J32               with South playing a discouraging 2. At trick two you lead

Q65              AKJ             a to the Q which wins. You play a 2nd which South wins

QJ92            10875          with the K, North playing high-low.


South returns a 2nd which you win in dummy and play a 3rd to South’s A, North discarding the 7. South continues with a 3rd , all following and leaving North with the remaining .

You lead a 4th round of ’s ending in Dummy and North discards a lower and South a low . How do you continue?


Dave’s 2nd Column answer              Board 27 from Wednesday 17th  


Dealer:             Q98                                            West          North         East(E)       South

South               Q752                                          -                 -                 -                 pass

Love all            10987                                        pass           pass           1             pass

                        43                                              2NT (1)      pass           3NT (2)      all pass


K102                  N             AJ4                       This is the bidding from the book and also

K96                W    E          J32                       by our opponents at our table.

Q65                    S              AKJ               

QJ92                                  10875            (1)  Very borderline with this 3334 shape.

                        7653                                     (2)  What did you bid with this East hand E

A108                                         in this week’s quiz? Partner has passed and

432                                           surely has just 11 and this hand is only

AK6                                           worth 13 because of the 3334 shape.

With no points in the only ‘long’ suit and

8 points concentrated in a 3-card suit, I

would pass.


This is the position having just won the 10

                        Q98                                      in dummy.

                        Q5                                        You have 2 tricks, 3 ’s and two sure  

                        9                                           tricks to come for a total of seven. Even if you

♣ -                                           guess ’s correctly you have only 8 tricks.

Therefore you must find the A in the South

K102                  N             AJ4                 hand to make the contract.

K96                W    E          J32                 Lead a to the K, and assuming it holds, 

-                         S              -                     play North for the Q. Why?

♣ -                                         -                     Because South has already turned up with the

                        765                                       AK and the A. If he also had the Q he

A108                                    would have opened the bidding.

                                            If North turns up with theA there was no way

                                            to make the hand.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 3NT=, 3NT-1, 1NT+1 and 1NT=.


Terry’s Comment: Not only do you need to play very well, but you need to be extremely lucky with the lay of the cards to make 3NT on this deal – it’s about a 25% shot. But there are a combined 25 points so it should be fairly easy? Why not?

Because of the dreaded 4333 type shape. Both players should knock off a point. West’s 2NT is dubious (indeed, one player did heed my continual warnings in the news-sheets and responded just 1NT) but East’s raise to three with this flat hand with the only 4-card suit headed by the 10 is even more so, especially opposite a passed hand (so probably only 11).


The bottom line: -

-     Deduct a point for the dreaded 4333 type shape. This applies to trump and no-trump contracts at any level.


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:     I’m not sure! This is not an easy one unless you play Jacoby 2NT or Swiss. I bid 2 at the table with an unfamiliar partner who plays a basic system, 2 may be better. One player chose 4 which is a splinter (I don’t like this). You cannot support ’s directly as 3♠ is not forcing and 4♠ is a weak bid. If you play Jacoby 2NT then that looks right.

Hand B:    Pass. Partner’s bid is weak, asking you to pass or correct. You know that there is a 4-4 (or 5-4) fit but partner is not inviting and with just two points in partner’s suits a raise to 3 (as I believe everybody did) is absolutely terrible. The AKQ may be totally worthless (they were). Move those points into the major suits and a raise would be reasonable.

Hand C:    4, simple I know, but one player did go looking for a grand slam.

Hand D:    4. 4 would be a cue bid looking for slam but with this minimum hand I would attempt to sign off.

Hand E:    Pass. Partner is a passed hand and so probably has 11 points. 14 points is usually enough, but this hand is not worth 14 points – deduct a point for the 3334 shape and also the AKJ in a three card suit are not pulling their weight. It’s a really terrible ‘14’ points.

Hand F:     (a)  2. The hand is unsuitable for something like Michaels. With a 7-card major, bid it! I don’t like a 3 pre-empt as I hope to get my ’s in later.

(b)  5. This is surely better than repeating the ’s. I would never dream of passing. They say 6-5 come alive, so you can leap about with 7-5.

Hand G:    1. This hand has 11 playing tricks but I still would not open a strong 2/. With a two-suiter like this it’s best to bid it naturally or else you probably won’t get a chance to bid both suits. So open 1 and leap off to a high number of ’s next go; and there will be a next go when you are void in ’s.     

Hand H:    1. This hand has 17 HCP’s and is balanced, but it’s far too good for 1NT – that

AJ1097 is worth far more than 5 points (more like 7). So open 1 and rebid 2NT.

Hand J:     1, partner has values and you have the suit. Very clear.

Hand K:    1, partner has values and you have the suit. Perhaps not so clear but clear to me.


Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers


L      1     pass   1      pass             2 is weak, opener should only raise with an

        1NT   pass   2                          exceptional hand in support of ’s (and ’s).

M    1     pass   1      pass      

        2     pass   3                          3 is invitational.

N     1     pass   1      2         

        pass   pass   2                          2 is a forcing reverse.

P      1     1     pass   2NT             2NT is around 13-14, depending upon how light partner’s overcalls generally are.