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


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

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††

A74††††††††††††† 1062††††††††††

J74†††††††††††††† KQ3†††††††††††† What do you open with Hand B?

1092†††††††††††† AQ87

KJ98††††††††††† A63



The Club Championships


Here are the latest standings in the club competitions. Hans V has now moved into 1st place in the Gold Cup. Janne Roos needs just one more scoring result to be up there near the top in the gold Cup race.




Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5













1840.8 Hans Vikman

1836.6 Dave Cutler

1819.9 Sally Watson

1795.9 Bob Pelletier

1782.5 Ivy Schlageter

1718.5 Jan v Koss


670.0 Hans Vikman

661.8 Dave Cutler

661.1 Sally Watson

661.1 Jeremy Watson

642.7 Ivy Schlageter

642.0 Lars Gustafsson

636.1 Bob Pelletier

635.3 Lewis Berg

634.3 Derek & Gerard

631.2 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

326.2 Bob Pelletier







That 4333 shape again†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 11 from Friday 22nd


Dealer:†††††††††††† K8††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

South†††††††††††††† 109652†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(A)†††† North†††††††† East(B)†††† South

Love all††††††††††† K65††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 742††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT (1)††† pass

3NT (2)††††† all pass

A74††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† 1062††††††††††††††

J74†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† KQ3†††††††††††††† †††† Table B

1092††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† AQ87††††††††††††††††††West††††††††† North†††††††† East(B)†††† South

KJ98††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A63††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† QJ953††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† †††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††† (1)††† pass

A8††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† 1NT†††††††††† all pass





Table A:†††† (1)What did you open with this East hand B in this weekís quiz? Itís not good enough for a strong 1NT.

(2)What did you open with this West hand A in this weekís quiz? It is 9 points with a 109, but knock off a point for the totally flat 4333 type shape and itís only worth a 2NT invite.

Table B:†††† (1)This East got question B right by opening 1 (and intending to rebid 1NT, 12-14, over a 1/ response).


And what happened? 3NT was bid twice and went two down on both occasions. Others in 1NT or 2NT got plus scores.

The bottom lines: -

-†††† Deduct a point for the totally flat 4333 type shape, this applies equally to opener and responder.




Daveís Column†††††††††† Here is Daveís first input involving the play of the hand.


North†††††††††††††† South†††††††††††††† You are South, declarer in 3NT.

AQ95†††††††††† KJ††††††††††††††† West leads the 3 and East plays the 4, what is your plan?

J8†††††††††††††††† A542

J865††††††††††††† AK92

973††††††††††††† AQ8


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

Daveís Column answer††††††††††††††††††††† Board 11 from Wednesday 1st


Dealer:†††††††††††† AQ95†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††† ††††††† South

South†††††††††††††† J8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††† ††††††††† 2NT

Love all††††††††††† J865††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††pass ††††††††† 3†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3

††††††††††††††††††††††† 973††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† all pass


743†††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† 10862††††††††††††

973†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† KQ106††††††††††††††††

Q1073††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 4†††††††††††††††††††† ††††

KJ10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6542†††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† †††††

A542††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

AK92†††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† †††††



Count your tricks. You have three sure tricks, four if either the 10 drops or if you can get to dummy after unblocking the KJ; one ; three ís and one : a total of eight.

If you could somehow take 4 tricks you would have no trouble at all.

Consider the position. West has apparently led from Q10xx and you thus have three sure tricks in the suit. The point is that you have three tricks even if you win the first trick with the A or K.

By doing just that you will have created a later entry with the J. After you win the first high, cash the KJ, the 2nd high and lead a low towards the J. West wins the Q but you have the later entry and thus 9 tricks regardless of the location of the K.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Everybody played in 3NT from South and just one went down. I donít know how many Southís won the lead high. At our table declarer won cheaply and unblocked the ís. Itís hopeless of course but West kindly led another for him when he got in.



Daveís 2nd Column†† Here is Daveís second input involving the play of the hand.


West††††††††††††††† East††††††††††††††††† You are West, declarer in 3NT.

AQ10†††††††††† K8††††††††††††††† North leads the 2, plan the play.

J105†††††††††††† AKQ9†††††††

1093†††††††††††† J876††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††

AQ62†††††††††† 1054


Daveís 2nd Column answer††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 12 from Wednesday 1st


Dealer:†††††††††††† J732†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

West††††††††††††††† 832††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass

N-S vul††††††††††† AK2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 1NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† K87††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

You start off with 8 sure tricks and there are two

AQ10†††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† K8††††††††††††††††† possibilities for a 9th trick:

J105†††††††††††† W††††† E††††††††† AKQ9††††††††††† (a)the finesse and/or the J dropping in two

1093††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† J876††††††††††††††† †††† rounds.

AQ62†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1054††††††††††††† (b)a long .

††††††††††††††††††††††† 9654†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† The opening lead tells you that the ís are 4-4.

764†††††††††††††† This means that you can let the opponents have the lead three

Q54††††††††††††† times (in ís) and lose no more than one trick.††††††† ††††††

J93†††††††††††††† Obviously itís safer to work with ís than ís. If you finesse the and it loses you will need the J dropping doubleton. Itís far better to play safe in ís.†††††


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 3NT+1, 3NT= twice and 1NT +2.


Raise partner?†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 13 from Friday 3rd

Dealer:†††††††††††† Q10953††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

North†††††††††††††† AQ652†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass (1)††††† pass†††††††† pass

Both vul††††††††††† Q2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††1†† (2)††††† 2†† (3)††††† 3†† ††††††† pass (4)

††††††††††††††††††††††† 5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3NT (5)††††† all pass


A6††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† K874††††††††††††† (1)It depends on your style, but this hand

98†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 1043††††††††††††††† †††† conforms with the rule of 20 and with two

AK107†††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 54††††††††††††††††††††††††5-card majors and an easy rebid I would

QJ1084††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AK93†††††††††††††††††† open 1.

††††††††††††††††††††††† J2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† (2)Playing a weak NT. This hand is too

KJ7††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† strong for 1NT (12-14). If playing a

J9863††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††strong NT I would open 1NT.

762††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (3)Michaels, promising both majors.

(4) South does not know that partner is so strong and he may well only have 4 ís, so he cannot sensibly support with 3.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (5)A bit of a gamble, but partner has about 11 points somewhere.


And what happened? North led a and 3NT made for a joint top. Every other E-W pair played in some number of ís. The bottom lines: -

-†††† Obey the rule of 20. I agree that the Q is not worth two points, but two 5-card majors and that 109 in a 5-card suit are more than enough compensation.


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A: †† 2NT. Itís not good enough for 3NT because of the totally flat shape.

Hand B:†††† 1. Itís not good enough for 1NT because of the totally flat shape.