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Mon 3rd        N-S     1st  Guttorm & Tomas           61%       2nd    Bob P & Robbie              58%

                    E-W     1st   Janne & Hans                       55%       2nd     Richard M & Sean       53%

Wed 5th        N-S     1st  Alain & Jean-Charles      67%       2nd    Lewis & Paul Q                60%

                    E-W     1st   Lars G & Bam Bam        63%       2nd    Johan & Sigurd                 57%

Fri 7th                       1st  Gerard & Terry              70%       2nd    Lewis & Paul Q                63%

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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           What do you open with Hand A?


53                 AK1062       (a) What do you open with Hand B? Suppose you bid 1,

A1096          K5                partner bids 1NT and RHO bids 2, (b) what do you bid?

KQJ10          K1052         Suppose you bid 2 and partner bids 2, (c) what do you do?

A102            A4               


Hand C           Hand D           With Hand C partner opens 1 (4+ cards), what do you bid?


K4                A7                                       

75                 94                 With Hand D RHO opens 1NT and you pass. LHO passes      

AK9854       1074             and partner bids 2 (showing both majors). What do you bid?

A87              AK9753


Hand E            Hand F            What do you open with Hand E, 1st seat, favourable vulnerability?


Q86              A3                With Hand F you are opener and this is the auction at love all:

AJ9432        AQ76           1  1   2  3

J7                  QJ97653      4  5  dbl  pass

K6               -                   ?             What do you do? Pull partner’s double or pass?  

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Bidding Sequence Quiz


G     1      pass   3      3NT       What is 3NT? Natural (to play) or Unusual for the minors?

H     1      pass   1NT   2         Without the 2 intervention, 2 would show a weakish

2                                       hand with 5-4 or 5-5 in the pointed suits. The question

is, does it have the same meaning after the 2 overcall or

is it a free bid showing strength?

J      1     pass   1      pass       2 is 4th suit forcing, which this pair play as game forcing.

1      pass   2     pass       What is 3NT, showing strength or showing no slam interest?


K     1NT   pass   2      pass       2 is a transfer, what is 4NT? Quantitive or Blackwood?

2      pass   4NT        


The Club Championships

Here are the latest standings in the club competitions. Not much change this week, but Lewis had a couple of good sessions and is creeping up on Sally in the Gold Cup.



Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5













1873.1 Hans Vikman

1841.7 Dave Cutler

1833.7 Sally Watson

1816.0 Lewis Berg

1804.6 Janne Roos

1799.2 Bob Pelletier

1782.5 Ivy Schlageter

1727.5 Jan v Koss


672.7 Hans Vikman

663.6 Sally Watson

661.8 Dave Cutler

661.1 Jeremy Watson

648.0 Lewis Berg

646.0 Lars Gustafsson

642.7 Ivy Schlageter

636.9 Tomas Wikman

636.4 Janne Roos

636.1 Bob Pelletier



347.2 Hans Vikman

342.3 Dave Cutler

341.1 Jeremy Watson

341.1 Sally Watson

337.1 Lars Gustafsson

335.3 Ivy Schlageter

334.0 Lewis Berg 

328.5 Derek & Gerard

327.4 Tomas Wikman

326.2 Bob Pelletier




Fast Arrival                                                          Board 7 from Monday 27th


Dealer:             6                                                 West          North         East          South

East                  1097543                                     -                 -                 1            pass

Love all            K7                                             1              pass           1            pass

                        Q1075                                       2   (1)      pass           3NT (2)    pass

pass (3)      pass

1084                   N             AQJ5                   

AKQJ2          W    E          6                 (1)  4th suit forcing, this pair play it as a game force

952                     S              AQ1043    (2)  This East thinks this shows a strong hand. 

A6                                      K94           (3)  This West thinks that 3NT was fast arrival and

                        K9732                                    showing no slam interest.


J86                What was your answer to sequence J in this week's quiz?                                          




And what happened? East made 12 tricks, but that was with poor defence. Virtually everybody was in 3NT making anything from 9 to12 tricks.

The bottom lines: -

-     If you jump to game in a game forcing auction; then most play that as fast arrival, showing little slam interest.

Qui Culpa?                                                           Board 26 from Monday 3rd


E-W missed an easy (27 point!) game on this board at Table A, who would you blame?


Dealer:             985                                             Table A

East                  AJ1086                                      West(B)     North         East          South

both vul            8764                                          -                 -                 pass         pass

                        8                                                1    (1)      pass           1NT (2)    2

2   (3)      pass           2    (4)    pass

AK1062             N             Q7                        pass (5)      pass

K5                  W    E          Q9742                

K1052                S              A3                        Table B

A4                                      Q932                   West(B)     North         East          South

                        J43                                             -                 -                 pass         pass

3                                                1NT           pass           2            pass

QJ9                                           2              pass           3NT         all pass



Table A:     (1)  What did you open with this West hand B(a) in this week’s quiz? It looks like exactly ˝ of the field chose 1.

(2)   This pair play 2/1 and this hand is not good enough for a game forcing 2.

(3)   What did you bid with this West hand B(b) in this week’s quiz? A good 17 points, absolutely no quacks, two tens, and good shape. 2 is feeble. But is it worth a game-forcing 3? Close. West considers that the fact that he made a free bid shows a good hand, I disagree. 2NT is the alternative having failed to open 1NT.

(4)   With no rebid from partner, East would bid 2, but it looks like a mis-fit with a poor Q and so East simply gave preference, he did not consider partner’s 2 bid to be showing any extras - see answer to sequence H. Maybe 2NT by East is reasonable (as West suggested) but it does not look good enough to me, especially with the known mis-fit.

(5)   What did you bid with this West hand B(c) in this week’s quiz? Surely West must make an effort now? He now has the luxury of being able to make an effort and not force to game, 2NT and 3 both seem reasonable and enable the partnership to stop below game if East is minimum.

Table B:     (1)  ˝ of the field opened 1NT in answer to question B(a) and that looks very reasonable (although it may be a slight underbid). The hand is reasonably balanced, has a stopper in both doubletons, and opening 1NT solves any rebid problem as experienced at Table A. The only reason that I can see not to open 1NT is that the hand is too strong (with great shape and two tens) and so 1 with a 2NT rebid in mind is probably best.


And what happened? E-W make 10 or 11 tricks in NoTrumps and virtually everybody was in 3NT. 2 +2 scored a near bottom.

The bottom lines: -

-     17 points + two working tens is worth an effort somewhere in the auction.

-     And the answer (Qui Culpa) - West

Inverted minors                                                    Board 29 from Monday 3rd


Raising partner’s minor suit opening with a game-going hand can be a problem:


Dealer:             J10632                                       basic bidding

North               1032                                           West(C)     North         East          South

both vul            -                                                 -                 pass           1            pass

                        K6542                                       2   (1)      pass           2NT (2)    pass

3NT (3)      all pass              

K4                      N             Q9                       

75                   W    E          AKJ9                  playing inverted minors

AK9854             S              QJ762                  

A87                                    103                      West(C)     North         East          South

                        A875                                          -                 -                 1            pass

Q864                                         2    (1)      pass           2    (4)    pass

103                                           3NT           all pass



basic          (1)  What did you bid with this West hand C in this week’s quiz? This sort of hand is very difficult playing standard methods because neither 2 nor 3 are forcing. You could simply bid 3NT and hope that partner has a stop; you could simply bid 5; but best is probably to ‘invent’ a non-existent suit. Of course none of these are very satisfactory.

(2)   A balanced 12-14. Some play that a reverse into 2 shows a big hand, others play that a reverse after a two-level response does not show extra values, simply shape. If you play the latter then 2 is obviously best.

(3)   Pretty obvious now.

Inv minors  (1)  This is the only real solution to question C – play inverted minors. This 2 bid shows invitational values or better (so about 11+), denies a 4-card major and is forcing to 2NT or 3.

(4)   This simply shows a stop.

(5)   With both black suits stopped West bids 3NT to protect his K and show game values.


And what happened? Despite my continual writing about 3NT usually being better than 5/, no less than three pairs out of seven bid 5, the other 4 bid 3NT. 5 makes exactly but 3NT made +1 on three occasions for the joint top.

The bottom lines: -

-     Inverted minors really do make life easy after a 1/ opening. When you have a good hand the level is nice and low in order to establish that you have all suits stopped for 3NT.



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


North               South                       You are South, declarer in 3NT and West leads the J.

A4                K6                        East plays an encouraging card and you win with the K.

63                 AJ72                    How do you play the suit for four tricks?

10642           AK75                                  

AK653         1074                                         

Dave’s Column answer                      Board 3 from Wednesday 5th  


Dealer:             A4                                              West          North         East            South

South               63                                               -                 -                 -                 1NT    

E-W vul           10642                                        pass           3NT           all pass      



J10975               N             Q832              West leads the J to South’s K, with East

K109            W      E          Q854              signaling encouragement. It is imperative for

8                        S              QJ93              declarer to collect 4 tricks, how should he

J982                                   Q                   play the suit?    






Most South’s simply went for the probable 3-2 break (68%) and played low to the A and K. With this particular layout that loses.

The best play is to play the 10 at trick two. Holding  J982 West could not resist the temptation to cover, and dummy’s A dropped East’s Q. South continued with a low to the 7 to force West’s 8 and a later against west’s 9 brought home the 4 winners and the game.

Was it wrong for West to cover the 10? Yes, because East had the singleton Q.

Was South’s play of the 10 correct? Yes, it was. Since any lead wins when ’s are 3-2, the lead of the 10 also wins against 4-1 breaks when East has a singleton 8 or 9. West is forced to cover the 10; after dummy wins. A low to declarer’s 7 allows South to win 4 tricks. Further, as the actual deal demonstrates, it also wins when West is given the opportunity to choose a losing option.

And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? All 9 South’s were in 3NT but only one declarer made 9 tricks. Everybody else was -1 or -2.





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


West                East                      You are West, declarer in 3NT after North has opened 2

J108             AQ97               which partner doubled for take-out.

KQ2             74                     North leads the J, plan the play.

K763            A54                                     

Q63             AK42


Dave’s 2nd Column answer              Board 1 from Wednesday 5th 


Dealer:             52                                               West          North         East            South

North               AJ10985                                    -                 2              dbl             pass

Love all            J92                                              2NT           pass           3NT           all pass


      North leads the J, plan the play.

J108                   N             AQ97             At one table West took the first trick and ran the

KQ2               W    E          74                   J. South won this with the K and returned his

K763                  S              A54                2nd to set the contract.    

Q63                                   AK42             This was fairly predictable and the best play is

                        K643                                    for  declarer to duck the first trick. North can then

63                                        establish his suit but he has no entry. Declarer

Q108                                   will take three ’s, one , two ’s and three ’s.



And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 8 out of 9 ended up in 3NT and only two went down; however, many North’s did not lead a or else led the A and this made life very easy for declarer. The bottom lines

-         With a holding like AJ109(x)(x), lead the J against NoTrumps, especially if the bidding indicates that dummy may be short in the suit (and declarer probably holding the KQ).


Do not pre-empt then bid again                                    Board 9 from Friday 7th


Dealer:             Q86                                            West          North(E)    East          South

North               AJ9432                                      -                 2    (1)      pass         pass

E-W vul           J7                                                2    (2)      3    (3)      3            4   (4)

                        K6                                             pass           pass           pass        


K10543              N             A97          (1)  What did you open with this North hand E in

K107              W    E          85                  this week’s quiz? It’s a bit too strong for 2 in

Q94                    S              A532             my style and I would open 1 - the hand has a

42                                      J987              reasonable suit and conforms with the rule of 20.

                        J2                                   (2)  A bit light, but reasonable in the balancing seat.

Q6                                  (3)  This is, of course, ridiculous. One should never

K1086                                  bid again having pre-empted. Pass would have

AQ1053                               led to -2 and that 200 would be a complete top for N-S.

(4)  Apparently meant as lead directional – he did not know partner had an opening hand and assumed that E-W were going to bid game.              


And what happened? South is a fine player of the cards and managed to go just one down for -50 and about average. If West had not bid then 2+1(170) would have been a near top for N-S, and if North had not bid again then 2-2 (200) would have been a clear top for N-S.

The bottom lines: -

-         Do not bid again having pre-empted.

-         More often than not you undo the good work that the pre-empt did (as in this case).

-         Obey the rule of 20 in 1st and 2nd seat.

A Lucky misunderstanding                                  Board 11 from Wednesday 5th


E-W at table A lucked out on this deal.


Dealer:             10                                               Table A

South               Q532                                          West(A)     North         East          South

Love all            862                                             -                 -                 -               pass

                        J9654                                         1NT (1)      pass           2            pass

2              pass           4NT (2)    pass

53                       N             AKJ872                pass (3)      pass

A1096            W    E          K                        

KQJ10                S              943                      Table B

A102                                  KQ3                    West(A)     North         East          South

                        Q964                                          -                 -                 -               pass

J874                                          1    (1)     pass           1            pass

A75                                          1NT           pass           4            pass

7                                                        pass   (4)    pass


Table A:     (1)  What did you open with this West hand A in this week’s quiz? This West added on for those three tens and the 9 and opened a strong NoTrump. And that’s my answer to question A, this hand is easily worth 1NT, if you think that it is 14 points so open 1 and rebid 1NT, then read any book on hand evaluation.

(2)   This East thought that this was RKCB for ’s…

(3)   … but West thought it was a quantitive NoTrump raise and obviously passed.

Table B:     (1)  It looks like every other West simply added up to 14 and opened 1.

                  (4)  I know of one West who had a long think here – he knew he had a good hand but decided not to bid on because of the poor ’s. There would be no need to think if he had opened 1NT.


And what happened? 4NT was a nice comfortable contract that actually made +1. Virtually everybody else was in 4 which just makes exactly because of the two losers.

The bottom lines: -

-         Add on for good 10’s and 9’s, especially if thinking about a 1NT opener.

-         After a transfer is simply completed, then 4NT is quantitative, 4 is the ace ask.

-         I like to play that 4 is RKCB for the transfer suit, but you would have to agree this.
There is an article on the website that explains when 4 is Gerber and when 4NT is Blackwood or something else.



 The director was called a number of times on Friday. Here are two of the deals:


A Director call – part 1                                        Board 23 from Friday 7th



Dealer:             862                                             Table A

South               AJ                                              West          North         East(D)    South

Both vul            AKQ5                                       -                 -                 -               pass

                        J1086                                         pass           1NT   (1)    pass         pass

2   (2)      pass           pass (3)    pass

KQJ103             N             A7                       

K10875          W    E          94                        Table B

82                       S              1074                    West          North         East          South

4                                        AK9753               -                 -                 -               pass

                        954                                             pass           1    (1)      2           2    (4)

Q632                                         2    (5)      3    (6)      pass         pass

J963                                          dbl   (7)      pass           pass (8)    pass



Table A:     (1)  A clear strong 1NT opener.

(2)   Showing Both majors.

(3)   What did you bid with this East hand D in this week’s quiz? With a 6-card club suit pass seems very reasonable to me. But East should alert the 2 bid if it had been agreed.

Table B:     (1)  This pair play a weak NoTrump. I would open 1 but that’s just my style.

(4)   Playing Acol South knows that North is unlikely to have 4 ’s.

(5)   This is difficult for West; a responsive double may be best but 2 is certainly better than this 2 bid chosen.

(6)   North felt that 15 points needed another bid, but I would need another .

(7)   West has got himself into a spot now and cannot show his ’s safely. So he made a nebulous double.

(8)   After some thought, East took the winning action of passing.


And what happened? The director was called at the end of play at Table A with 2 making +1. The 2 bid had not been alerted and North pointed out that they can make 2. However, East was an inexperienced player and E-W had not agreed that 2 showed the majors, and even if the bid had been alerted I cannot see how N-S can reach 2 (nobody in the room was allowed to play in 2). I think East’s pass of 2♣ is fine even if he knew that 2♣ showed the majors and I cannot see that South can bid anything. I let the result stand.

At Table B 3* went -1 for a perhaps undeserved top to E-W.



A Director call – part 2                                        Board 14 from Friday 7th


This one was a bit mor tricky, involving the all too frequent problem of hesitation.


Dealer:             95                                               West          North         East(F)     South

East                  KJ5                                            -                 -                1            1

Love all            4                                                2    (1)      3             4    (2)    5

                        AJ86543                                    dbl   (3)      pass           5    (4)    pass

5              all pass

J764                   N             A3                       

1098432         W    E          AQ76                 

A10                    S              QJ97653              

K                                       -                          






(1)   This bid promises 5+ ’s, but the hand is not strong enough in my opinion. I would make a negative double.

(2)   A 4 splinter would solve all of the subsequent problems.

(3)   Apparently after considerable thought. Long pause or not, this is a TERRIBLE bid. Pass (forcing) or 5 are the sensible options. Of course if East had splintered with 4 at (2) then West would know that N-S had 11+ 's between then and would obviously not dream of doubling.

(4)   This is where the controversy happened. What did you bid with this East hand F in this week’s quiz? Partner has made a long pause before doubling, thus passing the unauthorized information that his double was dubious. But, East knows that partner has a good hand (or should have because of his two-level response) with at least 5 ’s. With a void I too would pull the double. Either 5 or 5 are reasonable.


And what happened? South was unhappy with my decision to let the bids stand. He has my sympathies, apart from the long pause West made an appalling bid (double with a singleton trump). But West’s very poor bidding is not the issue here, the issue is if East should pull the double. I think he should, whether 75% of East’s peers would I don’t know.

Anyway, 5 went -1 for a good score to N-S. I guess that West’s declarer play is as bad as his bidding as three players made 5 as Deep Finesse says you should.

The bottom line:

-         Try not to take a long time before bidding. In particular, problems are caused by a long pause followed by a pass or a double.

-         The partner of the long pauser must not take advantage of the unauthorized information, and should only bid if it is very clear (75% of his peers would do the same).

-         This one is not totally obvious to me, but I would bid. As it turned out the innocent side got a good score anyway.





Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    lNT. The 10,9 and the two other tens mean that this hand is worth upgrading to a strong NoTrump.

Hand B:     (a)  1NT maybe. The hand is fairly balanced and has stops in both doubletons. But it is a bit strong (good shape and two tens) and so 1 to be followed by a jump in NoTrumps is probably best.

(b)   2NT, or maybe 3. The problem here is that 3 is game forcing and so an invitational 2NT looks best. 2 is far too feeble for me and does not show any extras (see answer to sequence H below).

(c)    2NT or 3. The hand has improved with partner showing tolerance for ’s and you must surely make a (somewhat belated) try for game now.

Hand C:    2. It’s horrible but the only reasonable bid unless you play inverted minors. Playing inverted minors you bid 2 (forcing) and partner will tell you if he has a stop – what a great system!

Hand D:    Pass. You have a great 6-card suit which may or may not play better than a 5-2 major suit fit, but the problem is that unless partner promises 5-5 or if you play Multi Landy, you may well end up in a 4-2 fit. Playing Multi Landy you can bid 2 to ensure playing in a 5-2 fit, but pass is still reasonable.

Hand E:    1. This hand is far too good for a weak two, especially when non-vul. It conforms with the rule of 20 and 1 is clear to me. If you do choose 2, then DO NOT bid again ‘to show a good 2 opener’.

Hand F:     5 (or 5). To me it seems clear to pull partner’s double. These ’s will mean nothing if defending and this hand may well have only one defensive trick. 5 looks odds-on to make.


Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers


G     1      pass   3      3NT       3NT is natural, to play. Usually with a stop and a long running minor.

H     1      pass   1NT   2         2 shows no more than a minimum two-suited hand.

2                                       This is confirmed in Eric Crowhurst’s “Acol in competition”

on page 124: ‘If South had remained silent you would have bid 2 without the slightest qualm. There is therefore no reason not to make your natural rebid in this situation’ (the hand in the book was a 5-2-4-2 shape 13 count).

J      1      pass   1      pass       3NT is fast arrival and expresses a desire to play there and

1      pass   2     pass       not look for a fit or a slam.


K     1NT   pass   2      pass       4NT is quantitive, inviting 6NT or 6. If you want to ask for

2      pass   4NT                 aces then 4 is the bid (I like to play it as keycard for ’s)


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