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Mon 15th ††† N-S ††† 1stDerek & Gerard†††††††††††† 67%†††††† 2nd †† Marianne & Per †††††††††††††† 51%

††††††††††††††††††† E-W†††† 1st†† Janne & Hans ††††††††††††††† 60%†††††† 2nd †† Arnt & Petter†††††††††††††††††† 58%

Wed 17th ††† N-S ††† 1stJanne & Sally†††††††††††††††† 65%†††††† 2nd †† Lewis & Paul Q††††††††††††††† 61%

††††††††††††††††††† E-W†††† 1st†† Arnt & Johan††††††††††††††††† 61%†††††† 2nd †† Bengt & Magnus††††††††††††† 54%

Fri 19th †††††† N-S ††† 1stGunn & Lennart K††††††††† 54%†††††† 2nd †† Hans & Sally††††††††††††††††††† 53%

††††††††††††††††††† E-W†††† 1st†† Alan K & Michael S†††††† 61%†††††† 2nd †† Bengt & Jeremy††††††††††††††† 60%




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


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


A5††††††††††††††† J1043

-†††††††††††††††††† KQJ†††††††††††† With Hand B you open 1NT and partner transfers to ís with 2,

AKQJ654†††† K983††††††††††† what do you bid?†††

KJ52††††††††††† AQ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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Christmas Day Party


Paul Quodomine has kindly invited all Club members and visitors to a Christmas day multiple teams-of-four combined with an afternoon lunch/party. Approx 12.00 to 18.00 or a bit later. All food and refreshments will be provided free of charge, as will transportation to/from the Bowling Green. Alternatively you can make your own way there Ė itís in Jomtien and Paul has provided maps/directions.

Obviously Paul needs to know the numbers (he is hoping for 6-8 tables) in advance, so please sign up before Dec 22nd at the latest. At the moment we have enough for around 5 teams, six would be very nice and easier to run. Sign-up sheets are on the Bowling Green notice board. Wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends etc are also welcome; thereís a large swimming pool and guests can easily find other activities if they donít play bridge.

Itís up to you to organize your team-mates, any (multiples of 4) left over will be made into a team. Because of the nature of the event, only a multiple of 4 for playing bridge will be acceptable unless a team chooses to have more than 4 members. So sign up and organize your teams early as late applicants may well not get a place in a team.





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The 3NT overcall ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 18 from Wednesday 17th


I guess that you could play a 3NT overcall as 25+, but that comes up rather infrequently! So the sensible meaning of the bid is a long solid minor with a stop in the suit opened. An excellent example occurred on Wednesday.


Dealer:†††††††††††† 107†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(A)

East††††††††††††††††† KJ6543††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††† 3NT (1)

N-S vul††††††††††† 932†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††pass (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (3)††† 5

††††††††††††††††††††††† 87††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5††† (4)††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††† 6††† (5)

all pass

K872††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† QJ943†††††††††††††††††

98†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† AQ1072†††††††† (1)What did you bid with this South hand A

1087†††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in this weekís quiz? I donít like either

Q1063†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A94††††††††††††††††††††† double or a bid because 3NT describes

††††††††††††††††††††††† A5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† the hand perfectly Ė a long solid minor

-†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† with a stop.

AKQJ654††††††††††††††††††††††††††††(2)itís not easy to find 4 here, but some did.

KJ52††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (3)and E surely cannot pass, as one player did.

(4)   This must be right.

(5)   Perhaps South should have given up here.



And what happened? 5 was bid three times, making once and going down twice. 6* was also bid twice (-1 and -2). Three pairs managed to get away with just 5 and amazingly one South was allowed to play in 3NT making +2.

The bottom lines: -

-         A 3NT bid over an opponents opening shows a long solid minor and a stop in the suit opened.




Daveís Column†††††††††††††††††† Here is Daveís input involving the bidding.


West††††††††††††††† East††††††††††††††††††† You are West, declarer in 4 and North leads the 10.

J1043†††††††††† AQ865†††††††††† West won in hand, and plays trumps, picking up Northís

KQJ†††††††††††† A64††††††††††††††† Kxx. How should West continue?

K983††††††††††† A72††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††

AQ†††††††††††††† 87†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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


Daveís Column answer††††††††††††††††††††† Board 16 from Wednesday 17th


Dealer:†††††††††††† K72††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† ††††† West(B)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

West††††††††††††††† 10983†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass

Love all††††††††††† Q6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 3††† (1)†††††pass†† ††††††† 6††††††††††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† K653††††††††

(1)What did you bid with this West hand A

J1043†††††††††† ††† N†††††††††††††† AQ865†††††††††† ††††† in this weekís quiz? There are various

KQJ†††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† A64††††††††††††††† †††† treatments for a super-accept and most

K983††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† A72††††††††††††††† †††† variants bid 3 here. You are non-min

AQ†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 87††††††††††††††††† ††††† and with 4 trumps itís best to super

††††††††††††††††††††††† 9†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† ††††† accept as you may then reach good games

752†††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† (or slams) that would otherwise not be bid.

J1054††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† ††††† †††††

J10942†††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††


Having successfully pulled trumps you should then eliminate ís. Then play the A followed by another and which you allow North to win and he is end-played. This line also works if North started with 3 ís Ė the ís then split and the 13th provides a winner to pitch the losing Q.

In order to defeat the contract, an astute North will see the end-play coming and will throw the Q on the A.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Five out of nine pairs reached 6, with two making and three going down. The others stopped in game with just one making 12 tricks.



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


West††††††††† North†††††† East††††††††† South

72†††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass†††††††† 2†††††

AKQ982††††††† W††† E††††††††††††††††† 4††††††††††††† 4††††††††††† all pass††††

AK87†††††††††††††††† S†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You are West, defending 4. East leads the 7 which you

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1096†††††††††††††††††† win with the Q. You continue with the K and both

J105†††††††††††††††††† follow, partner playing the 4. Next you play the K††††

J964††††††††††††††††††upon which partner plays the 10 (playing low to

KQ6††††††††††††††††† encourage). What card do you play next?

Daveís 2nd Column answer††††††† ††††† Board 17 from Wednesday 17th


Dealer:†††††††††††† AKJ853††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

East††††††††††††††††† 63†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2

E-W vul†††††††††† 2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 4††††††††††††† 4††††††††††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ87††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††


72†††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† Q4†††††††††††††††††

AKQ982††††††† W††† E††††††††† 74††††††††††††††††††

AK87†††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† Q1053†††††††††††

10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 95432†††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1096†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

J105†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††


KQ6††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††


When West shifts to the K at trick 3, East does well to discourage ís. West should then revert to ís and this will promote Eastís Q. West should not consider a switch. The bidding marks North with the A and if East did happen to hold the A, declarer has no opportunity to discard any losing .


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Most went one down in 4, but a couple did make it.


The Club Championships

Here are the latest standings in the club competitions. Itís nearly all over now.



Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5













1904.0 Hans Vikman

1854.3 Sally Watson

1845.6 Lewis Berg

1844.5 Dave Cutler

1840.5 Janne Roos

1812.1 Lars Gustafsson

1806.6 Bob Pelletier

1790.3 Ivy Schlageter

1786.1 Derek & Gerard

1727.5 Jan v Koss


683.5 Hans Vikman

664.9 Sally Watson

661.8 Dave Cutler

661.1 Jeremy Watson

652.2 Lewis Berg

651.0 Lars Gustafsson

646.8 Derek & Gerard

645.6 Janne Roos

643.6 Ivy Schlageter

639.0 Tomas Wikman



352.6 Hans Vikman

342.3 Dave Cutler

341.1 Jeremy Watson

341.1 Sally Watson

339.7 Lars Gustafsson

335.8 Lewis Berg 

335.3 Ivy Schlageter

333.8 Derek & Gerard

327.4 Tomas Wikman

326.2 Bob Pelletier




Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† 3NT. Showing a long solid minor and a stop.

Hand B:††† 3. With 4 trumps and a non-minimum you should super-accept.




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