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Mon 2nd N-S ††† 1stJanne & Kerstin††††††††††††† 59%†††††† 2nd †† Ivy & Royd††††††††††††††††††††† 56%

††††††††††††††††††† E-W†††† 1st Derek & Gerard†††††††††††† 63%†††††† 2nd †† Gene & Paul Sc††††††††††††††† 60%

Wed 4th †† N-S ††† 1stJanne & Per-Ake†††††††††† 60%†††††† 2nd †† Hans V & Lars B†††††††††††† 58%

††††††††††††††††††† E-W†††† 1stLennart & Gun K†††††††††† 65%†††††† 2nd †† Derek & Gerard†††††††††††††† 61%

Fri 6th ††††††† N-S ††† 1stJanne & Lars B††††††††††††† 55%†††††† 2nd †† Lars G & Lennart K†††††††† 53%

††††††††††††††††††† E-W†††† 1stGun K & Per-Ake††††††††† 71%†††††† 2nd †† Hans V & Sally††††††††††††††† 63%


The Tripple

Congratulation to Janne who has become just the 11th play in the Clubís history to achieve the triple (winning all 3 sessions

in one week), and note that he did it with 3 different partners.

Ron Klinger web site



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


Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† With Hand A everybody is vulnerable, partner opens a weak

2, what do you bid?

AK†††††††††††††† 10853

KJ103††††††††† J†††††††††††††††††† With Hand B you open 1 and partner bids 1. What do you

AJ76†††††††††††† AKQJ4†††††††† bid? Think about this one as not everybody agrees; and what

1074††††††††††† AK4†††††††††††† would be your 2nd choice as a reasonable alternative?


Hand C†††††††††† Hand D†††††††††† With Hand C you open 1 (could be short) and partner bids 1.

RHO doubles, (showing the red suits), what do you do?

AQ8†††††††††††† AK96††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

1064†††††††††††† 109653†††††††† With Hand D partner opens 1 and you bid 1. Partner jumps

Q10††††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††††† to 2NT (18-19), what do you bid?††† ††††††††

AQ986†††††††† J1032


Hand E††††††††††† Hand F††††††††††† With Hand E you open 1NT and partner transfers with 2,

what do you bid?

AKQ††††††††††† AQJ96 ††††††††

AJ102††††††††† A ††††††††††††††††

Q87††††††††††††† Q10985††††††† With Hand F partner opens 2, what do you bid?

J87†††††††††††††† A4

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Bidding Sequence Quiz


G†††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††† pass††††††Is 1 forcing?


H†††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††† pass††††††2 is forcing, but is it game forcing?


J††††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††† pass††††††The 2NT rebid shows 18-19, highly invitational but not

2NT†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† forcing. But does it deny a 4-card suit?

The Problem with Ogust††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 13 from Monday 2nd††


Ogust is a popular convention which I like Ė if you hold a decent hand, say 16 points, and partner opens a weak two (6-10) then you probably want to be in game if partner is maximum. Ogust enables you to find out how good partner is, but there appears to be one drawback...


Dealer:†††††††††††† 109642†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† 74†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(A)††† South

both vul††††††††††† KQ1083†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††† pass (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† K†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4††† (2)††††† all pass


AK†††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† 8†††††††††††††††††† †††† Table B

KJ103††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† AQ9852†††††† †††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(A)††† South

AJ76††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††††† 52†††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††† pass (1)

1074††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q983†††††††††††††††† 2NT (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (3)††† dbl†† (4)

††††††††††††††††††††††† QJ753††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 4††† (5)††††† 4††††† (6)††† pass†††††††† pass

6†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† dbl†††††††††††† all pass

94†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††


Table A:†††† (1)This is an ideal Michaels Cue bid of 2 had RHO opened 1, but there is no such thing as a pre-empt over a pre-empt and so South has to pass. 2 would show a decent hand with ís and 3 a strong hand. 4 (Leaping Michaels) would show the black suits (usually 5-6) but promises a much stronger hand.

††††††††††††††††† (2)What did you bid with this West hand A in this weekís quiz? This may depend upon how disciplined your partner is with his weak twos, but 4 should make opposite most vulnerable weak two openings.

Table B:†††† (2)But this West has Ogust in his bidding armory and decided to find out if partner was minimum or maximum with an Ogust 2NT enquiry.

(3)   Maximum, with two honours in the trump suit.

(4)   Unfortunately for E-W, this 3 response enabled South to show his ís at no risk.

(5)   West can now bid 4 in complete confidence.

(6)   But now North knows that there is a good fit and can compete.†††††††††††††††††††††

And what happened? Every E-W were in 4 except two that had to double 4. 4 doubled went just one down and was a good save against the 620 for 4 making exactly.

The bottom lines: -

-         Ogust is a great convention, but every convention has its drawback.

-         Note that this is yet another example of the Law of Total Tricks, N-S have 10 's and so should compete to the 10 trick level.


Contacting Members


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2NT Rebid††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 16 from Monday 2nd††


Dealer:†††††††††††† 10853†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

West††††††††††††††† J†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(B)††† East††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† AKQJ4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† AK4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††† (1)††† pass†††††††† 4

all pass

Q742††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† J†††††††††††††††††† ††††

A42††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† KQ87†††††††††† †††† Table B

973†††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† 108652††††††††††††††West††††††††† North(B)††† East††††††††† South(D)

975††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q86†††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† AK96†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT†† (1)††† pass†††††††† 3NT (2)

109653†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass

-††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††


Table A:†††† (1)What did you bid with this North hand B in this weekís quiz? This jump to 2 is forcing to game and perhaps a bit of an overbid with a mis-fit for partner and a really ropey suit. 1 is possible I suppose (my 2nd choice) but that is not forcing and I think that North should make more of an effort.

Table B:†††† (1)As I said above, I donít like 1 or 2 here and prefer the Ďin betweení bid of 2NT. I agree that itís not ideal (a doubleton would be better) but I prefer it to 3NT (which totally rules out finding a possible fit).

(2)   What did you bid with this South hand D in this weekís quiz? I guess that this is affected by your answer to sequence J. In my (and Max Hardyís) opinion the 2NT rebid does not deny a 4-card major and if you agree with this philosophy then 3 (New Minor Forcing) is the best bid and will enable a possible 4-4 fit or 5-3 fit to be uncovered.

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

And what happened? Three pairs got to the top spot of 4 (making or making +1). Two pairs overbid to 6 and both went -2 (I assume that North rebid 2 at (1) and South got carried away?). 3NT was bid twice and made exactly for above average as two players went one down in 4.

The bottom lines: -

-         In Standard American, a jump 2NT rebid does not deny a 4-card major.

-         After a 2NT (or 1NT) rebid New Minor Forcing is a very useful tool, I have just recently written it up, itís in the conventions folder and on the web:

Conventions > Section 2 > New Minor Forcing.

An Adjusted Score†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 20 from Monday 2nd††


The director was called into action on this board...


Dealer:†††††††††††† AQ†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

West††††††††††††††† 853†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT (1)††††† 2††† (2)†††3NT

both vul††††††††††† QJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††4††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††† dbl†† (3)

††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ8542††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass


1097543†††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† J†††††††††††††††††† †††††

109†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† AQJ642†††††† †††††

K8652††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† 10943††††††††††††††††

-†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q10††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† K862††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††


A7††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††


(1)   A somewhat off-beat 1NT, but quite acceptable.

(2)   Meant as Multi Landy (a single suited hand). But at this point West alerted and said that the bid was natural, showing a suit.

(3)   South had a think here, and asked West how many ís East had, and West said at least five. Presumably assuming that West had good honours in the suit for his raise, South feared that a lead would defeat 4NT and so he doubled.


At the end of play N-S obviously complained that they had been given the wrong explanation (twice). East was asked why he had not corrected the explanation before the opening lead and he replied that he had not heard partner say that he had 5 ís. His only comment was that the score was +710. Wrong!

So what should the director do?

The rules are fairly clear here. N-S were given incorrect information and an adjusted score is in order. South said that he would have bid 4NT had he known that East had a long undefined suit. So I adjusted the score to 4NT making exactly which is what the outcome would have been on a lead (a lead and it would have made 11 tricks as at another table). 6 makes, but only one person (Sally of course) bid it, with 5+1 being the most popular spot.

The bottom lines: -

-         If you make an incorrect bid and partner gives the correct definition then there is no penalty.

-         If you make the correct bid and partner gives an incorrect definition then there may well be an adjusted score, as here.

-         N-S were clearly injured here by the incorrect information and so the score was adjusted to the most likely outcome for the injured party had the correct explanation been given.

-         If your partner gives an incorrect explanation and you are declarer or dummy, then you should inform the opponents before the opening lead.

-         Incidentally, I much prefer to play the 2 bid as a 6-card major (with a long minor then bid it directly at the three level). This would enable West to bid at the 4 level (4 or 4 by agreement) to show support for both majors. Without this agreement that 2 can only be a major, West cannot bid this as East may well have a suit.


The Club Championships


Itís beginning to look like a two-horse race, with Janne and Hans regularly swapping places at the top of the Bronze competition and Janne now qualifying for the Silver ahead of Hans. Interestingly, they did not partner each other this week (but Janne did partner Hansí sister once!).



Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5















606.0 Janne Roos

599.0 Hans Vikman

573.7 Bob Short


321.3 Hans Vikman

319.7 Janne Roos

301.8 Bob Short

296.1 Lars Broman

295.7 Derek & Gerard

295.4 Johan Bratsberg

293.5 Lewis Berg

293.5 Paul Quodomine

289.7 Gene Moats

289.7 Paul Scully

288.7 Bob Pelletier

284.2 Lars Gustafsson

278.8 Royd Laidlow



The Tripple


Janne has become just the 11th person to achieve the triple (winning all three sessions in one week). The last person to do it was (no surprise) Hans Vikman just under a year ago. The standard of play at the club has improved dramatically over the last couple of years and getting the triple these days is quite an achievement, unlike 2-4 years ago when one local cowboy won it five times Ė he has no chance these days and his last triple win was in 2006.

The tripple was won just once in 2007 and twice in 2008; now that Janne is resident here his aim is surely to break the record of 5 total triples (apart from winning the Gold Cup of course)?





Daveís Column†††††††††† Here is Daveís input about the play of the hand.


North†††††††††††††† South†††††††††††††† You are South, declarer in 5 after East has shown a good hand

K††††††††††††††††† AQJ10942††† with good ís. West plays the 10 which East wins with the J,

AJ842††††††††† Q††† ††††††††††††† continues with the A and then the K, what do you do?††††

74†††††††††††††††† 82††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

10987††††††††† 963


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

Daveís Column answer††††††††††††††††††††† Board 21 from Wednesday 4th


Dealer:†††††††††††† K††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West †††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

North†††††††††††††† AJ842††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 2††† (1)††††† 4

N-S vul††††††††††† 74†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 5††† (2)††††† 5

††††††††††††††††††††††† AKJ52†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass


87653†††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††† †††††

75†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† K10963††††††††† (1)This is the bidding from the book, I like

106†††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† AKQJ953†††††† †††††the 5 bid chosen by our opponent which

Q1074†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 8††††††††††††††††††† ††††† caused N-S to overbid to 6 when South

††††††††††††††††††††††† AQJ10942††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† perhaps unwisely bid 5.

Q††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† (2)And here we see the total futility of the

82†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† pathetic 2 bid at (1). N-S now know

963††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† enough not to bid on over 5.


Anyway, this is a play problem and not a bidding one, so letís assume that N-S are allowed to peacefully bid to 5. West leads the 10 which East wins with the J, cashes the A and continues with the K. What do you do?

When first played, South discarded a at trick three, West threw a and dummy ruffed. The A was then led and a ruffed, but West overruffed to defeat the contract.

Unlucky of course. How could he know that East has 5 ís to go with his 7 ís? How was South to know to cash AK and ruff a to draw trumps?

He had overlooked the correct play at trick three. Declarer should have thrown the Q, not a . Then he could immediately ruff a , draw trumps and eventually discard his third on dummyís A.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Everybody in 5 went -1 and there were various other scores.



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


West††††††††††††††† East††††††††††††††††† You are West, declarer in 4 after South had opened 1.

AK9875†††††† J106†††††††††††† North leads the 2, plan the play†††††††††††††††

96†††††††††††††††† A5(1)†††††††

Q3††††††††††††††† A75†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

QJ8††††††††††††† A10975


Daveís 2nd Column answer††††††††††††† Board 19 from Wednesday 4th


Dealer:†††††††††††† Q43††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

South†††††††††††††† J732†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1

E-W vul†††††††††† 9642†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† (1)††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 63††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3††††† (2)††† pass†††††††††† 4††††††††††††† all pass


AK9875†††††††††††† N†††††††††††† J106††††††††††††††††††††

96†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† A5††††††††††††††††† (1)An Unassuming Cue Bid, showing a

Q3††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† A75††††††††††††††††††††† sound raise to 3 or better with three

QJ8††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A10975††††††††††††††† card support.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 2†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† (2)Showing opening values.††††††

KQ1082†††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††

KJ108†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† North leads the 2, plan the play. †††



Your side has 25 HCPs leaving the opposition with 15. As South opened the bidding he should have at least 12 leaving North with 2 or 3 at most. The contract looks so good that you must protect against unpleasant scenarios like north having Qxx, the finesse losing and North getting in early to lead to lead a through dummyís A. So how can North get in early to lead a ? If you win the first and play the AK and North has Qxx, you can be in trouble.

Say you take a losing finesse and South is inspired enough to lead a low (Northís 2 lead should promise an honour) to North who returns a , you are now one down.

The correct play is to duck the opening lead; then South has no way to get North in for a return and you have time to dispose of your losing on a . You have made an advance avoidance play at trick one; keeping North, the danger hand, from getting in later to lead a .

And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Six players bid 4 and five made it. One N-S pair found the good sacrifice of 5*-2 and the other two N-Sís were in partscores.


Super-Accept††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 16 from Wednesday 24th


Our opponents bid nicely to the good game at table B on this board.


Dealer:†††††††††††† 10854†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

West††††††††††††††† Q4††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(E)†††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† KJ96†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT†††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† KQ3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† (1)††† pass

pass (2)††††† pass

6†††††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† AKQ††††††††††† ††††

K9853††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† AJ102††††††††† †††† Table B

432†††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† Q87†††††††††††††††††††West††††††††† North†††††††† East(E)†††† South

A1065††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J87†††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT†††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† J9732†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (1)††† pass

76†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4††† (3)††††† all pass

A105††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††


Table A:†††† (1)What did you bid with this East hand E in this weekís quiz? This East correctly devalued for the flat 3433 shape and the Ďbadí AKQ (a 4th would be nice). And he decided to simply complete the transfer.

(2)   West does not know about the support opposite and quite reasonably passed.

Table B:†††† (1)This is the answer to question E. Itís true that the hand should be downgraded as mentioned above, but the nice trumps with the 10 are some compensation and I would evaluate the hand at 16+ points which is non-min and so good enough to super-accept.

(3)   And now itís easy for West, knowing that there are 4 ís and a non-minimum hand opposite.


And what happened? Four pairs reached 4 and three made it. Four pairs stopped in 2 and one pair somehow lost the 5-4 fit (with a singleton) and played in 3NT. Assuming that declarer plays for the ís to split 2-2 then the 4 contract is cold unless South leads a ? which will probably only happen if North doubles the 2 ? transfer bid.

The bottom lines: -

-         I recommend super-accepting with 4 trumps and a non-minimum.

-         There are more sophisticated variations on super-accepting and itís all written up in the No Trump bidding book.


The support double and redouble††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 22 from Wednesday 24th


Dealer:†††††††††††† 853†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East††††††††††††††††† AK93†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(C)††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† AJ72†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 42††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† dbl†††† (1)††† 2†† (2)††† pass (3)

pass (4)††††† pass

KJ1095††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† AQ8†††††††††††† ††††

854†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† 1064†††††††††††† †††† Table B

8654††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††††† Q10†††††††††††††††††††West††††††††† North†††††††† East(C)††† South

J†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ986†††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 65†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 1††††††††††††† dbl†††† (1)††† redbl (2)†† pass

QJ7††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††† (5)††††† all pass

K93††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††


Table A:†††† (1)Showing the red suits.

(2)   What did you bid with this East hand C in this weekís quiz? This pair play a short (could be two) and so East decided to show his 5-card suit. The alternative is to bid 2 (which generally shows 4-card support) or the bid chosen at table B.

(3)   South does not double (penalties) of course as he can be fairly sure that E-W have a fit.

(4)   Perhaps West should bid 2, but that is normally a 6-card suit and partner may well be short. It would be easy if E-W played Support (Re)Doubles.

Table B:†††† (2)This is the best bid if you have it in your bidding armory Ė a Support Redouble showing exactly 3-card support for partnerís major.

(5)   And now itís easy for West, knowing that there are 3 ís opposite.


And what happened? 2 was bid at two tables and went -3 for 300 away and a joint top. 2 by West should be fairly comfortable and it made +1 twice for the joint E-W top.

The bottom lines: -

-         The Support Double and Support Redouble are very good bidding tools, they show 3-card support for partnerís major when you open, partner responds in a major and RHO either bids or doubles. Note also that this convention leaves open the possibility of penalizing the opponents should responder have a good hand and if there is no fit.

-         The Support Double is written up on the website:

Conventions > Section 2 > Support Double.




Suit Play problem†††


9632†††††††††††† KJ1074††††††††I was asked about this one. This is your trump suit, with ample

entries to either hand. How do you play the suit?


play of the suit - answer
†††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 27 from Wednesday 24th


Dealer:†††††††††††† A109††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

East††††††††††††††††† 943†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1

E-W vul†††††††††† A85††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† 2††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 9765††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3†††††††††††† pass†††††††† pass

3††††††††††††† all pass

QJ6††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† K82††††††††††††† ††††

KQ76†††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† 102†††††††††††††† ††††

9632†††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† KJ1074††††††††††††††

32††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† QJ8†††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 7543†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††


Q††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††


Thereís nothing much to the bidding, except to note Northís nudge that pushed them up to the three level.

So onto the play. South leads the AK and a 3rd . East wins and eventually gets to dummy with a . How should he play the suit? He played the 9 and ran it and went -2 when it lost to the singleton Q. I was later asked if this play was correct, or if East should go up with the K?

If you disregard the bidding then the distribution could be anything, so if ís are divided Ax Ė Qx one way or the other then itís even money. But consider AQx opposite x. If South has AQx thereís nothing to be done but if North has AQx then you have to run the 9. Now consider the bidding, North bid 1NT denying a 4-card major and so itís very likely that he does indeed have 3 ís (and South one). So running the 9 is even more certain to be the best play. Unlucky!

I put the suit into the play program on the website (which does not know about bidding) and it too ran the 9.††††††††† †††††

The bottom lines: -

-         When missing two honours, consider the possibility of one player holding both and itís usually best to take the deeper finesse.

-         If you want to know how to play a particular suit combination then simply put it into the suit play program on the website.

A new suit opposite partnerís weak two opening†††††††††† Board 2 from Wednesday 24th


I (and most people) play this as forcing, and this deal demonstrates why.


Dealer:†††††††††††† K5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East††††††††††††††††† K73††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(F)†††† North†††††††† East††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† K3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 2††† (1)††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† J108752†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3NT (2)††††† all pass


AQJ96††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† 1082†††††††††††† †††† Table B

A††††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† QJ10542††††† †††† West(F)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

Q10985††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† 6††††††††††††††††††††††††-†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 2††† (1)††† pass

A4††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q93†††††††††††††††††† 2††† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (3)††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 743†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 4††† (4)††††† all pass


AJ742†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††


Table A:†††† (1)Perhaps a shade light, but at this vulnerability and with great intermediates in the suit, I think the bid is fine.

(2)   What did you bid with this West hand F in this weekís quiz? Partner has a 6-card suit and one way to be pretty certain that you score none of them is to bid 3NT with a singleton. I think 3NT is a terrible bid here, give East the K instead of a small and itís still going down.

Table B:†††† (2)This is the best bid and my answer to question E, provided that you play it as forcing Ė as is generally recommended. If partner has 3-card support then ís is probably where you want to play.

(3)   Showing support. You would have to agree if 3 could show shortage and support.


And what happened? 3NT was pretty hopeless and went -1. 4 was bid 6 times and made on two occasions.

The bottom lines: -

-         Do not bid 3NT with a singleton in partnerís weak two suit. If you have bundles of points then either look for another spot (if you have a decent suit) or else bid 4 of partnerís suit.

-         In view of the above, itís best to play a new suit over partnerís weak two as forcing.

Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† 2NT (Ogust) or 4. If you do not play Ogust then bid 4 which should make opposite a disciplined vulnerable opener. But if you play Ogust then you can check that partner is not minimum with a 2NT bid. 3 is wrong here as that is a pre-emptive raise.

Hand B:††† 2NT. Thatís what I bid at the table and I stand by it. I know itís not perfect but I prefer it to the other options of 1, 2 and 3NT. I donít like 1 as itís not forcing; I donít like 2 as it is game forcing and this hand is not good enough with a ropey suit and a mis-fit with partner; I donít like 3NT as a possible 4-4 fit will be missed. So in my opinion 2NT is the lesser of the evils, with 1 my 2nd choice. Note that the jump 2NT rebid does not deny a 4-card major.

Hand C:††† Redouble. This is a Support Redouble, showing 3-card support.

Hand D:††† 3, New Minor Forcing, looking for a possible 5-3 fit or 4-4 fit. If you do not play NMF then I would bid 3.

Hand E:††† 3, with a non-minimum and 4 card support, a super-accept is in order.

Hand F:†††† 2, forcing. I cannot see that 2NT Ogust will be of any use Ė you want to know if partner has support. 3NT, with a singleton , is terrible (you may well never get to dummy).


Bidding Sequence Answers


G†††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††† pass†††††† 1 is not forcing.


H†††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††† pass†††††† 2 is game forcing.


J††††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††† pass†††††† The 2NT rebid may well have a 4-card suit. If responder has

2NT†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† 4 ís he should bid 3 (NMF) or else 3 if not playing NMF.



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