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


Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† With Hand A everybody is vul, what do you open?


1053†††††††††††† A1075††††††††† Hand B is a pretty clear 1NT opening (knock off a point for†††††

KJ109754††† K63††††††††††††† 4333 but the two tens and good top cards are more than enough

4†††††††††††††††††† KQ8††††††††††††compensation). But, just for a change, we are playing Acol and

Q4†††††††††††††† K106†††††††††† you open 1 (correct). Partner bids 1NT, what do you do?



Hand C†††††††††† Hand D†††††††††† With Hand C everyone is vulnerable; partner opens 1 (could

be short) and RHO bids 1NT. You double and LHO bids 2

AK3†††††††††††† K63††††††††††††† (nobody ever got round to asking what it meant). Partner

J3†††††††††††††††† Q86532††††††† doubles and RHO runs to 2, what do you do?

832†††††††††††††† A84

K9754†††††††† J†††††††††††††††††† With Hand D partner opens 1 and you bid 1. Partner then

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† bids 3NT, what do you do?





Bidding Sequence Quiz


E††††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††† pass†††††† What is the jump to 3NT (a) does it show a strong balanced hand?

3NT†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† (b) Ö and if not, then what does it show (there are two options).

F††††† 1NT†† pass†† 2†††† pass†††††† What is 3 - weak or strong?

2††††† pass†† 3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††

G†††† 1NT†† pass†† 3††††† pass†††††† What is 3 - weak or strong?




Donít Pre-empt then bid again††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 26 from Monday 2nd†††


Dealer:†††††††††††† AJ74†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

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

Both vul††††††††††† 865†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 3††† (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† J10853†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass (2)††††† pass†††††††††† pass


98†††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† KQ64†††††††††† †††† Table B

83†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† Q62††††††††††††† †††† West †††††††† North†††††††† East††† ††††† South(A)

AKQ1097††††††††† S††††††††††††††† J73††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 2††† (1)

A92††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† K76†††††††††††††††††† 3†††(2)††††† 3††† (3)††††† 4††† †††††††4††† (4)

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1053†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† dbl†† (5)††††† all pass


4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††



Table A:†††† (1)What did you open with this South hand A in this weekís quiz? With a decent 7-card suit I see nothing wrong with this Ďobviousí 3 opening

(2)   And West cannot really bid 4 and so has to pass

Table B:†††† (1)At least two players, however, chose to open just 2, I donít know why.

(2)   And this enables West to come in.

(3)   A weird raise.

(4)   The cardinal sin Ė bidding again having pre-empted. His excuse was that he has 7 trumps (then why not open 3 I ask?)

(5)   And unfortunately for South, West is one of those players who just loves doubling for penalties. He does not really have a good hand for a double, but he was playing with a beginner who had already shown values and he knew that his partner would not double; also, he doubled on principle Ė people should not be allowed to get away with auctions like this.


And what happened? 4* went -3 and 800 to E-W for the top. Another N-S pair also somehow reached 4 but they were not doubled. I note that one West was allowed to play in 3, so obviously more than one South chose not to open 3. The popular contract was ís (3, 4 or 5) by E-W.

The bottom lines

-         Donít pre-empt then bid again.

-         With a 7-card suit, then open at the three level (unless the suit is really ropey). This suit is certainly good enough for 3. Either way, do not bid again having pre-empted.


Raising partnerís 1NT response to 2NT††††††††††† Board 4 from Monday 2nd†††


Raising a 1NT response to 2NT is a problem because the response has such a wide range (6-9/10). The problen is relatively rare when playing Standard American as the opener would often open 1NT. But playing Acol (Table B) it comes up much more often...


Dealer:†††††††††††† A1075††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

West††††††††††††††† K63††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

Both vul††††††††††† KQ8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††pass†††††††††† 1NT (1)††††† pass†††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† K106†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass


Q††††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† J8432†††††††††† †††† Table B

A98††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† Q105††††††††††† †††† West††††††††† North(B)††† East††††††††† South

J95††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† A1064†††††††††††††††pass†††††††††† 1††† (1)††††† pass†††††††† 1NT (2)

A97532††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4††††††††††††††††††††††† pass ††††††††† 2NT (3)††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† K96††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††


732†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††



Table A:†††† (1)Playing Standard American itís fairly clear to open 1NT. You knock off a point for the totally flat shape but the two tens and top cards are adequate compensation and 1NT is clear.

Table B:†††† (1)This pair play Acol and 1 is correct with this holding (with a 2NT response in mind if partner responds with a new suit at the two level)

(2)This is correct playing Acol as the opening 1 only promises 4 cards.

(3)   What did you bid with this North hand B in this weekís quiz if playing a weak NoTrump? This raise to 2NT may possibly work if partner has 9-10 but it is way against the odds. You need a good 16+, preferably 17, to raise a 1NT response to 2NT (whatever system you are playing) and this hand should pass.


And what happened? 2NT went -2 for a clear bottom to N-S. 1NT by North was the popular contract.

The bottom lines

-         You need a good 16+ to raise a 1NT response to 2NT.

-         Playing Standard American the problem only occurs when opener has 15-17 but with a small singleton (so cannot open 1NT) and partner bids his singleton.

-         Playing Acol the problem occurs all too often and many Acol players frequently overbid by bidding 2NT (which would be the correct bid with 15-16 had partner responded with a new suit at the two level but is incorrect over a 1NT response).



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


North†††††††††††††† South†††††††††††††† You are North declarer in 4. East leads the Q and you

A7632††††††††† K854††††††††††† win with the A and cash the A, but North discards a .

J2†††††††††††††††† AK9†††††††††††† With two ís and two ís to lose, is there any hope of

A43††††††††††††† 852†††††††††††††† making the contract?††††††

AKJ†††††††††††† Q107

Daveís Column answer††††††††††††††††††† Board 5 from Wednesday 4th


Dealer:†††††††††††† A7632††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West †††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

North†††††††††††††† J2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3

N-S vul††††††††††† A43††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 4††††††††††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† AKJ


QJ109††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††† ††††† East leads the Q, you win and play the

8764†††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† Q1053††††††††††† †††† A and discover the two losers. Plan

K76††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† QJ109†††††††††††† †††††the play,

84††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 96532

††††††††††††††††††††††† K854††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

AK9†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† †††††




Answer: You seem to have only 9 tricks: 3 ís, 2 ís. 1 and 3 ís. However, there is one faint chance for a tenth trick, you might just get 3 tricks. So at trick three, lead the J. If East covers then wine, else let it run. Assuming East covers, return to hand with a and lead the 2 to the 9. You are lucky and make 3 tricks which enables you to discard a loser from hand.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Seven pairs were in 4 and just two made it. The other two pairs were in 6 going down but only one was doubled.

The bottom lines: -

-         This is just a 1 in 4 chance (Q and 10 both onside) but it is better than doing nothing.





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


West††††††††††††††† East††††††††††††††††† You are East, declarer in 4 and South leads the Q.

J5†††††††††††††††† AK1098†††††† You then play the J and North plays low, do you finesse?

K8732††††††††† A5

A652††††††††††† 4††††††††††††††††

105††††††††††††† KQJ93

Daveís 2nd Column answer††††††††††††† Board 6 from Wednesday 4th


Dealer:†††††††††††† 63†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South(F)

East††††††††††††††††† QJ96††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†††

E-W vul†††††††††† K98††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT ††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3†† (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† 8642††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† ††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4

all pass

J5†††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† AK1098††††††††††††††

K8732††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† A5††††††††††††††††† (1)game forcing.

A652††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 4††††††††††††††††††††††††††

105††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KQJ93†††††††††† This is the bidding from the book but I note †††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q742††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† ††††† that only 3 pairs reached 4.

104†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††




Playing in just 4, you can afford three losers. The safety play is to cash the AK and, assuming that both defenders follow with low trumps, force out the A. Ruff the return and lead good ís. The defence will get two trumps and a .

If you finesse the Q at the 2nd trick (as you would have to do if in 6) you will lose control. South takes the Q and forces you to ruff a 2nd . You then need all of your trumps to draw the remaining trumps and you will then lose the A and a fist full of ís.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Just 3 pairs out of 9 reached 4 and all went 2 or 3 down. 3NT was bid three times and made on one occasion when the opponents blocked the suit. The other three pairs were not in game.

The bottom lines: -

-†††† With a 5-2 trump fit, be careful about losing control if the trumps split the likely 4-2.

Too many ís? Ė part 1†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 7 from Wednesday 4th††††


When youíve got the opponents on the hook, donít let then off.


Dealer:†††††††††††† AK3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

South†††††††††††††† J3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

Both vul††††††††††† 832†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† K9754†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† dbl†††††††††††† pass (1)††† all pass


QJ7††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† 9842†††††††††††† †††† Table B

Q103††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† 8743†††††††††††† †††† West††††††††† North(C)††† East††††††††† South

KQJ54†††††††††††††††S††††††††††††††† 76††††††††††††††††††††††-†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† 1

A8††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1032††††††††††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† dbl†† ††††††††† 2†† (1)††† dbl†† (2)

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1065†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 2††† (3)††††† 3†††† (4)††† pass†††††††† 3††† (5)

AK95†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT†† (6)††† pass†††††††† pass

A109††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† dbl†† (7)††††† all pass



Table A:†††† (1)East really has to do something here. Redouble is a sensible option. Note that this must be SOS as North has declared that his side has the majority of the points.

Table B:†††† (1)This East chose to bid 2(take out to a major). This had not been agreed but anything is better than the pass at Table A.

(2)Presumably showing a decent hand with decent ís.

(3)   West now suspected that partner did not really have clubs, but either way a 2 bid is clear.

(4)   What did you bid with this North hand C in this weekís quiz? Now this 3 bid, from an experienced player, I cannot understand. The opponents are on the run with a 500+ penalty on offer, so why bid? Double (penalties) or pass (forcing) are the two sensible options.

(5)   With everybody showing something in ís South had no idea what was going on (she has my total sympathy). The 3 bid chosen seems sensible to me.

(6)   I canít quite see the stop, but then my eyesight is failing.

(7)   With presumably 4 tricks and a entry West doubles to ensure that partner leads a (and also to get the extra hundred of course). But Iím sure that the main reason is that a penalty double is this Westís favorite bid.


And what happened? 1NT* by West at table A went for 1400. 2* would have gone for 500 as it did at another table. But 3NT* by North at table B went -1 for 200 and a top to E-W. Looks like a lot of tricks depend upon the opening lead! - At table a West has discard problems when the ís were run and he emerged with just two tricks, whereas West at table B made the obvious 5 tricks on a lead.

The bottom lines

-         Donít bid a dodgy 3NT if you have vulnerable opponents on the run Ė go for the penalty.

Too many ís? - part 2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 25 from Wednesday 4th††††



Dealer:†††††††††††† J1042†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(D)††† South

North†††††††††††††† A4††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass (1)††† pass

E-W vul†††††††††† J63††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††1†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 10864††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3NT (2)††††† pass†††††††††† pass (3)††† all pass


Q85††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† K63††††††††††††† (1)This East quite correctly likes a better suit

9†††††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† Q86532††††††† †††† for a vulnerable 2 pre-empt in second seat.

K97††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† A84††††††††††††† (2)Perhaps a bid of an overbid, but it does show

AKQ976††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J†††††††††††††††††††††††† a good hand with a good long minor.

††††††††††††††††††††††† A97††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (3)What did you bid with this East hand D in

KJ107††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† this weekís quiz. Pass is clear, 4 is totally

Q1052††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† wrong as explained below.



A jump rebid to 2NT is a balanced 18-19. So the double jump 3NT rebid is something else. It can be one of two hand types:

(a)A good hand with a good long minor (as in this case although most would like the hand to be somewhat stronger).

(b)A 20-21 point hand which was unable to open 2NT because of a severe shortage (obviously ís in this case).

††††† So, either way, it would be sheer folly for East to bid 4.


And what happened? Actually, at Table B East knew exactly what was going on and when he tabled his hand he said Ďthis is a good cardí as he laid down his singleton J. How right he was.

3NT was bid on 3 out of 9 occasions and either made or made +1.

The bottom lines

-         When partner makes a double jump rebid to 3NT, then that is where he wants to play unless you have values to go to slam. Do not rebid a 6-card major.




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Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† 3. With excellent intermediates in the suit this seems pretty clear to me. 2 is chicken.

Hand B:††† Pass. You need a much better hand (very good 16+, preferably 17-18) to raise a 1NT response to 2NT. Raising a 1NT response to 2NT with 15-16 is a common mistake made by many Acol players.

Hand C:††† Pass (forcing) or double. I donít mind either; but to bid anything (like 3) simply lets the vulnerable opponents off the hook when game by your side is by no means certain.

Hand D:††† Pass. Partner is NOT inviting you to bid on Ė he does not have ís. He either has a big hand with a good long suit or else he has 20-21 with shortage.


Bidding Sequence Answers


E††††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††† pass†††††† (a) No. It does NOT show a strong balanced hand.

3NT†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (b) It is either a good hand with a good long suit or else a 20-21 point hand with 4144 type shape ( shortage).

With a balanced 20-21 partner opens 2NT and with a balanced 18-19 he jump rebids 2NT, therefore the double jump to 3NT is Ďspareí and has one of the two above meanings. If the 3NT response is at the two-level Ė say 1 - 2 - 3NT, then this 3NT bid has to encompass all of the possible meanings (18-19, 20-21 with shortage, or long suit) although some players do play a broad range (forcing) 2NT response (12-14 or 18+) over a two-level response.


F††††† 1NT†† pass†† 2†††† pass†††††† This is absolutely up to partnership agreement. Popular

2††††† pass†† 3†††††††††††††††††† treatments are weak or else strong and asking about openerís shape (often looking for a minor suit slam).†††††††††††

G†††† 1NT†† pass†† 3††††† pass†††††† This is again up to partnership agreement. In SAYC itís inviting a slam but that is by no means that popular. With my last two partnerships they played it as 5-5 in the majors and forcing (although I donít like this treatment either). Whatever you agree you play it as, itís a strong bid. In the No Trump bidding book it is used as a splinter ( shortage).


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