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


Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† With Hand A you open 2 and partner give a positive

response in ís. Partner later bids 4NT (RKCB for ís).

AK3†††††††††††† 109764†††††††† With 5 keycards, what is your reply.

A76††††††††††††† 10953

AK873†††††††† AQ†††††††††††††† With Hand B partner opens 1NT, what do you bid?

A10††††††††††††† A2

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





Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5



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631.3 Janne Roos

620.7 Hans Vikman

612.8 Paul Quodomine

609.9 Bob Short

609.9 Lars Broman

607.6 Per Andersson

606.7 Sally Watson

588.6 Derek & Gerard

586.4 Johan Bratsberg

574.6 Jean Wissing


326.0 Janne Roos

321.7 Bob Short

321.3 Hans Vikman

321.0 Per Andersson

317.5 Sally Watson

316.1 Lars Broman

314.3 Paul Quodomine

311.4 Eddie Richart

307.1 Derek & Gerard

304.3 Ivy Schlageter







Stop them bidding Blackwood†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 27 from Monday 23rd


Dealer:†††††††††††† J6†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

South†††††††††††††† 87†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

Love all††††††††††† 432†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† 3

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q108754†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3††††††††††††† pass†† (1)††† 4NT†††††††† pass

6††† (2)†††††pass†††††††††† 6††† (3)††† pass

AKQ853††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† 1097†††††††††††††††††† 6NT (4)††††† pass†††††††††† 7††††††††††† all pass

102†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† AKQ94††††††† ††††

-†††††††††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††††† AQ5††††††††††††††††††Table B

A9632††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ†††††††††††††††††††††West          North         East          South

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† 3

††††††††††††††††††††††† 42†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 3††††††††††††† 5††††(2)††† 6††† (5)††† all pass


KJ109876†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††



Table A:†††† (1)This is what most people, with just three small ís and two poor points, did.

(2)   1 or 3keycards with a void (obviously 3 keycards in this situation).

(3)   Do you have the trump queen?

(4)   Yes, but no other king.

Table B:†††† (2)This North knew that the opponents had at least a small, and probably a grand slam, and so bid 5 to stop them using Blackwood.

(5)Thereís not much else East can do.


And what happened? 7 was bid twice and went down once when North found a lead. Everybody bid slam of some sort and 6+1 scored just below average.

The bottom lines: -

-         If you are non-vulnerable and think itís not too costly, then stop them bidding Blackwood.



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


AJ85†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† West††††††††††† North†††††††††† East††††††††††† South††††††††††††††††

42†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††† ††††††

KQ75†††††††††††††††† S†††††††††††††††pass†††††††††††† 1††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††

AJ10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††††† 2††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT

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

AQ5†††††††††††† all pass††††††††




You are West, defending 4 by North. Partner leads a trump which is won in dummy and the 4 is led, what do you do?


Daveís Column answer††††††††† ††††† Board 11 from Wednesday 25th


Dealer:†††††††††††† KQ972†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West †††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

South†††††††††††††† KJ1093††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1

Love all††††††††††† 63†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††pass (1)††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2

††††††††††††††††††††††† 7††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT

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

AJ85†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† 1063†††††††††††††† ††††all pass

42†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 876†††††††††††††††† ††††

KQ75†††††††††††††††† S†††††††††††††109†††††††††††††††† (1)1NT is an alternative.

AJ10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q8542 †††††††††††††††

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

AQ5†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† East leads a trump against 4, how should

AJ842††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††West plan the play?



Answer: Eastís trump lead was a good start for the defence (in fact it was vital), but when declarer won in dummy and led a , West jumped up with the A. North won the next trump lead in hand, ruffed a and led a . East won and led another , but North ruffed, drew Eastís last trump and ran the ís. He lost just one , one and one .

West took the A for fear of losing it, but since heíd still have three ís and dummy would have only two trumps, the A would always make a trick. If he ducks the first , North can win and ruff a but then he finds himself stuck in dummy. The defence then get two ís, a and a for one down.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 4 was bid three times and went down twice. The other 4 tables were in partscores by North, all making.

The bottom lines: -

-†††† It is often best not to jump up with the ace just because dummy has a singleton.





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


††† N†††††††††††††††† 109764†††††††††† West††††††††††††† North†††††††††††† East††††††††††††† South††††††††

W . E†††††††††††††† 10953†††††††††††† 1NT†††††††††††††† pass†††††††††††††† 2†††††††††††††† pass

††† S††††††††††††††††† AQ†††††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††††††† 4††††††††††††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† A2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

AJ53†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

A62††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† You are South, defending 4 by West and partner leads the 2,

J98†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††looking like a singleton. You win with the A, what do you

873††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† lead next?

Daveís 2nd Column answer††††††††††††† Board 12 from Wednesday 25th


Dealer:†††††††††††† 2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(B)†††††††††† South

West††††††††††††††† 74†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2†† (1)††††† pass

N-S vul††††††††††† 105432†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† ††††††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ965††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††

(1)What did you bid with this East hand B in

KQ8†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† 109764†††††††††††††††† this weekís quiz? With 5-4 (or 4-5) in the

KQJ8†††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 10953†††††††††††† †††† majors and a game forcing hand itís best

K76††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† AQ†††††††††††††††††††††† to bid Stayman and then jump to 3 over

Q104†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A2††††††††††††††††† ††††† a 2 response (playing standard methods).

††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ53†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† ††††† †††††

A62††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

J98†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††You are South and North leads the 2.

873††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You win with the A, what do you do next?†††††


When you can give partner a ruff, there is a knee jerking reaction to do just that. But look what happens here. Partner ruffs and shifts to, say, a . Declarer wins on table and plays a trump. Since North has only two ís he cannot get a 2nd ruff and the contract cruises home.

You should see that A, a ruff and the A are not enough to set the contract. You need a 4th winner and need to find partner with something in ís. At trick two, switch to the 8. This will drive out dummyís A. Declarer will lead a trump but you jump up with the A and give partner his ruff and then he will cash the K to set the contract.

Of course if declarer started with 5 ís then you will have to explain to partner very carefully why it was technically correct not to give him a ruff!


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 4 made 4 times and went -2 twice.


The bottom lines: -

-         Look for enough tricks to set the contract.


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† 5. This shows 2 (or 5) keycards without the Q. The (or 5) is often left out of the definitions of RKCB as it comes up so infrequently. Partner, with no keycards himself, should be able to work out that you have 5. If partner attempts to sign off in 5, then he obviously thinks that you have just 2 keycards, so raise to seven.

Hand B:††† 2, Stayman. Transfer and then bid the other major is best used as something else, often showing 5-5 in the majors.




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