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


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


765†††††††††††††† A

KQ83†††††††††† K854††††††††††† (a)What do you open with Hand B?

A73††††††††††††† J853†††††††††††††(b)Suppose you open 1 and partner responds 1, what

AJ5††††††††††††† AK108†††††††††††††† do you bid now?


Bidding Sequence Quiz


C†††† 1NT†† pass†† 2†††† pass†††††† What is 4 (and what would 4NT have been)

††††††† 2††††† pass†† 4

D†††† 1NT†† pass†† 2††††† pass†††††† What is 4

††††††† 2††††† pass†† 4†††††††††††††††††† (and what would 4NT have been)

E††††† 1NT†† pass†† 2††††† pass†††††† 3 is a super-accept. What is 4

††††††† 3††††† pass†† 4†††††††††††††††††† (and what would 4NT have been)


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Every year Dave Cutlerís quiz team has a match against the Bowling Green. This year itís on Wednesday 5th August and Dave has organized a free buffet (free food Ė you pay for any drinks) starting when the bridge finishes at around 4.30 p.m. Every one is welcome. Daveís quiz match starts at 8.30 and so there will be a bridge game from about 5.15 to about 8.15. If the numbers are convenient it will be a teams event, but donít organize a team, just say you are an individual or a pair wishing to play and we will sort out the teams and format depending upon the numbers. After the teams event, anyone is welcome to join in the quiz.


Worth a reverse?†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 3 from Monday 27th


E-W got into a slam with two losers off the top Ė who would you blame?


Dealer:†††††††††††† Q1032††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

West††††††††††††††† J92†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(B)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† Q94††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††1†††† (1)††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q96†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††††† (2)††† pass†††††††††† 4NT (3)††† pass †††††

5††††† (4)††† pass†††††††††† 6††††††††††† all pass

A††††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† K8764††††††††† †††††

K854††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† AQ763†††††††† †††† Table B

J853†††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††††† 102††††††††††††††††††††West(B)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

AK108†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5††††††††††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††† pass

J95†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 1NT (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (5)††† pass

10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4††††††††††††† all pass

AK76†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††



Table A:†††† (1)What did you open with this West hand B(a) in this weekís quiz? Some experts do advocate 1, with a 2 rebid in mind over 1, but they are in the minority. 1 is clear, you never miss a fit and have an easy rebid. 1NT is a very reasonable alternative and you certainly have no rebid problem.

(2)   Ö that brings us here, what is your rebid having opened 1? What did you bid with this West hand B(b) in this weekís quiz? This hand has the strength (just about?) for a reverse into 2 but I donít like it at all. I would like to have 5 ís and also with a singleton (even an ace) in partnerís suit you should downgrade the hand.

(3)   With a 9-card fit opposite a reversing hand, East decided to look for slam, this really is a bit too optimistic. Also leaping into Blackwood with a wide open suit (ís) is very bad, but East is interested in slam. This can better be done via cue bidding (bid 4th suit to set up a game force, hopefully set ís as trumps and then cue bid) but this East realized that West would have no idea what was going on. This East thought it easier to assume that West has a top honour or perhaps shortage in order to have the values/shape for his reverse.

(4)   Two keycards and the Q! No comment.

Table B:†††† (2)This is best, and is the answer to question B(b).

††††††††††††††††† (5)I guess itís close between 2 and 3, but 4 will be reached either way.


And what happened? 6-1, 4+1 and 4= three times.

The bottom lines: -

-         Downgrade a singleton in partnerís suit.

-         A reverseshould show 5+ cards in the first bid suit.

-         It is acceptable to rebid 1NT with a singleton in partnerís suit, and this is often the best bid, especially with 1444 shape.

-       Opening 1NT with a singleton A or K is allowed.

To answer the question (whoís fault), neither bid well. Westís initial 2
rebid made life very difficult for East in an unfamiliar partnership but East also overbid.


Worth a grand slam?†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 20 from Wednesday 29th


Dealer:†††††††††††† Q983††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

West††††††††††††††† 62†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

Both vul††††††††††† AQJ5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††pass†††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† pass†††††††† 2††† (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† AK10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††† ††††† 3††† (2)††††† pass†††††††† 4NT (3)

pass†††††††††† 5††† (4)††††† pass†††††††† 7††† (5)

J6†††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† 104†††††††††††††††††††† all pass

Q10543††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† K9††††††††††††††† ††††

86†††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† 10732††††††††††††††††Table B

J986†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q7532†††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

AK752†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass ††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† pass†††††††† 2†† (2)

AJ87††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 4†† (6)

K94††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† pass†††††††††† 4†††††(7)††† pass†††††††† 6††† (8)

4††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass


Table A:†††† (1)I prefer to use Stayman when 5-4 in the majors.

(2)   A super-accept. With my regular partner I bid 3 here to show a weak doubleton but this had not been agreed.

(3)   This is RKCB as ís have been set as trumps.

(4)   Two keycards + the Q.

(5)   16 opposite a strong NT is usually only worth a small slam, even with a known 5-4 fit there are not the values to make the grand a good proposition.

Table B:†††† (1)This South correctly bid Stayman.

(6)   What was your answer to bidding sequence C? This South meant it as Gerber and I believe that this is the generally accepted meaning.

(7)   West, however, apparently thought it was a cue bid and so he cue bid his A.

(8)   South did not really believe that West had no aces and so simply bid 6.


And what happened? 7-1, 6= four times.

The bottom lines: -

-         After a major suit response to Stayman then 4 is Gerber and 4NT is quantitative.

-         After a super-accept then trumps are set and 4 is a cue bid and 4NT is RKCB.

-         A combined 32 points, with no long suit, is unlikely to be enough for a grand slam.



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


West††††††††††††††† East††††††††††††††††††††† You are West, declaring in 4 after North had opened

K4††††††††††††††† 765†††††††††††††††††† the bidding with 1. Plan the play on the Q lead.

AJ1096††††††† KQ83†††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††

K54††††††††††††† A73†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Q83†††††††††††† AJ5





Daveís Column answer††††††††††††††††††††† Board 1 from Wednesday 29th


Dealer:†††††††††††† AQJ3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book bidding

North†††††††††††††† 72†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(A)††††† South

Love all††††††††††† QJ92†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† dbl†† (1)††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† K106†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4††††††††††††† all pass


K4††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† 765†††††††††††††††† (1)What did you bid with this East hand A in this

AJ1096††††††††† W††† E††††††††† KQ83†††††††††††† ††††† weekís quiz? I would pass, this is hardly a

K54††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† A73††††††††††††††† †††††normal take-out double hand and it is not

Q83†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ5 †††††††††††††† ††††† strong enough for 1NT.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 10982†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† †††††

54†††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Anyway, East is lucky when there is a fit.††††††

1086†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† North leads the Q, plan the play.††††



This is what happened at two tables. The first West took his K, cashed the J and took a winning finesse to dummyís J. He led a trump to his 10 and a low towards dummy, winning the A when North played the 2. Another went to Southís 10 and the shift created problems. After West ruffed the 3rd he had to concede a trick for one down.

At the other table, West refused to take the Q, allowing North to win the trick. He won the next , drew trumps and took the winning finesse to dummyís J. After carefully cashing the A, West cashed the A and put North on lead with the K. North was now end-played.

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

And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 4+1, 4= and 4-1 three times.



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


North†††††††††††††† South†††††††††††††††††††††† You are South, declarer in 4 and West leads the K.

AJ3†††††††††††††† 62†††††††††††††††††††††††† You win with the A and after cashing the A,K you

A64††††††††††††† KJ9852††††††††††††††† find that West has the Q winner. Plan the play.

KJ972†††††††††† A83†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

A9††††††††††††††† J6

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


Daveís 2nd Column answer††††††††††† Board 3 from Wednesday 29th


Dealer:†††††††††††† AJ3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book bidding

(North)*†††††††††† A64††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† KJ972†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4(1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† A9††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass


Q95††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† K10874††††††† (1)††† With no tenace whatsoever, I simply cannot

Q107††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 3†††††††††††††††††††† ††††† understand this bid. The NoTrump bidder

64†††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† Q105††††††††††††† †††††should be declarer and you achieve this by

KQ1085††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 743 ††††††††††††††††††††† simply transferring or by using Texas transfers

††††††††††††††††††††††† 62†††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† (4) or South African Texas transfers (4).


A83††††††††††††† Anyway, South is declarer and West leads the K. Declarer

J6†††††††††††††††† won with the A, cashed the A and another to his K.

How should declarer proceed now that West has a trump trick?


After cashing the A and K South cashed the A and finessed the J losing to Eastís Q.

East returned a to Westís Q and West made an excellent play. Instead of relinquishing control by cashing his high trump, he switched to a , in search of the setting trick. Dummy took the A and tried the K but West ruffed and cashed the winning for one down.

How could South prevail in spite of the obstacles? After he wins his trump king he should lead a to dummyís K and another to his A. When no Q appears he leads another towards dummyís J. East wins his Q as before, but with a big difference. After West wins his Q and shifts to ís, South is in control. With ís already established, declarer wins dummyís A and leads a high , discarding his losing . West ruffs, but itís too late and declarer makes his contract.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 4= all five times.

(*) Note. In the actual deal at the club, South was dealer so that he could open a weak 2 and the hand gets played by South as intended.




Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† Pass. The hand has the wrong shape for a take-out double and is not strong enough for 1NT.

Hand B:††† (a)1, there is absolutely no advantage in opening 1 and a fit may get lost. The equally good, perhaps better, alternative is to open 1NT.

††††††† ††††††††† (b)1NT. Itís one point too much but a singleton in partnerís suit is bad. 2 (or 2) would be a reverse which I do not like as the hand is not good enough and lacks a 5th .



Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers


C†††† 1NT†† pass†† 2†††† pass†††††† 4 has to be agreed, I play it as Gerber with my current

††††††† 2††††† pass†† 4 ††††††††††††††††† partner. 4NT is then quantitative, inviting 6NT

D†††† 1NT†† pass†† 2††††† pass†††††† 4 is RKCB or Gerber by partnership agreement

††††††† 2††††† pass†† 4†††††††††††††††††† 4NT is then quantitative, inviting 6NT

E††††† 1NT†† pass†† 2††††† pass†††††† 4 is a cue bid with ís agreed

††††††† 3††††† pass†† 4†††††††††††††††††† 4NT is RKCB for ís.



Current club championship standings




Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5











1876.2 Janne Roos

1853.8 Hans Vikman

1832.4 Paul Quodomine

1776.3 Sally Watson

669.6 Janne Roos

667.7 Hans Vikman

649.0 Paul Quodomine

631.8 Sally Watson

619.9 Jeremy Watson

617.5 Bob Short

615.1 Lars Broman

614.1 Ivy Schlageter

609.2 Jean Wissing

607.6 Per Andersson


350.0 Janne Roos

350.7 Hans Vikman

333.3 Paul Quodomine

324.5 Sally Watson

321.8 Ivy Schlageter

321.7 Bob Short

321.7 Jeremy Watson

321.0 Per Andersson

316.9 Terje Lie

316.1 Lars Broman




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