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


Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† With Hand A you open 2NT (or maybe 2 - 2 - 2NT) and

partner transfers with 3, what do you bid?

AKJ2††††††††††† AK10854††††

AQ†††††††††††††† A84†††††††††††††

Q75††††††††††††† J93†††††††††††††††With Hand B RHO opens 1, what do you bid?

AQ92†††††††††† A


Hand C†††††††††† Hand D†††††††††† With Hand C everybody is vulnerable. You open 1 and LHO

doubles. Partner redoubles and this is passed to LHO who bids 1. ††††

K††††††††††††††††† J9732†††††††††† Partner doubles. RHO passes. Do you pass or pull partnerís double?

10987543†††† KJ632†††††††††

K2††††††††††††††† 8††††††††††††††††††With Hand D itís unfavourable vulnerability. LHO opens 1 and

A32††††††††††††† 109††††††††††††† partner overcalls 1, do you bid 3 or 4?



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1882.8 Janne Roos

1865.2 Hans Vikman

1838.7 Paul Quodomine

1782.7 Sally Watson

669.6 Janne Roos

667.7 Hans Vikman

649.3 Paul Quodomine

632.6 Sally Watson

619.9 Jeremy Watson

617.5 Bob Short

615.1 Lars Broman

614.1 Ivy Schlageter

610.4 Gerard Hardy

610.4 Derek Tyms


350.7 Hans Vikman

350.0 Janne Roos

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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Pre-empt and bid again††††††††† ††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 12 from Wednesday 12th


I donít usually bother to write these up any more, as most people know not to do it now. I made an exception this time because the culprit is (usually) a good player who unfortunately is renowned for continually criticising everybody at the table. So I feel itís only fitting to write up his appalling bidding on this board.


Dealer:†††††††††††† 64†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††† North†††††††† East††††††† South

West††††††††††††††† AQ943†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† (1)††††† 2††† ††††††† 3††† (2)

N-S vul††††††††††† A65††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††3††††† (3)††† 4††† (4)††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 972

(1)With only 5 ís, this is a very poor opening.

A108††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† QJ9532††††††† ††††† Pass is clear.

K52††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† 8†††††††††††††††††† (2)This is fine, simply raising the pre-empt.

K1072††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† QJ4††††††††††††††(3) And this is fine, it is simply competitive.

853††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ10†††††††††† (4)But this is ridiculous. The silly pre-empt has

K7††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† actually worked and the opponents are in a

J1076†† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† partscore. I can see no logical reason

983†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† whatsoever to bid on here, especially at

KJ64††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† this vulnerability and with just 5 trumps.


And what happened? 4= twice, 3+1, 2+2 and 4-2 for 200 away and a joint top converted into an average by bidding again having pre-empted. The bottom lines: -

-         Do not bid again having pre-empted. The fact that partner has raised your pre-empt is irrelevant and he is the captain.



Pull partnerís penalty double?††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 23 from Friday 14th


Dealer:†††††††††††† A1082††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(C)

South†††††††††††††† Q2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† 1†††

both vul††††††††††† AJ7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††dbl†††† (1)††† redbl††††††††† pass†††††††† pass (2)

††††††††††††††††††††††† QJ106††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† dbl†††††††††††† pass†††††††† pass (3)


QJ97††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† 6543†††††††††††† (1)I guess that this is slightly light for 1NT.

AK6†††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† J†††††††††††††††††† (2)I would bid 2 here to show length and a

Q86†††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††††† 109543†††††††† ††††† hand unsuitable for defence.

K54†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 987††††††††††††† (3)What did you bid with this South hand C in

K††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† this weekís quiz? Partner rates to have just

10987543†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† four ís and this hand is very bad for defence.

K2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† I think that 2 is best.



And what happened? 4*-4, 3*-2 1*-1, and 4=.

The bottom lines: -

-†††† It is OK to pull partnerís penalty double if you have a hand that is totally unsuitable for defence.

Super accept of a transfer†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 17 from Friday 14th


Dealer:†††††††††††† 9†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† K9††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(A)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

Love all††††††††††† J10842††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††† pass †††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† J10753†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††††††††††† pass

4††† (1)††††† all pass

AKJ2††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† Q7543†††††††††††††††

AQ†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† 108743†††††††† †††† Table B

Q75††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† K9†††††††††††††††††††††West(A)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

AQ92†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††† pass

1086†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††††††††††† pass

J652†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3††† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT (2)††† pass

A63††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† 4†† (3)††††† pass†††††††††† 4?††††††† (4)††† pass

K86†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6††† (4)††††† all pass


Table A:†††† (1)What did you bid with this West hand A in this weekís quiz. Partner has promised 5 ís and you want to be in game Ė so bid it, this is a super accept.

Table B:†††† (1)This West apparently does not play super-accepts (why not?)

(2)   4 is the alternative.

(3)   West now decided to show his good support, the 4 was apparently Gerber.

. . . . . . . . . . . . This is totally illogical of course, looking for slam now when the previous 3 bid was non-forcing.

(4)   I am not sure what East bid here, he may have simply bid 4.

(5)   And this bid shows the futility of not playing super-accepts, West took a ridiculous gamble when partner has only promised values for game.


And what happened? 6-2, 4+1 twice and 4=.

The bottom lines: -

-         Understand super-accepts, and they are especially important if you opened 2NT.

-         When you open 2NT, you have told partner you values and he is the captain. It is acceptable to go to game with a good fit, but not to charge into slam opposite a hand with possibly only 5-6 points.


Too good for an overcall?††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 9 from Friday 14th††



Dealer:†††††††††††† Q††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

North†††††††††††††† Q9††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(D)†††† North†††††††† East(B)†††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† AKQ652††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††† ††††††† 1††††††††††††† 1(1)††††† pass††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† J652†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3††† (2)††††† all pass


J9732†††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† AK10854†††††††††† Table B

KJ632††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† A84††††††††††††† †††† West(D)†††† North†††††††† East(B)†††† South

8†††††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† J93†††††††††††††††††††††-†††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††††††dbl (1)††††† pass

109††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2(3)††††† pass

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


1076†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††



Table A:†††† (1)What did you bid with this East hand B in this weekís quiz? A simple overcall at the one level is generally played as around 8-16 and so thatís what this East bid.

††††††††††††††††† (2)What did you bid with this West hand D in this weekís quiz? If not vulnerable then 4 looks right, but looking at the vulnerability this West chose to bid just 3. Maybe he too underbid.

Table B:†††† (1)This East added on for a great 6-card suit and for prime cards, and decided the hand was too good for a simple 1 overcall. I agree.

(3)   Showing a hand too good for an overcall

(4)   West now has an easy raise to game.


And what happened? 5*(N)+1, 4+2 twice, 3+1.

The bottom lines: -

-         If a hand is too good for a simple overcall, then double and then bid the suit over partnerís response. 16 points and 7 playing tricks really is too good for a simple overcall.


Daveís Column†††††††††† Here is Daveís first, this time a defensive problem.


Dealer:†††††††††††† Q853††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† bidding

North†††††††††††††† 862†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† 7532†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† J5†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass

3††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† pass††

AK10962†††††††††† N†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† 4†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4††††††††††††† pass

K††††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 6NT†††††††††† all pass

Q64††††††††††††††††††† S†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††



You are North, defending 6NT. South leads the 7 upon which dummy plays low and you win the Q, declarer playing the J. You know from the bidding that partner has an ace, but which one? What do you return?

Daveís Column answer††††††††††††††††††††† Board 14 from Wednesday 13th


Dealer:†††††††††††† Q853††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book bidding

North†††††††††††††† 862†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

E-W vul†††††††††† 7532†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† J5†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass

3††††† (1)††† pass†††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† pass††

AK10962†††††††††† N†††††††††††† J†††††††††††††††††††† †††† 4†††† (2)††† pass†††††††††† 4††† ††††††††† pass

K††††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 109543†††††††††† ††††† 6NT†††††††††† all pass

Q64††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† AK109††††††††††

KQ4††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A82 †††††††††††††† (1)This needs agreement, I would play it as†††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 74†††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† ††††† ††††† invitational and would bid 3, 4th suit, here.

AQJ7†††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††† (2)Again, 4 over 3NT as Gerber is by no means

J8††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††standard and needs agreement.



South leads the 7, Ducked to Northís Q, East dropping the J. What should North return at trick two?

Eastís bidding suggests 5 ís and 4 ís. If South has as much as the J to go with the A, East cannot get rid of dummyís ís on his ís. However, If East has the A and K and West the A, Eastís suit will run, even if South holds J,10. Dummyís K will then go on Eastís fourth .

Analysis complete, Dr John W. Fisher reasoned that it was more likely that East had the two top honours than all three missing honours so he returned a and the ambitious slam went three down.††† ††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 3NT+3, 3NT+1, 4NT-1, 4+1 and 4+2.




Daveís 2nd Column†† Here is Daveís 2nd input, this time a lead problem.


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

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

N-S vul††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1

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

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

632†††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4

2†††††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 5††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 6

AJ1065†††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass



You are West, defending 6, what do you lead? 2NT was apparently 15+ with 3 ís and 5 asked for a control. ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††



Daveís 2nd Column answer††††††††††† Board 15 from Wednesday 5th


Dealer:†††††††††††† AQ4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book bidding

South†††††††††††††† K53††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

N-S vul††††††††††† Q84††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† A643††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†† ††††††† 2NT (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 3

pass†††††††††† 3††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4 (2)

632†††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† 85†††††††††††††††† ††††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 4

2 ††††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† J10874†††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 5††† (3)††††† pass†††††††††† 6

AJ1065†††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† K973††††††††††††† †††††all pass

10987††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J5 †††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ1097††††††† ††††††††††††††††† ††††† (1)Presumably forcing and 15+†††††††

AQ96†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (2)cue bid

2†††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††(3)apparently asking for a control.

KQ2††††††††††† ††††



You are West, what do you lead?

While you have reasons for some possible leads, you can reject one of them. That lead is the singleton . If you felt you needed a ruff to set 6, leading a singleton might be wise. But it is not wise when you have an ace. Do you think that your partner has another ace?

Leading a trump runs a modest risk that it will find your partnerís queen.

The ís and ís look safe enough and I would go for the A with the 10 being a close 2nd choice. Whatever you think of the logic, you can see that the only lead to give them the contract is the 2. That lead pinpoints the suit for declarer and help him play the suit for no losers.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 6-1 twice, 5= and 4+1 twice. So I guess that all of our club found a sensible lead, I know that my partner led the A and we set 6 by one trick.



Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† 4, a super-accept. 4 must have good play opposite just about any hand with 5 ís.

Hand B:††† dbl (and then bid ís). This 7 playing trick hand is far too good for a simple 1 overcall.

Hand C:††† 2. I think you should pull the double. This is not a sound opener and is short on quick tricks.

Hand D:††† 3. This one is very close and I would not argue with 4, which is what I would bid if non-vulnerable.††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††



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