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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           With Hand A partner opens 1, you bid 1 and partner bids 1,

what do you bid?

K53              Q109632                                  

KJ                764               With Hand B partner opens 1NT, (a) what do you bid?            

A9876          J108             (b) Suppose you transfer with 2, LHO bids 3, partner bids

96                10                      3 and RHO bids 4, what do you do?


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Systems on – systems off?                                  Board 20 from Monday 31st   


Dealer:             K1083                                        Table A

West                A763                                          West          North         East          South

Both vul            KQ8                                           1NT           dbl             2   (1)    pass

                        A9                                              2              all pass


A52                    N               J7                       Table B

K5                  W    E            109842              West          North         East          South

AJ10542            S                9                        1NT           dbl             2  (1)      pass

KJ                                        Q10853             2              pass           3 (2)      pass

Q964                                          4    (3)      dbl             all pass





Table A:     (1)  This pair play systems on after a double.

Table B:     (1)  This pair had no agreement and so East assumed that 2 was natural.

(2)   Perhaps East should have passed, but it’s a bottom whatever now.

(3)   West assumed that the 3 bid was a game try.


And what happened? 4(W)*-4, 3(S)-2, 2-1, 2+1. 2-1 and 2-2.

The bottom lines.

-         It is up to you if you play systems on or off after partner’s 1NT is overcalled/doubled.

-         I personally prefer systems off unless something else is specifically agreed.

-         Common sensible agreements are:

a)   After 1NT – dbl, then ignore the double and all systems are on. This is a reasonable treatment I suppose but has the major flaw that you cannot run to 2or 2♦.

b)   After 1NT – 2, then dbl is Stayman and systems are on.

c)   After 1NT – a higher overcall, then systems are off and play Lebensohl if you are familiar with it.

Multi purpose transfers                                       Board 26 from Friday 4th


In my book on “No Trump Bidding, Stayman and Transfers” I mention my disdain for a transfer bid that can mean more than one thing – on page 117  I give details of two such treatments (Walsh relays and Compressed transfers)  where the sequence 1NT -  pass - 2  may or may not show a 5+ suit. On the page I give a number of reasons why these treatments are unsound.  Apparently the Swedish system of responses to 1NT also has this ambiguity in this same sequence and this hand from Friday simply demonstrates one of my many objections to the treatment.


Dealer:             -                                                 Table A

East                  Q82                                            West(B)     North         East          South

Both vul            Q632                                         -                 -                 1NT         pass

                        AK9543                                     2    (1)      3             pass (2)    all pass


Q109632            N               KJ87                  Table B

764                 W    E            AK                    West(B)     North         East          South

J108                    S                A9754               -                 -                 1NT         pass  

10                                        Q7                     2    (1)      3             3  (3)      4

A54                                            4    (4)      all pass





Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this West hand B(a) in this weeks quiz? I don’t like this convoluted Swedish bid with multiple meanings and recommend a simple transfer as at table B.

(2)  East has a very nice hand, but can do nothing as he has no idea what partner has except that he probably has 13 cards. Boy, would it be nice to know that partner had 5-6 ’s!

Table B:     (1)  This pair play straightforward transfers and this is the obvious answer to question B(a).

                  (3)  Knowing that partner has 5+ ’s East has an easy super-accept.

(4)   What did you bid with this West hand B(b) in this weeks quiz? In this competitive auction West obeys the Law – he knows that East has 4 ’s to super-accept thus E-W have 10 ’s between them and so bids to that level.


And what happened? 3 made +1, 4 made exactly. For some reason at the other two tables E-W failed to obey the Law and needlessly competed to 5 when 5 is not making and 5♠* goes -1 or -2 depending upon the defence. There is a famous bridge quote - “the 5-level belongs to the opposition” - and this hand is no exception. The bottom lines.

-         Obey the Law. – Note that this is a perfect example, both sides have 10 trumps and both can (probably) make 10 tricks – so don’t go above the Law when the opponents already have.

-         A transfer is a transfer – and not some nebulous bid that leaves partner in the dark when the opponents interfere. Read page 117 of my book, maybe I’ll translate it into Swedish?


Play Quiz


You are in 3NT with loads of entries, how do you play J53 opposite A9876 for four tricks? Answer next page.


Play of the suit Answer                                        Board 12 from Friday 4th 



Dealer:             Q764                                          West          North         East          South(A)

West                AQ                                             -                 1   (1)      pass         1

N-S vul            J53                                             pass           1              pass         2NT (2)

                        AJ84                                          pass           3NT           all pass


AJ1082               N               9                   (1)  promising 4+ ’s in their system.

10953             W    E            8642             (2)  What did you bid with this South hand A    

10                       S                KQ42                in this week’s quiz? The ’s may be a

532                                      KQ107              problem but there really is no option but

K53                                           the obvious 2NT, showing 11-12 points

KJ                                              and balanced (and a stop).




And what happened? Nobody made it and part of the answer to making it (as Deep Finesse says you can) is the play of the suit. I witnessed one player playing the 3 from dummy to the 9 in hand and thus losing to the singleton 10, so making just 3 ’s and going one down. He later commented that leading the J would have worked, but is this the correct play?

As requested, I put it in the suit play calculator on the website and it has two significant lines:

[A] To make 4 tricks – 13%

[B] To make 3 tricks – 95%

As it happens, the initial best play for both lines is the same – play the 9 from hand and let it run. In this actual layout the 10 appears from West and then there are 4 easy tricks.


 And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT-1 twice, 2NT-1 and 2(W)*-2.




Current club championship standings



Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5











1896.6 Janne Roos

1881.5 Hans Vikman

1845.4 Paul Quodomine

1790.6 Sally Watson

1719.3 Bob Short

 674.5 Janne Roos

673.4 Hans Vikman

649.3 Paul Quodomine

633.8 Sally Watson

619.9 Jeremy Watson

619.2 Ivy Schlageter

618.8 Bob Short

615.1 Lars Broman

611.3 Gerard Hardy 

611.3 Derek Tyms


350.7 Hans Vikman

350.6 Janne Roos

333.3 Paul Quodomine

325.3 Ivy Schlageter

324.5 Sally Watson

321.7 Bob Short

321.7 Jeremy Watson

321.0 Per Andersson

316.9 Terje Lie

316.1 Lars Broman



Not much movement this week, except Ivy consolidating her 1st position in the bronze.


Double with a 5-card major?                         Board 2 from Monday 31st 



Dealer:             Q92                                            West          North         East          South

East                  A105                                          -                 -                 pass         1

N-S vul            Q986                                         dbl   (1)      2              2    (2)    3   

                        Q72                                           3    (3)      pass           pass         4

all pass

108543               N               AJ76            

K                    W    E            J983             (1)  I don’t like this double for two reasons:      

1073                   S                J42                     a) It is not strong enough.

A954                                    86                      b) It has a 5-card major.

K                                               If you want to bid with this hand then bid 1.

Q7642                                  (2)  A free bid, showing 6-9 points and 4+ ’s

AK5                                     (3)  Obeying the Law.



And what happened? West has successfully pushed N-S in a non-making game. Obviously he leads a , but which one?

He led the 4 (4th best). Dummy played low and East naturally thought that partner had led low from an honour and had Kxxx and declarer xx. He played the J and the contract made.

So what went wrong? My take is: -

a)      Don’t double when you have a 5-card major (unless very strong).

b)      4th best leads generally apply only to No trump contracts, and this deal is a good example of why. Against a NT contract it will probably be OK to let South make a singleton K, but in a suit contract it was a disaster.

c)      Against a suit contract I play that a low card lead promises an honour, regardless of whether the leader has 3, 4 or 5 in the suit.

d)      With this actual West holding, lead the 10 or the 8 against a suit contract to deny an honour.


      And what happened at other tables? 4= 3 times, 2+2, 3= and 3NT-2





Dave’s Column                       Here is Dave’s first defensive problem


74                       N                           West          North         East            South        

AJ92              W    E                        -                 4              pass           pass

KQ108               S                           dbl             pass           5              5

KJ10                                                all pass


85                       You are West, defending 5 and partner leads the K.

AJ943                You encourage and win the second trick with the A.  

762                    What do you lead at trick three?


Dave’s Column answer                      Board 5 from Wednesday 2nd


Dealer:             KQJ86532                                 Book bidding

North               107                                             West          North         East            South

N-S vul            6                                                -                 4              pass           pass

                        A9                                              dbl             pass           5              5

all pass                        

74                       N             -                          

AJ92              W    E          KQ643          

KQ108               S              752                You are West, defending 5. Partner leads the K.

KJ10                                  Q8543           You encourage and win the second trick with the

A109                                    A. What do you lead at trick three?





At the table West shifted to the J at trick three. But declarer won with his A, played a to dummy’s A, ruffed a , returned to dummy with a trump, ruffed another , went back to dummy with a and trumped another . Finally declarer led a to dummy’s A and cashed the established J, discarding his 9.

That was nicely played for +650 and left West momentarily wondering if they should have saved in 6. A few moments later he realized that they should have defeated 5. At trick three West should have shifted to a trump, removing a vital entry from the dummy.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 5*=, 4+1, 4= twice, 2+2 and 6-2.





Dave’s 2nd Column       Here is Dave’s 2nd input on defence.


Dealer:             763                                            

East                  6                                                 West          North         East            South

E-W vul           AQ98532                                   -                 -                 4              all pass



KQ2                   N                   You are North, defending 4. Partner leads the J and   

J54                 W    E                dummy plays low. How do you hope to make four tricks?

K763                  S                    What is your defensive plan?        



Dave’s 2nd Column answer              Board 6 from Wednesday 2nd  


Dealer:             763                                             Book bidding

East                  6                                                 West          North         East            South

E-W vul           AQ98532                                   -                 -                 4              all pass



KQ2                   N             J10                

J54                 W    E          AKQ10872   

K763                  S              10                        

862                                    KQ9                   


93                                   You are East. Partner leads the J and declarer plays

J                                     low from dummy. How do you hope to make 4 tricks?

A10754                         What is your defensive plan?



When this hand was first played, North was one of the best woman players of all time – Rixi Marcus. She hoped her side would take one , one and two ’s. But just in case East had opened with a very strong hand Rixi overtook with the Q and shifted to the 3.

This was the only winning defence. South took East’s K with the A and returned a low , North’s J driving out declarer’s Q. East could draw trumps but when he played a South rose with the A and cashed the 10.

Note that had Rixi led the J instead of the 3 South cannot return the suit from his 107 into East’s Q9.


And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 4NT(W)-5, 5-2, 5-1, 4*-1, 5*-2 and 5*-3.

The bottom lines: -

-     Lead low from Hx when you won’t be regaining the lead to push the suit through for a second time and partner will be returning the suit.





Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    2NT. The ’s may be a problem but with a balanced 11-12 and a guaranteed stop if there is a lead there really is no other sensible bid.

Hand B:    (a)  2, a transfer to ’s in most sensible systems.

(b)  4 - obey the Law, partner has 4 ’s and 4 may (did) make. 4 also makes against non-perfect defence.



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