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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A Hand B With Hand A partner opens 1 and you bid 1. Partner then

jumps to 3, what do you do?

A82 Q8

J832 J9743 With Hand B partner opens 1NT and you transfer with 2.

K73 532(a) Partner bids 2, what do you do?

1087 A95 (b) Partner super-accepts with 3, what do you do?


Hand C Hand D With Hand C you open 1NT and partner transfers with 2,

What do you do?

K932 954

K1052 AJ75 With Hand D everybody is vulnerable. LHO opens 1 and RHO

A6 K8742bids 1NT forcing (6-12). What do you do?



Bidding Sequence Quiz


E 1NT pass 2 pass Is 3 weak, to play, or forcing?

2 pass 3


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1896.6 Janne Roos

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1846.9 Paul Quodomine

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1720.4 Bob Short

1682.4 Paul Scully

674.5 Janne Roos

673.4 Hans Vikman

649.3 Paul Quodomine

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618.8 Bob Short

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350.7 Hans Vikman

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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




Is it weak or forcing? Board 17 from Friday 11th


Dealer: ♠ 952 West North East South

North AJ1043 - pass 1NT pass

Love all 109 2 pass 2 pass

KQ8 3 (1) pass 3NT (2) all pass


A763 N QJ (1) West has a difficult bid here. 2NT is probably

6 W E KQ7 best but he believed that 3 was to play.

KJ6S Q842 (2) East believed that 3 was forcing.

76543 AJ102






And what happened? 3NT went -3 for a bottom. 4 made at another table.

The bottom lines.

- Sequence E (3 of a minor having bid Stayman) has to be agreed. Standard is that it is forcing showing a four card major and a long minor. But I personally am not so keen on this treatment (how do you bid weakish hands where you want to play in 3 of the minor if there is no 4-card major fit?). The solution is to play 4-way transfers the sensible way transfer to a minor and then bid a major as game forcing and natural. This then leaves sequences like sequence E free to use as weak if you have no other meaning for them.

-     This, and the similar sequences when opener has a 4-card major, may also be used as Shape-Asking Relays after Stayman - SARS.


A poor overcall? Board 20 from Wednesday 9th


Dealer: ♠ AKQ86 West(D) North East South

West 103 pass 1 pass 1NT (1)

both vul A653 2 (2) dbl (3) all pass



954 N 1072 (1) Forcing, 6-12, any shape.

AJ75 W E 82 (2) What did you bid with this West hand D in

K8742 S 109this weeks quiz? It barely has the values for

Q KJ10843 a two level overcall and it is particularly

J3 dangerous when vulnerable in the sandwich

KQ964 seat especially against opponents who like

QJ to take the money.

7652 (3) With top tricks and great s North knows that West will be forced and that game for N-S is by no means certain. So he went for the jugular.


And what happened? The defence was perfect, North kept leading s and eventually his 6 was promoted! -3 and 800 beat the rest of the field who were mostly scoring 620 or 650 in 4.

The bottom lines.

- K8742 is not good enough for a two-level overcall. And in the sandwich seat between two bidding opponents who generally know what they are doing and with a silent partner and vulnerable it is suicidal. And what was the point? Did he really want a lead?

A super-accept Board 12 from Wednesday 9th


Dealer: K932 Table A

West K1052 West North(C) East South(B)

N-S vul A6 pass 1NT pass 2

KQJ pass 2 (1) pass pass (2)


1054 N AJ76 Table B

Q86 W E A West North(C) East South(B)

J987S KQ104pass 1NT pass 2

432 10876 pass 3 (1) pass 4 (3)






Table A: (1) With the 10 and good top cards, this is a bit too good to simply complete the transfer although I would prefer it if a low was a low (KQJ is not a particularly good holding as there is wastage if partner has A, Ax or Axx honours belong in long suits). On balance I think its just about good enough to super-accept.K

(2) What did you bid with this South hand B(a) in this weeks quiz? This motley collection is most certainly not worth an invite. Pass is very clear.

Table B: (1) This is the answer to question C. A super accept of the transfer, but as I said, it is close.

(3) What did you bid with this South hand B(b) in this weeks quiz? South knows that North has 4 s and a maximum but I think this is also close this is still a motley collection. I was South and thought about it for a while before taking the dubious plunge.L


And what happened? With the Q onside 4 made on two occasions. Other results were 4(N)-3, 4-1 and 2+1.

The bottom lines.

This was a very dodgy game. The South hand is horrible and 4 really was lucky to make. Having said that, I believe that it is impossible to bid unless North super-accepts.J



Daves Column Here is Daves first problem on the play of the hand.

N-S vulnerable.


West East West North East South

Q73 K10542 1 1 1 (1) 3 (2)

K2 10 (1) 3 4 4 dbl

AQJ873 K9542 all pass

J8 107

(1)   5+ s

(2)   Sound raise to 3 or better.


South leads the Q to the K and A and East ruffed the 2nd round. East led a to the Q which won, North playing the 6. What now?


Daves Column answer Board 4 from Wednesday 9th

Dealer: 6 Book bidding

West A98753 West North East South

N-S vul 6 11 1 (1) 3 (2)

AK942 3 4 4 dbl

all pass

Q73 N K10542

K2 W E 10 (1) Showing 5+ s when playing negative doubles

AQJ873 S K9542 (2) An Unassuming cue bid showing a limit

J8 107 raise or better here.


QJ64 South leads the Q to the K and A and East ruffed

10 the 2nd round. East led a to the Q which won, North

Q653 playing the 6. What now?


East has a common problem. If North has the J another lead will let East hold his trump losers to one, thus going down just one trick. This should be a fine result because N-S can surely make their 4 contract. They might even be able to make 6.

The trouble is that if East leads another and North shows out, it will mean that South started with AJ98. If declarer leads a from dummy he will find South with that holding, South will take two rounds of trumps and continue with s, making East use his last trump. That will mean east gets only four tricks down six, that is way over the value of N-Ss game.

The cure for East is to stop leading trumps. Lead s and let South ruff them. This line will lose three tricks, a and two s. Down three for minus 500, but still a good score against their vulnerable game. There is no need to fight for down one when the gain will be small and the risks huge.


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





Daves 2nd Column Here is Daves 2nd input on the play of the hand.


North South West North East South

6 A1043 - - 1 pass

KQJ742 653 1 2 pass 2 (1)

98742 AQ 4 5 dbl all pass

8 J642

(1) Sound raise to 3 or better.

You are North, declarer in 5*. East leads the 8 which you win in dummy with the A, what do you do next?

Daves 2nd Column answer Board 6 from Wednesday 9th

Dealer: 6 Book bidding

East KQJ742 West North East South

E-W vul 98742 - - 1 pass

8 1 2 pass 2 (1)

4 5 dbl all pass

KQJ972 N 85

9 W E A108 (1) A sound raise to 3 or better.

1065S KJ3

KQ7 A10953 East leads the 8, plan the play.






In order to succeed declarer must find East with the K and s 3-3. Even though this situation existed, a few declarers failed as follows: A, to the K and A, return taken by the Q, to the Q, A, ruff, ruff.


- That left this position with the lead in dummy.

J74 Now, whether South leads a or a West will

98 play high and continue with the K and Easts

8 10 is promoted as the setting trick.


KQ N - Australian champion Bob Richman recognised

- W E 10 the danger and was one of the successful

-S -declarers in 5. He was able to avoid the

KQ7 A10953 trump promotion on the third round of s.

104 After taking the A, he played a at trick two,

- a scissors coup. Now West could not gain the

- lead later to play a 3rd and declarer had no

J642 problem. E-W can make 4 with careful play.

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


3NT is usually better than 5/ Board 23 from Monday 7th


Dealer: A82 Table A

South J832 West North(A) East South

Both vul K73 - - - 1 (1)

1087 pass 1 pass 3

pass 4 (2) pass 5

Q943 N J107 all pass

105 W E KQ975

A9 S 102Table B

96542 KJ3 West North(A) East South

K65 - - - 1 (1)

A6 pass 1 pass 3

QJ8654 pass 3 (2) pass 3NT

AQ all pass


Table A: (1) I would have no problem with a 1NT opening with this hand.

(2) What did you bid with this North hand A in this weeks quiz? 4 with this totally flat hand cannot be right as there simply cannot be the values for 5 and this hand has no ruffing potential.

Table B: (2) This is the answer to question A. It is showing a stopper (it is not necessarily a 4-card suit as partner has denied 4 s) and suggesting that partner bid 3NT if he has the s stopped. The unsophisticated 3NT is a less attractive alternative.


And what happened? 5-2, 3NT+2, 3NT+1 twice, 1NT+2 and 2+1

The bottom lines.

-         Strive to get to 3NT rather than 5 of a minor if you have a balanced hand.



Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A: 3, showing a stop and inviting partner to bid 3NT. A direct 3NT now is a less attractive alternative, its too good to pass and with this flat shape a raise to 4 is inappropriate.

Hand B: (a) Pass. Very clear, this is a poor 7 points with miserable s.

(b) Pass or 4. This is very close. You know partner is near maximum with 4 s, but this is a very poor hand. I actually bid 4 but am not particularly proud of the bid and it was lucky to make. I would not have bid it if not partnering a good declarer player (two out of four made 4 and two made only 9 tricks).

Hand C: 3, a super-accept. With 4 trumps, the 10 and near max with prime cards and a doubleton, this is just a bit too good to simply complete the transfer

Hand D: Pass. Pretty obvious I know, but one player did find 2 and went for 800.


Bidding Sequence Quiz


E 1NT pass 2 pass 3 is generally played as game forcing, promising a 4-card

2 pass 3 major and a 5-6 card suit, although many do play the sequence as weak by agreement.



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