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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           With Hand A you pass as dealer at favourable vulnerability.

Partner opens 1 and RHO bids 2, what do you do?       

KQ9             73                          

9872             AKQJ109642

10                 K                             With Hand B partner opens 1 and you bid 1. LHO

AJ872          Q                             doubles and partner bids 1, what do you bid?


Hand C           Hand D

With Hand C it’s unfavourable vulnerability. You open 1, 

KJ105          J1097           LHO  overcalls 3 and partner doubles (negative). RHO bids 5,

QJ872          AK10           what do you do?

KQ6             K9752         

10                3                  With Hand D you open 1 in 3rd seat at favourable vulnerability and LHO bids 2. This is passed to you, what do you do?                 

Bidding Sequence Quiz


E      1     pass   1      dbl        

        1      pass   3                    Is 3 forcing?


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Gold Cup = Best 30

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621.9 Hans Vikman

603.2 Janne Roos

321.7 Hans Vikman

317.3 Janne Roos

307.5 Paul Quodomine

300.4 Jean Wissing

295.0 Gerry Cohen

292.1 Lars Broman

285.7 Tomas Wikman


No Results or News-sheet – on the internet. Sorry all for the delay, but my telephone/internet went down at 10.30 a.m. on Friday 29th and I went straight to the TOT. They were TOTally uninterested, would do nothing, gave me a telephone number to ring, and said that a technician may look into it on Monday. So no telephone or internet for 3+ days. TOT – TIT.


Is it forcing?                                                         Board 20 from Wednesday 27th  


Dealer:             Q42                                            Table A

West                7                                                 West          North         East(B)     South

Both vul            86532                                        1    (1)     pass           1            dbl

                        9543                                          1              pass           3    (1)    pass

pass (1)      pass          

J1096                 N               73                      

8                     W    E            AKQJ109642    Table B

AQJ1097           S                K                       West          North         East(B)     South

106                                      Q                       1    (1)      pass          1            dbl

AK85                                         1              pass           4    (1)    all pass





Table A:     (1)  A rather light opener.

                  (2)  What did you bid with this East hand B in this week’s quiz? This East considered the bid forcing (maybe it is in Norway?) but it is not in Pattaya or in Standard American.

Table B:     (2)  This is the obvious bid – with 2 (4th suit forcing – to game as I play it) as a (poor) alternative if you think that there may be slam after South has shown values.


And what happened? Results were all over the place. 4 made easily (often doubled); and N-S actually bid and made 4 and 5 on two tables.

The bottom line:

-         When responder bids at the one level and then jumps to the three level in the same suit then it is INVITATIONAL. This is especially true if 4th suit forcing is available.

-         In this particular example the above is especially true as South has shown a good hand and so 3 may be partially to keep him quiet?


Double or forcing pass?                                       Board 25 from Friday 29th  


Dealer:             92                                               Table A

North               106                                             West          North         East(C)    South

E-W vul           987543                                       -                 pass           1            3   (1)

                        QJ4                                            dbl   (2)      5   (3)      dbl   (4)    pass

pass (5)      all pass      

AQ63                 N               KJ105               

K94                W    E            QJ872                Table B

AJ10                   S                KQ6                  West          North         East(C)    South

953                                      10                      -                 pass           1            2   (1)

874                                             dbl   (6)      pass           2            pass

A53                                            4              all pass




Table A:     (1)  Opposite a passed partner I guess that this is reasonable – it worked out well anyway!

(2)   Negative – promising 4 ’s, at least that’s the way I play it.

(3)   If partner had a genuine pre-emptive overcall then the opponents have game and probably slam – so with no defense whatsoever and favourable vulnerability, this North raised to the limit. A good bid putting the pressure on East.

(4)   What did you bid with this East hand C in this weeks quiz? With no aces and a minimum this East decided to double to discourage partner from bidding on. I totally disagree, and with a fit and useful singleton I would either pass (forcing and probably best) or bid 5(which some may construe as a stronger hand). I certainly would not double with a singleton trump.

(5)   West has no good reason to remove partner’s double.

Table B:     (1)  This South chose the more normal 2.

(6)  Negative, I prefer this to raising ’s as a 4-4 fit will often play better than a 5-3 fit.


And what happened? 5* went -3 for just 500 away and a top to N-S. Just the one E-W pair found the fit and 4 made +1. Everybody else was in the slightly inferior 4 contract but all managed to make 11 tricks despite Deep Finesse saying that there are 11 tricks in ’s and just 10 in ’s (South needs to defend expertly/luckily to hold 4 to 10 tricks).

The bottom line:

-         I personally do not like to make a penalty double with a singleton trump.


Balance with a double?                                        Board 21 from Wednesday 27th  


Dealer:             KQ9                                           Table A

North               9872                                           West          North(A)    East          South

N-S vul            10                                               -                 pass           pass         1    (1)

                        AJ872                                        2             1NT (2)      all pass    


A542                  N               63                       Table B

3                   W     E            QJ654               West          North(A)    East          South(D)

AQ3                   S                J864                   -                pass           pass         1    (1)

Q10964                               K5                     2             pass (2)      pass         dbl   (3)

J1097                                         pass           pass (4)      pass





Table A:     (1)  An obvious ‘light’ 3rd seat opening. But with two working tens I consider it sound anyway.

                  (2)  What did you bid with this North hand A in this week’s quiz? This North has good stops and so considered 1NT a reasonable response. OK I guess?

Table B:     (2)  This North (my regular Wednesday partner) knew my (South) style pretty well and chose what I, and he, considerer to be the best bid – pass and hope that partner re-opens with a double.

(3)   Even disregarding the possibility that partner may have a penalty pass, this is surely the best bid with decent holdings in both unbid suits.

(4)   Thank you partner, even at this vulnerability I think that this is best; maybe I will play with you again.


And what happened? Results were of course all over the place, with 2*-3 (500) netting a joint top for N-S, only equaled when one E-W pair bid to3♣* and also went-3!

The bottom line:

-         In this sort of situation for South, consider a re-opening double.

-         Don’t bid NT (North) with a stack over RHO if your partner understands negative doubles and the re-opening double.

-         The principle of the ‘trap’ pass and re-opening double applies even if partner of the opener is a passed hand.



Dave’s Column           Here is Dave’s first input on the play of the hand.


North               South                          

86                 KJ109732                 

1073             KQ4                    You are South and arrive in 4 after an uncontested     

A874            K                         auction. West leads a to East’s A and the 6 is returned

AKJ2           73                        won by your K. How should South continue?


Dave’s Column answer                      Board 25 from Wednesday 27th   


Dealer:             86                                               Book bidding

North               1073                                           West          North         East            South

E-W vul           A874                                         -                 pass (1)      pass           1

                        AKJ2                                         pass           2             pass           2

pass           2NT           pass           4       

AQ                     N             45                        all pass

J9852             W    E          A6                 

1093                   S              QJ652           West leads a to East’s A and the 6 is returned

984                                    Q1065           won by the K. How should South continue?



K                        (1) Apparently because he knew his partner was a poor player

73                            and did not want to get too high.


When the board was first played, declarer led a to the table at trick three and lost a trump finesse. East ruffed the next and the contract was one down.

South should, of course, make 4 even with a lead. After he wins the 2nd he cashes the K, leads a to dummy and throws his Q on the A. He then leads a trump and can lose no more than two trumps and the A.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT+1, 4= six times, 3+1 and 4-1 five times. So 10 tricks were often made, but not every West led a .




Dave’s 2nd Column         Here is Dave’s second problem on the play of the hand.


      N               AK72                           West            North         East          South    

  W     E            AQ                               -                    -              1            pass

      S                97654                         2NT              pass           3NT         all pass







You are South, defending 3NT. Partner leads the 10 upon which dummy plays the 7. What is your plan for the defence?

Dave’s 2nd Column answer              Board 26 from Wednesday 27th


Dealer:             Q6                                              Book Bidding

East                  865                                             West          North         East            South

Both vul            102                                             -                 -                1             pass

                        A109854                                    2NT           pass           3NT           all pass


J543                   N             AK72                  

K104              W    E          AQ                 You are South, defending 3NT. Partner leads the           

KQ8                   S              97654             10 upon which dummy plays the 7. What is

Q63                                   J7                   your plan for the defence?






Did you play the 2 in tempo? If you did then declarer will win with the Q and the contract will go down when you later hop up with the A and return the K which partner will over-take.

This is a true story from a World championship match.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Not surprisingly, many players chose to play in the 4-4 fit and results were all over the place with just three players in 4= for a good score.



Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    Pass. Even at this vulnerability it’s best to go for the penalty – providing that partner understands negative doubles and the ‘automatic’ re-opening double. 1NT is the bid if you do not trust partner or do not understand negative doubles.

Hand B:    4 - you do not need support from partner. 3 is no good as it is not forcing. The only other remotely sensible bid is 2 - 4th suit forcing – but it gives the opposition room to find a or sacrifice (or maybe even making) and slam your way is remote.

Hand C:    Pass (forcing). I do not like dbl with a singleton trump. 5 is possible if partner’s negative double promises 4 ’s but he may assume a stronger hand and you can always pass and then convert his 5 into 5 if he guarantees 4 ’s.

Hand D:    Double – ‘automatic’ when playing negative doubles.



Bidding Sequence Quiz Answer


E      1     pass   1      dbl         3 is invitational. If you wish to effectively make a forcing 3

        1      pass   3                    bid then bid 2 (4th suit) followed by 3.




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