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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?


AK83†††††††††† 65 †††††††††††††

-†††††††††††††††††† AQ4†††††††††† With Hand B partner opens 1, what do you bid?

A97542††††††† 1093††††††††††

J83†††††††††††††† AJ543†††††††††



††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† .

Bidding Sequence Quiz


C†††† 1††††† 1††††† 2††††† 3††††††††† What is 3? †††††† ††††††††


D†††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††† pass††††††

††††††† 2††††† pass†† 2NT†† pass

3NT†† dbl†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What does the double mean?†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


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


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

AJ4†††††††††††††† 65†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 2

KJ9††††††††††††† AQ4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††††† 3NT†† ††††††† all pass††††

AQJ2††††††††††† 1093†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††

K62†††††††††††† AJ543††††††††† †††††††††††††††††


East leads the 3 and West plays the K. Are you going to take this trick? Which suit are you planning to attack, ís or ís?†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† .††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† †††††††††††
Daveís Column answer††††††††††††††††††††† Board 13 from Wednesday 17th ††††


Dealer:†††††††††††† AJ4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book Bidding

North†††††††††††††† KJ9††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††† ††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South(B)

Both vul††††††††††† AQJ2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† 1††† †††††††††pass†††††††††† 2 (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† K62†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† all pass


K97††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† Q10832††††††††† (1) What did you bid with this South hand B

1086†††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 7532†††††††††††††††††††† in this weekís quiz? 2 is preferable to 2NT

854†††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† K76††††††††††††††††††††† because of the weak holding.

Q1097†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† 8††††††††††††††††††† (2)2NT would show 12-14 and so 3NT

††††††††††††††††††††††† 65†††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† ††††† †††† shows 18-19

AQ4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††

1093††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††East leads the 3 and West plays the K.†††††††† .

AJ543††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Plan the play††††


The sure route to nine tricks is to win the opening lead, cross to dummy with a and run the 10. The idea is to keep West off play. Even if the finesse loses you have nine tricks: three ís, three ís two ís and the A.

If you hold up in ís you cannot afford to finesse the into East. You have to work with ís instead by finessing into West, making sure East never gets in. If ís are 3-2 then this line also produces at least nine tricks. But West may have four ís headed by the Q and then you do not have enough tricks in ís and will need to take the finesse into the danger hand, East. No good.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT+1 three times, 6NT-2 twice, 6NT-1, 3NT-2 and 3NT-1

The bottom line:

-         When holding a AJx stopper in NoTrumps, with a low card led and third hand producing an honour, take the trick if your ďbigĒ finesse is playing for RHO to have the card, so that if the finesse loses then it is LHO who gets in and your Jx remains as a stopper.




Daveís 2nd Column†††††††† Here is Daveís second problem on the play of the hand.


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

K9432††††††††† AJ7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1NT†††† ††† pass

862†††††††††††††† A107††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††† pass

Q82††††††††††††† AJ975†††††††† †††††††††††††††† 2NT†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4††††††††††† all pass

K4†††††††††††††† Q5


South leads the 4, plan the play.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

Daveís 2nd Column answer††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 14 from Wednesday 17th


Dealer:†††††††††††† 1065†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book Bidding

East††††††††††††††††† KQ43†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††† ††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

Love all††††††††††† 63†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 10762††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††† ††††††††† pass ††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass

2NT (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 4††††††††††††† all pass

K9432††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† AJ7††††††††††††††††

862†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† A107††††††††††††† (1)The author assumes that this is automatic,

Q82††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† AJ975†††††††††††† †††† but with a poor suit and horrid ís pass

K4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q5†††††††††††††††† ††††† is an attractive alternative in my opinion.

Q8††††††††††††† ††††††††††††† ††††††††††† †††††

J95†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† South leads the 4, plan the play.




This is a very weird problem set by Bobby Wolff. I shanít bother to type it all out, but apparently Southís failure to lead a trump indicated that he has the Q doubleton and so declarer played AK and made an over-trick when losing ís were discarded on ís.

Terry Comment. As South I would lead a rather than a away from the K with a strong NT on the right; and this obvious (in my humble opinion) lead sets the contract if declarer takes the normal finesse. All in all, a very bad problem Ė I donít like the bidding, I donít like the opening lead, and I donít like the assumption made by declarer to play the ís against the odds.

And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Just about everything: 4=, 3+1 twice, 3+2, 2+1, 4=, 4-1 and 3NT-1.



Some good bidding Ė part 1†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 26 from Monday 15th



Dealer:†††††††††††† KQ97†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West †††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

East††††††††††††††††† Q543††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 1

both vul††††††††††† 6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 2

††††††††††††††††††††††† K1092†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT (1)††††† pass†††††††† 3NT (2)

dbl (3)††††††† all pass

J4†††††††††††††††† ††††  N†††††††††††† 10532††††††††††††††††††

K9††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† J10876†††††††††† (1)A shade light, especially with a mis-fit.††

KQ9843††††††††††††S††††††††††††† 2†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Pass is the alternative.

A86††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q43†††††††††††††† (2)A clear raise to game with a maximum.

††††††††††††††††††††††† A86††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (3)N-S have bid to 3NT in a shaky invitational

A2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† sequence, and with great ís sitting over a

††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ1075††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††5-card suit West decided to double (for a

††††††††††††††††††††††† J75†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† lead Ė hoping that partner had a !)


And what happened? East led a as requested and 3NT-1 was the only plus score for E-W. Other N-Sís were no so enterprising and results were: 2**(W)-4, 2*(W)-2, 2(W)-3, 2(E)-2, 2(N)= and 1NT(S)=.

The bottom lines: - A double of a freely bid 3NT by the player not on lead asks for dummyís first bid suit to be led.

Some good bidding Ė part 2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 19 from Monday 15th



Dealer:†††††††††††† Q7542††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(A)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

South†††††††††††††† AJ943††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† 1

E-W vul†††††††††† Q†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††1††† (1)††††† 2††† (2)††††† 3††† (3)††† 3

††††††††††††††††††††††† 42††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4††† (4)††††† pass ††††††††† 5†††††††††† pass

6†† (5)††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††† 6††† (6)

AK83†††††††††† †††† N†††††††††††† 9†††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass (7)††††† pass†††††††††† dbl†††††††††† all pass

-†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 10862††††††††††††††††††

A97542††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 8††††††††††††††††††††††††††

J83†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AKQ10975†††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† J106††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ1063††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 6†††††††††††††††††


(1)   What did you bid with this West hand A in this weekís quiz? With length and strength in RHOís opened suit it is often a good idea to overcall at the one level with a good 4-card suit.

(2)   A bit light for a new suit at the two level Ė a negative double is the alternative.

(3)   An unassuming cue bid Ė generally showing a sound raise to three or more of partnerís suit but here it will subsequently show a very good suit of his own.

(4)   Assuming partner has a good raise to 3, West decided to go for game.

(5)   Knowing that partner has great ís this hand, with every side suit controlled, must be worth slam.

(6)   South knew that E-W generally knew what they were doing and when partner could not double 6 he took the good view of a 6 save.

(7)   Inviting the grand

(8)   With four small ís that may be a burden in 7, West took the good view of doubling.



And what happened? As you would expect on this distributional deal, there was a mixed bag: 7*-5, 6*-4, 5+2 twice, 5= and 4-2. The auction shown gives good bids and good judgement by both sides, it seems that most of the rest of the club got things wrong as one would expect contracts of 6 or 6*.

The bottom lines: - You can agree to play that the Unassuming cue bid may be a good hand with a suit of its own.



Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† 1. This is surely one of those rare occasions where it is correct to overcall with a good 4-card suit.

Hand B:††† 2. This is better than 2NT because of the weak ís Ė if NT is the best strain then it is surely better played by partner.


Bidding Sequence Quiz Answer


C†††† 1††††† 1††††† 2††††† 3††††††††††††† 3 is an unassuming cue bid, generally showing a sound raise to 3 or better. There is a variation where the bid may alternatively show a very good suit of its own (so clearly ís here). ††


D†††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††† pass†††††††††† Dbl after an uncontested auction to 3NT demands that

††††††† 2††††† pass†† 2NT†† pass†††††††††† partner lead dummyís first bid suit (so ís here).

3NT†† dbl††††††††††††††



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