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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           What do you open in first seat with Hand A?


Q83              9632             With Hand B partner opens 1 and you bid 1. Partner

Q10763        A10              then bids 2, what do you do?                   

Q5                53                                        

AQ4             AK832


Hand C                                   With Hand C you open 1 and partner bids 1, what

do you bid?






Bidding Sequence Quiz


D     1     pass   1      pass           How many ’s does the 2 bid promise?

2                                           Is it always four or can it be just three?


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1871.3 Janne Roos

1846.9 Paul Quodomine
1843.7 Hans Vikman

669.2 Janne Roos

654.6 Hans Vikman

640.1 Paul Quodomine

626.8 Tomas Wikman

622.1 Sally Watson

619.8 Lars Broman

615.9 Jean Wissing

609.5 Duplessy & Coutlet

597.8 Bengt Malgren

597.3 Jan v Koss

344.6 Janne Roos

337.6 Hans Vikman

329.6 Tomas Wikman

325.4 Sally Watson

323.4 Paul Quodomine

322.9 Lars Broman

320.3 Jean Wissing

319.5 Duplessy & Coutlet

316.0 Sigurd Zahl

314.2 Niels Krojhaard


Dave’s Column                                         Board 22 from Wednesday 30th June


Dealer:             Q832                                          Book Bidding

East                  6                                                 West          North         East            South

E-W vul           K982                                          -                 -                1             pass

                        KQJ8                                         1              dbl             2              2

4              all pass

109                     N             KJ                               

KQJ987         W    E          A543              North leads the K. South follows and you

65                       S              AQ4               elect to play low. North continues with the Q

A107                                  6543              which you win with the A. You draw trumps

                        A7654                                  in two rounds with North discarding an             

102                                       encouraging on the second round of ’s.

J1073                                   You exit with a hoping for a 3-3 break but

92                                        no luck. North wins the J with South discarding

a low . North exits with a low what now?    


With two losers and a certain loser, you must assume that North has the K to have any chance of making. Assuming that North has the K along with the KQJ already seen, North cannot have the A if he passed initially. Unfortunately Dave put the hand in with East as the dealer and so the problem is probably void. The point is that North cannot have the A if he has the K as assumed or he would have opened and so you need to finesse the J.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3+1 twice, 3=, 4-1 and 5-2.

Dave’s 2nd Column answer                    Board 23 from Wednesday 30th June


Unfortunately the second Dave problem is also a bit of a non-event, this time because it’s an opening lead problem that assumes East is on lead – and he is not if South opens the bidding!


Dealer:             A5                                              Book Bidding

South               AJ982                                        West          North         East            South(A)

both vul            83                                              -                 -                 -                 pass   (1)

                        K982                                         pass           1              pass           4      (2)

all pass

J9762                 N             K104                   

4                     W    E          K5                        Table A

A762                  S              KJ1094                West          North         East            South(A)   

J105                                   763                     -                 -                 -                 1      (1)

                        Q83                                           pass           2NT (3)      pass           4      (4)

Q10763                                     all pass




The Book article explains that the ‘eccentric’ lead of the K defeats the contract. However, with West on lead a lead will probably defeat the contract on normal play.                


What did you open with the South hand (A) in this week’s quiz? The book does not comment on South’s initial pass (1), but says that ‘the leap to game (2) suggests a decent hand’. I disagree both with this comment (this hand is far too good for this jump in my style) and the initial pass. At my table the bidding was as Table A, with (3) 2NT Jacoby and (4) 4 showing a minimal opener with no shortage.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Everybody opened the South hand and everybody went one down in 4, except the pair that got a 1400 penalty for 5*-5.


Qui Culpa?                                                                   Board 24 from Monday 28th June


A hopeless 4 was reached at Table B, who was to blame or were both at fault?


Dealer:             Q8                                              Table A

West                QJ972                                        West          North         East(C)    South

love vul             A64                                           pass           pass           1            pass

                        964                                            1              pass           1NT (1)    pass

2NT           pass           3NT         all pass

9632                   N               AJ7                    

A10                W    E            85                       Table B

53                       S                KQJ97               West(B)     North         East(C)    South

AK832                                 QJ10                  pass           pass           1            pass

K1054                                        1              pass           2    (1)    pass

K643                                          4      (2)    all pass




Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this East hand C in this week’s quiz? This 1NT bid is ‘obvious’(?) but I prefer the bid made at Table B

Table B:     (1)  This East’s bid of 2 is also my choice; Paul Quodomine (East here) and myself will both often raise with good three card support in this situation – this hand, with a weak doubleton suit, is typical. 

(2)   What did you bid with this West hand B in this week’s quiz? It’s 11 points with good top cards and probably worth an invite; this jump to 4 is preposterous of course. Now I said ‘probably’ worth an invite and the terrible suit may make one cautious and pass, which I would not argue with. But the point is that if you do think that this hand is worth an invite then you should bid 2NT – just in case partner has just thee ’s and prefers NoTrumps.


And what happened? 2+3, 2(N)-1, 3NT-1, 3-2 twice and 4-3 .The bottom lines:

-         When opener opens a minor and then supports responder’s major, this does not guarantee four card support (sequence D).

No game contract makes on this deal with a combined 25 points – is it possible sensible to bid sensibly and stay out of game if N-S stay quiet? I think so, how about:  1 - 1 - 2 - pass, with West passing at (2) because of his miserable suit and miserable holding in partner’s first bid suit. However, this may be hind-site and I suspect that few will pass but invite with 2NT and then 3NT is probably unavoidable.


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    1. With a reasonable 5-card suit I can see no reason not to open.

Hand B:    2NT. You presumably want to invite game and this is the best invite. The alternative, because of the very poor suit and bad holding in partner’s suit, is to pass; but I don’t really expect many to do this.

Hand C:    2. With a weak doubleton and a decent 3 card holding, I prefer this to 1NT.


Bidding Sequence Quiz Answer


D     1     pass   1      pass           1 here is usually 4-card, but can be decent 3-card support,

2                                           typically with short weak ’s.


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