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Bidding Quiz†††††††††††††† †††† Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† With Hand A partner opens 1NT, what do you bid?


853†††††††††††††† AK763†††††††† With Hand B you are playing a forcing 1NT system. You open

J63†††††††††††††† Q107††††††††††† 1 and partner bids a forcing 1NT. You bid 2 and partner bids

K32††††††††††††† 3†††††††††††††††††† 2NT showing 10-11 points. What do you bid?††† †††††††††

KJ97††††††††††† AQ93†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

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Current club championship standings



Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5











1871.9 Janne Roos

1848.0 Paul Quodomine
1846.2 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

604.8 Derek & Gerard

602.4 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

322.7 Derek & Gerard

320.3 Jean Wissing

319.5 Duplessy & Coutlet

316.0 Sigurd Zahl


Janneís Column ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 16 from Wednesday 14th July


An interesting under-ruff.


Something new this week, an interesting play article by Janne Roos. The bidding is Swedish style:


Dealer:†††††††††††† KQ652†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

West††††††††††††††† Q84††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††† (1)††††† pass†††††††† 2†††† (2)

E-W vul†††††††††† 98†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 3†† (3)††††† pass†††††††† 3††††† (4)

††††††††††††††††††††††† KQ2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (5)††††† all pass††††


J9743†††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††† (1)4+ ís†††††††

A105††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† 932†††††††††††††† (2)at least 3 ís†††††††

1064††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††††† KQJ53†††††††††(3)a 2 bid would show 6 ís in Swedish style

98††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 107543††††††† (4)Forcing, showing exactly 3 ís and inviting

A108††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† partner to cue bid if he wishes.

KJ76††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (5)Not wishing to cue bid.

A74††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††



East led a , hoping that his partner was short in the suit. I won with the K and played the K with East showing out. First it looked good, but now youíre happy you did not try for slam. You have maybe two losers and maybe one loser. ís splitting evenly would be nice. So next I led a to the K and Westís A. I won the return with the J in dummy and led a to the Q and then a third to dummy dummyís J and they luckily broke 3-3. I then played the 13th and West was reluctant to ruff and discarded a and I discarded my last .


Dealer:†††††††††††† Q652††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Next I played the A from dummy and West and

West††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I both discarded a , that left this position with 5

E-W vul†††††††††† 9†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† cards remaining. Next came the A and then

††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† another . West had to ruff this last and ruffed

with the 7, but if you over-ruff with the Q you

J974†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††† only make one more trick and West gets two. ††††††††††

-†††††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††† So I under-ruffed at trick 10! West was on lead

10††††††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††††† KQJ5†††††††††††holding J94, I held Q65 and dummy A10.

-†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 10††††††††††††††† West was now end-played and whichever he

A10††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† played I had the last three tricks.


A74††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† So 4+1; sometimes giving away a trick and

-†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† getting two back is a good idea, isnít it?


<end of Janneís Column>






Daveís Column†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 21 from Wednesday 14th July


††††† The first Dave column this week is a bidding problem, what was your answer to question B in this weekís bidding quiz?


Dealer:†††††††††††† AK763†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North(B)††† East††††††††††† South

North†††††††††††††† Q107†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

N-S vul††††††††††† 3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT†††† (1)

††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ93†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2†† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT†††† (3)

pass†††††††††† ?††††† (3)†††††

95†††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† J10842††††††††††††††††

K63††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† A9†††††††††††††††††††††††

J9642††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† KQ8††††††††††††††(1)Forcing††††††

876††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1054††††††††††††† (2)could be 3 cards

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† †††† (3)10-11

J8542†††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††




This article shows a bidding trick that can save you on a few hands. North opens 1 and South bids 1NT. In some methods (e.g. two-over-one) this is a forcing bid that occasionally includes 10-11 points. For the purposes of this auction, assume that you are playing a forcing 1NT response to a 1 opening. North rebids 2 which, when using forcing NoTrump responses, may show just three clubs. South now bids 2NT. This bid shows 10-11 points and can be passed. What should North bid now (question B in the quiz)?


North has enough points to accept the game invitation, but the best game contract is in doubt. It is possible that South has five ís and North can explore for a 5-3 game by bidding 3. North did not bid ís over 1NT and so South will know that he has only three. The importance of this 3 bid is that North finished showing his distribution and warns South that he is worried about ís.

On this hand, South has ís and is able to raise to the easy game. A 4 game will probably make with an overtrick and 3NT will go down.

Note that if North has a minimum hand he has to pass 2NT. When North bids 3 he shows his shape but also promises enough points for game.


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

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

West††††††††††††††† East††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book Bidding

105†††††††††††††† AKQ3††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††††††† North†††††††††† East††††††††††† South††

K73††††††††††††† 62†† ††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1NT†††††† (1)††† pass†††††††††††† 2†††††††††††† pass

KQ972†††††††† J1083††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† all pass

QJ7††††††††††††† A95††††††††††††† ††††† †††††††††††††††††


Playing an aggressive style, West opens a weak 1NT. East uses 2 Stayman and rebids 3NT on finding opener has no 4-card major. North leads a 4th highest 3, plan the play for West at teams scoring (ensure the contract - overtricks not so important).

Daveís 2nd Column Answer ††††††††††††††††† Board 20 from Wednesday 14th July



Dealer:†††††††††††† 87†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book Bidding

West††††††††††††††† QJ98††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

both vul††††††††††† A5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††1NT†† (1)††† pass†††††††††† 2†††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 106432††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††† ††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† all pass


105†††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† AKQ3†††††††††††††††††

K73††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 62†††††††††††††††††† (1)an aggressive weak 1NT opening.

KQ972†††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† J1083†††††††††††††††††††

QJ7††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A95†††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† J9642†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††

A1054††††††††††††††††††††††† Playing an aggressive style, West opens a weak 1NT.

64††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††East uses 2 Stayman and rebids 3NT on finding

K8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† opener has no 4-card major.††††††††††††††††

North leads a 4th highest 3, plan the play at teams.


At teams scoring your primary concern is to make your contract, overtricks are of minor significance. You have 3 ís and the A on top and can easily create four more tricks in ís. The extra trick needed can come from ís or ís.

To duck the lead entails an unnecessary risk. If South wins and shifts to a (likely as declarer has denied a 4-card major) the defence can come to one , one and at least three ís.

Since the contract is unbeatable if the A is onside, you should rise with the A and knock out the A. The contract may fail if South has the A and North the A but, if so, ducking the first would not have saved you.

And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT+1, 3NT=, 3= twice, 3NT-1.


That terrible 4333 type shape again††† ††††††††††† Board 25 from Friday 16th July


Dealer:†††††††††††† 107†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(A)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

North†††††††††††††† K5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† pass

E-W vul†††††††††† Q984††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 2NT(1)†††††††pass†††††††††† 3NT†††††††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q8653††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


853†††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† KQ94†††††††††††† (1)What did you bid with this West hand A in

J63†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† AQ92†††††††††††††††††† this weekís quiz? Itís an 8 count, which is

K32††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† J106†††††††††††††††††††††usually worth an invite. But knock off a point

KJ97††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A2††††††††††††††††††††††† for the totally flat 4333 type shape and, with

††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ62†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† †††††††††† poor intermediates, you should pass.

10874†††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††

A75††††††††††††††††††† And what happened? 1NT+1 three times, 2NT= and 3NT-1.

104††††††††††††††††††† The fact that three out of five realize how bad 4333 is and

sensibly passed partnerís 1NT is very heartening.

Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† Pass. Knock off a point for the terrible 4333 type shape with poor intermediates.

Hand B:††† 3. This shows 3 ís and shortage and values for game.



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