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


Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† What do you open with Hand A?


A62††††††††††††† KQJ1052††

AQ3†††††††††††† Q8††††††††††††††† With Hand B ís have been agreed. Partner bids 4NT and you

742†††††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††††† bid 5 showing the two keycards and the Q. Partner then bids

KQ105††††††† A9764††††††††† 5NT, how do you show the void?



Bidding Sequence Quiz


C†††† 1††††† pass†† 1NT†† 2†††† †††††††

pass†† pass†† 2†††††††††††††††††††††††How many ís does the 2 bid show?

D†††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††† pass††††††††† Is the jump to 3 invitational or forcing?

1NT†† pass†† 3††††††††††††††††††††††Is it different in Acol where 1NT is 15-16(17)?


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Blackwood with a void†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† Board 6 from Friday 10th Sept


Dealer:†††††††††††† A87††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East †††††††††††††††† AK964†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South(B)

E-W vul ††††††††† AJ74†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† 5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† ††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (1)

pass†††††††††† 4NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 5††† (2)

643†††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† 9†††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 5NT ††††††††† pass†††††††††† 6†† (3)

5 ††††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† J10732†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 6††††††††††††† all pass

KQ10532†††††††††† S††††††††††††† 986†††††††††††† ††††††††

QJ3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† K1082†††††††††† †††† Table B

††††††††††††††††††††††† KQJ1052†††† ††††††††††††††††† †††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

Q8††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1

-†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† (1)

A9764††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4†† (4)††††† pass†††††††††† 4NT (5)

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

pass†††††††††† 6††† (7)††††† pass†††††††††† 7(8)

all pass


Table A:†††† (1)Partnerís bid has improved this hand and the jump to 3 looks reasonable with this great suit and shape.

(2)   2 keycards and the Q

(3)   What did you bid with this South hand B in this weekís quiz Ė how do you show the void? This 6 bid showed zero kings in their system and is fine. I was asked how to show the void here, but itís actually a trick question. You cannot sensibly show a void after 5NT king ask, but can in response to 4NT. So with this hand you could bid 5NT at (2) to show 2 keycards and a useful void (a 6 bid would be 1 or 3 keycards and a void). However, you cannot show both the trump queen and a void.

Table B:†††† (1)This South chose the slower route, fine.

(4)   A splinter, so here showing shortage with 3 ís and 5 ís.

(5)   With no red ace to cue bid South decided to try RKCB. Itís not normally a good idea to use RKCB when having a void (you are in a mess if there is just one ace missing) but it worked a treat here. Exclusion RKCB (a jump to 5, showing a void and asking for keycards outside ís) is an alternative.

(6)   Two keycards.

(7)   The king (and denying the K and K), this pair play specific king responses, which really is a better treatment than number of kings.

(8)   South can now play the hand without even seeing dummy Ė six ís, three ís, one , one and three ruffs equals 14 tricks, so even if the opponents lead a trump there are 13 tricks.


And what happened? 7=, 6+1 twice, 4+1 and 6-1.

The bottom lines:-

-         The void responses to 4NT RKCB devised by Eddie Kantar, are given on the website.

Any sensible inputs from people are welcome and will generally get published in the news sheet. Dave Forde sent me this by e-mail.


Dave Fordeís Column†††††††††††††† Board 8 from Friday 10th Sept


Dealer:†††††††††††† 1084††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

West †††††††††††††† J105††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Love all †††††††††† 953†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 10632†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


-†††††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† AKQ762†††††††††††††

AQ8764†††††††† W††† E††††††††† K92†††††††††††††††††††††

764†††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† A8††††††††††††† ††††††††

AJ75††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 84††††††††††††††††† ††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† J953†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† ††††


KQJ102††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††



I am surprised that 7 was not bid and made on board 8 Friday.

When West bids ís and rebids ís he shows 6-7 ís, if East checks for aces they have 4 and losers can be discarded on ís.

Even with 6 bid twice I am surprised no one makes +1. East can be entered in ís, lead low spade and ruff, clear trumps ending in dummy spades good. Worth a try I think from East.

What do you think?


ps that is why I think 4 is a very underestimated bid looking for aces.

If only 1 or 2or even no ace response†† 4 4 and even 4 resp is low enough to stop in a contract of 4 something.If you use 4NT partner is in 5 already with no return if short aces or even kings.

<end of Dave Fordeís column>


Terry Comment. I totally agree the 7 should be bid and made. Once East discovers that West has the A and the AQ (5 response to RKCB) he can count a probable 14 tricks (hopefully 6 ís and 6 ís together with the A and A). As it happens there are only 5 tricks but Dave Fordeís line of first ruffing a low leads to an easy 13 tricks.

Incidentally, I (Terry) only use 4 to ask for aces when partner has bid NT naturally and I would use RKCB here. Note that if East does use RKCB then West should not show his void, as a void in partnerís suit is not generally an asset, and here it is certainly more important to show the trump queen.


And what happened? 6= twice, 7NT-2 twice, and 7-2.

The bottom lines:-

-         So just one found the great 7, but they managed to go two down, so nobody ruffed a small to set up the suit? As for the two in 7NT Ė well, they got what they deserved.

Here We Go Again Ė The Rubbish 4333††††† ††††† Board 2 from Friday 10th Sept


Dealer:†††††††††††† 109753†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East †††††††††††††††† J104†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(A)††††† South

N-S vul †††††††††† KJ105†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††1NT (1)††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass

3NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4††††††††††††† all pass

J8†††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† A62†††††††††††††††††††††

98752†††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† AQ3†††††††††††††††††††† Table B

A86††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 742†††††††††††† †††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(A)††††† South

A97††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KQ105††††††††† †††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†† (1)††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† KQ4†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† †††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT (2)††††† all pass





Table A:†††† (1)What did you open with this East hand A in this weekís quiz? It seems that all but one simply added up to 15 and automatically opened 1NT.

Table B:†††† (1)This East knows a bit more about hand evaluation that simply adding up points, and correctly deducted a point for the terrible 4333 type shape. With just one ten and nothing else in the way of intermediates the hand is not worth a strong 1NT opening.††


And what happened? No game stands any chance, with great/lucky declarer play you can escape for one down. Actual results were 3NT-3, 4-2 twice 1NT+1 and 3NT=

The bottom lines:-

-         Take the advice of experts like Tony Forrester and Freddie North and deduct a point for the horrible 4333 type shape.

-         Only one person (no prize for guessing who) opened the sensible 1 with this East hand A and had a relaxing partscore play making 1NT+1 for a good score.



DaveísColumn†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Here is Daveís 1st problem on declarer play.


North†††††††††††††† South†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bidding

854†††††††††††††† A††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††††† East††††††††††† South

AKQ††††††††††† 6543†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 2NT†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3

AQ7†††††††††††† 65432†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT

AQ32†††††††††† K54

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

You are North, declarer on 3NT. East leads a low , plan the play for a maximum chance of making the contract.

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

Daveís Column Answer††††††††††† Board 5 from Wednesday 8th Sept


Dealer:†††††††††††† 854†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bidding

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

N-S vul††††††††††† AQ7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 2NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3

††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ32†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT

all pass

KJ973††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† Q1062†††††††††††

107†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† J982††††††††††††††

1098†††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† KJ†††††††††††††††††† †††††

976††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J108††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† A††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

6543†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West leads a low , plan the play.

65432†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††



North has 8 tricks on top and can combine his chances for one more. He starts by taking the top ís; if the missing ís broke 3-3, his 4th would be a winner.

When the ís break 4-2 declarer takes the AQ and leads a third to the K. When the ís break 3-3 he returns to the A to cash the 13th . If the clubs did not break well declarer is in dummy to take the finesse as a third and last resort.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT= four times, 3= and 3NT-1.



Daveís 2nd Column†††††††††††††††††††††† Here is Daveís 2nd problem, on defence.


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

103†††††††††††††† K95††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††† North†††††† East††††††††† South

1032†††††††††††† AQ8†††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† 1NT†††††††† pass

KJ732†††††††††† A104†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††3NT†††††††† all pass

KQ3†††††††††††† AJ65†††††††††


You are East, declarer in 3NT. Two problems here:

Situation 1: South leads the 4 (4th highest) and the first North takes the A and returns the Q. How do you play?

Situation 2: The second North plays the Q on the first . Since you canít see all four hands, you must take your K (South may have led from AJ742). How do you continue?

Daveís 2nd Column Answer ††††††††††† Board 6 from Wednesday 8th September


Dealer:†††††††††††† AQ8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book Bidding

East††††††††††††††††† K65††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(1)†††††† South

E-W vul ††††††††† Q86††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 10942††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† all pass


103†††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† K95†††††††††††

1032†††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† AQ8††††††††††††††

KJ732†††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† A104†††††††††††

KQ3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ65†††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† J7642†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††

J974†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (1)Note that this author deducts a point for 4333

95†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† type shape and opens the sensible 1NT.



You can be declarer twice in this weekís deal. You land in 3NT and first Iíll give you an inexperienced defender in the North seat. The second time you must cope with tough defense.

Situation 1: South leads the 4 (4th highest) and the first North takes the A and returns the Q. How do you play?

Situation 2: The second North plays the Q on the first . Since you canít see all four hands, you must take your K (South may have led from AJ742). How do you continue?


Against an inexperienced North who takes the A and returns the Q, you hold up your K and win the third round. Now South is the dangerous opponent, if he gets in heíll beat you with good ís. So you cash the A and let the 10 ride as an avoidance play. You donít mind if North wins, but you canít let South win a trick. North takes the Q but has no more ís, and you are home with an overtrick.

A more experienced North plays the Q at trick one. If South has the K, North can play either the A or the Q, but if East has the K North wants to prevent him from holding up. You must win Ė you donít know where the A is Ė and must take the next eight tricks: Ďavoidanceí is not a factor now. You have eight top tricks and can combine your chances for one more. Run four ís and next take the AK. If the Q falls, you are safe. If the Q does not drop then finesse the Q.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT+1 six times.


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† 1. Deduct a point for the terrible 4333 type shape.

Hand B:††† You canít! This is a Ďtrickí question Ė but I was asked. You can show a useful void over 4NT (5NT to show 2 keycards and a useful void) but here it is probably more important to show the trump queen with 5. You canít show the trump Q and a void.


Bidding Sequence Quiz Answer


C†††† 1††††† pass†† 1NT†† 2†††††††††††† Two. With three ís you would bid 2 immediately.

pass†† pass†† 2††††††††††††††††††††††† If you play 4-card majors then the bid shows three ís.

D†††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††† pass††††††††† This is invitational, with a 6-card suit, in both systems.

1NT†† pass†† 3†††††††††††††††††††††††With just a 5-card suit, use New Minor Forcing or similar.

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