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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A Hand B With Hand A you open 1 and partner bids 1, what do you bid?


Q93 J872 With Hand B LHO opens 2 and this is passed to you.

94 9 (a) What do you do?

KQ9 K5Suppose you double and partner bids 2 and you bid 3,

AJ875 AK8762 (b) This is passed to RHO who bids 3, what do you do?


Hand C Hand D With Hand C partner opens 1 (could be short) and you bid 1.

Partner rebids 2NT (18-19 balanced), what do you bid?

Q652 AJ7

J1064 A853 With Hand D you open 1 and partner bids 1, what do you

A973 KQ do do you bid 1, 2 or 2NT?

K AJ104


Bidding Sequence Quiz


E 1 pass 2 pass

2 pass 3 What is 3, is it forcing?

F 1 pass 2 pass

2 pass 4 What is 4?

G 1 pass 1 pass

1 Is 1 forcing?

H 1 pass 1 pass

2NT Can opener have a 4-card major, or does 2NT deny one?

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1894.9 Janne Roos

1894.0 Hans Vikman

1862.9 Paul Quodomine
1722.3 Johan Bratsburg

670.4 Janne Roos

662.4 Hans Vikman

640.1 Paul Quodomine

628.3 Sally Watson

627.0 Derek & Gerard

626.8 Tomas Wikman

619.8 Lars Broman

615.9 Jean Wissing

613.4 Guttorm Lonberg

611.6 Johan Bratsburg

344.6 Janne Roos

338.9 Hans Vikman

329.6 Tomas Wikman

327.5 Derek & Gerard

325.4 Sally Watson

323.5 Jeremy Watson

323.4 Paul Quodomine

322.9 Lars Broman

320.3 Jean Wissing

319.5 Duplessy & Coutlet

Right shape for a take-out double? Board 22 from Monday 13th Sept


Dealer: J872 West North(B) East South

East 9 - -2 (1)pass

E-W vul K5 pass (2) dbl (3) pass 2

AK8762 pass 3 (4) pass pass

3 (5)dbl (6) all pass

AQ63 N 10

AQ43 W E K1065

J43S A109762

J5 103






(1)   Many would not pre-empt 2 with a reasonable 4-card major.

(2)   I normally raise with thee card support, but with a decent defensive hand with a decent holding in both majors West decided to pass, fine.

(3)   What did you bid with this North hand B(a) in this weeks quiz? I do not like this double at all as it mis-describes the hand and you have dug yourself a deep hole when partner inevitably bids s. I think a 3 bid is ok, with pass an alternative.

(4)   North is in a mess now and has no way to show his s.

(5)   West does not want to defend s and 3 should be fine.

(6)   What did you bid with this North hand B(b) in this weeks quiz? I certainly do not like this double and 3 would show a much stronger hand.


And what happened? 3* made with an overtrick.

The bottom lines:-

-         This North hand is not strong enough to double and then bid s, it is usually best to describe your hand, and bidding s does just that.

The 2NT jump rebid Board 4 from Friday 17th Sept


N-S missed a 4-4 fit at table A, who was at fault?


Dealer: Q652 Table A

West J1064 West North(C) East South(D)

both vul A973 pass pass pass 1

K pass 1 pass 2NT (1)

pass 3NT (2) all pass

K108 N 943

K72 W E Q9 Table B

J85 S 10642 West North(C) East South(D)

9873 Q652 pass pass pass 1

AJ7 pass 1 pass 2NT (1)

A853 pass 3 (2) pass 4

KQ all pass



Table A: (1) What did you bid with this South hand D in this weeks quiz? A 1 bid shows the suit but may just get passed when game is on. The hand is not good enough nor shapely enough for a jump to 2 and I agree with this 2NT bid.

(2) What did you bid with this North hand C in this weeks quiz? This North thought that the 2NT rebid denied a 4-card major and so simply bid 3NT.

Table B: (2) This North realized that South may well have one (or two) 4-card majors and with a singleton decided to look for a possible 4-4 fit. The pair were playing a short and partner could well 4432 shape with only 3 s between them.


And what happened? As it happens the suit is rather weak and both 3NT and 4 make 11 tricks.

The bottom lines:-

-         The jump 2NT rebid shows 18-19 balanced and may well have a 4-card major.

-         After 1 - 1 - 2NT then responder should bid a 4-card major if he has one and values to bid on.

-         The PARROT convention, described on the website, is easily the best convention to uncover the best playing spot after a jump 2NT rebid after 1m 1M.

-         PARROT is used after 1m - 1M - 2NT. But it is not applicable after 1 - 1 - 2NT where you can play both 3 and 3 as sign-offs and 3 and 3 as forcing.

Rebid a 5-card suit? Board 26 from Monday 13th Sept


Dealer: 105 Table A

East KQ872 West North East(A) South

both vul A4 - - 1 pass

Q632 1 pass 2 (1) pass

pass (2) pass

KJ862 N Q93

A103 W E 94 Table B

86532 S KQ9 West North East(A) South

- AJ875 - - 1 pass

A74 1 pass 2 (1) all pass





Table A: (1) What did you bid with this East hand A in this weeks quiz? I dont like repeating this suit and I dont like bidding 1NT with a small doubleton .

(2) 2 here would work better.

Table B: (1) This East got it right. This is an absolutely typical example of when you should support with just three cards.


And what happened? 2 went -3. Everybody else was in s making 9 or 10 tricks.

The bottom lines:-

- It is acceptable to raise partners 1/ response with just three cards, typically this is when you have a weak two-card holding in the other major.



Daves Column Here is Daves 1st problem on declarer play.


West East Bidding

A742 K983 West North East West

10 AJ - 4 dbl pass

KJ76 A54 4 pass 5 pass

K873 AQ64 6 all pass


You are West, declarer in 6. North leads the 10. You win the J, cross to the K and return to the A, all follow. You give up the Q to South who returns the 7. You win and ruff a as South discards a . Do you think you can make the contract?


Daves Column Answer Board 25 from Wednesday 15th Sept

Dealer: J6 Book Bidding

North KQ9865432 West North East South

E-W vul 10- 4 dbl pass

5 4 pass 5 pass

6 all pass

A742 N K983

10 W E AJ

KJ76 S A54

K873 AQ64


7 West leads the 10, plan the play




You win the J, cross to the K and return to the A, all follow. You give up the Q to South who returns the 7. You win and ruff a as South discards a . Do you think you will make the rest of the tricks?


- North is known to have started with nine s,

K98654 two s and one . The s cannot be 3-2, but

- the contract is cold.


You can cross to a or the A. If you play a ,

- N 9 North will discard and if you play a North will

- W E - follow. In either case you have a complete count

K76 S A5of the hand. South is in trouble.

K873 AQ64 Cash the last trump and discard a . South will

- have to release his guard in either s or s and

- you will take four tricks in that minor.




And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 5=, 4+3 three times, 4*(N)-2 and 3(N)-1.


Daves 2nd Column Here is Daves 2nd problem, on defence.


Dealer: KQ965 Book Bidding

East AJ2 West North East South

both vul A3 - - pass 1NT

K64 pass 2 pass 2

pass 5NT pass 6NT

A43 N all pass

85 W E

J985 S You are West, defending 6NT by South and you lead the Q.

QJ108 Declarer wins in dummy and plays a to his J. Plan the defence.


Daves 2nd Column Answer
Board 26 from Wednesday 15th September

Dealer: KQ965 Book Bidding

East AJ2 West North East South

both vul A3 - - pass 1NT

K64 pass 2 pass 2

pass 5NT (1) pass 6NT

A43 N 1087 all pass

85 W E 109743

J985 S 107

QJ108 953 (1) pick a small slam



KQ642 You are West and lead the Q. Declarer wins on table with

A72 the K and plays a to his J. How do you plan the defense?


By counting the HCP on the table you know that partner has none. So declarer has ten top tricks: two s, three s, three s and two s. He will get home if either s or s break 3-3. And if you took the 2nd that s what would happen, withy South getting four tricks.

Instead, duck smoothly. And when declarer plays a 2nd , play low again. Now declarer has a guess. If the s are 4-2 he must shift to s. But if he takes his top s he sets up another trick for the defense and fails.

The motto: Try not to give declarer his contract on a plate with watercress around it.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 6NT= three times, 6NT-1 three times.


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A: 2. This is a classic case where you should support with just three cards, 1NT is likely to be a bad spot because of the suit.

Hand B: (a) 3. Double is horrible as you have no recourse when partner bids s, which he

is almost certain to do.

(b)   Pass. I would not be in this predicament, but the hand is nowhere good enough

to bid the suit now and also nowhere near good enough to double.

Hand C: 3, forcing. Partner may well have a 4-card suit.

Hand D: 2NT. You may make a 2NT (18-19) jump rebid with an undisclosed 4-card major. 1 is reasonable (but does not promise a strong hand) but a jump to 2 would show a much more unbalanced and stronger hand in my style.


Bidding Sequence Quiz Answer


E 1 pass 2 pass

2 pass 3 3 is natural and forcing

F 1 pass 2 pass and so 4 here is a splinter, presumably with five s

2 pass 4 and three s.

G 1 pass 1 pass

1 1 is not forcing but is rarely passed. Its the same in ACOL

H 1 pass 1 pass

2NT Opener may well have one or even two 4-card majors.

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