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Bidding Quiz                    Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           With Hand A partner opens 1 and RHO bids 2,

what do you do?

1063             AJ1083                                

Q5                10                 With Hand B partner opens 1 and RHO bids 1,       

K5                652               what do you do?

K108652     K643                                        


Hand C            Hand D           With Hand C you open 1 and LHO overcalls 2. This is passed to you, what do you do?

AQ5             7                  

AK8             KQ52           With Hand D you open 1 and LHO overcalls 1. This is passed

AQ9864       AK1097       to you, what do you do?                                              

4                  Q92            


Hand E            Hand F            With Hand E RHO opens 1, what do you bid?


J8                 72              

AK3             J72               With Hand F partner opens 1 and RHO bids 2,

K8764          QJ52             what do you do?

QJ10            A543


Hand G           Hand H           With Hand G you open 1 and LHO overcalls 2. This is passed

to you, what do you do?

AQ1063       A7

Q964            KQJ1043     With Hand H partner opens and you bid 1. Partner bids 1,

A109            53                 what do you bid now?

6                  Q86



Bidding Sequence Quiz

 J      1     pass   1      pass       (a)  Is the 1 rebid by opener forcing?

1                                        (b)  How many ’s does opener have?

(c)    How many ’s does opener have if playing Acol?


K     1     pass   1      pass      

1      pass   3                    Is the 3 bid invitational or forcing?       

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The re-opening double – part 1                     Board 5 from Wednesday 29th Sept


Dealer:             1063                                           Table A

North               Q5                                              West          North         East            South

N-S vul            K5                                              -                 pass           pass           1

                        K108652                                   dbl   (1)      1NT (2)      pass           3NT

all pass

K74                    N             J982                    

J1074             W    E          9632                     Table B

7                         S              J1032                   West          North(A)    East            South(C)

AQJ73                                9                          -                 pass           pass           1

                        AQ5                                          2   (1)      pass (3)      pass           2    (4)

AK8                                           pass           pass (5)      pass





Table A:     (1)  I guess it’s up to you if you wish to double or bid the good suit, this double looks OK to me.

(2)  2 (non-forcing) is an alternative.

Table B:     (1)  This West chose to bid 2.

(2)  What did you bid with this North hand A in this week’s quiz? I too would pass, expecting partner to re-open with a double which I would obviously pass.

(3)  What did you bid with this South hand C in this week’s quiz? I think that double is ‘automatic’. This South chose to bid; but if you really want to bid, then bid 3.

(4)  North assumed that South had a weak hand and so sensibly passed.


And what happened? 3NT+1 four times, 3NT= and 2+1.


The bottom line:-

-     Remember the ‘automatic’ re-opening double when playing negative doubles.

The re-opening double – part 2                           Board 6 from Wednesday 29th Sept


Dealer:             54                                               Table A

East                  J976                                           West(B)     North         East            South

E-W vul           QJ4                                             -                 -                 1              1

                        AJ87                                          1NT (1)      all pass


AJ1083               N             7                           Table B

10                   W    E          KQ52                   West(B)     North         East(D)      South

652                     S              AK1097              -                -                 1              1

K643                                 Q92                     pass (1)      pass           dbl   (2)      pass

                        KQ962                                      pass (3)      pass          






Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this West hand B in this week’s quiz? Of course you want to double 1 for penalties but playing negative doubles you cannot. And if you cannot rely on partner to re-open with a double then I guess you have to bid 1NT?

Table B:     (1)  This West had confidence in his partner who almost always re-opens with a double, so no problem, pass. This is most certainly my answer to question B.

(2)   What did you bid with this North hand D in this week’s quiz? Double is ‘automatic’.

(3)   As planned.


And what happened? 4(W)*-1, 1(S)*-1, 1NT+2, 3=, 3NT= and 1NT=.


The bottom line:-

-     Remember the ‘automatic’ re-opening double when playing negative doubles.

The re-opening double – part 3                           Board 24 from Friday 24th Sept


Dealer:             AQ1063                                     West          North(G)    East(E)       South(F)

West                Q964                                          pass           1              2    (1)     pass (2)

Love all            A109                                          pass           dbl   (3)      pass           pass

                        6                                                3   (4)      pass           pass           dbl  

all pass

K954                  N             J8                        

1085               W    E          AK3                    

3                         S              K8764                  

K9872                               QJ10                   






(1)  What did you bid with this East hand E in this week’s quiz? I don’t like this overcall at the two level with such a weak suit. If you want to bid then I prefer double but pass is certainly an alternative.

(2)  What did you bid with this South hand F in this week’s quiz? With shortage I agree with Dave’s pass – looking for a penalty.

(3)  What did you bid with this North hand G in this week’s quiz? Thomas bid an ‘automatic’ double, but I suspect that many will bid 2 or pass and miss the penalty.

(4)  I would pass, but as it happens there is a fit.


And what happened? 2* would have gone -3, 3* went -2 for 300 to N-S and a complete top. At two other tables it was 2-3 twice but undoubled.

The bottom line:-

-     Remember the ‘automatic’ re-opening double when playing negative doubles; but this is perhaps not wise with this particular North hand.



Dave’s Column                                   Here is Dave’s 1st problem, on defence.


K109                                                            Book Bidding

K53                                                              West        North       East            South

K8                                                                -             -               -                 1

108732                                                        pass         2            pass            4

all pass

N               82                                    

W        E          AQ92        

S                109432



You are East, defending 4. West leads the 8 and you take the Q and A and a lead a third , expecting West to ruff, but dummy’s K wins. What critical play must you now prepare to make in order to defeat the contract?

Dave’s Column Answer                  Board 15 from Wednesday 29th September


Dealer:             K109                                          Book Bidding

South               K53                                            West          North         East            South

N-S  vul           K8                                             -                 -                 -                1

                        108732                                      pass           2              pass            4

all pass

643                     N             82                        

876                 W    E          AQ92            

J765                   S              109432

QJ6                                    K5                


J104                           West leads the 8 and East takes the Q and A and a  

AQ                             third , expecting West to ruff, but dummy’s K wins.

A94                            What critical play must East prepare to make?


After South won the third in dummy, he led a . East was disappointed that partner had not ruffed a and he followed with the 5.

South took the A, cashed two trumps and two ’s and led a . East won with the K and had to lead a red card, giving declarer a ruff and discard and thus his contract.

South played the hand well, but East had no excuse. When dummy leads a at the fourth trick, East must put up the K, a play that can’t cost. South’s partial elimination will now fail as West can take two tricks.



And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT+1, 2+1, 5-2 and 4-1 three times.




Dave’s 2nd Column                           Here is Dave’s 2nd problem on declarer play.


North               South                                       Book Bidding

K953            10762                                   West        North       East            South

AK108         32                                         -               1            dbl             1

AK2             J9                                         pass         4            all pass

103              A7642


You are South, declarer in 4. West leads the 4, plan the play assuming that East has the AQJ.




Dave’s 2nd Column Answer         Board 13 from Wednesday 29th Sept


Dealer:             K953                                          Book Bidding

North               AK108                                       West          North         East            South

both vul            AK2                                           -                1    (1)     dbl   (2)      1

                        103                                            pass           4              all pass


84                       N             AQJ                (1)  With top cards and two tens, North considered      

J74                 W    E          Q965                    the hand too good for 1NT.

Q10854              S              763                 (2)  With three ’s this is not ideal, pass is the

985                                    KQJ                     alternative.



J9                               Can you find a way to ten tricks even knowing that 

A7642                        East has the AQJ on a low lead?


This is how declarer played: A, K, low ruffed, cross to A, ruff the last with the 10, cross to the K, ruff the 2, leaving this position:



-                                           Declarer then ducked a . East returned a which

-                                           declarer won with the A and ruffed a .

103                                      Dummy’s last three cards were the K95 and a

small from dummy endplayed East.

84                       N             AQJ               

-                     W    E          -                    

Q                        S              -                     

985                                    KQJ                    








And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 2+1, 2(W)-1 twice, 1NT=, 1NT-1 and 3NT*-4.



Is it forcing?                                                         Board 24 from Friday 1st Oct


Dealer:             QJ109                                        Table A

West                A                                                West          North         East            South(H)

Love all            K862                                          pass           1             pass           1

                        A1053                                        pass           1              pass           3    (1)

pass           3NT (2)      all pass

K864                  N             532                      

9865               W    E          72                         Table B

1097                   S              AQJ4                   West          North         East            South(H)

K2                                     J974                     pass           1             pass           1

                        A7                                             pass           1              pass           2    (1)           

KQJ1043                                   pass           2NT (3)      pass           3    (4)

53                                              pass           4    (5)      all pass



Table A:     (1)  What did you bid with this South hand H in this week’s quiz? This is wrong of course because it is not forcing.

(2)  With a lot of bidding space consumed and little to go on, opener elects to go for the NoTrump game.,

Table B:     (1)  A direct 4 is possible, but this bid (4th suit forcing) is better and is Hans Vickman’s answer to question H.

(3)  Showing a stop.

(4)  And this is how you make the 3 bid forcing (go via 4th suit).

(5)  North is in a better position than at (2) above as partner declined to bid 3NT

at (4), thus he chose the far superior game.


And what happened? 4= three times, 3NT= twice and one adjusted score.



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1894.9 Janne Roos

1894.0 Hans Vikman

1862.9 Paul Quodomine
1724.5 Johan Bratsburg

670.4 Janne Roos

662.4 Hans Vikman

640.1 Paul Quodomine

637.7 Tomas Wikman

629.3 Sally Watson

627.0 Derek & Gerard

619.8 Lars Broman

615.9 Jean Wissing

614.0 Jeremy Watson

613.4 Guttorm Lonberg


344.6 Janne Roos

338.9 Hans Vikman

332.3 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

319.8 Sean Burgess




Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:    Pass, and pass partner’s presumed re-opening double.

Hand B:    Pass, and pass partner’s presumed re-opening double.

Hand C:    Double. Partner probably has a penalty hand and with great top cards you are happy to defend.

Hand D:    Double. Partner probably has a penalty hand and if he has you are prepared to defend.

Hand E:    Double. It would be nice to have four ’s, but these are a decent three. If you play that a double would promise 4 ’s then the alternative is pass. The one bid I don’t like (which I suspect that the majority will make?) is 2, this suit is not good enough for a two-level overcall.

Hand F:     Pass, and pass partner’s presumed re-opening double.

Hand G:    Double? This is not as clear-cut as Hands C&D because partner may well not have a penalty hand and you do not want to hear 3. It may well be more prudent to pass. I would not bid 2, I prefer pass or double.

Hand H:    3 or 4. You cannot bid 3 as that id not forcing, so bid the 4th suit and then 3 forcing. The simple alternative is to simply bid 4 as that is presumably where you want to play even opposite a void.




Bidding Sequence Quiz Answer


J      1     pass   1      pass    


(a)  The 1 rebid is not forcing in Standard American or Acol. However, opener may have up to 18 points or so and the bid is rarely passed. But if responder has a very weak hand and no tolerance for opener’s first bid suit and he only bid out of fright, then a pass of the rebid is clearly acceptable. Note that in some systems (e.g. the Swedish system played by Janne & Co.) the 1 bid is indeed forcing.

(b)  In Standard American opener has three + ’s, possibly two if playing a short and not playing Walsh.

(c)  In Acol the opener usually has five ’s. Can be four if say 4414 or similar, but that is just about the only shape where I would open a 4-card minor rather than a 4-card major when playing Acol; in modern Acol you open a 4-card major rather than a 4-card minor.


K     1     pass   1      pass       3 is invitational. If you want to make a forcing 3 bid, then

1      pass   3                    bid 2 (4th suit) followed by 3.

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