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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 2,

what do you bid now?

AKQJ9†††††††† QJ97

J865†††††††††††† 10†††††††††††††††† With Hand B you open 1 and partner bids 1. You bid 1

J10††††††††††††††† K76††††††††††††† and partner bids 2, what do you do now?

A2††††††††††††††† AQ1087††††††††††††††††††††††††


Hand C†††††††††† Hand D††††††††††

1085†††††††††††† 1085 ††††††††††† With Hands C & D partner opens 1 and you bid 2.

AQ43†††††††††† AKQ3††††††††† Partner then bids 3, what do you bid with each hand?

53†††††††††††††††† 53

9875††††††††††† 9875††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† ††††††


Bidding Sequence Quiz


E††††† 1††††† pass†† 2††††† pass††††††

2NT†† ††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† How many points is 2NT?†††

F††††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††† 2††††††††

2NT†† ††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† How many points is 2NT?††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††


G†††† 1††††† pass†† 2††††† pass††††††

2NT†† pass†† 3†††††††††††††††††† Is the 3 bid invitational or forcing?††††††† †††††††

H†††† 2††††† 3††††† dbl†††††††††††††††††† 2 is weak, what is the dbl Ė take-out, negative or penalties


J††††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††† pass††††††

1NT†† pass†† 4†††††††††††††††††† What is 4?

K†††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††† pass††††††

1NT†† pass†† 4NT†††††††††††††††† What is 4NT?††††

L††††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††† pass††††††

1NT†† pass†† 5NT†††††††††††††††† What is 5NT?††††

M††† 1††††† pass†† 2††††† pass††††††

3††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††††††† What is 3, and how many ís?

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Stay low with mis-fits
Board 11 from Monday 4th Oct


Dealer:†††††††††††† A83††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South(B)

South†††††††††††††† Q87642††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1

Love all †††††††††† 10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† K93 ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT (1)

pass†††††††††† 3NT (2)††††† all pass

1052†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† K64†††††††††††††††††††††

AK9†††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† J53†††††††††††††††† (1)What did you bid with this South hand B in

J4††††††††††††††††††††††††S††††    ††††† J9852††††††††††††† †††† this weekís quiz? Itís a mis-fit, and the golden

763††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J5†††††††††††††††††† ††††† rules are stay low and do not bid no-trumps.

††††††††††††††††††††††† QJ97††††††††††† †††††††††††††    †††† ††††††††Pass is correct

10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (2)North assumed that South had a big hand.

K76††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††



And what happened? 3NT went down three for a bottom.

The bottom lines:

-         Stay low on mis-fits; play in the longest suit and do not bid No trumps.


Which game try?††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† Board 18 from Monday 27th Sept


Dealer:†††††††††††† 762†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East††††††††††††††††† 109†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East(A)††††† South

N-S vul †††††††††† A8762††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q43 ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††† ††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (1)††††† pass

4††††††††††††† all pass

1085†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† AKQJ9††††††††††††††††

AKQ3††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† J865†††††††††††††††††††† Table B

53†††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† J10††††††††††††††††† †††† West(D)†††† North†††††††† East(A)††††† South

9875††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A2††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 43†††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† †††††††††  2††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (1)††††† pass

742†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††† 4††† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† pass (3)††††† pass

KQ94†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††



Table A:†††† (1)What did you bid with this East hand A in this weekís quiz? This 3 is generally played as a try for game, but itís not the best bid.

Table B:†††† (1)This is the best answer to question A, a help-suit game try.

(2)   What did you bid with this West hand D in this weekís quiz? This hand is certainly good enough to accept the game try, but partner may have four ís and in that case 4 is sure to be a better contract. It costs nothing to bid 4, and if partner does not have four ís he will correct to 4.

(3)   Even though these ís are poor, 4 will probably play at least as well as 4, and maybe better.


And what happened? 4= three times, 4= twice, 2+2.

The bottom lines:

-         A 4-4 fit usually plays better than a 5-3 fit.

-         As it happens on this deal it made no difference; but on a non lead 4 will make 11 tricks.

With 14 top tricks, bid a grand!†††† ††††††††††††††† Board 26 from Wednesday 29th Sept


Dealer:†††††††††††† AKQ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

East††††††††††††††††† A3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

both vul †††††††††† AQ1052†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† A82 †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT (1)

pass†††††††††† 5NT (2)††††† pass†††††††††† 6NT (3)

7632†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† J1098†††††††††††††††††† all pass

Q1042††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† J96††††††††††††††††††††††

J4††††††††††††††††† ††††† S††††††††††††† 987†††††††††††††††† †††† Table B

763††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1095††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

††††††††††††††††††††††† 54†††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† †††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1

K875††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1†††††††††††††pass†††††††††† 1

K63††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† pass†††††††††† 2††† (4)††††† pass†††††††††† 3††† (5)

KQJ4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4NT (6)††††† pass†††††††††† 5††† (7)

pass†††††††††† 7NT (8)††††† all pass


Table A:†††† (1)This pair play Walsh, and so this shows 12-14 and may well have a 4-card major.

(2)   Inviting the grand.

(3)   With a minimum, South just bid the small slam.

Table B:†††† (4)This was Tomas, and he decided to take it slowly in order to find out more about partnerís hand.

(5)And Jean obliged, showing the support. Good bid, far better than 2NT.

(6)Now 4NT is RKCB for ís.

(7)One keycard, so showing the K.

(8)35 points and a running 5-card suit was enough for Tomas to confidently bid the grand. Well bid.

And what happened? 6NT+1 six times, 7NT= once.

The Tripple


Congratulations to Jean Wissing for achieving the triple in her first week back (playing with three different partners). Winning the first three sessions after arriving in Thailand is pretty good, eh?.


Daveís Column†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Here is Daveís 1st problem, on defence.


Q5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book Bidding

52†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††† North†††††† East††††††††††† South

108753†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††† pass†††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass

A1072††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††† pass†††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass

2NT†††††††† pass†††††††† 4NT†††††††††† all pass

N†††††††††††††† J6††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

W††††††† E††††††††† AKQ76†††††

S††††††††††††††† KQJ4



You are North, defending 4NT, and lead the 5: K, 2, 6. Declarer plays the J from dummy: 9, 7, Q. Playing reverse count (so the 9 showed an odd number) how do you continue?

Daveís Column Answer††††† ††††††††††† Board 4 from Wednesday 6th October


Dealer:†††††††††††† Q5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book Bidding

West††††††††††††††† 52†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††† ††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

both vul †††††††††† 108753†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 1†††† (1)††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† A1072††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† (2)††††† pass

2NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4NT†††††††††† all pass

AK107†††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† J6††††††††††††††††††††††††

3 ††††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† AKQ76††††††††† (1)A marginal opener.

A96††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† KQJ4††††††††††††† (2)4th suit forcing.

98654††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Q3††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 98432†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††

J10984†††††††††††††††††††††† North leads the 5: K, 2, 6. The J is led from

2†††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† dummy: 9, 7, Q. Playing reverse count (so the

KJ††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† 9 showed an odd number) how does North continue?


West passed Eastís 4NT invitation and won the 5 lead with dummyís K, leading a to your Q. Even though West has opened 1, North should switch to a low - the 2 to ask for a return.

Whether declarer plays low from dummy or the Q, South wins as cheaply as possible and continues with the other . You overtake and cash the 10 for one down.

On the bidding West is known to have the A. When the J was led from dummy Southís 9 denies the 10. As West bid ís North can place West with a likely holding of AK107 initially. That means that declarer has three tricks, three ís and four ís as soon as he regains the lead.

The only hope for the defence is to score three tricks, itís not very likely as West has bid ís, but itís the only hope.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT+2 twice, 3NT+1 twice, 3NT=, 3NT-1 and 6NT-2.




Daveís 2nd Column†††††††††† ††††††††††††††† Here is Daveís 2nd problem on declarer play.


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

AJ7†††††††††††††† Q93††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††† North†††††† East††††††††††† South

A94††††††††††††† QJ10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† 1†††††††††† dbl†††††††††††† redbl†††††††††

1096†††††††††††† A72††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† pass ††††††† 1††††††††††††† 2†††††††††††††

KJ105††††††††† AQ94†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 3†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT††

All pass


You are South, declarer in 3NT. West leads the 8, plan the play.††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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



Daveís 2nd Column Answer†††††††† Board 13 from Wednesday 6th Oct


Dealer:†††††††††††† AJ7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book Bidding

North†††††††††††††† A94††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

N-S vul††††††††††† 1096†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††††† dbl†††††††††††† redbl

††††††††††††††††††††††† KJ105††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 2

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

1064†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† K952††††††††††††† ††††† all pass

7632†††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† K85†††††††††††††††

84†††††††††††††††† ††††† S††††††††††††† KQJ53†††††††††††

8632††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† 7†††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q93††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††



AQ94†††††††††††††††† †††††††


A routine major-suit finesse would bring failure if East has five ís. Conversely, if East has only four ís, South can succeed if the ís are stripped and East is thrown in to take his ís. He will be forced to concede a trick in a major suit and declarer can then lead the other major suit to set up nine winners.

So, how should the hand be played?


After studying the disappointing dummy and taking inferences from the bidding, South concluded that success was possible only if East held a singleton . A simplistic plan would involve running four ís. applying pressure on East. Then, after declarer gives East his ís, East would have to concede a major-suit finesse. Unfortunately one major suit finesse is not enough as East would score the other major king.

Southís solution?

He won the A and cashed only of dummyís ís (the key play). Then he gave East his ís. East could do no better than run his ís while dummy, under no pressure, safely discarded two ís.


AJ7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† That leaves this position. East then had to exit

A94††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† with a major suit. Assuming a exit (same if ís)

-†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††South wins his Q and cashes dummyís A.

††††††††††††††††††††††† J†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† South then runs his ís, leaving only the AJ

in dummy. Reduced to two cards, if East keeps

1064†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† K952††††††††††††† his K9, South gets his Q and dummyís A.

76†††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† K85††††††††††††††† And if East blanks his K declarer wins the AJ.

-††††††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††

86††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q9††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††






And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 3NT-2, 3NT-1 six times.



Current club championship standings



Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5











1895.2 Hans Vikman
1894.9 Janne Roos

1862.9 Paul Quodomine
1728.8 Johan Bratsburg

670.4 Janne Roos

662.4 Hans Vikman

640.1 Paul Quodomine

639.6 Tomas Wikman

629.3 Sally Watson

627.0 Derek & Gerard

622.2 Jean Wissing

619.8 Lars Broman

615.7 Jeremy Watson

614.2 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

320.7 Jean Wissing

319.8 Sean Burgess


Bidding Quiz Answers


Hand A:††† 3, a help-suit game try. This is better than 2NT or 3 because there may be a 4-4 fit which will often play better than a 5-3 fit.

Hand B:††† Pass. Partner is showing a weakish hand with (usually) six ís. 2NT now would show a much stronger hand inviting game (about 17-18).

Hand C:††† 3. This hand is minimum and so you cannot bid game. Also, you cannot pass as partnerís 4 bid is a game try and he may well have only three ís.

Hand D:††† 4. This time you are maximum, but it is better to bid 4 rather than 4 as partner may have 4 ís and then a 4-4 fit may play better.


Bidding Sequence Quiz Answer


E††††† 1††††† pass†† 2††††† pass†††††† Weíve had this a few times, it is NOT 18-19. Responder has

2NT†† ††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pushed the bidding up to the 2-level and 2NT is 12-14†††††††††††††††

F††††† 1††††† pass†† 1††††† 2†††††††† But this is different. It is an opponent who has pushed the

2NT†† ††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† bidding up to the 2-level and 2NT is strong, about 18-19.†††† †††††††††††


G†††† 1††††† pass†† 2††††† pass††††††

2NT†† pass†† 3†††††††††††††††††† 3 is a new suit at the 3-level Ė forcing.

H†††† 2††††† 3††††† dbl†††††††††††††††††† Double is 100% penalties. Negative doubles do not apply when partner has opened with a pre-emptive bid.


J††††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††† pass†††††† 4 is best played as Gerber after a natural NoTrump bid

1NT†† pass†† 4†††††††††††††††††† by partner. The fact that partner opened 1 is irrelevant.

K†††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††† pass††††††

1NT†† pass†† 4NT†††††††††††††††† 4NT is invitational to 6NT††††

L††††† 1†††† pass†† 1††††† pass††††††

1NT†† pass†† 5NT†††††††††††††††† 5NT is invitational to 7NT††††

M††† 1††††† pass†† 2††††† pass†††††† 3 here is generally played as a help-suit game try, and as

3††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††††††† such it may be 3-card or 4-card.


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