Our website is www.pattayabridge.com                           Club News Sheet – No. 447

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Mon 6th          1st  Jeremy & Sean                  61%       2nd   = Michael C & Alan Kleist      59%

= Derek & Gerard                  59%

Wed 8th           1st  Leo & Jan                          61%       2nd    Bob & Nick                           54%

Fri 10th           1st  Janne & Guttorm                58%       2nd    Gus & Enzo                            57%



Bidding Quiz           Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


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

J106             QJ4             

K965            6                   With Hand B partner opens 1 and RHO doubles, what

A843            J87                do you bid?

Q3               AK9875              


Hand C           Hand D           What do you open with Hand C?


-                   K6                With Hand D LHO opens 1 and partner doubles. RHO

J10987653   QJ872          redoubles, what do you do?             

532               953            

92                1063




Bidding Sequence Quiz             


E       1    pass   1      pass      (a)  Is 3 forcing?

1NT  pass   3                   (b)  Is 3 forcing if you play Acol where 1NT is 15-16?

F       1     pass   2      pass      (a)  3 is forcing, but is it game forcing?

3                                      (b)  Is 3 the same if you play Acol, where 2 shows 8+ HCP?

G      1     dbl     2                  Is 2 forcing?









After partnr’s double is redoubled.               Board 12 from Wednesday 8th May


Dealer:             A95                                           

West                AK109543                                 West(D)     North         East            South(B)

N-S vul            642                                             pass           1              dbl             redbl (1)

                        -                                                 1NT (2)      dbl             all pass      


K6                      N             108732          

QJ872            W    E          -                    

953                     S              AKQ10         

1063                                  QJ42             






(1)   What did you bid with this South hand B in this week’s quiz? 2 here after a double is not forcing and redouble looks best to me.

(2)   What did you bid with this West hand D in this week’s quiz? West has no suit to bid, but this 1NT is surely wrong – South’s redouble has promised that N-S have the majority of the points and I would pass and hope East has a suit to run to.


And what happened? 1NT* went -3 for 500 to N-S. It was the only +ve score to N-S, with every other N-S bidding to the three level and going down.


Too weak to pre-empt                                          Board 23 from Wednesday 8th May


Dealer:             A1087643                                 

East                  -                                                 West          North         East            South(C)

Both vul            AK                                             -                 -                 pass           pass  (1)

                        A1063                                        pass           1              2              pass  (2)

pass           3              dbl             4     (3)

K9                      N             QJ52                    db l            all pass              

AQ42             W    E          K                   

108                     S              QJ9764                

J8742                                 KQ                     






(1)   What did you open with this South hand C in this week’s quiz? At least one player opened with a pre-emptive bid, but this hand simply does not have the values (it’s only 12 for the Australian rule of 15).

(2)   If you play 3 as a weak jump shift (0-5) here then that would be fine.

(3)   Now is the time to bid the hand!


And what happened? 4*= (a defensive mistake, but -1 would still have been a near top). Other results were 4*-3 and 5*-3 (I believe that all of these are because South showed some values in the bidding) and 1 passed out +1.


9 ½ tricks opposite a strong opener                    Board 11 from Wednesday 9th May


Dave suggested that I write this one up.


Dealer:             K10                                            Table A

South               A54                                            West          North         East            South

Love all            -                                                  -                 -                 -                 1

                        AKQJ10874                              pass           2             2              3     (1)

4              6    (2)     all pass

742                     N             6                          

J1087             W    E          KQ9632               Table B

KJ65                   S              Q1073                  West          North         East            South  

62                                      93                        -                 -                 -                 1

                        AQJ9853                                    pass           2             2              3    (1)

-                                                 4              4NT  (2)     pass           5    (3)

A9852                                        pass           7NT (4)     all pass



Table A:     (1)  Showing a strong hand and game forcing

(2)  Two North’s chose this bid – but I simply cannot understand it…

Table B:     (2)  … It’s true that E-W have crowded the auction but, especially at pairs, North must make a better effort. It’s not usually a good idea to bid RKCB with a void but it costs nothing and may work here - South has shown a strong hand and is very likely to have two aces on the bidding and possibly also the K so there is no ambiguity. But, of course, it would be unfortunate if he had the K and there was indeed an ace missing. If you play old-fashioned Blackwood there is no problem! Another option for North at (2) is to bid a somewhat nebulous 5; if partner insists on his suits then you have great ’s in context.

(3)  Two keycards and no Q

(4)  I think that 7NT is a good bet here. If partner has two aces then North can count 12 top tricks and South probably has the Q. If the A is missing then 7NT may well still make if West has it and East leads a . 7 is the safer option but also fails if the missing keycard is the A.


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


Dave’s Column


Dealer:             J962                                           Bidding

North               AQ7                                           West          North         East            South

E-W vul           62                                               -                 1             pass           1

                        KQJ5                                         dbl             2              3              4

all pass

5                         N                                            

J1062             W    E                                   

AK743               S                                        West leads the A and East plays the 8, playing

A102                                                            high to encourage. How should West continue?

Dave’s Column Answer                  Board 9 from Wednesday 9th


Dealer:             J962                                           Bidding

North               AQ7                                           West          North         East            South

E-W vul           62                                               -                 1             pass           1

                        KQJ5                                         dbl             2              3              4

all pass

5                         N             84                        

J1062             W    E          K95               

AK743               S              QJ1098           West leads the A and East plays the 8, playing

A102                                  986                high to encourage. How should West continue?






When the hand was first played, West led the A and East followed with the 8. That was plenty high enough for West, who continued with the K.

South ruffed, drew trumps and led a towards dummy. Eventually he threw a on a high and lost just three tricks.

The rank of East’s at the first trick was deceptive. What mattered was that East had played his lowest and West could tell (he could see all of the lower spots).

At trick two West should shift to the J.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4=, 3+1 twice, 2+2, 5*-1.



Dave’s 2nd Column


West                East                           West          North            East            South

K84              J952                      -                 -                    -                 3  

K72              AQ10                    3              5                5              all pass

AQ10874     KJ93            

3                    A2             


You are West, declarer in 5. North leads the 10, plan the play.

Dave’s 2nd Column Answer             Board 19 from Wednesday 9th


Dealer:             AQ3                                           Bidding

North               9543                                           West          North         East            South

E-W vul           52                                               -                 -                 -                 3

                        10987                                        3              5             5              all pass


K84                    N             J952                    

K72                W    E          AQ10            

AQ10874           S              KJ93              

3                                                                  A2    


J86                       The opponents are clearly taking advantage of the       

6                           vulnerability, but you have landed on your feet.

KQJ654              Plan the play in 5 on the 10 lead.


The contract is actually 100%. Win the A, draw trumps, ruff dummy’s remaining , stripping that suit, and cash three rounds of ’s ending in dummy.

With the hand stripped there are several ways to avoid the loss of three ’s no matter how the ’s are divided. One way is to lead a low from dummy. If South plays low, play the 8. Even if this loses to the 10 North is end-played. If south plays the 10 when a is led from dummy, cover with the K. When this loses to the A you still have the J and 9 and so lose only one more to the Q.

There are other variations but what you should not do is lead low to the K. North may have the A and South the Q10. In the actual hand North would win with the A and put you on a guess with the 3 return.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT +1, 5= four times.



Current club championship standings


Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5











1785.1 Janne Roos
1750.2 Hans Vikman
1725.0 Tomas Wikman

639.8 Per Andersson
638.4 Hans Vikman
631.0 Paul Quodomine
627.6 Janne Roos
624.0 Lars Broman
617.8 Paul Scully
613.5 Bob Short
609.4 Jeremy Watson
608.4 Sean Burgess
605.2 Sigurd Zahl

332.2 Per Andersson
326.2 Hans Vikman
325.3 Paul Scully
321.7 Lars Broman
318.9 Janne Roos
318.4 Dave Hurst
316.6 Alan Kleist
314.8 Bob Short
314.0 Paul Quodomine
312.3 Gerard Hardy


Bidding Quiz Answers

Hand A:    2. A 2 raise is 6-9 and 3 is 11-12. With 10 points you have to choose and this hand with just three trumps and no top honour, is not worth a raise to 3 (presumably via a 2 bid).

Hand B:    Redouble, generally showing about 10+ points and a mis-fit for partner. 2 is the alternative but it’s not forcing.

Hand C:    Pass. This is not good enough for any sort of opening bid. The Australian Rule of 14/15 applies at our club and this is only 12. You cannot open with these extremely weak hands, but you are allowed to try to cause chaos later if you have already passed once.

Hand D:    Pass. Leave it up to partner – hopefully he has a suit. Do not bid 1NT, RHO’s double has promised that they have the majority of the points and you will get doubled.




Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers    


E       1    pass   1      pass      (a)  3 is invitational with six ’s.

1NT  pass   3                   (b)  It’s the same with Acol (just three less points). One experienced player claimed it was forcing playing Acol, here’s what Eric Crowhurst says (page 112) “a jump to 3 is generally regarded as non-forcing”. Michelle Brunner is more precise (page 56): “a jump rebid is purely invitational – with a 6-card suit”. 

F       1     pass   2      pass      (a)  3 is called a High Reverse, it is game forcing in SA.

3                                      (b)  Crowhurst says that a High Reverse is forcing and guarantees another bid by opener. He gives a number of examples (pages 147-148), all of which end in game. Michelle Brunner is again more precise (page 68): “Reverses after a two-level response are FORCING TO GAME”. (her capital letters).


G      1     dbl     2                  2 is not forcing after a double. With a good hand either redouble or else bid 2NT (Jordan) with support.





Bridge with Brunner – Acol bidding for Improvers.            Michelle Brunner

Precision Bidding in ACOL                                               Eric Crowhurst


Both books, and other Acol books, are reviewed on page 14 of the books section of the website.