Our website is www.pattayabridge.com                           Club News Sheet – No. 448

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Mon 13th        1st  Terje & Janne                    61%       2nd     Bob S & Niels                       57%

Wed 15th        1st  Terje & Nils K                   61%       2nd = Bob S & Niels                       60%

2nd = Derek & Gerard                    60%

Fri 17th           1st  Terje & Svein                    61%       2nd     Gus & Enzo                           58%



Bidding Quiz           Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.


Hand A           Hand B           With Hand A you open 1 and partner bids a Jacoby 2NT,

what do you bid?

2                   Q8642                                 

AK1076       QJ72            With Hand B LHO opens 1. RHO bids 1,

AJ1043         4                   (a)  what do you do?          

75                A43              Suppose you pass, LHO bids 2 and this is passed to you,

(b)  what do you do this time?


Bidding Sequence Quiz             


C      1     pass   2NT   pass      2NT is Jacoby 2NT

3                                     what is 3?

D      1     pass   2NT   pass      2NT is Jacoby 2NT

4                                     what is 4?

Current club championship standings


Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5











1792.6 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
614.2 Bob Short
611.7 Sean Burgess
609.4 Jeremy Watson
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
312.6 Gerard Hardy


The Triple


Congratulations to Terje Lie, who achieved the triple last week with three score of over 60% with three different partners.    

DOPI and DEPO                                                  Board 17 from Wednesday 8th June


There were loads of slams on Wednesday two weeks ago, and this one had a competitive auction right up to the seven level. Here is an auction demonstrating DOPI (Double 0 Pass 1) or DEPO (Double Even Pass Odd).


Dealer:             K76                                            Possible Auction

East                  KQ1064                                     West          North         East            South

N-S vul            1086                                           -                 -                 -                 1

                        K4                                             2              3              3              4NT

5              pass (1)      pass           5NT (2)

Q109542            N             J83                       pass           ?      (3)      ...              

J75                 W    E          83                  

9                         S              K32                      there are other possibilities to reach a grand

983                                    J10652                 slam, but it’s not that good as the K is an

                        A                                                important missing card.





(1)   Playing DOPI RKCB this is the 2nd step and shows 1 or 4 keycards (0 or 3 if you play 1430).

(2)   And this is presumably asking for kings.

(3)   North will bid 6 to show two kings or 6 playing cheapest king. South may gamble on the K and bid 7 or 7NT.


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

The bottom lines:

-         DOPI responses are the same as RKCB – double 0/3, pass 1/4, next bid = 2 without etc; of course the first two are interchanged if you play 3014 RKCB. Further bids are the normal steps but there is a problem here with the 5 overcall – after partner has passed to show one keycard does the next step (5NT) ask for kings or the trump queen? It seems logical to me that 5NT is always the king ask and if 5NT is also the cheapest bid then 6 is the queen ask.

-         DEPO is different, as there are only two responses (to always allow for asker to go for the penalty). The responses are Double = odd (1,3) and Pass = even (0,2,4). The trump king is included in the response but there is no room to indicate the trump queen.

-         Some players play DOPI at the five level and DEPO at the six level.



Balancing                                                              Board 7 from Friday 17th June


Dealer:             A753                                          Table A

South               A108                                          West          North         East            South(B)

Both vul            A853                                          -                 -                 -                 pass

                        105                                            1              pass  (1)     1              pass  (2)

2   (3)      pass  (4)     pass           pass  (5)

J10                     N             K9                       

4                     W    E          K9653                  Table B

KQJ1072            S              96                         West          North         East            South(B)

KQ76                                J982                     -                 -                 -                 pass

                        Q8642                                        1              pass           1              pass

QJ72                                          2             pass           pass           2     (5)

4                                                 pass           pass  (6)     3             pass 

A43                                            pass           3     (7)     all pass


Table A:     (1)  Double would be fine over a 1 opening, but over 1 North should pass.

(2)  What did you bid with this South hand B(a) in this week’s quiz? You have to pass, both LHO and RHO are unlimited hands and bidding here is very dangerous with this poor suit.

(3)  This is non-forcing, a non-forcing 2 is an alternative.

(4)  Again, North has no good bid.

(5)  What did you bid with this South hand B(b) in this week’s quiz? Now it’s different. This is the pass-out seat and it’s not usually wise to let the opponents play peacefully in a two-level minor suit contract.

Table B:     (5)  This is the answer to question B(b). “Borrow” a king from partner and balance with 2.

(6)   Note that North should NOT raise here, South is bidding North’s points. Raising partner here is what I call ‘hanging partner’ for balancing.

(7)   This time it’s North in the pass-out seat and this is the time to bid, not earlier.


And what happened? It looks like some at our club do not understand balancing: 3-1, 2-1, 2= and 3+2 for a clear top.



Dave’s Column


North               South                             West        North         East            South

A105            KQJ98                       -               pass           pass           1

K74              AQ63                        4            4              pass           6

K109            AQ8                           all pass

10743          6                       


You are South, declarer in 6. West cashed the A and continues with the K which you ruff. East followed to the first round and discarded a on the second round. Plan the play.


Dave’s Column Answer                  Board 5 from Wednesday 16th


Dealer:             A105                                          Book Bidding

North               K74                                            West          North         East            South

N-S vul            K109                                          -                 pass           pass           1

                        10743                                        4             4              pass           6

all pass

7                         N             6432                    

J5                   W    E          10982            

643                     S              J752                West leads the A, plan the play for declarer.

AKQJ852                          9                   






West cashed the A and continued with the K. East followed to the first round and discarded a on the second round. When the hand was first played, declarer tried a dummy reversal. He led a to dummy, ruffed a , led to the K, and ruffed another . Then he cashed the K and overtook the Q with the A. If trumps broke 3-2, he could draw the last trump with the 10 and claim twelve tricks. But when trumps broke 4-1 he went down. Is there a better line for twelve tricks?

After declarer ruffs the second , he should test the trumps by taking the K and the A. If both defenders follow, South has enough entries to proceed with the dummy reversal.

When West discards on the second , South should cash the A,K,Q. If ’s break 3-3 declarer can draw the last trump and the 13th is his 12th trick. As the cards actually lie, East, with the long and the missing trump, must follow to the fourth round of ’s which declarer ruffs in dummy to make his slam.


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



Dave’s 2nd Column


West                East

A87              2                               You are East and reach 6 in an uncontested auction.

9532             AK1076                  Plan the play on the J lead.

K92              AJ1043      

AKQ            75

Dave’s 2nd Column Answer             Board 21 from Wednesday 9th


Dealer:             KQ654                                       Bidding              

North               84                                               West          North         East(A)      South

E-W vul           76                                               -                 pass           1              pass

                        J842                                           2NT (1)      pass           3    (2)      pass

4NT (3)      pass           5   (4)      pass

A87                    N             2                           5    (5)      pass           5    (6)      pass

9532               W    E          AK1076              6              all pass

K92                    S              AJ1043          

AKQ                                  75                 


QJ                                         South leads the J, plan the play.




(1)   Jacoby 2NT

(2)   What did you bid with this East hand A in this week’s quiz? This answer in the article does indeed show the singleton but I prefer 4, which shows a 2nd 5-card suit (and obviously a singleton or void in one of the black suits). The rest of the bidding would be the same.

(3)   RKCB for ’s, the agreed suit.

(4)   Three keycards

(5)   Trump queen ask

(6)   No trump queen. The best responses to the trump queen ask are:

   no trump queen:                                          return to trump suit

        Trump queen and one or more outside kings:       bid the cheapest king

        Trump queen but no outside king:                        5NT


South leads the J against 6. Declarer takes the A and should ruff a at trick two. After South plays the J or Q on the A at tick three, cross to dummy with a and ruff a third . Then cash the other two ’s in dummy, discarding a .

The chances are very good that none of these will be ruffed.  If you survive this far, play a from dummy and finesse the 10. If North started with three ’s then the 10 will win. You can draw the last trump and guess the ’s for an overtrick.

If North follows to the trump lead from dummy and the 10 loses to the Q with South, then South is end-played, you make the contract safely with no need to guess in ’s.





Bidding Quiz Answers

Hand A:    4. This shows a 2nd 5-card suit (and so obviously a black singleton/void). I prefer this bid showing a possible source of tricks to the alternative of 3 which shows a singleton/void.

Hand B:    (a)  pass. Both opponents are unlimited and it would be very rash to bid this miserable suit here.

(b)  2. You are in the pass-out (balancing seat) and both opponents have shown very limited values. So “borrow a king” from partner and bid. Partner has values but nothing to bid.




Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers    


C      1     pass   2NT   pass      2NT is Jacoby 2NT

3                                     3 shows shortage (singleton or void) in ’s.

D      1     pass   2NT   pass      2NT is Jacoby 2NT

4                                     4 is best played as a 2nd 5-card suit (although some do play it as a void).