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Bidding Quiz Standard American (short ♣) bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A partner opens 1NT and RHO bids 2♣ (both
Majors). What do you bid?
♠ Q4 ♠ K96
♥ 743 ♥ J102
♦ Q ♦ AK54 With Hand B you open 1NT and LHO bids 2♣ (both Majors).
♣ K1086532 ♣ A97 Partner bids 3♣, what do you bid?
Bidding Sequence Quiz
C 1NT 2♣ 3♣ 2♣ was for the majors, is 3♣ forcing?
D 1NT 2♥ pass 3♦ 2♥ showed ♥’s and a minor, what is 3♦?
An adjusted score? 14 from Friday 3rd Feb
I was asked to give an adjusted score on this board because there no alert. After hearing
what happen and what West would have bid had there been an alert I said the there was no
damage. West was not happy with this ruling as and appealed. At the end of the session the
only senior player left was Alan Kleist and he said that E-W were damaged.
Upon re-examining the hand at home, I am convinced that my original ruling was correct
and the failure to alert did no harm to E-W (in fact it helped them) and I let the result stand.
Would experienced players please give me their comments.
Dealer: ♠ AJ73 Bidding
East ♥ 85 West North East South
Love all ♦ 98732 - - 1NT 2♣ (1)
♣ J4 pass (2) 2♠ (3) pass pass 3♣ pass pass 3♠
♠ Q4 N ♠ K96 all pass
♥ 743 W E ♥ J102
♦ Q S ♦ AK54 (1) Not alerted
♣ K1086532 ♣ A97 (2) assuming 2♣ was natural, West passed (I
♠ 10853 would double but that is irrelevant).
♥ AKQ96 (3) As I understand it, North bid 2♠ and then
♦ J106 belatedly said that partner’s bid showed the
♣ Q majors.
I was called over. I asked what West would have bid had the 2♣ bid been alerted. He said
that he would have bid 3♣. This is generally played as forcing and I judged that E-W would get
in a mess and ruled that no harm was done.
West later appealed but I still believe that I am correct. 3♣ makes and so he thought that he
should have been allowed to play there as North would not venture 3♠ with such a weak hand.
This latter is probably true but 3♣ is forcing and East would surly try 3NT which goes 2 down.
If West wants to play in 3♣ then he should learn the Lebensohl convention. If West had told
me that he would have bid 2NT (Lebensohl) at (2) then I would indeed have changed the score to
3♣= by East. With a 7 card suit and 7 points I would bid 3♣ (forcing) or maybe a direct 3NT and
say ‘sorry partner’ when he goes 2 down in 3NT.
Of course if East had a slightly different hand, say with the ♥4 in place of the ♦4, then 3NT
makes I would have adjusted the result to 3NT=.
The bottom lines:
And the score you get should be for the contract that you are most likely to reach had there
been no failure to alert. In this example E-W scored +50 for 3♠-1, I doubt that they would
have been impressed if I changed it to 3NT-2 and so -100; in light of their appealing my
decision, perhaps I should have done this?
Dave’s Column Bidding: a convoluted auction to 6♣ by North
North South You are West, declarer in 6♣. It looks trivial – you have
♠ 65 ♠ AK7 12 top tricks provided the trumps are not 5-0. If East has
♥ J1075 ♥ KQ ♣Jxxxx there is no hope, so plan the play if West has
♦ A2 ♦ KJ853 ♣Jxxxx.
♣ AK1094 ♣ Q63
Dave’s Column Answer Board 11 from Wednesday 25th Jan
Dealer: ♠ 65 Bidding
South ♥ J1075
Love all ♦ A2 a convoluted auction to 6♣ by North
♠ Q108 N ♠ J9432
♥ A93 W E ♥ 8642
♦ 74 S ♦ Q1096
♣ J8752 ♣ -
♦ KJ853 Plan the play on the ♠3 lead.
You won the ♠ lead and played the ♣Q. Right? If you didn’t, you should have.
If East start with ♣Jxxxx he has a sure trump trick and if he ha ♣Jxxx you will not find out
soon enough to do anything about it. So you should plan to guard against the bad trump breaks
that you can manage, i.e. when West has them. If both follow to the first round of ♣’s then it’s
fairly easy. The big payoff for cashing the ♣Q comes when East shows out. Finesse the ♣10
next and be sure to knock out the ♥A before drawing all the trumps.
Dave’s 2nd Column
West East West North East South
♠ AJ6 ♠ K5432 - - 1NT pass
♥ AKJ8643 ♥ Q102 6♥ all pass
♦ J2 ♦ K3
♣ 3 ♣ AK5
You are West, declarer in 6♥. North leads the ♣Q. Trumps are 2-1, plan the play.
Dave’s 2nd Column Answer Board 10 from Wednesday 4th Feb
Dealer: ♠ Q107 Bidding
East ♥ 5 West North East South
both vul ♦ Q8654 - - 1NT 6♥
♣ QJ108 all pass
♠ AJ6 N ♠ K5432
♥ AKJ8643 W E ♥ Q102
♦ J2 S ♦ K3
♣ 3 ♣ AK5
♥ 97 North leads the ♣Q. Trumps are 2-1, plan the play.
Win the opening lead, play the ♥A and a ♥ to dummy, cash the ♠AK to see if the ♠Q drops. If
it drops you are home with all the tricks. If the ♠Q does not drop discard a ♠ on the ♣K and ruff a
♠. Dummy’s remaining ♥ is an entry to the now good ♠’s and you again make an overtrick.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 3♣ (forcing) or 3NT. If you feel that the hand is not good enough for game then you
can let partner play in 3♣ if you understand the Lebensohl convention.
Hand B: 3NT. Nothing else is sensible.
Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers
C 1NT 2♣ 3♣ Forcing. When partner opens 1NT and RHO overcalls then
2-level bids are to play and 3-level bids are forcing.
You have many more options if you play Lebensohl.
D 1NT 2♥ pass 3♦ 3♦ is to play, it simply says that my suit is longer than either
of partner’s suits.