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1st E-W Dave & Per-ake 64% 2nd Derek & Gerard 64%
Wed 30th 1st Bob Short & Dave 68% 2nd Lewis & Terry 59%
Fri 1st 1st Lewis & Terry 71% 2nd Per-Ake & Jan 55%
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Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
♠ J863 ♠ K5
♦ KQ96 ♦ A52
♠ - ♠ K75
♥ QJ97542 ♥ KJ (a) What do you open with Hand D?
♠ A ♠ KQ965
♥ AK10863 ♥ 7 With
Hand F partner opens 1NT and
♦ Q1065 ♦ J932 and a minor suit). What do you bid?
♠ J9 ♠ AKQJ72 (a) What do you open with Hand H?
♥ KJ109 ♥ QJ532 (b) Suppose you choose 1♠ and partner responds 2♠. What now?
♠ K52 ♠ 542 With Hand K partner opens 1♣ and
♥ 1082 ♥ AQ84 (a) What do you do?
♦ 5 ♦ 93 (b) Suppose you redouble, LHO bids 1♦ and this is passed round
♣ QJ9742 ♣ KJ84 to you. What now?
Bidding Sequences Quiz
‘Sacrifice’ in NoTrump? Board 19 from Wednesday 30th
Dealer: ♠ J53 West North East South
E-W vul ♦ 10 2♦ 2♠ 3♦ 3♥
♣ QJ1073 3♠ (1) 4♥ 4NT (2) pass
pass dbl all pass
♠ 109 N ♠ A62
♥ Q7 W E ♥ 1096
Hand Evaluation – part 1
Beware of quacks and a poor trump suit Board 10 from Monday 28th
Dealer: ♠ J863 Table A
Both vul ♦ KQ96 - - pass 1♣
♣ QJ7 pass 1♠ (1) pass 2♠
pass 3♠ (2) pass 4♠ (3)
♠ AQ10 N ♠ 94 all pass
♥ 9864 W E ♥ KJ52
♠ K752 - - pass 1♣
♥ A73 pass 1♠ (1) pass 2♠
♦ 532 pass pass (2) pass
Hand Evaluation – part 2
Honours belong in long suits Board 9 from Monday 28th
Dealer: ♠ K5 Table A
E-W vul ♦ A52 - - pass 1NT
♣ J854 pass 2♣ (1) pass 2♠
pass 2NT all pass
♠ 876 N ♠ 10932
♥ J5 W E ♥ AQ106 Table B
♠ AQJ4 pass pass (1) pass
The play’s the thing – part 1. Discard your loser Board 23 from Monday 28th
Dealer: ♠ 1054
Both vul ♦ A - - - 1NT
♣ A64 pass 2♦ pass 3♥ (1)
pass 4♥ all pass
♠ K83 N ♠ A96
♥ 105 W E ♥ Q
(1) A super-accept
- A very basic strategy: draw trumps and then throw a loser on an established high card.
The play’s the thing – part 2. Unblocking Board 21 from Monday 28th
Dealer: ♠ K75 Table A
N-S vul ♦ AK1094 - 1NT (1) pass 2♣ (2)
♣ 942 pass 2♦ pass 3NT (3)
♠ 1062 N ♠ J83
♥ 965 W E ♥ 10742 Expert Table
♠ AQ94 pass 3♦ (4) pass 3♠ (5)
♥ AQ83 pass 4♦ (6) pass 4♥ (7)
♦ J832 pass 5♦ (8) pass 6♦
♣ 10 all pass
The play’s the thing – part 3. Play to make Board 22 from Monday 28th
Dealer: ♠ 9
E-W vul ♦ 5 - - 1♦ (1) pass
♣ AKQ84 1NT (2) 4♥ (3) 4♠ (4) pass (5)
pass 5♥ (6) dbl all pass
♠ 42 N ♠ AQ863
♥ K82 W E ♥ 5
It’s penalties unless you agree otherwise Board 24 from Wednesday 30th
Dealer: ♠ A72 West North East South(F)
Love all ♦ Q6 pass pass (3) pass
♠ J1084 N ♠ 3
♥ A92 W E ♥ J10654
(1) ♥’s and a minor.
(2) What did you bid with this South hand F in this week’s quiz? Now you can agree (I suppose) that double is ‘stolen bid’ but that really is not a very good treatment as you lose the penalty double which you most certainly need if the overcall is just a 5 card suit. The ‘correct’ bid here is 3♠, natural and forcing. 2♠ would be weakish (to play) and if you play Lebensohl then you invite game with 2NT - 3♣ - 3♠.
(3) I believe that North assumed that it was a transfer (because he held such good ♥’s?) but elected to pass.
Summary after partner’s 1NT bid is overcalled
2♦ and higher
2NT - 3♣ - 3?
to play unless ? could have been bid at the two level, in which case the sequence is invitational
A new suit at the 3-level is forcing
(game forcing) Stayman
There is a lot more to Lebensohl. I have a leaflet on it and it’s described on the web.
Pass partner’s weak jump shift Board 6 from Wednesday 30th
Dealer: ♠ K109854 West North East(C) South(E)
E-W vul ♦ AJ973 2♠ (2) pass (3) 3♥ (4) dbl (5)
♣ J8 all pass
♠ QJ7632 N ♠ -
♥ - W E ♥ QJ97542
(1) What did you bid with this South hand E in this week’s quiz? With length and strength in the suit opened it’s best to pass – nice things may happen. And if your partner understands balancing it will not be passed out, especially with you holding a ♠ singleton.
(2) A weak jump shift. Promising 2-5 points 6 ♠’s and a mis-fit for partner.
(3) Double would be take-out for the minors and so North passes – nice things may happen.
(4) What did you bid with this East hand C in this week’s quiz? You should pass and hope not to get doubled. Partner has made a pre-emptive bid showing a distinct dislike of ♥’s and you should pass and hope not to be doubled. If 2♠ does gets doubled then you could try 3♣ if you really want to (it would have worked here).
(5) Nice things come to those who patiently wait.
- When partner has pre-empted with a weak jump shift (showing a dislike for your suit) do not rebid your suit at the three level!
- Opposite a weak jump shift you should only bid if you have support for partner’s suit.
- With a very good hand opposite a weak jump shift you can bid Ogust to find out exactly how weak/strong he is – it’s described on the web.
After a redouble, doubles are penalties Board 17 from Wednesday 1st
Dealer: ♠ AQ86 West North East(G) South(K)
Love all ♦ J8 1♦ pass (3) pass dbl (4)
♣ A10632 1♠ (5) dbl (6) 2♦ pass (7)
pass dbl (8) all pass
♠ K1073 N ♠ J9
♥ 732 W E ♥ KJ109
(1) What did you bid with this East hand G in this week’s quiz? Apart from it being a bit light, I would never dream of doubling with this flat hand with 3 ♣’s and just 2 ♠’s.
(2) What did you bid with this South hand K(a) in this week’s quiz? Redouble is 9+ points and usually a mis-fit looking for a penalty. With great support for partner’s ♣’s I would not redouble (you cannot subsequently double either pointed suit for penalties) and I would just bid a (forcing) 1♥ and support ♣’s later if there is no ♥ fit.
(3) This is forcing, double would be penalties.
(4) What did you bid with this South hand K(b) in this week’s quiz? South meant this double as take-out. It is not, it is penalties. If you had elected to redouble at (2) then the best bid now is 1♥; showing 9+ points, a 4 card ♥ suit and an inability to double 1♦ for penalties.
(5) Luckily West decided to bid (North would have passed 1♦ doubled).
(6) Penalties. All doubles after a redouble are for penalties.
(7) As I indicated, I would not have bid like this but 3♣ must surely be best now.
(8) North did not really understand what was going on and so doubled.
- When the bidding starts with an opening, double and redouble then any subsequent double by opener or responder is for penalties.
When partner opens and
When partner opens and
- It is usually best not to redouble when you have length in partner’s opening suit.
Do not bid Blackwood with a void Board 23 from Friday 1st
Dealer: ♠ 10 Table A
Both vul ♦ 9765 - - 1♠ (1) pass
♣ KQ9875 2♠ (2) pass 4NT (3) pass
5♦ pass 5♠ (4) all pass
♠ 854 N ♠ AKQJ72
♥ AK64 W E ♥ QJ532 ‘Expert Table’
♠ 963 2♠ (2) pass 3♥ (3) pass
♥109 4♥ (5) pass 5NT (6) pass
♦ KQ84 7♥ (7) all pass
Table A: (1) What did you open with this East hand H(a) in this week’s quiz? The hand has the values for a 2♣ opening and I guess I cannot argue with that. But I prefer to bid two-suiters naturally as you sometimes do not get the chance to bid them both naturally after a 2♣ opening. So I would open 1♠ with a view to jumping in ♥’s next go.
(2) West is max but this is clearly the only sensible bid.
(3) What did you bid with this East hand H(b) in this week’s quiz? Actually there are a few reasonable options (4♣ splinter, 5♣ Exclusion Roman Keycard Blackwood) but unfortunately 4NT is not one of them (a reasonable option). The best bid is that of our experts.
(4) East knows that there is an ace missing but he does not know which one.
‘Expert’ (3) This 3♥ bid is the answer to H(b). It is a game try that happens to also be
Table natural and actually a slam try (if partner ‘signs off’ in 3♠ then a subsequent 4♦ by East would be a cue bid and slam try).
(5) West accepts the ‘game try’ and shows 4 ♥’s just in case there is a 4-4 fit there.
(6) Life is easy for East now. He can settle for the small slam or try for the grand which is secure if partner has the two top ♥’s and no more than 7 cards in the pointed suits (so that the ♦ losers go on the long ♠’s). 5NT is the Josaphine Grand Slam Force (GSF) and asks West to bid the grand slam with two out of the top three ♥ honours.
(7) There are various sophisticated variations on the GSF but 7♥ is reached whatever.
- Do not bid Blackwood with a void.
- You can use a help-suit-game try as a slam try.
- Use the Josaphine GSF if you only need to know about top trumps.
- If you open 1♠ with 5+ ♠’s and 4+ ♥’s look for the ♥ fit if you have game +values.
- A good 4-4 fit plays better than 5-3 and a 5-4 fit plays better than 6-3.
A double of Stayman means ♣’s Board 21 from Friday 1st
Dealer: ♠ K52
N-S vul ♦ 5 - pass 1NT (1) pass
♣ QJ9742 2♣ dbl (2) 2♦ (3) pass
3NT pass pass dbl (4)
♠ Q986 N ♠ A104 4♥ all pass
♥ AQ96 W E ♥ KJ7
(1) It’s totally flat (so knock off a point) but it’s still (just about) worth a 1NT opener.
(2) What did you bid with this North hand J in this week’s quiz? Of course you can pass but if the opponents end up in 3NT you want a ♣ lead. I chose to double.
(3) East could pass but it makes no difference.
(4) South thought (quite correctly) that holding ♣Axx opposite partner’s double that 3NT would not make.
- A double of Stayman means ♣’s and asks for a ♣ lead.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: Pass. This is a very miserable 11 ‘points’ with poor trumps and loads of quacks. If you do not agree and think that any 11 points should invite then 2NT is better than 3♠.
Hand B: Pass. 8 points is normally enough for an invite (so 2♣ Stayman and then an invitation). But this is a very miserable 8 ‘points’ with no top honours in the long suits. Make a try and you will go down more often that you will make a dodgy game.
Hand C: Pass. Bidding 3♥ opposite partner’s very weak pre-empt is suicidal.
Hand D: (a) 1NT. This is the complete opposite of Hands A and B with good top cards, an excellent ♦ suit and just one quack. It’s worth an upgrade to a strong 1NT.
(b) I don’t know. As I said above it’s worth more than 14 points which is what a 1NT rebid (12-14) means but it’s not quite good enough for a jump to 3♦.
Hand E: Pass. With length and strength in
Hand F: 3♠, natural and forcing. It is best not to play ‘stolen bid’ (i.e. double for transfer) this high and to have the penalty double in you armory (especially if the overcall may be a 5 card suit). Note that if you play Lebensohl then you can show everything: a weak(2♠), strong(3♠) or invitational(2NT-3♣-3♠) ♠ hand.
Hand G: Pass. You will be fixed if you double “to show an opening hand” and partner bids the inevitable 1♠. Also of course you may well run into a redouble from the next hand and be in a load of trouble. Why do people at this club continue to ignore the experts’ (I do not mean me) advise and keep on doubling with flat hands? Since people clearly believe that I do not know what I am talking about I have purchased a couple of copies of “The take-out double” by Tony Sowter for the club. Read it!
Hand H: (a) 1♠ or 2♣? I guess that it’s a matter of style. The hand easily has the strength/values for a 2♣ opening but I personally prefer a 1♠ opening with the intention of jumping in ♥’s next go to show the strong two-suiter.
(b) 3♥. There is now no need to jump as this is forcing. It actually is a help-suit game try but if partner attempts to sign off in 3♠ you simply bid 4♦ which is then a cue bid and slam try.
Hand J: Dbl. Of course you can pass if you prefer, but I want to get partner off to the right lead.
Hand K: (a) 1♥, forcing. Redouble (9+ points) is a sound alternative but I prefer to usually only redouble when I know exactly where we are going or if I have a mis-fit for partner and can double (for penalties) at least two of the unbid suits.
(b) 1♥. Double would be for penalties.