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Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A partner opens 1NT and you transfer with 2♥ and
partner obediently bids 2♠. What do you bid now?
♠ AQJ63 ♠ K1064
♦ 10842 ♦ KQ6 With Hand B partner opens 1♣ and
♣ Q7 ♣ A8 do you bid?
Hand C Hand D With Hand C you open 1♦ and partner bids 2♣, what do you bid?
♠ 54 ♠ J
♥ KQ98 ♥ K7 With
hand D there are two passes and
♣ A82 ♣ K6
Bidding Sequences Quiz All of these sequences occurred this week
1816.8 Janne Roos 666.8 Janne Roos 350.4 Janne Roos
1793.3 Jan v Koss 650.5 Jan v Koss 340.2 Jan v Koss
1763.4 Dave Cutler 634.9
634.5 Lars Gu
627.2 Dave Cutler 325.6 Gunnar Barthel
My mobile phone number has recently changed. It’s now 083 6066880.
Tell partner your hand Board 22 from Monday 30th
Dealer: ♠ AQJ63 Table A
E-W vul ♦ 10842 - - pass 1NT
♣ Q7 pass 2♥ pass 2♠
pass 4♠ (1) all pass
♠ 107 N ♠ 9852
♥ 10872 W E ♥ KQ4 Table B
♠ K4 pass 2♥ pass 2♠
♥ AJ53 pass 3NT (1) all pass
And what happened? Three
pairs bid and made 3NT (one with an overt
The bottom lines: -
- If partner opens 1NT and you have game values with a 5 card major and a 4 card minor, then transfer and then bid the minor – this warns partner about the shortage in the other two suits.
- To transfer and then rebid the major promises a six card suit.
- Some experts believe that a 2nd suit having transferred should be five cards but most agree that it only promises four. I strongly go along with this 2nd group and this topic is fully discussed in the No Trump bidding book.
Negative double or show your stop? Board 12 from Monday 30th
K1064 Suppose you hold this hand. Partner opens 1♣ and
♥ J1063 What do you do? Should you show your 4 card ♥ suit (with a negative double)
♦ J62 or should you show your excellent ♠ guards by calling 1NT? It’s a close call,
♣ Q8 your hand is worth just one bid and you have to choose. Either may turn out best.
But give the hand more points and you can do both! South at Table A could not work it out and ended up making a ludicrous bid that stopped short of game.
Dealer: ♠ Q9 Table A
N-S vul ♦ 1094 pass 1♣ 1♠ 2NT (1)
♣ K543 pass pass (2) all pass
♠ 72 N ♠ AJ853 Table B
♥ Q542 W E ♥ 7 West North East South(B)
♠ K1064 all pass
And what happened? 4♥ is the best
contract, even with the adverse 4-1 split. Three pairs bid 4♥ which should make
+1 but one managed to go down. 2NT should make 10 t
The bottom lines: -
A Reverse? Board 23 from Monday 30th
Dealer: ♠ AQ108 Table A
Both vul ♦ 72 - - - pass
♣ J109763 1♦ pass 2♣ (1) pass
2♥ (2) pass 4NT (3) pass
♠ 54 N ♠ K73 5♦ pass 6♦ all pass
♥ KQ98 W E ♥ A102
♠ J962 - - - pass
♥ J7654 1♦ pass 2♣ (1) pass
♦ 1063 2NT (2) pass 3NT (4) all pass
If 3NT is an option … Board 19 from Monday 30th
We had 5 different auctions on this board from Monday (South passed as dealer at every table): -
Dealer: ♠ K62 Table A West North East South
E-W vul ♦ 3
♣ A109754 Table B West North East South
pass pass (1) 2♣ (2) 2♥
♠ AQ1094 N ♠ J 2♠ 3♥ 4♦ (3) pass
♥ 1093 W E ♥ K7 5♦ all pass
♠ 8753 Table C West North East(D) South
♥ AQJ64 pass 3♣ (1) 5♦ (2) all pass
♣ Q3 Table D West North East(D) South
pass 3♣ (1) 3NT (4) all pass
Table E West North East(D) South
pass 3♣ (1) 3NT (4) 4♣
4♠ pass 5♦ (5) all pass
Totally Insane ! Board 10 from Friday 3rd
I nearly got very angry (with myself?) on this deal from Friday.
Dealer: ♠ 87 West North East South
Both vul ♦ KQ10965 1♣ 2♦ 2♠ (1) pass
♣ 73 3NT (2) all pass
♠ 94 N ♠ KQ102 I was West and calling for dummies. I was
♥ A842 W E ♥ QJ5 playing against a poor pair and had called
♠ AJ653 (1) This East does not know about negative doubles
♥ 1076 (2) You know me, if 3NT is an option…
North led the ♦K and I won with the ♦A perforce. I had 8
To my utter amazement North won the t
So North belatedly won
his ♥K and cashed the ♦Q. I was muttering all sorts of unprintable comments under my breath but
then North played the ♦10 and South won with the ♦J
– he had failed to unblock the suit. So my faith in these defenders abilities
was totally vindicated when I made 9 t
North explained that he ducked the ♥Q because he thought that I may have ♦Jx and he needed a ♦ through from partner. With ♦842 on view on table and six ♦’s in his own hand I leave it to the reader to
work out this t
The bottom line : -
- I guess two (or three?) absurd plays can cancel each other out?
- Don’t be greedy?
- If partner leads the K of his suit against NoTrumps then that promises the Q – so unblock if you hold the J.- If South had unblocked at t
- To quote Lewis , who was playing with a partner a few weeks back who I won't name (not me!) against two equally competent opponents : "It's like playing in a zoo!"
, who was playing with a partner a few weeks back who I won't name (not me!) against two equally competent opponents : "It's like playing in a zoo!"
North South You are South, playing in a somewhat optimistic 4♠ contract.
♠ K8 ♠ AQJ1092 How do you play when the defenders lead three rounds of ♦’s?
♥ K762 ♥ 3
♣ 872 ♣ AQJ6
Dave’s Column answer Board 27 from Wednesday 1st
Dealer: ♠ K8 West North East South
South ♥ K762 - - - 1♠
Love all ♦ 10962 pass 1NT pass 3♠ (1)
♣ 872 pass pass (2) pass
♠ 64 N ♠ 753 (1) This looks about right to me, it’s encouraging
♥ Q1084 W E ♥ AJ95 but not forcing
♥ 3 Everybody played in a ♠ contract, but what is the
♦ 54 best
line for 10 t
Dave’s 2nd Problem
North South This one is a bit easier (at least I think it's fairly easy).
♠ A10765 ♠ KQJ9 You are North, declarer in 7♠, how do you play the hand ?
♦ A97 ♦ K This hand was played five times on Wednesday, three
A104 ♣ KQ pairs went down in the poor
7NT and the other two pairs both stopped in 6♠ but made only 12 t
Which grand slam? Board 7 from Wednesday 1st
All five N-S pairs went wrong on this deal; how did you play the 7♠ contract?
Dealer: ♠ A10765
Both vul ♦ A97 - - - 2♣
♣ A104 pass 2♠ pass 3♥
pass 3♠ pass 6♠
♠ - N ♠ 8432 all pass
♥ Q9854 W E ♥ -
♠ KQJ9 N-S knew that there was probably a grand there,
♥ AKJ1032 but they ALL ignored the superb 5-4 ♠ fit and
♦ K charged into the doomed 7NT.
♠ - The totally inferior line of drawing trumps and
♦ A9 not work as I believe there is insufficient
♣ A104 communication between the two hands having
pulled trumps. Others (Dave, who I understand
♠ - N ♠ - put the hand in, and Guy) think it does.
♥ 98 W E ♥ - Say you adopt their line and pull 4 rounds of
♠ - covers and North ruffs. That leaves this position
♥ 1032 with the lead in the North hand.
♦ How do you get all of the last 5 t
Bidding Sequences Answers