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Mon 10th 1st Bengt & Wolfgang 59% 2nd Dave & Lewis 58%
Wed 12th 1st Bengt & Wolfgang 59% 2nd Per-Ake & Jean 58%
Fri 14th 1st Sean B.. & Lewis 63% 2nd Bob & Dave 52%
Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A everybody is vulnerable. You open 1♣ and LHO
overcalls 1♥. This is passed round to you, what do you bid?
♠ QJ94 ♠ K5
♥ 6 ♥ 94
♦ AQ86 ♦ AKQJ9 With Hand B you open 2NT and partner transfers with 3♥;
♣ AQ64 ♣ AK42 RHO doubles this, what do you do?
Hand C Hand D With Hand C you open 1♠ and partner bids 2♦, what do you bid?
♠ AJxxxx ♠ KQJ5
♦ KJ ♦ 5 and LHO doubles. Partner
♣ AQxx ♣ AJ10875 do you do?
Hand E Hand F With Hand E everybody is vulnerable. Partner opens 1♣ and
♠ K105 ♠ A74
♦ 93 ♦ Q8653 passes, what do you bid?
♣ K72 ♣ AJ96
Bidding Sequences Quiz All of these sequences occurred this week
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The re-opening double Board 23 from Monday 10th
If you play negative doubles – then remember the automatic re-opening double.
Dealer: ♠ K105 Table A
both vul ♦ 93 - - - 1♣
♣ K72 1♥ (1) pass (2) pass 1♠ (3)
pass 3NT all pass
♠ A72 N ♠ 863
♥ A9543 W E ♥ 107 ‘Expert’ Table
♠ QJ94 1♥ (1) pass (2) pass dbl (3)
♥ 6 all pass
And what happened?
Although the opening bid and overcall are both pretty obvious, not a single N-S
pair defended 1♥ doubled. West would make 3-4 t
The bottom lines: -
- If you play negative doubles, then remember the automatic re-opening double.
- Even at the one level penalties can be
lucrative, especially against vulnerable opponents.
When partner’s transfer gets doubled Board 26 from Monday 10th
When partner transfers and
Dealer: ♠ AQ643 Table A
both vul ♦ 10852 - - pass pass (1)
♣ J6 2NT (2) pass 3♥ (3) dbl (4)
3♠ (5) pass 4♠ pass
♠ K5 N ♠ J109872 pass dbl redbl (6) all pass
♥ 94 W E ♥ KJ65
♠ - - - pass pass (1)
♥ AQ1082 2NT (2) pass 3♥ (3) dbl (4)
♦ 743 pass (5) pass 4♠ (7) pass
♣ 109753 pass pass (8)
Table A: (1) A reasonable Muiderberg 2♥ opening, maybe South forgot the system or maybe he thought it not quite good enough when vulnerable?
And what happened? A number of strange results, with West, East and North all declaring in contracts of 3♠ or more! West at Table A went two down so 1000 away for a bottom. One pair did score 1100, but that was E-W when North played in 3♠ doubled -4.
The bottom lines: -
- If partner’s transfer gets doubled, then pass to show just 2 of the suit, complete the transfer with three (or a poor 4) and super-accept with 4 and a good hand.
- Have some respect for decent opponents. This East behaved rather badly when he saw his partner going down; saying that North found a lucky ♥ lead, perhaps he should have taken the doubles by North and South into account – or maybe he thinks that Lewis and Dave are such poor players that their doubles mean nothing and they don’t know what they’re doing?
A re-double is out for blood Board 25 from Monday 10th
North missed a huge penalty on this board.
Dealer: ♠ KQJ5 West North(D) East South
E-W vul ♦ 5 1♦ (2) 1♠ (3) pass 2NT
♣ AJ10875 pass pass pass
♠ 982 N ♠ A1043 (1) 10+ points and usually a mis-fit for partner.
♥ J75 W E ♥ K982 (2) I would only bid a 5 card suit here.
♠ 76 an interest in doubling the opponents and you
♥ AQ43 should pass (forcing). If at all in doubt about
♦ Q10962 the wisdom of this, look at the vulnerability!
And what happened? Although they missed the 500 on offer, South still got a top when he made 2NT+2. Only one N-S pair bid game and they went down in 3NT.
The bottom lines: -
- If you open, LHO doubles and partner redoubles then partner is out for blood, try to penalize the opponents if at all possible. If you cannot double yourself then pass – it’s forcing and partner will either double or bid.
- Even at the one level penalties can be lucrative, especially against vulnerable opponents.
1820.8 Jan v Koss 666.8 Janne Roos 350.4 Janne Roos
1816.8 Janne Roos 654.4 Jan v Koss 343.2 Bengt Malmgren
1811.3 Dave Cutler 644.2 Dave Cutler 340.2 Jan v Koss
Bob Pelletier 644.1 Bengt Malmgren 332.9
West East You are East, playing in 4♠ after an uncontested auction.
♠ KJ52 ♠ A862 South leads the ♥Q, how do you play the trump suit?
♥ K4 ♥ A73
♣ 764 ♣ K83
Dave’s Column answer Board 10 from Wednesday 12th
Dealer: ♠ Q4 West North East South
East ♥ 9862 - - 1NT pass
both vul ♦ 752 2♣ pass 2♠ pass
♣ Q1092 4♠ all pass
♠ KJ52 N ♠ A862 The auction is uninteresting, onto the play.
♥ K4 W E ♥ A73
♠ 1097 That’s the case here.
♥ QJ105 South leads the ♥Q and you win with the ♥A,
♦ 983 How do you continue?
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4♠-1, 3♠= three times and, 4♠+2 twice.
The bottom line: -
- Do not take a finesse into the danger hand if you can avoid it.
Doing a Chuck again Board 27 from Monday 10th
Dealer: ♠ AJ84 West North East South
Love all ♦ 84 2NT (2) dbl (3) pass pass
♣ AJ542 3♦ (4) dbl 3♥ (5) dbl
♠ 107 N ♠ 963
♥ 87 W E ♥ A10962 (1) Weak, 12-14
♠ KQ52 to bid because the 1NT opening was weak.
♥ J543 (3) Able to penalize at least on of West’s suits
♦ AQ10 (4) Luckily West has found the 5-3 fit.
What happened? 2♥ doubled went for 800.
Responding 2NT to partner’s overcall Board 4 from Monday 10th
I wrote an article about responding in NoTrumps to partner’s overcall in news-sheet 239. This North chose to disagree with the words of wisdom and went for 200 when he got doubled.
Dealer: ♠ A74 Table A
both vul ♦ Q8653 pass pass 1♦ 1♥
♣ AJ96 pass (1) 2NT (2) pass pass
dbl all pass
♠ KQJ2 N ♠ 65
♥ J7632 W E ♥ A10 Table B
♠ 10983 pass (1) 1NT (2) pass pass
♥ KQ984 pass (3)
And what happened? 2NT doubled went for 200 and a poor score.
The bottom lines: -
Bidding Sequences Answers