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Mon 14th N-S 1st Bob P & Robbie 58% 2nd Alan K & Michael C 56%
E-W 1st Guttorm & Olaf 68% 2nd Hans V & Paul S 59%
Wed 16th N-S 1st Alan K & Paul Q 65% 2nd Hans V & Sally 59%
E-W 1st Arne & Svein 59% 2nd Jan & Janne 57%
Fri 18th N-S 1st Hans V & Paul Q 68% 2nd Janne & Lars B 62%
E-W 1st Alan K & Michael C 69% 2nd Ivy & Paul S 56%
Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A partner opens 1♣, what do you do?
♠ J64 ♠ Q
♥ 87 ♥ KJ42 With Hand B partner opens 1♦ (4+) and you bid 1♥. Partner then
♣ Q2 ♣ 105
C 1♦ pass 1♥ pass What is 4NT?
2NT pass 4NT
The bridge is cancelled on Christmas Day, 25th Dec.
Swiss teams of 4 on Boxing Day, Sat 26th Dec
The annual Pattaya Bridge Club Xmas teams event. Sat 26th Dec, 11 a.m. Details are:
Entries MUST be entered before 4.30 p.m. on Monday 21st Dec. Late entries will likely be rejected as numbers need to be known in order to organise the catering.
Entry is free and the event is open to all (except the dozen or so people who are banned from the club)!
There will be a lunch break with food also free – you have to pay for any beverages.
The event is sponsored by Paul Quodomine
Trophies will be presented for first and second placed teams.
Please sign up on the notice board at the
If you are a pair and need team-mates, or if you are an individual, then your name(s) will be added and you will hopefully get assigned to a team – first come first served.
Tel 038 422924 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Quantitative or Blackwood? Board 14 from Wednesday 16th
Two pairs got their Blackwood/Gerber/Quantitative bids mixed up on this deal:
Dealer: ♠ J109765 Table A
East ♥ Q1096 West(B) North East South
Love all ♦ J - - 1♦ pass
♣ 93 1♥ pass 2NT pass
4NT (1) pass pass (2) pass
♠ Q N ♠ A43
♥ KJ42 W E ♥ A Table B
♣ 105 ♣ AKJ7 - - 1♦ pass
♠ K82 1♥ pass 2NT pass
♥ 8753 4♦ (1) pass 4NT (3) pass
♦ 6 5♠ (4) pass 7♦ (5) all pass
And what happened? 7♦=, 6♦+1 five times, 4NT+3 twice and 4♠*(N)-3.
The bottom line:
- It’s up to you what 4NT means in this sequence A. I like to play 4♣ as Gerber when partner’s last bid was a natural 1NT or 2NT and play 4NT as quantitative here.
- Of course if you play the PARROT convention then 4♥ at (2) would be RKCB for ♦’s.
- There is a page on the website Conventions > section 2 > Blackwood or Gerber? recommending what is Gerber, Blackwood and quantitative in various scenarios.
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s first input on the play of the hand.
♥ QJ72 ♥ 1095 1♠ dbl pass 2NT
♦ 7532 ♦ AK pass 3NT all pass
♣ Q75 ♣ AKJ10
That can only be done in the ♥ suit, how should play to the first trick?
Dave’s Column answer Board 11 from Wednesday 16th
Dealer: ♠ A6 Book bidding
South ♥ QJ72 West North East South
Love all ♦ 7532 - - - 1♣
♣ Q75 1♠ dbl pass 2NT
pass 3NT all pass
♠ K984 That can only be done in the ♥ suit, how should
♥ 1095 declarer play to the first trick?
If South holds up at trick one East continues the suit. West will get in twice and he thus sets up his ♠ winners.
If South takes the first trick with his ♠K and leads ♥’s, West will win and his low ♠ continuation will knock out dummy’s ♠A. When West gets in again with his high ♥ he will run his ♠ suit.
There is an answer. West does not have the ♠QJ10 or he would have led one of them and so East is marked with a ♠ honour. Declarer should take the first ♠ with the ♠A. When West gets in with a ♥ he will lead a ♠ to East’s honour, in this case the ♠J. This is the trick that South should duck. East will win but he has no ♠ to continue and West cannot set up the ♠ suit.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT+2 twice, 3NT+1 five times and 3NT-1 twice.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s second problem on the play of the hand.
♣ AK742 ♣ Q8
You are East, declarer in 3NT. South leads a ♥ and North encourages. Should you play for ♣’s to be 3-3 or take the ♠ finesse?
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 12 from Wednesday 16th
Dealer: ♠ K6542 Book Bidding
West ♥ K87 West North East South
N-S vul ♦ 82 2♣ pass 2♦ pass
♣ 1065 3♣ pass 3♦ pass
3♠ pass 3NT all pass
♣ AK742 ♣ Q8 South leads the ♥9. Does this get your attention
♠ 9 in any way? How should East play the hand?
West asked what leads N-S play and North said that their partnership uses the lead of the ten or nine to promise zero higher cards or two higher cards, one of them touching. It is likely that South has the ♥K109x or ♥Q109x.
Declarer takes the ♥A and North signals that he likes the suit. How does declarer play from here? Should he play ♣’s from the top, hoping for a 3-3 split or should he come to his hand with the ♣Q in order to lead the ♠10 for a finesse?
This is a typical decision that is solved by using percentages. ♣’s will divide 3-3 a third of the time and South will have the ♠K half of the time.
So play to the ♣Q and take the ♠ finesse. Tough luck – it loses.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT+3 twice, 3NT+2 four times, 3♣+2 6NT-1 and 3NT-1.
The Weak Jump Shift Board 21 from Monday 14th
Jumps shifts are usually either (very) weak or strong, here’s an advert for the weak type:
Dealer: ♠ K1083 Table A
North ♥ AJ65 West North East South(A)
N-S ♦ A - 1♣ pass pass (1)
♣ AK93 pass
♠ A5 N ♠ Q972 Table B
♥ 10943 W E ♥ KQ2 West North East South(A)
♣ J85 ♣ 10764 pass pass (2) pass
And what happened? 1♣=twice, 2♦= twice, and a few spurious results.
The bottom line:
- On this deal, ♦’s
plays better than ♣’s and the weak jump shift worked well.
Bidding Quiz Answers
C 1♦ pass 1♥ pass 4NT here is up to you. With no previous agreement I play it as
2NT pass 4NT quantitative (4♣ asking for aces).
Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
1956.9 Janne Roos
1943.3 Hans Vikman
1920.1 Paul Quodomine
1817.2 Sally Watson
1770.2 Lars Broman
1748.3 Paul Scully
1746.5 Ivy Schlageter
1733.2 Bob Pelletier
1725.8 Bob Short
639.8 Sally Watson
635.9 Alan Kleist
634.5 Lars Broman
631.2 Per-Ake Roskvist
630.7 Guttorm Lonborg
625.4 Jeremy Watson
625.0 Per Andersson
341.7 Alan Kleist
332.6 Per-Ake Roskvist
329.8 Per Andersson
327.8 Sally Watson
327.6 Lars Broman
325.4 Jeremy Watson
325.3 Ivy Schlageter