Mon 2nd N-S 1st Janne & Paul Q 67% 2nd Bob P & Robbie 57%
E-W 1st Mike Wiss & TerryQ 66% 2nd Guttorm & Tomas 59%
Wed 4th N-S 1st = Jean & Lars B = Richard M & Tomas 56%
E-W 1st Janne & Per And… 71% 2nd = Jan & Sigurd 53%
= Hans V & Sigurd 53%
Fri 6th N-S 1st Janne & Lars B 57% 2nd Gerry & Per-Ake 56%
E-W 1st Guttorm & Paul Sc 63% 2nd Terry Q & Jean 59%
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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A partner opens 1♦ and
do you do?
♠ KQ74 ♠ KQ8532
♥ Q87 ♥ A52 With Hand B partner opens 1NT. You transfer with 2♥ and
♣ QJ854 ♣ 6
Hand C Hand D With Hand C partner opens 1♥ and you bid 1♠. Partner rebids 1NT, what do you do?
♠ A983 ♠ J105
♥ 105 ♥ A102 (a) Do you open with Hand D in first seat?
♣ QJ ♣ 76 round to you, what do you do?
E 1♦ 2♣ pass pass
dbl What is the double – does it show extra values?
F 1NT pass 2♥ pass
2♠ pass 4♣/4NT What are 4♣ and 4NT?
Congratulations to Janne Roos for winning the triple (winning all three sessions in the same week) two weeks in a row(!?)Wow! I note that Hans has won it three times and Paul Q and now Janne have both won it twice and so I expect that one or more of them will soon overtake the old codger who won it five times many moons ago when the standard at the club was no so high.
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Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
1945.1 Janne Roos
1924.0 Hans Vikman
1890.8 Paul Quodomine
1804.7 Sally Watson
1732.1 Ivy Schlageter
1725.8 Bob Short
1719.9 Bob Pelletier1709.7 Paul Scully
625.4 Jeremy Watson
625.0 Per Andersson
624.0 Per-Ake Roskvist
621.4 Guttorm Lonborg
618.9 Bob Short
329.8 Per Andersson
328.1 Per-Ake Roskvist
325.4 Jeremy Watson
321.7 Bob Short
319.5 Lars Broman
The Gold Cup standings are quite likely to be unchanged at the end of the year, but anything cam happen in two busy months I guess? The bronze is the interesting competition, and presently it seems that whoever plays with Janne leaps into the lead?
Worth a raise? Board 26 from Friday 30th
This board is actually from the previous week but there was no room in the news-sheet which I try to keep to 6- 8 pages.
Dealer: ♠ J1054 Table A
East ♥ AJ93 West(C) North East South
both vul ♦ K108 - - 1♥ pass
♣ 102 1♠ pass 1NT pass
2NT (1) all pass
♠ A983 N ♠ Q2
♥ 105 W E ♥ Q8762 Table B
♣ QJ ♣ AK3 - pass 1♥ pass
♠ K76 1♠ pass 1NT pass
♥ K4 pass (1) pass
And what happened? Everybody in 2NT went down, as Dealmaster Pro says you should, and my partner made a clear top in 1NT with the only positive E-W score. J
The bottom line:
- Understand hand evaluation – it is not just a matter of adding up high card points.
Values – what values? Board 17 from Monday 2nd
I was asked to write this one up by somebody who did not think much of East’s bid.
Dealer: ♠ J West North East South
North ♥ 972 - 5♦ dbl (1) pass
Love all ♦ QJ1098652 6NT (2) all pass
(1) Apparently ‘values’. Now I doubt that many
♠ K8643 N ♠ Q975 have discussed exactly how many points
♥ AKQ W E ♥ J105 you need to show ‘values’ over a 5-level
♣ AQ2 ♣ J1053 like to have a bit more than eight points with
♠ A102 two 10’s?
♥ 8643 (2) Presumably expecting a little more opposite?
And what happened? Not surprisingly, this pair were the only ones to bid 6NT. It made easily enough when the ♣K was onside and restricted choice (together with the information that North had very long ♦’s) picked up four ♠ tricks to go with the two ♦’s, three ♣’s and three ♥’s. Maybe East realized how important the ♠97 were when he bid? So 990; 5♦* scored -4 and 800 at another table for a second and most of the field were in 4♠ making +1 or +2.
Playing negative doubles Board 2 from Friday 2nd
Dealer: ♠ A962 West(A) North East(D) South
East ♥ K953 - - 1♦ (1) 2♣
N-S vul ♦ 6432 pass (2) pass dbl (3) all pass
(1) Did you open with this East hand D(a)?
♠ KQ74 N ♠ J105 I did. It’s only 19 for the rule of 20 but has
♥ Q87 W E ♥ A102 two tens and a great ♦ suit which is clearly
♣ QJ854 ♣ 76 (2) What did you bid with this West hand A in
♠ 83 this week’s quiz? A negative double
♥ J64 (guaranteeing just one 4-card major here) is
♦ A109 a poor choice. Playing with a sensible partner
♣ AK1032 you should pass and pass his “automatic’
(3) What did you bid with this East hand D(b) in this week’s quiz? Fortunately for West, East was indeed ‘sensible’ and doubled.
And what happened? +800 and a clear top on a part-score deal. The bottom Lines:
- If you think that West should bid at (2) or that East should not double at (3) then do not play negative doubles (play penalty doubles!?) – you will let the opponents get away with too many huge penalties if you do not appreciate the penalty pass and ‘automatic’ re-opening double. Note that South had a decent hand (although some would like a sixth ♣) but he still went for 800. East’s ♦ suit and West’s ♦ lead were huge assets for the defense.
What is 4♣ and 4NT? Board 5 from Friday 6th
Dealer: ♠ 6 Table A
North ♥ K10876 West(B) North East South
N-S vul ♦ J52 - pass 1NT pass
♣ 10987 2♥ pass 2♥ pass
4NT (1) pass pass (2) pass
♠ KQ8532 N ♠ A109
♥ A52 W E ♥ Q9 Table B
♣ 6 ♣ AQ52 - pass 1NT pass
♠ J74 2♥ pass 2♠ pass
♥ J43 4♣ (1) pass pass (3) all pass
And what happened? Apart from the spurious 4NT contract, everybody else was in 4♠, generally making or making +1 J
The bottom line:
- I guess established partnerships have to agree what 4♣ and NT mean after a transfer. With no agreement I believe that Gerber and Quantitative are standard, and in the vote after the meeting Linda Lyen cast the final vote confirming this by the narrowest of margins. If you want to play splinters, then have a look at Marty Bergen style ambiguous splinters (three of the other major) which can be played over Stayman and also over transfers.
And what is my answer to
question B? I guess that an ambiguous splinter is possible, but I think it’s a
bit pushy with no super-accept and I would simply bid 4♠. The 4♠
bid is, in any case, mildly slam invitational if you play Texas Transfers or
South African Texas .
♦ 832 ♦ K6 3NT pass pass pass
♣ KQ ♣ A43
South leads the ♦5 to North’s ♦Q and your ♦K. That is one benefit for 3NT. It attracted a ♦ lead allowing you to score the ♦K. With the ♦A apparently on your left, you would not have scored a ♦ trick in 4♥.
Still, you need to bring in 4 ♥ tricks in 3NT what do you play at trick two?
Suppose you choose the ♥K: ♥7, ♥2, ♥4. How do you plan the rest of the play? Be specific.
Dealer: ♠ K93 Book bidding
East ♥ 854 West North East South
both vul ♦ Q107 - - 1♣ pass
♣ 10875 1♥ pass 2NT (1) pass
3NT (2) pass pass (3) pass
♠ J7 The PARROT convention does this with a
♥ Q7 Checkback style 3♦ bid to ask for clarification
♦ AJ954 of partner’s major suit holdings.
(3) The bidding will not meet with the approval of purists, who would revert to 4♥ over 3NT. This East felt that 9 tricks in 3NT would be at least as easy as 10 in ♥’s. In addition, playing in no-trumps did not expose the ♦K to attack at trick one.
Anyway, whatever you think of the bidding, you are in 3NT and South leads the ♦4. You win and lead the ♥K: ♥7, ♥2, ♥4.
How do you plan the rest of the play?
You need 4 ♥ tricks. Having cashed the ♥K, the normal play is to cross to dummy with a ♣ and finesse the ♥J – it fails. The same normal play would also fail in 4♥.
Australian legend, Tim Seres, found the winning path. As N-S would not expect East to have 4 ♥’s he led the ♥K at trick two. Expecting partner to hold the ♥A, each defender is bound to give honest count on the ♥K. Seres pointed out that if both follow with the lowest card, playing natural count, the ♥Q will be doubleton.
South played the ♥7 and North the ♥4. So the position was not yet clear. A ♣ to dummy was followed by the ♥10. When North played the ♥5, that could be from ♥854 or ♥Q54. If ♥Q54 then South would have ♥87 and likely would have played the ♥8 on the first ♥. Therefore North began with ♥854 and Seres rose with the ♥8 to make his contract.
Note that North could have made the position tougher by playing the ♥8 on the second ♥ but defenders do not always find the best defense. The deal appears in Play Cards with Tim Seres which is reviewed on page 17 of the Pattaya bridge website book store.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 3NT= and 3NT-2; 4♥=twice, 1♥+3, 5♥-2, 4♥-2 twice and 4♠-1.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s second problem on the play of the hand.
♣ 107652 ♣ KJ4 West leads the ♥2. South sees lots of tricks but the clock is against him. What chance does South have of making 3NT?
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 11 from Wednesday 4th
Dealer: ♠ A6 Book Bidding
South ♥ 73 West North East South
Love all ♦ KQJ10 - - - 1NT
♣ 107652 pass 3NT all pass
♣ A93 ♣ Q8
♥ AK West leads the ♥2. South sees lots of tricks but the
♦ 8765 clock is against him. What chance does South have
♣ KJ4 of making 3NT? Your suggestions?
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? All nine Souths who played the hand declared in 3NT: +2 twice, +1 three times, = three times and -1 once.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: pass, and hit partner over the head if he does not have a really good excuse for not re-opening with a double.
Hand C: pass. 11 points is usually just enough to raise to 2NT, but this is a very poor 11 points – no fit with partner, the ♣QJ doubleton are poor and so is the 5-card ♦ suit.
E 1♦ 2♣ pass pass No, it does NOT promise extras. It shows a hand that is
dbl prepared to defend 2♣ doubled if that is what partner wants.
F 1NT pass 2♥ pass ‘standard’ is that 4♣ is Gerber and 4NT quantitive. Of course
2♠ pass 4♣/4NT partnerships can have different agreements.
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