Mon 15th N-S 1st Janne & Paul Q 58% 2nd John B & Royd 58%
E-W 1st Duplessy & Coutlet 66% 2nd Bengt & Lars B 57%
Wed 17th N-S 1st Lars B & Tomas 70% 2nd Paul Q & Terry Q 63%
E-W 1st Duplessy & Coutlet 65% 2nd Josteinn & Vaiur B 54%
Fri 19th N-S 1st Gun K & Jan 63% 2nd Dave & Tomas 58%
E-W 1st Mike G & Terry Q 60% 2nd Janne & Lars B 58%
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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B What do you open with Hand A (2nd seat)?
♠ 9875 ♠ AK32 With Hand B partner opens 1NT and you bid 2♣, Stayman.
♥ QJ6 ♥ - Partner bids 2♥, what do you bid now?
♦ A762 ♦ A82
♣ KQ ♣ Q98743
Hand C Hand D In what seats would you consider opening this Hand C?
♠ KJ43 ♠ 743
♥ K1032 ♥ AJ8 With Hand D partner opens 2♥, what do you bid?
♣ A97 ♣ AQJ6
E 1NT pass 2♣ pass What is 3♣ - is it to play or forcing?
2♠ pass 3♣
F 1NT pass 3♦ pass What is 3♦ - is it to play, invitational or forcing?
Passed out? Board 10 from Monday 15th
The Pattaya bridge club’s aim is to be a friendly club above all – and not too serious; and to that end we endeavour to avoid pass-outs. On Mon/Fri the pre-dealt boards have a parameter that ensures that one hand has 12 or more points and so I am usually curious and have a look at a board that is passed out. I found this one very instructive.
Dealer: ♠ 10 Table A
East ♥ 8754 West North East South(A)
Both vul ♦ KQ54 - - pass 1♦ (1)
♣ J865 dbl 2♦ 2♠ (2) pass
pass 3♦ (3) all pass
♠ KJ43 N ♠ AQ62
♥ K1032 W E ♥ A9 Table B
♣ A97 ♣ 10432 - - pass pass (1)
♠ 9875 pass (4) pass
And what happened? 3♠-1 twice, 2♣-1, 2♠=, 2♥(N)-1 and 3♦(N)-1.
The bottom line:
- This hand belongs to E-W – Deep Finesse says that 3♠ makes and that N-S can make 2♦ at most.
- At my table (I was North at Table A) West rudely criticised my 3♦ bid. He was wrong – as he usually is in his verbose comments – as 2♠ makes easily and 3♦ is only one down.
- Hand evaluation is not just counting up points, this deal is a classic example, with a 12-pointer that is not worth an opening but an 11-pointer that is.
Finding a minor suit slam after a 1NT opening Board 31 from Monday 15th
Just three pairs out of seven found a slam on this deal.
Dealer: ♠ AK32 Table A
South ♥ - West North(B) East South
N-S vul ♦ A82 - - - 1NT
♣ Q98743 pass 2♣ pass 2♥
pass 3NT (1) all pass
♠ J964 N ♠ 1087
♥ KJ92 W E ♥ Q10753 Table B
♣ J6 ♣ 2 - - - 1NT
♠ Q5 pass 2♣ pass 2♥
♥ A864 pass 3♣ (1) pass 4♣
♦ K95 pass 6♣ all pass
And what happened? 3NT+4 twice, 3NT+3 twice, 7♣*= and 6♣+1 twice.
The bottom line:
- Sequence E is generally played as forcing; however, it should really be agreed. If you play 4-way transfers then there is a case for playing it as weak and many European players play it as a shape ask – that’s what I recommend (SARS) in my NoTrump bidding book.
- In my book on NoTrump bidding I also recommend transferring to the minor (playing 4-way transfers) and then bidding the major (natural – 4 cards) with this type of North hand. It would work vey well here as South would super-accept the transfer to ♣’s and a ♣ slam would be easily reached.
- Well done Gun & Lennart Karlsson who were the only pair to reach 7♣.
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s first input on the play of the hand.
♣ AQJ6 ♣ 84 (1) Ogust
You are South, declarer in 4♥ and West leads the ♠A.You false-card with the ♠8 - by concealing the ♠2 you hope that West will read East’s card as encouraging. But E-W have their signals under control and West shifts to the ♦Q. How should South play to make 4♠?
Dave’s Column answer Board 11 from Wednesday 17th
Dealer: ♠ 743
South ♥ AJ8 West North(D) East South
Love all ♦ A94 - - - 2♥ (1)
♣ AQJ6 pass 2NT (2) pass 3♠ (3)
pass 4♥ all pass
♠ Q82 this week’s quiz? You want to be in game
♥ KQ10964 only if partner is maximum and Ogust
♦ K6 is the answer.
♣ 84 (3) Good hand and good suit.
West leads the ♠A. You false-card with the ♠8 - by concealing the ♠2 you hope that West will read East’s card as encouraging. But E-W have their signals under control and West shifts to the ♦Q. How should declarer play to make 4♠?
South won the ♦ shift with the ♦K, drew trumps and took the ♣ finesse. East won and returned a ♠ and down went the contract.
South played well enough in ♠’s but his ♣ finesse was likely to fail as West was marked with the ♥AK and ♦QJ and so it’s more likely that East has the ♣K.
On the ♦Q, declarer should play low from both hands. He wins the next ♦, takes the ♥K and ♥A and discards a ♣ on the ♦A. He then leads a ♣ for a ruffing finesse, intending to discard a ♠ if East plays low. When East covers, South ruffs, returns to dummy with a trump and discards a ♠ on the ♣J to ensure the contract.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4♥= three times, 4♥-1 five times. At my table I was south and went down when West originally led the ♦Q instead of the ♠A and I had no reason not to try the ♣ finesse. At at least one other table the contract was made when West lead out the ♠AK.
The bottom lines:-
Ogust convention is popular in Europe but not so in
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s second problem on the play of the hand.
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 12 from Wednesday 17th
Dealer: ♠ 9875 Book Bidding
West ♥ 9 West North East South
N-S vul ♦ J1085 1♦ pass 1♥ pass
♣ KQ109 1♠ pass 2♠ pass
♣ 8 ♣ 543 normally be better than ♠’s as you ruff ♣’s in
♠ 62 the short trump hand. 5♦ is cold, but you end
♥ J10865 up in 4♠, so try to make it.
North leads the ♣K and South encourages. North continues with the ♣9, plan the play for West in 4♠.
When playing in a 4-3 trump fit, most of the time the critical issue is to keep control of the trump suit. Unless you are intending to cross-ruff and score your trumps separately, it is dangerous to shorten the hand with the greater trump length because trumps will divide 3-3 only about 1/3 of the time. It is always a good idea to consider alternative lines of play that cater for the more common trump division of 4-2 without jeopardizing the contract.
On this deal, you can afford to lose three tricks, so to avoid being forced with the West hand, discard the ♦6 and ♦7 on the second and third round of ♣’s. If the defense continue with a fourth round of ♣’s, you can ruff high in dummy. You will have four high ♠’s remaining to draw trumps.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Not surprisingly, nobody ended up in ♠’s. 4♥-3, 4♥-2 twice, 3NT-1 three times, 3♦+2 and 3NT=.
Bidding Quiz Answers
E 1NT pass 2♣ pass Standard American players generally play 3♣ as forcing -
2♠ pass 3♣ showing a 4-card major and 5+ ♣’s. But it’s best to agree it as some play it as weak and others as a shape ask
Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
630.9 Hans Vikman
622.4 Janne Roos
614.1 Paul Quodomine
595.5 Lars Broman
321.7 Hans Vikman
320.9 Janne Roos
319.6 Sally Watson
319.5 Paul Quodomine
319.5 Duplessy & Coutlet
312.9 Lars Broman
311.2 Tomas Wikman
300.4 Jean Wissing
298.6 Holger Renken
296.0 Gun Karlsson