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E-W 1st Hans V & Janne 60% 2nd Gerard & Derek 56%
Fri 5th N-S 1st Hans V & Jean W 58% 2nd Bengt & Eddie 57%
E-W 1st Gerard & Derek 55% 2nd Alan K & Jan 54%
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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A LHO opens 1♥ and partner dbls. What do you bid?
♠ J86 ♠ J94 With Hand B you are in 1st seat at both vulnerable
♦ 10652 ♦ Q86 (b) What do you open if you are playing a weak NT?
♣ 632 ♣ AJ63
Hand C Hand D With Hand C RHO opens 1♥, what do you do?
♠ QJ4 ♠ AK753 With Hand D RHO opens 1♥. (a) What do you bid?
♥ QJ6 ♥ Q107 (b) Suppose you double and partner bids 2♦, what do you bid?
♦ AKQ53 ♦ K87 (c) Suppose you double and partner bids 1♠, what do you bid?
♣ 84 ♣ AK
Hand E Hand F What do you open with Hand E?
♠ AK62 ♠ 104 (a) What do you open with Hand F?
♥ KQJ104 ♥ AKQJ10952 (b) What do you open with Hand F if you play Benji twos?
♦ 82 ♦ 9
♣ A2 ♣ Q6
Bidding Sequence Quiz
G 2♠ 2NT What is 2NT, UNT for the minors or natural?
H 1♣ pass 1♠ pass
2♠ How many ♠’s does the 2♠ bid promise?
J 1♣ pass 1♦ pass
2NT pass 3♣ What is 3♣, to play or forcing?
K 1♣ pass 1♦ pass
2NT pass 4♣ What is 4♣, ♣ support looking for slam, or something else?
L 1♣ pass 1♦ pass
2NT pass 4♣ pass Assuming 4♣ is Gerber, how many aces is 4♦?
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Overcall with AKQxx or overcall 1NT? Board 15 from Wednesday 3rd Nov
Dealer: ♠ K983 Table A
South ♥ K9753 West North East(C) South
N-S vul ♦ 8 - - - pass
♣ AJ2 pass 1♥ 2♦ (1) dbl (2)
pass (3) 2♠ pass pass
♠ 65 N ♠ QJ4 3♦ all pass
♠ A1072 - - - pass
♥ A4 pass 1♥ 1NT (1) pass (4)
♦ 10972 pass pass
Table B: (1) I much prefer this answer to question C. It is more important to show the 15-17 points and a ♥ stop that it is to show a ♦ suit.
(4) It’s not so easy for South to show his ♠ suit now, and dbl could be dangerous opposite a 3rd seat opener.
And what happened? 3♦ was bid three times and went -2. 1NT was bid three times and went just -1 twice for a good score and actually made (doubled) once for a top.
The bottom lines:
- With a good stop and a source of tricks, consider a 1NT overcall rather than a suit overcall if you have 15-18 points.
- This example shows just how powerful the negative double (not usually used over a 1NT overcall) is.
Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
1915.1 Janne Roos
1896.2 Hans Vikman
642.6 Tomas Wikman
632.7 Sally Watson
629.1 Alan Kleist
628.9 Derek & Gerard
625.6 Jean Wissing
623.7 Jeremy Watson
623.3 Jan v Koss
327.5 Derek & Gerard
325.6 Sally Watson
325.1 Jan v Koss
325.3 Jeremy Watson
325.0 Alan Kleist
323.8 Tonni Kjaer
Leads against NT
You are on lead against 3NT and choose to lead this suit which nobody has bid or implied, which card do you lead?
Example A Example B Answers on back page.
Responding to a take-out double Board 30 from Monday 1st Nov
Dealer: ♠ J86 Table A
East ♥ 843 West North(A) East South(D)
Love all ♦ 10652 - - 1♥ dbl (1)
♣ 632 pass 1♠ (2) pass 3♠ (3)
♠ Q92 N ♠ 104
♦ QJ3 S ♦ A94 West North(A) East South(D)
♠ AK753 pass 2♦ (2) pass 2♠ (4)
Table B: (2) This is the correct answer to question A.
(4) What did you bid with this South hand D(b) in this week’s quiz? This show a hand too good for a simple 1♠ overcall and is quite sufficient when partner has denied four ♠’s.
And what happened? 3♠ went down and 2♠ generally made exactly.
The bottom lines:
- When partner makes a take-out double, any non-sump suit response shows about 0-8, so with a weak hand bid your longest cheapest suit.
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s 1st problem this week.
West East West North East South
♠ AJ ♠ Q72 1♦ pass 1♥ 2♣
♣ K96 ♣ 843
You are East, declarer in 4♥. South leads the ♠4, how should you play the hand?
Dave’s Column Answer Board 24 from Wednesday 3rd November
Dealer: ♠ K953 Book Bidding
West ♥ 73 West North East South
Love all ♦ KJ8543 1♦ pass 1♥ 2♣
♣ 7 2♥ pass 3♥ pass
4♥ all pass
♠ AJ N ♠ Q72
♦ A9 South leads the ♠4, how should East play the hand?
Should declarer finesse at trick one? One might be tempted to do so because of South’s overcall. Since North has not bid, South may be more likely to have the ♣K than North.
However, before deciding, East should consider this: If the finesse wins, East draws trumps and ruffs his third ♠, but he cannot avoid losing two ♣’s and a ♦.
If the finesse loses, East opens the door to other possibilities. In this layout North wins the ♠K and returns his singleton ♣ to South’s ♣A. South returns the ♣10 (suit preference) to trap dummy’s ♣K, which North ruffs. Now a ♦ to South’s ♦A allows South to cash another ♣ for two down.
Why should declarer not take the ♠ finesse? He should know that South has the ♣A. Otherwise why would South have led a ♠ rather than a ♣? And if South has the ♣A, the ♠ finesse cannot gain; it can only loose.
To cinch the game, declarer should win the ♠A at trick one and draw trumps. After he surrenders a ♠ to the ♠K, he discards a ♣ on the ♠Q and the defenders win only three tricks – one ♠, one ♦ and one ♦.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 5♥-2, 5♥-1, 4♥*=, 4♥= twice, and a few spurious results.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s 1st problem, on defence.
N ♠ Q10743 Book Bidding
W E ♥ A62 West North East South
S ♦ KJ10 - 1♥ pass 2♥
♣ Q3 pass 4♥ all pass
You are East and lead a low ♠. The lead turns out badly when dummy’s ♠J wins. The ♥3 is then led to the ♥7 and declarer’s ♥K. How do you defend? Do you take the ♥A or play low?
Dave’s 2nd Column Answer Board 21 from Wednesday 3rd Nov
North ♥ KQJ104 North(E) East SouthWest
N-S vul ♦ 82 - 1♥ (1) pass 2♥
A2 pass 4♥ (2) all
♠ 98 N ♠ Q10743 Table A
♥ 97 W E ♥ A62 West North(E) East South
♦ Q973 S ♦ KJ10 - 1NT (1) 2♦ (3) pass (4)
♣ K10984 ♣ Q3 2♥ (5) dbl (6) 2♠ pass (7)
♠ J5 pass 3♥ (8) …
Table B: (1) But two very experienced players did open 1NT. I don’t like this at all with nine cards in two good major suits and an easy (reverse) rebid.
(3) Showing a single suited hand. I don’t like this either as I would prefer six ♠’s and also a far better suit.
(4) After a long pause. I can see no reason at all for South to pause with this hand and pass is clear.
(6) Showing ♥’s
(7) After a long pause. I can see no reason at all for South to pause (for a 2nd time!) with this hand and pass is clear.
(8) Bidding his hand three times. E-W called the director. North insisted that his bid was clear and not influenced by his partner’s two long pauses. I agreed with E-W and the contract was re-set to 2♠ by East.
Anyway, onto the play in 4♥. Assuming North bids sensibly you are East and your unfortunate low ♠ lead is won by dummy’s ♠J. The ♥3 is then led to the ♥7 and ♥K. How do you defend? Do you take the ♥A or play low?
East won the ♥A and led another ♠ won by declarer’s ♠A. Declarer cashed the ♥Q and then ruffed his last small ♠. A ♣ was played to the ♣A and the declarer drew trumps and claimed.
The correct defence is for East not to cover the ♥K. Then either West will get an over-ruff or East will win a ♥ continuation and lead another ♥. Either way the contract is one down.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 4♥=, 3NT=, 1NT+3, 3♥+1, 2♥+1 twice, 2♠*(E)-1, 2♠(E)-1 and 4♥-2.
The bottom lines:
- If you take a long pause and then pass, this is passing unauthorized information to your partner (that you have something to think about).
- Most (but apparently not all) experienced players know not to bid their hand three times and know not to take advantage of unauthorized information.
Bidding Quiz Answers
G 2♠ 2NT 2NT here is natural.
H 1♣ pass 1♠ pass 2♠ here could be just 3 cards, typically with a weak
2♠ doubleton or singleton in a red suit.
J 1♣ pass 1♦ pass
2NT pass 3♣ This is up to you, I play it as forcing.
K 1♣ pass 1♦ pass Again, up to you. I prefer Gerber. I play that 4♣ is Gerber
2NT pass 4♣ when partner’s last natural bid was 1NT or 2NT.
L 1♣ pass 1♦ pass
2NT pass 4♣ pass A 4♦ response to Gerber is zero or four aces.
Example A ♥ KQ62 Lead the ♥2, 4th best
Example B ♥ KQ102 Lead the ♥K, top of a (broken) sequence.
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