Mon 30th †††††† 1st† Jeremy & Sean††††††††††††††††† 60%††† †† 2nd††† Terje Lie & Svein†††††††††††††††††† 59%
Wed 1st †† †††††† 1st† Terje Lie & Svein†††††††††††††† 62% †† †† 2nd††† Sigurd & Terry†††††††††††††††††††††† 58%
Fri 3rd ††††††††††† 1st† Michael C & Alan K††††††††† 65%††† †† 2nd††† Sigurd & Janne†††††††††††††††††††††† 60%
Bidding Quiz†††† ††††† Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† With Hand A partner
opens 1♦ and
what do you do?
♠ A2††††††††††††††† ♠ AKQ62†††††
♣ Q9765†††††††† ♣ Q873††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Bidding Sequence Quiz†††††††††††††
C††††† 1♣††† 1♠††††† dbl†††††††††††††††††† How many points should the negative double show?
D††††† pass† 1♥††††† pass†† 2♥
pass† pass†† dbl†††† pass†††††† The double is a take-out double in the pass-out seat.
2♠†††† 3♥†††† pass†† pass†††††† What sort of hand does the 3♠ bid show?
E†††††† 1♠†††† pass†† 2NT†† pass†††††† 2NT is Jacoby, promising 4 card ♠ support. 3♦ shows shortage.
3♦†††† pass†† 4NT†† ††††††††††††† 4NT is RKCB, but for ♦ís, the last bid, or for ♠ís?
Bid out your shape†††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 17 from Wednesday 25th May
Dealer:†††††††††††† ♠ AKQ62††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A
West††††††††††††††† ♥ 10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††† ††††† North(B)††† East††††††††††† South
Love all †††††††††† ♦ AK7†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass ††††††††† 1♠††† ††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2♥
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ Q873†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3♠††† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 4♠†††† (2)
pass†††††††††† 4NT (3)††††† pass†††††††††† 5♦
♠ 1053†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† ♠ 974†††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 5♠††††††††††††† all pass
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♠ J8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1♠††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2♥
♥ AKJ9862†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3♣†† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 3♥
♦ J††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 4♥†††† (4)
♣ 1042††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass
Table B:†††† (1)† This was the popular and fairly obvious answer to question B. Game forcing and showing a good hand with five ♠ís and four ♣ís.
(3)† Itís easy for South now, partner has nine or ten black cards and presumably two ♦ stops for his NoTrump bid. That leaves probably just one ♥ and so simply bidding the ♥ game is very clear.
And what happened? Especially with the bidding at table B there was no reason for a ♣ lead and most chose a ♦. Twelve tricks when playing in ♥ís are then easy without need for the ♥ finesse. Playing in ♠ís itís not so easy and even with a non-♣ lead 5♠ went -1.
The bottom lines:
- Bid out your shape and donít fix trumps prematurely.
♠ 4†††††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South†††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††† ♠ A106†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
♦ K†††††††††††††††††††† You are West, defending 4♠. Partner leads the ♦A, any ideas
♣ KJ763†††††††††††† how you can defeat the contract?††
What ♦ do you play at trick one?
Daveís Column Answer††††† ††††††††††† Board 21 from Wednesday 1st
Dealer:†††††††††††† ♠ KQJ973†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bidding
North†††††††††††††† ♥ Q109††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South
N-S vul †††††††††† ♦ 62†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1♠††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2♣
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ AQ†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3♦††† ††††††††† 3♠††††††††††††† 4♦††††††††††††† 4♠
♠ 4†††††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† ♠ 852††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††† ♠ A106†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
West saw that there were a couple of possibilities to defeat 4♠. If East had the ♥K there might be a ♥ ruff for the defence. Also, if East had the ♥Q and the ♣A there might be two ♥ tricks and a ♣ trick coming.
West decided to give East some hints on how to defend. How did he do that?
West played the ♦Q on the first trick. This is an unusual card and is suit-preference asking for a ♥. A low ♥ from East then leads to one down.
If West had not signaled, it is not unlikely that East would have switched to a ♣ or a trump and declarer would then take a lot of tricks.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4♠+2, 4♠+1, 4♠=, 4♠-1, 4♠-2 and 5♦*-1.
Daveís 2nd Column
West†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North††††††††††† East††††††††††† South
♠ AJ8†††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††††† 1♥††††††††††††† pass
2NT at (1) was forcing in their system. What should West bid at (2)?
Daveís 2nd Column Answer†††††††† ††††††† Board 22 from Wednesday 1st June
Dealer:†††††††††††† ♠ K10954††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book bidding
East††††††††††††††††† ♥ K95††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East† ††††††††† South
E-W vul ††††††††† ♦ 106†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1♥††††††††††††† pass
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♣ 1032††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2♣†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2♦††††††††††††† pass
2NT (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 3♦††††††††††††† pass
♠ AJ8†††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† ♠ 2†††††††††††††††††††† ††††?††††† (2)
††††††††††††††††† ♠ Q763†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
♥ A4††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††
† This is an easy little problem that causes more problems than it should. East opens 1♥ and West bids 2♣. East rebids 2♦ and West bids 2NT. In some methods (2/1) this 2NT bid is forcing to game. If you play that 2NT can be passed it is correct for West to bid 3NT instead. Here West bids 2NT forcing and East continues with 3♦.
What should West bid now?
Some players never get this kind of problem wrong and some never get it right. If you bid 3♥, you have got it right.
Why is 3♥ correct when you have such good stoppers in the black suits? The answer is that your stoppers are good, but not that good. Your partner has ten or eleven red cards which means he is short in one or both black suits. 3NT has no chance on a ♠ lead. If you bid 3♥, East will know you have just two of them because you did not support over 2♦.
You may think that East should keep bidding his suits but at some point in the auction he should stop doing that. West could have a lousy hand for ♥ís† or ♦ís and East has said repeatedly that he has lots of red cards. Time to quit.
Terryís comment. This is a great advert for the 2/1 bidding system where 2NT at (1) is indeed game forcing and the bidding Ďeasyí. However, most at our club play that it shows +- 11 points and is not forcing and so responder has to jump to 3NT. So the problem is not valid unless playing 2/1.
The author does not say what East should bid if West does indeed bid 3NT at (1). Without the extra bidding space available when playing 2/1, East is on a complete guess. Dave says that 4♦ is obvious with eleven red cards Ė but is it? Partner has bid ♣ís and jumped to 3NT and, as the author says, ďWest could have a lousy hand for ♥ís or ♦ísĒ. Give him ♠AQ8 ♥4 ♦Q9 ♣KQJ8763 or similar (quite likely on the bidding) and 3NT will make ten tricks, probably twelve or thirteen; but 4♥ makes only ten (or may go down) for a clear bottom. And if West has a similar hand with say ♠KQx then 4♥ certainly goes down with 3NT cold and probably making overtricks. In my (Terry) opinion it is not at all obvious for East to bid 4♦ over a 3NT bid at (1), partner may just need the ♥ís stopped and have a totally unsuitable hand for either red suit. This is just one of the reasons that the extra bidding space available with no unnecessary jumping makes 2/1 the most popular bidding system worldwide for intermediate+ level players. It is so much easier to bid 3♦ over a forcing 2NT than it is to bid 4♦ over 3NT.
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Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A:††† Double, negative. In my style this shows 4 ♥ís, others play it as showing the two unbid suits. Either way this bid is perfect. Note that this is a poor 8 count, but still easily more than enough for the bid.
Hand B:††† 3♣, show your power and shape. 3♠ would be forcing but itís a poor choice when 3NT is very likely to be the best contract.
Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers††††
C††††† 1♣††† 1♠††††† dbl†††††††††††††††††† You only need about 6+ points for this negative double. This is because you are not forcing partner to the two level (he can bid 1NT), and if he does bid at the two level you can pass.
D††††† pass† 1♥††††† pass†† 2♥††††††††† What sort of hand does the 3♠ bid show? Ė Iím sorry, but I
pass† pass†† dbl†††† pass†††††† cannot envisage the hand. Partner has balanced in the pass-out
2♠†††† 3♥††††† pass†† pass†††††† seat and succeeded in pushing them up. This 3♠ bid is what I
3♠†††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††† call Ďhanging partnerí Ė he is bidding your hand and has succeeded in pushing them up a level.
E†††††† 1♠†††† pass†† 2NT†† pass†††††† RKCB here is for ♠ís, the agreed trump suit. The key suit is the
3♦†††† pass†† 4NT†† †††††††††††††† last bid suit only if no trump suit has been agreed. Note that I donít really like jumping into RKCB, I donít know responderís hand but itís usually best to initiate a cuebid sequence after the shortage bid before using RKCB.