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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A you open 1♠ and partner raises to 2♠.
What do you bid?
♠ AKQ72 ♠ -
♥ AJ6 ♥ - (a) What do you open with Hand B?
♦ 62 ♦ KQJ1097 (b) What do you bid with Hand B if RHO opens 3♥?
♣ Q107 ♣ AKQJ1085
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North South Book bidding
♠ 98542 ♠ A West North East South
♥ A ♥ K53 - - pass 1♣
♦ KQ753 ♦ A96 pass 1♠ pass 2♦
♣ 87 ♣ AK10965 pass 4♦ pass 4NT
pass 5♦ pass 7♦
You are South, declarer in a somewhat ambitious 7♦. West leads the ♠K, plan the play.
Dave’s Column Answer Board 22 from Wednesday 3rd Aug
Dealer: ♠ 98542 Bidding
East ♥ A West North East South
E-W vul ♦ KQ753 - - pass 1♣
♣ 87 pass 1♠ pass 2♦
pass 4♦ pass 4NT
♠ KQ103 N ♠ J76 pass 5♦ pass 7♦
♥ 9872 W E ♥ QJ1064 all pass
♦ 84 S ♦ J102
♣ Q43 ♣ J2 Plan the play on the ♠K lead.
The original declarer, Frank Multon of France, showed how the hand should be played.
He crossed to the ♥A at trick two, cashed the ♦KQ, both following, returned to the ♣A and
played the ♥K (key play) discarding a ♣ from table. He then ruffed a ♣ low (they broke 3-2),
returned to his hand with the ♦A and was able to take the rest with good ♣’s and dummy’s last trump.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Everybody was in 3NT, most making 12 tricks.
Dave’s 2nd Column
West East Book bidding
♠ AKQ72 ♠ 10984 West North East South
♥ AJ6 ♥ K104 - - - pass
♦ 62 ♦ Q73 1♠ pass 2♠ pass
♣ Q107 ♣ AJ4 3♣ (1) pass 4♠ all pass
You are West, declarer in 4♠. North leads the ♦J and you play low from dummy.
North continues with the ♦9 to the ♦Q and ♦K and South continues with the ♦A which
you ruff. All follow to two rounds of trumps, North playing ♠56 and South ♠3J.
A successful finesse in either rounded suit will secure the contract. Since it’s a two-way
finesse in ♥’s it’s right to finesse in ♣’s first. This loses to South’s ♣K and he returns a ♣.
Who has the ♥Q?
Dave’s 2nd Column Answer Board 11 from Wednesday 3rd Aug
Dealer: ♠ 65 Book bidding
South ♥ Q973 West(A) North East South
Love all ♦ J1095 - - - pass
♣ 952 1♠ pass 2♠ pass
3♣ (1) pass 4♠ all pass
♠ AKQ72 N ♠ 10984
♥ AJ6 W E ♥ K104 (1) What did you bid with this West hand A in
♦ 62 S ♦ Q73 this week’s quiz? This Help Suit Game try
♣ Q107 ♣ AJ4 in ♣’s is the best bid.
North leads the ♦J and you play low from dummy. North continues with the ♦9 to the ♦Q and ♦K
and South continues with the ♦A which you ruff. All follow to two rounds of trumps, North playing
♠56 and South ♠3J. A successful finesse in either rounded suit will secure the contract. Since it’s
a two-way finesse in ♥’s it’s right to finesse in ♣’s first. This loses to South’s ♣K and he returns a ♣.
Who has the ♥Q?
Remember the bidding. South passed in first seat and has shown up with ♦AK. ♠J and ♣K.
If he also had the ♥Q he would have opened. So play a ♥ to the ♥A and finesse North for the ♥Q.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Everybody passed the test, bidding and making 4♠.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 3♣, a help-suit game try.
Hand B: (a) 6♦. The only card that you are interested in is the ♦A and an opening bid of six of a suit
asks partner to bid the grand if he has the ace or king. The hand is obviously very strong
but I do not like a 2♣ opening as there is bound to be high-level interference in a major
and there will be no way to find out if partner has the ♦A. The same is true of a 1♣ opening.
This is the North hand from board 20 on Wednesday.
(b) 6♦. I think that this overcall should mean the same as an opening bid.