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Mon 8th          1st  Gerard & Derek                           =          Gus & Dave H                     60%
Wed 10th        1st  Gerard & Derek                68%       2nd     Paul Sc & Dave H                56%
Fri 12th           1st  Paul Q & Hans V             65%       2nd     Paul Sc & Gus                      57%

 

Hand A           Hand B           With Hands A and B you open 1♠ and partner bids 2♠,
                                                what do you do?
♠ AQ9532       ♠ AK1053      
♥ Q93              ♥ Q943           
♦ K10              ♦ K10             
♣ A4               ♣ A4


Hand C           Hand D           With Hands C and D partner opens 1♠ and you bid 2♠.
♠ Q92              ♠ Q92              Partner then bids 3♥, a help-suit game try. What do you bid?
♥ AJ72            ♥ AK72
♦ 653               ♦ 653              
♣ 1096            ♣ 1096


Bidding Sequence Quiz            
                 
E      1♠     pass   2♠      pass            (a)  What is 3♥?
         3♥                                            (b)  How many ♥’s does the 3♥ bid show?

F       1♠     dbl     redbl                     What does redouble show - ♠ support or something else?

G      1♠     dbl     redbl  2♣              Is pass forcing?
         dbl       2♦        pass    

 

 

 

 

Current club championship standings

 

Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5

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1798.8 Janne Roos
1781.8 Hans Vikman
1767.7 Bob Short
1725.0 Tomas Wikman
1704.6 Bob Pelletier

639.8 Per Andersson
639.7 Hans Vikman
636.2 Paul Quodomine
629.1 Bob Short
627.6 Janne Roos
624.0 Lars Broman
619.4 Paul Scully
617.9 Gerard Hardy
616.8 Derek Tyms
615.8 Terje Lie

332.2 Per Andersson
326.2 Hans Vikman
325.9 Bob Short
325.3 Paul Scully
321.9= Gerard Hardy
321.9= Derek Tyms
321.7 Lars Broman
319.1 Dave Hurst
318.9 Janne Roos
318.2 Jan v Koss

 

4-4 or 5-3 fit?                                                       Board 8 from Monday 8th

Dealer:             ♠ 876                                             Table A
South               ♥ J105                                           West(B)     North         East           South
Love all           ♦ AJ842                                         -                 -                 -                 pass
                        ♣ J5                                               1♠              pass           2♠              pass
                                                                               3♠     (1)     pass           4♠    (2)      all pass
♠ AK1053             N             ♠ Q92                     
♥ Q943              W    E          ♥ AK72                   Table B
♦ K10                    S              ♦ 653                       West(B)     North         East(D)      South
♣ A4                                      ♣ 1096                    -                 -                 -                 pass 
                        ♠ J4                                               1♠              pass           2♠              pass
                        ♥ 86                                               3♥    (1)      pass           4♥    (3)      all pass
                        ♦ Q97                                           
                        ♣ KQ8732                                           

Table A:    (1)  What did you bid with this West hand B in this week’s quiz? This hand is
                        worth an invitation and 3♠ was the popular choice.
                  (2)  East has a totally flat hand, but with nine good points it’s well worth accepting.
Table B:     (1)  This is the best answer to question B. A Help-Suit game try asking for help in
                         the ♥ suit.
                  (3)  What did you bid with this East hand D in this week’s quiz? You clearly want to
                         be in game and partner may have three or four ♥’s. So bid 4♥ and if partner has
                         only three ♥’s he will correct to 4♠.

      And what happened? Only one pair out of six found the ♥ fit. 4♥ makes eleven tricks but 4♠ makes only ten.
      The bottom lines:

  1. A good 4-4 fit is usually better than a good 5-3 fit.
  2. Why is that? You have control of the trumps with either, but playing in the 4-4 fit often allows two discards in the 5-3 suit, as here.

 

 

 

Dave’s Column

West                East                             Bidding
♠ 87                 ♠ J10                           West          North         East           South
♥ J1095           ♥ KQ8762                   1♦              1♠              2♥              2♠
♦ AQ63           ♦ 4                               3♥              pass           4♥              all pass
♣ KQ7            ♣ AJ96                                   
                                                           
You are East, declarer in 4♥.  South leads the ♠K, North overtakes with the ♠A and
switches to the ♣8, plan the play.
                                             
                                                                                     


Dave’s Column Answer                     Board 20 from Wednesday 10th Aug
     
Dealer:             ♠ A95432                                      Book Bidding
West                ♥ A4                                              West          North         East           South
both vul           ♦ K1075                                        1♦              1♠              2♥              2♠
                        ♣ 8                                                3♥              pass           4♥              all pass
                                                                             
♠ 87                       N             ♠ J10                      
♥ J1095             W    E          ♥ KQ8762        
♦ AQ63                 S              ♦ 4                          
♣ KQ7                                  ♣ AJ96              South leads the ♠K, North overtakes with the ♠A
                        ♠ KQ6                                     and switches to the ♣8, plan the play.
                        ♥ 3                              
                        ♦ J982                         
                        ♣ 105432                   

You do not need to be clairvoyant to foresee what will happen if you win the ♣ and play a
trump next. North will win with the ♥A, play a ♠ to South’s ♠Q and receive a ruff to defeat the
contract. North’s overtaking play at trick one followed by the ♣ switch, surely a singleton,
should make North’s plan transparent.
As South probably has the ♠Q for the opening lead, the other significant cards should be with
North. So win the ♣ switch and play the ♦A, followed by the ♦Q. When North produces the ♦K,
discard your ♠ loser.
Once you are out of ♠’s, North will be unable to reach the South hand and will not be able to
score a ♣ ruff.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge Club? With nine sure tricks, many N-S’s played in
 ♠’s and so the problem did not arise.

Dave’s 2nd Column

♠ KJ4                    N                           West          North         East           South        
♥ QJ10              W    E                        pass           1♠              pass           1NT (1)
♦ AJ65                   S                            pass           2♣   (2)      pass           3♠    (3)
♣ 542                                                  pass           4♠              all pass
                        ♠ A32                                           
                        ♥ 983                      You are West, defending 4♠. East leads the ♣Q and declarer              
                        ♦ KQ2                     wins with the ♣A and plays a ♠ to the ♠A and a low ♠ off
                        ♣ K986                   dummy. Plan the defense for West. 

(1)  forcing, playing 2/1
(2)  could be three cards
(3)  invitational with exactly three ♠’s.                        


Dave’s 2nd Column Answer           Board 21 from Wednesday 10th Aug  
     
Dealer:             ♠ Q10987                                      Book bidding             
North               ♥ AK                                             West          North         East           South
N-S vul            ♦ 943                                             pass           1♠              pass           1NT  (1)
                        ♣ A73                                           pass           2♣   (2)      pass           3♠     (3)
                                                                              pass           4♠              all pass
♠ KJ4                    N             ♠ 65                  
♥ QJ10              W    E          ♥ 76542             (1)  forcing, playing 2/1
♦ AJ65                   S              ♦ 1087               (2)  could be three cards
♣ 542                                    ♣ QJ10              (3)  invitational with exactly three ♠’s.
                        ♠ A32                                           
                        ♥ 983                      East leads the ♣Q and declarer wins with the ♣A and plays    
                        ♦ KQ2                     a ♠ to the ♠A and a low ♠ off dummy, plan the defense for
                        ♣ K986                   West.            
                                                                       
It would appear that East was not looking for a ♣ ruff, and was leading from ♣QJ
doubleton or ♣QJ10, the latter being not only more likely, but more useful in giving the
defence a chance to defeat the contract. So credit declarer with ♣Axx. Declarer must also have
the ♥AK for accepting the game invitation. Whatever his red suit distribution (3-2 or 2-3) he
will he will be able to discard his third card in a red suit on the long ♣ after losing a ♣ to East –
if you let him. If declarer  has ♥AKx and two ♦’s you can’t beat him. He will duck a ♣ to East
while he still has ♥’s controlled. However, if declarer has ♥AK doubleton, you have a chance
to set the contract if East has one important card. Do you know what it is?
Win the ♠K at trick three and switch to a low ♦, playing partner for the ♦10. That will force
an honour from dummy and when partner gains the lead with his top ♣ you will win the ♦AJ to
set the contract.
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:    3♥. A help-suit game try.
Hand C:   3♠. You do not have enough to accept the game try and you cannot pass as partner
                  may have only three ♥’s.
Hand D:   4♥. You want to accept the game try and partner may just have four ♥’s. He will
                  correct to 4♠ if he has just three ♥’s.

Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers  
                 
E      1♠     pass   2♠      pass            (a)  3♥ is a help-suit game try, asking for help in the ♥ suit.
         3♥                                            (b)  Opener may have three or four ♥’s.

F       1♠     dbl     redbl                    redouble generally shows 9+ points, a misfit for partner, and
                                                         a desire to defend a doubled contract. With ♠ support, bid ♠’s
                                                         (pre-emptive) or bid the Jordan 2NT (limit raise or better).

G      1♠     dbl     redbl  2♣              Pass is 100% forcing having redoubled, hoping that partner
         dbl    2♦      pass                      can double for penalties. If partner does not have good enough ♦’s to double, he must bid.