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Bidding Quiz Standard American (short ♣) bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With A partner opens 1♠ and RHO doubles. What do you bid?
♠ AQ108 ♠ 10875
♥ 76 ♥ KQ765 With B partner opens 2♠ and RHO doubles. What do you bid?
♦ 87 ♦ -
♣ A10962 ♣ K1064
Bidding Sequence Quiz
C 1♥ dbl redbl What does redouble show?
D 1♥ dbl 3♥ What does 3♥ show?
E 1♥ dbl 4♥ What does 4♥ show?
F 1♥ dbl 2NT What does 2NT show?
G 1♣ dbl redbl 1♠ (a) What would dbl at (1) show? Is it penalties or showing ♥’s?
? (1) (b) Would a pass at (1) be forcing?
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Raising partner’s pre-empt. Board 1 from Wednesday 14th
Dealer: ♠ 10875 Table A
North ♥ KQ765 West North(B) East South
Love all ♦ - - pass pass 2♠
♣ K1064 dbl 3♠ (1) 4♦ (2) pass
4♠ pass 5♦ pass
♠ 6 N ♠ AJ 6♦ (3) 6♠ (4) all pass
♥ A1092 W E ♥ J83
♦ AK10932 S ♦ J8654 Table B
♣ A9 ♣ QJ2 West North(B) East South
♠ KQ9432 - pass pass 2♠
♥ 4 dbl 4♠ (1) ?...
Table A: (1) What did you bid with this North hand B in this week’s quiz? This single raise is feeble.
(2) A free bid, so showing values.
(3) A bit aggressive.
(4) Having failed to pre-empt to the maximum earlier, North now sacrifices at the six
level having given them plenty of bidding space to get there. What’s more, with
two very likely defensive tricks in his own hand the sacrifice is dubious.
Table B: (1) With four ♠’s, this is my (fairly obvious) answer to question B. Anything can happen, but at least you have made it difficult for them.
The bottom lines:
And what happened? Loads of spurious results, with the only N-S score being +50 for 5♦-1.
6♦ has no chance of course.
North South West North East South
♠ 1042 ♠ A9 - pass 1♣ 1♥
♥ A73 ♥ QJ109842 1♠ 2♥ pass 4♥
♦ 798 ♦ A3 all pass
♣ QJ93 ♣ K4
You are South, declarer in 4♥. Plan the play on the ♠K lead.
Dave’s Column Answer Board 6 from Wednesday 28th Sept.
Dealer: ♠ 1042 Bidding
North ♥ A73 West North East South
E-W vul ♦ 798 - pass 1♣ 1♥
♣ QJ103 1♠ 2♥ pass 4♥
♠ KQJ83 N ♠ 765
♥ 5 W E ♥ K6
♦ J1064 S ♦ KQ52
♣ 852 ♣ A976
♦ A3 Plan the play for declarer on the ♠K lead.
If you count losers, there are perhaps one in each suit. If the ♥ finesse works that will take care of one, but is there a better chance? If you finesse in ♥’s it may lose and then the defenders will cash another ♠ and probably attack ♦’s and will set up four winners before you have knocked out the ♣A.
So win the ♠ lead and attack ♣’s at trick two by leading the ♣K. If they duck, play another; then they will win the ♣A and cash a ♠. If they then switch to a ♦, win and play a trump to the ♥A and then discard the ♦3 on the ♣J.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? Two declarers passed the test; one with 4♥= and one with 5♥-1. Others went one down in 4♥.
Dave’s 2nd Column
West East West North East South
♠ KJ10865 ♠ AQ3 - pass 1♦ pass
♥ A42 ♥ 975 1♠ pass 2♠ pass
♦ J3 ♦ AK542 4♠ all pass
♣ QJ ♣ 85
You are West, declarer in 4♠. Plan the play on a trump lead.
Dave’s 2nd Column Answer Board 5 from Wednesday 28th Sept.
Dealer: ♠ 92 Bidding
North ♥ QJ108 West North East South
N-S vul ♦ Q10 - pass 1♦ pass
♣ K10942 1♠ pass 2♠ (1) pass
4♠ all pass
♠ KJ10865 N ♠ AQ3
♥ A42 W E ♥ 975
♦ J3 S ♦ AK542 (1) This is better than 1NT with nothing in
♣ QJ ♣ 85 ♣’s and ♥’s.
♦ 9876 North leads the ♥Q, plan the play.
Declarer has four potential losers, two ♥’s and two ♣’s. But the ♦’s may provide a third trick for a discard as long as the suit breaks no worse that 4-2.
So win the first ♥ and play just one top trump from hand. Then play the two top ♦’s and ruff a third ♦ high. If the suit has broken 3-3, that’s great and you get an overtrick. But North shows out on the third round, so play a second trump to dummy and ruff a fourth ♦. Finally, re-enter dummy with the last trump in order to play the established ♦ to throw a loser from hand.
If you had mistakenly played two rounds of trumps early you would not have an entry to the fifth ♦.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 6♠-3, 4♠-2 twice, 2♠+1 and three declarers passed the test with 4♠=.
The bottom lines
need to ruff in dummy, but here it is because declarer needs two entries to dummy to set up the ♦’s.
The Jordan 2NT Board 3 from Wednesday 14th
Dealer: ♠ K7642 Table A
South ♥ Q53 West North East South(A)
E-W vul ♦ AQ63 - - - pass
♣ 7 pass 1♠ dbl 3♠ (1)
pass pass (2) pass
♠ J53 N ♠ 9
♥ K842 W E ♥ AJ109 Table B
♦ J94 S ♦ K1052 West North East South(A)
♣ QJ8 ♣ K543 - - - pass
♠ AQ108 pass 1♠ dbl 2NT (1)
♥ 76 pass pass (3) pass
Table A: (1) What did you bid with this South hand A in this week’s quiz? Presumably this
South meant 3♠ as invitational, I play it as weak after a double.
(2) North decided to pass, I have no idea if he thought partner’s bid was weak or
Table B: (1) This is my answer to question A. The Jordan 2NT, showing a sound raise to 3♠ or better.
And what happened? 2NT went down, 4♠= was a popular spots.
The bottom lines:
General bridge topics > when RHO doubles.
2♠, 3♠ and 4♠ are all pre-emptive.
Redouble shows 9+ points with no fit for partner.
2NT shows a sound raise to 3♠ or better – The Jordan 2NT (aka Truscott 2NT).
Note that Jacoby 2NT (or Stenberg 2NT) are not played after a double as Jordan 2NT is preferred.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 2NT, Showing a sound raise to 3♠ or better. This is the Jordan (aka Truscott) 2NT.
The logic behind this bid is that with a natural 2NT one would redouble; also, all ♠
bids are best played as pre-emptive. So use the ‘spare’ 2NT as a sound raise.
Hand B: 4♠, raise partner’s pre-empt to the limit and do not bid again. Anything less makes it easy for the opponents, and with four trumps and a void, 4♠ may even make (it did at one table, or at least 10 tricks were made in a silly 6♠ doubled). I guess that an immediate 5♠ is an alternative.
Bidding Sequence Quiz
C 1♥ dbl redbl Redouble shows 9+ points with a lack of support for partner’s suit
D 1♥ dbl 3♥ This is best played as pre-emptive.
E 1♥ dbl 4♥ This is also best played as pre-emptive.
F 1♥ dbl 2NT This is the Jordan (aka Truscott) 2NT. Since with a balanced
11-12 points you would re-double, this bid is spare and so it is
used to show a sound raise to three or more of partner’s suit.
G 1♣ dbl redbl 1♠ (a) All doubles after a re-double are for penalties
? (1) (b) pass is forcing. Your side has the majority of points and
partner will either double (for penalties) or bid.