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Mon 21st N-S 1st Dave & Ursula 56% 2nd Bob S & Gus 56%
E-W 1st Janne & Sigurd 55% 2nd Jim D & John S 55%
Wed 23rd N-S 1st Robbie & Bob S 61% 2nd Mike G & Terry 55%
E-W 1st Sigurd & Hans V 60% 2nd Svein & Arnt 56%
Fri 25th N-S 1st Jean & Lars B 68% 2nd Johan & Guttorm 59%
E-W 1st Jeremy & Sigurd 63% 2nd Jens & Kristinn 58%
Bidding Quiz Standard American (short ♣) bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A what do you open if …
(a) Playing a short ♣?
♠ KQ53 ♠ 762 (b) Playing better minor?
♥ AJ9 ♥ Q108752
♦ AK3 ♦ 85 With Hand B partner opens 1♦, what do you bid?
♣ Q84 ♣ 107
Hand C Hand D With Hand C you are in first seat, vulnerable against not.
Do you open?
♠ 6 ♠ A9
♥ AQ109 ♥ K6
♦ KQ93 ♦ Q10976 With Hand D RHO opens 1♦, what do you bid?
♣ 10965 ♣ AJ65
Hand E Hand F With Hand E RHO opens 1♥, what do you bid?
♠ J1065 ♠ Q76
♥ AQJ7 ♥ 874 With Hand F partner opens 1NT and RHO overcalls 2♥, what
♦ KQJ ♦ A5 do you bid?
♣ Q2 ♣ AJ984
Bidding Sequence Quiz
G 2♥ pass 2NT 3♠ 2♥ is weak (6-10) and 2NT is Ogust, what does the
4♥ 4♥ bid show?
H 1♦ pass 1♠ pass 2NT is 18-19, is 3♠ forcing?
2NT pass 3♠
J 1NT 2♥ 3♥ What does the 3♥ cuebid show/ask?
Congratulations to Sigurd for getting the triple with three different partners.
A poor double Board 5 from Friday 25th Nov
Dealer: ♠ K983 Table A
North ♥ 8 West(E) North East South
N-S vul ♦ 109752 - pass pass 1♥
♣ KJ3 dbl (1) pass 2♣ pass
2NT (2) all pass
♠ J1065 N ♠ 742
♥ AQJ7 W E ♥ 964 Table B
♦ KQJ S ♦ 83 West(E) North East South
♣ Q2 ♣ A9854 - pass pass 1♥
1NT all pass
Table A: (1) What did you bid with this West hand E in this week’s quiz? To me this double is
a terrible bid. It works OK if partner bids ♠’s, but what if he bids 2♣?...
(2) … This scenario was totally predictable of course. West now has the choice between
two unpalatable alternatives; 2NT (which shows a much stronger hand) or pass.
Table B: (1) This is the correct answer to question E. If you were opener, you would have opened
this hand with 1NT, and with these great ♥ stops a 1NT overcall is equally obvious.
The 1NT overcall does not preclude a 4-card ♠ suit and Stayman/transfers are usually
played opposite a 1NT overcall.
And what happened? Five out of seven got it right and bid 1NT which makes. 2NT went one down as did 2♣ by East.
The bottom lines:
The Weak Jump Shift Board 22 from Monday 21st Nov
Dealer: ♠ A9 West(A) North(C) East(B) South
East ♥ K6 - - pass (1) pass
Love all ♦ Q10976 1♦ (2) pass (3) pass (4) pass
♠ KQ53 N ♠ 762
♥ AJ9 W E ♥ Q108752
♦ AK3 S ♦ 85
♣ Q84 ♣ 107
And what happened? 1♦ went one down for a near bottom. Most East’s found the weak jump to 2♥
(whether 1♣ or 1♦ was opened) and played in ♥ partscores for +140.
The bottom lines:
West East West North East South
♠ AQ1062 ♠ KJ74 1♠ dbl redbl 2♥
♥ J ♥ Q62 pass pass 2♠ pass
♦ A63 ♦ K97 4♠ all pass
♣ AQ5 ♣ 432 (2)
You are West, declarer in 4♠. North leads the ♥A and switches to the ♦Q, plan the play.
Dave’s Column Answer Board 4 from Wednesday 16th Nov
Dealer: ♠ 83 Bidding
West ♥ AK104 West North East South
Both vul ♦ QJ5 1♠ dbl redbl (1) 2♥
♣ KJ97 pass (2) pass 2♠ pass
4♠ all pass
♠ AQ1062 N ♠ KJ74
♥ J W E ♥ Q62 (1) this bid usually shows shortage in partner’s
♦ A63 S ♦ K97 suit.
♣ AQ5 ♣ 432 (2) forcing of course
North’s takeout double tells West where the key cards are. Taking advantage of that knowledge might be another matter.
West won his ♦A, drew trumps and led a low ♦ to dummy’s ♦K, hoping to put North on lead with a third ♦. But North alertly hopped up with the ♦J to avoid the embarrassing endplay and the third round of ♦’s was won by South and an accurate switch to the ♣10 ended West’s hopes. The defence scored two ♣’s. one ♦ and one ♦.
West can actually endplay North, but he has to do so very carefully.
When North leads the ♦Q at trick two, West must duck, allowing North to win. Dummy’s ♦K wins the continuation and a low ♥ is ruffed by West. Two rounds of trumps eliminate North’s ♠’s, and the ♦A is cashed. Finally a trump is led to dummy’s ♠K and the ♥Q puts North on lead, West discarding a low ♣. North is then end-played, having to give a ruff and discard with a ♥ or lead away from the ♣K.
Dave’s 2nd Column
North South Bidding
♠ Q76 ♠ AJ4 West North East South
♥ 874 ♥ K32 - pass pass 1NT
♦ A5 ♦ KQJ2 2♥ 3NT all pass
♣ AJ984 ♣ K102
You are South, declarer in 3NT. West leads the ♥Q and East plays the ♥5, plan the play.
Dave’s 2nd Column Answer Board 1from Wednesday 16th Nov.
Dealer: ♠ Q76 Bidding
North ♥ 874 West North(F) East South
Love all ♦ A5 - pass pass 1NT
♣ AJ984 2♥ 3NT (1) all pass
♠ K82 N ♠ 10953 (1) What did you bid with this North hand F in this
♥ AQJ109 W E ♥ 65 week’s quiz? If you play Lebensohl then it’s easy
♦ 10864 S ` ♦ 973 – a direct 3NT showing values for 3NT but
♣ 6 ♣ Q753 denying a ♥ stop. If you don’t play Lebensohl
then 3NT is still the best bid; it is unlikely that
♠ AJ4 West has solid ♥’s (he may have passed
♥ K32 1NT) and so the odds are that partner has a ♥
♦ KQJ2 stop. Note that 3♥ by North at (1) is not asking
♣ K102 for a ♥ stop, it is Stayman, showing four ♠’s.
West has five or six ♥’s headed by the ♥AQJ. If West had started with ♥QJ10xx then East would have played the ♥A at trick one.
Normally it is best to grab your king while you can, but if you win trick one and lose a ♣ trick, they can cash four ♥’s. You should let the ♥Q hold. If West continues with the ♥A and a third ♥ you win and continue with the ♣K and ♣10, finessing into the now safe hand with no ♥’s.
If, instead, West shifts to a ♦ at trick two, win with the ♦A and run the ♣9 into the safe hand which is now West as you still have the ♥K protected.
Either way, you are sure of your contract as long as you let the ♥Q hold trick one.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: (a) 1♣. Obviously.
(b) 1♣ or 1♦, this is entirely up to you and players will continue to argue about this for years to come.
I personally always open 1♣ when 3-3 or 4-4 regardless of how strong the suit is, whether playing better minor or a short ♣.
Hand B: 2♥. This is totally obvious (and a classic example) if you play weak jump shifts, regardless of whether 1♦ promises 3 or 4 cards.
Hand C: 1♣. This is North hand 5 from Monday. The hand is 19 for the rule of 20 but it has
a third 4-card suit and great intermediates. I ‘automatically’ opened 1♣ without
giving it much thought. It did not occur to me that not everybody would open the
hand until somebody pointed it out to me after the hand was over. Did you open?
Unlike the ‘point pundits’, I will often open a good 11 and pass a poor 12; intermediates are significant and shape is just as important as points.
Hand D: pass. With length and strength in RHO’s suit it’s usually best to pass. 1NT would
be my 2nd choice – it’s nearly good enough. Anything else (i.e. double) is
Hand E: 1NT, pretty obvious with these great ♥’s. Double is terrible with just two ♣’s.
Hand F: 3NT. If you play Lebensohl then it’s easy, this promises values for 3NT without a ♥ stop.
If you do not play Lebensohl then 3NT is still best – it’s likely that partner has a ♥ stop.
Note that 3♥ is not asking for a ♥ stop, it is Stayman promising four ♠’s.
Bidding Sequence Quiz
G 2♥ pass 2NT 3♠ This probably is not in any text-books, but it’s quite
4♥ logical. The bid must be showing a maximum (pass with a minimum).
H 1♦ pass 1♠ pass 3♠ is forcing. If you play some sort of convention here then
2NT pass 3♠ it’s forcing and if you play no conventions it’s best to play that any bid over the jump to 2NT is forcing.
J 1NT 2♥ 3♥ This is Stayman, promising four ♠’s. It is not asking for a ♥ stop.
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