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Bidding Quiz Standard American (short ♣) bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B What do you open with Hand A?
♠ 3 ♠ - With Hand B partner opens 1♠ and RHO overcalls 1NT,
♥ 1096532 ♥ J75 what do you bid?
♦ J9 ♦ KQJ2
♣ J853 ♣ J106532
Bidding Sequence Quiz
C 1♣ 3♣ dbl What is the 3♣ cuebid of opener’s suit?
D 1♠ 1NT 2♣ Is 2♣ forcing?
E 1NT pass 4♣ pass 4♣ is Gerber and 4♠ shows two aces,
4♠ pass 4NT what is 4NT, to play or asking for kings?
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Bidding when RHO has overcalled 1NT Board 24 from Wednesday 4th
Dealer: ♠ 742
West ♥ AK84 West(B) North East South
Love all ♦ 1087 pass pass 1♠ 1NT (1)
♣ 974 pass (2) pass pass
♠ - N ♠ KQ1098
♥ J75 W E ♥ 105
♦ KQJ2 S ♦ 9654
♣ J106532 ♣ AQ
And what happened? At most tables South passed and E-W mostly played peacefully in 2♦ or
3♦ as it is difficult for N-S to enter the auction when South has East’s suit.
The bottom lines:
(because you would double with 9+ points).
West East West North East South
♠ J10 ♠ AK9854 - - 1♠ pass
♥ Q3 ♥ KJ9 2♦ 2♥ 3♠ pass
♦ KQJ108 ♦ 32 4♠ all pass
♣ K653 ♣ A10
East found himself in a 4♠ contract that looked cold for a moment. When North won the
♥A and returned the ♥10, South ruffed and returned a ♦ to North’s ♦A. North continued with
another ♦, won in dummy. All of a sudden declarer was in a position where he had to guess the
trump suit. Missing four ♠’s at this moment, should declarer finesse or play for the remaining
♠’s to be 2-2?
Dave’s Column Answer Board 2 from Wednesday 4th Jan
Dealer: ♠ Q76 Bidding
East ♥ A1087654 West North East South
N-S vul ♦ A4 - - 1♠ pass
♣ J 2♦ 2♥ 3♠ pass
4♠ all pass
♠ J10 N ♠ AK9854
♥ Q3 W E ♥ KJ9
♦ KQJ108 S ♦ 32
♣ K653 ♣ A10
Take the ♠ finesse. Assuming your opponents are not daffy, North would have led a ♥ back
at trick four to let South ruff with his ♠Q if he had it. With three trumps to the ♠Q North did not
lead a second ♥ as that would place him with the ♠Q when South failed to ruff in with it.
Psyches and extremely weak pre-empts are not allowed at our club.
♠ 3 This is North hand 17 from Friday and somebody opened a Multi 2♦ with
♥ 1096532 this hand. I am sure that the vast majority of the club (with two exceptions)
♦ J9 will agree that this is absurd. Over a year ago a decision was made to stop
♣ J853 these ridiculously light pre-empts and that Australian rule of 15 for pre-empts
has been adopted.
The rule is that you add up your HCPs and the lengths of your two longest suits and if the
result is 15 or more you are allowed to pre-empt. We have relaxed this slightly for weak 2♦, 2♥,
2♠ or Multi openings to a rule of 14.
But this hand is only 12 for the rule and is certainly not allowed. The score was adjusted, as
it will be for all similar infringements.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: pass. Opening this two count with a pre-emptive 2♥ or Multi is not allowed at this club.
Hand B: 2♦. This is not forcing after RHO has overcalled 1NT.
Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers
C 1♣ 3♣ dbl This is up to partnership understanding. Some play it as a
two-suited overcall (such as Ghestem) but many play it as
showing a long solid minor and asking partner to bid 3NT
if he has a ♣ stop.
D 1♠ 1NT 2♣ 2♣ is not forcing after a 1NT overcall, as with a good hand you would double.
E 1NT pass 4♣ pass After Gerber, any NT bid is a sign-off.
4♠ pass 4NT To ask for kings it’s 5♣.