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Mon 9th N-S 1st Jean & Olaf 60% 2nd Tomas & Lars B 50%
E-W 1st Bob S & Sigurd 63% 2nd Dave H & Gus 59%
Wed 11th N-S 1st Sean & Jeremy 66% 2nd Dave H & Tomas 60%
E-W 1st Gerard & Derek 64% 2nd Frode & Olaf 58%
Fri 13th N-S 1st Paul Q & Hans V 64% 2nd Tomas & Phil 56%
Bidding Quiz Standard American (short ♣) bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B What do you open with hand A?
♠ AK82 ♠ A9
♥ A1083 ♥ AQJ5 With Hand B you open 1NT in 3rd seat. This is passed to RHO
♦ AQ52 ♦ KQ85 who bids 2♥, what do you do?
♣ A ♣ J102
♠ AK82 N West North East South
♥ A1083 W E 1♦ pass 1NT pass
♦ AQ52 S 3NT all pass
♠ 103 South leads ♣4, ♣A from dummy, ♣9 from North
♥ KJ54 and ♣3 from East. The ♥3 is led from dummy. ♥6
♦ J4 from North, and the ♥ 9from declarer; how should
♣ Q10542 South plan the defence?
Dave’s Column Answer Board 20 from Wednesday 11th Jan
Dealer: ♠ QJ95 Bidding
West ♥ 62 West(A) North East South
both vul ♦ 109873 1♦ (1) pass 1NT pass
♣ K9 3NT all pass
♠ AK82 N ♠ 764 (1) What did you open with this West Hand A in this
♥ A1083 W E ♥ Q97 week’s quiz? Powerful 4441 hands are
♦ AQ52 S ♦ K6 notoriously difficult to bid and West sensibly
♣ A ♣ J8763 opened 1♦. A reasonable alternative is 2NT.
South leads ♣4, ♣A from dummy, ♣9 from North and ♣3 from East. The ♥3 is led from dummy. ♥6 from North, and the ♥9 from declarer; how should South plan the defence?
In practice South took the ♥9 with the ♥J and continued ♣’s. North took the ♣K and shifted to ♠’s. Declarer won in dummy, came to hand with the ♦K and led the ♥Q. Declarer could not be prevented from getting two ♠ tricks, three ♥ tricks, three ♦’s and a ♣.
See what happens if South takes the ♥9 with the ♥K. If North has the ♥Q it would not matter and if East has the ♥Q the South’s ♥K is doomed. On regaining the lead declarer would assume that the ♥J was with North and take the ‘marked’ finesse with a ♥ to the ♥7 and he will only make two ♥ tricks and the defence prevails.
Dave’s 2nd Column
North South West North East South
♠ 83 ♠ AK72 - - - 2♣
♥ K5 ♥ A643 pass 2♦ pass 2NT
♦ K10986 ♦ AQ pass 3NT all pass
♣ 9642 ♣ AJ5
You are South declarer in 3NT. West leads the ♥Q, plan the play.
Dave’s 2nd Column Answer Board 23 from Wednesday 11th Jan
Dealer: ♠ 83 Bidding
South ♥ K5 West North East South
Both vul ♦ K10986 - - - 2♣
♣ 9642 pass 2♦ pass 2NT (1)
Pass 3NT all pass
♠ J9 N ♠ Q10654
♥ QJ108 W E ♥ 972 (1) 22-24
♦ J742 S ♦ 53
♣ K107 ♣ Q83
♠ AK72 Plan the play on the ♥Q lead.
South tried for the maximum score in today’s game and got burned. Declarer won with his ♥A, cashed the ♦AQ, crossed to dummy with the ♥K and led dummy’s ♦K. When the ♦’s did not split he scored -1 instead of the hoped for +1.
To assure the game declarer should overtake the ♦q with the ♦K at trick three. This gives up any chance of an overtrick but ensures the contract because of North’s solid ♦’s.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 1♦. 2nd choice 2NT. A 2NT opening is allowed with any singleton.
Hand B: Double (penalties). This is board 15 from Wednesday. I rarely bid again after opening 1NT and most certainly never make a take-out double. So this double, sitting over the overcaller, is penalties the way I (and I believe most) play it. With everybody already having passed it’s almost certain that 2♥ is going down, and if you fail to double partner may find a disastrous 2♠ balancing bid.