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Mon 24th 1st Bob & Jo 64% 2nd Mike Guinn & Dennis 63%
Wed 26th 1st Ian & Terry 60% 2nd Douwe & Kees 59%
Fri 28th 1st Mike Guinn & Bill 59% 2nd Paul Kelly & Chuck 57%
Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
♠ A10754 ♠ KJ109762 With Hand B it’s unfavourable vulnerability. RHO opens 1♣,
♥ A2 ♥ 10 (a) What do you bid?
♠ K5 ♠ QJ108 With Hand D you open 1♣ and this is passed round to RHO who
♦ KJ52 ♦ A
♠ J8 ♠ AQ42
♥ Q53 ♥ AK93 With Hand F you open 2NT and partner transfers to ♠’s by
♠ 95 ♠ 94 With Hand H you open 1♦ and partner responds 1♠.
♥ A832 ♥ 92 (a) What do you bid?
Dealer: ♠ 86 Table A
Love all ♦ Q753 - pass 1NT (1) pass
♣ Q953 2♣ pass 2♠ pass
4♠ all pass
♠ KJ92 N ♠ A10754
♥ K53 W E ♥ A2 Table B
♠ Q3 3♠ pass 4NT pass
♥ QJ1086 5♦ pass 6♠ all pass
Suitable for 1NT? ‘North’ hand 25 from Monday 24th
♠ K5 What did you open with Hand C in this week’s quiz?
♦ KJ52 and opened a strong 1NT. With these tenaces I think it’s the best bid and,
♣ K10 with decent shape and two tens, it easily has the values for 1NT.
- The rules are very clear – the board should remain in the centre of the table during play. You do not need the whole stack but the board being played must stay in the centre of the table.
- For those of you who think that I make up the ‘rules’ as I go along, please refer to News-sheet No 12 (so 2003). The rules about the board remaining in the centre of the table are clearly stated
- The culprits of mis-boardings will receive adjusted (unfavourable) scores.
- At a “swizzle” table, please physically move – this avoids all sorts of mistakes.
Restricted Choice Board 13 from Wednesday 26th
This “Dave special?” board from Wednesday generated considerable discussion: -.
Dealer: ♠ J95 Table A
Both vul ♦ 98 - pass pass (1) 5♣ (2)
♣ AQ75 dbl (3) all pass
♠ A732 N ♠ K10865
♥ KQ106 W E ♥ A74 Table B
♠ Q dbl 4♣ (4) 4♠ pass
♥ J5 4NT (5) pass 5♦ pass
♦ 7 6♠ (7) all pass
8 ever 9 never – but not when Restricted Choice applies!
(5) ♠ KJ92 ♠ A10754 How do you play these two suits (from the hand
(13) ♠ A732 ♠ K10865 above and one from the previous page)?
(5) Missing just the queen and three small ‘8 ever 9 never’ applies. If there was no inference from the bidding the best play is to lead the ♠K followed by the ♠J and play the ♠A if it is not covered. This is very slightly (2%) better than a 2nd round finesse.
(13) But when you are missing 4 cards including the queen and jack it’s different and restricted choice applies. You should play the top card that is not in the hand containing the ten (so ♠A here). If no honour appears then you simply play for the drop. If North drops an honour then you simply have to hope it’s ♠QJ doubleton. But if South drops an honour you have a choice – play for the drop or finesse North for the other honour. It’s fairly complicated mathematics but in this situation ‘Restricted Choice’ takes precedence over ‘eight ever - nine never’ and you should finesse. See the associated web page for a slightly more detailed article.
An interesting Mis-fit Board 2 from Monday 24th
A couple of people asked me about this board.
Dealer: ♠ 4 Table A
N-S vul ♦ 742 - - 1♣ 2♠ (1)
♣ A7 3♣ (2) 3♥ (3) 4♣ (4) all pass
♠ 853 N ♠ AQ
♥ K53 W E ♥ 94 Table B
♠ KJ109762 2NT (5) 3♥ (6) dbl 3♠ (7)
♥ 10 dbl 4♥ (8) dbl all pass
- If you decide not to pre-empt, don’t come in later. Trust Partner.
- A suit bid in the sandwich seat is a very good/long suit, especially if RHO has bid 2NT.
- Don’t bid 4 of a minor if the opponent’s are too high with a mis-fit.
What’s a jump to 2NT after partner passed? Board 16 from Wednesday 24th
What was your answer to sequence L in this week’s sequence quiz? It doesn’t exist!
Dealer: ♠ 963
E-W vul ♦ 962 1♣ pass pass 1♦ (1)
♣ KQ9 2NT (2) all pass
♠ QJ108 N ♠ 54
♥ AK84 W E ♥ J962
- If the bidding goes 1♣ pass 1♥ pass 2NT then 2NT is 18-19.
- but if the bidding goes 1♣ pass pass 1♥ 1NT then 1NT is 18-19 with stop(s). A jump to 2NT is unnecessary and undefined.
- if the bidding goes 1♣ pass pass 1♥ dbl then dbl is best played as take-out.
- if the bidding goes 1♣ 1♥ pass pass dbl then dbl is ‘automatic’ when playing Negative Doubles.
- if the bidding goes 1♣ pass 1♦ 1♥ dbl then dbl is penalties.
- if the bidding goes 1♣ pass 1♦ 1♠ dbl then dbl is best played as showing 4 ♥’s
- if the bidding goes 1♣ pass 1♥ 1♠ dbl then dbl is penalties unless you play Support Doubles.
Super-Accept! Board 4 from Wednesday 24th
Dealer: ♠ 108 Table A
Both vul ♦ 8654 2NT (1) pass 3♥ (2) pass
♣ AJ6 3♠ (3) pass 3NT (4) pass
4♠ all pass
♠ AQ42 N ♠ K9653
♥ AK93 W E ♥ QJ6 Table B
♠ J7 4♠ (3) pass 4NT etc. to 6♠
♦ Q1072 (1) 20-21.
♣ 108532 (2) transfer.
- When you open 2NT and partner transfers, then super-accept if holding 4 trumps.
No Trump promises a stop after 4th suit forcing Board 11 from Friday 26th
Dealer: ♠ AKQ105
Love all ♦ Q94 - - - 1♦
♣ 105 pass 1♠ pass 3♣ (1)
pass 3♥ (2) pass 3NT (3)
♠ 62 N ♠ J873 pass 6NT all pass
♥ AJ1073 W E ♥ Q85
(1) What did you bid with this South hand H(a) in this week’s quiz? I think that a game forcing 3♣ is an overbid (partner may well have an ill-fitting six count). The simple 2♣ is best; this is rarely passed and partner will often give preference to 2♦. You can then bid 2♥ (4th suit) to get partner to play in NoTrump if he has ♥ stop. This is a rare situation where 4th suit should not be game forcing as South has limited his hand with a simple 2♣ rebid and so the 4th suit here would show a very good hand in context (spot on for this hand in my view).
(2) North assumed that South had the equivalent of about 19 points and so is obviously slamming. He could have bid 6NT straight away but there may be a grand (!) or one ♥ stop may not be enough. So he bid the 4th suit to await developments.
(3) What did you bid with this South hand H(b) in this week’s quiz? Clearly there is some confusion here as I recall another ‘top’ club player bidding 3NT in a similar situation a few years back. Here South has shown a strong hand with 5 ♦’s and 4 ♣’s and so with a balanced hand he bid NoTrump. I consider this to be incorrect. 4th suit forcing asks you to describe your hand further – but bidding NoTrump guarantees a stop. With this actual hand South has to bid 4♣, 4♦ or 3♠; none are attractive but you cannot lie about a stop in the 4th suit.
- Do not criticise the opponents.
- 16 points and 5-4 is not enough for a game-forcing leap over a one-level response.
- A NoTrump response to 4th suit forcing guarantees a stop.
An Overbid Board 26 from Friday 26th
Dealer: ♠ Q73
Both vul ♦ AKJ653 - - pass pass (1)
♣ 3 1♥ (2) pass 4♥ (3) all pass
♠ AJ6 N ♠ 95
♥ KJ1095 W E ♥ A832
- 3rd seat openings may be light.
- If partner is likely to open light in 3rd seat, then consider playing Drury.
- 10 points with 4 card support and two doubletons is not worth game opposite an opener in any seat.
An Underbid Board 27 from Friday 26th
Dealer: ♠ 9743
Love all ♦ 764 - - - pass
♣ A65 1♣ (1) pass 1♦ pass
1♥ pass 2NT (2) pass
♠ AQ10 N ♠ J8 3NT (3) all pass
♥ J942 W E ♥ Q53
- Do not continually criticise partner, especially if he has done nothing wrong. You will find that you run out of partners who are prepared to play with you. John Gavens was undoubtedly the master at this, both here and in the UK.
- Do not blame partner for your mistakes.
- KQJ53 is more than 6 points in a No Trump contract.
- Do not make an invitational bid with game-going values.
- Play 4th suit forcing if NoTrump is likely a better contract played by partner.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 1♠, and then make a noise next go. It’s much too good for 1NT.
Hand B: (a) 2♠ (weak), or 3♠ if you feel it’s OK at this vulnerability. I think that either is acceptable. I would never dream of passing.
(b) Pass. It’s too late to mention the ♠’s now.
Hand C: 1♥ or 1NT? Obviously you can open 1♥ and rebid 2♦ but that does not show the strength or balanced nature of the hand, and it’s wrong-sided if partner responds 1NT. With four(!!!!) tenaces to protect I would (did) open 1NT. The hand easily has the values for a strong NT and on a good day you will get a ♥ lead (it was a good day for me, getting a ♥ lead against an eventual 3NT).
Hand D: Dbl. This is best played as take-out. INT is possible (it shows a balanced 18-19) but this hand is not balanced. 1♥ is an alternative but 2NT is an ‘impossible’ bid as 1NT shows the big hand.
Hand E: 2♠, 4th suit forcing. This hand is worth 3NT (too good for a feeble 2NT) but it’s best to check that partner has a ♠ stop and to get him to be declarer. If you don’t play 4th suit forcing then simply bid 3NT and hope.
Hand F: 4♠. With 4 card support you should always jump to game. It’s a known 5-4 fit and you should make game even if partner is virtually bust. And if partner has a decent hand this will make any decision by him about looking for slam easier.
Hand G: 3♥. textbook stuff, nowhere near good enough for 4♥ (via Jacoby or whatever) and the wrong shape/too strong for a weak direct 4♥ bid. If partner’s opening was 3rd seat then it’s best to play Drury (bid 2♦ to show a sound raise to 3♥ with 4 card support).
Hand H: (a) 2♣. It’s not good enough for a (game forcing) 3♣. So bid 2♣ and then 2♥ (4th suit – to check on a ♥ stop) over partner’s likely preference bid of 2♦.
(b) 3♠ or 4♣ or 4♦. None are really attractive but the one bid that you cannot make is 3NT as that guarantees a ♥ stop.