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Mon 7th 1st = Ivy & Phil = Dave & Marten 58%
Wed 9th 1st Ivy & Phil 59% 2nd John & Kenneth 58%
Fri 11th 1st Terry & Ian 57% 2nd Paul Scully & Chris 56%
Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
♠ 64 ♠ A53
♥ 1098732 ♥ Q10 With Hand B you open 1♦ and LHO overcalls 2♣. This is
♠ AQ876 ♠ A632
♥ AK64 ♥ K1032 With Hand D you open 1♦ (or 1♣ if you play a short ♣) and
♠ Q1086 ♠ AJ4 With Hand F you are North, what do you bid at ?
♦ 63 ♦ 7543 - - - 1♣
Behavior at our club
As you probably know (it is in the club rules and frequently mentioned in the news-sheets), our aim is to keep Pattaya Bridge Club a friendly club. There was a meeting of regulars on Friday 11th and the consensus of opinion was that Chuck’s presence is inconsistent with that aim and that he should go. So Chuck has now received the long overdue life ban (third strike) and will no longer be playing on any day at the Pattaya Bridge Club.
Negative doubles – part 1 Board 20 from Monday 7th
Dealer: ♠ AQ8 Table A
Both vul ♦ Q5 1♦ 2♣ 2♥ (1) 2♠
♣ KQ7654 pass (2) pass pass (3)
♠ K105 N ♠ 64 Table B
♥ A5 W E ♥ 1098732 West North East(A) South
♠ J9732 pass 3♠ (5) all pass
Negative doubles – part 2 Board 21 from Monday 7th
Dealer: ♠ 108762
N-S vul ♦ AJ108 - pass 1♦ 2♣
♣ 7 pass (1) pass 2♦ (2) pass
pass (3) pass
♠ KJ N ♠ A53
♥ K9543 W E ♥ Q10
(1) This is exactly the same as the last page, West has no sensible bid but pass.
(2) What did you bid with this East hand B in this week’s quiz? Normally one should automatically re-open with a double and I would not argue with that choice. But with these ♣’s it is unlikely that partner has a penalty pass hand and it may be best to defend, so pass. This actual 2♦ bid is a poor bid as it promises a hand with little defence to ♣’s and very long ♦’s. 2NT would show a much stronger hand.
(3) West did not bid his ♥’s as partner has shown a weak hand with very good/long ♦’s.
And what happened? 2♦ made but scored a bottom. 2♣ would have gone 2 or 3 down for 200/300 to N-S and a top (it went for 300 at one table). 2♥ was bid and made at one table for an average.
The bottom lines.
- When you open, LHO overcalls, and this is passed round to you then you should normally re-open with a double.
- But there are the occasional exceptions. With length (3+) and strength in the overcalled suit it may be best to pass (as here).
- With no defence and a good long suit you can rebid your suit (not as here).
- Has East re-opened with a double then West would have bid 2♥, a decent spot.
Not everybody plays the same system! Board 15 from Monday 7th
Dealer: ♠ J3
N-S vul ♦ AK3 - - - 2♣ (1)
♣ 109543 pass 2♦ (2) pass pass (3)
dbl (4) 3♦ 3♠ (5) pass
♠ K1092 N ♠ AQ876 pass (6) pass
♥ J972 W E ♥ AK64
(4) At this stage West asked the meanings of the bids and was told that South had a traditional weak two in ♦’s. So he doubled for take-out.
(5) What did you bid with hand C in this week’s quiz? 4♠ I assume. But East was still completely amazed at what was going on and could not comprehend the situation, despite it being very clearly explained by everybody at the table that South simply had a weak 2♦ opener.
(6) Nowhere near enough to bid game.
And what happened? 2♠ made +2. “Deep Finesse” says that 4♠ makes on any lead (presumably pin the ♥Q).
The bottom lines.
- Not everybody plays the same system.
A fairly common convention in
- 15 points and 5-4 in the majors is worth game opposite a double of a weak 2♦.
Lead Partner’s suit Board 10 from Wednesday 9th
Dealer: ♠ AK87
Both vul ♦ AJ84 - - 1♣ dbl (1)
♣ 864 pass (2) 1♠ (3) 2♣ pass
pass 2♦ pass 3NT
♠ Q642 N ♠ 953 pass pass dbl (4) all pass
♥ 1087542 W E ♥ A
(1) I would not double, but pass, with this South hand.
(2) 2♥ (weak after a double) is an option here.
(3) Non-forcing and clearly a gross underbid.
(4) Obviously East simply did not comprehend the bidding. With two entries and a reasonable ♣ suit which partner will obviously lead he decided to double.
And what happened?
West led a small ♥! Declarer played the ♥Q from dummy and East won and led a small ♣ upon which declarer played the ♣2 and East’s ♣10 won the trick. Having just knocked out one of partner’s entries a ♣ return still beats the contract but West carried on with his devilish plan of “setting up his ♥’s” by leading a ♥ to declarer’s ♥9. 3NT doubled made! 3NT may have made on a ♣ lead but that really is not the point and a ♣ return at trick 3 definitely beats it.
The bottom lines.
- When you hold 14 points opposite partner’s double you have to bid game or make a forcing bid.
- In this situation 2♣ at (3) is probably best.
- Against No Trump, lead partner’s suit. Especially if he has bid it twice and you have no hope of establishing anything in your hand.
Raising a 1NT response to 2NT Board 18 from Friday 11th
Dealer: ♠ KQ4 Table A
N-S vul ♦ KJ102 - - pass 1♣ (1)
♣ 10852 pass 1NT (2) pass 2NT (3)
pass 3NT (4) all pass
♠ J987 N ♠ 105
♥ J87 W E ♥ AQ54 Table B
♥ K1032 pass 1NT pass 2NT (5)
♦ A65 pass 3NT all pass
Raising a 1NT rebid to 2NT Board 4 from Friday 11th
Dealer: ♠ AJ4
Both vul ♦ 7543 - - - 1♣
♣ A1074 dbl (1) 1♦ (2) 1♥ (3) 1NT (4)
2♥ (5) 2NT (6) pass 3NT (7)
♠ K632 N ♠ Q98 all pass
♥ 1095 W E ♥ KJ632
(1) I do not consider this strong enough for a double, I would pass.
(2) 1NT or 2♣ are alternatives.
(3) Presumably East knows how weak his partner’s doubles can be, I would bid 2♥. A free 1♥ bid here shows about 6-9 points in most people’s style.
(4) With great ♥ stops this is obviously fine.
(5) Clearly this West evaluates his hands differently from me.
(6) What did you bid with this North hand F in this week’s quiz. If you want to compete then 3♣ is the bid, 2NT here is not competitive but shows the usual 11-12 points and is invitational.
(7) With an absolute maximum South obviously accepts the ‘invitation’.
That abused Michaels Cue Bid again Board 12 from Friday 11th
Dealer: ♠ Q1086
N-S vul ♦ 63 1♣ 2♣ (1) pass 2♥
♣ AJ 3♣ 3♥ (2) pass pass (3)
♠ K74 N ♠ A9
♥ 2 W E ♥ QJ9
(1) What did you bid with this North hand E in this week’s quiz? I prefer a simple 1♥ overcall although I would not argue too much if you doubled with the intention of pulling a 1♦ response to 1♥ (but the hand is a bit light for that action). The hand is totally unsuitable for Michaels; it has the right shape but is too strong (and not strong enough if you play that Michaels may also be very strong).
(2) Bidding again having bid Michaels shows a very strong hand; this hand is nowhere near good enough.
(3) Presumably South knows how weak his partner’s ‘strong’ Michaels can be. I would bid 4♥ if I trusted my partner.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: Pass. You do not have enough for a 2♥ bid and you need another ♠ for a negative double. So pass and bid ♥’s next go to show a good suit without values for an initial 2-level response.
Hand B: Pass or double. These are the only two sensible choices. Normally one should always re-open with a double in this situation but with ♣AJx it is unlikely that partner has a penalty pass. Either is fine by me. Other options are out – the hand is nowhere near good enough for 2NT (which would be a silly bid anyway) and 2♦ would promise a much longer/stronger ♦ suit with no defense to 2♣.
Hand C: 4♠, obviously. 3♠ is pathetic but 4♦ (a Responsive Double, asking partner to pick the major) is probably the best bid as it will find a 4-4 ♥ fit if there is one.
Hand D: Pass, of course. This may seem trivial but two players found 2NT on Friday. Partner’s 1NT is 6-9 and you need a good 16+ to bid 2NT here.
Hand E: 1♥, with double as a reasonable alternative. The hand is far too good for a Michaels Cue Bid and nowhere near strong enough for Michaels followed by another bid which shows a very strong hand.
Hand F: 3♣ or pass. 2NT would not be competitive but shows 11-12 points.