Mon 27th N-S 1st = Clive/Dave 61% 1st = Chuck/Paul Kelly 61%
E-W 1st John/Kenneth 57% 2nd Bjorn/Kees 56%
Wed 29th 1st Dave/Ivy 61% 2nd Bob Short/Alan 59%
Fri 31st 1st Hans(Hol)/Gerry 62% 2nd Chuck/Paul Kelly 58%
Bidding Quiz Standard American is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B What do you open with Hand A?
♠ A9 ♠ AK742 With Hand B you open 1♠ and partner bids 1NT. Now obviously
AK86 ♥ 10 you would now bid 2♦, but
♦ KJ43 ♦ AK984 you – so what do you do?
♣ A84 ♣ 102
Hand C Hand D With Hand C it is favourable vulnerability. Partner passes and
♠ 7 ♠ AJ74
♦ 32 ♦ A10 2♦, what do you do?
♣ Q642 ♣ 985
Hand E Hand F With Hand E you open 1♥, LHO doubles and partner redoubles.
What do you do?
♠ AJ6 ♠ A1093
♥ KQJ93 ♥ J9 With Hand F RHO opens 1♦, what do you do?
♣ J93 ♣ 1087
Bidding Sequences Quiz
Dealer: ♠ 7
E-W vul ♦ 32 pass pass 1♠ ?
What was your answer to hand C in this week’s quiz? It’s favourable vulnerability and partner has already passed – a classic psyche situation? Maybe, but psyching is not allowed at this club. A 2♥ bid here should be close to an opening hand. With this hand you either have to pass or make a weak jump to 3♥ - and at this vulnerability I have no problem with 3♥ and I would not argue if you chose 4♥ or an off-beat 2♠ Micheals. But 2♥ simply is not allowed at this club by experienced players.
And what happened? E-W missed an easy 6♠ +1 bid at most tables. I awarded this E-W pair that same score. I did not penalise South as this is, to my knowledge, his first (and presumably last) psyche and so they got the same score as most of the field who defended 6♠.
The bottom lines: -
- Please report all psyches. The score will be adjusted if necessary.
- Psyching is not allowed at this club.
- Six points off the expected is a psyche in my book.
There was an incident on Monday but I am unsure about all of the facts. I have heard that one player was rude/abusive but I do not know the details.
Zero tolerance is all about creating and maintaining a friendly club. I have copied a list of guidelines off the web and it’s reproduced on the next page and is in our rules section on the web. I have printed out a few copies of the club rules if you want one.
Anything that makes bridge more enjoyable for others
1. Greeting others in a friendly manner prior to start of play on each round.
2. Be a good "host" or "guest" at the table.
3. Making your convention card readily available to your opponents and filling it out completely.
4. Do EVERYTHING possible to make bridge enjoyable for yourself, partner and opponents.
5. Give credit when opponents make a good bid or play.
Anything makes bridge less enjoyable for others
1. Publicly criticizing partner or opponents.
2. Badgering, rudeness, insinuations, profanity, threats or violence.
3. Negative comments concerning opponents' or partner's play or bidding.
4. Gloating over good results.
5. Objecting to a call for the director.
6. Disputing or arguing with a directors ruling.
7. Poor personal hygiene, grooming or dress.
Many Bridge Organizations Have Adopted Zero Tolerance
The organizations follow the following guidelines
for Zero Tolerance:
First Offense - a procedural penalty of one quarter board or three IMPS.
Second Offense - Ejection from the game.
A high reverse? – part 1 Board 24 from Monday 27th
high reverse is something like 1♥ p 1NT p 3♣ and is game forcing.
But what if
Dealer: ♠ AJ984
Love all ♦ Q94 1♥ (1) 1♠ 1NT 2♠
♣ Q8 3♣ (2) pass pass (3) pass
♠ 3 N ♠ 10652
♥ AQJ93 W E ♥ -
- 1♥ 1♠ 1NT pass 2♣ is competing.
- 1♥ 1♠ 1NT pass 3♣ is game forcing.
- 1♥ 1♠ 1NT 2♠ 3♣ is ? Up to you, I say forcing without prior agreement.
- 1♥ 1♠ 1NT 2♠ dbl is competitive. It is not penalties as opponents have bid and
agreed the suit and you are under the overcaller. However, West cannot bid that with this hand as partner is bound to bid ♦’s.
And what happened? There are 11 tricks there in ♣’s
- With 1516 shape and a hand that’s worth game if partner can respond (as this West hand) it is usually best to open the longer suit.
- Had West opened 1♣ then it would have gone 1♣ 1♠ 1NT 2♠ 3♥ and that is very clearly a reverse and game forcing.
A high reverse? – part 2 Board 13 from Friday 31st
Dealer: ♠ AK742
Both vul ♦ AK984 - 1♠ pass 1NT
♣ 102 2♥ 3♦ (1) pass 3♠ (2)
♠ 10986 N ♠ QJ
♥ A97543 W E ♥ J2
And what happened? 3♠ went two down for a poorish score, but many others suffered a similar fate and also got too high.
- You can play otherwise if you wish, but I agree with Chuck that sequences H and K are game forcing (high reverse) unless you have agreed otherwise.
A reverse guarantees 5+ cards in the first bid suit Board 27 from Monday 27th
Dealer: ♠ 9865
Love all ♦ K73 - - - pass
♣ 632 1♦ pass 1♥ pass
2♦ (1) pass 2♠ (2) pass
♠ Q10 N ♠ AJ74 4♥ (3) all pass
♥ KQ8 W E ♥ 7543
And what happened? It should be two down, but East played it well for just one down and a joint bottom.
- A reverse (by either opener or responder) guarantees 5+ cards in the first bid suit.
- 9 points and a mis-fit is not enough to reverse opposite a minimal opener even if it had the required shape.
Supporting the 4th suit
♠ - Jean-Marc gave me this hand. You open 1♦ and partner responds 1♠.
♥ KQxx (a) What do you bid? I said 2♥ but Jean-Marc said that he did not think it’s
As it happens, I mentioned this just last week. 3NT is reasonable but the best bid is 3♥. This is best played as natural when it’s a major and when partner may hold 4 cards in the suit (as in this situation).
A penalty missed again Board 10 from Monday 27th
I’ve recently mentioned a number of occasions where a penalty was missed by people not understanding negative double or support double theory. It appears that we have a similar problem with bidding after a redouble: -
Dealer: ♠ 1093
Both vul ♦ 832 - - 1♥ dbl (1)
♣ Q5 redbl pass 1NT (2) pass
2NT pass 3NT all pass
♠ 7542 N ♠ AJ6
♥ A4 W E ♥ KQJ93
(1) I like to have 4 ♠’s for a double of 1♥, but I agree that double is best with this hand.
(2) What did you bid with this East hand E in this week’s quiz? Unless you have a very shapely hand you should pass – partner is the captain. I cannot dream up any hand where 1NT would be a sensible bid – simply pass and let the opponents stew. There is absolutely no need to bid here in front of partner and you get another chance anyway.
And what happened? 3NT made but it should go one down. On the ‘obvious’ ♣4 lead it’s down off the top. Anyway, E-W making 9 tricks scores 600 which is less than the 800 they would have got for whatever South floundered into. And if 3NT had gone down it would have been a complete disaster.
Those of you who look at the web site will realise that I’ve been
doing a lot of work on it - out with the old (rubbish) and in with the new.
Anyway, one addition is the guest map, and it’s interesting to note that there
are a number of people out there rooting for Dave to win the Gold Cup this
year. Seems he has a load of mates in
6-2 better than 4-4?? Board 3 from Monday 27th
Somebody asked me to look at board 3 as they thought that the 6-2 ♠ fit played better than the 4-4 ♥ fit. I was surprised; so I did look at it and, as usual, the 4-4 fit played far better: -
Dealer: ♠ KQ10852
E-W vul ♦ - - - - 2NT (1)
♣ Q75 pass 3♥ (2) pass 3♠
pass 4♥ pass 4♠ (3)
♠ J76 N ♠ 43 pass 4NT (4) pass 5♣
♥ 10743 W E ♥ 9 pass 6♠ all pass
(1) What did you open with this South hand A in this week’s quiz? I would open 1♦.
(3) I don’t really understand this. Apparently South wanted to be declarer to protect his ♦ holding; but at the cost of not playing in the 4-4 fit?
(4) North assumed that South had 3 ♠’s (and not 4 ♥’s) and naturally went zooming off into the ♠ slam.
And what happened? 6♠ went one down. 6♥ is a much easier contract – in fact Deep Finesse says that North makes 13 tricks in ♥’s.
- 19 points is not enough for a 2NT opener without a 5 card suit (unless you have loads of 10’s and 9’s)
How should the bidding go? How about: -
Balancing – Partner is bidding your hand! Board 8 from Friday 31st
Dealer: ♠ A1093
Love all ♦ AKQ7 1♦ pass (1) 1♥ pass
♣ 1087 2♥ pass (2) pass 2♠ (3)
pass 3♠ (4) all pass
♠ Q10 N ♠ KQ
♥ KQ8 W E ♥ K8754
And what happened? 3♠ went two down but was a good score for N-S. It would not have been if E-W had doubled
- When partner balances he is bidding your hand – it is rarely correct to raise him.
- It’s OK to bid a 4 card major in the pass-out seat if you believe that partner probably also has 4.
Hand A: 1♦. I don’t think it’s good enough for 2NT. Open 1♦ and rebid 2NT over partner’s 1♠ or 1NT response and raise a 1♥ response to 4♥.
Hand B: 2♠ (or pass). Maybe this depends upon your partnership understandings but I play that 3♦ here is a big (game forcing) hand. Since you cannot thus bid 3♦ I would bid 2♠.
Hand C: Pass or 3♥. I won’t even argue if you chose 4♥ or an off-beat Michaels 2♠, but what you cannot do is overcall 2♥. I consider this to be a psyche as a two-level overcall should be close to opening values. You can shade it a bit with a shapely hand but 5 points is way off the mark.
Hand D: Pass. 2♠ is a very poor choice as it a forcing reverse and also promises 5 ♥’s. This hand is not strong enough to bid again, let alone make a forcing bid.
Hand E: Pass. Absolutely automatic except with an extremely shapely hand. Simply pass and wait to see what good things will happen.
Hand F: 1NT (or pass). Double is very poor with just two ♥’s and length in the suit opened. 1♠ is a no-no with a 4-card suit. Pass is reasonable but with all of these intermediates I would upgrade and I think that it’s easily worth 1NT (15-18). Note that this does not deny a 4-card major (it’s best to play systems on over partner’s 1NT overcall – so still Stayman and transfers).
Bidding Sequences Quiz Answers