Mon 1st N-S 1st Jean & Tomas 70% 2nd Bengt & Lars B 60%
E-W 1st Janne & Paul Q 63% 2nd Dave H & Richard M 58%
Wed 3rd N-S 1st Bob S & Sigurd 65% 2nd Lars B & Tomas 55%
E-W 1st Hans V & Janne 65% 2nd Duplessy & Coutlet 58%
Fri 5th 1st Janne & Lars B 65% 2nd Dave H & Gerry C 59%
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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A RHO opens 1♥, what do you bid?
♣ J92 ♣ A963
Hand C Do you open Hand C with a weak 2♥ in 1st seat,
D 1NT pass 2♥ pass What is 4NT? Quantitative, ace asking or ♠ keycard ask?
2♠ pass 4NT
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s first input on the play of the hand.
♣ K10 ♣ A963
You are South, declarer in 4♠. West leads the ♦9 to East’s ♦A. East tries to cash the ♥K which you ruff. Plan the play.
Dave’s Column answer Board 22 from Wednesday 3rd
Dealer: ♠ AK Book Bidding
East ♥ 86532 West North East South(B)
E-W vul ♦ KQ63 - - 1♦ 3♠
♣ K10 pass 4♠ all pass
♠ J1098652 West leads the ♦9 to East’s ♦A. East tried to cash
♥ - the ♥K which you ruff. Plan the play.
♦ 42 .
One South declarer drew two rounds of trumps, hoping to take seven ♠’s, two ♣’s and a ♦. When West showed out of ♠’s on the second round declarer had four losers – down one.
South did not count his tricks. The correct line is to ruff the ♥ and ruff two ♣’s in dummy. This line guaranteed giving the defenders a ♠ trick but declarer gained two ♣ ruffs in return.
What did you bid with this South hand B in this week’s quiz? 3♠ looks fine to me (Mike Lawrence) at this vulnerability, the bid puts the pressure on the opponents. It’s true that the suit is not as good as usual, but the hand has a little extra distribution. Since I (Mike) am a big advocate of aggressive bidding, I would not miss this opportunity.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 4♠+1 there times, 4♠=, 4♠-1, 3♠= and 3♥(W)-1.
Terry Comment. At trick two East should lead a trump, there is no rush to cash the ♥A as there is nothing in dummy for declarer to quickly dispose of any ♥’s.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s second problem on the play of the hand.
You are West and arrive in a decent 3NT after South opens the biding in first seat. North leads the ♥8, South plays the ♥10 and you win with the ♥Q. Plan the play.
Dave’s 2nd Column answer Board 23 from Wednesday 3rd
Dealer: ♠ 6432 Book Bidding
South ♥ 83 West(A) North East South
Both vul ♦ 753 - - - 1♥
♣ Q643 1NT (1) pass 3NT all pass
♣ J92 ♣ K1087 the bid made by palookas.
♦ K8 North leads the ♥8, South plays the ♥10 and you win with
♣ A5 the ♥Q. Plan the play.
At the table, West won the ♥Q and took the appealing ♦ finesse. As expected, it lost to South’s ♦K and South returned the ♥J. With his ♥A gone and the ♣A still at large, West had to settle for one down.
To make the game, West should count winners. Certain of five major suit winners and the ♦A, he needs three more tricks to make game. Since he cannot gather nine winners unless a finesse works, he should try the ♣ finesse as South must surely have the ♦K for his opening bid. At trick two, West should run the ♣J. When it knocks out South’s ♣A the game is secure. West wins the ♥A and repeats the ♣ finesse.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT+2,
3NT-1 three times, 3NT*-1, 3NT-2 twice and 3NT-3.
Paul’s Column Good bids, bad bids and their effect on partner’s decisions.
Number 1, a bid that was not only good, but GREAT!
Board 23, Friday March 5. The hand was:
All vul, dealer South North
N/S were playing a 4-card (+) opening bid system and the auction proceeded:
South West North East
1♥ 1♠ 3♥! 3♠
4♦* 4♠** 5♣*** DBL
5♥ pass 6♥**** all pass
! This partnership agrees this as a limit raise in competition. Many would play it as pre-emptive and a cue-bid as limit raise or better.
* A great bid, signifying three things: a willingness to declare 4♥, a good second suit (5+), undeniable shortness in ª (singleton or void).
** Unclear whether this was intended as a sacrifice or to make, probably the former, but it was destined to make.
*** Cue-bidding clubs, and a willingness to compete further, perhaps much further. South COULD be ♠void, ♥AKxxx, ♦AQxxx, ♣Kxx.
**** North pondered for a few moments counting winners, during which East produced a green card. Nice try! North reminded him that North still had a call to make, and then produced 6H! Why?
South had given him all the information he needed to evaluate that every card in his hand was working on offense and there were likely 12 tricks available with 2 club discards coming on the long diamonds.
While North made a commendable decision at the end it was SOUTH who made the great bid of 4♦. Without that North would be in the dark regarding what to do over 4♠, perhaps even doubling it. +1430 was a top board.
♣QJ9 The auction, none vulnerable and West dealer, was:
West North East South
pass 2♠ 3♥ pass
pass dbl! all pass
* What did you open with this West hand C in this week’s quiz? Whatever your criteria are for reasonable “weak” 2 bids in first seat this hand is garbage, under-strength and lacking suit quality.
** South stretched a bit to protect his partner.
East of course expected something resembling a “real” weak 2 and had plenty to compete. North figured that if partner could re-open he was happy to play for penalty with a good heart holding and attacking (♦Q) lead. 3♥ doubled went for –300 after which West, berated East for the 3♥ call! +300 was a top board for N/S.
As long as I have the floor I would like to state that if an opening bid of 2♦, 2♥, or 2♠ is NOT alerted it is presumed to be a “weak” two bid and inquiry as to what it is by the next hand before taking an action is improper. If that side has been damaged by a failure to alert there is redress available, but the inquiry can “alert” partner to a perhaps questionable action.
Terry Comment. I totally agree with this last paragraph. The club rules may not be used worldwide, but are SENSIBLE and clear. There is no need to alert the expected and unexpected bids need to be alerted. So there is NO need to ask “is that weak” or “is that a transfer” or “is that a short club” (a short club is alerted or pre-alerted at our club) as these questions, especially during the auction, may give unauthorised information about your hand. There is a comprehensive list of what needs alerting in the club rules – there is always a copy at the club, in my bag, and the rules are clearly posted on the website.
Bidding Quiz Answers
D 1NT pass 2♥ pass This is something you need to discuss with your partner.
2♠ pass 4NT I like to play it as quantitative, with 4♣ asking for aces
(or keycards by agreement).
Congratulation to Janne Roos for winning the triple for the fourth time – and he actually has won the last four sessions. This string of fine results has put him just ahead of Hans Vikman in the championship races.
Current club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
638.3 Hans Vikman
619.7 Paul Quodomine
615.3 Lars Broman
603.6 Duplessy & Coutlet
580.4 Holger Renken
576.1 Royd Laidlow
327.8 Janne Roos
327.4 Hans Vikman
323.5 Tomas Wikman
319.9 Lars Broman
319.6 Sally Watson
319.5 Paul Quodomine
319.5 Duplessy & Coutlet
314.7 Jean Wissing
298.6 HolgerRenken 296.6 Bob Short