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Bidding Quiz Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B With Hand A RHO opens 1♦ in 3rd seat what do you bid?
♠ AK ♠ KQ9 With Hand B you open 1♣
♣ AQ1075 ♣ AJ97632
what do you bid?
♠ J987 ♠ K97
♣ AQJ ♣ AQ86 what do you bid?
Hand E Hand F What do you open with Hand E?
♠ K102 ♠ QJ2
♥ J86 ♥ KQJ10 With Hand F RHO opens 1♣ and you double. Partner responds
♦ A83 ♦ K1086 2♥, what do you bid?
♣ AK106 ♣ J9
Bidding Sequence Quiz
G 1♣ 1♥ 1♠ How many ♠’s does the 1♠ bid promise?
H 1♦ 1NT dbl 1♥ Is 1♥ natural or a transfer?
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A difficult bid – but it worked out well! Board 25 from Monday 25th Oct
Dealer: ♠ J75 West(A) North East South
North ♥ Q52 - pass pass 1♦ (1)
E-W vul ♦ A1087 1NT (2) dbl 2♥ (3) pass (4)
♣ K64 pass (5) 3♦ all pass
♠ AK N ♠ 109643
♦ 532 S ♦ Q4
(1) A light 3rd seat opener, quite acceptable of course.
(2) What did you bid with this West hand A in this week’s quiz? This one is not clear, I guess that you can bid 2♣, but I don’t like it with a not-so-great suit. But the bid that I really don’t like is double with just five cards in the majors and three ♦’s. I think that this 1NT is the worst of the evils as the hand really is too good for a pass.
(3) Meant as a transfer.
(4) I would double – to show ♥’s – whether 2♥ was natural or a transfer. But I guess that South passed because he had opened light?
(5) Believing that 2♥ was natural.
But the point about this hand is not the dubious(?) bidding but the play.
West led the ♠K and then the ♠A (this shows a doubleton). He was already nearly end-played and chose to continue with the ♣A and ♣Q. Declarer won the ♣K and led a trump to the ♦K and West’s ♦5. South continued with another ♦ and West played the ♦2. I’m not sure if South noted that West had petered in trumps – showing three and a desire to ruff, but he understandably played West for the ♦Q and finessed. East won his ♦Q and gave partner his ♠ ruff.
And what happened? 3♦ was minus three for a top to E-W.
The bottom lines:
- Lead the K from doubleton AK.
- One normally follows to declarer’s trumps from the bottom, but a peter generally shows three trumps and a desire to ruff.
- A 1NT overcall is around 15-18 and usually has a stop in the suit opened. However, this may not necessarily be the case if the suit opened is a minor.
Responding to partner’s double Board 4 from Wednesday 27th Oct
Dealer: ♠ QJ2 Table A
West ♥ KQJ10 West North East South(D)
both vul ♦ K1086 1♣ dbl pass 1NT (1)
♣ J9 all pass
♠ A10 N ♠ 86543 Table B
♦ QJ4 S ♦ A753 1♣ dbl pass 2♥ (1)
♠ K97 all pass
Table B: (1) … But I slightly prefer this bid, showing the four ♥’s and about 8-10 points.
(2) What did you bid with this North hand F in this week’s quiz? I understand that North muttered something like “What does 2♥ mean?”. Not knowing, he bid 3♥. This is an overbid, the hand is little more than a minimal double and with not very good shape for the double North should clearly pass.
And what happened? 4♥ was hopeless and went minus two for a joint bottom. 2♥ making would have been a good score. 1NT made for an average.
The bottom lines:
- Players past the beginner’s stage should understand the responses to partner’s double, look them up on the website: basic conventions > take out double.
Support with three cards? Board 5 from Monday 25th Oct
Dealer: ♠ 863 Table A
North ♥ 82 West North East(B) South
N-S vul ♦ Q1086 - pass 1♣ 1♥
♣ Q1084 1♠ pass 2♣ (1) pass
2NT pass 3♠ (2) pass
♠ AJ1074 N ♠ KQ9 pass (3) pass
♦ 54 S ♦
♠ 52 - pass 1♣ 1♥
♥ AJ1074 1♠ pass 2♠ (1) pass
♦ AJ973 4♠ (4) all pass
Table B: (1) This is my answer to question B. partner’s 1♠ bid has promised five ♠’s and with ruffing ♥ values in the short trump hand it should play very well in ♠’s.
(4) With good shape and the ♥KQ onside, West bids the game.
And what happened? Just three pairs missed the 4♠ game: 4♠+1 twice, 4♠= four times, 3♠=, 3♠-1 and 3♣-2.
The bottom lines:
- Sequence G 1♣ - 1♥(overcall) - 1♠ promises five ♠’s when playing negative doubles.,
Play Quiz You are East, declarer in a NT contract. At trick one South leads as below and you and North plays low, what do you play to the second trick?
Answers next page.
Play Quiz Answer
Situation 1: Play another low ♣, your best hope is that North started with ♣Ax. Of course if South started with the ♣A then he got you this time.
Situation 2: Play the ♣K. South’s ♣J lead denies the ♣Q and so your only hope is that South has the ♣A.
♠ - There was a director call on Wednesday after
♥ - South claimed two tricks in a ♦ contract by East
♦ 9 in a three card end position something like this.
♣ xx Apparently North then showed his hand and
Declarer said that they get all of the tricks as he had the
♠ - N ♠ - master trump.
♦ - S ♦ 6 not claim.
♣ x ♣ xx I was busy at another table and the result was
♠ - East later complained to me.
My decision? A defender is allowed to claim, but in my opinion should only do so when absolutely sure (i.e. with the rest of the tricks in his hand). So what should happen here? Obviously play cannot continue, and since North has shown that he has the master trump South cannot now say how he would have played (he should have done so when he claimed). If he cashes two ♣’s then he gets all of the tricks, but if he attempts to cash the ♥A then declarer (East) gets one trick. I ruled that trying to cash the ♥A is a possible play and so I over-ruled the score-sheet and awarded declarer with one more trick. In situations like this any doubt goes to the non-claiming side.
Dave’s Column Here is Dave’s 1st problem, on defence.
♠ A542 ♠ KJ8 West North East South
♥ K1075 ♥ AJ9642 - - - 1♥
♦ 652 ♦ K7 dbl 2♥ pass 4♥
♣ 104 ♣ KQ all pass
You are South, declarer in 4♥. West leads the ♣A and continues with a ♣ to your ♣K, how should you continue?
Dave’s Column Answer Board 23 from Wednesday 27th Oct
South ♥ K1075 West North East South
Both vul ♦ 652 - - - 1♥
♣ 104 dbl 2♥ pass 4♥
♠ Q1097 N ♠ 63
♦ AQ3 S ♦ J10984
♣ A8653 ♣ J972
♥ AJ9642 West leads the ♣A and continues with a ♣ to
♦ K7 your ♣K, how should you continue?
South won the second ♣ and led to the ♥K. If a defender has all three ♥’s it would be East (West’s double implied ♥ shortage). South next led a ♠ and finessed the ♠J. West took the ♠Q and returned the ♠10 to South’s ♠K.
South drew trumps and took the ♠A. If ♠’s were 3-3 there would be a ♦ discard on the last ♠. But when they broke 4-2 he led a ♦ to the ♦K and went down.
♠ A54 The best play is, after drawing trumps, to enter
♥ 7 dummy with a third trump and lead a ♠ to
♦ 652 his ♠8 (cover any card East plays).
♠ Q107 N ♠ 6 West wins with the ♠9 and we have this end
♥ - W E ♥ - position. A ♠ return gives declarer a free finesse
♦ AQ3 S ♦ J1098 and three ♠ tricks; if West returns a ♦ then South’s
♣ 8 ♣ 97 South’s ♦K scores; if West leads a ♣ then it is
♠ KJ ruffed in dummy and South pitches a ♦.
And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Every declarer made 10 or 11 tricks: 4♥+1 twice, 4♥= 5 times, 3♥+2 and 3♥+1.
Dave’s 2nd Column Here is Dave’s 2nd problem, again on defence.
♠ Q3 Book Bidding
♥ AKQ86 West North East South
♦ K9 1♠ 2♥ 4♠ all pass
N ♠ J987 You are North, defending 4♠ by West. You lead the ♥A
S ♦ 107543 indicate and what card do you play next?
Dave’s 2nd Column Answer Board 24 from Wednesday 27th October
Dealer: ♠ Q3 Book Bidding
West ♥ AKQ86 West North East(C) South
Both vul ♦ K9 1♠ 2♥ 4♠ (1) all pass
♠ AK1042 N ♠ J987 West North East(C) South
Table B: (1) But I don’t like this at all. It was alerted and explained as Jacoby 2NT.
(2) South had a think here. East has shown opening values without shortage and so partner’s overcall must be based on not too many points and so presumably six ♥’s. Thus opener is probably void in ♥’s and 4♠ must be cold with slam a distinct possibility. Hence the 5♥ bid to apply maximum pressure and minimize control showing by the opponents.
(3) West, of course, was under no pressure and had no controls to show.
Anyway, onto the play defending 4♠. North leads the ♥A and South plays the ♥10. How should North continue?
Even though one normally gives an attitude signal on partner’s lead, that is not appropriate if dummy has a singleton in the suit led and dummy has plenty of trumps. In such cases a suit-preference signal is more useful; and East’s ♥10 asks for a ♦ switch.
The best bet for North now is to hope that partner has the ♦A and switch to the ♦K. Followed by the ♦9 to partner’s ♦A and a third ♦ by South promotes the ♠Q in the North hand for one down.
And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 5♠-2, 4♠=, 5♥*-2 three times, 5♥-2, 4♥-2, 4♥*-1, 4♥-1.
The Bottom Lines
- Attitude signals do not usually apply when dummy can win the next trick – use Lavinthal.
- The Jacoby 2NT is generally not played after an overcall (instead cue bid to show a limit raise or better).
- The Jacoby 2NT shows opening values and denies shortage. With shortage, splinter.
- I am not at all impressed with East’s 2NT at Table B, from an experienced player.
I got Mike Dorn Wiss’s website wrong last week. Apparently he missed the dot com boom and his site is http://www.shadowbridge.net , where you can purchase his book “Shadow in the Bridge World”.
♠ AJxx West North East South
♥ xx - 1♣ pass 1♦
♦ Kx pass 1♠ pass 3♦
♣ AJxxx pass 4♦ (!) pass 4NT
pass 5♥ pass 6♦
Mutt Jeff all pass
♠ Qxxx N ♠ Kxxx
♦ J S ♦ xxx
♣ KQxxx ♣ 10x
Mutt led the ♣K against the slam, Alan winning and immediately leading a ♥ from the dummy. Jeff thought nothing was to be gained by rising with the ace and the ♥K won in Alan’s hand. He then led a low ♥ to mutt’s ♥J. Mutt switched to the card he should have led on the go, his trump jack, but now Alan won the king, ruffed a ♣, ruffed a ♥, ruffed another ♣, and proceeded to run all of his trumps to this three card ending:
♠ AJ order to retain the club lady. Alan ditched the
♥ - now useless club jack and Jeff felt the pinch in
♦ - the majors. Alan neglected to mention they had
♣ J chances to beat the hand.
Mutt Jeff “Jeffrey, why didn’t you win the ace of hearts?”
♠ Qx N ♠ Kx Mutt implored.
♦ - S ♦ - “Matthew, because you didn’t lead a trump”
♣ Q ♣ -
Alan “I didn’t think I had one,” Mutt pouted. “I thought
♠ - I had two jacks of hearts!”.
♣ 10 < end of Mike’s column>
How to get yourself end-played Board 25 from Monday 25th Oct
Dealer: ♠ A532 South ended up in 6♣ in an auction which I
West ♥ AKJ4 understand he does not wish me to print.
Love all ♦ A3 West had opened 1♠ and East supported.
1. West led a ♠ to the ♠J and South ruffed.
♠ K10974 N ♠ QJ86 2. South played a ♣ to the ♣8.
♦ K106 S ♦ J85 4. A ♥ was played to the ♥K.
♠ - 6. The ♠A was played, South discarding a ♦.
♥ 1032 7. A ♥ was played to the ♥10 and West
♦ Q9742 decided to discard a ♠ rather than ruff (!)
♣ J10754 8. The last ♠ was ruffed.
9. The ♣A was played.
♠ - That left this 4-card ending:
♦ A3 10. The ♣9 was played from dummy.
♣ 9 11. West was endplayed – he no longer has a
safe exit card as he discarded it at trick 7.
♠ - N ♠ -
♦ K106 S ♦ J85
♠ - A suitable Alfred Scheinwold quote:
♦ Q974 “One advantage of bad bidding is that you get
♣ - practice at playing
Bidding Quiz Answers
G 1♣ 1♥ 1♠ Most people, when playing negative doubles, use this to show five ♠’s and a double to show four ♠’s.
H 1♦ 1NT dbl 1♥ You have to agree this. I much prefer to play it as natural but some do play transfers after a double.
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