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Mon 26th N-S 1st Sean & Jeremy 70% 2nd Jean & Tomas 58%
E-W 1st Jan & Kjell 64% 2nd Gerard & Derek 61%
Wed 28th N-S 1st Sean & Jeremy 66% 2nd Bengt & Bam 54%
E-W 1st Frode & Tomas 64% 2nd Gus & Enzo 55%
Fri 30th N-S 1st Sean & Jeremy 63% 2nd Paul Q & Hans V 56%
E-W 1st Frode & Bengt = Terry & Ursula 57%
Bidding Quiz Standard American (short ♣) bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.
Hand A Hand B What do you open with Hand A, 1st seat, both vul.
♠ 9853 ♠ J64
♥ AKQ1062 ♥ 98 With Hand B RHO opens:
♦ - ♦ AQ98432 (a) 1♥, what do you bid?
♣ J92 ♣ 8 (b) 2♥, what do you bid?
Bidding Sequence Quiz
C 1♥ 1NT dbl What is the dbl, penalties or negative showing ♠’s?
D 1♠ dbl 2♠ pass What is the 3♠ bid, invitational or just competitive?
Congratulations to Jeremy and Sean for achieving the triple last week. Their three big scores had a huge effect on the championship results with Jeremy taking third place in the Gold and Sean taking the Silver (best 10).
Final club championship standings
Gold Cup = Best 30
Silver Plate = Best 10
Bronze Medal = Best 5
1899.8 Hans Vikman
660.1 Hans Vikman
338.0 Jeremy Watson
The power of the weak jump overcall Board 4 from Monday 26th
Years ago everybody played strong or intermediate jump overcalls, but these days most play them as weak.
Here is an example of how effective they can be.
Dealer: ♠ 9853 Table A
West ♥ AKQ1062 West North(A) East(B) South
Both vul ♦ - pass 2♥ (1) pass (2) 4♥ (3)
♣ J92 all pass
♠ Q72 N ♠ J64 Table B
♥ 72 W E ♥ 98 West North(A) East(B) South
♦ K1076 S ♦ AQ98432 pass 1♥ (1) 3♦ (4) ? (5)
♣ 10653 ♣ 8
Table A: (1) What did you open with this North hand A in this week’s quiz? This hand is far
too good for a 2♥ opening.
(2) What did you bid with this East hand B(b) in this week’s quiz? There is no such
thing as a pre-empt over a pre-empt (3♦ and 4♦ would both show good hands).
So this pass is correct.
(3) opposite a weak two this hand obviously has no slam ambitions.
Table B: (1) This is the correct opening in answer to question A; it conforms with the rule of
20, has the points in the long suit, and had great shape.
(4) What did you bid with this East hand B(a) in this week’s quiz? It may be a little dangerous vulnerable, but a weak jump to 3♦ works wonders here.
(5) Without very sophisticated bidding methods it’s not that easy for N-S to reach a slam now. Any Blackwood bid here is unwise as there may well be two ♦ losers off the top and the 3♦ overcall took up a lot of bidding space, and the problem is that the hand with the ♦ void is a minimal opener.
The bottom lines:
And what happened? 6♥+1, 4♥+3 six times.
West East West North East South
♠ A108632 ♠ K54 1♠ pass 2♦ pass
♥ AK3 ♥ 10654 2♠ pass 3♠ pass
♦ 3 ♦ A10965 4NT pass 5♣ pass
♣ K84 ♣ A 5♦ pass 5NT pass
6♠ all pass
You are West declarer in 4♠. North leads the ♣J, plan the play assuming the trumps split 3-1 which they do.
Dave’s Column Answer Board 20 from Wednesday 28th Dec.
Dealer: ♠ Q97 Bidding
West ♥ 972 West North East South
Both vul ♦ KQJ2 1♠ pass 2♦ (1) pass
♣ J107 2♠ pass 3♠ pass
4NT pass 5♣ pass
♠ A108632 N ♠ K54 5♦ (2) pass 5♠ (3) pass
♥ AK3 W E ♥ 10654 6♠ all pass
♦ 3 S ♦ A10965
♣ K84 ♣ A (1) game forcing playing 2/1
♠ J (2) do you have the trump queen?
♥ QJ8 (3) no, a return to the trump suit denies the queen
♣ Q96532 Plan the play on the ♣J lead.
The contract is easy if trumps are 2-2 (draw trumps, ruff a ♣ and concede a ♥ loser). But can you make it if the trumps are 3-1?
Had you received a ♦ or ♥ lead there would be few entry problems. It would take a while but you can establish dummy’s 5th ♦ to discard a ♥ while still playing two rounds of trumps. However, with the ♣ lead removing an entry from dummy prematurely, things are going to be a bit trickier.
The secret lies in a remote loser on loser play. The key is to time the play in the safest possible way.
Win the ♣A and play the ♦A. trump a ♦ and lead a 2nd ♣, ruffing in dummy. Play a 3rd ♦ and if South ruffs high, discard a ♥ loser. If South ruffs low, over-ruff. If South follows with a ♦, as is the case, ruff low. Only now do you play trumps with a low ♠ to the ♠K. A 4th ♦ is played and if South follows you must discard your losing ♥ and hope for a 2-2 trump split. As it is, South shows out and you can ruff safely, establishing dummy’s 5th ♦. You now play the ♣K and trump it in dummy and you can now finally discard your losing ♥ on dummy’s established ♦.
Dave’s 2nd Column
North South West North East South
♠ K109 ♠ A6 - - - 1♣
♥ Q52 ♥ AK pass 1♦ pass 3♣
♦ AKQ93 ♦ 85 pass 4NT pass 5♣
♣ 97 ♣ KJ10652 pass 6NT all pass
You are North, declarer in 6NT and East leads the ♥J. Plan the play (if you try the ♦’s at some stage West shows out).
Dave’s 2nd Column Answer Board 23 from Wednesday 21st Dec.
Dealer: ♠ K109 Bidding
South ♥ Q52 West North East South
both vul ♦ AKQ93 - - - 1♣
♣ 97 pass 1♦ pass 3♣
pass 4NT pass 5♣
♠ J853 N ♠ Q742 pass 6NT all pass
♥ 98764 W E ♥ J10
♦ - S ♦ J107642
♣A843 ♣ Q
♥ AK3 Plan the play on the ♥J lead.
You have eight top tricks and will need to develop four ♣ winners unless the ♦’s divide 3-3 and the ♣Q is onside. So you should aim to set up a lot of ♣ winners.
Today’s hand illustrates a curious habit that many players have when declaring. They tend to play high-low with only two cards, as if defending.
Win the ♥Q and lead the ♣7, not the ♣9. This seems like such a tiny matter but it isn’t. Consider the play if declarer plays the ♣9. East will cover perforce and the ♣ suit will provide only two tricks as West will win his ♣8.
With adequate entries in dummy, declarer must lead the ♣7 in order to cope with most 4-1 breaks. That ♣9 is an important card that should not be squandered.
The New Year’s Teams
The yearly teams event will now definitely be held on Sun 8 Jan, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It seems that the Bowling Green management are incapable of putting on a sensible buffet (last year was a disaster) and so there will be a free brunch at about 13.00 with , as I understand it, free tea and coffee, and we will see how that works out.
Bidding Quiz Answers
Hand A: 1♥. The hand is too strong for a weak 2♥ even vulnerable and some do not like to
open a weak two with an outside major. Personally, the poor ♠ suit would not deter
me but the hand conforms with the rule of 20 and has great shape. A clear 1♥
Hand B: (a) 3♦, a weak jump overcall.
(b) pass, do not pre-empt over a pre-empt. Any ♦ bid here shows a strong hand.
Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers
C 1♥ 1NT dbl This is a penalty double and says nothing about the ♠ suit.
D 1♠ dbl 2♠ pass 3♠ here is purely competitive. If opener wants to invite then
3♠ he has to bid 3♥.