Join Bridge Winners
Blue Ribbon Pairs, Day 3, Second Session, Bidding Competition
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Same as previous article. There is some luck in masterpoints. Make a selection of twenty heads/tails guesses and write them down before you do any bidding. Cross them off as you use them, e.g. HTTTHTHHTHTHTHHHH

You are playing "tournament standard" 2/1.

Board 1

South
KJ8653
K4
AJ9
109
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
1NT
P
3
?

The 1NT overcall shows 4+ hearts/5+ clubs. Partner's pass denies 3 spades.

Your bid?

Board 1

South
KJ8653
K4
AJ9
109
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
1NT
P
3
?

Score: 6 if you bid 4, 2 otherwise. 0 if you tried 3NT.

Full deal:

West
Q102
J962
5
AK862
North
A9
A8
KQ1064
7543
East
74
Q10753
8732
QJ
South
KJ8653
K4
AJ9
109
D
1

 

Board 2

South
Q972
Q8
AKQ842
J
W
N
E
S
1
1
1
P
2
?

This one is against Meckstroth/Rodwell.

Your bid?

Board 2

South
Q972
Q8
AKQ842
J
W
N
E
S
1
1
1
P
2
?

If you let them play 2, they will take 8 tricks.

If you bid 3 like you shouldn't, you take 8 tricks; don't ask me how.

Even the best have a slip up on defense.

3 - 1 scores better than 2 making.

Score: 4 if you passed, 6 if you bid 3.

Full deal:

West
KJ105
A3
7653
763
North
64
J10742
10
A10942
East
A83
K965
J9
KQ85
South
Q972
Q8
AKQ842
J
D
2

 

Board 3

South
10762
3
Q432
AQ104
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1
X
2
2
P
P
3
P
P
?

Your bid?

Board 3

South
10762
3
Q432
AQ104
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1
X
2
2
P
P
3
P
P
?

Does West really have 4 hearts and was slow playing the hand, or does she have 3 hearts and is violating The Law? You know partner has 4 spades. Do you pass, double or bid 3?

Score: 8 if you bid 3, 0 otherwise.

There are no police at the BRP, violate The Law all you want. Almost everyone bid 3. (OK, probably different auctions, but my point still the same).

Full deal:

West
Q5
J852
107
K9873
North
AJ83
K97
AJ96
62
East
K94
AQ1064
K85
J5
South
10762
3
Q432
AQ104
D
3

 

Board 4

West
97
AQ102
74
K7652
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
2
P
?

2 is spades and a minor.

Your bid?

Board 4

West
97
AQ102
74
K7652
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
2
P
?

Pass. Is there any real alternative? Just because it is presented in a quiz format doesn't mean that there is a trick deal every hand. 22/26 tables played 2 either by East or West. Your score depends on declarer luck and defense mistakes.

Score: Look at your next two heads/tails predictions. If they are HH, score 9 - you took 10 tricks. If they are HT, score 7 - you took 9 tricks. Anything else, score 2, you took 8 tricks.

Full deal:

West
97
AQ102
74
K7652
North
AJ6
KJ3
K863
AJ10
East
KQ8432
4
A1092
Q8
South
105
98765
QJ5
943
D
4

 

Board 5

West
J1054
A54
A932
74
W
N
E
S
1
1
P
2
3
3
P
?

Your bid?

Board 5

West
J1054
A54
A932
74
W
N
E
S
1
1
P
2
3
3
P
?

You only take 9 tricks in spades.

Score: 6 if you passed, 2 if you bid 4. However, if you bid 4 and your next set of H/T are HTH, then you bid and made 4. Score 10.

Full deal:

West
J1054
A54
A932
74
North
A
72
Q876
AKJ832
East
KQ9763
K106
K4
Q9
South
82
QJ983
J105
1065
D
5

 

Board 6

East
Q9765
KJ1085
754
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
2
4
5
X
5
?

Partner's double is penalty.

Your bid?

Board 6

East
Q9765
KJ1085
754
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
2
4
5
X
5
?

Score: 5 if you pass, 7 if you double, 1 if you bid 5 or 5.

Full deal:

West
AK832
72
8
KQ973
North
J10
AQ9643
Q103
J4
East
Q9765
KJ1085
754
South
4
AKJ962
A108652
D
6

 

Board 7

West
A54
Q73
A8632
87
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
P
X
2
P
3
3
4
?

1NT is 14+ to 17. Double is a two suiter. 3 shows hearts and spades.

Your bid?

Board 7

West
A54
Q73
A8632
87
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
P
X
2
P
3
3
4
?

Partner must have a strong hand to bud at the three level vulnerable. Opener has implied an off-shape 1NT opening bid. You have two aces. Is it worth supporting partner?

If you passed or doubled, they make 4. If you bid 4, and your next guess is heads - you play in 4; if your next guess is tails, they compete to 5 which you double, down 1.

Score: 2 if you passed, 0 if you doubled. If you played 4, score 8; if you had to double 5, score 7.

Full deal:

West
A54
Q73
A8632
87
North
KJ6
9
10974
QJ1096
East
Q9873
AJ10865
Q5
South
102
K42
KJ
AK5432
D
7

 

Board 8

There was nothing to the bidding, so this is a lead problem.

East
J1092
A10976
QJ7
8
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
3NT
P
P
P

Your lead?

Board 8

East
J1092
A10976
QJ7
8
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
3NT
P
P
P

If you lead a spade or the queen or jack of diamonds, you can set the contract. If you lead a heart, they make.

Score: 9 if you set the contract, 4 otherwise.

Full deal:

West
Q6
843
A532
10972
North
K84
KQ
10864
AQJ5
East
J1092
A10976
QJ7
8
South
A753
J52
K9
K643
D
8

 

Board 9

Again, another lead problem.

East
KQ642
Q74
J7
KJ5
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P

Your lead?

Board 9

East
KQ642
Q74
J7
KJ5
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P

Partner can have, at most, 4HCP. If you gambled that it might be the A, you lost the bet. If you lead a low spade, they make 6. If you lead anything else (except Q), they make 5.

Score: 8 if you led the king or queen of spades, else 3.

Full deal:

West
973
J8652
965
104
North
A108
A103
A108
A972
East
KQ642
Q74
J7
KJ5
South
J5
K9
KQ432
Q863
D
9

Board 10

North
10753
86
6
AJ9763
W
N
E
S
2
3
4
?

2 is weak.

Your bid?

Board 10

North
10753
86
6
AJ9763
W
N
E
S
2
3
4
?

Score: 1 if you passed, 0 if you double. 8 if you bid 5. 3 if you bid 6 or more.

Full deal:

West
A98
AKJ10432
975
North
10753
86
6
AJ9763
East
J6
Q95
KJ10832
108
South
KQ42
7
AQ4
KQ542
D
10

Board 11

North
A1097
1032
A
AK1062
W
N
E
S
P
1
X
1
X
2
?

Partner's double shows 4 spades.

Your bid?

Board 11

North
A1097
1032
A
AK1062
W
N
E
S
P
1
X
1
X
2
?

Score: 6 if you bid 2. If you bid 4 and picked heads, score 9, else score 4.

Full deal:

West
82
A4
KJ732
QJ53
North
A1097
1032
A
AK1062
East
Q65
K9875
1096
74
South
KJ43
QJ6
Q854
98
D
11

 

Board 12

East
7
AQ76
1064
QJ652
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
2
3
P
?

Your bid?

Board 12

East
7
AQ76
1064
QJ652
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
2
3
P
?

Score: 6 if you bid 4, 4 if you passed.

Full deal:

West
KQ103
J843
AQ82
8
North
A9862
K95
53
AK9
East
7
AQ76
1064
QJ652
South
J54
102
KJ97
10743
D
12

 

Board 13

South
105
A43
KQJ10
J1095
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
3
P
?

Your bid?

Board 13

South
105
A43
KQJ10
J1095
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
3
P
?

You only have 1 heart stopper in NT and the K is off-side.

Score: 2 if you bid 3NT, 7 if you bid 5, 2 if you bid to 6.

Full deal:

West
K963
KJ1072
98
86
North
AJ874
5
A6
AQ432
East
Q2
Q986
75432
K7
South
105
A43
KQJ10
J1095
D
13

 

Board 14

West
AQ832
A32
4
J654
W
N
E
S
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
?

Do you explore slam or not?

Your bid?

If you bid RKC, partner will show two without the queen.

West
AQ832
A32
4
J654
W
N
E
S
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P

Your bid?

We assume you have bid 6. Over to partner

East
K104
K75
KQ10
AKQ3
W
N
E
S
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
6
P
?

Do you convert to 6NT or play in 6?

Your bid?

Board 14

There were multiple questions. If you stopped in 4 and did not bid key card you make 12 tricks. Assuming a key card or cue bidding sequence, did you convert 6 to 6NT?

8 of 26 tables did not bid slam. There are 12 tricks in clubs, spades and NT.

Score: 1 if you stopped in 4 or 5. 2 if you stopped in 3NT (or 4NT), 4 if you stopped in 6, 8 if you bid to 6NT.

Full deal:

West
AQ832
A32
4
J654
North
J75
J4
J976
10987
East
K104
K75
KQ10
AKQ3
South
96
Q10986
A8532
2
D
14

Board 15

South
106
A842
A1085
982
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
?

Your bid?

Board 15

South
106
A842
A1085
982
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
?

2 makes but is tricky with a 5-1 spade break. Partner's 2 bid might be on a 3 card suit, so everyone corrected to 2.

Score: If you bid 2, and picked heads, score 8; if you picked tails score 5. If you passed (seriously??) score 8.

Full deal:

West
4
Q9765
J9642
64
North
AK983
3
K3
KJ1075
East
QJ752
KJ10
Q7
AQ3
South
106
A842
A1085
982
D
15

 

Board 16

East
753
K1087
A2
10873
W
N
E
S
1
1
1
X
XX
P
P
2
P
P
?

The double showed 4 spades. The redouble showed 3 card heart support.

Your bid?

Board 16

East
753
K1087
A2
10873
W
N
E
S
1
1
1
X
XX
P
P
2
P
P
?

Hearts break 4-2; it's ugly.

Score: 2 if you passed, 0 if you bid 2. If you bid 2 and your next two coins are HH, HT, or TH, then score 6. They compete to 3 which you pass and you set it 1.

Full deal:

West
AQ92
643
86
AK94
North
K6
AJ52
QJ953
Q2
East
753
K1087
A2
10873
South
J1084
Q9
K1074
J65
D
16

 

Board 17

North
K86
AKQ1083
Q43
Q
W
N
E
S
1
P
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
?

Are you going to just bid game, invite slam, RKC or bid slam?

Your bid?

Board 17

North
K86
AKQ1083
Q43
Q
W
N
E
S
1
P
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
?

9 of 26 tables made it to 6, 1 made it to 6NT. Did you bid on?

Score:8 if you bid to 6, 10 if you bid to 6NT, 3 otherwise.

Full deal:

West
AJ932
J6
J85
J85
North
K86
AKQ1083
Q43
Q
East
1054
2
K1096
109742
South
Q7
9754
A72
AK63
D
17

 

Board 18

South
J97
743
752
Q1073
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
P
2
P
2
P
?

Partner has forced you to bid and now forced you again. You have promised nothing. Your LHO made a 3rd seat white opening bid. Your RHO is silent. Partner could have 25+ points. is there any reason to bid a 3 card suit? Where is this auction going?

Your bid?

Board 18

South
J97
743
752
Q1073
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
P
2
P
2
P
?

Some players bid 2 which was raised to 3 or more by partner. The KJx are off-side.

Score: 6 if you bid 3. Partner will pass. If you bid anything else partner will get too excited, score 3.

Full deal:

West
43
965
AKJ106
K98
North
AKQ6
AQ108
Q8
AJ6
East
10852
KJ2
943
542
South
J97
743
752
Q1073
D
18

 

Board 19

South
A87653
AJ93
QJ
8
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
?

Do you bid 2 or 2?

Your bid?

Board 19

South
A87653
AJ93
QJ
8
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
?

Someone has probably done the analysis and which is the better bid. Both 3 and 3 make double dummy, but single dummy you are more likely to take 8 tricks in hearts. This time partner has a 4 card heart suit.

Score: 5 if you bid 2, 8 if you bid 3.

Full deal:

West
K
1074
1098
QJ10954
North
J9
KQ65
K74
7632
East
Q1042
82
A6532
AK
South
A87653
AJ93
QJ
8
D
19

Board 20

South
7
KQ652
J7653
K10
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
2
2
3
3
?

Do you pass, double or bid hearts?

Your bid?

Board 20

South
7
KQ652
J7653
K10
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
2
2
3
3
?

3 is going down 1, so is 4. West cannot get to East's hand.

Score: 6 if you pass, 10 if you double, 4 if you bid to 4.

Full deal:

West
J543
J98
Q104
Q63
North
K8
1073
A82
A9854
East
AQ10962
A4
K9
J72
South
7
KQ652
J7653
K10
D
20

 

Board 21

West
K764
AQ1093
7
Q103
W
N
E
S
1
P
P
X
2NT
3
P
P
3
P
P
?

An unusual auction for sure. West would overcall 1NT with a big hand so must have running diamonds, presumably a heart and spade stopper and it appears no club stopper.

Your bid?

Board 21

West
K764
AQ1093
7
Q103
W
N
E
S
1
P
P
X
2NT
3
P
P
3
P
P
?

Score: 0 if you pass or double (someone did), 4 if you bid 4, 8 if you bid 3 - partner will raise you and you just make game.

Full deal:

West
K764
AQ1093
7
Q103
North
A95
K4
AKQJ532
4
East
2
8752
1098
AKJ52
South
QJ1083
J6
64
9876
D
21

 

Board 22

North
AKJ43
7
J732
742
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
P
?

Do you pass or rebid spades? Per agreement, partner must have 2+ spades to bid 1NT.

Your bid?

Board 22

North
AKJ43
7
J732
742
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
P
?

Did you pass or rebid spades? What do you think our lawless BRP players did? 18/26 bid 2. Both 1NT and 2 make exactly, but both are hard to play with entry issues. All of the NT bidders made the contract; only 4/18 in 2 made it. We use the coins. If your next two coins are exactly HT then you made an overtrick in NT and made your 2 contract; if they are not exactly HT then you only made 1NT and went down 1 in 2 for -50.

Score: 10 for +120, 9 for +110, 7 for +90, 3 for -50.

Full deal:

West
987
K5
K10964
A109
North
AKJ43
7
J732
742
East
Q105
109432
5
KQJ5
South
62
AQJ86
AQ8
863
D
22

 

Board 23

North
7543
AJ
K8742
J8
W
N
E
S
1
X
?

Your bid?

Board 23

North
7543
AJ
K8742
J8
W
N
E
S
1
X
?

If you bid a non diamond suit, this is a one round force. If you bid spades, partner may raise you. If you bid 2, they will compete to 3. If you bid 3 you win the auction.

Score: 9 if you bid 1 - partner bids 1NT with no heart stopper and took the first 7 tricks, 5 if you bid 3 - partner goes down 1, 1 otherwise - they compete to 4.

Full deal:

West
AQJ10
Q103
10
K10642
North
7543
AJ
K8742
J8
East
92
K9854
J65
Q75
South
K86
762
AQ93
A93
D
23

 

Board 24

North
3
J10
AKJ843
AKJ3
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
X
4
?

Your bid?

Board 24

North
3
J10
AKJ843
AKJ3
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
X
4
?

Score: 8 if you bid 5, 10 if you bid 6, 4 if you doubled.

Full deal:

West
109654
A92
52
642
North
3
J10
AKJ843
AKJ3
East
KQ872
K864
Q96
Q
South
AJ
Q753
107
109875
D
24

 

Board 25

East
AKQ84
10972
Q5
95
W
N
E
S
P
1
X
XX
P
P
2
X
P
P
XX
P
2
P
P
X
2
?

Partner's redouble shows 10+ HCPs. Both of West's doubles are penalty.

Your bid?

Board 25

East
AKQ84
10972
Q5
95
W
N
E
S
P
1
X
XX
P
P
2
X
P
P
XX
P
2
P
P
X
2
?

Seems more like the Reisinger than the BRP. Red/blue/green cards everywhere. If you doubled, you have company. 6/8 pairs did. N/S can only take 6 tricks in hearts.

Score: 8 if you doubled, 3 if you did not. Score 2 if you bid 2 - it makes.

Full deal:

West
5
A5
AJ732
J10762
North
J7632
K63
1098
43
East
AKQ84
10972
Q5
95
South
109
QJ84
K64
AKQ8
D
25

 

Board 26

South
J103
96
J109
AKJ93
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
P
P
?

Your bid?

Board 26

South
J103
96
J109
AKJ93
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
P
P
?

Score: 6 if you bid 1NT. If you pass.... if your coin is heads, score 10 - they play the 1 doubled down 2, if your coin is tails, they get to 2, making, score 5.

Full deal:

West
A6
AKJ4
Q8
86542
North
KQ74
7532
A42
Q7
East
9852
Q108
K7653
10
South
J103
96
J109
AKJ93
D
26

Add up all 26 scores. Multiply by 10 to convert the scores to percentages. Divide by 26 (number of boards). This is your percentage score for the round.

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