Weekly Bidding Quiz (Updated April 21)

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These questions are geared towards beginners, but can be used to generate interest and stimulate discussion with all skill levels.

When I post the answer, I will also post one of the missing hands. (The 4th hand can be set up by default.) This will allow you to set up the complete game. You may wish to test it out with friends: it’s a good way to learn.

#215 – Posting for April 21, 2018

Here are North and South hands. Try to predict the bidding (starting with North as the Opener), the final contract and the results.


#214 – Posting for April 14, 2018

North’s hand and South’s hand are shown below. North is the dealer. East overcalls 2♣. How will North and South bid their hands? Try to predict the bidding, the contract and the results.


Answer: North has 13 HCP, plus 1 for length. North has a 5-card major so will bid it. 1♠
East overcalls 2♣.
South has 12 HCP and a fit in spades, so can count 1 dummy pt for the doubleton. South knows they should end up in game at 4♠, but they could also have a slam. No need to rush just yet. He should bid 2. A change of suit in the first round is forcing. It shows 5 hearts and at least 10 points.
North must bid as South gave him a forcing bid. North does not have another 4-card suit, nor does he have a fit in hearts. North does not know South has a fit in spades, but he doesn’t have to know that. South can direct this ship! Trust your partner. North should bid 2NT showing a minimum hand of 12-15 pts (no jump) and no other 4-card suit. South will then bid 4♠.
It would not be wrong for South to jump immediately to 4♠, but it is not necessary. A simple overcall of 2♣ is not dangerous when South can bid 4♠ in his next round. If the interference was too dangerous, a jump to 4♠ immediately would be the best thing to do.
North should be able to take 10 tricks and make the contract at 4♠. (3NT will make 4 which is a better contract this time. A 3NT contract making 4 results in 10 more pts compared to 4♠ making 4, so for duplicate players, they may want to risk it. With the 2♣ overcall, North can consider he has the King stopper, but it’s only one stopper. If the opponents can get in again before North takes 9 tricks, it could be dangerous. Also, the hearts and spades are located to North’s advantage this time.)
Here is East’s hand who gave the overcall of 2♣, so you can set out the complete hands and look at it more carefully, if you so wish.