Weekly Bidding Quiz (Updated Nov 19)

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Each week (usually on Saturday) I post one problem showing North and South hands. After a day or two, I post the answer. If you have Facebook, you can see the postings and comments from readers.
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These questions are geared towards beginners, but can be used to generate interest and stimulate discussion with all skill levels.

Suggestion: Set up the two hands (North and South) and deal out the remaining cards randomly to East and West. Bid and play — see if it works out the way you think it would. Sometimes I will add one of the other hands and you can set up all four hands to see how the bidding and playing might go.

#196:  Week of November 18, 2017:

North’s hand. What should North bid? 

And here is South’s hand. How will South respond to North’s bid? Try to predict how the bidding will go. It might be easy to see what the final contract should be by looking at both hands, but remember that you can use only the bids between the partners to figure out what the best contract should be. Communication between partners is one of the most important aspects of playing bridge and makes a big difference on the final outcome.

Answer: North has 14 HCP plus 2 for length = 16 pts. North should bid 1♠ showing a 5-card spade suit (or more) and 12-21 pts.

South has 13 HCP and should realize that they should be in game. South should next bid 2♥ to show 10+ pts (not limiting the upper range of his hand) and 5 hearts, probably no fit in spades.

North may now have some difficulty. He has stoppers in the other two suits so should he bid 2NT? His hand is so unbalanced, not usually an advantage when in NT. He would like to jump to show a slightly stronger hand, but if he jumped to 4♣, he might miss out on 3NT. North’s likely rebid would be 3♣. Now South has a wee bit of a problem. South cannot bid 3NT without stoppers in diamonds. Will South bid 3♠ (true, he is lying a little bit; he doesn’t have a fit in spades, but sometimes a fit in 7 trump is better than NT), or 4♣ (to show support for what he will consider to be 4 clubs from North) or pass (thinking that North did not jump so they probably do not have enough pts for 5♣). My opinion is that South should bid 4♣ (inviting to game). Then North should bid 5♣, considering his void as a bit of extra strength.

North should be able to make 6♣ (12 tricks), 5♠ (11 tricks), or 4NT (10 tricks). Not vulnerable that would be a score of 920, 450 or 430, respectively. See East’s hand below. This game would be interesting to set up for two master bridge players sitting N/S. Would they get to 6♣ in their bidding? If they did, they deserve to be masters of the game!

Week of November 11, 2017:

North’s hand. What should North bid?
(Although you can see both hands, try to pretend you cannot. Your decisions must be based on the messages and the information given by the bidding only.)


South’s hand. How will South respond to North’s bid? Try to predict the bidding between North & South (assuming no interference from opponents), the final contract, and the results (how many tricks can be taken).

Answer to Quiz #195:
North has 17 HCP plus 2 for length = 19 pts. North should open
1♣ showing 12-21 pts and no 5-card major. South has 9 HCP and, because their first goal is to find an 8-card fit in a major suit, South responds 1♠ showing at least 4 spades and at least 6 pts, but not limiting his hand. A change of suit in the first round is forcing.
North will consider that South does not have 4 hearts; however, South could have more spades than hearts and that would be a reason for South to bid 1♠ and skip 1♥, but that is not common. Even though North could consider that spades are now stopped and all suits are stopped so 2NT could be a possible bid, that singleton diamond stopper is not so great. North will now repeat his club suit so must show point count. North will jump to 3♣. He could jump to 4♣ showing 19+ pts, but then 3NT has been passed so best to jump to 3♣ showing 16-18 pts. With 9 pts, South should show support for the clubs now, knowing that North has 16+ pts and at least 5 clubs. South should bid 4♣; however, in a real game, don’t be surprised if South passes. With no dummy pts, South may not think that game is there in 5♣. (They should have approximately 29 pts together.)
Will North bid 5♣? Depends how aggressive he feels! North knows they have 9 trump together, plus the singleton diamond — it’s probably worth the game try. Let’s say North will be brave and bid 5♣. Final contract = 5♣ by North. Results: North should be able to take all 13 tricks, making a grand slam, but he also has luck on his side with the placement of the clubs. 7NT will also make, but they are missing 3 Kings so that would be risky to bid! Here’s West’s hand, so you can try it yourself.