Weekly Bidding Quiz on Facebook

Learn on your own (or with a partner) and try my quizzes.

Each week (usually on Saturday) I post one problem showing North and South hands on Facebook. After a day or two, I post my analysis and suggestions.
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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.

Below are two examples of the postings. What you do not see here are viewers’ comments and my responses to their comments. Sometimes we have interesting discussions.

#216 – Posting for April 28, 2018

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

East overcalls 2. South should stop to think what that means before s/he bids. See note below.* What would you do if you were South? Try to predict the final contract and the results. Good luck!

*Note: The stop card was used to show a jump in the bidding. The rule was that it had to be used all the time in this situation or never used (your choice) and the players were to be consistent as to whether they used it or not. Not only that, but the next player to bid was required to pause. This was controversial and hotly debated so the ACBL decided to discontinue its use. You can remove it from your bidding box as it should not be used any more. Bridge players should always be watching the bidding at the table and they should notice when a jump in bidding has been made. If they don’t, it’s to their own disadvantage — for the opponents and for the partner.

Answer:

North has 15 HCP, plus 1 for length. North’s bid is 1♣, showing 12+ pts, no 5-card major and at least 3 clubs, nothing more.

East overcalls 2. This is a weak, pre-emptive bid with 6 hearts.

South has 7 HCP. He has a 4-card major but the opponent bid it. South is in a dilemma now. Normally, he would respond to South’s opening bid but he shouldn’t bid 2NT. He will pass. He has only 7 pts.

North might pass or bid 3♣. With only one heart (he will be able to ruff a heart in the 2nd round), it might be worth competing, especially since he has a medium-strength hand. South does not know North has 5 clubs. North should take the chance and rebid the clubs.

The contract could end up in 2 by East or 3♣ by North. Which will it be? If several tables played this game, you would likely see both contracts in the final results.

North would get 110 pts for bidding and making 3♣. East would get 110 pts for bidding and making 2. Both contracts are makeable. From N/S point of view, 3♣ is the best contract. From E/W point of view, 2♥ was a smart, pre-emptive bid, especially if North and South passed!

Here is East’s hand, so you can set up and try the game, if you wish.

#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.

 

 

 

Answer:

North has 16 HCP and no 5-card major. His hand is extremely unbalanced. His opening bid should be 1.

South has 9 HCP. The first goal is to find a fit in a major suit so South will respond 1♠ (forcing).

North realizes he should jump to show points. He knows there is no fit in hearts since South’s response usually denies having 4 hearts, and there is no hope of having a fit in spades, so he might as well show his long, strong diamond suit. Since he will be repeating his suit, he must show point count. A rebid of 3 shows 5+ diamonds and 16-18 pts (medium-strength hand). South should pass. He could bid 4 but he knows that, together, they have at most 27 pts which is not quite enough for game in 5. There is no benefit to bidding 3 and taking 10 tricks compared to bidding 4 and taking 10 tricks. There is an advantage only if it might be possible to bid 5 and make 11 tricks. Also, a bid of 3 gives South a chance to bid 3NT without going higher. With no stoppers in hearts, 3NT would be a poor choice by South.

Contract is 3 by North. He should be able to take 10 tricks. If he takes 11 tricks, then the defence did not play as well as they could have.

An alternate rebid by North could be 2. Would South recognize the reverse showing 16+ pts? With stoppers in all suits, North could bid and make 3NT. If South bids 3NT, it could go down 1 trick so 3 would be a better contract.

Here is West’s hand so you can set up and try the game with all the hands, if you wish.

 

 

 

 

 

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