2012 Xmas Quiz by Andrew Robson
Answers and Results
Thank you to all the many, many members who entered. Congratulations to our winner, Chris Shambrook of Loddon Vale
BC, Reading, who achieved 100/100 and receives a luxury Pelissier card table. A draw was made among the second-highest
scorers, and a bridge book each goes to second and third, David Wilson of Cottingham and Bill Townsend of Leeds.
Section A (Questions 1-4) your part-score plus. Hearts rates to play 4. ´ Q 9 4 ™ J 7 3 t Q 5 ® K J 10 8 2
You are South in each problem. Which of a trick better than no-trumps, facing a
the three selected bids would you find at typical 2-4-4-3 shape, so it is imperative West North East South
the key moment and why? You are playing that you bid the suit. As regards bidding Pass
duplicate pairs and neither side is vul- 3™, typically you’d jump opposite a 1´ 2™ 3´ ?
nerable. double with 9+ points; but ascribing too What call do you make?
You will be given a mark out of 10 for much value to the queen of spades is (A) 4™; (B) Pass; (C) 4®.
your choice (10 for the correct answer – dubious, as is pushing for a close game.
in Andrew’s judgement). As regards bidding 1NT, the one plus is Do we really want to get involved? Bearing
that, unlike 2™, it shows values (about in mind our defensive spades – and
1. ´ A Q 9 7 5 ™ A K J 7 5 t K 4 3 ® Void 7-10 points); but nonetheless it has to be diamonds – and the fact that we’d have to
marked down as +90 does not score well bid at the four-level, the answer has to be
West North East South alongside +110 (or +140). no (it would be so different with ´x-x-x
1´ Marks: (A) 10; (B) 7; (C) 4. and ™Q-J-x). So pass scores 10. If we are
Pass 3´ Pass ? to bid, however, how much better to
__________ introduce our clubs – at least that way
What call do you make? partner will lead a club vs 4´. (As a passed
(A) 4®; (B) 6´; (C) 4™. 3. ´ Void ™ 7 5 4 2 t A Q 8 3 ® Q 10 9 7 4 hand, partner should realise we are likely
to have some heart support for 4®, but
At pairs, you should not be overly West North East South even if he doesn’t, we can always run to 4™
scientific. The fewer bids you make in 1™ Pass if 4® is doubled in the metaphorical voice
reaching the contract, the better: the less 3™ Pass Pass ? of thunder).
information you give away. With your Marks: (B) 10; (C) 7; (A) 3.
four-loser hand, 6´ must have a decent What call do you make?
chance: so that is quite simply what you (A) Pass; (B) 4®; (C) 3NT. __________
should bid. If you do decide to mark time,
it is far better to bid naturally in this Interesting. The opponents rate to have Section B (Questions 5-8)
position rather than make some nebulous eight or, more likely, nine hearts between Which of the following three South
control-showing bid. Misguidedly bid 4® them and that leaves partner with at most hands would bid according to the
and is partner supposed to like K-Q-10-x one heart. Partner hasn’t bid 3´ (remember sequence given? What should the other
or not? he must have something or the opponents two do differently? Assume you are play-
Marks: (B) 10; (C) 8; (A) 3. would have bid higher), so he doesn’t have ing duplicate pairs and neither side is
too many spades, therefore he has many vulnerable.
__________ minor-suit cards and your hands should You will get 6 marks for the correct
fit like a glove. It is clear to act and best is answer – in Andrew’s judgement, and 2
2. ´ Q 9 7 3 ™ K J 10 7 t K 7 ® 9 7 6 3NT, which can only be for the minors marks each for giving the correct alter-
(not natural) given your failure to act over native bidding for the other hands.
West North East South 1™. Partner can then choose the minor.
1´ Dble Pass ? 4® is better than pass, as it is so clear to do 5. West North East South
something positive: once again, remember 1™ Dble
What call do you make? that partner must have something or the 2™ Pass Pass 2´
(A) 2™; (B) 3™; (C) 1NT. opponents would have bid higher.
Marks: (C) 10; (B) 7; (A) 3. (A) ´ A J 10 6 4 ™ 4 t K J 9 7 ® A J 7
At pairs, you should not push for close (B) ´ A Q J 8 3 ™ 7 t A K 6 ® K J 8 7
games; but you should try to maximise __________ (C) ´ A K Q 4 ™ 7 6 t A K 6 ® Q 10 5 3
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