June 2019 English Bridge
TAKE THE YOUNG CHELSEA BIDDING CHALLENGE
ondon-based Young Chelsea Bridge Club has
launched a monthly bidding quiz which is
open to all players, regardless of where they
live. There are even prizes to be won!
Everyone can benefit from this Bidding Quiz,
regardless of expertise. Once the deadline has
passed you can see the views from a panel of experts
which comprises 20 international players from the
UK and abroad. To name but a few - you'll get
commentary from Sally Brock, Paula Leslie, Phillip
Alder and Phil King.
Let's take a look at one of the six boards that was
part of the quiz from March this year:
IMPS) at the table and provides additional ranking
for participants. Here the best practical bid was 5™
(exclusion Blackwood) which allows you to bid this
great 6´ slam as partner's hand was:
´ Q 5 4 2
t A K Q 4 2
® K J 10 2
´ K J 10 8 7
™ J 10 3 2
® A Q 7
Love All. Dealer West. IMP Scoring
West North East South
1™ 1´ Pass ?
2™ = Cue
3®/3t = Natural + fit
4™ = Splinter
4®/4t = most play splinter
2NT = natural unless you state otherwise
This board produced no fewer than nine different
answers from the panel! A cue-bid of 2™ (6 votes),
a splinter 4™ (5 votes), and a 3t (fit bid) attracted
most votes from the experts and the top theoretical
scores of 100, 95 and 90 respectively. Also provided
is a 'practical score' representing the likely gain (in
In reality the slam was missed at most tables.
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAID
Phillip Alder: 3t. 'I like fit-jumps. Here, a 4™
splinter would leave partner no room. Over 3t, if
he signs off in 3´, I can control-bid 4™.
Sally Brock: 2NT. 'We have always played 2NT as
a 4-card limit raise (stronger than 3™ which is
mixed) but we have just agreed (after a very
similar problem) that if partner is going to bid
game he must bid 3NT in case I have a real slam
Phil King: 2™. 'Complicated. I usually prefer a
more direct approach but splintering
immediately is unlikely to help. We have the boss
suit so let's start low.'
Paula Leslie: 2™. 'Keeps the bidding low so gives
partner more room if they have a good hand.'
If you would like to have a go at the latest quiz
you just need to register at ycbc.co.uk/quiz.
The YCBC Quiz is provided by
Bridgechallenge.com - a free site which has other
bridge conundrums and a portal for you to
upload a challenging board for others to try.