68 English Bridge February 2018 www.ebu.co.uk
Hand 1 Hand 2
´ A J 7 2 ´ A J 7 2
™ K 7 6 5 ™ K Q 10 6
t 2 t 2
® 8 7 6 5 ® K J 9 8
Hand 3 Hand 4
´ A J 7 2 ´ A J 10 2
™ A K 10 6 ™ Q 10 8 6 5
t 2 t 2
® 8 7 6 5 ® 10 6 4
BLAST FROM THE PAST - April 1947
by J H C Marx in 1947 & Richard Fleet in 2019
s usual, the quiz was set by Jack Marx and
was predicated on rubber bridge.
For those readers unfamiliar with this form of the
game, part-scores are carried forward until one side
makes a game. For example, if one side makes 1NT
on the first hand, they score 40 points towards game
(overtrick points are recorded separately and do not
count towards game). So they only need a further 60
points to make game while their opponents still
need 100 points.
A rubber consists of up to three games: if a pair
win the first two games, they record a bonus of 700
points; if each pair wins a game, the bonus to the
pair winning the third game is 500 points.
The existence of a part-score can make a big
difference and it was commonplace advice in the
textbooks of the time that it was important to keep
a careful eye on the score. For example, if partner
opens a weak 1NT and your side has a 60 part-score,
it would be foolish to raise to 3NT with 13 points
since making 1NT is enough for game. It is normal
to pass with a hand of this strength - 3NT is a slam
ove All. North deals and bids 1t. What
should South bid on the following hands:
Answers from1947 and from
today's expert Richard Fleet
responding with 1™, South gives North the
opportunity of showing a four card spade length,
if he has one, at the level of 1´. A first response of
1´, on the other hand, prevents North from
showing a four card heart length except at the 2level
which, being a reverse bid, he may not be
strong enough to do. A response of 1´ may
therefore result in the best spot for the hands
never being found.
I think that most players nowadays would respond
1™ to 1t on all of these hands.
Hand 2. 1™, 4 points. 1´, 1 point. If North should
rebid 2t, South is strong enough to bid 3NT at
once, thus avoiding further information being
given to the opponents. South should therefore
adopt the same method as in Hand 1 for finding
a fitting major suit, if it exists. As he intends to bid
again in any case, a first response by South of 1´
is less disadvantageous than in Hand 1.
So far as Hand 2 is concerned, if the partnership is
playing a 2® response as forcing to game, a
treatment which for some unaccountable reason
is popular in some places, there is something to
be said for bidding 2® rather than 1™.
Hand 3. 1´, 4 points. If North should rebid 2t,
South is strong enough to show both his suits.
There is little to be gained, therefore, from
bidding them otherwise than in the normal order.
I cannot agree with Marx regarding Hand 3.
Bidding 1´ and then 2™ is asking for partner to
support spades with an inadequate holding and I
would therefore respond 1™ (and rebid 2NT over
Hand 4. 1™, 4 points. The same considerations
apply as in Hand 1.
Hand 1.1™, 4 points. If North should make a neutral
rebid such as 2t, South's hand is not strong
enough to bid again, and he must pass. By first