Dan Romm’s Bridge Quiz


Dan Romm


How do you play the following hand at MP’s? At IMP’s? (Answers below)


? K8652
? 432
? AK106
? 5
                                              ? 3
                                              ? AKQJ109
                                              ? 9
                                              ? AK642

Contract: 6?
Lead ?Q.
No adverse bidding.


This hand illustrates two points:

    1. There are different strategies for MP’s and Imp’s.
    2. It is frequently better to count winners than losers.

Solution at MP’s: Throw a spade on the king of diamonds and hope clubs are no worse than 4-3 (about 50-50) in which case you can ruff two clubs and make 7.

Solution at IMP’s: Lead a club to your hand at trick 2 and lead a spade! If clubs split 4-3 you will always make 6, but if they split 5-2 you need the king of spades for your 12th trick.

Originally posted: November 17, 2008

Bidding Quiz

Barbara Seagram                                                  

This article is really for novices and intermediates. Tell me what your bid should be? You hold the following hands. The bidding has proceeded:

1? – Pass – Pass to you

    1. ?Qx  ?AJ10  ?Kxxx  ?QJ109


    1. ?Qxx  ?AJ10  ?KQX  ?AJ9x


    1. ?Q5432  ?xx  ?AQxx  ?xx


    1. ?Axx  ?Axxx  ?Q10x  ?xxx


    1. ?KQ10xx  ?xx  ?AKQx  ?xx


    1. ?xx  ?AQx  ?xxx  ?AQJ98


And now tell me what your bid would have been if the bidding had proceeded 1? on your right.

Send your answers to bseagram@ca.inter.net.

Originally published on bridgeblogging.com December 27, 2007

Eddie Kantar’s Bidding Quiz


Eddie Kantar

(Answers below)

Your partner opens the bidding with 2NT (20-21 HCP, balanced) and right-hand opponent passes. What do you bid with the following hands?

2NT You


a. ? KJ54
? Q7653
? 43
? 42
b. ? 5
? 1032
? 1076
? K108432
c. ? AJ4
? K98
? A76
? 10932
d. ? 5
? 102
? KQJ108765
? A9
e. ? K4
? A54
? QJ43
? K1087
f. ? 4
? AJ764
? 42
? KJ1076


  1. Bid 3?. If partner shows a major you plan to raise. If partner bids ?, you will bid 3? showing 5 hearts and 4 spades. Note: Some play “Smolen”. Playing Smolen instead of bidding your five card major, you bid your four card major showing five cards in the other major. This allows the stronger hand to play the contact holding a three card fit in your five card major. It is a very popular convention for obvious reasons.
  2. Bid 3NT and hope the clubs come in.
  3. 4NT.    Natural, not Blackwood. See next answer.
  4. 4?.      Gerber, asking for aces. If partner has three aces, bid 7NT forcing the opening lead to come up to the strong hand. If partner has two aces, bid 6NT to protect a possible ?K in the opener’s hand.    Of course, if partner has the ?QJ(x)(x) you are better off in 6?.
  5. 5NT.    Forcing to slam asking a partner to bid four card suits in ascending order.    If partner bids 6? or 6?, pass.    A 4-4 fit usually produces an extra trick (or two) in the play and that might be the difference between going down in 6NT and making 6? or 6?.
  6. 3?   A transfer to hearts which you plan to follow up by bidding 4?, forcing.    There could well be a slam if partner has a fit for one of your suits along with aces in your short suits.