This will be my last lesson on Stayman & Jacoby. I hope you now know how to apply them to any future bidding quizzes, if they are appropriate. I have never taught this topic in so many segments before. Ten lessons! Usually, I cover this topic in about 2.5 hours with my students, but I may use these lessons next time I teach it. They are about as thorough as I can make them! π ...
1 day ago
Hand of the Week: Here is your chance to make a decision and then compare it to what others did. You are North. Your partner has opened the bidding with a Weak Two bid, showing 6 spades and 6-11 pts. What will you do and WHY? This time, I'd like to see your reasoning for your bid. Often, there is no "right" or "wrong" answer, but some bids will result in a better score than others. Tomorrow, I'll post the results of several tables who bid and played this game, and the analysis and deduction that can be made from it. Good luck! ...
2 days ago
Quiz #9 Answers
These answers are based on Advancer (partner of the overcaller) passing.
If Advancer bids, that can change things considerably.
Itβs impossible to show every situation.
Always use your best judgment based on the bidding of all players.
For example, if Openerβs left-hand opponent overcalls and Responder has 8+ pts, Advancer probably does not have a lot of points. However, βFits and bits take tricks.β With a long suit and shortness in other suits, the opponents may be able to get enough tricks to make a 2- or 3-level contract, even with fewer points than the Opener and Responder.
Consider also that one of the purposes for an overcall is to make it more difficult for the opponents to bid and find their best contract.
Overcallerβs bid is shown in square brackets [ ].
#1 Opener 15 pts, Responder 5 points.
Bidding: 1NT β [2H] β X double (stole my bid) β 2S β Pass
Responder transfers to spades.
#2 Opener 17 pts, Responder 9 pts.
Bidding: 1NT β [2D] β X double (stole my bid) β 3H β 4H.
Responder transfers to hearts, Opener, with 17 pts and 4 of the suit, super-accepts by jumping a level.
Responder then takes it to game. Slam is close, but Overcaller probably has the Heart King, the finesse will not be successful and 2 tricks will be lost.
#3 Opener 16 pts, Responder 8 pts.
Bidding: 1NT β [2C] β X double (stole my bid) β 2H β 4H.
Responder uses Stayman. With a fit in hearts, add 2-3 dummy pts for singleton = enough pts for game.
#4 Opener 16 pts, Responder 6 pts.
Bidding: 1NT β [2C] β 3D β Pass.
Be careful not to confuse partner by bidding 2D. Partner will wonder if that means diamonds or transfer to hearts, unless you have agreed that transfers are βoffβ after an interfering bid.
#5 Opener 15 pts, Responder 7 pts.
Bidding: 1NT β [2D] β Pass.
Responder cannot use Stayman. He has nothing else to bid. Pass and hope to defeat the contract.
#6 Opener 16 pts, Responder 12 pts.
Bidding: 1NT β [2H] β X double (stole my bid) β 2S β 3D (show other suit and game pts) β 3S (Opener chooses spades so must have 3 at least) β 4S.
Much judgment has been used in this bidding. If Responder had a stopper in hearts, he should respond 2NT or perhaps 3NT with 12 pts. Responder can conclude that Opener must have some high cards in the other three suits, but no guarantee thereβs a stopper in hearts. With the top 4 cards in a suit, I will sometimes value them the same as having 5 cards in that suit.
Responder knows there are more than enough pts for game (15 + 12 = 27).
Play of the hand will be important. May need to do some cross-ruffing before pulling trump.
#7 Opener 16 pts, Responder 10 pts.
Bidding: 1NT β [2S] β 2NT or 3NT.
Responder is sitting under the Overcaller with the Spade Ace/Queen combination, very good for defence against a bid of spades from the right. Overcaller likely has the King/Jack. Even though there are enough pts for game, the overcall may put a slight damper on that. Some may decide to bid 3NT and might make it.
#8 Opener 15 pts, Responder 9 pts.
Bidding: 1NT β [2D] β Pass.
Responder canβt use Stayman and has no stopper in diamonds, so should just pass and hope to defeat the contract. ...
3 days ago
Bidding Quiz #306: North is the dealer. Try to predict the bidding between North & South, the final contract and the results (how many tricks they can take). I'll post my suggestions and analysis in a day or so. Good luck! ...
3 months ago
Hand of the Week: This is your chance to make a decision and then compare it to what others did. Often, there is no "right" or "wrong" answer, but some bids will result in a better score than others. This quiz is meant to test your ability to apply the rules and your judgment while also scrutinizing the bidding around the table. In a day or so, I'll post the results of several tables who bid and played this game, and the analysis and deduction that can be made from it. Good luck! ...
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