Mark Horton

Guess the Bid

Do you recall the classic Marx Brothers movie A Night at the Opera?

It includes the following exchange between Groucho and Chico (along with Harpo keen bridge players):

Groucho: “That’s in every contract, that’s what you call a sanity clause.”

Chico: “You can’t a fool a me there ain’t no sanity clause”

Now try your hand at this simple quiz and you may begin to understand why I have mentioned it.

You have the following hand as West at game all:


10 8 6 5
Q 10 6 3
K Q J 4


West North East South
  1 Pass 1NT*

Your mission, should you decide to accept is to guess what West decided to bid.


Luise LeeDecember 3rd, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Is Pass not the correct answer?

Ant EdwardsDecember 4th, 2008 at 9:35 am

Ok, pass is usual, so it can’t be that.

I’m also reluctant to choose 2C, because that would have a semblance of logic (perhaps West considered this a pre-balancing situation). Ditto 2NT for minors.

At the university of Warwick we had an award called ‘the chimp’ which was given to bids with [flawed] logic at the time that turned out very wrong in their outcome. So for this ‘guess the bid’ I choose, 2H, a planned psyche, expecting to SOSXX out of it to a “guaranteed fit.” That, in my opinion is the worst bid that might have reasoning behind it that I can think of!

Shyam SDecember 4th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

2D 🙂

And follow up with a 3C bid, if needed and available 🙂

Did I get this one right?

Jeff SmithDecember 4th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Pass is obvious…but what about 2NT for the minors…burying the opps probable heart fit…

LindaDecember 20th, 2008 at 1:49 am

I can’t believe you got it Shyam. I have heard so many people try it and you actually found his bid.

Kudos! I know I am giving away the answer but it has been a while now since the result was published in the next Blog.

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