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24. Friday - Sept 3, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (1 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

K 9 6 3
K 10 3 2
J 4
10 4 3

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
?

1
 

Double
 

Pass
 

Assume you are South, playing in a team match. The stakes? Representation in the world championship for the winning team. Thus, all you have to score is 51% to win.

Options: one heart   one spade   two clubs

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

A Q 10 4
A Q 7
Q 8 6 5
7 2

 

West

East

 

J 7 5
6 5
A 9
A K J 9 8 5

8 2
J 9 8 4
K 10 7 3 2
Q 6

 

South

 

K 9 6 3
K 10 3 2
J 4
10 4 3

Assume you are playing in a team match. The stakes? Representation in the world championship for the winning team. Thus, all you have to score is 51% to win.

Options: one heart   one spade   two clubs

Bid one spade. If the bidding gets competitive, you can also show your hearts. If you began with one heart, you would have to "reverse" to show both majors.

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
1
2
End

1
2
Pass
 

Double
Pass
2
 

Pass
Pass
3
 

If you started with one heart, over two clubs, you would have to balance with two spades. It would work on this hand, but if partner had four hearts and three spades, it would force the bidding to the three level. As for cuebidding to show both suits, it's a good idea but you are an ace short.

Three clubs was defeated after your side led trumps.

Score:

one spade = 10
one heart = 5
two clubs = 3

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 3

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