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25. Saturday - Sept 4, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (2 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

10 6
7 5 3
A 10 5
A K Q 6 4

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2
?

Pass
Pass
 

1
2
 

Pass
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: two hearts   two notrump   three diamonds

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

A K 8 4 2
K 9
K 9 7 2
J 8

 

West

East

 

7 3
Q 10 6 4 2
Q 8 6 3
9 5

Q J 9 5
A J 8
J 4
10 7 3 2

 

South

 

10 6
7 5 3
A 10 5
A K Q 6 4

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: two hearts   two notrump   three diamonds

Bid Bid two hearts. This is a perfect example of "fourth-suit-forcing". That is, the fourth suit in any auction is artificail and forcing, saying "Partner, I must force but I have nothing to bid".

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2
2
3NT

Pass
Pass
Pass
End

1
2
2NT
 

Pass
Pass
Pass
 

You did well to steer the notrump to partner's side of the table. The raise to three diamonds would also have worked here, but might have backfired if partner was more distributional and bid on in diamonds, hoping for four-card support.

Score:

two hearts = 10
three diamonds = 7
two notrump = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 3

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