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38. Friday - Sept 17, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (12 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

A 10 2
6 3
A K 9 7 4 2
Q 7

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1
?

Pass
 

1
 

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 diamonds   two spades

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

K Q 8 6 3
A 9 4
8 5
J 10 3

 

West

East

 









 

South

 

A 10 2
6 3
A K 9 7 4 2
Q 7

Bid two spades. A two-diamond rebid put partner under pressure unless he has a game-forcing hand. Yet frequently a four-spade game can be made opposite as little as a five-card spade suit and 9 to 10 points! For example:

1. K Q 8 6 3     A 9 4     8 5     J 10 3

2. Q J 8 6 3     9 8 4     8     A K 3 2

3. 9 8 7 6 4 3     9 4     Q 8     A K 3

4. K 8 7 6 3     9 8 7 5 4     Q 5     A

The purpose of constructive bidding is to reach games and slams, not stop safely in the perfect partsacore. On the actual deal, partner held hand number 1, and passed if you rebid two diamonds. But over a two-spade raise, he tried for game and you accepted.

Score:

two spades = 10
Pass = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 5

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