TODAY'S QUIZ BROUGHT TO YOU BY MATTHEW AND PAMELA GRANOVETTER
The Granovetters edit Bridge Today Magazine
and run an email bridge school on the Internet
Subscribe to
Bridge Today Magazine
Learn with the pros at
Bridge Today University

39. Saturday - Sept 18, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (13 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

J 9 3 2
A K Q 7 3 2
4
9 2

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

?

 

 

 

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: pass   one heart   two hearts

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

5 4
J 10 8 6
A 9 3
A 8 7 5

 

West

East

 

A Q 8
9 5 4
K J 10 7 6
K 3

K 10 7 6
-
Q 8 5 2
Q J 10 6 4

 

South

 

J 9 3 2
A K Q 7 3 2
4
9 2

Open two hearts. We know, we know, you have four spades. However, we refrain from opening one-bids that can't defeat a slam. Surely a two-heart bid is more descriptive than one heart or pass! There are three ways to do everything in life, and in bridge it is the same. You can be an extremist or you can take the middle, rational course. Extremists open a weak two-bid either with only the perfect hand or with anaything resembling a weak two-bid. The best approach is to use judgement and bend the rules just a little.

If you opended one heart, the next hand ventured an overcall in diamonds, and your partner eventually doubled the opponents in five diamonds. Unfortunately, the hearts were 3-0. After a two-heart opening, the next hand passed and your side stole the pot when partner jumped to four hearts (good bid with four trumps!). If you passed in first seat, you had time łto order a turkey on rye while the opponents bid unimpeded to anaything they wished.

Score:

two hearts = 10
Pass = 3
one heart = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 5

ENGLISH HOMEPAGE            Copyright 1999-2001 by Roger Dunn            PAGE D'ACCUEIL FRANÇAIS