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40. Sunday - Sept 19, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (14 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

10 4 2
3
A K Q 6
K J 9 5 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: one club   one diamond

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

A 9 6
9 8 5 2
9
A 8 6 4 3

 

West

East

 

K 8 5
A K Q J 7 6 4
8 5
7

Q J 7 3
10
J 10 7 4 3 2
Q 10

 

South

 

10 4 2
3
A K Q 6
K J 9 5 2

Open 1. We almost always open with the longer suit. This is the best percentage in finding a big fit. We understand that you might have a rebidding problem occasionally, but we we don't mind the rebid of 1NT if partner responds 1. It limits the strength of the hand and avoids playing in a 4-2 diamond fit - something that happens when you open this type of hand 1 and rebid 2.

On this deal it was a good idea to open in your longer suit. After a 1 opening bid, you reached 5 making six. After a 1, you defended 4 doubled. For those of you who think that we've stacked the North hand with long clubs and short diamonds to prove a point, try this hand for North:

A 9 6
9 8 5 2
9 7 4 3 2
A

After a 1 opening it may still be better to defend 4 than risk a 5 contract. After a 1 opening, it is easy to take the safe route of penalizing 4

Score:

One club = 10
One diamond = 3

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 5

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