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42. Tuesday - Sept 21, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (16 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
?

1
 

Pass
 

1NT
 

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   double

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

Q J 10 5 2
Q J 10 7 3 2
7
4

 

West

East

 

4
A K 6 5 4
Q 8 3 2
A 10 8

K 8 6
8
K J 9 6
K 7 6 5 3

 

South

 

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

Double. Finally an easy one! (You did double didn't you?). This shows a takeout double of one heart. True, you have a minimum in high cards but you have the protection of four-card support for all the unbid suits. If your side is going to compete, it's now or never. Another way of looking at it is that the hand that holds shortness in the opponent's suit is the hand that must bend over backwards to get into the auction. Ouch, you're in there ...

If you passed over 1NT, the bidding went:

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
Pass
End

1
2
 

Pass
Pass
 

1NT
3
 

After your double, North will probably take a shot at four spades, which makes (doubled by East). What a disappointment for East-West!

Score:

Double = 10
Pass = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 5

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