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44. Thursday - Sept 23, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (18 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

9 5 3
A 9 5
A 7 4
K 5 4 2

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
?

 
 

3
 

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: pass   four hearts

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

J 7
K Q J 7 4 3 2
8 5 3
10

 

West

East

 

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

K 10 8
8 6
Q J
A Q 8 7 6 3

 

South

 

9 5 3
A 9 5
A 7 4
K 5 4 2

Bid four hearts.

Four hearts goes down two, but is better than four spades by them, making. If you pass, West will balance with three spades. If you bid four hearts, he may also bid four spades, but at the risk of East bidding five spades. A good partnership raises preempts with a fit - it's similar to a one-two punch.

Score:

Four hearts = 10
Pass = 8
Any psych = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 5

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