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54. Sunday - October 3, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (22 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

A K Q J 7 5 4 2
A Q 6
2
6

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

Pass

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: one spade   two clubs   four spades

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

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

 

West

East

 

-
K J 7 3
A Q 9 6 3
K 7 3 2

10 9 6 3
10 9 8
10 8
A J 10 9

 

South

 

A K Q J 7 5 4 2
A Q 6
2
6

Open four spades

True, you might make six or seven, but we go with Bob Hamman's axiom: wathever I need, partner doesn't have. The advantages of opening four spades are: 1) you might get a heart lead that you otherwise wouldn't get; and 2) you might jam them out of their minor-suit game.

West, with no attractive lead, tried a heart and you claimed 10 tricks. Let's look at another scenario:

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

Pass
Pass

Pass
2

1
4

Double
End

West leads a club and with careful defense you go down one. Had you opened with two clubs, there's no telling what West would lead, but against a four-spade opening, a heart looks best.

Score:

Four spades = 10
Two clubs = 3
One spade = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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