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55. Monday - October 4, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (23 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

A K 8 4 2
6 4 3
A K 8
7 3

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1
?

Pass
 

2
 

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: two diamonds   two spades   two notrump

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

Q 3
A Q
Q 10 7
A 10 6 5 4 2

 

West

East

 

J 10 6 5
J 10 5
6 5 2
K Q 8

9 7
K 9 8 7 2
J 9 4 3
J 9

 

South

 

A K 8 4 2
6 4 3
A K 8
7 3

Rebid two spades.

And two diamonds is a strong second choice. Two notrump describes your shape but it can hardly be right to declare notrump from your side (yes, we know you play the hands better than he). Note: if two spades is not forcing in your system, bid two diamonds, but we suggest strongly that you play two-over-one promises another bid.

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1
2
3NT

Pass
Pass
End

2
2NT
 

Pass
Pass
 

True, this is very unlucky that 3NT goes down from your side, but why take a chance? Always keep in mind the primary purpose of constructive bidding: to reach three notrump (the most frequent game contract) from the correct side of the table.

Score:

Two spades = 10
Two diamonds = 9
Two notrump = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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