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59. Friday - October 8, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (27 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

Q J 10 9 5 4
6
9 3
9 6 4 3

 

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: pass   two spades   three spades   four spades

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

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

 

West

East

 

A
K J 9 5 4 2
7 6
A J 10 7

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

 

South

 

Q J 10 9 5 4
6
9 3
9 6 4 3

Open three spades.

Again, this is a middle-of-the-road approach (though slightly to the liberal side). To pass this hand is futile. Here is a golden opportunity to take advantage of the vulnerability with your defenseless hand. If you don't play light preempts at favorable, you miss a chance for some big rewards. The late Phil Feldesman used to say that a bid of three spades wipes out their auction, and sometimes does much more ...

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

3

4

Double

End

You could also have opended two spades and achieved a decent result against three hearts doubled, but two spades is a misdescription from the standpoint of values. A favorable three-bid is always a wipe-out bid. Note that it would work here equally well facing any of the three hands.

Score:

Three spades = 10
Two spades = 6
Pass = 3
Four spades = 1

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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