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63. Tuesday - October 12, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (31 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

K 9 7
9 6 3
8 6 3
K Q 10 9

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
?

1
 

1
 

2
 

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 (responsive)   two hearts

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

Q 10 5
A K 8 5 2
A 7 4 2
7

 

West

East

 

A 6 3 2
Q 10 7 4
K J
A 6 4

J 8 4
J
Q 10 9 6
J 8 5 3 2

 

South

 

K 9 7
9 6 3
8 6 3
K Q 10 9

Pass

You could raise to two hearts, but don't you want to defend a club contract? You might double, if it were penalty, but you and most of the world play double in this position as takeout. There is another way to penalize, however. If partner has a sound overcall, he may reopen with a takeout double; then you can pass again. If partner passes out two clubs, your best chance to go plus is still on defense

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
Pass
End

1
Pass
 

1
Double
 

2
Pass
 

Notice how partner handled the auction in a two-step fashion. First he overcalled and then he doubled for takeout. Had he done it the other way, he would be describing another ace. Well done, you get +500.

Score:

Pass = 10
Two hearts = 3
Double = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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