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65. Thursday - October 14, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (33 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

A 8 4 2
K 6
A Q 9 5
K 7 3

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1NT
2
?

Pass
Pass
 

2
4NT
 

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: pass   five diamonds   five hearts   five notrump   six diamonds   six notrump

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

K 6
A Q 7 4
K J 7 3
A 9 5

 

West

East

 

Q J 7 3
J 10 8
8 4
J 10 6 2

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

 

South

 

A 8 4 2
K 6
A Q 9 5
K 7 3

Bid five diamonds

Four notrump is not Blackwood. It is quantitative, showing about 16 points and inviting six notrump. Yes, partner has four hearts - that's why he went through Stayman. Sometimes he also holds a minor, so with your nice primes (aces and kings), but not a 17-point maximum, you may invite by bidding your second suit.

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1NT
2
5

Pass
Pass
Pass

2
4NT
6

Pass
Pass
End

Six notrump goes down one, but six diamonds makes. If partner wanted to know how many aces you had, he should either bid four clubs, Gerber, or force with three hearts, which some play artificial, agreeing spades (those people play transfers, which means partner can't have five hearts without four spades when he bids Stayman). We suggest you and your partner get together on this one, before it comes up at the table.

Score:

Five diamonds = 10
Six diamonds = 7
Five notrump = 5
Pass = 3
Five hearts = 1
Six notrump = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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