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67. Saturday - October 16, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (35 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

A J 6
7
K J 7 3
K Q 5 3 2

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2
?

 
Pass
 

1
2NT
 

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: three diamonds   three spades   three notrump   four diamonds

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

K 8 4
A 10 3
A Q 8 6 5
8 6

 

West

East

 

Q 9 5
Q J 6 5
9 4 2
A 7 4

10 7 3 2
K 9 8 4 2
10
J 10 9

 

South

 

A J 6
7
K J 7 3
K Q 5 3 2

Bid three spades.

You are not sure wether to play in three notrump or a diamond contract. The key to the hand is your heart shortness. If partner is loaded in hearts, you wnat to play in notrump, but if he is weak in hearts, a diamond game is safer. You should bid all your suits and then let partner decide. We call this "bidding around the bush".

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2
3
4
4

 
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

1
2NT
3NT
4
6

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
End

This time partner had a perfect hand for slam. It would have been embarrassing to play three notrump, down!

Score:

Three spades = 10
Three diamonds = 5
Four diamonds = 3
Three notrump = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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