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68. Sunday - October 17, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (36 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

K Q J 6
K 9
8 3
Q J 9 5 2

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
?

 
 

1
 

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: one spade   two clubs

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

A 8 7 4
A J
10 7 6 5
A 10 7

 

West

East

 

10 3
Q 10 7 6 5 2
A 4
8 4 3

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

 

South

 

K Q J 6
K 9
8 3
Q J 9 5 2

Bid one spade.

We prefer to bid a four-card major at the one-level before a five-card minor at the two-level, because the major is more important and it makes the auction go smoother. Watch:

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
1
4

 
Pass
End

1
2
 

Pass
Pass
 

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2
3

 
Pass
Pass

1
3
3NT

Pass
Pass
End

In the latter auction, three spades is ambiguous. Is it a cuebid? Is it a stopper looking for three notrump? We would say it was a stopper. To avoid this headache, we respond one spade.

Score:

One spade = 10
Two clubs = 3

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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