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69. Monday - October 18, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (37 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
?

 
 

 
 

1
 

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   one diamond   one spade   one notrump

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

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

 

West

East

 

J 10 6 2
K J 7 5 2
8
9 5 3

K 8
A Q 8 4
6 3
Q J 10 7

 

South

 

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

Pass.

Yes, you do have 16 points but you have the wrong shape for a double or one notrump, both of which could lead to disaster. An overcall on a four-card suit is not as bad, but it is no great shakes either. Usually a four-card suit overcall is a good idea when it is your only suit, or when it is lead-directional. In this case, you have not one, but three suits! Be patient - you'll have another chance to bid

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
Pass
Double
4
6

 
1
Pass
Pass
 

 
Pass
4
5
 

1
2
Pass
Pass
 

When they bid your shortness, you doubled, which is takeout - despite the fact you passed on the first round. Partner, picturing a singleton heart in your hand, made a game invitational jump to four diamonds, Suddenly slam was in the picture. You invited with a cuebid, and when he returned your cuebid, you bid the slam

Score:

Pass = 10
One diamond = 5
One spade = 3
Double = 1
One notrump = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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