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70. Tuesday - October 19, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (38 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

?

 

 

 

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   three clubs

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

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

 

West

East

 

K J 4 3 2
Q 5
K J 10 7
10 8

A 10 7
K 9 6 3
A 8 5 2
A 4

 

South

 

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

Pass.

You don't have much to gain by opening three clubs here. Had your suit been a major or diamonds, you would open three without hesitation, but a three-club preempt leaves the entire three-level to the opponents. Your advantage is small compared to the amount of information you give away, such as those queens in partner's hand.

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

Pass
Pass
Pass
End

Pass
2 (1)
3NT
 

Pass
Pass
Pass
 

1NT
2
4
 

If declarer guesses either the Q or Q, he will make his contract, but at least you didn't make it easy.

So when do you open three clubs? We use it as a weak two-bid type, a decent six-card suit and an outside honor.

Score:

Pass = 10
Three clubs = 3

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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