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72. Thursday - October 21, 1999 : BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (40 of 40)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

A Q 10 9 6 3
K 9
8 6
Q 10 6

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

2
?

Pass
 

Pass
 

Double
 

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   redouble   three spades

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

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

 

West

East

 

K 7 4 2
J 7 6
Q 9 5 3
J 7

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

 

South

 

A Q 10 9 6 3
K 9
8 6
Q 10 6

Redouble.

This hand is somewhat similar to yesterday's deal. You have a maximum weak two-bid with good defense. Describe that defense with a redouble.

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

2
Redouble

Pass
3

Pass
Double

Double
End

Redouble does not come without risk - sometimes West has a penalty pass. But sometimes East will pull the contract of two spades redoubled.

On this deal, four spades can be made without a club lead (ducked by East) if you guess the J. It is better to defeat them three tricks, for +500, isn't it?

Score:

Redouble = 10
Pass = 5
Three spades = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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