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75. Sunday - October 24, 1999 : EXTRA-12 BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (3 of 12)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2
?

 
Pass
 

1
3
 

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 notrump   four clubs   four diamonds   four spades

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

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

 

West

East

 

J 5 3 2
K Q 6
Q 8 5 3
7 2

10 7
J 8 4
K J 10 9 7
9 5 4

 

South

 

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

Bid four clubs.

Partner has shown a great spade suit and extra values. Slam is definitely in the picture, but in which suit? If partner's spade suit is headed by the A Q J or A K J or even A K Q, it still might be correct to play in clubs. For now partner presumes your club bid is natural.

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2
4
5

 
Pass
Pass
Pass

1
3
5
6

Pass
Pass
Pass
End

Partner raised four clubs to five clubs, presuming you wouldn't show a queen-high four-card suit. You made a grand-slam try, but partner hasn't got solid spades or a fourth club, so he declines.

There is a school of thought that over a jump rebid such as three spades, your call at the four-level should be a cuebid. The problem with this thought is that many times opener wants to jump rebid to tell partner about the extra strength; the major is not always solid opposite a singleton. Besides, even if we were playing such methods, four diamonds would show more than the A; it would also show slam interest in spades.

Score:

Four clubs = 10
Three notrump = 5
Four spades = 3
Four diamonds = 1

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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