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79. Thursday - October 28, 1999 : EXTRA-12 BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (7 of 12)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

A K Q 9 5
A K 7 5
K 8 7 3
-

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1
3
?

Pass
Pass
 

2
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: four clubs   four diamonds   four spades   six spades

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

J 10 3
Q 6
Q J 10 6 4
J 8 2

 

West

East

 

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

7 6 2
J 8 4 3
9
A 10 9 4 3

 

South

 

A K Q 9 5
A K 7 5
K 8 7 3
-

Bid four diamonds.

This is not a cuebid situation. Partner has shown a weak raise in spades. The only way there could be a slam is if you catch a big diamond fit. When you bid out your shape, sometimes you hit gold.

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1
3
4
6

Pass
Pass
Pass
End

2
3
5
 

Pass
Pass
Pass
 

The five-diamond bid is a tough call for the weak North, but your four-diamond bid is clearly a slam try, and he has great diamonds for you.

If however, he tought that your four-diamond bid was a cuebid, he would return to spades. Therefore, it is important to establish with your partner the meaning of a third suit. Our recommandation is to treat it natural, because that is the only way partner will be able to reevaluate his weak hand.

Score:

Four diamonds = 10
Four clubs = 5
Four spades = 3
Six spades = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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