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80. Friday - October 29, 1999 : EXTRA-12 BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (8 of 12)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

7
Q J 10 6
10 7 5 3 2
A J 7

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
Pass
?

1
Pass
 

Pass
3
 

2
3
 

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   four diamonds   five diamonds

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

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

 

West

East

 

A K 9 6 3
K 7 3
A 9
10 6 4

Q J 8
9 5 2
J
K Q 8 5 3 2

 

South

 

7
Q J 10 6
10 7 5 3 2
A J 7

Bid five diamonds.

Yes, partner was only balancing, counting on you for some strength and diamond support. You would have no problem had he bid three clubs, your three-card suit. But five trumps is extraordinary support, so raise to game (a bid of four diamonds will sound merely competitive).

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
Pass
5

1
Pass
End

Pass
3
 

2
3
 

The lesson here is simple: trumps are your most vital assets.

Score:

Five diamonds = 10
Four diamonds = 3
Pass = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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