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81. Saturday - October 30, 1999 : EXTRA-12 BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (9 of 12)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

Q 8 4
Q 6 5
A Q 9
J 9 6 3

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
?

 
 

3
 

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: pass   four spades

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

A J 10 7 6 5 3
10 3
10 4 3
8

 

West

East

 

9
K J 8 7 4 2
K 8
A 10 5 2

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

 

South

 

Q 8 4
Q 6 5
A Q 9
J 9 6 3

Bid four spades.

We can't stress enough the value of supporting partner's long suit directly. The direct four-spade bid shuts out West. Contrast this with a pass by you over three spades:

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
Pass
4

 
4
Pass

3
Pass
Pass

Pass
Pass
?

East can double for +300 or bid to five hearts for +450. Either way, he'll go plus more than the paltry 100 East-West would have collected after your direct raise.

Score:

Four spades = 10
Pass = 3

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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