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84. Tuesday - November 2, 1999 : EXTRA-12 BIDDING QUIZ PROBLEMS (12 of 12)

IMP scoring

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

Q J 2
J 8 7
10 4 2
A Q J 3

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
Pass
?

 
2
 

 
2
 

1NT
2
 

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   three clubs   three hearts

SOLUTION

IMP scoring

North

10 7
A Q 10 6 4
Q 9 8 7 5 3
-

 

West

East

 

9 5 4 3
K
6
K 10 9 7 6 4 2

A K 8 6
9 5 3 2
A K J
8 5

 

South

 

Q J 2
J 8 7
10 4 2
A Q J 3

Bid three clubs but hope it doesn't go all pass.

In real life South bid three hearts, which induced his partner to take an expensive phantom save against four spades. This accident might have been avoided if South had considered that it was almost certain that West had a good hand with spades. After all, West didn't have hearts, yet he must have been prepared to make an invitational or stronger bid if his partner responded two hearts to his Stayman.

A bid of three clubs over East's two spades showing club values plus hearts would have helped North. But it is by no means clear that this is what three clubs shows, because no one can bid a natural two clubs over one notrump these days.

Score:

Three clubs = 10
Pass = 7
Three hearts = 0

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 8

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