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GOREN'S YEAR-END QUIZ
December 22, 1958
This is the season when some people exchange cards; some exchange gifts; you and I exchange roles. I ask the questions, and you get the first opportunity to furnish the answers.
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December 22, 1958

Goren's Year-end Quiz

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Three diamonds 5 points
Four spades 4 points
Three no trump 2 points
Three spades 0

As the scale of credits indicates, it is a close choice between a jump raise to four spades and a jump shift to three diamonds—to our mind the top-drawer rebid. It will have the merit of ferreting out a possible slam on some holdings. While three no trump rates some credit, the three-spade rebid deserves nothing since it is not even forcing.

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Spade 2 5 points
Diamond king or Club queen 2 points
Heart king 0

To justify this scale of awards, I will reveal the East-West hands:

West

[Jack of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[6 of Hearts]
[10 of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[8 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]

East

[Ace of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[8 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[King of Clubs]

If you open the king of hearts, a trump shift is too late. Declarer wins with the ace, ruffs a second heart in dummy, gets back with a club, ruffs a second heart and comes back with another club. He gives South a high heart, but on the club return he ruffs and leads his fifth heart, insuring that he will make contract with an overtrick.

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