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Passing with a purpose
Charles Goren
August 26, 1963
The latest craze at New York's famous Cavendish Club—newer even than Password, which the bridge addicts play for stakes in the club anteroom—is the team-of-four contest. Instead of forming two tables for regular rubber bridge, eight players choose up sides for a team match. The resulting lineups are the same kind of m�lange of expert and not-so-expert that used to develop when you chose up sides for a neighborhood baseball game in a vacant lot. The results are often just about as wild. A match is 12 hands and, although the stakes—which average $3 a point—sound high, the game is rarely more expensive than rubber bridge played at the club's customary 2� or 3� a point. The reason is that the team games are scored in International Match Points, which translate big swings into small numbers. But not even IMPs could minimize the cost of this recent deal.
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August 26, 1963

Passing With A Purpose

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6 [Heart]

Opening lead: king of hearts

East violated a principle that the dealer at the other table had observed: he opened with a preemptive bid in spite of holding a two-suited hand. But thanks to considerable cooperation from North, it worked out to a big profit. South's four-no-trump bid was a powerful demand. West's double was a questionable tactic; he might better have bid five spades. But this, too, worked well when North did not bid five diamonds.

South's pass of six spades was forcing. North now had a chance to bid seven diamonds or seven hearts. Instead, he doubled. The six-spade contract was beatable if South had found the club opening. When he opened a heart, however, East ruffed, drew trumps and made all 13 tricks. The team total yielded 24 IMPs, the maximum for any hand. At $3 an IMP, this cost each loser $72.

When you have bid strongly, a pass of a very high bid by the opponents is a forcing pass, but if partner's next bid would put you in a grand slam, you must have first-round control of the opponents' suit.

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