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A quiz to see if you like to fight
Charles Goren
December 20, 1965
'Don't bid unless you've got the cards' was for years a sound axiom for run-of-the-neighborhood bridge. Now this is changing. Even the most timid souls are wading in with harassing competitive bids. Do you know when to compete, and how? This quiz is designed to test how up-to-date your fighting instincts are. If you score 50 points or more you are a battler to beware of, and 35 or more means you have a fighting chance. But if your score is under 30 you had better hope your partner can do your brawling for you
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December 20, 1965

A Quiz To See If You Like To Fight

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2 HEARTS—5 PTS. 2 SPADES—3 PTS. 1 SPADE—1 PT.

Instead of the bust with which you might have had to respond to partner's double, you hold the strength for an opening bid. The cue bid in this situation does not show controls in hearts. It merely creates a forcing sequence. Two spades is not forcing and misrepresents your hand, but at least it is better than one spade or other remote alternatives.

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LEAD THE SPADE 8 FROM DUMMY AND, IF EAST DOES NOT COVER, TAKE THE DEEP FINESSE—5 PTS.

East is known to have begun with only four clubs and one diamond. If his remaining eight cards were not evenly divided between hearts and spades, he would have opened with a five-card major suit.

WEST

[— of Spades]
[10 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[7 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]

EAST

[King of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[8 of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[4 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]

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WIN THE ACE OF DIAMONDS. CASH TOP TRUMPS, DROPPING QUEEN AND JACK. CASH ACE AND KING OF CLUBS. IF QUEEN DOES NOT FALL, THROW WEST IN BY LEADING DIAMOND JACK—5 PTS.

West's overcall has almost surely marked him for the ace of spades, and if East gains the lead, a spade through declarer's king will doom the contract. Having stripped West of hearts and clubs, you throw him in with the diamond, and he must let you win the king of spades or give you a ruff and discard by leading another diamond.

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