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Are You Rising to the Occasion?
Charles Goren
December 24, 1973
Preemptive bidding affords more opportunities for profits and losses—and problems and arguments—than perhaps any other field of bridge tactics. Therefore this quiz may give you as much of a headache as your holiday celebration. But I hope it will also provide as much fun. To simplify the ground rules: you are playing standard bridge by the book (hopefully mine), hence partner understands that a preempt may risk a 500-point penalty. But he might misunderstand any but the simplest conventional bids. Even standard tactics differ, however, so I do not expect you to score the maximum 160 unless you are my alter ego or have peeked at the answers (which begin on page 72). But if you score 125 or more, you should profit plenty from preempts; a total of 100 to 124 means you are probably holding your own when somebody holds a long suit; anything less means that you are scoring too low when the bidding starts high. Or starting too low to have any hopes of buying a bargain. In all cases pay very close attention to the vulnerability.
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December 24, 1973

Are You Rising To The Occasion?

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[King of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[King of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]

EAST

4 [Spade]
PASS

SOUTH
PASS
?

WEST
PASS

NORTH
DBL.

14

Neither side vulnerable South dealer

[Jack of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]

SOUTH
?

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