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Goren's New Quiz
Charles Goren
December 21, 1959
Maybe you are the rare person who honestly belongs in that vastly overcrowded army of players who claim that they never "get the cards." There is no better way to find out—and prove forevermore that fate has it in for you—than by tackling the hands below. To rate yourself, a score of 82 to 90 is master, 72 to 81 top rate, 54 to 71 good, 36 to 53 average. If you score less, keep talking but never, never let anybody kibitz as you work a quiz. For the answers, turn the page. None of the hands is vulnerable unless otherwise noted. They pose a real test even for experts.
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December 21, 1959

Goren's New Quiz

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Three diamonds 5 points
Three hearts 3 points
Three spades 2 points

Three diamonds is a one-round force, and since the picture is not quite clear this temporizing bid is in order. If partner again rebids his suit, you can raise it with assurance. The best alternate call for you is a raise in hearts. The ragged nature of your spade suit virtually precludes a jump rebid in that suit.

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Double 5 points
Pass 2 points

We would assess a special demerit for bidding two spades. Your hand does not justify taking this dangerous action. This bid would be forcing for one round and would probably result in a rebid of three hearts by partner. If you are able to extricate yourself from that predicament, you have greater resourcefulness than I have. I think it is safe to assume that you can win three or four tricks against the club declaration which, added to the three the opening bidder is expected to win, should produce a sizable profit. If opener happens to have a good hand the yield may even run into four figures, and so this is a clear-cut penalty double.

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Double 5 points
Pass 2 points
Three no trump 1 point

Strike while the iron is hot. This is one double that East should long remember! Do not aim for anything so trivial as a game when a possible 1,100-point plum is there for the picking.

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one spade 5 points
Two hearts 3 points
Two diamonds or three diamonds 1 points

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