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Charles Goren's Year-end quiz
Charles Goren
December 26, 1960
Bridge, for all the magic some try to impart to the game, is only a contest of experience. Those who know and remember hands they have played generally are able to win when their less retentive friends are wallowing in indecision. Here are some problems which, once you have solved them, should provide excellent guides to games you will play in the future. Do not be discouraged if you do not score 90. The best of players have their troubles with these hands. A score of 82 to 90 is master, 72 to 81 top rate, 54-71 good, 36-53 average.
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December 26, 1960

Charles Goren's Year-end Quiz

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Partner may not have much high-card strength but he ought to have great length in hearts—which is enough for yow purposes. Little is to be gained by rebidding the diamonds.

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5 NO TRUMP—5 POINT
6 NO TRUMP—4 POINTS
4 NO TRUMP—2 POINTS
3 CLUBS—1 POINT

The five no-trump bid is not conventional but rather a direct raise inviting partner to bid a slam. Your 21 high-card points, when added to the 10 partner is known to have, give you at least 31, which puts you in the slam zone. Furthermore, you have the advantage of knowing that your strength is well placed with relationship to the enemy assets. With a partner who is known to be conservative we would incline toward a direct slam bid.

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6 SPADES—5 POINTS
5 SPADES—4 POINTS

The lack of trump support should not deter you from acting. Partner has made it clear that his spade suit is self-sustaining. He should be able to win nine of the 10 tricks for which he has contracted, and you can win at least three. The opposition has made scientific investigation impossible, and we are in favor of a bid of six spades or at least five.

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3 SPADES—5 POINTS
3 HEARTS—3 POINTS
4 CLUBS—2 POINTS
3 NO TRUMP—1 POINT

Partner is obviously fishing around for big things and he is doing so in the face of our minimum pronouncements. Because we have been careful to show no enthusiasm and because the mild spade fit can be conveniently shown below the game level, one forward move is in order.

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