Magazine article The Spectator

30 Point Pack

Magazine article The Spectator

30 Point Pack

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When North was asked why he had made such a rampant overbid on this week's deal, he replied that he was playing with a `thirty point pack'. Normally a game contract requires 25 out of the 40 points in the pack. However, if your partnership has no losers in the suit in which you have no points, you are only playing with 30 of those points and need far less than 25 to succeed in a game venture.

South's 3Hearts bid was not inviting game, merely competing the part-score. Why then, with just four points, did North take it upon himself to bid 4Hearts? He had listened to the opponents bidding and worked out that his partner had a void in spades - ten of the opponents points would make no tricks. East doubled, knowing the opponents were well short of the high-card values for game and West led spadesA. …

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