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The Evaluation Game

The Evaluation Game

By In 46th World Bridge Teams Championships On 21st August 2023

During the bidding phase determining the worth of your hand is of paramount importance. On certain occasions its value might go up or down, especially in contested auctions.
This is your hand as West, with neither side vulnerable:

Picche 2 Cuori A 8 5 4 Quadri K J 9 8 Fiori A 9 5 2

How do you rate your hand at this point?

Despite the poor 1-4-4-4 distribution the Kaplan-Rubens Hand Evaluator considers these cards to be worth 14.25. Even so, facing a passed hand how likely is it that you will have a play for game, even though partner has volunteered a bid at the four-level? Your opponent’s activity may be a significant factor. If partner has nothing wasted in spades, then you are close to playing with a 30 point pack in a situation where all partner’s points will be working. In addition, if you consider it likely that partner will have at least five clubs, your support increases the value of their hand by around that of an extra king. Is your inclination like mine, to raise to 5Fiori?
Here is the full deal:

In total, 18 pairs got to 5Fiori across the four events (as the cards lie you can make 6Fiori), the best result going to Ozlem Kandolu and Tuna Elmas who collected -800 defending 5[ doubled in Türkiye’s match against Sweden in the Venice Cup.

About the Author

Mark Horton
Mark Horton

Mark Horton British journalist and expert player, was Editor of Bridge Magazine 1995-2017 and now edits the online publication Bridgerama+. At one time, his business cards were inscribed: Have Cards will Travel, but following the death of his most famous sponsor, the Rabbi Leonard Helman, he has tended to concentrate on his writing exploits (in 2018 he had five books published!). Anyone wanting to discover how to lose at bridge on a regular basis (and pay for the privilege) should feel free to contact him. He currently lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Liz.