The case for zero-max IMPs - part 2
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This hand was recently played online in an IMPs pairs league.

West
J97
J962
AJ73
A8
North
63
A5
1092
1096542
East
AKQ84
Q4
KQ64
KJ
South
1052
K10873
85
Q73
D

So what would you expect the datum to be? (All vulnerable).

How does N/S -450 sound?

West
J97
J962
AJ73
A8
North
63
A5
1092
1096542
East
AKQ84
Q4
KQ64
KJ
South
1052
K10873
85
Q73
D

Reasonable?

Would you be happy sitting N/S to lose 5 imps if E/W at your table made 11 tricks in 4 or 3NT?

How would you feel if 4 of your 12 opps sitting N/S gained 11 imps on the hand?

West
J97
J962
AJ73
A8
North
63
A5
1092
1096542
East
AKQ84
Q4
KQ64
KJ
South
1052
K10873
85
Q73
D

The hand was played 13 times.

2 pairs bid 6, 2 pairs bid 6

7 pairs bid 4

1 pair bid 3NT, 1 pair bid 5NT

Everyone made 11 tricks as you would expect.

If you sat N/S and your opps didn't bid an unmakeable slam then you lost 5 imps .

If you sat N/S and your opps bid an unmakeable slam you gained 11 imps.

So a 16 imps swing for N/S dependent solely on who was sitting at your table for this board.

So what would happen playing zero-Max IMPs?

West
J97
J962
AJ73
A8
North
63
A5
1092
1096542
East
AKQ84
Q4
KQ64
KJ
South
1052
K10873
85
Q73
D

The datum would be 650 (or 660).

Everyone would score zero except the 4 slam-happy pairs who would score -13 imps.

Surely this is a much fairer way of scoring?