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Yesterday, Once More

When I was young I’d listen to the radio, waitin’ for my fav’rite songs; when they played I’d sing along… Now it’s your chance to sing along with this bidding challenge. The six problems first appeared in the April 1978 Gold Coast Bridge News as a bidding panel, of which I was the moderator. All you have to do is choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In September 2000 these problems were presented as a poll, with 207 entrants from 72 locations.
The poll is closed, but you can still try it as a quiz and find your score immediately.

Assume both sides use Standard American bidding (unless noted otherwise) with 15-17 notrumps, five-card majors and weak two-bids. Object is to find the best call based on judgment so only basic conventions are allowed. For a system reference, see Standard American Bridge.

So bid away! But remember: In the scoring, every sha-la-la-la, every shing-a-ling-a-ling will count.

Problem 1

MatchpointsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

2 C
North
1 D
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
?
S K J 9 4 3
H 5 2
D K 7 6
C A 10 3
 
Your call: 2 D  2 S  2 NT  3 C  3 D

Problem 2

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
North
2 NT1
East
3 S
South
?
S 10 2
H 10 9 8 4 3
D J 10 8 5 2
C 10
 

1. 21-22

Your call: Pass  Double  4 D  4 H

Problem 3

MatchpointsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
North
4 D
East
Pass
South
?
S A K 6 5 4
H A Q 10 5 3 2
D 2
C A
 
Your call: 4 H  4 NT  5 D  6 D

Problem 4

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
3 S
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?
S J 3 2
H A 4
D A K J 9 5
C A Q 7
 
Your call: Pass  Double  3 NT  4 D

Problem 5

MatchpointsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
Pass
North

1 C
1 S
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
Pass
1 H
?
S 4 3
H K J 8 6 5
D A J 3
C Q 8 7
 
Your call: 1 NT  2 D  2 NT  3 H  3 NT

Problem 6

MatchpointsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
Pass
North

1 H
3 C
East

Pass
Pass
South
1 C
1 NT
?
S K Q 4
H 10 3
D A 6 2
C K J 9 7 5
 
Your call: Pass  3 D  3 S  3 NT

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Credits to Karen and Richard Carpenter (pictured) and John Bettis
© 2000 Richard Pavlicek