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The year was 1980. “Ol’ Blue Eyes” had just recorded his truly unforgettable rendition of “New York, New York,” and this writer had just recorded these six truly forgettable problems. They appeared in the July 1980 Gold Coast Bridge News as a bidding panel, of which I was the moderator. Challenge yourself by choosing your call as South from the choices offered.

In November 2000 these problems were presented as a poll, with 202 entrants from 68 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.

Well, are your vagabond shoes longing to stray? Then be a part of it! Make a brand new start of it!

Problem 1

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North
1 S
3 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 NT
?
S
H 7 6 4 3
D A J 7 5
C A 9 8 3 2
 
Your call: Pass  3 NT  4 C  4 S

Problem 2

MatchpointsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C
3 D
East

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

Problem 3

MatchpointsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

1 S
North

Pass
East

2 C
South
1 D
?
S A
H K 9 5 3
D A K J 9 8 7
C 4 3
 
Your call: Double  2 D  2 H  2 S  3 D

Problem 4

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
2 S1
North
4 D
East
6 S
South
?
S K 3
H A 10 4
D 10 6 5 3
C Q J 8 2
 

1. weak two-bid

Your call: Pass  Double  6 NT  7 D

Problem 5

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

1 S
North

Dbl
East
Pass
Rdbl
South
Pass
?
S 6 5
H A 8 4
D K 10 5 3
C Q J 4 2
 
Your call: Pass  2 C  2 D  2 S

Problem 6

MatchpointsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North

1 S
East

Pass
South
1 C
?
S 5
H A Q 3
D K 5
C A K J 9 8 7 6
 
Your call: 2 D  2 H  2 NT  3 C  3 NT

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