Challenge 7W09 MainAnalyses

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

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.

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## Problem 1

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WestPass NORTH1 3 EastPassPass South1 NT? — 7 6 4 3 A J 7 5 A 9 8 3 2 Your call: Pass  3 NT  4   4

## Problem 2

 Matchpoints N-S Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass North2 3 EastPassPass SOUTH1 2 ? A K Q 7 3 A 8 5 2 5 3 Q 2 Your call: 3   3 NT  4   4 NT  6

## Problem 3

 Matchpoints Both Vul You, South, hold: West1 NorthPass East2 SOUTH1 ? A K 9 5 3 A K J 9 8 7 4 3 Your call: Double  2   2   2   3

## Problem 4

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WEST2 1 North4 East6 South? K 3 A 10 4 10 6 5 3 Q J 8 2 1. weak two-bid Your call: Pass  Double  6 NT  7

## Problem 5

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: West1 NorthDbl EASTPassRdbl SouthPass? 6 5 A 8 4 K 10 5 3 Q J 4 2 Your call: Pass  2   2   2

## Problem 6

 Matchpoints None Vul You, South, hold: WestPass North1 EastPass SOUTH1 ? 5 A Q 3 K 5 A K J 9 8 7 6 Your call: 2   2   2 NT  3   3 NT

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