As we head into a new millennium (officially now since the A.D. calendar began with the year 1, not zero) I will take you on a bridge odyssey or at least offer you a bidding challenge. These six problems first appeared in the October 1980 Florida 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 January 2001 these problems were presented as a poll, with 283 entrants from 81 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.
Theres no time to waste! Begin your odyssey now, before HAL 9000 notices what youre up to.
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Credits to Stanley Kubrick and the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey© 2001 Richard Pavlicek