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2001: A Bridge Odyssey

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

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.

There’s no time to waste! Begin your odyssey now, before HAL 9000 notices what you’re up to.

Problem 1

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: West1 North2 EastPass SOUTH1 ? A 9 6 Q J 10 A A 9 8 7 5 3 Your call: 2   2   2 NT  3   3 NT

Problem 2

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass North1 2 NT EastPassPass SOUTH1 2 ? — A K 6 4 3 K 10 2 A Q J 7 2 Your call: 3   3   3   3 NT  4

Problem 3

 Matchpoints None Vul You, South, hold: West3 NorthPass EastPass SOUTH1 ? K 8 A Q 10 9 — A K J 10 8 7 6 Your call: Double  3 NT  4   4   5

Problem 4

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: West NORTH3 East4 South? K J 7 5 4 6 4 3 A 6 3 5 4 Your call: Pass  4   4 NT  5   5   6   6

Problem 5

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: WEST3 NT1 NorthPass EastPass South? K Q A J 9 8 4 A J 7 6 5 3 — 1. gambling Your call: Pass  Double  4   4   4   4 NT  5

Problem 6

 Matchpoints N-S Vul You, South, hold: West1 NORTH1 2 EastPass2 South1 ? A J 7 6 K Q 10 8 6 9 7 8 2 Your call: Pass  Double  2 NT  3   3

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Credits to Stanley Kubrick and the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey