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Another Time, Another Place

When shadows grow, I’ll miss the glow that only you can survive. But then, I have no idea what I’m talking about. While you’re here, try this bidding challenge based on six problems from a past tournament. When and where? That’s my little secret for now, though you’re welcome to guess from the clues on this page. But don’t worry about that. All you have to do is choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In March 2001 these problems were presented as a poll, with 294 entrants from 77 locations. The poll is closed, but you can still try it as a quiz and find your score immediately. Analyses and tournament highlights are also available.

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

So what are you waiting for? The time is now, and the place is here, so bid ‘em like you got ‘em! TopMain

Problem 1

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S K 5
H K 10 6 2
D K
C A Q 8 7 6 2

West
North
East
3 S
South
?

Your call:  Pass  Double  3 NT  4 C TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs None Vul

Table
S A K 10 2
H 10
D Q J 9 6 3 2
C K 6

West
North
East
1 H
South
?

Your call:  Pass  Double  1 S  2 D  2 H (Michaels) TopMain

Problem 3

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A Q 9 7 2
H 7 6 5 3
D K
C A K 4

West

Pass
North

2 D
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
?

Your call:  2 H  2 S  2 NT  3 C  3 NT TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs None Vul

Table
S A K J 9 8
H A K J 7
D 7 2
C 8 5

West

Pass
Pass
North

3 D
4 D
East

Pass
Pass
South
1 S
3 H
?

Your call:  4 H  4 S  4 NT  5 D  5 H  5 S  6 D TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S 10 8 6 3 2
H 10
D Q 8 6 3 2
C Q 3

West

1 S*
Pass
North

Dbl
Dbl
East

2 S
Pass
South
Pass
Pass
?
*often four cards

Your call:  Pass  2 NT  3 D  4 D TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A K Q
H 4 2
D A 7 6 5
C J 6 5 3

West

1 S
North

2 C
East

Pass
South
1 D
?

Your call:  2 S  2 NT  3 C  3 NT  4 C

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© 2001 Richard Pavlicek