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Catch a Falling Star

Love may come and tap you on the shoulder, some starless night! But first, try this bidding challenge based on six problems from a past tournament. When and where? That’s for me to know and for you to find out, but the artist who sang the title song is a clue. Never mind about that. Just choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In May 2001 these problems were presented as a poll, with 519 entrants from 96 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.

The quiz is waiting! Never let it fade away — or if you prefer — save it for a rainy day. TopMain

Problem 1

IMPs Both Vul

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

West
Pass
Pass
Pass
North
1 D
2 NT*
3 S
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
3 D
?
*19-20 HCP

Your call:  3 NT  4 D  4 H  4 S  4 NT  5 D TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A J 10 9 7
H A 8 7 5 2
D 10 5
C 4

West

Pass
Pass
North
1 C
2 D
3 H
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
2 H
?

Your call:  3 S  3 NT  4 C  4 H  4 NT  5 H TopMain

Problem 3

IMPs None Vul

Table
S A
H A K J
D 4 3
C A K Q 10 9 7 3

West
Pass
North
Pass
East
3 S
South
?

Your call:  Double  3 NT  4 C  4 S  4 NT  5 C  6 C TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S A K J 10 8 5
H J
D Q 10 6 4 3 2
C

West
North
East
2 H*
South
?
*weak

Your call:  Double  2 S  3 D  3 H (Michaels)  3 S  4 S TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S Q J 8 7 3
H 10 2
D A Q 4
C 6 4 3

West

Pass
Pass
North

1 H
3 D
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
Pass
1 S
?

Your call:  3 H  3 S  4 C  4 D  4 H  5 D TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S 10 9 6
H K 4
D Q J 10 7 6
C A K 7

West

4 H
North
1 C
Pass
East
3 H
Pass
South
3 NT
?

Your call:  Pass  Double  4 NT  5 C  5 D

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Credits to Perry Como and songwriters Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss.
© 2001 Richard Pavlicek