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Bidding with Finess

There is no misspelling despite what your eyes may perceive. I wish you success as you bid with finess these six problems from a past tournament. When and where? That’s my little secret, though I’ll give you a hint that spelling is a clue. But don’t worry about that. All you have to do is choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In July 2001 these problems were presented as a poll, with 583 entrants from 97 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.

So forget the duress, and make your best guess as you bid with finess.

Problem 1

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

1 S
North

2 H
East
Pass
Pass
South
Pass
?
S 10 7 4
H K 4
D A 10 9 8 5
C Q 6 3
 
Your call: Pass  2 S  2 NT  3 D  3 H

Problem 2

IMPsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

2 C1
North

Dbl
East
Pass
Pass
South
Pass
?
S Q 7 3
H A 3
D J 9 5 3
C K 10 5 3
 

1. 11-15, 5+ clubs

Your call: Pass  2 D  2 S  2 NT  3 D  3 NT

Problem 3

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North
1 H
2 D
East
1 S
Pass
South
Pass
?
S A J 6
H
D J 9 8 6 2
C J 7 6 5 3
 
Your call: Pass  2 S  2 NT  3 D  4 D  5 D

Problem 4

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

1 H
North
Pass
1 NT
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 D
?
S A Q J 3
H
D A 10 9 6 3 2
C K 10 8
 
Your call: Pass  2 D  2 H  2 S  2 NT  3 D  3 NT

Problem 5

IMPsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
Pass
North

1 D
3 C
East

1 S
Pass
South
Pass
2 H
?
S K 9
H A 10 8 7 4 2
D Q J 9
C 10 3
 
Your call: 3 D  3 H  3 S  3 NT  4 D

Problem 6

IMPsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

1 S
North
Pass
2 H
East
Pass
2 S
South
1 H
?
S A 3
H K Q 10 8 7 5
D A 9
C 9 7 2
 
Your call: Pass  2 NT  3 C  3 D  3 H  3 NT  4 H

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