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

Problem 1

IMPs None Vul

Table
S 10 7 4
H K 4
D A 10 9 8 5
C Q 6 3

West

1 S
North

2 H
East
Pass
Pass
South
Pass
?

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

Problem 2

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S Q 7 3
H A 3
D J 9 5 3
C K 10 5 3

West

2 C*
North

Dbl
East
Pass
Pass
South
Pass
?
*11-15, 5+ clubs

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

Problem 3

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S A J 6
H
D J 9 8 6 2
C J 7 6 5 3

West

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

Your call:  Pass  2 S  2 NT  3 D  4 D  5 D TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A Q J 3
H
D A 10 9 6 3 2
C K 10 8

West

1 H
North
Pass
1 NT
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 D
?

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

Problem 5

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S K 9
H A 10 8 7 4 2
D Q J 9
C 10 3

West

Pass
Pass
North

1 D
3 C
East

1 S
Pass
South
Pass
2 H
?

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

Problem 6

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S A 3
H K Q 10 8 7 5
D A 9
C 9 7 2

West

1 S
North
Pass
2 H
East
Pass
2 S
South
1 H
?

Your call:  Pass  2 NT  3 C  3 D  3 H  3 NT  4 H

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