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# Bidding with Finess

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

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

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: West1 North2 EASTPassPass SouthPass? 10 7 4 K 4 A 10 9 8 5 Q 6 3 Your call: Pass  2   2 NT  3   3

## Problem 2

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: West2 1 NorthDbl EASTPassPass SouthPass? Q 7 3 A 3 J 9 5 3 K 10 5 3 1. 11-15, 5+ clubs Your call: Pass  2   2   2 NT  3   3 NT

## Problem 3

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WestPass NORTH1 2 East1 Pass SouthPass? A J 6 — J 9 8 6 2 J 7 6 5 3 Your call: Pass  2   2 NT  3   4   5

## Problem 4

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: West1 NORTHPass1 NT EastPassPass South1 ? A Q J 3 — A 10 9 6 3 2 K 10 8 Your call: Pass  2   2   2   2 NT  3   3 NT

## Problem 5

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass North1 3 East1 Pass SOUTHPass2 ? K 9 A 10 8 7 4 2 Q J 9 10 3 Your call: 3   3   3   3 NT  4

## Problem 6

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: West1 NORTHPass2 EastPass2 South1 ? A 3 K Q 10 8 7 5 A 9 9 7 2 Your call: Pass  2 NT  3   3   3   3 NT  4

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