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# When the Chips Are Down

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

Spin the wheel! Come on, seven! It’s a natural! See how well you play the odds on this bidding challenge based on six problems from a past tournament. When and where? That’s my little secret for now, though you are welcome to guess from the clues; but don’t worry about that. Just choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In September 2001 these problems were presented as a poll, with 577 entrants from 102 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.

It’s time to place your bets! Get the chips on the table, and you might break the bank.

## Problem 1

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WESTPassPass NorthPass1 East1 Pass SouthDbl? K J 10 6 A K 5 A 9 2 A J 4 Your call: 1 NT  2   2   2 NT  3

## Problem 2

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: West1 North1 EASTPass1 SouthPass? J 7 5 J 7 6 5 2 Q 10 7 5 2 — Your call: Pass  2   3   4   5   Other (tactical bid)

## Problem 3

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WestPass NORTH1 3 EastPassPass South2 ? A 7 5 K 10 5 3 2 A J 6 K 7 Your call: 3   3 NT  4   4   4   4   4 NT

## Problem 4

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: West North EAST1 1 South? A J K J 7 6 2 K Q 5 3 J 2 1. often four cards Your call: Pass  Double  1 NT  2

## Problem 5

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WestPass NORTH1 3 EastPassPass South3 ? A K 9 7 4 K Q 2 A Q 9 7 5 Your call: 4   4   4   4 NT  5

## Problem 6

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: West North EAST1 South? — A K Q 10 7 4 2 K Q 8 7 3 4 Your call: Pass  Double  2   2 (strong)  4   5   6

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