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When the Chips Are Down

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. 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.

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

Problem 1

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S K J 10 6
H A K 5
D A 9 2
C A J 4

West
Pass
Pass
North
Pass
1 S
East
1 H
Pass
South
Dbl
?

Your call:  1 NT  2 H  2 S  2 NT  3 S TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S J 7 5
H J 7 6 5 2
D Q 10 7 5 2
C

West

1 C
North

1 H
East
Pass
1 S
South
Pass
?

Your call:  Pass  2 H  3 H  4 H  5 H  Tactical bid (any bid but a heart raise) TopMain

Problem 3

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A 7 5
H K 10 5 3 2
D A J 6
C K 7

West

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

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

Problem 4

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S A J
H K J 7 6 2
D K Q 5 3
C J 2

West
North
East
1 S*
South
?
*often four cards

Your call:  Pass  Double  1 NT  2 H TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A K 9
H 7 4
D K Q 2
C A Q 9 7 5

West

Pass
North
1 S
3 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
3 C
?

Your call:  4 C  4 D  4 S  4 NT  5 S TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs None Vul

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

West
North
East
1 S
South
?

Your call:  Pass  Double  2 H  2 S (strong)  4 H  5 H  6 H

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