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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.

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

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
Pass
North
Pass
1 S
East
1 H
Pass
South
Dbl
?
S K J 10 6
H A K 5
D A 9 2
C A J 4
 
Your call: 1 NT  2 H  2 S  2 NT  3 S

Problem 2

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

1 C
North

1 H
East
Pass
1 S
South
Pass
?
S J 7 5
H J 7 6 5 2
D Q 10 7 5 2
C
 
Your call: Pass  2 H  3 H  4 H  5 H  Other (tactical bid)

Problem 3

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North
1 S
3 H
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 H
?
S A 7 5
H K 10 5 3 2
D A J 6
C K 7
 
Your call: 3 S  3 NT  4 C  4 D  4 H  4 S  4 NT

Problem 4

IMPsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
North
East
1 S1
South
?
S A J
H K J 7 6 2
D K Q 5 3
C J 2
 

1. often four cards

Your call: Pass  Double  1 NT  2 H

Problem 5

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

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

Problem 6

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
North
East
1 S
South
?
S
H A K Q 10 7 4 2
D K Q 8 7 3
C 4
 
Your call: Pass  Double  2 H  2 S (strong)  4 H  5 H  6 H

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