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# Down by the Riverside

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

Lay down your sword and shield! Take off your traveling shoes and try this bidding challenge based on six problems from a past tournament. When and where? That’s for me to know and for you to find out, though you are welcome to guess from the clues; but don’t let that bother you. Just choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In November 2001 these problems were presented as a poll, with 714 entrants from 98 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.

Are you ready? Then take off your socks, go down to the levee, and get your feet wet!

## Problem 1

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: West2 1 NORTHPass4 EastPass4 South1 ? A K 5 A J 10 9 8 9 K Q 9 7 1. weak Your call: Pass  Double  4 NT  5   5

## Problem 2

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WEST1 North1 East2 1 South? A K 4 2 K J 9 9 8 7 7 5 4 1. weak Your call: Pass  Double (penalty)  2   2 NT  3   3   3

## Problem 3

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: West3 NorthDbl East5 SOUTHPass? Q 9 8 6 4 K Q 10 7 6 5 3 5 Your call: Pass  Double  5   5   5 NT  6

## Problem 4

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WestPass North1 EASTPassPass South1 ? A 6 5 4 2 K J A K Q J 7 6 Your call: 2   2 NT  3   3   3 NT  4   4

## Problem 5

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: West North East SOUTH? Q 9 4 3 A Q 9 8 7 6 2 10 8 — Your call: Pass  1   2   3   4

## Problem 6

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: West3 2 NorthDbl EAST1 1Pass SouthPass? A 9 3 2 5 3 2 9 4 A J 6 3 1. often 4 cards2. limit raise Your call: Pass  3 NT  4   4   5

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