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Down by the Riverside

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. 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.

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

Problem 1

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S A K 5
H A J 10 9 8
D 9
C K Q 9 7

West

2 S*
North
Pass
4 H
East
Pass
4 S
South
1 H
?
*weak

Your call:  Pass  Double  4 NT  5 C  5 H TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S A K 4 2
H K J 9
D 9 8 7
C 7 5 4

West
1 C
North
1 D
East
2 H*
South
?
*weak

Your call:  Pass  Double (penalty)  2 S  2 NT  3 C  3 D  3 H TopMain

Problem 3

IMPs None Vul

Table
S Q 9 8 6 4
H K Q 10 7 6
D 5 3
C 5

West

3 C
North

Dbl
East

5 C
South
Pass
?

Your call:  Pass  Double  5 H  5 S  5 NT  6 C TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs None Vul

Table
S A
H 6 5 4 2
D K J
C A K Q J 7 6

West

Pass
North

1 H
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 C
?

Your call:  2 D  2 NT  3 C  3 H  3 NT  4 C  4 H TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S Q 9 4 3
H A Q 9 8 7 6 2
D 10 8
C

West
North
East
South
?

Your call:  Pass  1 H  2 H  3 H  4 H TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S A 9 3 2
H 5 3 2
D 9 4
C A J 6 3

West

3 S²
North

Dbl
East
1 S¹
Pass
South
Pass
?
1. often 4 cards
2. limit raise

Your call:  Pass  3 NT  4 C  4 H  5 C

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© 2001 Richard Pavlicek