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Long Research in Pairs

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

After many years of studying hand records from duplicate games, you finally discovered this page. Now you can test yourself with 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 January 2002 these problems were presented as a poll, with 767 entrants from 101 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 bid ‘em up! But please: Try not to make any Mickey Mouse bids.

Problem 1

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass1 NorthPass1 East1 Pass SouthPass? K 5 4 2 A K J Q J 9 4 6 3 Your call: 2   2   2   2 NT  3   3 NT  4

Problem 2

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: West NORTH3 EastDbl South? A 10 3 A J 6 4 6 A 8 7 6 4 Your call: Pass  Redouble  3 NT  4   4 NT (regular BW)  5   6

Problem 3

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WestPass North1 NT EASTPassPass South1 ? 9 A K 6 A K 10 9 8 2 K 8 7 Your call: 2   2   2 NT  3   3   3 NT  4 (Gerber)

Problem 4

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: WESTPassPass North1 3 EastPassPass South2 ? Q 8 A 8 J 10 6 K Q 5 4 3 2 Your call: 3   3   3   3 NT  4   5

Problem 5

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: West NORTH1 EastDbl South? K 5 2 — K 7 5 3 2 Q 8 7 5 3 Your call: Redouble  2   2   2   2 NT (4-card limit raise)  3 (weak)  4

Problem 6

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: WestPass2 North2 3 EastDbl3 SOUTH1 Pass? A Q 10 3 2 A 9 6 2 K 9 J 3 Your call: Pass  Double  3   3 NT  4   4   5

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