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Long Research in Pairs

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. 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 bid ‘em up! But please: Try not to make any Mickey Mouse bids. TopMain

Problem 1

IMPs None Vul

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

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

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

Problem 2

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S A 10 3
H A J 6 4
D 6
C A 8 7 6 4

West
North
3 C
East
Dbl
South
?

Your call:  Pass  Redouble  3 NT  4 C  4 NT (regular BW)  5 C  6 C TopMain

Problem 3

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S 9
H A K 6
D A K 10 9 8 2
C K 8 7

West

Pass
North

1 NT
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 D
?

Your call:  2 C  2 H  2 NT  3 C  3 D  3 NT  4 C (Gerber) TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S Q 8
H A 8
D J 10 6
C K Q 5 4 3 2

West
Pass
Pass
North
1 H
3 C
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 C
?

Your call:  3 D  3 H  3 S  3 NT  4 C  5 C TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S K 5 2
H
D K 7 5 3 2
C Q 8 7 5 3

West
North
1 S
East
Dbl
South
?

Your call:  Redouble  2 D  2 H  2 S  2 NT (4-card limit raise)  3 S (weak)  4 S TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S A Q 10 3 2
H A 9 6 2
D K 9
C J 3

West

Pass
2 H
North

2 D
3 D
East

Dbl
3 H
South
1 S
Pass
?

Your call:  Pass  Double  3 S  3 NT  4 D  4 H  5 D

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