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# Aces and Plum Blossoms

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

Have cards, will travel! The sights are almost too beautiful for bridge, but here you are. Test yourself on 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 worry about that. Just choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In March 2002 these problems were presented as a poll, with 813 entrants from 106 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.

So what are you waiting for? Let your bidding skills blossom as you enjoy the scenery.

## Problem 1

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WEST1 NorthPass EastPass South? A J 6 5 K Q 10 8 8 Q J 6 2 Your call: Pass  Double  1 NT  2   2

## Problem 2

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: WESTPassPass NorthPass2 East2 1Pass SouthPass? K 9 6 2 8 2 A 9 A K 9 8 6 1. weak Your call: Pass  2   2 NT  3   3   3   3 NT

## Problem 3

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass North1 3 East3 Pass SOUTHPassPass? K 9 J 8 6 5 4 2 K J 10 7 6 Your call: Pass  3 NT  4   4   4   4   5

## Problem 4

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: West2 1 NORTH1 3 EastPass3 South1 ? J 6 4 K 10 9 5 10 6 A Q J 9 1. intermediate Your call: Pass  Double (penalty)  3 NT  4   4   5

## Problem 5

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass NorthPass EastPass South? — K 10 9 5 4 6 5 A Q J 10 5 2 Your call: Pass  1   1   2   3   4   5

## Problem 6

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: West3 NORTHPassPass East2 1Pass South?? 10 9 6 A K Q J 4 K 3 2 A 2 1. 11-15, 5+ clubs Your two calls: A. Double then PassB. Double then 3 C. 2 then PassD. 2 then DoubleE. 2 NT then PassF. 2 NT then 3

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