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Aces and Plum Blossoms

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. 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.

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

Problem 1

IMPs None Vul

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

West
1 S
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

Your call:  Pass  Double  1 NT  2 C  2 H TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs Both Vul

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

West
Pass
Pass
North
Pass
2 H
East
2 D*
Pass
South
Pass
?
*weak

Your call:  Pass  2 S  2 NT  3 C  3 D  3 H  3 NT TopMain

Problem 3

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S K 9
H J 8 6 5 4 2
D K J
C 10 7 6

West

Pass
Pass
North

1 C
3 S
East

3 D
Pass
South
Pass
Pass
?

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

Problem 4

IMPs None Vul

Table
S J 6 4
H K 10 9 5
D 10 6
C A Q J 9

West

2 S*
North
1 D
3 D
East
Pass
3 S
South
1 H
?
*intermediate

Your call:  Pass  Double (penalty)  3 NT  4 C  4 D  5 D TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S
H K 10 9 5 4
D 6 5
C A Q J 10 5 2

West
Pass
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

Your call:  Pass  1 C  1 H  2 H  3 C  4 C  5 C TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S 10 9 6
H A K Q J 4
D K 3 2
C A 2

West

3 C
North
Pass
Pass
East
2 C*
Pass
South
?
?
*11-15, 5+ clubs

As South, select your call over 2 C and then 3 C. (Choose one letter A-F)

  1. Double then Pass
  2. Double then 3 H
  3. 2 H then Pass
  4. 2 H then Double
  5. 2 NT then Pass
  6. 2 NT then 3 H

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© 2002 Richard Pavlicek