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The Netherland Showdown

Are you ready to rumble? The match is about to begin, but don’t expect any windmills or wooden shoes. Try this bidding challenge based on six problems from a past tournament. When and where is my little secret for now. Just choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In May 2002 these problems were presented as a poll, with 844 entrants from 103 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.

There’s no backing out now! Grab a Dutch clover for luck, and take your best shots. TopMain

Problem 1

Total Points E-W Vul

Table
S K Q 10 7 4
H 10 6 5 3
D
C K Q J 2

West

Pass
Pass
North
2 C
3 H
4 D
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
2 S
4 C
?

Your call:  4 H  4 NT (regular BW)  5 D  5 H  5 NT  6 H TopMain

Problem 2

Total Points Both Vul

Table
S A 8
H A K Q J 7 2
D 9 7 3
C K 3

West

1 S
North

Pass
East
Pass
2 C
South
1 H
?

Your call:  Double  2 H  2 NT  3 H  3 NT  4 H TopMain

Problem 3

Total Points Both Vul

Table
S A K 10 9 3
H A K J
D Q 8
C 8 5 2

West

Pass
Pass
North
Pass
2 C
3 C
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
2 H*
?
*You may not agree, but live with it.

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

Problem 4

Total Points E-W Vul

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

West

1 C
North
Pass
Dbl
East
Pass
1 D
South
Pass
?

Your call:  Pass  1 S  2 S  3 S  4 S  Tactical bid (any bid but spades) TopMain

Problem 5

Total Points N-S Vul

Table
S A K 8 6 5 2
H Q 10 9 5 4 2
D K
C

West
1 C
North
1 H
East
1 S
South
?

Your call:  Pass  2 C  2 S  4 H  4 NT  5 H  6 H TopMain

Problem 6

Total Points N-S Vul

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

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

As South, select your call over 1 C and then 2 C. (Choose one letter A-F)

  1. Double then 2 D
  2. Double then 3 C
  3. Double then 3 D
  4. 1 D then Double
  5. 1 D then 3 C
  6. 1 D then 3 D

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© 2002 Richard Pavlicek