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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.

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.

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

Problem 1

Total PointsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
Pass
North
2 C
3 H
4 D
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
2 S
4 C
?
S K Q 10 7 4
H 10 6 5 3
D
C K Q J 2
 
Your call: 4 H  4 NT (regular BW)  5 D  5 H  5 NT  6 H

Problem 2

Total PointsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

1 S
North

Pass
East
Pass
2 C
South
1 H
?
S A 8
H A K Q J 7 2
D 9 7 3
C K 3
 
Your call: Double  2 H  2 NT  3 H  3 NT  4 H

Problem 3

Total PointsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
Pass
North
Pass
2 C
3 C
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
2 H1
?
S A K 10 9 3
H A K J
D Q 8
C 8 5 2
 

1. Dubious but live with it

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

Problem 4

Total PointsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

1 C
North
Pass
Dbl
East
Pass
1 D
South
Pass
?
S Q 9 7 5 4 3
H Q 8 6 3
D
C J 10 3
 
Your call: Pass  1 S  2 S  3 S  4 S  Other (tactical bid)

Problem 5

Total PointsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
1 C
North
1 H
East
1 S
South
?
S A K 8 6 5 2
H Q 10 9 5 4 2
D K
C
 
Your call: Pass  2 C  2 S  4 H  4 NT  5 H  6 H

Problem 6

Total PointsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
2 C
North
Pass
Pass
East
1 C
Pass
South
?
?
S A Q
H Q J 3
D A K Q 10 8 4 3
C 4
 

Your two calls: A. Double then 2 D
B. Double then 3 C
C. Double then 3 D
D. 1 D then Double
E. 1 D then 3 C
F. 1 D then 3 D

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