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# The Netherland Showdown

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

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 Points E-W Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass NORTH2 3 4 EastPassPassPass South2 4 ? K Q 10 7 4 10 6 5 3 — K Q J 2 Your call: 4   4 NT (regular BW)  5   5   5 NT  6

## Problem 2

 Total Points Both Vul You, South, hold: West1 NorthPass EASTPass2 South1 ? A 8 A K Q J 7 2 9 7 3 K 3 Your call: Double  2   2 NT  3   3 NT  4

## Problem 3

 Total Points Both Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass NORTHPass2 3 EastPassPassPass South1 2 1? A K 10 9 3 A K J Q 8 8 5 2 1. Dubious but live with it Your call: Pass  3   3   3 NT  4   5

## Problem 4

 Total Points E-W Vul You, South, hold: West1 NORTHPassDbl EastPass1 SouthPass? Q 9 7 5 4 3 Q 8 6 3 — J 10 3 Your call: Pass  1   2   3   4   Other (tactical bid)

## Problem 5

 Total Points N-S Vul You, South, hold: WEST1 North1 East1 South? A K 8 6 5 2 Q 10 9 5 4 2 K — Your call: Pass  2   2   4   4 NT  5   6

## Problem 6

 Total Points N-S Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass2 NorthPassPass East1 Pass South?? A Q Q J 3 A K Q 10 8 4 3 4 Your two calls: A. Double then 2 B. Double then 3 C. Double then 3 D. 1 then DoubleE. 1 then 3 F. 1 then 3

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