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A Gem-Rich Zoo in Zambia

Your search for precious gems brings you to a wild game preserve in Africa. While you’re here, try this bidding challenge based on six problems from a past tournament. When and where? That’s my little secret, but don’t let that bother you. All you have to do is choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In July 2002 these problems were presented as a poll, with 875 entrants from 108 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.

Are you ready? Then start looking for gems; but be careful! Whatever you do: Don’t pet the animals! TopMain

Problem 1

IMPs None Vul

Table
S A K
H Q J 9 6
D 2
C K Q 10 9 7 4

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

Your call:  Pass  2 NT (only force)  3 C  3 NT  4 C  5 C TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs E-W Vul

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

West

Pass
North

3 NT*
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
?
*17-18 balanced

Your call:  Pass  4 S  4 NT  5 S  5 NT  6 S  6 NT TopMain

Problem 3

IMPs None Vul

Table
S A 8 4 3
H A K 7 5 3 2
D 10 6
C K

West

Pass
North
Pass
2 NT
East
1 S
Pass
South
2 H
?

Your call:  Pass  3 H  3 S  3 NT  4 H TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S 5 2
H K 7 5 4 3
D K J 8 7
C Q 7

West

2 H*
North

Dbl
East

Pass
South
Pass
?
*10-15, 5+ hearts, 4+ clubs

Your call:  Pass  2 NT  3 D  3 NT  4 D TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S 6 4
H A K 6 3 2
D J 3
C A K J 8

West

2 S*
North

3 D
East

4 S
South
1 H
?
*weak

Your call:  Pass  Double  4 NT  5 C  5 D  5 NT TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs N-S Vul

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

West
Pass
Pass
North
Pass
1 S
East
1 H
Pass
South
Dbl
?

Your call:  2 D  2 H  2 S  3 D  3 S

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© 2002 Richard Pavlicek