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Island of the Dinosaurs

Warning: You are about to embark on a Jurassic journey. All bridge players are invited to try this bidding challenge based on six problems from a past tournament. When and where? That’s my little secret, but you can be sure it was a long time ago. All you have to do is choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In September 2002 these problems were presented as a poll, with 900 entrants from 105 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.

Please be careful, as your safety cannot be assured. [Thump] Did you hear something? [Thump, thump] If it keeps getting louder, run like hell. TopMain

Problem 1

Rubber Bridge None Vul

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

West

Pass
Pass
North

3 D
4 H
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
4 D
?

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

Problem 2

Rubber Bridge Both Vul

Table
S J 9 3
H Q 9 8
D 7
C K 9 8 4 3 2

West
Pass
North
1 NT
East
Pass
South
?

Your call:  Pass  2 C  2 NT  3 C (sign-off)  3 NT TopMain

Problem 3

Rubber Bridge Both Vul

Table
S A Q 10 3
H A
D A Q 9 7
C A 7 5 2

West

Pass
Pass
North
Pass*
1 H
3 H
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 D
2 S
?
*Partner does not play weak two-bids.

Your call:  3 NT  4 C  4 H  4 NT  5 H TopMain

Problem 4

Rubber Bridge Both Vul

Table
S J 10 9 3
H J 8
D K 8 4
C A 5 3 2

West

Pass
North
1 D
3 D
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
?

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

Problem 5

Rubber Bridge None Vul

Table
S K Q J 10 8
H A K 7 5
D Q
C A 9 2

West

Pass
North

2 NT*
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
?
*13-15 balanced

Your call:  3 C  3 H  3 S  4 C (Gerber)  4 NT TopMain

Problem 6

Rubber Bridge None Vul

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

West

Pass
North

2 H
East

Pass
South
1 C
?

As South, indicate your call and whether or not you would have opened. (Choose one letter A-F)

  1. 2 S; agree with opening
  2. 2 S; would pass
  3. 2 NT; agree with opening
  4. 2 NT; would pass
  5. 3 H; agree with opening
  6. 3 H; would pass

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© 2002 Richard Pavlicek