Challenge 7Y01  MainAnalyses


Island of the Dinosaurs


Scores by Richard Pavlicek

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.

Assume both sides use Standard American bidding (unless noted otherwise) with 15-17 notrumps,
five-card majors and weak two-bids. The object is to determine the best calls based on judgment,
so only basic conventions are allowed. For a system reference, see 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.

Problem 1

Rubber bridgeNone vulYou, South, hold:
West

Pass
Pass
North

3 D
4 H
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
4 D
?
S A 7 4
H A Q 10 6 5
D 10 9 8 4
C 3
 
Your call? P 4 S4 NT 5 C5 D5 H

Problem 2

Rubber bridgeBoth vulYou, South, hold:
West
Pass
North
1 NT
East
Pass
South
?
S J 9 3
H Q 9 8
D 7
C K 9 8 4 3 2
 
Your call? P 2 C2 NT 3 C (sign-off) 3 NT

Problem 3

Rubber bridgeBoth vulYou, South, hold:
West

Pass
Pass
North
Pass1
1 H
3 H
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 D
2 S
?
S A Q 10 3
H A
D A Q 9 7
C A 7 5 2
 
1. Partner does not play weak twosYour call? 3 NT 4 C4 H4 NT 5 H

Problem 4

Rubber bridgeBoth vulYou, South, hold:
West

Pass
North
1 D
3 D
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
?
S J 10 9 3
H J 8
D K 8 4
C A 5 3 2
 
Your call? P 3 H3 NT 4 C4 D5 D

Problem 5

Rubber bridgeNone vulYou, South, hold:
West

Pass
North

2 NT1
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
?
S K Q J 10 8
H A K 7 5
D Q
C A 9 2
 
1. 13-15 balancedYour call? 3 C3 H3 S4 C (Gerber) 4 NT

Problem 6

Rubber bridgeNone vulYou, South, hold:
West

Pass
North

2 H
East

Pass
South
1 C
?
S K Q 7 6
H 7 5 4
D 10 4
C A Q 8 7
 
Your call and opinion?A. 2 S, agree with 1 C
B. 2 S, would not open
C. 2 NT, agree with 1 C
D. 2 NT, would not open
E. 3 H, agree with 1 C
F. 3 H, would not open

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