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Stanwyck Role and Sixty

Fasten your seat belt for a wild ride! 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 don’t let that worry you. All you have to do is choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In November 2002 these problems were presented as a poll, with 939 entrants from 110 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.

Turbulence ahead! Do not enter if you have heart problems — or spade problems, for that matter.

Problem 1

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

1 S
North
Pass
Pass
East
Pass
2 H
South
1 D
?
S A J 3 2
H J 6
D A K Q 8 6 3 2
C
 
Your call: 2 S  2 NT  3 D  3 H  3 NT  4 D  5 D

Problem 2

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

1 S
3 S
North

3 D1
Pass
East

Pass
Pass
South
1 D
3 H
?
S 9 7 5
H A K J 8
D A K 5 2
C A 10
 

1. weak

Your call: Pass  Double  4 C  4 D  4 H  5 D

Problem 3

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North
Pass
1 S
East
Pass
2 C
South
1 H
?
S Q J 10
H A Q J 10 6
D A J 10 5 4
C
 
Your call: Double (support)  2 D  2 S  3 C  3 D  3 S  4 S

Problem 4

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

2 H
North

2 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
Pass
?
S Q 9
H J 9 7
D 10 7 4
C A Q 6 5 3
 
Your call: Pass  2 NT  3 C  3 H  3 S

Problem 5

IMPsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North
Pass
Dbl
East
1 S
Pass
South
Pass
?
S K Q 8 3
H A J 8 2
D Q 5
C J 10 7
 
Your call: Pass  1 NT  2 H  2 S  2 NT  3 H  3 NT

Problem 6

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North

1 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
?
?
S 5 3
H A K J 8
D K 10 9 7 2
C 8 7
 

Your two calls: A. Pass then 1 NT
B. Pass then 2 D
C. 1 D then 1 NT
D. 1 D then 2 D
E. 1 H then 1 NT
F. 1 H then 2 D

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