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Starry, Starry Night

Paint your palette blue and gray! 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, though you are welcome to guess from the clues on this page. But don’t worry about that; all you have to do is choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In January 2003 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1035 entrants from 107 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.

“Look out on a summer’s day with eyes that know the darkness in my soul.” Now start bidding before you get starry-eyed. TopMain

Problem 1

IMPs Both Vul

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

West

Pass
North

1 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 C
?

Your call:  2 D  2 H  2 NT  3 C  3 S  3 NT  4 S TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S 7 6 3 2
H 10
D K Q 10 9 7 5 2
C 6

West
2 H*
North
2 NT
East
3 H
South
?
*12-16, 5+ hearts, 4+ clubs

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

Problem 3

IMPs N-S Vul

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

West
Pass
North
1 C
East
1 H
South
?

Your call:  Double  1 S  2 D  2 H  2 NT  3 NT TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S 9
H A K Q 2
D 10 9 6
C A 9 8 7 5

West
Pass
Pass
Pass
North
1 S
2 D
3 D
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
2 C
2 H
?

Your call:  3 H  3 NT  4 D  4 NT  5 D  6 D TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs N-S Vul

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

West

Pass
Pass
North

Pass
1 S
East

1 H
2 H
South
1 D
Dbl
?

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

Problem 6

IMPs E-W Vul

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

West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C
Dbl
East

2 S
Pass
South
1 NT
Pass
?

As South, indicate your call and if you agree with opening 1 NT. (Choose one letter A-F)

  1. Pass; agree with 1 NT
  2. Pass; disagree with 1 NT
  3. 2 NT; agree with 1 NT
  4. 2 NT; disagree with 1 NT
  5. 3 C; agree with 1 NT
  6. 3 C; disagree with 1 NT

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