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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.

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.

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

Problem 1

IMPsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North

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

Problem 2

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
2 H1
North
2 NT
East
3 H
South
?
S 7 6 3 2
H 10
D K Q 10 9 7 5 2
C 6
 

1. 12-16, 5+ hearts, 4+ clubs

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

Problem 3

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
North
1 C
East
1 H
South
?
S A 6 4 3
H A K 3
D K 10 8 4 2
C Q
 
Your call: Double  1 S  2 D  2 H  2 NT  3 NT

Problem 4

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
Pass
Pass
North
1 S
2 D
3 D
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
2 C
2 H
?
S 9
H A K Q 2
D 10 9 6
C A 9 8 7 5
 
Your call: 3 H  3 NT  4 D  4 NT  5 D  6 D

Problem 5

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
Pass
North

Pass
1 S
East

1 H
2 H
South
1 D
Dbl
?
S A J 4
H A K 4
D A 7 6 5 3 2
C A
 
Your call: Pass  Double  2 S  2 NT  3 D  3 S  4 S

Problem 6

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C
Dbl1
East

2 S
Pass
South
1 NT
Pass
?
S Q 5
H A J 8
D A Q
C Q 9 7 6 5 4
 

1. penalty

Call and opinion: A. Pass; agree with 1 NT
B. Pass; disagree with 1 NT
C. 2 NT; agree with 1 NT
D. 2 NT; disagree with 1 NT
E. 3 C; agree with 1 NT
F. 3 C; disagree with 1 NT

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