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# Hamman Crewmen at Finis

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

Hop onto your camel and join the caravan! All bridge players are invited to try this bidding challenge based on six problems from a past tournament. When and where? That’s for me to know and for you to find out, 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 March 2003 these problems were presented as a poll, with 999 entrants from 112 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.

So what are you waiting for? We’ll be arriving at the oasis soon, so bid ‘em up!

## Problem 1

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WEST1 NT North2 EastPass South? 9 4 Q 10 8 6 A 3 A K 5 3 2 Your call: Pass  2 NT  3   3   3 NT  4

## Problem 2

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: West3 North3 NT EASTPassPass SouthPass? K K J 8 7 9 4 K J 9 6 3 2 Your call: Pass  4   4   4 NT  5   6

## Problem 3

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: West1 North1 EASTPass1 South1 ? A 5 7 6 A J 8 A K J 9 8 5 Your call: 2   2   2   2 NT  3   3 NT

## Problem 4

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: West4 North4 EASTPass5 South2 ? A K J 6 2 A K J 8 4 3 2 — J Your call: Pass  Double  5   5 NT  6   6

## Problem 5

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass North1 NT2 EastPassPass SOUTH1 2 1? A K 10 9 8 6 5 Q A K Q 7 6 1. conservative but live with it Your call: 2   3   3   3   3   4   4

## Problem 6

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WestPass North1 EastPass SOUTH?? J 10 6 7 A J 8 5 A Q J 4 2 Your two calls: A. 1 then 1 B. 1 then 1 NTC. 1 then 2 D. 1 then 1 E. 1 then 1 NTF. 1 then 2

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