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Hamman Crewmen at Finis

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. 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.

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

Problem 1

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S 9 4
H Q 10 8 6
D A 3
C A K 5 3 2

West
1 NT
North
2 S
East
Pass
South
?

Your call:  Pass  2 NT  3 C  3 S  3 NT  4 S TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S K
H K J 8 7
D 9 4
C K J 9 6 3 2

West

3 S
North

3 NT
East
Pass
Pass
South
Pass
?

Your call:  Pass  4 C  4 S  4 NT  5 C  6 C TopMain

Problem 3

IMPs N-S Vul

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

West

1 D
North

1 H
East
Pass
1 S
South
1 C
?

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

Problem 4

IMPs N-S Vul

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

West

4 C
North

4 D
East
Pass
5 C
South
2 C
?

Your call:  Pass  Double  5 H  5 NT  6 C  6 H TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs E-W Vul

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

West

Pass
Pass
North

1 NT
2 H
East

Pass
Pass
South
1 S
2 C*
?
*conservative, but live with it

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

Problem 6

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S J 10 6
H 7
D A J 8 5
C A Q J 4 2

West

Pass
North

1 H
East

Pass
South
?
?

As South, indicate your two calls in the above sequence. (Choose one letter A-F)

  1. 1 C then 1 S
  2. 1 C then 1 NT
  3. 1 C then 2 C
  4. 1 D then 1 S
  5. 1 D then 1 NT
  6. 1 D then 2 C

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© 2003 Richard Pavlicek