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Let the Good Times Roll

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

Party on down! 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 let that worry you; all you have to do is choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In May 2003 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1036 entrants from 108 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 don’t just sit there. Join the party!

Problem 1

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass NorthPass East4 South? A Q J 8 3 A A K J 8 4 3 J Your call: Double  4   4 NT  5   5   5 NT  6

Problem 2

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: West1 NorthDbl EAST1 2 SouthDbl? A 10 6 3 A 6 J 10 8 6 5 A J Your call: Pass  Double  2   2 NT  3   3   3   3 NT

Problem 3

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: West2 NT1 North3 EASTPass4 South1 ? A 9 5 3 K Q 4 A Q 8 7 5 2 — 1. hearts + clubs Your call: Pass  Double  4   4 NT  5   5   6

Problem 4

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass2 North1 Pass EastDblPass SouthRdbl? K Q 9 7 2 A 7 4 Q J 8 4 3 Your call: Pass  Double  2   2 NT  3   3   3 NT

Problem 5

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WESTPassPass NorthPass3 East2 Pass SouthDbl? K J K Q 6 K Q 3 2 A K J 2 Your call: 3 NT  4   4   4   4 NT  5 NT  6 NT

Problem 6

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: West3 1 NORTHPassPass East1 Pass South?? A 10 7 Q J 8 5 — A K J 10 7 5 1. weak Your two calls: A. Double then PassB. Double then DoubleC. Double then 3 NTD. Double then 4 E. 2 then PassF. 2 then DoubleG. 2 then 3 NTH. 2 then 4

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