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Let the Good Times Roll

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. 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.

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Problem 1

IMPs None Vul

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

West
Pass
North
Pass
East
4 H
South
?

Your call:  Double  4 S  4 NT  5 D  5 H  5 NT  6 D TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S A 10 6 3
H A 6
D J 10 8 6 5
C A J

West

1 S
North

Dbl
East
1 H
2 H
South
Dbl
?

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

Problem 3

IMPs None Vul

Table
S A 9 5 3
H K Q 4
D A Q 8 7 5 2
C

West

2 NT*
North

3 D
East
Pass
4 H
South
1 D
?
*hearts + clubs

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

Problem 4

IMPs None Vul

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

West
Pass
2 D
North
1 H
Pass
East
Dbl
Pass
South
Rdbl
?

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

Problem 5

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S K J
H K Q 6
D K Q 3 2
C A K J 2

West
Pass
Pass
North
Pass
3 S
East
2 S
Pass
South
Dbl
?

Your call:  3 NT  4 C  4 D  4 S  4 NT  5 NT  6 NT TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs E-W Vul

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

West

3 H*
North
Pass
Pass
East
1 D
Pass
South
?
?
*weak

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

  1. Double then Pass
  2. Double then Double
  3. Double then 3 NT
  4. Double then 4 C
  5. 2 C then Pass
  6. 2 C then Double
  7. 2 C then 3 NT
  8. 2 C then 4 C

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