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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.

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

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
North
Pass
East
4 H
South
?
S A Q J 8 3
H A
D A K J 8 4 3
C J
 
Your call: Double  4 S  4 NT  5 D  5 H  5 NT  6 D

Problem 2

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

1 S
North

Dbl
East
1 H
2 H
South
Dbl
?
S A 10 6 3
H A 6
D J 10 8 6 5
C A J
 
Your call: Pass  Double  2 S  2 NT  3 D  3 H  3 S  3 NT

Problem 3

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

2 NT1
North

3 D
East
Pass
4 H
South
1 D
?
S A 9 5 3
H K Q 4
D A Q 8 7 5 2
C
 

1. hearts + clubs

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

Problem 4

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
2 D
North
1 H
Pass
East
Dbl
Pass
South
Rdbl
?
S K Q 9 7
H 2
D A 7 4
C Q J 8 4 3
 
Your call: Pass  Double  2 S  2 NT  3 C  3 D  3 NT

Problem 5

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

Problem 6

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

3 H1
North
Pass
Pass
East
1 D
Pass
South
?
?
S A 10 7
H Q J 8 5
D
C A K J 10 7 5
 

1. weak

Your two calls: A. Double then Pass
B. Double then Double
C. Double then 3 NT
D. Double then 4 C
E. 2 C then Pass
F. 2 C then Double
G. 2 C then 3 NT
H. 2 C then 4 C

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