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Crossroads of Eternal Hope

Could there be any hope left in your game? Find out now with this bidding challenge based on six problems from a past tournament. When and where? You’re welcome to guess, but don’t worry about that. All you have to do is choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In September 2003 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1117 entrants from 116 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.

You’ve reached the crossroads, so start bidding! TopMain

Problem 1

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S 10 7
H K 9 8 4
D A Q J 2
C 5 4 2

West

Pass
Pass
North

1 S
3 D
East

Pass
Pass
South
Pass
1 NT
?

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

Problem 2

IMPs N-S Vul

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

West

1 S
Dbl
North

2 C
Pass
East
Pass
2 D
Pass
South
Pass
3 D
?

Your call:  Redouble  3 H  3 S  3 NT  4 C  5 C TopMain

Problem 3

IMPs None Vul

Table
S J 8 2
H 10
D A 10 9 8 7 2
C A 5 2

West

1 S²
North

Dbl
East
Pass
2 S
South
Pass¹
?
1. You do not play weak 2 D
2. 4+ cards

Your call:  Double (responsive)  2 NT  3 D  3 S  3 NT  4 D  5 D TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S K Q J 7
H A K 6
D A
C J 7 5 4 3

West
2 H
Pass
North
Pass
4 D
East
Pass
Pass
South
Dbl
?

Your call:  Pass  4 H  4 S  4 NT  5 C  5 D TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S
H A K 6
D A K J 7
C Q 7 6 5 4 3

West

Pass
Pass
North

2 S
3 S
East
1 H*
Pass
Pass
South
2 C
3 D
?
*4+ cards

Your call:  Pass  3 NT  4 C  4 D  4 H  4 S TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs Both Vul

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

West

1 D
Pass
Pass
North

1 H
2 D
3 NT
East

Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 C
2 C
3 D
Pass

Indicate if you agree with South’s bidding, or which call you dislike most. (Choose one letter A-E)

  1. Agree with all
  2. Dislike 1 C most
  3. Dislike 2 C most
  4. Dislike 3 D most
  5. Dislike Pass most

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