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Big Brother Is Watching

Will the Ministry of Truth be impressed with your bidding? Find out in this bidding challenge on six problems from a past tournament. When and where? Sorry, my lips are sealed, though you’re invited to guess from the clues. But don’t worry about that; just select your call as South from the choices offered.

In November 2003 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1149 entrants from 116 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.

Are you ready? Then start bidding, or I may have to call the Thought Police.
If you get stumped, repeat after me, 100 times: Down with Big Brother!

Problem 1

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Dbl
North

Pass
East

2 D
South
1 H
?
S Q 10 7 5 2
H A K Q J 9 2
D 4
C 10
 
Your call: Pass  Double  2 H  2 S  3 H  3 S  4 H

Problem 2

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
Pass
Pass
North

1 S
3 D1
4 H
East

Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 D
2 H
3 S
?
S J 10 2
H A J 4 2
D K Q J 5 4
C A
 

1. 10+ game force

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

Problem 3

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
Pass
North
1 S
2 H
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 NT
?
S 4
H A 7 5
D A J 8 6 4 3
C 8 7 5
 
Your call: Pass  2 NT  3 D  3 H  3 NT  4 D (D + H fit)  4 H

Problem 4

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
North
Pass
East
1 C
South
?
S
H Q J 6 2
D Q J 9 7 6 5 4
C A 6
 
Your call: 1 D  1 H  2 D  2 NT (H + D3 D  4 D  5 D

Problem 5

IMPsBoth VulCritique this bidding disaster by East-West:
 
West
1 C
1 S
3 C
4 D
4 S
5 H
North
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
1 D
2 H1
3 S
4 H
5 C
5 S
South
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

S K Q 10 6
H J
D K 7 5
C K 9 7 5 4

Table

S A J 5 3
H A 10
D J 8 6 4
C A 10 2
 

1. artificial game force

Worst bid by E-W: 1 C  1 D  3 C  4 D  4 H  5 C  5 H

Problem 6

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
1 C
4 H
North
1 D
Pass
East
2 H1
Pass
South
3 C
?
S A 10
H 5 4
D J 9 6 3
C A Q 9 6 4
 

1. weak

Your call and lead: A. Pass; lead S A
B. Pass; lead H 4
C. Pass; lead D 3
D. Pass; lead C A
E. Double; lead S A
F. Double; lead H 4
G. Double; lead D 3
H. Double; lead C A

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