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Big Brother Is Watching

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

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

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WestDbl NorthPass East2 SOUTH1 ? Q 10 7 5 2 A K Q J 9 2 4 10 Your call: Pass  Double  2   2   3   3   4

Problem 2

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPassPass North1 3 14 EastPassPassPass SOUTH1 2 3 ? J 10 2 A J 4 2 K Q J 5 4 A 1. 10+ game force Your call: Pass  4   4 NT  5   5   5   5 NT

Problem 3

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WESTPassPass North1 2 EastPassPass South1 NT? 4 A 7 5 A J 8 6 4 3 8 7 5 Your call: Pass  2 NT  3   3   3 NT  4 ( + fit)  4

Problem 4

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: West NORTHPass East1 South? — Q J 6 2 Q J 9 7 6 5 4 A 6 Your call: 1   1   2   2 NT ( + )  3   4   5

Problem 5

 IMPs Both Vul Critique this bidding disaster by East-West: WEST1 1 3 4 4 5 NorthPassPassPassPassPassPass East1 2 13 4 5 5 SouthPassPassPassPassPass K Q 10 6 J K 7 5 K 9 7 5 4 A J 5 3 A 10 J 8 6 4 A 10 2 1. artificial game force Worst bid by E-W: 1   1   3   4   4   5   5

Problem 6

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WEST1 4 North1 Pass East2 1Pass South3 ? A 10 5 4 J 9 6 3 A Q 9 6 4 1. weak Your call and lead: A. Pass; lead AB. Pass; lead 4C. Pass; lead 3D. Pass; lead AE. Double; lead AF. Double; lead 4G. Double; lead 3H. Double; lead A

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