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Wily Alvin Led USA in Tie

If you believe this title, you’d believe almost anything; but you can rest assured it’s not about Alvin and the Chipmunks. Try to keep your mind on bridge — Alvin Landy? I don’t think so — as you try this bidding challenge on six problems from a past tournament. The venue is for me to know and for you to find out, though you’re welcome to guess from the clues. But don’t worry about that; just select your call as South on each problem.

In January 2004 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1257 entrants from 122 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 to find the best calls based on judgment so only basic conventions are allowed. For a system reference, see my outline of Standard American Bridge.

Are you ready to start the bidding tour? Then forget about Alvin, hop onto your bike and start pedaling. You’re only six brief stops from the finish line! TopMain

Problem 1

IMPs E-W Vul

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

West
Pass
North
1 S
East
Pass
South
?

Your call:  2 H  3 H  3 S  4 C (splinter)  4 D (splinter)  4 S  4 NT TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S K Q 8 7 4
H A 7
D A Q 7 6 3
C 10

West

Pass
Pass
Pass
North

2 NT
3 S
4 S
East

Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
3 D
4 D
?

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

Problem 3

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S A J 7 5
H K J 3
D 10 5 4
C A 7 2

West
Pass
North
1 H
East
2 D
South
?

Your call:  Double  2 S  3 C  3 D  3 H  4 H  5 H TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S K 6
H A K Q 8 3
D K Q 8 5
C 10 9

West
North
3 D
East
Pass
South
?

Your call:  Pass  3 H  3 NT  4 D  4 H  4 NT  5 D TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S K J 8 7 3
H 7
D K 8 2
C A K 6 5

West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C
3 NT
East

Pass
Pass
South
1 S
3 C
?

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

Problem 6

IMPs None Vul

Table
S K
H J 8 7 4 3
D J
C K Q J 10 8 2

West
North
East
South
?

Indicate your preferred strategy as dealer with this awkward hand. (Choose one letter A-G)

  1. Pass then pass again
  2. Pass then show two-suiter
  3. Pass then bid clubs
  4. Open 1 C
  5. Open 1 H
  6. Open 3 C
  7. Open 4 C

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© 2004 Richard Pavlicek