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# The Beast of Velvet Cave

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

Welcome, spelunkers! I will be your guide. Before we begin I must warn you to stay with the group; your safety cannot be assured if you stray into the catacombs. The temperature inside the cave is 44-45 degrees Fahrenheit, so wear a coat or jacket; and it’s dark down there, so keep your lanterns lit at all times. If you’re ready, follow me.

OK, OK, this is really a bidding challenge on six problems from a past tournament. The venue is my little secret for now, though you’re invited to guess from the clues. But don’t worry about that; just select your call as South on each problem.

In March of 2004 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1337 entrants from 122 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.

Proceed with caution. If you select good bids, you have nothing to worry about — but I lie a lot. Bwa-ha-ha! Did I mention the dragon?

## Problem 1

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WestPass North1 East2 SOUTH1 ? A 8 Q 9 6 2 A K Q 4 A 8 2 Your call: Double (penalty)  2   2 NT  3   3 NT

## Problem 2

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass3 1 North1 Pass East1 Pass SouthDbl? J K J 10 8 3 K 6 5 J 8 4 3 1. weak Your call: Pass  Double (card-showing)  3 NT  4   4

## Problem 3

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WestPass NORTH1 3 EastPassPass South2 ? A 10 J 9 K Q J 6 3 K J 6 2 Your call: 3   3   3 NT  4   4   4   5

## Problem 4

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: West1 Pass NorthDbl2 EastPassPass SOUTHPass2 ? K 7 6 Q 8 6 4 A 10 7 K 7 6 Your call: 2 NT  3   3   3   3 NT  4   4

## Problem 5

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass4 North1 Pass East1 5 South2 ? 4 — K J 7 5 A Q J 10 6 5 4 3 Your call: Pass  Double  5   5   5 NT  6   6

## Problem 6

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass North1 NT EastPass South? J 4 2 A K 9 8 9 6 4 10 9 8 Call and follow-up if you use Stayman: A. PassB. 2 then 2 NT or raise to 3 C. 2 then 2 NT or raise to 4 D. 2 then 3 NT or raise to 3 E. 2 then 3 NT or raise to 4 F. 2 NTG. 3 NT

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