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On Top of the World

Such a feeling’s coming over me. There is wonder in most ev’rything I see. No, this is not a story about wonder bids, but a bidding poll on six problems from a past tournament. When and where? That’s my little secret for now, though you’re invited to guess from the clues. (You can rule out Mount Everest and the North Pole, hehe.) But don’t worry about that; just choose your calls as South.

In May of 2004 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1265 entrants from 118 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.

Not a cloud in the sky; got the sun in my eyes; and I won’t be surprised if it’s a dream… And the reason is clear; it’s because you are here; you’re the nearest thing to heaven that I’ve seen (OK, I lie a lot). Now start bidding, or I’ll sing another chorus.

Problem 1

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
Pass
North
Pass
1 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 D
?
S A
H Q 10 9 8
D A K Q 6
C A 8 6 2
 
Your call: 2 C  2 H  2 NT  3 C  3 NT

Problem 2

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

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

Problem 3

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North
1 D
2 H
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
?
S K 10 9 7
H A J 6 5
D 5
C A 9 5 3
 
Your call: Pass  2 S  2 NT  3 C  3 H  3 NT  4 H

Problem 4

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
Pass
North

2 H1
4 D
East
1 H
Pass
Pass
South
2 C
3 H
?
S A 5 2
H A 6
D J 10
C A Q 10 9 8 7
 

1. general force

Your call: 4 H  4 S  4 NT  5 C  5 D  5 NT (pick slam)  6 C

Problem 5

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
Pass
North
1 H
2 NT
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 D
?
S Q 10 5 2
H
D A Q J 10 7 3 2
C K 10
 
Your call: 3 C  3 D  3 S  3 NT  4 C (Gerber)  4 D  5 D

Problem 6

IMPsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North

1 C
East
Pass
1 D
South
Pass
?
S 9 8 2
H J 8 6 3
D
C Q 10 9 7 4 3
 
Your call: Pass  Double  1 H  2 C  3 C (limit raise)  4 C  5 C

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Acknowledgments to songwriters Richard Carpenter and John Bettis
© 2004 Richard Pavlicek