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Turin Polls Raise Cain

Have my bidding polls been causing turmoil in Italy? This title may seem as mysterious as the Shroud of Turin, or as confusing as the Book of Genesis, but it definitely provides a clue to the tournament from which these problems came. The pictures also should help with the location, but don’t get hung up on that. Simply choose your call as South on each of the six problems.

In July of 2004 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1185 entrants from 118 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 determine the best calls based on judgment, so only basic conventions are allowed. For a system reference, see my outline of Standard American Bridge.

Don’t bother to get out your maps of Turin, or any biblical references, as these are only serpentine clues. Just bid ‘em up! I’m sure any Abel-bodied person will get at least one right. TopMain

Problem 1

IMPs None Vul

Table
S 7
H A K 10 9
D A Q J 8
C A 10 6 5

West
North
East
1 C
South
?

Your call:  Pass  Double  1 D  1 H  1 NT  2 NT (hearts + diamonds) TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S A 7
H 9 7 2
D Q J 9 6 4 3
C 4 3

West

4 C*
North
1 S
Dbl
East
2 C
Pass
South
Pass
?
*weak

Your call:  Pass  4 D  4 S  4 NT  5 C  5 D  6 D TopMain

Problem 3

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S A 8 6
H J 10 9 5
D K 8
C Q J 10 2

West
1 D
North
1 H
East
3 C*
South
?
*weak

Your call:  Pass  Double (penalty)  3 D  3 H  3 NT  4 H TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S 8
H 10 8 7 5 4 3
D A K 10 9 8 2
C

West

Pass
Pass
North
2 NT
3 H
4 H
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
3 D*
4 D
?
*Jacoby transfer

Your call:  Pass  4 S  5 C  5 D  5 H  6 D  6 H TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S A 7
H A Q J 9 8 7
D A K 10 6
C 7

West
Pass
Pass
Pass
North
Pass
2 C*
2 NT
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
2 D
?
*natural (not Drury)

Your call:  3 H  3 S  3 NT  4 C (Gerber)  4 H  5 NT (pick a slam)  6 H TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S A Q 9 7
H A K 7 3
D A 10 8
C 9 3

West

Pass
North

3 C*
East
2 D
Pass
South
Dbl
?
*0-9, natural

Your call:  Pass  3 D  3 H  3 S  3 NT  None (I would bid 2 NT over 2 D)

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