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# Turin Polls Raise Cain

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

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.

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.

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.

## Problem 1

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: West North EAST1 South? 7 A K 10 9 A Q J 8 A 10 6 5 Your call: Pass  Double  1   1   1 NT  2 NT ( + )

## Problem 2

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: West4 1 NORTH1 Dbl East2 Pass SouthPass? A 7 9 7 2 Q J 9 6 4 3 4 3 1. weak Your call: Pass  4   4   4 NT  5   5   6

## Problem 3

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WEST1 North1 East3 1 South? A 8 6 J 10 9 5 K 8 Q J 10 2 1. weak Your call: Pass  Double (penalty)  3   3   3 NT  4

## Problem 4

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass NORTH2 NT3 4 EastPassPassPass South3 14 ? 8 10 8 7 5 4 3 A K 10 9 8 2 — 1. Jacoby transfer Your call: Pass  4   5   5   5   6   6

## Problem 5

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: WESTPassPassPass NorthPass2 12 NT EastPassPassPass South1 2 ? A 7 A Q J 9 8 7 A K 10 6 7 1. natural (not Drury) Your call: 3   3   3 NT  4 (Gerber)  4   5 NT (pick slam)  6

## Problem 6

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WestPass North3 1 EAST2 Pass SouthDbl? A Q 9 7 A K 7 3 A 10 8 9 3 1. 0-9, natural Your call: Pass  3   3   3   3 NT  None (I’d bid 2 NT over 2 )o

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