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The Verdict in 48 Hours

Last year’s Bermuda Bowl held in Monte Carlo caused quite a stir as the winner wasn’t known until hours after play ended, because of an appeal. This makes me wonder: What was the longest wait ever for such a verdict? Never mind. Perhaps my clues will help you guess the tournament from which these problems came, but don’t wipe out over that. Just choose your calls as South.

In September 2004 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1410 entrants from 129 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.

The surf is up, so hop on your board and paddle out. A big wave is coming! Catch it and you’ll be stoked for all six problems; but stay clear of the rocks! TopMain

Problem 1

IMPs None Vul

Table
S Q 3
H 9 6
D A 8 3
C A Q 7 5 3 2

West
Pass
Pass
North
1 S
2 H
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 C
?

Your call:  2 S  2 NT  3 C  3 D  3 S  3 NT TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S A Q J 8 7 5
H K 6 4
D K
C Q J 5

West
Pass
Pass
North
Pass
1 NT
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
?

Your call:  Pass  2 C  2 S  2 NT  3 C  3 S  3 NT TopMain

Problem 3

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A 10 6
H K 8 7
D 10 2
C Q 8 6 5 2

West

2 S
North
1 D
3 C
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 NT
?

Your call:  Pass  3 H  3 S  3 NT  4 C  5 C TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs Both Vul

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

West

Pass
North

1 D
East

3 S
South
1 C
?

Your call:  Pass  Double (penalty)  3 NT  4 D  4 H  5 D TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs None Vul

Table
S K 8 6 4 2
H 9
D K
C Q J 10 9 7 5

West

Pass
North
1 H
2 D
East
Pass
Pass
South
?
?

Indicate your two calls in the above sequence. (Pick one letter A-H)

  1. 1 S then 2 S
  2. 1 S then 2 NT
  3. 1 S then 3 C
  4. 1 NT then 2 NT
  5. 1 NT then 3 C
  6. 2 C then 2 S
  7. 2 C then 2 NT
  8. 2 C then 3 C
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Problem 6

IMPs N-S Vul

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

West

2 D¹
North

2 S²
East

4 S
South
1 NT
?
1. spades + another suit
2. cue-bid (game force)

Indicate your call and if you agree with opening 1 NT. (Pick one letter A-H)

  1. Pass; agree
  2. Pass; disagree
  3. Double; agree
  4. Double; disagree
  5. 4 NT; agree
  6. 4 NT; disagree
  7. 5 D; agree
  8. 5 D; disagree

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© 2004 Richard Pavlicek