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A Large Gala Occasion

Modern world championships are becoming more and more like ACBL tournaments, with various events and divisions (open, ladies, seniors, transnational, etc.) to attract more players. While admirable in some respects, this loses focus in others. In the old days it was “one pot, one winner,” which everyone understood. Nobody had to ask, “Which event?” when the winner was crowned. Let’s drift back to one of those bygone tournaments. Perhaps my clues will reveal the venue, but don’t worry about that. Just choose your calls as South.

In November 2004 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1276 entrants from 120 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.

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Problem 1

Total Points Both Vul

Table
S A Q 10 4 3
H A K
D Q 10 4
C A 8 7

West

2 C
Pass
North

Pass
2 S
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
Dbl
?

Your call:  Pass  2 NT  3 C  3 S  3 NT  4 S TopMain

Problem 2

Total Points N-S Vul

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

West
Pass
North
1 S
East
5 D
South
?
Old scoring: nonvul doubled penalty 1-3-5-700…

Your call:  Double  5 S  5 NT  6 D  6 S  6 NT TopMain

Problem 3

Total Points Both Vul

Table
S J 9 7 2
H
D A Q J 9 8 7 2
C K J

West

1 H
North
Pass
Pass
East
1 C
3 H
South
1 D
?

Your call:  Pass  Double  3 S  4 D  4 H  4 S  5 D TopMain

Problem 4

Total Points N-S Vul

Table
S Q 8 5
H K 10 7 3 2
D 6 5 4
C 9 4

West

1 C
2 C
North

Dbl
2 NT
East

Pass
Pass
South
Pass
1 H
?

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

Problem 5

Total Points None Vul

Table
S Q J 2
H 10
D A Q J 9
C A J 10 9 4

West

Dbl
North
Pass
3 D*
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 D
?
*8-10 dummy points, 5+ diamonds

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

Problem 6

Total Points Both Vul

Table
S
H K J 8 7 3
D A J 10 9 6 4
C 4 2

West

Pass
North

1 S
East

Pass
South
?
?

Indicate your two calls in the above sequence. (Choose one letter A-F)

  1. Pass then 2 D
  2. Pass then 2 H
  3. Pass then 3 D
  4. 1 D then 2 D
  5. 1 D then 2 H
  6. 1 H then 2 D

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© 2004 Richard Pavlicek