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# A Large Gala Occasion

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

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.

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.

Solving these problems led to a huge delicious victory for one team.
Can you keep pace?

## Problem 1

 Total Points Both Vul You, South, hold: West2 Pass NorthPass2 EASTPassPassPass South1 Dbl? A Q 10 4 3 A K Q 10 4 A 8 7 Your call: Pass  2 NT  3   3   3 NT  4

## Problem 2

 Total Points N-S Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass North1 East5 South? K Q Q 8 7 5 A K 5 A J 10 7 Your call: Double  5   5 NT  6   6   6 NT

Old scoring: Nonvulnerable doubled penalty = 100, 300, 500, 700, 900, etc.

## Problem 3

 Total Points Both Vul You, South, hold: West1 NORTHPassPass East1 3 South1 ? J 9 7 2 — A Q J 9 8 7 2 K J Your call: Pass  Double  3   4   4   4   5

## Problem 4

 Total Points N-S Vul You, South, hold: West1 2 NorthDbl2 NT EastPassPass SOUTHPass1 ? Q 8 5 K 10 7 3 2 6 5 4 9 4 Your call: Pass  3   3   3   3 NT  4

## Problem 5

 Total Points None Vul You, South, hold: WestDbl NORTHPass3 1 EastPassPass South1 ? Q J 2 10 A Q J 9 A J 10 9 4 1. 8-10 dummy points, 5+ diamonds Your call: Pass  3   3   3 NT  4   4   5

## Problem 6

 Total Points Both Vul You, South, hold: WestPass North1 EastPass SOUTH?? — K J 8 7 3 A J 10 9 6 4 4 2 Your two calls: A. Pass then 2 B. Pass then 2 C. Pass then 3 D. 1 then 2 E. 1 then 2 F. 1 then 2

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