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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.

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 PointsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

2 C
Pass
North

Pass
2 S
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
Dbl
?
S A Q 10 4 3
H A K
D Q 10 4
C A 8 7
 
Your call: Pass  2 NT  3 C  3 S  3 NT  4 S

Problem 2

Total PointsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
North
1 S
East
5 D
South
?
S K Q
H Q 8 7 5
D A K 5
C A J 10 7
 
Your call: Double  5 S  5 NT  6 D  6 S  6 NT

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

Problem 3

Total PointsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

1 H
North
Pass
Pass
East
1 C
3 H
South
1 D
?
S J 9 7 2
H
D A Q J 9 8 7 2
C K J
 
Your call: Pass  Double  3 S  4 D  4 H  4 S  5 D

Problem 4

Total PointsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

1 C
2 C
North

Dbl
2 NT
East

Pass
Pass
South
Pass
1 H
?
S Q 8 5
H K 10 7 3 2
D 6 5 4
C 9 4
 
Your call: Pass  3 C  3 H  3 S  3 NT  4 H

Problem 5

Total PointsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Dbl
North
Pass
3 D1
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 D
?
S Q J 2
H 10
D A Q J 9
C A J 10 9 4
 

1. 8-10 dummy points, 5+ diamonds

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

Problem 6

Total PointsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North

1 S
East

Pass
South
?
?
S
H K J 8 7 3
D A J 10 9 6 4
C 4 2
 

Your two calls: A. Pass then 2 D
B. Pass then 2 H
C. Pass then 3 D
D. 1 D then 2 D
E. 1 D then 2 H
F. 1 H then 2 D

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