Challenge 8W09 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. Lets drift back to one of those bygone tournaments. Perhaps my clues will reveal the venue, but dont 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?
Old scoring: Nonvulnerable doubled penalty = 100, 300, 500, 700, 900, etc.
1. 8-10 dummy points, 5+ diamonds
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© 2004 Richard Pavlicek