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Tales of the Wild West

Modern-day bridge owes a lot to the Wild West, from the rush to win Gold Points, to gunfights at the OKbridge Corral. My old sidekick “Wild Bill” Root used to warn me that most defenders of today are like horse thieves of yesterday, and it takes a “quick draw” to get trumps out before they can ruff something. But I digress; never mind.

These six bidding problems are from a past tournament. Perhaps my clues will help you guess the location and year, but don’t worry about that. As South, simply select your call.

In January 2005 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1450 entrants from 127 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 which call is best within the framework of allowed agreements. For a system reference, see my outline of Standard American Bridge.

So grab your six-shooter, and draw on the count of three. You get six shots, so make them all count! TopMain

Problem 1

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S 7
H 9 8 3
D A K 9 7
C Q 8 5 4 3

West

1 D
North

Dbl
East
Pass
Pass
South
Pass
?

Your call:  Pass  1 H  1 NT  2 C  2 H  2 NT  3 C TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S 3
H A K 9 8 7 5 3
D
C A J 7 4 3

West
Pass
5 D
North
1 S
5 S
East
2 D
Pass
South
2 H
?

Your call:  Pass  5 NT (pick a slam)  6 C  6 D  6 H  6 S TopMain

Problem 3

IMPs Both Vul

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

West
North
East
Pass
South
?

Your call:  Pass  1 D  2 D  3 D  4 D  5 D TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs Both Vul

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

West

1 D
North

1 S
East

2 D
South
1 C
?

Your call:  Double (support)  2 H  3 D  3 H  3 S  4 D (splinter)  4 S TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs None Vul

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

West
1 H
Pass
North
Dbl
3 D
East
3 C*
Pass
South
Pass
?
*weak

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

Problem 6

IMPs E-W Vul

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

West

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

Select your call or calls. (Choose one letter A-G)

  1. 1 NT
  2. 2 C then 3 D (over 3 C)
  3. 2 C then 3 NT (over 3 C)
  4. 2 D
  5. 2 NT (forcing)
  6. 3 D (forcing)
  7. 3 NT

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© 2005 Richard Pavlicek