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# Tales of the Wild West

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

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.

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.

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

## Problem 1

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: West1 NorthDbl EASTPassPass SouthPass? 7 9 8 3 A K 9 7 Q 8 5 4 3 Your call: Pass  1   1 NT  2   2   2 NT  3

## Problem 2

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass5 North1 5 East2 Pass South2 ? 3 A K 9 8 7 5 3 — A J 7 4 3 Your call: Pass  5 NT (pick slam)  6   6   6   6

## Problem 3

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: West North EASTPass South? — 9 4 Q 10 9 8 7 4 3 A K 9 2 Your call: Pass  1   2   3   4   5

## Problem 4

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: West1 North1 East2 SOUTH1 ? A K 8 A Q 5 4 — A 10 9 6 5 3 Your call: Double (support)  2   3   3   3   4 (splinter)  4

## Problem 5

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WEST1 Pass NorthDbl3 East3 1Pass SouthPass? 9 8 7 6 4 A 9 6 3 7 4 2 2 1. weak Your call: Pass  3   3   4   4   4   5

## Problem 6

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WestPass NORTH1 1 EastPassPass South1 ? Q 4 K J 9 8 K J 6 4 J 7 4 Your call or calls: A. 1 NTB. 2 then 3 (over 3 )C. 2 then 3 NT (over 3 )D. 2 E. 2 NT (forcing)F. 3 (forcing)G. 3 NT

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