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Swan Song Nets Huge Loss

Few people are aware that Elvis Presley’s last concert was a financial disaster. Why? I’ll tell you why. Tonight at the local club I witnessed an Elvis sighting. The King bid “Too Much” to reach 7 H and was “All Shook Up” by the bad trump break — no “Good Luck Charm” at the “Heartbreak Hotel” this time! Thank you; thank you very much.

Sorry, my mind drifts a lot; don’t be cruel. These six bidding problems are from a past tournament. Perhaps my clues will help you identify the location and year, but don’t worry about that. As South, simply select your call.

In March 2005 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1447 entrants from 122 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.

Are you lonesome tonight? Then be my partner (for bidding, anyway). It’s now or never! TopMain

Problem 1

IMPs None Vul

Table
S A 8
H 7 3
D K J 10 9 6 3
C K 5 2

West

2 H
North
1 S
3 D*
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 D
?
*nonforcing

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

Problem 2

IMPs None Vul

Table
S 5
H 8 6
D A 9 4 3 2
C A Q 9 8 2

West

2 H
North
1 S
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 NT
?

Your call:  Pass  Double (penalty)  2 NT  3 C  3 D  3 H TopMain

Problem 3

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S 6 4
H Q
D A J 8 7 5
C Q J 8 5 4

West

Pass
North

1 H
East

Dbl
South
Pass
?

Your call:  Pass  Redouble  1 NT  2 C  2 D  2 NT TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S K 10 8 6 2
H A
D 9 5 3 2
C Q J 10

West
Pass
Pass
Pass
North
1 H
2 D
3 D*
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
2 NT
?
*forcing

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

Problem 5

IMPs Both Vul

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

West

2 H
Pass
North
1 C
3 C
3 S
East
1 H
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
3 H
?

Your call:  3 NT  4 C  4 D  4 H  4 S  4 NT  6 S TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S K 7 6 4 2
H A Q
D
C A K 10 8 6 5

West

Pass
Pass
North
1 D
2 H*
3 H
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
2 C
2 S
?
*does not show extra strength

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

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Acknowledgments to Elvis Presley and Elvis Presley Enterprises.
© 2005 Richard Pavlicek