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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.

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.

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

Problem 1

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

2 H
North
1 S
3 D1
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 D
?
S A 8
H 7 3
D K J 10 9 6 3
C K 5 2
 

1. nonforcing

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

Problem 2

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

2 H
North
1 S
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 NT
?
S 5
H 8 6
D A 9 4 3 2
C A Q 9 8 2
 
Your call: Pass  Double (penalty)  2 NT  3 C  3 D  3 H

Problem 3

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North

1 H
East

Dbl
South
Pass
?
S 6 4
H Q
D A J 8 7 5
C Q J 8 5 4
 
Your call: Pass  Redouble  1 NT  2 C  2 D  2 NT

Problem 4

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
Pass
Pass
North
1 H
2 D
3 D1
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
2 NT
?
S K 10 8 6 2
H A
D 9 5 3 2
C Q J 10
 

1. forcing

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

Problem 5

IMPsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

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

Problem 6

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
Pass
North
1 D
2 H1
3 H
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
2 C
2 S
?
S K 7 6 4 2
H A Q
D
C A K 10 8 6 5
 

1. 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