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# Swan Song Nets Huge Loss

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

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  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

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: West2 NORTH1 3 1 EastPassPass South2 ? A 8 7 3 K J 10 9 6 3 K 5 2 1. nonforcing Your call: Pass  3   3   4   4   5

## Problem 2

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: West2 NORTH1 Pass EastPassPass South1 NT? 5 8 6 A 9 4 3 2 A Q 9 8 2 Your call: Pass  Double (penalty)  2 NT  3   3   3

## Problem 3

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WestPass North1 EastDbl SOUTHPass? 6 4 Q A J 8 7 5 Q J 8 5 4 Your call: Pass  Redouble  1 NT  2   2   2 NT

## Problem 4

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WESTPassPassPass North1 2 3 1 EastPassPassPass South1 2 NT? K 10 8 6 2 A 9 5 3 2 Q J 10 1. forcing Your call: Pass  3   3   3 NT  4   5

## Problem 5

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: West2 Pass NORTH1 3 3 East1 PassPass South1 3 ? A Q J 10 8 4 3 A Q 5 K 9 5 — Your call: 3 NT  4   4   4   4   4 NT  6

## Problem 6

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass NORTH1 2 13 EastPassPassPass South2 2 ? K 7 6 4 2 A Q — A K 10 8 6 5 1. does not show extra strength Your call: 3   3 NT  4   4   4 NT  5   5 NT

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Acknowledgments to Elvis Presley and Elvis Presley Enterprises