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Stolen Crown Blinds Union

After my last poll, I received an e-mail from the Filipino Labor Union about the all-American final in their homeland. “How dare you steal our crown without representation!” they complained, and I was slapped with a libel suit for “malicious publication.” I replied immediately hoping to appease them and even offered to host an all-Filipino tourney in Florida. Their reply: “See you in court!”

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

In May 2005 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1435 entrants from 126 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.

Hopefully, your bridge isn’t falling down, so forget about libel suits and take a look at these suits: TopMain

Problem 1

Total Points N-S Vul

Table
S A 9 4 3
H K 7 6 3
D A
C A 10 9 7

West
Pass
North
Pass
East
1 C
South
?

Your call:  Pass  Double  1 H  1 S  1 NT  2 C (Michaels) TopMain

Problem 2

Total Points E-W Vul

Table
S Q 8 5 3
H K 3 2
D 10 8 7 3
C A 8

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

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

Problem 3

Total Points N-S Vul

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

West

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

Your call:  4 NT  5 D  5 H  5 S  5 NT  6 D  6 H TopMain

Problem 4

Total Points None Vul

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

West
Pass
Pass
North
2 H
3 H
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 NT*
?
*artificial; asks for feature if not minimum

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

Problem 5

Total Points N-S Vul

Table
S J
H A Q 10 8 7 5
D A 2
C K J 9 4

West

Pass
Pass
North

1 S
3 S*
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
2 C
?
*forcing

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

Problem 6

Total Points E-W Vul

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

West

Pass
Pass
North

1 H
3 D*
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 D
1 S
?
*forcing

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

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© 2005 Richard Pavlicek