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# Stolen Crown Blinds Union

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

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.

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.

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

## Problem 1

 Total Points N-S Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass NorthPass East1 South? A 9 4 3 K 7 6 3 A A 10 9 7 Your call: Pass  Double  1   1   1 NT  2 (Michaels)

## Problem 2

 Total Points E-W Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass2 North1 3 East1 Pass South1 NT? Q 8 5 3 K 3 2 10 8 7 3 A 8 Your call: 3   3 NT  4   4   4   4 NT  5

## Problem 3

 Total Points N-S Vul You, South, hold: West1 NORTH1 Pass EastPass4 South1 ? — K J 9 8 7 5 4 A Q 9 8 K 4 Your call: 4 NT  5   5   5   5 NT  6   6

## Problem 4

 Total Points None Vul You, South, hold: WESTPassPass North2 3 EastPassPass South2 NT1? A K 10 4 K 6 A K 8 K Q 10 8 1. asks for feature if not minimum Your call: 3   3 NT  4   4   4   4 NT  5

## Problem 5

 Total Points N-S Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass North1 3 1 EASTPassPassPass South1 2 ? J A Q 10 8 7 5 A 2 K J 9 4 1. forcing Your call: 3 NT  4   4   4   4   4 NT  5

## Problem 6

 Total Points E-W Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass North1 3 1 EASTPassPassPass South1 1 ? A Q 10 8 A Q J 9 3 2 K 10 2 1. forcing Your call: 3   3 NT  4   4   4 NT  5

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