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Second Place Rose Garden

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

Living in South Florida, the mild weather year-round (barring hurricanes) has allowed one of my favorite hobbies: growing roses. Recently my garden of hybrid pink roses (that’s right, pink, now shut up) took second place in the annual judging. Alas, my wife was so thrilled she cut all the roses into corsages and bouquets, so my days as a rose gardener may be over. But I digress; never mind.

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 July 2005 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1307 entrants from 119 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.

As you stop to smell the roses, watch out for thorns, and remember: I never promised you a rose garden!

Problem 1

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass1 NT NorthPass2 East1 3 South1 ? A 10 9 7 4 7 3 10 A K J 9 3 Your call: Pass  3   3   4   4   4

Problem 2

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass North1 3 EastPassPass SOUTHPass1 NT? 4 3 A 9 7 4 2 K 8 7 6 5 7 Your call: 3   3   3   3 NT  4

Problem 3

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WestPass North2 EAST1 Pass South2 ? 9 3 Q 6 A 6 3 A K 10 7 5 2 Your call: Pass  2 NT  3   3   3   3

Problem 4

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass NORTH1 NT2 3 NT EastPassPassPass South2 3 1? K 10 6 A 6 A Q 10 7 5 2 A 4 1. game force Your call: 4   4   4   4   4 NT  5 NT  6 NT

Problem 5

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass North2 2 NT EastPassPass SOUTH1 2 ? A K 9 8 A Q 10 9 3 A J Q 8 Your call: 3   3   4 (Gerber)  4 NT  5 NT  6 NT

Problem 6

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WestPass North1 EASTPassPass South1 ? 7 5 3 9 5 4 3 A K 7 A J 5 Call and opinion: A. 1 ; agree with 1 B. 1 ; disagree with 1 C. 1 NT; agree with 1 D. 1 NT; disagree with 1 E. 2 ; agree with 1 F. 2 ; disagree with 1

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