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Second Place Rose Garden

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. 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.

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

Problem 1

IMPs None Vul

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

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

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

Problem 2

IMPs None Vul

Table
S 4 3
H A 9 7 4 2
D K 8 7 6 5
C 7

West

Pass
Pass
North

1 S
3 C
East

Pass
Pass
South
Pass
1 NT
?

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

Problem 3

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S 9 3
H Q 6
D A 6 3
C A K 10 7 5 2

West

Pass
North

2 S
East
1 H
Pass
South
2 C
?

Your call:  Pass  2 NT  3 C  3 D  3 H  3 S TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S K 10 6
H A 6
D A Q 10 7 5 2
C A 4

West

Pass
Pass
North
1 NT
2 S
3 NT
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
2 C
3 D*
?
*game force

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

Problem 5

IMPs E-W Vul

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

West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C
2 NT
East

Pass
Pass
South
1 H
2 S
?

Your call:  3 C  3 D  4 C (Gerber)  4 NT  5 NT  6 NT TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs None Vul

Table
S 7 5 3
H 9 5 4 3
D A K 7
C A J 5

West

Pass
North

1 D
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 C
?

Indicate your call and whether you agree with opening 1 C. (Choose one letter A-F)

  1. 1 H; agree with 1 C
  2. 1 H; disagree with 1 C
  3. 1 NT; agree with 1 C
  4. 1 NT; disagree with 1 C
  5. 2 D; agree with 1 C
  6. 2 D; disagree with 1 C

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