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# The Legend of King Arthur

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

Once upon a time, a king named Arthur wished to conquer the world. He lacked the swords and lances for such a feat, so he gathered his knights of the bridge table. “Venture forth young men to nether regions,” commanded Arthur. “First to the land of the Goths! Then east to the Punjab! Triumph, and you shall be nobly rewarded with shares of my kingdom.” And so the quest began.

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 September 2005 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1403 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.

Aim your lances and prepare for battle!

The first joust should be easy, as you’re protected by a long suit of armor.

## Problem 1

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WestPass North1 EASTPassPass South1 ? — A K Q J 10 9 6 5 4 K K 6 5 Your call: 3   4   4 NT (regular BW)  5   6

## Problem 2

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WestPass NORTH1 2 EastPassPass South1 ? A J 8 3 2 8 5 3 7 5 K J 6 Your call: Pass  2   2   2   2 NT  3

## Problem 3

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WEST1 Pass NorthPass2 EastPass2 SouthDbl? A K 10 9 6 A K 9 Q 7 6 4 3 Your call: Pass  Double  2 NT  3   3   3

## Problem 4

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPassPass North1 2 3 EastPassPassPass SOUTHPass1 NT2 ? J 10 A 10 9 6 2 Q 10 8 5 3 2 Your call: 3   3   3 NT  4   4   4 NT (regular BW)  5

## Problem 5

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass NORTH1 1 NT3 EastPassPassPass South1 3 1? A K 6 3 7 K Q 7 4 2 K 10 2 1. game force Your call: 3   3 NT  4   4   4   4 NT  5

## Problem 6

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: West2 NORTHPassPass East1 3 1 South?? K J 9 5 4 K J 10 8 5 2 A Q 1. not a game try Your two calls: A. Double then PassB. Double then DoubleC. Double then 4 D. 2 then PassE. 2 then DoubleF. 2 then 3

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