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Fair Winds on the Plate

Being an expert on splinter bids and a seasoned hurricane veteran, I was hired by the National Weather Service to conduct wind tests during Hurricane Wilma. Specifically, I was to determine the exact wind velocity required to break 1/4 inch plate glass. Argh! A flying two-by-four did it before I could measure anything, and broke my anemometer as well. Still, my report of a “pretty fair wind gust” provides valuable data. Home owners now know to stand clear of plate-glass windows during a storm.

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 November 2005 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1491 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.

Now it’s your turn to step up to the plate and test the winds. Make your best call, and you can trust that my scoring will be fair — yeah, and some people will believe anything. TopMain

Problem 1

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S K 10 7 4
H K J 10 7 6 4 3
D J 7
C

West
North
East
South
?

Your call:  Pass  1 H  2 H  3 H  4 H TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs E-W Vul

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

West

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

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

Problem 3

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S 8
H A 9 7 6 2
D J 7
C K Q 9 7 6

West
1 S
North
2 D
East
4 S
South
?

Your call:  Pass  Double  4 NT (takeout)  5 C  5 D TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs None Vul

Table
S A K J 8 7 6
H 10
D 10 6
C A K 7 4

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

Your call:  Pass  4 C  4 D  4 H  4 S  5 D TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S Q 5 4
H A K 4
D A 6
C A 10 7 4 3

West

Pass
North

1 H
East
1 D
Pass
South
Dbl
?

Your call:  Pass  1 NT  2 C  2 D  2 H TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs None Vul

Table
S 4
H K 8 3
D Q J 6 4
C A K Q J 5

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

Indicate your two calls in the above sequence. (Choose one letter A-G)

  1. Pass then Double
  2. Pass then 3 C
  3. Double then Pass
  4. Double then Double
  5. Double then 3 C
  6. 2 C then Pass
  7. 2 C then Double

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© 2005 Richard Pavlicek