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# Island of the Coconuts

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

Two bridge teams are stranded on an island and decide to play for coconuts. Each IMP is worth seven coconuts, which are converted to palm points on a 25-nut scale, reduced by the logarithm of the difference. Got that? After 88 deals the losing team is covered in a white, pulpy residue. What color is the winner? Oh, never mind.

Whether the above slice of Americana means anything or not, I invite you to try these six bidding problems from a past tournament. Perhaps my clues will help you guess the venue, but don’t worry about that. As South, simply select your call.

In January 2006 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1603 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.

Now forget about coconuts, and just try to keep from going plain nuts as you tackle these problems.

## Problem 1

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass NorthPass East1 South? 9 5 4 A K J 9 Q 5 3 K J 8 Your call: Pass  Double  1   1 NT

## Problem 2

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: West2 NORTHPassPass EastPassPass South1 ? A K J 9 6 A J 7 10 Q J 8 3 Your call: Pass  Double  2   2 NT  3

## Problem 3

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass2 NorthPass3 East1 Pass South2 ? A Q 6 A J 9 7 6 4 A J 8 9 Your call: Pass  3   3   3   3 NT  4

## Problem 4

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass1 NT NorthPassDbl East1 12 SouthPass? K 9 8 6 4 3 — Q 6 3 A K J 8 1. 4+ cards Your call: Pass  2   3   3   3   4

## Problem 5

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WestPass2 2 North1 DblPass EastDblPassPass SOUTHPassRdblPass? A K 9 Q 9 2 9 8 7 K 8 3 2 Your call: Double  2   2 NT  3   3   3   3 NT

## Problem 6

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WestPass North1 EastPass SOUTH?? — K Q 5 4 3 5 A 10 9 7 6 4 3 Your two calls: A. Pass then 2 (natural)B. Pass then 2 C. 1 then 2 D. 1 then 2 E. 1 then 2

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