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 dont 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.
1. 4+ cards
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© 2006 Richard Pavlicek