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# United State Wins Swiss

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

Swiss team events began in the late ‘60s (at least in the United States), and I still remember my first, finishing average with four wins and four losses. But wait! I would avenge that mediocre start by winning my next, going 8-0 with my future wife and best man (Jim Beery) on the team. Ahh, the good old days! But I digress.

I invite you to try these six 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 March 2006 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1580 entrants from 124 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. The object is to determine the best calls based on judgment,
so only basic conventions are allowed. For a system reference, see Standard American Bridge.

Now it’s your turn to avenge the past. Try to make some good bids for a change.

## Problem 1

 IMPs Both vul You, South, hold: West North East1 South? K Q 10 4 K Q J 8 5 3 2 9 8 Your call? Pass Dbl 1  1  2 (Michaels)

## Problem 2

 IMPs N-S vul You, South, hold: WestPass North2 EastPass South1 ? A Q J 7 6 K 4 2 A K 8 5 2 Your call? 2  2 * 2 NT 3  3 NT

*6+ cards or five w/4 honors

## Problem 3

 IMPs Both vul You, South, hold: WestPass North2 East2 South? Q 9 7 4 K Q 10 8 7 6 K 4 A Your call? Pass Dbl 2 NT (only force) 3  3  3 NT

## Problem 4

 IMPs Both vul You, South, hold: WestPass North1 3 NT East2 Pass South3 ? Q A K Q J 10 3 A Q 9 5 J 9 Your call? 4  4  4  4  4 NT 6  6 NT

## Problem 5

 IMPs N-S vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass NorthPass1 EastPassPass South?? A Q A 10 8 3 2 A Q 10 4 K 9 Opening bid and rebid if 1 ? A. 1 then 2 B. 1 then 2 NTC. 1 then 3 D. 1 then 3 NTE.  2 NT

## Problem 6

 IMPs None vul You, South, hold: West6 North4 Pass East5 Pass South?? Q 7 6 2 8 Q 10 7 5 2 K 7 5 Your call or calls? A. Pass then PassB. Pass then 6 C. 5 then PassD. 5 then 6 E.  6 immediately

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