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United State Wins Swiss

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

Problem 1

IMPsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
North
East
1 D
South
?
S K Q 10 4
H K Q J 8 5
D 3 2
C 9 8
 
Your call: Pass  Double  1 H  1 S  2 D (Michaels)

Problem 2

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North

2 D
East

Pass
South
1 S
?
S A Q J 7 6
H K 4 2
D A K
C 8 5 2
 
Your call: 2 H  2 S (6+ or 5 w/100 honors)  2 NT  3 D  3 NT

Problem 3

IMPsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
North
2 D
East
2 S
South
?
S Q 9 7 4
H K Q 10 8 7 6
D K 4
C A
 
Your call: Pass  Double  2 NT (only force)  3 D  3 H  3 NT

Problem 4

IMPsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North
1 C
3 NT
East
2 S
Pass
South
3 H
?
S Q
H A K Q J 10 3
D A Q 9 5
C J 9
 
Your call: 4 C  4 D  4 H  4 S  4 NT  6 H  6 NT

Problem 5

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
Pass
North
Pass
1 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
?
?
S A Q
H A 10 8 3 2
D A Q 10 4
C K 9
 

Your opening bid 
and rebid if 1 H
A. 1 H then 2 D
B. 1 H then 2 NT
C. 1 H then 3 D
D. 1 H then 3 NT
E. 2 NT

Problem 6

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

6 H
North
4 S
Pass
East
5 H
Pass
South
?
?
S Q 7 6 2
H 8
D Q 10 7 5 2
C K 7 5
 

Your two calls 
or single bid: 
A. Pass then Pass
B. Pass then 6 S
C. 5 S then Pass
D. 5 S then 6 S
E. 6 S immediately

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