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Law Bids Are in Mutiny

The Law of Total Tricks is facing global mutiny. Are we supposed to believe “Following the Law” by Larry Cohen, or “I Fought the Law” by Lawrence and Wirgren? Stop press! I will rescue the bridge world by introducing my own personal bidding strategy. Simple! If a bid doesn’t work, I just don’t show up to compare scores. It’s all explained in my latest book, “What Law? I’m Outta Here!”

These problems are from a past tournament, which you might be able to guess from my clues; but don’t worry about that. As South, simply select your call.

In May 2006 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1533 entrants from 125 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.

Remember: There is no Law this month. If you make a bid that turns sour, you still score 10. (Yeah, sure.) TopMain

Problem 1

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A K 10 9 7 4
H A 8 3
D K 4
C Q 2

West

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

Your call:  2 NT  3 C  3 D  3 H  3 S  3 NT  4 S TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs None Vul

Table
S A K J 5
H 10 8 6
D 8 7 3
C 8 6 3

West
North
1 NT
East
Pass
South
?

Your call:  Pass  2 C  2 H (transfer)  2 NT  3 NT TopMain

Problem 3

IMPs None Vul

Table
S A Q J 9 7 5 4
H
D K Q 5 3
C K 8

West

Dbl
North

Pass
East

2 S
South
1 S
?

Your call:  Pass  Double  3 D  3 S  4 S TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S A K 10
H K J
D A K Q 10 5
C A K 10

West

Pass
Pass
North

2 D
3 S
East

Pass
Pass
South
2 C
3 D
?

Your call:  3 NT  4 C  4 S  4 NT (regular BW)  5 S  5 NT (pick a slam)  6 NT TopMain

Problem 5

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S Q J 7 6
H
D J 3 2
C A Q 10 4 3 2

West
Pass
North
Pass
East
1 H
South
?

Your call:  Pass  Double  1 S  2 C  2 H (Michaels)  3 C TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S 8 7 6 5 3
H A J 8 6 4 3
D K J
C

West
Pass
Dbl
Pass
North
1 D
3 D
3 NT
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
?
?

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

  1. 3 H then Pass
  2. 3 H then 4 D
  3. 3 H then 4 H
  4. 3 S then Pass
  5. 3 S then 4 D
  6. 3 S then 4 H

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© 2006 Richard Pavlicek