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# Law Bids Are in Mutiny

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

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.

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.

Remember: There is no Law this month!

If you make a bid that turns sour, you still score 10. (Yeah, sure.)

## Problem 1

 IMPs E-W vul You, South, hold: WestPass NorthPass2 EastPassPass South1 ? A K 10 9 7 4 A 8 3 K 4 Q 2 Your call? 2 NT 3  3  3  3  3 NT 4

## Problem 2

 IMPs None vul You, South, hold: West North1 NT EastPass South? A K J 5 10 8 6 8 7 3 8 6 3 Your call? P 2  2 (transfer) 2 NT 3 NT

## Problem 3

 IMPs None vul You, South, hold: WestDbl NorthPass East2 South1 ? A Q J 9 7 5 4 — K Q 5 3 K 8 Your call? P X 3  3  4

## Problem 4

 IMPs Both vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass North2 3 EastPassPass South2 3 ? A K 10 K J A K Q 10 5 A K 10 Your call? 3 NT 4  4  4 NT* 5  5 NT** 6 NT

*regular Blackwood **pick a slam

## Problem 5

 IMPs E-W vul You, South, hold: WestPass NorthPass East1 South? Q J 7 6 — J 3 2 A Q 10 4 3 2 Your call? P X 1  2  2 (Michaels) 3

## Problem 6

 IMPs N-S vul You, South, hold: WestPassDblPass North1 3 3 NT EastPassPassPass South1 ?? 8 7 6 5 3 A J 8 6 4 3 K J — Your two calls? A. 3 then PassB. 3 then 4 C. 3 then 4 D. 3 then PassE. 3 then 4 F. 3 then 4

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