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Deutschland’s Vienna Coup

Many players are unaware that the Vienna coup originated in Germany; in fact, it was my Uncle Wilhelm who first executed the technique in the Bonn Team Meisterschaft. Contract was only 2 S (bidding never interested him), but five overtricks later, kibitzers swarmed for his autograph. His brilliant play even saved an IMP, as the other declarer was in 6 S making just six. Poor Wilhelm is now making cuckoo clocks in the Black Forest.

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 July 2006 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1404 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. Object is to find the best call based on judgment so only basic conventions are allowed. For a system reference, see Standard American Bridge.

Times have changed — moneys, too, as you can’t even spend a Deutschmark anymore.

But time is money! Spend a few minutes here to enrich your life. Yeah, right.

Problem 1

IMPsN-S VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
North
1 D
East
3 S
South
?
S A K 3
H A J 7 4 3
D 8 7
C A J 3
 
Your call: Double (negative)  3 NT  4 H  4 S  4 NT

Problem 2

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North

2 D
East
1 S
Pass
South
Dbl
?
S A K 10 2
H 10 7
D A 3
C A K Q 10 2
 
Your call: 2 S  2 NT  3 C  3 NT

Problem 3

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
Pass
North
2 H
3 C1
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 NT
?
S A 8 7 3 2
H A
D A Q J 3
C Q 9 4
 

1. feature

Your call: 3 D  3 H  3 S  3 NT  4 H

Problem 4

IMPsBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
Pass
North
1 S
2 H
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 C
?
S Q
H 6 5
D 6 4
C A K Q J 10 7 5 4
 
Your call: 3 D (artificial wait)  4 C  4 NT  5 C  6 C

Problem 5

IMPsNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
North
2 NT1
East
Pass
South
?
S 10 8 7 6 3
H 5 3 2
D Q 7 6
C Q 4
 

1. 20-21

Response and 
rebid if 3 H
A. Pass
B. 3 C (Stayman)
C. 3 H (Jacoby) then Pass
D. 3 H (Jacoby) then 3 NT
E. 3 NT

Problem 6

IMPsE-W VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North

1 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
?
?
S Q J 9
H A Q J 6 5
D A Q 9
C 6 2
 

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

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