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# Deutschland’s Vienna Coup

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

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  (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  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

 IMPs N-S Vul You, South, hold: WESTPass North1 East3 South? A K 3 A J 7 4 3 8 7 A J 3 Your call: Double (negative)  3 NT  4   4   4 NT

## Problem 2

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: WestPass North2 EAST1 Pass SouthDbl? A K 10 2 10 7 A 3 A K Q 10 2 Your call: 2   2 NT  3   3 NT

## Problem 3

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WESTPassPass North2 3 1 EastPassPass South2 NT? A 8 7 3 2 A A Q J 3 Q 9 4 1. feature Your call: 3   3   3   3 NT  4

## Problem 4

 IMPs Both Vul You, South, hold: WESTPassPass North1 2 EastPassPass South2 ? Q 6 5 6 4 A K Q J 10 7 5 4 Your call: 3 (artificial wait)  4   4 NT  5   6

## Problem 5

 IMPs None Vul You, South, hold: West NORTH2 NT1 EastPass South? 10 8 7 6 3 5 3 2 Q 7 6 Q 4 1. 20-21 Response and rebid if 3 : A. PassB. 3 (Stayman)C. 3 (Jacoby) then PassD. 3 (Jacoby) then 3 NTE. 3 NT

## Problem 6

 IMPs E-W Vul You, South, hold: WestPass North1 EASTPassPass South?? Q J 9 A Q J 6 5 A Q 9 6 2 Opening bid and rebid if 1 : A. 1 then 1 NTB. 1 then 2 C. 1 then 2 D. 1 then 3 E. 1 NT

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