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10  bidding problems from one session. "What's new about that?" you may ask. Nothing!

What is new is that we are giving the problems to a panel of expert bidders and also throwing them to you, the readers, to
answer.... rather like we used to do when there was a Master Solvers Panel in "New Zealand Bridge Magazine".

What is also new is the timeframe as the answers will appear in two articles online on this site in the week beginning January 20th.
Since the problems all arose in one session of the Auckland New Year Pairs, we will call it "Auckland Solvers". 

10 problems... with 10 marks for each problem...100 will be a very good score! Send your answers in by 19th January to this email address    richardharoldsolomon@gmail.com  


it would be great if we could receive more sets of answers from you the readers. Don't be shy. Have a go and compare your answers to what our expert panel think.

Here then are the problems. In each case, you are South and in each case, you are playing Pairs.   

 
 1.  Dealer East. N/S Vul.
     
   
N
W   E
S
   
 
A K 7 3 2
A 9 7 4 3 2
9 7
West North East South
    3  ?

 2.  Dealer North. N/S Vul.

     
   
N
W   E
S
   
 
5
8 6 3
A J 8 6 5 4 3
J 6
West North East South
  1  Pass ?

 (Note that2Diamond-small is 10+ with diamonds, 3Diamond-small and 4Diamond-small are pre-emptive and 3Club-small a constructive diamond raise)

3.  Dealer East. E/W Vul

     
   
N
W   E
S
   
 
K 10 7 4 3
A K 10 7 6 2
A 9
West North East South
    1  2 
3  Dbl Pass ?

 2Diamond-small shows both majors Michaels style. Double shows value.  

4. Dealer East. All Vul

     
   
N
W   E
S
   
 
7 3
A J 4
A K Q 6
9 5 4 2
West North East South
    1  Pass
1  1  2  ?

 5. Dealer South. E/W Vul.

     
   
N
W   E
S
   
 
A 7 3
A 7 5 2
A K 10
K 7 5
West North East South
      1 
2  3  3  3 NT
4  Pass Pass ?

 2Club-small is Michaels style, constructive or better.

6.  Dealer North. All Vul

     
   
N
W   E
S
   
 
A 9 2
A 8 3
J 7 5 4
7 6 3
West North East South
  1  1  1 NT
2  3  Pass ?

 

7. Dealer North. Nil Vul.

     
   
N
W   E
S
   
 
5
5
K 5 3
A K J 9 7 5 3 2
West North East South
  1  Pass 2 
2  2 NT Pass ?

 2NT shows 12-14 balanced

8. Dealer North. Vul N/S.

     
   
N
W   E
S
   
 
J 10 9 5 4
A 9 8 7 5
A 7 3
West North East South
  2  Pass ?

 2Diamond-small shows 4-7 hcp and a 6 card major

9. Dealer North. Vul E/W.

     
   
N
W   E
S
   
 
K Q 10 8 6 5 4 3 2
J 10
8 2
West North East South
  2  Pass 2 
Pass 2  Pass 3 
Pass 3 NT Pass ?

 2Club-small is Game Forcing.

10. Dealer South. All Vul.

     
   
N
W   E
S
   
 
K Q 9
K J 9 7 4
A Q
A J 4
West North East South
      2 
2  Pass Pass ?

 2Diamond-small is 20-21 balanced or a weak 2 in a major.

Richard Solomon

 

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