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MASTER SOLVERS CLUB

January 2020 Contest

Deadline: December 10 at 9:00 a.m. (ET)

Problem A

Imps
North-South vulnerable
You, South, hold:

J 6 3 K Q 10 8 A Q J 7 6 K
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
——————1
?*

*BWS: after doubling, minimum equal-level conversions do not apply

What call do you make?


Problem B

Matchpoints
Both sides vulnerable
You, South, hold:

4 A K Q J 8 5 K 6 2 K Q 6
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
————PassPass
1 Pass1 Pass
?*

*BWS: 3 NT = long, usually strong, suit.

What call do you make?


Problem C

Imps
East-West vulnerable
You, South, hold:

A Q J 4 A K Q J 9 6 7 10 3
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
1 1 PassPass
?

What call do you make?


Problem D

Imps
Neither side vulnerable
You, South, hold:

Q 10 7 6 Q 9 10 5 A J 9 6 2
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
PassPass1 Double
?

What call do you make?

 

Problem E

Imps
East-West vulnerable
You, South, hold:

8 6 3 A Q 7 A K Q 9 5 4 K

Which of these plans do you prefer?

(a) open 2 NT
(b) open 1 ;
then, after (Pass) - 1 - (Pass) - ?
(b1) 2 (b2) 2 NT (b3) 3 (b4) 3 NT


Problem F

Matchpoints
Neither vulnerable
You, South, hold:

A 9 4 A 9 7 5 3 2 7 6 5 3
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
——1 1 1
?*

*BWS: double = hearts with diamond tolerance

What call do you make?


Problem G

Matchpoints
East-West vulnerable
You, South, hold:

A Q 2 Q 9 3 2 K 10 6 5 4 9
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
————1 1
?*

*BWS: 2  forcing to 3 

What call do you make?


Problem H

Imps
Both sides vulnerable
You, South, hold:

Q 10 2 A Q J 6 5 A J 6 3 2
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
——————2
Double4 (All Pass)

What is your opening lead?

MSC CONTEST

The Bridge World's MASTER SOLVERS CLUB is the world's longest-running and most popular bridge feature. New problems in bidding and play are presented each month. The contest is free to enter and is open to all bridge players.

In Master Solvers Club problems, North-South use
Bridge World Standard.

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After the contest deadline, your solutions will be scored, and you will be eligible for prizes and for the prestigious Honor Roll.

Be sure to check the January issue of The Bridge World to read an in-depth panel discussion of these contest problems—see how the world's leading experts answered and learn how they came to their decisions.

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Honor Roll for the November contest

Honor Roll for the 2019 yearly contest

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