36 Unit 431 members participated in the February 2018 quiz.
There was a 3-way tie for first place. Denis Johnston, John Miller and a person who wishes to remain anonymous each scored 440 points (out of a possible 500). To see all results, scroll to bottom of page (after Comments).
If you would like to see what the experts bid on these deals, look in the March 2018 Bridge Bulletin (page 40). The e-version should be available around March 1st (logon to MyACBL on ACBL‘s website). The print edition usually arrives in your mailbox a week or two later.
The March 2018 edition of It’s Your Call, Victoria is now posted on the website. All Unit 431 members in good standing may participate. Click here to play the March game.
Several players commented on the hands. Comments are grouped under each problem with the authors identified by their initials: MB: Mike Black, DB: David Buckman, FS: Frank StanfordDS: Duncan Smith, DT: David Todd.
MB: Partner must be huge hand with no losers in hearts -I can support any other suit and have a good hand. Let him choose the slam
FS: 5D – I hate the doubeton hrt…can’t be confident that partner is void in the suit
DT: 5D – hope it makes
MB: Pass: I have nothing more to tell my partner -he may be able to raise spades but I can’t bid again
FS: Double: co-operative…trust partner to do something intelligent
DT: Double – lets teach them a lesson
MB: My hand is worth bidding only because of my length in the black suits. Partner is most likely is short in Hearts so will have support in 1 f my suits. With support my hand becomes worth 15+ pts. If I pass and he doubles I won’t be able to describe my hand. I’ll bid Michaels (Spades and a minor). If he doesn’t like spades he can ask for my minor by bidding 4N
DS: 4C – I play this as Michael’s , but would bid 4 Clubs anyway.
FS: will bid 4S over 4H by LHO
DT: Pass – four clubs showed clubs and the other major, then 4C
MB: partner must be 6-5 or 5-5 in the majors and prepared to play 3 hearts vul vs 3D. I have 1 trick and maybe a ruff. A mere suit preference bid isn’t enough. Let’s go for it!
DB: 4S – No diamond losers and strong C and H support, even if N has only 5 spades
DT: assuming partner has the Ace of spades and the King of hearts we can get a heart ruff, which may be overruffed, can’t see the minor suit Queens winning more than one trick, if partner has AQ10xx, KJ10xx, void, and AJ10 we are still a long way from making game. 3NT is out.
MB: Partner has a decent hand and no Diamonds. He thinks we are OK at 3 level Vulnerable vs a possible 110 score E/W. I have a better hand than he knows. He must have stoppers in Spades else where are his points. Let’s try 3NT
DB: 3N – Partner has ~ 10 points, which with the 5-card C suit makes 3NT promising
DT: 3N – easiest one of the bunch.
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Name Total Score
denis johnston 440
john miller 440
Name withheld 440
sheila kaye 430
Tom Goodchild 430
Bob Cheeseman 420
Brenda Fox 420
James Macdonnell 420
bill birney 400
Gary Rosa 400
Louis Sandmaier 400
Name withheld 400
Tony Farr 400
Debbie Wastle 380
Name withheld 380
Elaine Mauger 370
Frank Stanford 370
Name withheld 370
David Todd 360
Holly Boudreau 360
Name withheld 360
delmor christensen 350
Bree Watts 340
Audrey Mactier 330
David Buckman 320
glen thornborough 320
Margot Northey 320
Name withheld 320
duncan smith 300
Name withheld 280
Eileen Lugossy 230
mort nelson 230
Edmund Patterson 200
tom braybrook 120
Mike Black 80
derek Nurse 60