It’s Your Call April 2018 Results

We had a good turnout for April with 48 players participating in the monthly quiz. 

Congratulations to Gina Curran who won with an almost perfect 490 points (out of a possible 500) and receives a free game, valid at local clubs, courtesy of Unit 431.

To see all results, scroll to the bottom of this page (after Comments).

If you would like to see what the experts bid on these deals, look in the May 2018 Bridge Bulletin (page 40). The e-version should be available around May 1st  (logon to MyACBL on ACBL‘s website). The print edition usually arrives in your mailbox a week later.

The May 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 May game.


Several players commented on the hands. Comments are grouped under each problem with the  authors identified by their initials:  Mike Black (MB), Bill Birney (BB), Alison Campbell (AC), Bryan Grover (BG), Frank Stanford (FS), David Todd (DT) and Ernie Tradewell (ET)

If you want to reply or add your own comments, please send them to the webmaster. They will be added at the end of each problem in blue.

Problem 1

MB: The rule of 15 should apply

BG Open 1H & then bid C twice

DT: 1C is automatic with 6C and 5H

ET: Ugly problem. If pard bids 1s ugh.

Problem 2

BG: Double: Will allow Partner to bid his longer major (partner prob has lots of HCP) – or pass, if he thinks that 5DX will go down by 4 or more.

FS: 5 level contract looks dubious because we expect a bad trump split. Have to hope that if p is really big he’ll double again

DT: double to tell partner I have something, even AQJ5, AJ83, 54,KJ6 means we have to make 2 of 3 finesses for a slam, hope to make game in our best major.

Problem 3

MB: Pass. If West bids 2 Spades we may well set them and I may double.

BG: 2NT shows 10-12 HCP. Partner can bid on if he has a strong hand – looks like EW are weak. 2NT is my bid.

FS: MP plusses are good. And maybe lho will do something rash

DT: 3nt is our most likely game

Problem 4

BB: cue bid implies 1st round control, and of course is forcing so enables finding suit fit (likely diamonds, although could be clubs, as partner can’t yet tell if 1C opener was short.)

MB: My partner will figure it out and bid the best slam. He has the K of Diamonds, 4 Hearts(neg dbl) and at least 7 cards in the minors.

AC: I am assuming that 3D is still a reverse and thus forcing. If that is not correct, then I would jump to 4D.

FS: Want Partner to bid his longest suit – we can probably make a minor suit slam.

DT: marking time, hope to bid 5D next, angling for 6D from partner

Problem 5

BB: D is the only suit in which we could have an 8 card

MB: A balancing dbl of a 2 bid should be close to a full opener. West won’t have many aces and hopefully not 4 hearts. Let’s invite partner

BG: We can prob make game; so, to leave X in means we need to defeat EW by 3 or more tricks to be worthwhile. So, s/prob bid on by showing p/ner my longest suit 3D

FS: Fingers crossed

DT: our most likely game, trusting partner has something to go with our opening bid


NameTotal Score
Gina Curran490
Gail Argatoff470
Name withheld470
Name withheld470
David Buckman450
David Todd440
Ernie Tradewell440
brenda jackson430
john miller430
Louis Sandmaier430
Name withheld430
Roxy Sandmaier420
Brenda Fox410
Margot Northey410
mort nelson410
Russell Page410
No name given400
Holly Boudreau400
Name withheld400
Tony Farr390
Gary Rosa380
denis johnston370
Name withheld370
Bree Watts360
Don Copeland360
Frank Stanford360
Name withheld360
Name withheld360
Ray Wickland360
Sheila Kaye360
Eileen Lugossy350
Name withheld350
paul flanagan350
Name withheld340
Michael Cockerell330
Name withheld330
tommy braybrook330
glen thornborough320
No name given310
Name withheld310
Rob Feldstein290
bill birney280
Name withheld260
Name withheld240
Mike Black210
Edmund Patterson190
Name withheld170

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