It’s Your Call August 2019 Results

We had a pretty good turnout with 44 players participating in the August 2019 edition of It’s Your Call, Victoria!

Tied for first place were Janette Magne and a player who wishes to remain anonymous with 450 points (out of a possible 500). They will both receive 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 September 2019 Bridge Bulletin (page 40). The e-version should be available around September 3 (logon to MyACBL on ACBL‘s website). The print edition usually arrives in your mailbox during the first week of the month.

The September 2019 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 current game.


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Problem 1

  • David Todd: Double – Negative double, hope partner doesn’t jump to 4Hs. There is also the club stopper thing to worry about.
  • David Buckman: Double – Stayman substitute
  • lionel Traverse: 3D – 3C intervention, systems are off, 3D natural.
  • Ernie Tradewell: Double – Too much to pass but may not have game
  • bill birney: 3D – we have max eight spades, or six hearts, but MINIMUM seven diamonds, likely 8
  • Bob MacDonald: Pass – 3 D would be natural, but might not make. We might have a spade fit but I have no way of finding out.

Problem 2

  • David Todd: 2N – 2NT. What a lovely contract this could be. Opening 1D with a four card spade suit is better than opening 1NT. A bit of an overbid but I do have two spade stoppers.
  • lionel Traverse: 1N – 1 1/2 S stopper, can afford 1NT bid
  • Ernie Tradewell: 2D – Every bd is a lie. What is best?

Problem 3

  • David Todd: Double – Double is most flexible, will bid 5D over 4H.
  • David Buckman: Double – Rebid 3N if partner bids hearts
  • Ernie Tradewell: 3N – If you double pard will bid 4h.

Problem 4

  • Ray Wickland: 2C –
  • David Todd: Double – 2C, a bit heavy, somebody should introduce diamonds and/or hearts for us to keep the auction alive.It would be nice to have a diamond stopper, and nine running tricks for 3NT.
  • David Buckman: Double – Bid 4C if partner bids Hearts or diamonds
  • lionel Traverse: 2C – 34 points between RHO and South… p has very little 3 losers, if p bids jump to 5C
  • bill birney: 2S – next bid will be 4NT

Problem 5

  • David Todd: 5C – 5C. We have six tricks, does partner? Partner probably has a two suiter in spades and diamonds, for slam we need a singleton heart, solid spades and the diamond King and Club Ace, or an unlikely spade finesse.
  • David Buckman: 4C – Bid 4S if partner bids D
  • lionel Traverse: 4S – 4H Michael, promises 5 S and a minor, (likely D) 4S only reasonable bid


NameTotal Score
Janette Magne450
Name withheld450
Ray Wickland440
Brenda Fox430
Name withheld420
David Todd420
Holly Boudreau400
Don Copeland390
Tony Farr390
derek nurse390
dick vission390
Shelley Burnham380
Cliff Kindree380
Edmund Patterson380
David Buckman370
Eleanor Calder360
mort nelson360
roy banner350
John Miller350
Duncan Smith350
lionel Traverse350
Natalie Williams350
Name withheld340
Name withheld340
Ernie Tradewell340
Name withheld320
Name withheld320
Gina Curran320
Jon Gage310
Lynne Urner310
Name withheld300
Heather Davies300
Rob Feldstein300
Eileen Lugossy300
James Macdonnell300
Sophie Watt300
Name withheld290
Dick Dixon270
Name withheld250
bill birney250
Bob MacDonald240
Van Buchanan220
Ken Putt200
Name withheld140
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