It’s Your Call June 2018 Results

We had 41 players participate in the June 2018 quiz. 

Congratulations to Ann Brydon who won the event with a score of 450 points (out of a possible 500). She 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 July 2018 Bridge Bulletin (page 40). The e-version should be available around June 1st  (logon to MyACBL on ACBL‘s website). The print edition usually arrives in your mailbox during the first week of the month.

The July 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 July game.


Several players commented on the hands. Comments are grouped under each problem with the  authors identified by their initials:  Gail Argatoff (GA), Roy Banner (RB),  Mike Black (MB), Sheila Kaye (SK), Janet Magne (JM), Caleb Meyer (CM), Frank Stanford (FS), David Todd (DT)

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Problem 1

MB: Pass – I can’t double. Partner may double in which case I’ll pass
RB: Double – MPs a pass maybe best bet…
SK: Pass – would like to bid 2NT but didn’t think the 10 of Spades was a good enough stopper
CM: Double – You only have a Spade stopper if North has a Spade honour. 2NT might well lead to partner bidding 3NT and Six spades running on you. You can afford to go down one in a reasonable contract, the opponents would probably make 2S in that scenario. This is a hard one.
DT: 2NT, too much to pass.

Problem 2
MB: Double – we should be okay either of the black suits
RB: Double – P has mitt full of S
CM: 3D – West is weak and short on hearts. If North has a diamond stopper then 3NT is a great contract. Western Cue Bid to find out otherwise, play in Clubs.
DT: Pass, we can’t double 2D, lets hope partner has an idea.

Problem 3
GA: 1NT – based on using 2 over 1
MB: 2H – My Links in hearts give me enough to bid at the two level
RB: 3S – limit with this shape
CM: 1NT – Your heart suit can be stopped with something like AJX in West. Only a doubleton King as entry if you pull Spades (assuming they are Trump). Need more information about Partners hand. Too Weak for 2H. Too Strong for 2S or 3H.
JM: 1NT – Forcing for 1 round
DT: 1NT – 1 forcing no trump, 50 years ago, 2 hearts, easy.

Problem 4
MB: 3D – Better to bid my second suit than bid my six card suit again
SK: 2NT – thought the Unusual 2NT was the best way to show the two good suits
CM: 2D – North is unlimited, You could easily wind up in 3NT here. 2D is forcing and North’s next bid will tell you a lot about their hand.
DT: 2D, then 3C over the assumed preference, looking for 3NT from Partner

Problem 5
MB: 4S – Partner only needs a couple of Spades and any kind of a club stopper for game to be on. I think others will go so we better go.
SK: 4S – though weak on points, thought the number of spades was enough to make game
CM: 2S – Your hand has too many losers to bid 4S in this situation. If AQJ of spades is in West, you easily have 6 losers. If North replies (especially with 3D) to 2S, you can contemplate 4S.
FS: 4S – A gamble. Matchpoint bid is 2s
DT: 2S only, don’t quite see 10 tricks yet


NameTotal Score
Ann Brydon450
john miller440
Russell Page430
Bob Cheeseman420
Don Copeland420
Name withheld420
Jordan Tessarolo410
Name withheld410
bob macdonald400
Name withheld390
Caleb Meyer380
Michael Cockerell380
Mike Black370
Name withheld370
Brenda Jackson360
Dave Todd360
Deb Carnes360
Brenda Fox350
ruth cain350
tommy b340
Eileen Lugossy330
Margot Northey330
bill birney320
Daniel Lyder320
Frank Stanford320
Cliff KINDREE310
Gail Argatoff310
Name withheld310
Name withheld310
Roy Banner310
Lou Sandmaier300
Roxy Sandmaier300
Edmund Patterson290
glen thornborough290
mort nelson290
Name withheld290
Name withheld260
Name withheld230
paul flanagan230
James Macdonnell220

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