It’s Your Call November 2019 Results


Forty-one players participated in the November 2019 edition of It’s Your Call, Victoria!

Mike Ainsley was the winner with a score of 470 points (out of a possible 500). He will receive a free game, valid at local clubs, courtesy of Unit 431.

And a big thank you to all the players who commented on the problems.

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 December 2019 Bridge Bulletin (page 40). The e-version should be available around December 3 (logon to MyACBL on ACBL‘s website). The print edition usually arrives in your mailbox during the first week of the month.

The December 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

  • Mike Ainsley: 2D – 2 diamonds should be forcing for one round
  • sheila kaye: 3D – would like to show both minor suits, but don’t know how
  • Bill V.: 2C – Intend to bid diamonds strongly next
  • Lorraine Smith: 2H – Hopefully partner will take this to be the minors.

Problem 2

  • Mike Ainsley: 4D – showing good diamonds and 4 card support for hearts. Some partnerships play 6-4 to show this hand
  • Mike Black: 2S – the cue bid should be stronger than a negative double. With a big hand partner should cue bid aces. If not we play 4 Hearts
  • Helen Lindholm: 3H – Did not mention ♦️Plan to ask for aces after partner goes to game
  • Lorraine Smith: 4H – I have enough for game. Partner may only have 6 points, may have more and can always bid 4NT.

Problem 3

  • Mike Black: 4S – if partner has anything at all game is on. Can’t afford not to try.
  • Lorraine Smith: Double – See if partner has support for either of my other suits.

Problem 4

  • Mike Black: Pass – my black kings are at real risk.
  • Lorraine Smith: 2H – Let partner know I have 6.

Problem 5

  • Mike Ainsley: 4D – after 3 spades 4 diamonds should be forcing. Hopefully partner can show a heart stopper
  • Mike Black: 4D – SOS redbl??
  • Lorraine Smith: Double – Partner reversed so has a big hand. I think we can set them for a big penalty.


NameTotal Score
Mike Ainsley470
Michael Cockerell460
Jon Gage440
Eleanor Calder430
Deb Carnes420
Larry Mccomb420
Name withheld410
Name withheld410
Bob Cheeseman410
John Miller410
mort nelson410
Name withheld400
Tony Farr400
Russell Page390
Bill V.380
Cliff Kindree370
Joan McLeod370
Gina Curran360
Mike Black350
Name withheld340
Sophie Watt340
Name withheld320
Heather Davies320
Natalie Williams320
Name withheld310
Brenda Fox310
Bob MacDonald310
Edmund Patterson310
Bree Watts310
Marlene Howell300
Rob Feldstein290
Lynne Urner280
Name withheld270
James Macdonnell270
Janette Magne270
Gay Miller260
Name withheld250
bill birney240
Name withheld220
Shelley Evans220
David Todd170
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