Main   Quiz 8B01 by Richard Pavlicek

# Crow Low, Crow High

### Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered bidding theory,Omens of the days of yore came tapping at my chamber door.Quoth the raven: “One or four!”

As South on these 10 deals, decide whether you would open one or four in your major suit — or something else if you’re raven mad. Then compare your choice with two experts who faced the same situation in real life and chose differently. For fun, keep track of your IMPs won and lost. If you’re plus after 10 boards, you’re a raven genius.

## Problem 1

IMPs E-W Vul

 A K 9 8 7 6 4 J 6 A 4 3 J

 West NorthPass EastPass South?

As South, would you open 1 or 4 ?

In Real Life 1997 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying: USA1 vs USA2

 E-W Vul J 5 K 10 9 8 9 8 10 8 7 6 5 10 3 A Q 7 4 3 Q J 10 A Q 9 Q 2 5 2 K 7 6 5 2 K 4 3 2 A K 9 8 7 6 4 J 6 A 4 3 J

 WestMeckstrothDbl3 NorthMartelPassPass3 EastRodwellPass2 All Pass SouthStansby1 2

Result: 4 × by South ( Q lead) down 1 (-100)

Good choice if you opened 1 , +7 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 4 , -7 IMPs.

 To keep score, accept the result of your choice (even if you disagree with the auction after) and keep a running IMP total. Goal is to finish plus.
Quit

## Problem 2

IMPs Both Vul

 K Q J 7 6 4 2 2 A 4 J 7 4

 West North East South?

As South, would you open 1 or 4 ?

In Real Life 2004 Olympiad Qualifying: Hungary vs Ireland

 Both Vul 8 3 A Q J 8 6 10 6 2 Q 9 5 10 9 5 K 5 4 J 9 5 A 10 8 3 A 10 9 7 3 K Q 8 7 3 K 6 2 K Q J 7 6 4 2 2 A 4 J 7 4

 WestMacskasyPass NorthMcGannPass EastSzalayPass SouthHanlon4

 MesburPassPass3 Dumbovich1 NTPassAll Pass FitzgibbonPassDbl Winkler1 2 Pass

Result: 3 by West ( 8 lead) down 2 (+200)

Good choice if you opened 4 , +9 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 , -9 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 3

IMPs N-S Vul

 A K J 9 8 6 2 3 9 3 K 9 6

 West North EastPass South?

As South, would you open 1 or 4 ?

In Real Life 2005 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying: Italy vs Egypt

 N-S Vul 7 4 A J 7 10 8 7 4 2 J 5 2 5 3 K 10 9 5 4 2 K Q A 7 4 Q 10 Q 8 6 A J 6 5 Q 10 8 3 A K J 9 8 6 2 3 9 3 K 9 6

 WestFantoniPass NorthEl KourdyPass EastNunesPassPass SouthDagher4

Result: 4 by South ( K lead) down 2 (-200)

Good choice if you opened 4 , +6 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 , -6 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 4

IMPs N-S Vul

 Q 10 A J 9 8 7 5 3 2 A 6 2 —

 West North East South?

As South, would you open 1 or 4 ?

In Real Life 2007 USBC Semifinal: Deutsch vs Nickell

 N-S Vul A K 8 7 Q 6 4 Q 10 8 5 3 8 9 6 4 3 K K 7 4 K Q 5 4 3 J 5 2 10 J 9 A J 10 9 7 6 2 Q 10 A J 9 8 7 5 3 2 A 6 2 —

 WestNickellPass5 7 All Pass NorthDeutsch1 6 Pass EastFreeman3 PassPass SouthKranyak1 4 PassDbl

Result: 7 × by East ( A lead) down 5 (+1100)

 CohlerPassPass6 MeckstrothPass5 Dbl Baze5 PassAll Pass Rodwell4 PassPass

Result: 6 × by East ( A lead) down 4 (+800)

Good choice if you opened 1 , +7 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 4 , -7 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 5

IMPs None Vul

 9 K 10 8 7 5 3 2 — A Q 6 3 2

 West North East South?

As South, would you open 1 or 4 ?

In Real Life 2007 Bermuda Bowl Semifinal: USA1 vs South Africa

 None Vul K 7 — A K J 9 7 6 3 2 K J 9 Q 10 6 5 4 3 J 9 6 10 8 5 10 A J 8 2 A Q 4 Q 4 8 7 5 4 9 K 10 8 7 5 3 2 — A Q 6 3 2

 WestHolman2 Pass NorthGarner3 6 EastCope3 All Pass SouthWeinstein,H1 4

 ZiaPass GowerPass RosenbergPass Apteker4

Result: 4 by South ( 10 lead) down 1 (-50)

Good choice if you opened 1 , +14 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 4 , -14 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 6

IMPs Both Vul

 3 A K 9 7 5 4 3 10 5 A J 2

 West NorthPass EastPass South?

As South, would you open 1 or 4 ?

In Real Life 2008 Vanderbilt Quarterfinal: Rubin vs Katz

 Both Vul Q 10 9 5 2 Q 8 Q J 9 3 8 6 A K 6 4 10 6 2 7 4 2 K 9 3 J 8 7 J A K 8 6 Q 10 7 5 4 3 A K 9 7 5 4 3 10 5 A J 2

 WestJacobsPassAll Pass NorthRubinPass1 EastKatzPassDbl SouthEkeblad1 2

 JansmaAll Pass WeinsteinPass VerheesPass Levin4

Result: 4 by South ( A lead) down 2 (-200)

Good choice if you opened 1 , +8 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 4 , -8 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 7

IMPs None Vul

 8 3 A K Q J 9 7 6 3 9 3 5

 West North East South?

As South, would you open 1 or 4 ?

In Real Life 2008 USBC Semifinal: Nickell vs Welland

 None Vul K 4 2 5 4 2 Q J 6 2 6 3 2 Q 10 7 5 10 8 A 5 K Q J 9 8 A J 9 6 — K 10 8 7 4 A 10 7 4 8 3 A K Q J 9 7 6 3 9 3 5

 WestFreemanPass4 NorthWillenkenPassAll Pass EastNickellDbl SouthWelland4 Pass

 Weinstein,H2 4 Dbl Meckstroth2 PassAll Pass Garner4 6 Rodwell1 Pass6

Result: 6 × by South ( K lead) down 4 (-800)

Good choice if you opened 4 , +8 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 , -8 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 8

IMPs E-W Vul

 J 10 A K 10 7 5 3 J 9 6 4 3 —

 West North East South?

As South, would you open 1 or 4 ?

In Real Life 2009 USBC Quarterfinal: Rogoff vs Robinson

 E-W Vul 7 6 2 J 9 6 8 7 A J 10 3 2 Q 9 4 3 Q A Q 10 2 K Q 8 6 A K 8 5 8 4 2 K 5 9 7 5 4 J 10 A K 10 7 5 3 J 9 6 4 3 —

 WestJohnsonPass NorthBoydPass EastSimsonPass SouthRobinson4

Result: 4 by South ( K lead) down 1 (-50)

 WoolseyDbl4 Dbl Parker2 PassAll Pass Stewart2 Pass Rogoff1 4 5

Result: 5 × by South ( 4 lead) down 2 (-300)

Good choice if you opened 4 , +6 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 , -6 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 9

IMPs E-W Vul

 A J 10 8 5 3 2 K 3 K Q 3 7

 West NorthPass EastPass South?

As South, would you open 1 or 4 ?

In Real Life 2009 Bermuda Bowl Semifinal: Italy vs Bulgaria

 E-W Vul Q 4 6 5 4 9 8 6 4 Q J 9 2 K 7 A Q 9 8 7 5 2 A 8 6 5 9 6 J 10 7 2 A J 10 K 10 4 3 A J 10 8 5 3 2 K 3 K Q 3 7

 WestFantoniAll Pass NorthTrendafilovPass EastNunesPass SouthKaraivanov4

Result: 4 by South ( A lead) down 2 (-100)

 KarakolevDbl4 LauriaPassPassAll Pass DanailovPass3 Versace1 3

Good choice if you opened 4 , +11 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 , -11 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 10

IMPs E-W Vul

 A K 10 8 6 5 3 J 7 2 K 5 5

 West NorthPass EastPass South?

As South, would you open 1 or 4 ?

In Real Life 2009 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying: Italy vs New Zealand

 E-W Vul J K 10 9 8 4 A 9 4 2 Q 9 8 4 A 3 Q J 10 7 6 3 A K 10 7 Q 9 7 2 Q 6 5 8 J 6 4 3 2 A K 10 8 6 5 3 J 7 2 K 5 5

 WestBach2 3 5 NorthDuboinPass2 PassAll Pass EastCornellPassPass4 SouthSementa1 2 Pass

Result: 5 by West ( J lead) down 2 (+200)

 NunesAll Pass WarePass FantoniPass Whibley4

Result: 4 by South ( A lead) down 1 (-50)

Good choice if you opened 1 , +6 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 4 , -6 IMPs.

 Winning actions are determined from the actual deal and what happened in real life, so they may not be correct in theory or the long run.
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Acknowledgments to Edgar Allen Poe and The Raven