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Combatting Preempts

Winning combat tactics for player sitting South:
Try to duck smoothly and avoid foot in mouth.

As South on these 10 deals, decide what you would do after East opens with a preemptive three-bid. Then compare your choice with two experts who faced the same situation in real life and acted differently. For fun, keep track of your IMPs won and lost. If you’re plus after 10 boards, you earn a black belt in Pav Kwon Do.

Problem 1

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S Q 10 6 3 2
H 10 8 3
D A K
C K Q J

West
North
East
3 H
South
?

As South, would you pass or bid 3 S?









In Real Life

2006 USBC Final: Jacobs vs Ekeblad

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

West
Rosenberg

Pass
North
Hampson

4 S
East
Zia
3 H
All Pass
South
Greco
3 S

Result: 4 S by South (D Q lead) made 5 (+650)

Ekeblad

4 H
Weinstein,H

All Pass
Rubin
3 H
Garner
Pass

Result: 4 H by East (D A lead) down 2 (+100)

Good choice if you bid 3 S, +11 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you passed, -11 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 None Vul

Table
S A Q 10 8
H A Q J 9 3 2
D 9 8 7
C

West
North
Pass
East
3 C
South
?

As South, would you double or bid 3 H?









In Real Life

2007 Vanderbilt Round of 16: Jacobs vs Bramley

None Vul
S 9 5 4 3
H K 5
D 10 5 3
C A 10 5 4
S K 2
H 8 7 6 4
D A K Q 6 2
C 8 7
TableS J 7 6
H 10
D J 4
C K Q J 9 6 3 2
S A Q 10 8
H A Q J 9 3 2
D 9 8 7
C

West
Fleisher

Pass
Pass
North
Zia
Pass
3 NT
4 S
East
Kamil
3 C
Pass
All Pass
South
Rosenberg
3 H
4 C

Result: 4 S by North (C K lead) made 4 (+420)

Levin

3 D
Pass
All Pass
Feldman
Pass
Pass
4 C
Weinstein
3 C
Pass
Pass
Bramley
Dbl
3 H
4 H

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

Good choice if you bid 3 H, +10 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you doubled, -10 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 3

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S A J
H K 10 7 6 3
D J
C Q 10 8 6 3

West
North
East
3 D
South
?

As South, would you pass or bid 3 H?









In Real Life

2007 Spingold Semifinal: Nickell vs H-Welland

Both Vul
S K Q 4
H A Q 9 8 5
D A 10 8
C J 9
S 9 8 7 5 2
H 4 2
D 5 3
C A 7 5 2
TableS 10 6 3
H J
D K Q 9 7 6 4 2
C K 4
S A J
H K 10 7 6 3
D J
C Q 10 8 6 3

West
Hamman

Pass
Pass
North
Welland

3 H
4 H
East
Soloway
3 D
Pass
All Pass
South
Willenken
Pass
4 D

Result: 4 H by North (D K lead) made 5 (+650)

Nilsson

Pass
Pass
Pass
Rodwell

4 D
4 S
6 H
Wrang
3 D
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Meckstroth
3 H
4 H
5 D

Result: 6 H by South (C A lead) down 1 (-100)

Good choice if you passed, +13 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you bid 3 H, -13 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 4

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S A J 2
H K 6 2
D A Q J 10 6
C A 3

West
North
Pass
East
3 C
South
?

As South, would you double or bid 3 NT?









In Real Life

2007 Spingold Round of 16: Cayne vs Mahaffey

Both Vul
S Q 8 5 4 3
H J
D 9 7 4 2
C 10 8 5
S K 10 6
H A Q 10 8 7 5 4
D K 3
C 2
TableS 9 7
H 9 3
D 8 5
C K Q J 9 7 6 4
S A J 2
H K 6 2
D A Q J 10 6
C A 3

West
Lauria

3 H
Pass
North
Zhao
Pass
Pass
4 S
East
Versace
3 C
Pass
All Pass
South
Fu
Dbl
Dbl

Result: 4 S by North (H 9 lead) down 1 (-100)

Nystrom

All Pass
Nunes
Pass
Bertheau
3 C
Fantoni
3 NT

Result: 3 NT by South (H A lead) down 3 (-300)

Good choice if you doubled, +5 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you bid 3 NT, -5 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 5

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S
H A K Q
D Q 8 6 3 2
C K Q 10 9 8

West
North
East
3 S
South
?

As South, would you double or bid 4 NT?









In Real Life

2007 Bermuda Bowl Final: USA1 vs Norway

Both Vul
S A 10 8 6 3
H 10 6 4 2
D K 7 5
C 2
S K
H J 9 7 5 3
D A 9 4
C J 7 5 3
TableS Q J 9 7 5 4 2
H 8
D J 10
C A 6 4
S
H A K Q
D Q 8 6 3 2
C K Q 10 9 8

West
Helgemo

Pass
North
Katz

Pass
East
Helness
3 S
Pass
South
Jacobs
Dbl

Result: 3 S× by East (H Q lead) down 1 (+200)

Weinstein,H

Pass
Tundal

5 D
Garner
3 S
All Pass
Groetheim
4 NT

Result: 5 D by North (H 8 lead) down 1 (-100)

Good choice if you doubled, +7 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you bid 4 NT, -7 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 6

IMPs None Vul

Table
S A Q 7 4 3
H Q J
D Q J 7
C A J 9

West
North
Pass
East
3 H
South
?

As South, would you double or bid 3 S?









In Real Life

2007 Bermuda Bowl Quarterfinal: South Africa vs Italy

None Vul
S 9 6 2
H K 7 5
D 8 4 3
C K Q 6 2
S K J 8 5
H 4
D A 10 9 5 2
C 8 7 4
TableS 10
H A 10 9 8 6 3 2
D K 6
C 10 5 3
S A Q 7 4 3
H Q J
D Q J 7
C A J 9

West
Holman

Pass
North
Fantoni
Pass
3 NT
East
Cope
3 H
All Pass
South
Nunes
Dbl

Result: 3 NT by North (H 10 lead) down 1 (-50)

Duboin

Pass
Dbl
Bosenberg
Pass
4 S
All Pass
Bocchi
3 H
Pass
Eber
3 S
Pass

Result: 4 S× by South (H 4 lead) down 4 (-800)

Good choice if you doubled, +13 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you bid 3 S, -13 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 7

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S K Q 8 6 5
H A 3 2
D K 8
C K J 6

West
North
Pass
East
3 D
South
?

As South, would you double or bid 3 S?









In Real Life

2008 World Championship Semifinal: Germany vs England

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

West
Kirmse

Pass
Pass
North
Hackett,Ja
Pass
4 D
5 C
East
Gromoeller
3 D
Pass
All Pass
South
Hackett,Ju
Dbl
4 S

Result: 5 C by North (D A lead) made 5 (+600)

Malinowski

All Pass
Elinescu
Pass
Sandqvist
3 D
Wladow
3 S

Result: 3 S by South (D Q lead) down 1 (-100)

Good choice if you doubled, +12 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you bid 3 S, -12 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 8

IMPs None Vul

Table
S K 10 4
H 8
D K Q J 10 9 4
C A 8 7

West
North
Pass
East
3 H
South
?

As South, would you pass or bid 4 D?









In Real Life

2009 USBC Final: Fleisher vs Robinson

None Vul
S 9 7 6 5 2
H K 6
D A 6 2
C Q 10 9
S A J
H 7 5 4
D 8 7 5
C K 6 5 3 2
TableS Q 8 3
H A Q J 10 9 3 2
D 3
C J 4
S K 10 4
H 8
D K Q J 10 9 4
C A 8 7

West
Stewart

Pass
North
Weichsel
Pass
4 NT
East
Woolsey
3 H
All Pass
South
Ekeblad
4 D

Result: 4 NT by North (S 3 lead) down 6 (-300)

Rubin

4 H
Wildavsky
Pass
All Pass
Granovetter
3 H
Doub
Pass

Result: 4 H by East (D Q lead) made 5 (-450)

Good choice if you bid 4 D, +4 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you passed, -4 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 9

IMPs None Vul

Table
S A 9 3
H K J 9 6 2
D 6 3
C A K 6

West
North
Pass
East
3 S
South
?

As South, would you pass or bid 4 H?









In Real Life

2009 USBC Quarterfinal: Strul vs Welland

None Vul
S K 8
H 10 5 4
D K 10 9 8 7
C Q J 4
S 7
H A Q 3
D Q J 5 4 2
C 8 7 5 2
TableS Q J 10 6 5 4 2
H 8 7
D A
C 10 9 3
S A 9 3
H K J 9 6 2
D 6 3
C A K 6

West
Stansby

Pass
North
Willenken
Pass
Pass
East
Martel
3 S
South
Welland
Pass

Result: 3 S by East (D 6 lead) down 1 (+50)

Cohen,B

All Pass
Strul
Pass
Smith
3 S
Becker
4 H

Result: 4 H by South (S 7 lead) down 2 (-100)

Good choice if you passed, +4 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you bid 4 H, -4 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 10

IMPs None Vul

Table
S K 3 2
H A K 9 6 2
D 5 4
C K 4 2

West
North
East
3 D
South
?

As South, would you double or bid 3 H?









In Real Life

2009 USBC Round of 32B: Rogoff vs Jacobs

None Vul
S J 10 9 7 5 4
H J 7
D K 8
C Q 10 6
S A 8 6
H 10 8 4 3
D A 2
C A 9 7 5
TableS Q
H Q 5
D Q J 10 9 7 6 3
C J 8 3
S K 3 2
H A K 9 6 2
D 5 4
C K 4 2

West
Weinstein

Rdbl
3 NT
North
Aker

3 S
Pass
East
Levin
3 D
Dbl
4 D
South
Milgrim
Dbl
Pass
All Pass

Result: 4 D by East (H K lead) down 1 (+50)

Simson

Pass
Jacobs

Pass
Johnson
3 D
Pass
Katz
3 H

Result: 3 H by South (D A lead) down 2 (-100)

Good choice if you doubled, +4 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you bid 3 H, -4 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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