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Major? Notrump? Et Tu, Brute?

Friends, Romans, countrymen: Lend me your ears!
I come to bury majors, not to praise them.

As South on these 10 deals, decide whether you would open your five-card major or 1 NT (15-17). 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 an honorable man.

Problem 1

IMPs Both Vul

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

West
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 H or 1 NT?









In Real Life

2001 Vanderbilt Final: Rosenkranz vs Gromov

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

West
Gawrys

All Pass
North
Zmudzinski
Pass
East
Pszczola
Pass
South
Balicki
1 NT

Result: 1 NT by South (D 3 lead) made 2 (+120)

Gromov

Pass
Pass
Pass
Rosenkranz
Pass
2 H
2 NT
4 H
Petrunin
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Mohan
1 H
2 S
3 C

Result: 4 H by South (S 8 lead) down 2 (-200)

Good choice if you opened 1 NT, +8 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 H, -8 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 N-S Vul

Table
S A 2
H A J 6 3 2
D 7 5 4
C A K J

West
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 H or 1 NT?









In Real Life

2006 USBC Semifinal: Jacobs vs Nickell

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

West
Meckstroth

2 H
Rdbl
4 S
All Pass
North
Garner
Pass
Pass
4 H
Pass
East
Rodwell
Pass
2 S
Pass
Pass
South
Weinstein,H
1 H
Dbl
Pass
Dbl

Result: 4 S× by East (C A lead) down 2 (+300)

Katz

2 S
Nickell
Pass
All Pass
Jacobs
Pass
Freeman
1 NT

Result: 2 S by West (H 4 lead) made 3 (-140)

Good choice if you opened 1 H, +10 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 NT, -10 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 3

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S Q 5 4 3 2
H K Q 10
D A K 2
C K 3

West
North
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 1 NT?









In Real Life

2006 World Championship Qualifying: Kokten vs Meltzer

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

West
Aluf,T

Pass
All Pass
North
Meltzer

2 NT
East
Kokten
Pass
Pass
South
Larsen
1 NT
3 C

Result: 3 C by South (D Q lead) made 5 (+150)

Helgemo

Pass
Pass
Aluf,S

1 NT
3 NT
Helness
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Eskinaz
1 S
2 NT

Result: 3 NT by North (D 4 lead) down 2 (-200)

Good choice if you opened 1 NT, +8 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 S, -8 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 4

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A Q
H A 9 5 4 2
D J 3 2
C A Q 10

West
North
East
South
?

As South, would you open 1 H or 1 NT?









In Real Life

2007 USBC Semifinal: Ekeblad vs Schwartz

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

West
Gitelman

Pass
Pass
North
Schwartz

2 C
3 NT
East
Moss

Pass
All Pass
South
Becker
1 NT
2 H

Result: 3 NT by South (C 6 lead) made 3 (+400)

Berkowitz

Pass
Pass
Pass
Stansby

1 NT
3 H
4 H
Cohen

Pass
Pass
All Pass
Martel
1 H
2 C
3 NT

Result: 4 H by South (C 7 lead) down 1 (-50)

Good choice if you opened 1 NT, +10 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 H, -10 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 5

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S K J 6 5 4
H A K 4
D 7 4 3
C A 8

West
North
East
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 1 NT?









In Real Life

2007 USBC Quarterfinal: Harris vs Ekeblad

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

West
Harris

Pass
Pass
North
Rubin

2 C
3 NT
East
Morgan

Pass
All Pass
South
Ekeblad
1 NT
2 S

Result: 3 NT by South (D 5 lead) made 4 (+630)

Moss

Pass
Pass
Gerstman

1 NT
3 C
Gitelman

Pass
All Pass
Carmichael
1 S
2 D

Result: 3 C by North (H 10 lead) made 4 (+130)

Good choice if you opened 1 NT, +11 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 S, -11 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 6

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A 10 8 5 2
H Q 8 5
D A K 3
C A 5

West
North
East
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 1 NT?









In Real Life

2007 USBC Quarterfinal: Schwartz vs O'Rourke

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

West
Grue

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
North
Casen

2 C
3 C
3 NT
6 C
East
Cheek

Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
Krekorian
1 S
2 NT
3 D
5 NT

Result: 6 C by North (H 10 lead) made 6 (+920)

Cohen

Pass
Pass
All Pass
O’Rourke

2 C
3 C
Berkowitz

Pass
Pass
Jacobus
1 NT
2 S
3 NT

Result: 3 NT by South (D 9 lead) made 6 (+490)

Good choice if you opened 1 S, +10 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 NT, -10 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 7

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A K J 10 5
H A 4 2
D 9 4
C A 6 2

West
North
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 1 NT?









In Real Life

2007 USBC Quarterfinal: Meltzer vs Deutsch

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

West
Cohler

Pass
Pass
North
Cohen,B

2 S
4 S
East
Baze
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
Smith
1 S
3 C

Result: 4 S by South (D A lead) made 4 (+420)

Bates

Pass
All Pass
Kranyak

2 S
Sontag
Pass
3 H
Deutsch
1 NT
3 S

Result: 3 S by North (H 7 lead) made 4 (+170)

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

Quit

Problem 8

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A 7 2
H A K 8 7 4
D A 5
C 8 5 2

West
Pass
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 H or 1 NT?









In Real Life

2009 Vanderbilt Semifinal: Cayne vs Katz

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

West
Sadek
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
North
Lauria
Pass
1 NT
2 D
3 S
East
El Ahmady
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
Versace
1 H
2 C
3 H
3 NT

Result: 3 NT by North (S 4 lead) made 3 (+400)

Nunes
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Levin
Pass
2 S
Fantoni
Pass
Pass
Weinstein
1 NT
2 NT

Result: 2 NT by South (D 10 lead) made 3 (+150)

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

Quit

Problem 9

IMPs None Vul

Table
S K Q J 8 5
H J 9 6
D K Q 9
C K 10

West
North
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 1 NT?









In Real Life

2009 USBC Round of 16: Robinson vs Strul

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

West
Boyd

2 H
All Pass
North
Strul

4 H
East
Robinson
Pass
Dbl
South
Becker
1 NT
4 S

Result: 4 S by South (H 2 lead) made 4 (+420)

Cohen

2 S
Pass
Woolsey

4 H
5 S
Berkowitz
Pass
5 H
All Pass
Stewart
1 S
Pass

Result: 5 S by South (H 2 lead) down 1 (-50)

Good choice if you opened 1 NT, +10 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 S, -10 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 10

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A K Q 10 5
H A 5 2
D K J 8
C 7 6

West
North
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 1 NT?









In Real Life

2009 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying: USA1 vs Australia

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

West
de Livera

Pass
North
Boyd

Pass
East
Robinson,I
Pass
2 H
South
Robinson
1 S
All Pass

Result: 2 H by East (S Q lead) down 2 (+200)

Stewart

Pass
Pass
Brightling

2 S
Pass
Woolsey
Pass
Pass
Dbl
Thomson
1 NT
3 C
All Pass

Result: 3 C× by South (H 7 lead) down 2 (-300)

Good choice if you opened 1 S, +11 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 NT, -11 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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