Main   Quiz 8B04 by Richard Pavlicek

# Escape from The Rock

### We Americans take pride in our prisons, whileother countries waste money on schools.

As South on these 10 deals, you hold a rock crusher. Decide whether you would open one of a suit or 2  (artificial) 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’ve escaped from The Rock.

## Problem 1

IMPs None Vul

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

 WestPass NorthPass EastPass South?

As South, would you open 1 or 2 ?

In Real Life 1999 Bermuda Bowl Final: USA1 vs Brazil

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

 WestJanzPassPassPassPassPass NorthNickellPass1 3 4 6 EastMelloPassPassPassPassAll Pass SouthFreeman1 2 3 5

 MeckstrothPassPassPassPassPass ChagasPass2 3 3 3 NT RodwellPassPassPassPassAll Pass Branco2 2 NT3 3

Good choice if you opened 1 , +11 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 2 , -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 N-S Vul

 J A K 9 4 2 A J A K Q 8 4

 West NorthPass EastPass South?

As South, would you open 1 or 2 ?

In Real Life 2004 Olympiad Quarterfinal: Pakistan vs Italy

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

 WestFazliPassPassPassPassPassPassAll Pass NorthVersacePass2 2 3 4 4 5 EastAllanaPassPassPassPassPassPassPass SouthLauria2 2 3 3 4 4 NT6

 NunesPassPassPassPassAll Pass JaferPass2 4 5 5 FantoniPassPassPassPassPass Khan1 4 4 NT5 7

Result: 7 by South ( 2 lead) down 2 (-200)

Good choice if you opened 2 , +17 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 , -17 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 3

IMPs Both Vul

 A A 5 3 A Q 10 9 5 2 A K 7

 West North EastPass South?

As South, would you open 1 or 2 ?

In Real Life 2004 Olympiad Round of 16: Japan vs Egypt

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

 WestTeramotoPassPassPassPassPassAll Pass NorthEl Sheikh2 3 4 5 6 EastTakanoPassPassPassPassPassPass SouthSaaid2 3 3 NT4 5 NT7

 SadekPassPassPassPassAll Pass Takayama1 3 4 5 El AhmadyPassPassPassPassPass Kaku1 3 3 4 NT6

Good choice if you opened 2 , +13 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 , -13 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 4

IMPs Both Vul

 A Q J 9 8 2 A J 10 5 4 2 — A

 West NorthPass EastPass South?

As South, would you open 1 or 2 ?

In Real Life 2000 USBC Semifinal: Meltzer vs Schwartz

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

 WestZiaPassPassPass NorthMartelPass1 NT3 6 EastRosenbergPassPassPassAll Pass SouthStansby1 3 5

 MeltzerPassPassPassPassAll Pass WeinsteinPass2 2 NT3 5 LarsenPassPassPassPassPass Levin2 2 3 4 5

Good choice if you opened 1 , +13 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 2 , -13 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 5

IMPs N-S Vul

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

 West NorthPass EastPass South?

As South, would you open 1 or 2 ?

In Real Life 2003 USBC Final: Welland vs Cohen

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

 WestAll Pass NorthWeinstein,HPass EastPass SouthGarner1

 FalleniusPassAll Pass WildavskyPass2 WellandPassPass Doub2 2 NT

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

Good choice if you opened 1 , +7 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 2 , -7 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 6

IMPs None Vul

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

 West NorthPass EastPass South?

As South, would you open 1 or 2 ?

In Real Life 2005 USBC Semifinal: Welland vs Robinson

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

 WestFeldmanPassPassAll Pass NorthRosenbergPass1 5 EastBramleyPassPassPass SouthZia1 3 6

 FalleniusPassAll Pass BoydPass2 WellandPassPass Robinson2 3 NT

Good choice if you opened 1 , +10 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 2 , -10 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 7

IMPs Both Vul

 K Q 10 9 6 A K 9 8 A K J 7 —

 West NorthPass EastPass South?

As South, would you open 1 or 2 ?

In Real Life 2006 USBC Round of 16: Jacobs vs Fout

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

 WestZiaPassPassPassPassAll Pass NorthFoutPass3 3 NT4 6 EastRosenbergPassPassPassPassPass SouthRoman2 3 4 5 6

 RengstorffPassPassPassPassAll Pass KatzPass1 NT2 2 3 EhlersPassPassPassPassPass Jacobs1 2 2 3 4

Good choice if you opened 2 , +13 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 , -13 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 8

IMPs N-S Vul

 A Q 5 4 3 2 A A 2 A K 10 6

 West NorthPass EastPass South?

As South, would you open 1 or 2 ?

In Real Life 2006 World Championship Round of 64: Angelini vs Schwartz

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

 NunesPassPassPassAll Pass CasenPass2 3 5 FantoniPassPassPassPass Krekorian2 2 4 6

Result: 6 by South ( K lead) down 2 (-200)

Good choice if you opened 1 , +7 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 2 , -7 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 9

IMPs Both Vul

 A K A 10 6 K Q 10 9 8 5 A J

 West North East South?

As South, would you open 1 or 2 ?

In Real Life 2008 Spingold Semifinal: Welland vs Weed npc

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

 WestWellandPassPassPassPassPassAll Pass NorthCayne2 3 3 NT4 6 EastGlubok2 PassPassPassPass SouthSeamon2 2 NT3 4 4 6

 NunesPassPassAll Pass Weinstein,H1 4 Fantoni3 Pass Garner1 Dbl7

Result: 7 by South ( 2 lead) down 1 (-100)

Good choice if you opened 2 , +17 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 , -17 IMPs. Quit

## Problem 10

IMPs E-W Vul

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

 West North East South?

As South, would you open 1 or 2 ?

In Real Life 2009 USBC Round of 16B: Jacobs vs Nickell

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

 WestRodwellPassPassPassPass NorthWeinstein1 NT4 4 5 EastMeckstrothPassPassPassAll Pass SouthLevin1 3 4 4 NT