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Escape from The Rock

We Americans take pride in our prisons, while
other 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 C (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

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

West
Pass
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 D or 2 C?









In Real Life

1999 Bermuda Bowl Final: USA1 vs Brazil

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

West
Janz
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
North
Nickell
Pass
1 H
3 C
4 C
6 H
East
Mello
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
Freeman
1 D
2 S
3 H
5 H

Result: 6 H by North (H 4 lead) made 6 (+980)

Meckstroth
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Chagas
Pass
2 D
3 C
3 H
3 NT
Rodwell
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Branco
2 C
2 NT
3 D
3 S

Result: 3 NT by South (C 2 lead) made 4 (+430)

Good choice if you opened 1 D, +11 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 2 C, -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

Table
S J
H A K 9 4 2
D A J
C A K Q 8 4

West
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 H or 2 C?









In Real Life

2004 Olympiad Quarterfinal: Pakistan vs Italy

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

West
Fazli

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
North
Versace
Pass
2 D
2 S
3 D
4 C
4 S
5 D
East
Allana
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
Lauria
2 C
2 H
3 C
3 H
4 D
4 NT
6 C

Result: 6 C by South (S 6 lead) made 6 (+1370)

Nunes

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Jafer
Pass
2 H
4 S
5 C
5 S
Fantoni
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Khan
1 H
4 C
4 NT
5 D
7 H

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

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

Quit

Problem 3

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S A
H A 5 3
D A Q 10 9 5 2
C A K 7

West
North
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 D or 2 C?









In Real Life

2004 Olympiad Round of 16: Japan vs Egypt

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

West
Teramoto

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
North
El Sheikh

2 D
3 S
4 D
5 C
6 H
East
Takano
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
Saaid
2 C
3 D
3 NT
4 S
5 NT
7 D

Result: 7 D by North (D 7 lead) made 7 (+2140)

Sadek

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Takayama

1 H
3 D
4 D
5 C
El Ahmady
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Kaku
1 D
3 C
3 H
4 NT
6 D

Result: 6 D by South (S 8 lead) made 6 (+1370)

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

Quit

Problem 4

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S A Q J 9 8 2
H A J 10 5 4 2
D
C A

West
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 2 C?









In Real Life

2000 USBC Semifinal: Meltzer vs Schwartz

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

West
Zia

Pass
Pass
Pass
North
Martel
Pass
1 NT
3 S
6 H
East
Rosenberg
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
Stansby
1 S
3 H
5 H

Result: 6 H by South (S 3 lead) made 7 (+1460)

Meltzer

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Weinstein
Pass
2 D
2 NT
3 S
5 D
Larsen
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Levin
2 C
2 S
3 H
4 H
5 H

Result: 5 H by South (D K lead) made 6 (+680)

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

Quit

Problem 5

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S A K 9 7 4
H 3 2
D A Q J
C A K 10

West
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 2 C?









In Real Life

2003 USBC Final: Welland vs Cohen

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

West


All Pass
North
Weinstein,H
Pass
East

Pass
South
Garner
1 S

Result: 1 S by South (C Q lead) made 2 (+110)

Fallenius

Pass
All Pass
Wildavsky
Pass
2 D
Welland
Pass
Pass
Doub
2 C
2 NT

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

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

Quit

Problem 6

IMPs None Vul

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

West
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 D or 2 C?









In Real Life

2005 USBC Semifinal: Welland vs Robinson

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

West
Feldman

Pass
Pass
All Pass
North
Rosenberg
Pass
1 S
5 D
East
Bramley
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
Zia
1 D
3 H
6 D

Result: 6 D by South (H 8 lead) made 6 (+920)

Fallenius

Pass
All Pass
Boyd
Pass
2 S
Welland
Pass
Pass
Robinson
2 C
3 NT

Result: 3 NT by South (H 8 lead) made 6 (+490)

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

Quit

Problem 7

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S K Q 10 9 6
H A K 9 8
D A K J 7
C

West
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 2 C?









In Real Life

2006 USBC Round of 16: Jacobs vs Fout

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

West
Zia

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
North
Fout
Pass
3 C
3 NT
4 S
6 D
East
Rosenberg
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
Roman
2 C
3 S
4 D
5 H
6 S

Result: 6 S by South (C 2 lead) made 6 (+1430)

Rengstorff

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Katz
Pass
1 NT
2 D
2 S
3 S
Ehlers
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Jacobs
1 S
2 C
2 H
3 D
4 H

Result: 4 H by South (D 6 lead) made 6 (+680)

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

Quit

Problem 8

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S A Q 5 4 3 2
H A
D A 2
C A K 10 6

West
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 2 C?









In Real Life

2006 World Championship Round of 64: Angelini vs Schwartz

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

West
Sadek

All Pass
North
Lauria
Pass
East
El Ahmady
Pass
South
Versace
1 S

Result: 1 S by South (H K lead) made 2 (+110)

Nunes

Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Casen
Pass
2 D
3 C
5 C
Fantoni
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Krekorian
2 C
2 S
4 C
6 C

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

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

Quit

Problem 9

IMPs Both Vul

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

West
North
East
South
?

As South, would you open 1 D or 2 C?









In Real Life

2008 Spingold Semifinal: Welland vs Weed npc

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

West
Welland

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
North
Cayne

2 H
3 D
3 NT
4 D
6 C
East
Glubok

2 S
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
Seamon
2 C
2 NT
3 H
4 C
4 S
6 H

Result: 6 H by North (D 2 lead) made 6 (+1430)

Nunes

Pass
Pass
All Pass
Weinstein,H

1 H
4 S
Fantoni

3 S
Pass
Garner
1 D
Dbl
7 D

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

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

Quit

Problem 10

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A J
H A K J 7 3 2
D 8
C A K 10 5

West
North
East
South
?

As South, would you open 1 H or 2 C?









In Real Life

2009 USBC Round of 16B: Jacobs vs Nickell

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

West
Rodwell

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
North
Weinstein

1 NT
4 C
4 S
5 C
East
Meckstroth

Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
Levin
1 H
3 C
4 D
4 NT

Result: 5 C by South (D K lead) made 5 (+400)

Grue

Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Zia

2 D
2 S
3 S
Cheek

Pass
Pass
Pass
Hamman
2 C
2 H
3 H
4 H

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

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