Main   Quiz 8B41 by Richard Pavlicek  

Crow Low, Crow High

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

On each of these problems you must decide whether to open one or four in your major suit. (If you’d bid anything else, please don’t admit it, as it would prove you’re a raven lunatic.) Simply select the button of your opening bid choice.

Compare your choice with the two experts who faced the exact same situation in real life and bid differently. Click “Score Me” at any time to see your running score. If you finish plus after 10 boards, you’re a raven genius.

Problem 1

In third seat with only opponents vulnerable,

You hold:S A K 9 8 7 6 4
H J 6
D A 4 3
C J

What is your opening bid?  1 S4 S


In real life…

1997 Bermuda BowlQualifyingUSA2 vs USA1
 
N-S VulS Q 2
H 5 2
D K 7 6 5 2
C K 4 3 2
West
Martel
Pass
Pass
3 S
North
Rodwell
Pass
2 D
All Pass
East
Stansby
1 S
2 S
South
Meckstroth
Dbl
3 D
S J 5
H K 10 9 8
D 9 8
C 10 8 7 6 5
Table S A K 9 8 7 6 4
H J 6
D A 4 3
C J
S 10 3
H A Q 7 4 3
D Q J 10
C A Q 9
Nickell
Pass
Pass
Rosenberg
Pass
Pass
Freeman
4 S
Pass
Zia
Dbl

Lew Stansby opened 1 S and played 3 S with the D Q lead. Made 4, +170.
Richard Freeman opened 4 S and was doubled with the D Q lead. Down 1, -100.

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Problem 2

In first seat with both sides vulnerable,

You hold:S K Q J 7 6 4 2
H 2
D A 4
C J 7 4

What is your opening bid?  1 S4 S


In real life…

2004 OlympiadQualifyingHungary vs Ireland
 
Both VulS 10 9 5
H K 5 4
D J 9 5
C A 10 8 3
West
Winkler
1 S
2 S
Pass
North
Mesbur
Pass
Pass
3 C
East
Dumbovich
1 NT
Pass
All Pass
South
Fitzgibbon
Pass
Dbl
S K Q J 7 6 4 2
H 2
D A 4
C J 7 4
Table S 8 3
H A Q J 8 6
D 10 6 2
C Q 9 5
S A
H 10 9 7 3
D K Q 8 7 3
C K 6 2
Hanlon
4 S
Macskasy
Pass
McGann
Pass
Szalay
Pass

Gabor Winkler opened 1 S and defended 3 C with the S 8 lead. Down 2, +200.
Tom Hanlon opened 4 S and played there with the H 4 lead. Made 4, +620.

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Problem 3

In second seat with only your side vulnerable,

You hold:S A K J 9 8 6 2
H 3
D 9 3
C K 9 6

What is your opening bid?  1 S4 S


In real life…

2005 Bermuda BowlQualifyingItaly vs Egypt
 
N-S VulS A K J 9 8 6 2
H 3
D 9 3
C K 9 6
West
Sadek
Pass
2 S
North
Versace
1 S
3 S
East
El Ahmady
2 H
4 H
South
Lauria
Pass
All Pass
S Q 10
H Q 8 6
D A J 6 5
C Q 10 8 3
Table S 5 3
H K 10 9 5 4 2
D K Q
C A 7 4
S 7 4
H A J 7
D 10 8 7 4 2
C J 5 2
Nunes
Pass
Pass
Dagher
4 S
Fantoni
Pass
El Kourdy
Pass

Alfredo Versace opened 1 S and defended 4 H with the S 7 lead. Made 4, -420.
Hani Dagher opened 4 S and played there with the D K lead. Down 2, -200.

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Problem 4

In first seat with only your side vulnerable,

You hold:S Q 10
H A J 9 8 7 5 3 2
D A 6 2
C

What is your opening bid?  1 H4 H


In real life…

2007 USBCSemifinalDeutsch vs Nickell
 
E-W VulS 9 6 4 3
H K
D K 7 4
C K Q 5 4 3
West
Nickell
1 H
4 H
Pass
Dbl
North
Kranyak
Pass
5 C
7 C
All Pass
East
Freeman
1 S
6 H
Pass
South
Deutsch
3 C
Pass
Pass
S Q 10
H A J 9 8 7 5 3 2
D A 6 2
C
Table S A K 8 7
H Q 6 4
D Q 10 8 5 3
C 8
S J 5 2
H 10
D J 9
C A J 10 9 7 6 2
Rodwell
4 H
Pass
Pass
Cohler
Pass
Pass
6 C
Meckstroth
Pass
5 H
Dbl
Baze
5 C
Pass
All Pass

John Kranyak opened 1 H and defended 7 C× with the H A lead. Down 5, +1100.
Eric Rodwell opened 4 H and defended 6 C× with the H A lead. Down 4, +800.

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Problem 5

In first seat with neither side vulnerable,

You hold:S 9
H K 10 8 7 5 3 2
D
C A Q 6 3 2

What is your opening bid?  1 H4 H


In real life…

2007 Bermuda BowlSemifinalUSA1 vs South Africa
 
None VulS Q 10 6 5 4 3
H J 9 6
D 10 8 5
C 10
West
Weinstein
1 H
4 H
North
Holman
2 S
Pass
East
Garner
3 C
6 D
South
Cope
3 S
All Pass
S 9
H K 10 8 7 5 3 2
D
C A Q 6 3 2
Table S K 7
H
D A K J 9 7 6 3 2
C K J 9
S A J 8 2
H A Q 4
D Q 4
C 8 7 5 4
Apteker
4 H
Zia
Pass
Gower
Pass
Rosenberg
Pass

Howard Weinstein opened 1 H and his partner played 6 D with the S A lead. Made 6, +920.
Alon Apteker opened 4 H and played there with the C 10 lead. Down 1, -50.

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Problem 6

In third seat with both sides vulnerable,

You hold:S 3
H A K 9 7 5 4 3
D 10 5
C A J 2

What is your opening bid?  1 H4 H


In real life…

2008 VanderbiltQuarterfinalRubin vs Katz
 
Both VulS J 8 7
H J
D A K 8 6
C Q 10 7 5 4
West
Rubin
Pass
1 S
North
Katz
Pass
Dbl
East
Ekeblad
1 H
2 H
South
Jacobs
Pass
All Pass
S Q 10 9 5 2
H Q 8
D Q J 9 3
C 8 6
Table S 3
H A K 9 7 5 4 3
D 10 5
C A J 2
S A K 6 4
H 10 6 2
D 7 4 2
C K 9 3
Weinstein
Pass
Pass
Verhees
Pass
Pass
Levin
4 H
Jansma
Pass

Russ Ekeblad opened 1 H and played 2 H with the D 2 lead. Made 3, +140.
Bobby Levin opened 4 H and played there with the S A lead. Down 2, -200.

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Problem 7

In first seat with neither side vulnerable,

You hold:S 8 3
H A K Q J 9 7 6 3
D 9 3
C 5

What is your opening bid?  1 H4 H


In real life…

2008 USBCSemifinalNickell vs Welland
 
None VulS Q 10 7 5
H 10 8
D A 5
C K Q J 9 8
West
Rodwell
1 H
Pass
6 H
North
Weinstein
2 C
4 S
Dbl
East
Meckstroth
2 H
Pass
All Pass
South
Garner
4 H
6 C
S 8 3
H A K Q J 9 7 6 3
D 9 3
C 5
Table S K 4 2
H 5 4 2
D Q J 6 2
C 6 3 2
S A J 9 6
H
D K 10 8 7 4
C A 10 7 4
Welland
4 H
Pass
Freeman
Pass
4 S
Willenken
Pass
All Pass
Nickell
Dbl

Eric Rodwell opened 1 H and played 6 H× with the C K lead. Down 4, -800.
Roy Welland opened 4 H and defended 4 S with the H 2 lead. Made 6, -480.

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Problem 8

In first seat with only opponents vulnerable,

You hold:S J 10
H A K 10 7 5 3
D J 9 6 4 3
C

What is your opening bid?  1 H4 H


In real life…

2009 USBCQuarterfinalRogoff vs Robinson
 
N-S VulS Q 9 4 3
H Q
D A Q 10 2
C K Q 8 6
West
Rogoff
1 H
4 H
5 H
North
Woolsey
Dbl
4 S
Dbl
East
Parker
2 C
Pass
All Pass
South
Stewart
2 S
Pass
S J 10
H A K 10 7 5 3
D J 9 6 4 3
C
Table S 7 6 2
H J 9 6
D 8 7
C A J 10 3 2
S A K 8 5
H 8 4 2
D K 5
C 9 7 5 4
Robinson
4 H
Johnson
Pass
Boyd
Pass
Simson
Pass

Bruce Rogoff opened 1 H and played 5 H× with the S 4 lead. Down 2, -300.
Steve Robinson opened 4 H and played there with the C K lead. Down 1, -50.

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Problem 9

In third seat with only opponents vulnerable,

You hold:S A J 10 8 5 3 2
H K 3
D K Q 3
C 7

What is your opening bid?  1 S4 S


In real life…

2009 Bermuda BowlSemifinalItaly vs Bulgaria
 
N-S VulS 9 6
H J 10 7 2
D A J 10
C K 10 4 3
West
Lauria
Pass
Pass
All Pass
North
Danailov
Pass
3 H
East
Versace
1 S
3 S
South
Karakolev
Dbl
4 H
S Q 4
H 6 5 4
D 9 8 6 4
C Q J 9 2
Table S A J 10 8 5 3 2
H K 3
D K Q 3
C 7
S K 7
H A Q 9 8
D 7 5 2
C A 8 6 5
Trendafilov
Pass
Pass
Nunes
Pass
Pass
Karaivanov
4 S
Fantoni
Pass

Alfredo Versace opened 1 S and defended 4 H with the D K lead. Made 4, -620.
Kalin Karaivanov opened 4 S and played there with the C A lead. Down 2, -100.

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Problem 10

In third seat with only opponents vulnerable,

You hold:S A K 10 8 6 5 3
H J 7 2
D K 5
C 5

What is your opening bid?  1 S4 S


In real life…

2009 Bermuda BowlQualifyingItaly vs New Zealand
 
N-S VulS Q 9 7 2
H Q 6 5
D 8
C J 6 4 3 2
West
Duboin
Pass
2 H
Pass
All Pass
North
Cornell
Pass
Pass
4 C
East
Sementa
1 S
2 S
Pass
South
Bach
2 D
3 C
5 C
S J
H K 10 9 8 4
D A 9 4 2
C Q 9 8
Table S A K 10 8 6 5 3
H J 7 2
D K 5
C 5
S 4
H A 3
D Q J 10 7 6 3
C A K 10 7
Ware
Pass
Pass
Fantoni
Pass
Pass
Whibley
4 S
Nunes
Pass

Antonio Sementa opened 1 S and defended 5 C with the S J lead. Down 2, +200.
Michael Whibley opened 4 S and played there with the C A lead. Down 1, -50.

Results and IMP scores are based on what happened in real life, so the winning opening bid is not necessarily correct in theory, nor does it prove anything. Nonetheless, you must accept the result of your choice, whether you agree with the actual auction or not.

Well, are you a raven genius or a raven lunatic?

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© 2010 Richard Pavlicek
Credits to Edgar Allan Poe 1809-49 and The Raven