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# Crow Low, Crow High

by Richard Pavlicek

### 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: A K 9 8 7 6 4 J 6 A 4 3 J

What is your opening bid?  1 4

### In real life…

 1997 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying USA2 vs USA1 N-S Vul Q 2 5 2 K 7 6 5 2 K 4 3 2 WESTMartelPassPass3 NorthRodwellPass2 All Pass EastStansby1 2 SouthMeckstrothDbl3 J 5 K 10 9 8 9 8 10 8 7 6 5 A K 9 8 7 6 4 J 6 A 4 3 J 10 3 A Q 7 4 3 Q J 10 A Q 9 NickellPassPass RosenbergPassPass Freeman4 Pass ZiaDbl

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

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## Problem 2

In first seat with both sides vulnerable,

 You hold: K Q J 7 6 4 2 2 A 4 J 7 4

What is your opening bid?  1 4

### In real life…

 2004 Olympiad Qualifying Hungary vs Ireland Both Vul 10 9 5 K 5 4 J 9 5 A 10 8 3 WESTWinkler1 2 Pass NorthMesburPassPass3 EastDumbovich1 NTPassAll Pass SouthFitzgibbonPassDbl K Q J 7 6 4 2 2 A 4 J 7 4 8 3 A Q J 8 6 10 6 2 Q 9 5 A 10 9 7 3 K Q 8 7 3 K 6 2 Hanlon4 MacskasyPass McGannPass SzalayPass

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

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## Problem 3

In second seat with only your side vulnerable,

 You hold: A K J 9 8 6 2 3 9 3 K 9 6

What is your opening bid?  1 4

### In real life…

 2005 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying Italy vs Egypt N-S Vul A K J 9 8 6 2 3 9 3 K 9 6 WESTSadekPass2 NorthVersace1 3 EastEl Ahmady2 4 SouthLauriaPassAll Pass Q 10 Q 8 6 A J 6 5 Q 10 8 3 5 3 K 10 9 5 4 2 K Q A 7 4 7 4 A J 7 10 8 7 4 2 J 5 2 NunesPassPass Dagher4 FantoniPass El KourdyPass

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

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## Problem 4

In first seat with only your side vulnerable,

 You hold: Q 10 A J 9 8 7 5 3 2 A 6 2 —

What is your opening bid?  1 4

### In real life…

 2007 USBC Semifinal Deutsch vs Nickell E-W Vul 9 6 4 3 K K 7 4 K Q 5 4 3 WESTNickell1 4 PassDbl NorthKranyakPass5 7 All Pass EastFreeman1 6 Pass SouthDeutsch3 PassPass Q 10 A J 9 8 7 5 3 2 A 6 2 — A K 8 7 Q 6 4 Q 10 8 5 3 8 J 5 2 10 J 9 A J 10 9 7 6 2 Rodwell4 PassPass CohlerPassPass6 MeckstrothPass5 Dbl Baze5 PassAll Pass

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

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## Problem 5

In first seat with neither side vulnerable,

 You hold: 9 K 10 8 7 5 3 2 — A Q 6 3 2

What is your opening bid?  1 4

### In real life…

 2007 Bermuda Bowl Semifinal USA1 vs South Africa None Vul Q 10 6 5 4 3 J 9 6 10 8 5 10 WESTWeinstein1 4 NorthHolman2 Pass EastGarner3 6 SouthCope3 All Pass 9 K 10 8 7 5 3 2 — A Q 6 3 2 K 7 — A K J 9 7 6 3 2 K J 9 A J 8 2 A Q 4 Q 4 8 7 5 4 Apteker4 ZiaPass GowerPass RosenbergPass

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

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## Problem 6

In third seat with both sides vulnerable,

 You hold: 3 A K 9 7 5 4 3 10 5 A J 2

What is your opening bid?  1 4

### In real life…

 2008 Vanderbilt Quarterfinal Rubin vs Katz Both Vul J 8 7 J A K 8 6 Q 10 7 5 4 WESTRubinPass1 NorthKatzPassDbl EastEkeblad1 2 SouthJacobsPassAll Pass Q 10 9 5 2 Q 8 Q J 9 3 8 6 3 A K 9 7 5 4 3 10 5 A J 2 A K 6 4 10 6 2 7 4 2 K 9 3 WeinsteinPassPass VerheesPassPass Levin4 JansmaPass

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

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## Problem 7

In first seat with neither side vulnerable,

 You hold: 8 3 A K Q J 9 7 6 3 9 3 5

What is your opening bid?  1 4

### In real life…

 2008 USBC Semifinal Nickell vs Welland None Vul Q 10 7 5 10 8 A 5 K Q J 9 8 WESTRodwell1 Pass6 NorthWeinstein2 4 Dbl EastMeckstroth2 PassAll Pass SouthGarner4 6 8 3 A K Q J 9 7 6 3 9 3 5 K 4 2 5 4 2 Q J 6 2 6 3 2 A J 9 6 — K 10 8 7 4 A 10 7 4 Welland4 Pass FreemanPass4 WillenkenPassAll Pass NickellDbl

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

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## Problem 8

In first seat with only opponents vulnerable,

 You hold: J 10 A K 10 7 5 3 J 9 6 4 3 —

What is your opening bid?  1 4

### In real life…

 2009 USBC Quarterfinal Rogoff vs Robinson N-S Vul Q 9 4 3 Q A Q 10 2 K Q 8 6 WESTRogoff1 4 5 NorthWoolseyDbl4 Dbl EastParker2 PassAll Pass SouthStewart2 Pass J 10 A K 10 7 5 3 J 9 6 4 3 — 7 6 2 J 9 6 8 7 A J 10 3 2 A K 8 5 8 4 2 K 5 9 7 5 4 Robinson4 JohnsonPass BoydPass SimsonPass

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

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## Problem 9

In third seat with only opponents vulnerable,

 You hold: A J 10 8 5 3 2 K 3 K Q 3 7

What is your opening bid?  1 4

### In real life…

 2009 Bermuda Bowl Semifinal Italy vs Bulgaria N-S Vul 9 6 J 10 7 2 A J 10 K 10 4 3 WESTLauriaPassPassAll Pass NorthDanailovPass3 EastVersace1 3 SouthKarakolevDbl4 Q 4 6 5 4 9 8 6 4 Q J 9 2 A J 10 8 5 3 2 K 3 K Q 3 7 K 7 A Q 9 8 7 5 2 A 8 6 5 TrendafilovPassPass NunesPassPass Karaivanov4 FantoniPass

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

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## Problem 10

In third seat with only opponents vulnerable,

 You hold: A K 10 8 6 5 3 J 7 2 K 5 5

What is your opening bid?  1 4

### In real life…

 2009 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying Italy vs New Zealand N-S Vul Q 9 7 2 Q 6 5 8 J 6 4 3 2 WESTDuboinPass2 PassAll Pass NorthCornellPassPass4 EastSementa1 2 Pass SouthBach2 3 5 J K 10 9 8 4 A 9 4 2 Q 9 8 A K 10 8 6 5 3 J 7 2 K 5 5 4 A 3 Q J 10 7 6 3 A K 10 7 WarePassPass FantoniPassPass Whibley4 NunesPass

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