Main   Quiz 8B61 by Richard Pavlicek  

Major? Notrump? Et Tu, Brute?

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

On each of these 10 problems, you must decide whether to open the bidding in your five-card major or 1 NT (15-17). If you would bid anything else, please don’t admit it, as the angry crowd might bury you along with Caesar. Simply select the button of your choice.

Compare your choice with the two experts who faced the exact same situation in real life; one opening the major, the other 1 NT. Click “Score Me” at any time to see your running score. If you finish plus after 10 boards, consider yourself an honorable man.

Problem 1

In third seat with both sides vulnerable,

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

What is your opening bid?  1 H1 NT


In real life…

2001 VanderbiltFinalRosenkranz vs Gromov
 
Both VulS A 7 4
H K Q 9
D 10 5 2
C Q 9 8 5
West
Rosenkranz
Pass
2 H
2 NT
4 H
North
Petrunin
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
Mohan
1 H
2 S
3 C
South
Gromov
Pass
Pass
Pass
S J 9 3 2
H 8 7 5
D Q 9 4
C K 10 4
Table S K Q
H A J 10 6 3
D A J 8
C J 6 2
S 10 8 6 5
H 4 2
D K 7 6 3
C A 7 3
Zmudzinski
Pass
Pass
Pszczola
Pass
Pass
Balicki
1 NT
Gawrys
Pass

John Mohan opened 1 H and played 4 H with the S 8 lead. Down 2, -200.
Cezary Balicki opened 1 NT and played there with the D 3 lead. Made 2, +120.

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Problem 2

In third seat with only your side vulnerable,

You hold:S A 2
H A J 6 3 2
D 7 5 4
C A K J

What is your opening bid?  1 H1 NT


In real life…

2006 USBCSemifinalJacobs vs Nickell
 
E-W VulS 7 6
H Q 10 8
D 6 2
C 10 7 6 5 4 3
West
Garner
Pass
Pass
4 H
Pass
North
Rodwell
Pass
2 S
Pass
Pass
East
Weinstein
1 H
Dbl
Pass
Dbl
South
Meckstroth
2 H
Rdbl
4 S
All Pass
S J 4 3
H 9 7 5 4
D A 10 3
C 9 8 2
Table S A 2
H A J 6 3 2
D 7 5 4
C A K J
S K Q 10 9 8 5
H K
D K Q J 9 8
C Q
Nickell
Pass
Pass
Jacobs
Pass
Pass
Freeman
1 NT
Pass
Katz
2 S

Howard Weinstein opened 1 H and defended 4 S× with the C A lead. Down 2, +300.
Richard Freeman opened 1 NT and defended 2 S with the H 4 lead. Made 3, -140.

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Problem 3

In second seat with both sides vulnerable,

You hold:S Q 5 4 3 2
H K Q 10
D A K 2
C K 3

What is your opening bid?  1 S1 NT


In real life…

2006 World ChampionshipQualifyingKokten vs Meltzer
 
Both VulS Q 5 4 3 2
H K Q 10
D A K 2
C K 3
West
Helness
Pass
Pass
All Pass
North
Eskinaz
1 S
2 NT
East
Helgemo
Pass
Pass
South
Aluf,S
1 NT
3 NT
S A J 10
H 8 7 6 4
D 10 7 6 5 4
C J
Table S K 9 8 7 6
H A J 2
D Q
C 8 7 5 4
S
H 9 5 3
D J 9 8 3
C A Q 10 9 6 2
Kokten
Pass
Pass
Larsen
1 NT
3 C
Aluf,T
Pass
All Pass
Meltzer
2 NT

Niso Eskinaz opened 1 S and partner played 3 NT with the D 4 lead. Down 2, -200.
Kyle Larsen opened 1 NT and played 3 C with the D Q lead. Made 5, +150.

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Problem 4

In first seat with only opponents vulnerable,

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

What is your opening bid?  1 H1 NT


In real life…

2007 USBCSemifinalEkeblad vs Schwartz
 
N-S VulS K 5 4
H 8
D K 6 5
C J 8 7 6 5 2
West
Martel
1 H
2 C
3 NT
North
Berkowitz
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
Stansby
1 NT
2 H
4 H
South
Cohen
Pass
Pass
All Pass
S A Q
H A 9 5 4 2
D J 3 2
C A Q 10
Table S 9 8 6 3 2
H Q J 3
D A 9 7
C K 4
S J 10 7
H K 10 7 6
D Q 10 8 4
C 9 3
Becker
1 NT
2 H
Gitelman
Pass
Pass
Schwartz
2 C
3 NT
Moss
Pass
All Pass

Chip Martel opened 1 H and played 4 H with the C 7 lead. Down 1, -50.
Michael Becker opened 1 NT and played 3 NT with the C 6 lead. Made 3, +400.

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Problem 5

In first seat with only your side vulnerable,

You hold:S K J 6 5 4
H A K 4
D 7 4 3
C A 8

What is your opening bid?  1 S1 NT


In real life…

2007 USBCQuarterfinalHarris vs Ekeblad
 
E-W VulS Q 8 7
H J 7 5
D K Q 6 5
C 6 5 2
West
Carmichael
1 S
2 D
North
Moss
Pass
Pass
East
Gerstman
1 NT
3 C
South
Gitelman
Pass
All Pass
S K J 6 5 4
H A K 4
D 7 4 3
C A 8
Table S 2
H Q 6 3 2
D J 2
C K Q J 9 4 3
S A 10 9 3
H 10 9 8
D A 10 9 8
C 10 7
Ekeblad
1 NT
2 S
Harris
Pass
Pass
Rubin
2 C
3 NT
Morgan
Pass
All Pass

Tom Carmichael opened 1 S and partner played 3 C with the H 10 lead. Made 4, +130.
Russ Ekeblad opened 1 NT and played 3 NT with the D 5 lead. Made 4, +630.

This swing should have gone the other way (3 NT should be defeated) but that’s real life for you!

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Problem 6

In first seat with only opponents vulnerable,

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

What is your opening bid?  1 S1 NT


In real life…

2007 USBCQuarterfinalSchwartz vs O’Rourke
 
N-S VulS Q J 6 4
H K 7 6 4
D Q 10 9 4
C 9
West
Krekorian
1 S
2 NT
3 D
5 NT
North
Grue
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
Casen
2 C
3 C
3 NT
6 C
South
Cheek
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
S A 10 8 5 2
H Q 8 5
D A K 3
C A 5
Table S K 9
H A J 9 3
D
C K J 10 8 7 6 4
S 7 3
H 10 2
D J 8 7 6 5 2
C Q 3 2
Jacobus
1 NT
2 S
3 NT
Cohen
Pass
Pass
All Pass
O'Rourke
2 C
3 C
Berkowitz
Pass
Pass

Jim Krekorian opened 1 S and partner played 6 C with the H 10 lead. Made 6, +920.
Marc Jacobus opened 1 NT and played 3 NT with the D 9 lead. Made 6, +490.

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Problem 7

In second seat with only opponents vulnerable,

You hold:S A K J 10 5
H A 4 2
D 9 4
C A 6 2

What is your opening bid?  1 S1 NT


In real life…

2007 USBCQuarterfinalMeltzer vs Deutsch
 
E-W VulS A K J 10 5
H A 4 2
D 9 4
C A 6 2
West
Baze
Pass
Pass
All Pass
North
Smith
1 S
3 C
East
Cohler
Pass
Pass
South
Cohen,B
2 S
4 S
S
H Q 10 8 7 5 3
D Q 10 7 5 2
C 4 3
Table S 9 8 2
H K 6
D A K J
C Q 9 8 7 5
S Q 7 6 4 3
H J 9
D 8 6 3
C K J 10
Sontag
Pass
3 H
Deutsch
1 NT
3 S
Bates
Pass
All Pass
Kranyak
2 S

Ron Smith opened 1 S and played 4 S with the D A lead. Made 4, +420.
Seymon Deutsch opened 1 NT and partner played 3 S with the H 7 lead. Made 4, +170.

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Problem 8

In fourth seat with only opponents vulnerable,

You hold:S A 7 2
H A K 8 7 4
D A 5
C 8 5 2

What is your opening bid?  1 H1 NT


In real life…

2009 VanderbiltSemifinalCayne vs Katz
 
E-W VulS K 8 5
H 10 6
D Q 6 4 3
C A 9 6 3
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
S J 10
H J 3 2
D 10 9 8 7 2
C K Q 7
Table S 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
Nunes
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Levin
Pass
2 S
Fantoni
Pass
Pass
Weinstein
1 NT
2 NT

Alfredo Versace opened 1 H and partner played 3 NT with the S 7 lead. Made 3, +400.
Steve Weinstein opened 1 NT and played 2 NT with the D 10 lead. Made 3, +150.

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Problem 9

In second seat with neither side vulnerable,

You hold:S K Q J 8 5
H J 9 6
D K Q 9
C K 10

What is your opening bid?  1 S1 NT


In real life…

2009 USBCRound of 16Robinson vs Strul
 
None VulS K Q J 8 5
H J 9 6
D K Q 9
C K 10
West
Berkowitz
Pass
5 H
All Pass
North
Stewart
1 S
Pass
East
Cohen
2 S
Pass
South
Woolsey
4 H
5 S
S 10
H Q 8 7 5
D A 5 4 2
C J 7 6 5
Table S 6
H K 10 4 3 2
D J 10
C A Q 9 8 4
S A 9 7 4 3 2
H A
D 8 7 6 3
C 3 2
Robinson
Pass
Dbl
Becker
1 NT
4 S
Boyd
2 H
All Pass
Strul
4 H

Fred Stewart opened 1 S and played 5 S with the H 2 lead. Down 1, -50.
Michael Becker opened 1 NT and played 4 S with the H 2 lead. Made 4, +420.

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Problem 10

In second seat with only opponents vulnerable,

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

What is your opening bid?  1 S1 NT


In real life…

2009 Bermuda BowlQualifyingUSA1 vs Australia
 
E-W VulS A K Q 10 5
H A 5 2
D K J 8
C 7 6
West
Robinson,I
Pass
2 H
North
Robinson
1 S
Pass
East
de Livera
Pass
Pass
South
Boyd
Pass
Pass
S 9 7 2
H Q J 9 8 3
D Q 9 6 5
C A
Table S J 8 4
H 7 6
D A 7 4 3
C K Q 10 4
S 6 3
H K 10 4
D 10 2
C J 9 8 5 3 2
Woolsey
Pass
Pass
Dbl
Thomson
1 NT
3 C
All Pass
Stewart
Pass
Pass
Brightling
2 S
Pass

Steve Robinson opened 1 S and defended 2 H with the S Q lead. Down 2, +200.
Matthew Thomson opened 1 NT and played 3 C× with the H 7 lead. Down 2, -300.

Results and IMP scores are based on what happened in real life, so the winning decision 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, have you learned to praise Caesar? Or are you just ready to join him?

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