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Escape from The Rock

We Americans take pride in our prisons!
 (Other countries waste money on schools) 

On each of these 10 problems, you hold a rock crusher and must decide whether to open 2 C (artificial force) or one of a suit. Two options are given, so just select the button of your choice. If you would bid something else, don’t tell anyone, or Alcatraz will be reopened just for you.

Compare your choice with the two experts who faced the same situation in real life; one opening 2 C, the other one of a suit. Click “Score Me” at any time to see your running score. If you finish plus after 10 boards, you have escaped from The Rock!

Problem 1

In fourth seat with neither side vulnerable,

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

What is your opening bid?  1 D2 C


In real life…

1999 Bermuda BowlFinalUSA1 vs Brazil
 
None VulS 6 5 4
H Q J 10 8 7
D
C A 10 8 6 4
West
Meckstroth
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
North
Chagas
Pass
2 D
3 C
3 H
3 NT
East
Rodwell
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
Branco
2 C
2 NT
3 D
3 S
S 7 3
H 6 5 2
D A 10 6 3
C Q 9 3 2
Table S 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
Janz
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Nickell
Pass
1 H
3 C
4 C
6 H
Mello
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Freeman
1 D
2 S
3 H
5 H

Marcelo Branco opened 2 C and played 3 NT with the C 2 lead. Made 4, +430.
Richard Freeman opened 1 D and partner played 6 H with the H 4 lead. Made 6, +980.

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Problem 2

In third seat with only your side vulnerable,

You hold:S J
H A K 9 4 2
D A J
C A K Q 8 4

What is your opening bid?  1 H2 C


In real life…

2004 OlympiadQuarterfinalPakistan vs Italy
 
E-W VulS K 9 7 5
H 5
D Q 9 7 5 2
C J 7 2
West
Versace
Pass
2 D
2 S
3 D
4 C
4 S
5 D
North
Allana
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
Lauria
2 C
2 H
3 C
3 H
4 D
4 NT
6 C
South
Fazli
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
S A Q 10 4
H Q 7 3
D 10 3
C 10 9 6 5
Table S J
H A K 9 4 2
D A J
C A K Q 8 4
S 8 6 3 2
H J 10 8 6
D K 8 6 4
C 3
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
Nunes
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass

Lorenzo Lauria opened 2 C and played 6 C with the S 6 lead. Made 6, +1370.
Sarfaraz Khan opened 1 H and played 7 H with the S 2 lead. Down 2, -200.

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Problem 3

In second seat with both sides vulnerable,

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

What is your opening bid?  1 D2 C


In real life…

2004 OlympiadRound of 16Japan vs Egypt
 
Both VulS A
H A 5 3
D A Q 10 9 5 2
C A K 7
West
Takano
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
North
Saaid
2 C
3 D
3 NT
4 S
5 NT
7 D
East
Teramoto
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
El Sheikh
2 D
3 S
4 D
5 C
6 H
S Q 9 3 2
H Q 9 8 6
D J 7
C 9 6 3
Table S 10 8 7 6
H 10 4
D 8 4 3
C Q 5 4 2
S K J 5 4
H K J 7 2
D K 6
C J 10 8
El Ahmady
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Kaku
1 D
3 C
3 H
4 NT
6 D
Sadek
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Takayama
1 H
3 D
4 D
5 C

Abd Saaid opened 2 C and partner played 7 D with the D 7 lead. Made 7, +2140.
Hiroshi Kaku opened 1 D and played 6 D with the S 8 lead. Made 6, +1370.

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Problem 4

In third seat with both sides vulnerable,

You hold:S A Q J 9 8 2
H A J 10 5 4 2
D
C A

What is your opening bid?  1 S2 C


In real life…

2000 USBCSemifinalMeltzer vs Schwartz
 
Both VulS K 10
H Q 9 8 7
D 10 8 3
C J 10 6 3
West
Weinstein
Pass
2 D
2 NT
3 S
5 D
North
Larsen
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
Levin
2 C
2 S
3 H
4 H
5 H
South
Meltzer
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
S 5 4
H K 6
D A 7 5 4 2
C Q 7 4 2
Table S A Q J 9 8 2
H A J 10 5 4 2
D
C A
S 7 6 3
H 3
D K Q J 9 6
C K 9 8 5
Martel
Pass
1 NT
3 S
6 H
Rosenberg
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Stansby
1 S
3 H
5 H
Zia
Pass
Pass
Pass

Bobby Levin opened 2 C and played 5 H with the D K lead. Made 6, +680.
Lew Stansby opened 1 S and played 6 H with the S 3 lead. Made 6, +1430.

Food for thought: Why did Zia lead the S 3 against 6 H? (answer at end)

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Problem 5

In third seat with only your side vulnerable,

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

What is your opening bid?  1 S2 C


In real life…

2003 USBCFinalWelland vs Cohen
 
E-W VulS Q 6 2
H K Q 8 7
D 10 7 3
C 6 3 2
West
Wildavsky
Pass
2 D
North
Welland
Pass
Pass
East
Doub
2 C
2 NT
South
Fallenius
Pass
All Pass
S J 8 3
H 10 9
D 9 6 4 2
C 9 8 7 5
Table S A K 9 7 4
H 3 2
D A Q J
C A K 10
S 10 5
H A J 6 5 4
D K 8 5
C Q J 4
WeinsteinH
Pass
Pass
Landen
Pass
Pass
Garner
1 S
Pratap
Pass

Doug Doub opened 2 C and played 2 NT with the H 4 lead. Down 2, -200.
Steve Garner opened 1 S and player there with the C Q lead. Made 2, +110.

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Problem 6

In third seat with neither side vulnerable,

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

What is your opening bid?  1 D2 C


In real life…

2005 USBCSemifinalWelland vs Robinson
 
None VulS J 7 5 4 3
H 6 4 3
D 6
C A K 5 3
West
Boyd
Pass
2 S
North
Welland
Pass
Pass
East
Robinson
2 C
3 NT
South
Fallenius
Pass
All Pass
S K 9 8 2
H A J 2
D 9 7 4
C 9 8 6
Table S A
H K 10 5
D A K Q J 10 8 3
C Q 2
S Q 10 6
H Q 9 8 7
D 5 2
C J 10 7 4
Rosenberg
Pass
1 S
5 D
Bramley
Pass
Pass
Pass
Zia
1 D
3 H
6 D
Feldman
Pass
Pass
All Pass

Steve Robinson opened 2 C and played 3 NT with the H 8 lead. Made 6, +490.
Zia Mahmood* opened 1 D and played 6 D with the H 8 lead. Made 6, +920.

*Zia is widely known by first name only (like “Elvis” or “Madonna”) so Mahmood is included only to keep the presentation uniform — speaking of which, after stealing this slam, Zia may have earned enough stripes for a prison uniform.

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Problem 7

In third seat with both sides vulnerable,

You hold:S K Q 10 9 6
H A K 9 8
D A K J 7
C

What is your opening bid?  1 S2 C


In real life…

2006 USBCRound of 16Jacobs vs Fout
 
Both VulS 4 2
H Q 6
D 10 5 3 2
C Q J 9 7 3
West
Fout
Pass
3 C
3 NT
4 S
6 D
North
Rosenberg
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
Roman
2 C
3 S
4 D
5 H
6 S
South
Zia
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
S A J
H 7 5 4 3
D Q 9 8
C A 10 6 4
Table S K Q 10 9 6
H A K 9 8
D A K J 7
C
S 8 7 5 3
H J 10 2
D 6 4
C K 8 5 2
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
Rengstorff
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass

Jeff Roman opened 2 C and played 6 S with the C 2 lead. Made 6, +1430.
George Jacobs opened 1 S and played 4 H with the D 6 lead. Made 6, +680.

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Problem 8

In third seat with only your side vulnerable,

You hold:S A Q 5 4 3 2
H A
D A 2
C A K 10 6

What is your opening bid?  1 S2 C


In real life…

2006 World ChampionshipRound of 64Angelini vs Schwartz
 
E-W VulS 10
H J 9 8 7 3
D K 10 7 4
C J 9 3
West
Casen
Pass
2 D
3 C
5 C
North
Fantoni
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
Krekorian
2 C
2 S
4 C
6 C
South
Nunes
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
S 6
H 6 5 4 2
D Q 8 6
C Q 8 7 5 4
Table S A Q 5 4 3 2
H A
D A 2
C A K 10 6
S K J 9 8 7
H K Q 10
D J 9 5 3
C 2
Lauria
Pass
Pass
El Ahmady
Pass
Pass
Versace
1 S
Sadek
Pass

Jim Krekorian opened 2 C and played 6 C with the H K lead. Down 2, -200.
Alfredo Versace opened 1 S and played there with the H K lead. Made 2, +110.

Fate was cruel, as 6 C is surely the best contract in theory — but maybe that should be expected, as the Guardian Angel would naturally protect Angelini.

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Problem 9

In first seat with both sides vulnerable,

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

What is your opening bid?  1 D2 C


In real life…

2008 SpingoldSemifinalWelland vs Weed
 
Both VulS J 5 2
H K J 4 2
D 7 6 3
C 8 5 2
West
Seamon
2 C
2 NT
3 H
4 C
4 S
6 H
North
Welland
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
Cayne
2 H
3 D
3 NT
4 D
6 C
South
Glubok
2 S
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
S A K
H A 10 6
D K Q 10 9 8 5
C A J
Table S 3
H Q 9 8 7 5
D A J 4
C Q 10 7 4
S Q 10 9 8 7 6 4
H 3
D 2
C K 9 6 3
Garner
1 D
Dbl
7 D
Nunes
Pass
Pass
All Pass
WeinsteinH
1 H
4 S
Fantoni
3 S
Pass

Michael Seamon opened 2 C and partner played 6 H with the D 2 lead. Made 6, +1430.
Steve Garner opened 1 D and played 7 D with the S 2 lead. Down 1, -100.

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Problem 10

In first seat with only opponents vulnerable,

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

What is your opening bid?  1 H2 C


In real life…

2009 USBCRound of 16BJacobs vs Nickell
 
N-S VulS 6 4 3
H Q 10 9 6
D K Q 9 4
C J 6
West
Hamman
2 C
2 H
3 H
4 H
North
Grue
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
Zia
2 D
2 S
3 S
South
Cheek
Pass
Pass
Pass
S A J
H A K J 7 3 2
D 8
C A K 10 5
Table S K Q 8 7
H 8
D J 5 3 2
C 9 8 4 2
S 10 9 5 2
H 5 4
D A 10 7 6
C Q 7 3
Levin
1 H
3 C
4 D
4 NT
Rodwell
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Weinstein
1 NT
4 C
4 S
5 C
Meckstroth
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass

Bob Hamman opened 2 C and played 4 H with the D K lead. Down 1, -50.
Bobby Levin opened 1 H and played 5 C with the D K lead. Made 5, +400.

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, did you escape from The Rock? If not, there’s one last chance… jump into the Bay and swim like hell!

Food for thought (answer): Zia knew it was futile to try to establish and later cash a diamond trick. With spades laying friendly for declarer, he tried to implant the concern of a singleton spade, either in his hand or partner’s. This might induce declarer to play trumps from the top rather than finesse successfully against partner.

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