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Old 04-09-2018, 01:40 AM
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(A) 1N. I can't imagine Pass. That deserves to find partner with a 19 count, seven hearts (or, worse, seven spades), and a diamond void. If the hand were slightly weaker, I'd bid 2C, but I'm strong enough to show some signs of life, and 3C would commit us too strongly to clubs, so 1NT it is.
(B) 2S. Length is a stopper when you can hope the suit splits. Here you can't. Any more and I would cue, but 2S is enough with this.
(C) 3D. I'd prefer a system where 1NT, 2D, and 2S weren't ALL weak bids (it's a shameful waste), but, being stuck with none of those available, this isn't close to GF, and 10xx isn't close to a stopper. 2NT would be my second choice. I'm not specifically worried about getting to NT with no stopper available. I am worried about getting to NT from the wrong side when we could have had a stopper, or being in 3NT down when 5D is making.
(D) 3C. Pass is more tempting here than on (A), but in 1H declarer doesn't need dummy entries to score his trumps. Since he can afford to lose a lot of tricks, he might throw us in frequently to allow a stepping stone or an overruff each time, while we might have game somewhere else. And partner still could have a spade rebid (though less of a danger with 10 points and a two in the unbid major than with 9 points and a stiff in an unbid major). Now, if partner had doubled in balancing chair, I'd be passing all day. And if this were matchpoints or we were not vs vul, I might pass anyway, since then either +200 would be a magic score or +500 would be enough compensation for a game.
(E) 5C. I have to force game. 5C will probably play better than 3NT. If I could do something forcing that clearly agreed clubs, I would, but there isn't anything available, so 5C it is. I can't pass with such a massive undisclosed fit for partner's second suit with such a rollicking crossruff likely.
(F) 2N. I'm probably going to vote for 3H because it's what I would do at the table, but I think 2NT has a lot going for it at IMPs, since 3NT just in doesn't lose half a board to 4H making. I don't think 3S is unreasonable. I'd rather be in a 5-3 spade fit than a 6-2 heart fit. I don't think I want to be in a 4-3 spade fit, since partner will need spades 3-3 in the likely event he needs to use a ruff to set up my hearts. Another possibility (if you don't mind overbidding to game) is 3C, the lead-inhibiting jump-shift. I fear rebidding 2C or 2D because partner might have a good hand and never get the joke, and I might have to decide how long I want to keep correcting his raise back to major suits.
(G) Dbl. As painful as the subsequent auction may be (because you're never really sure partner has four hearts when he bids 2H), being able to profit from ruffs in partner's hand in a 4-4 does seem important if we bid a slam. For that matter, even if partner doesn't have four hearts, we may belong in 6C or 6NT (or a NT game). Cue-bidding makes it impossible to explore the alternatives.
(H) CK. Change my trumps to QJx and I'd vote for a diamond, but it doesn't feel right to go passive when they might well rattle off the next 10 tricks on a red suit lead. Partner has points and didn't raise, so he doesn't rate to have much in spades. The opponents are bidding the red suits. I'll take the wager that he has a high honor in clubs.

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Old 04-09-2018, 08:45 AM
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                   A     B     C     D     E     F     G     H
EB                3C    1N    2C    3C     P    3H   Dbl    CK
oirg               P    1N    3D     P    5C    3H   Dbl    CK
SW                1N    1N    3D    3C    5C    3H    3D    CK
Klaymen            P    2H    2C    2C    5C    3H    3D    D7
ST                1N    1N    2S    3C    5C    3S   Dbl    CK
BTDT               P    2S    2N    3C     P    3S    3D    H2
NN                3C    2S    2N    3C    5C    3H   Dbl    D7
Veni Vidi Vici    1N    2S    3D    3C    5C    2N   Dbl    CK
kmbrunskill       1N    1N    2N    3C     P    3H    3D    D7
mathmajor          P    1N    2C     P    5C    3H   Dbl    CK
4 Sigma           1N    1N    3D    3C    5C    2D   Dbl    CK
bill18            1N    1N    3D    3C    5C    3H    3D    D7
Submitted         1N    1N    3D    3C    5C    3H   Dbl    CK
Bridge World will post the scores on line tomorrow afternoon, but I won't get a chance to report them until Wednesday.

This should be the link to the scores by problem https://www.bridgeworld.com/indexphp...lastmonth.html (it will not contain any totals for the month).

This should be the link to the honor roll. https://www.bridgeworld.com/indexphp...lastmonth.html. Let's hope it contains our total, attributed to "Steve White".

Those links both contain the April info now, and will until they get updated with May results.

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Old 04-10-2018, 01:31 AM
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(F) 2N. I'm probably going to vote for 3H because it's what I would do at the table, but I think 2NT has a lot going for it at IMPs, since 3NT just in doesn't lose half a board to 4H making. I don't think 3S is unreasonable. I'd rather be in a 5-3 spade fit than a 6-2 heart fit. I don't think I want to be in a 4-3 spade fit, since partner will need spades 3-3 in the likely event he needs to use a ruff to set up my hearts. Another possibility (if you don't mind overbidding to game) is 3C, the lead-inhibiting jump-shift. I fear rebidding 2C or 2D because partner might have a good hand and never get the joke, and I might have to decide how long I want to keep correcting his raise back to major suits.
I may well get a 0 for my 2 bid. I have an understanding with my partners though that if partner raises my "diamonds" and my next call is a previously bid suit (here, hearts or spades), it was showing this sort of Bridge World Fake Reverse Death Hand, i.e. 16-18 HCP and unsuitable for a 3/3 bid directly. Mind you, I may still end up playing in 2 when we're making any of 3NT/4/4, but we're not likely to end up too high in a nonexistent diamond fit.
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Old 04-10-2018, 07:43 AM
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I may well get a 0 for my 2 bid. I have an understanding with my partners though that if partner raises my "diamonds" and my next call is a previously bid suit (here, hearts or spades), it was showing this sort of Bridge World Fake Reverse Death Hand, i.e. 16-18 HCP and unsuitable for a 3/3 bid directly. Mind you, I may still end up playing in 2 when we're making any of 3NT/4/4, but we're not likely to end up too high in a nonexistent diamond fit.
I don't recall that being part of BWS, whereas jump-shifting into a fake suit when holding a one-suiter is pretty well accepted. Also, your proposed solution does not work in BWS. In Kaplan-Sheinwold (KS) 2 might not be a real suit, but in KS responder's raise of diamonds is forcing, so over that opener can make a third bid into hearts or spades to say diamonds weren't real. In BWS, responder's rebid will be 3, over which no bid by opener will deny holding diamonds, since you will need to bid hearts with six or spades with three or notrump with a club stopper even in the usual case that your diamonds are real. When partner then bids 4 to try to set trumps, you are a bit high. I suppose if you *repeat* the previous strain it will sound like you are denying diamonds. But that does make it tough for responder to look for the 4-4 slam when he is 4=3=4=2 and the auction might start 1-1; 2-3; 3-4; 4, and now he wants to bid 4 to play but can't.

By the way, any idea how to get the editor to treat a number and a suit symbol as a single word so it won't put a line break between them?
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Old 04-10-2018, 05:15 PM
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(A) 1N. I can't imagine Pass. That deserves to find partner with a 19 count, seven hearts (or, worse, seven spades), and a diamond void. If the hand were slightly weaker, I'd bid 2C, but I'm strong enough to show some signs of life, and 3C would commit us too strongly to clubs, so 1NT it is.
(B) 2S. Length is a stopper when you can hope the suit splits. Here you can't. Any more and I would cue, but 2S is enough with this.
(C) 3D. I'd prefer a system where 1NT, 2D, and 2S weren't ALL weak bids (it's a shameful waste), but, being stuck with none of those available, this isn't close to GF, and 10xx isn't close to a stopper. 2NT would be my second choice. I'm not specifically worried about getting to NT with no stopper available. I am worried about getting to NT from the wrong side when we could have had a stopper, or being in 3NT down when 5D is making.
(D) 3C. Pass is more tempting here than on (A), but in 1H declarer doesn't need dummy entries to score his trumps. Since he can afford to lose a lot of tricks, he might throw us in frequently to allow a stepping stone or an overruff each time, while we might have game somewhere else. And partner still could have a spade rebid (though less of a danger with 10 points and a two in the unbid major than with 9 points and a stiff in an unbid major). Now, if partner had doubled in balancing chair, I'd be passing all day. And if this were matchpoints or we were not vs vul, I might pass anyway, since then either +200 would be a magic score or +500 would be enough compensation for a game.
(E) 5C. I have to force game. 5C will probably play better than 3NT. If I could do something forcing that clearly agreed clubs, I would, but there isn't anything available, so 5C it is. I can't pass with such a massive undisclosed fit for partner's second suit with such a rollicking crossruff likely.
(F) 2N. I'm probably going to vote for 3H because it's what I would do at the table, but I think 2NT has a lot going for it at IMPs, since 3NT just in doesn't lose half a board to 4H making. I don't think 3S is unreasonable. I'd rather be in a 5-3 spade fit than a 6-2 heart fit. I don't think I want to be in a 4-3 spade fit, since partner will need spades 3-3 in the likely event he needs to use a ruff to set up my hearts. Another possibility (if you don't mind overbidding to game) is 3C, the lead-inhibiting jump-shift. I fear rebidding 2C or 2D because partner might have a good hand and never get the joke, and I might have to decide how long I want to keep correcting his raise back to major suits.
(G) Dbl. As painful as the subsequent auction may be (because you're never really sure partner has four hearts when he bids 2H), being able to profit from ruffs in partner's hand in a 4-4 does seem important if we bid a slam. For that matter, even if partner doesn't have four hearts, we may belong in 6C or 6NT (or a NT game). Cue-bidding makes it impossible to explore the alternatives.
(H) CK. Change my trumps to QJx and I'd vote for a diamond, but it doesn't feel right to go passive when they might well rattle off the next 10 tricks on a red suit lead. Partner has points and didn't raise, so he doesn't rate to have much in spades. The opponents are bidding the red suits. I'll take the wager that he has a high honor in clubs.
Excellent observations. I like the raise on B, but 9xxxx is enouh of a stop for me. Analysis of G is excellent. On F, 2NT is definitely NOT my flavor, but I'm sure it will outscore my 3S. If Kleinman was scoring I'd get 100!
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:33 PM
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I don't recall that being part of BWS, whereas jump-shifting into a fake suit when holding a one-suiter is pretty well accepted. Also, your proposed solution does not work in BWS. In Kaplan-Sheinwold (KS) 2 might not be a real suit, but in KS responder's raise of diamonds is forcing, so over that opener can make a third bid into hearts or spades to say diamonds weren't real. In BWS, responder's rebid will be 3, over which no bid by opener will deny holding diamonds, since you will need to bid hearts with six or spades with three or notrump with a club stopper even in the usual case that your diamonds are real. When partner then bids 4 to try to set trumps, you are a bit high. I suppose if you *repeat* the previous strain it will sound like you are denying diamonds. But that does make it tough for responder to look for the 4-4 slam when he is 4=3=4=2 and the auction might start 1-1; 2-3; 3-4; 4, and now he wants to bid 4 to play but can't.

By the way, any idea how to get the editor to treat a number and a suit symbol as a single word so it won't put a line break between them?
I freely admit that the 2 bid has certain continuations that are problems. Though I think it tends to have fewer, as long as partner doesn't pass. Pass is the worst continuation here.

No idea how to prevent the line breaks between the number and the suit symbol. Good luck.
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Scores are up. Steve White is listed on the honor roll with a 730.

Top three scores for each problem:

A) 2 = 100, 1NT = 90, Pass = 70
B) 2 = 100, 1NT = 90, 2 = 80
C) 1NT = 100, 2 = 80, 3 = 60
D) 3 = 100, 2 = 80, Pass = 70
E) 5 = 100, 3 = 90, 4 = 80
F) 3 = 100, 3 = 90, 2NT = 80
G) Dbl = 100, 3 = 80, 2 = 60
H) K = 100, A = 80, 2/4 = 70
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Code:
               A          B        C        D        E        F        G        H        Total
EB             3C     50  1N   90  2C   50  3C   100 P    60  3H   90  Dbl  100 CK   100 640  
oirg           P      70  1N   90  3D   60  P    70  5C   100 3H   90  Dbl  100 CK   100 680  
SW             1N     90  1N   90  3D   60  3C   100 5C   100 3H   90  3D   80  CK   100 710  
Klaymen        P      70  2H   100 2C   50  2C   80  5C   100 3H   90  3D   80  D7   60  630  
ST             1N     90  1N   90  2S   80  3C   100 5C   100 3S   100 Dbl  100 CK   100 760  
BTDT           P      70  2S   80  2N   40  3C   100 P    60  3S   100 3D   80  H2   70  600  
NN             3C     50  2S   80  2N   40  3C   100 5C   100 3H   90  Dbl  100 D7   60  620  
Veni Vidi Vici 1N     90  2S   80  3D   60  3C   100 5C   100 2N   80  Dbl  100 CK   100 710  
kmbrunskill    1N     90  1N   90  2N   40  3C   100 P    60  3H   90  3D   80  D7   60  610  
mathmajor      P      70  1N   90  2C   50  P    70  5C   100 3H   90  Dbl  100 CK   100 670  
4 Sigma        1N     90  1N   90  3D   60  3C   100 5C   100 2D   10  Dbl  100 CK   100 650  
bill18         1N     90  1N   90  3D   60  3C   100 5C   100 3H   90  3D   80  D7   60  670  
Submitted      1N     90  1N   90  3D   60  3C   100 5C   100 3H   90  Dbl  100 CK   100 730  


                                                                                 
               2C     100 2H   100 1N   100 3C   100 5C   100 3S   100 Dbl  100 CK   100   
               1N     90  1N   90  2S   80  2C   80  3S   90  3H   90  3D   80  H2   70       
               P      70  2S   80  3D   60  P    70  P    60  2N   80           D7   60       
               3C     50           2C   50                    2D   10                         
                                   2N   40
Congratulations to Sweet Tooth, for our highest score of 760. The consensus also made the honor roll, which required at least 720.
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Old 04-11-2018, 11:05 AM
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June problems. Bridge World's deadline is May 10, but I will need to submit ours by May 3. Get those votes in.

Hmmmm... I see that passing takeout doubles scored far higher than I would have expected in the May set. Now June starts off with a problem where passing a takeout double is at least as possibility. I like pass here better than on any of the May problems.
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Old 04-11-2018, 04:05 PM
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June guesses. Not comfortable with some, may change.

A. 4D
B. 3N
C. Pass
D. double
E. 3D
F. 5S
G. 3H
H. heart 2
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