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Crow Low, Crow High

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

As South on these 10 deals, decide whether you would open one or four in your major suit — or something else if you’re raven mad. Then compare your choice with two experts who faced the same situation in real life and chose differently. For fun, keep track of your IMPs won and lost. If you’re plus after 10 boards, you’re a raven genius.

Problem 1

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A K 9 8 7 6 4
H J 6
D A 4 3
C J

West
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 4 S?









In Real Life

1997 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying: USA1 vs USA2

E-W Vul
S J 5
H K 10 9 8
D 9 8
C 10 8 7 6 5
S 10 3
H A Q 7 4 3
D Q J 10
C A Q 9
TableS Q 2
H 5 2
D K 7 6 5 2
C K 4 3 2
S A K 9 8 7 6 4
H J 6
D A 4 3
C J

West
Meckstroth

Dbl
3 D
North
Martel
Pass
Pass
3 S
East
Rodwell
Pass
2 D
All Pass
South
Stansby
1 S
2 S

Result: 3 S by South (D Q lead) made 4 (+170)

Zia

Dbl
Nickell
Pass
All Pass
Rosenberg
Pass
Freeman
4 S

Result: 4 S× by South (D Q lead) down 1 (-100)

Good choice if you opened 1 S, +7 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 4 S, -7 IMPs.

To keep score, accept the result of your choice (even if you disagree with the auction after) and keep a running IMP total. Goal is to finish plus.

Quit

Problem 2

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S K Q J 7 6 4 2
H 2
D A 4
C J 7 4

West
North
East
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 4 S?









In Real Life

2004 Olympiad Qualifying: Hungary vs Ireland

Both Vul
S 8 3
H A Q J 8 6
D 10 6 2
C Q 9 5
S 10 9 5
H K 5 4
D J 9 5
C A 10 8 3
TableS A
H 10 9 7 3
D K Q 8 7 3
C K 6 2
S K Q J 7 6 4 2
H 2
D A 4
C J 7 4

West
Macskasy

Pass
North
McGann

Pass
East
Szalay

Pass
South
Hanlon
4 S

Result: 4 S by South (H 4 lead) made 4 (+620)

Mesbur

Pass
Pass
3 C
Dumbovich

1 NT
Pass
All Pass
Fitzgibbon

Pass
Dbl
Winkler
1 S
2 S
Pass

Result: 3 C by West (S 8 lead) down 2 (+200)

Good choice if you opened 4 S, +9 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 S, -9 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 3

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S A K J 9 8 6 2
H 3
D 9 3
C K 9 6

West
North
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 4 S?









In Real Life

2005 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying: Italy vs Egypt

N-S Vul
S 7 4
H A J 7
D 10 8 7 4 2
C J 5 2
S 5 3
H K 10 9 5 4 2
D K Q
C A 7 4
TableS Q 10
H Q 8 6
D A J 6 5
C Q 10 8 3
S A K J 9 8 6 2
H 3
D 9 3
C K 9 6

West
Fantoni

Pass
North
El Kourdy

Pass
East
Nunes
Pass
Pass
South
Dagher
4 S

Result: 4 S by South (D K lead) down 2 (-200)

El Ahmady

2 H
4 H
Lauria

Pass
All Pass
Sadek
Pass
2 S
Versace
1 S
3 S

Result: 4 H by West (S 7 lead) made 4 (-420)

Good choice if you opened 4 S, +6 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 S, -6 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 4

IMPs N-S Vul

Table
S Q 10
H A J 9 8 7 5 3 2
D A 6 2
C

West
North
East
South
?

As South, would you open 1 H or 4 H?









In Real Life

2007 USBC Semifinal: Deutsch vs Nickell

N-S Vul
S A K 8 7
H Q 6 4
D Q 10 8 5 3
C 8
S 9 6 4 3
H K
D K 7 4
C K Q 5 4 3
TableS J 5 2
H 10
D J 9
C A J 10 9 7 6 2
S Q 10
H A J 9 8 7 5 3 2
D A 6 2
C

West
Nickell

Pass
5 C
7 C
All Pass
North
Deutsch

1 S
6 H
Pass
East
Freeman

3 C
Pass
Pass
South
Kranyak
1 H
4 H
Pass
Dbl

Result: 7 C× by East (H A lead) down 5 (+1100)

Cohler

Pass
Pass
6 C
Meckstroth

Pass
5 H
Dbl
Baze

5 C
Pass
All Pass
Rodwell
4 H
Pass
Pass

Result: 6 C× by East (H A lead) down 4 (+800)

Good choice if you opened 1 H, +7 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 4 H, -7 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 5

IMPs None Vul

Table
S 9
H K 10 8 7 5 3 2
D
C A Q 6 3 2

West
North
East
South
?

As South, would you open 1 H or 4 H?









In Real Life

2007 Bermuda Bowl Semifinal: USA1 vs South Africa

None Vul
S K 7
H
D A K J 9 7 6 3 2
C K J 9
S Q 10 6 5 4 3
H J 9 6
D 10 8 5
C 10
TableS A J 8 2
H A Q 4
D Q 4
C 8 7 5 4
S 9
H K 10 8 7 5 3 2
D
C A Q 6 3 2

West
Holman

2 S
Pass
North
Garner

3 C
6 D
East
Cope

3 S
All Pass
South
Weinstein,H
1 H
4 H

Result: 6 D by North (S A lead) made 6 (+920)

Zia

Pass
Gower

Pass
Rosenberg

Pass
Apteker
4 H

Result: 4 H by South (C 10 lead) down 1 (-50)

Good choice if you opened 1 H, +14 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 4 H, -14 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 6

IMPs Both Vul

Table
S 3
H A K 9 7 5 4 3
D 10 5
C A J 2

West
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 H or 4 H?









In Real Life

2008 Vanderbilt Quarterfinal: Rubin vs Katz

Both Vul
S Q 10 9 5 2
H Q 8
D Q J 9 3
C 8 6
S A K 6 4
H 10 6 2
D 7 4 2
C K 9 3
TableS J 8 7
H J
D A K 8 6
C Q 10 7 5 4
S 3
H A K 9 7 5 4 3
D 10 5
C A J 2

West
Jacobs

Pass
All Pass
North
Rubin
Pass
1 S
East
Katz
Pass
Dbl
South
Ekeblad
1 H
2 H

Result: 2 H by South (D 2 lead) made 3 (+140)

Jansma

All Pass
Weinstein
Pass
Verhees
Pass
Levin
4 H

Result: 4 H by South (S A lead) down 2 (-200)

Good choice if you opened 1 H, +8 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 4 H, -8 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 7

IMPs None Vul

Table
S 8 3
H A K Q J 9 7 6 3
D 9 3
C 5

West
North
East
South
?

As South, would you open 1 H or 4 H?









In Real Life

2008 USBC Semifinal: Nickell vs Welland

None Vul
S K 4 2
H 5 4 2
D Q J 6 2
C 6 3 2
S Q 10 7 5
H 10 8
D A 5
C K Q J 9 8
TableS A J 9 6
H
D K 10 8 7 4
C A 10 7 4
S 8 3
H A K Q J 9 7 6 3
D 9 3
C 5

West
Freeman

Pass
4 S
North
Willenken

Pass
All Pass
East
Nickell

Dbl
South
Welland
4 H
Pass

Result: 4 S by West (H 2 lead) made 6 (-480)

Weinstein,H

2 C
4 S
Dbl
Meckstroth

2 H
Pass
All Pass
Garner

4 H
6 C
Rodwell
1 H
Pass
6 H

Result: 6 H× by South (C K lead) down 4 (-800)

Good choice if you opened 4 H, +8 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 H, -8 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 8

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S J 10
H A K 10 7 5 3
D J 9 6 4 3
C

West
North
East
South
?

As South, would you open 1 H or 4 H?









In Real Life

2009 USBC Quarterfinal: Rogoff vs Robinson

E-W Vul
S 7 6 2
H J 9 6
D 8 7
C A J 10 3 2
S Q 9 4 3
H Q
D A Q 10 2
C K Q 8 6
TableS A K 8 5
H 8 4 2
D K 5
C 9 7 5 4
S J 10
H A K 10 7 5 3
D J 9 6 4 3
C

West
Johnson

Pass
North
Boyd

Pass
East
Simson

Pass
South
Robinson
4 H

Result: 4 H by South (C K lead) down 1 (-50)

Woolsey

Dbl
4 S
Dbl
Parker

2 C
Pass
All Pass
Stewart

2 S
Pass
Rogoff
1 H
4 H
5 H

Result: 5 H× by South (S 4 lead) down 2 (-300)

Good choice if you opened 4 H, +6 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 H, -6 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 9

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A J 10 8 5 3 2
H K 3
D K Q 3
C 7

West
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 4 S?









In Real Life

2009 Bermuda Bowl Semifinal: Italy vs Bulgaria

E-W Vul
S Q 4
H 6 5 4
D 9 8 6 4
C Q J 9 2
S K 7
H A Q 9 8
D 7 5 2
C A 8 6 5
TableS 9 6
H J 10 7 2
D A J 10
C K 10 4 3
S A J 10 8 5 3 2
H K 3
D K Q 3
C 7

West
Fantoni

All Pass
North
Trendafilov
Pass
East
Nunes
Pass
South
Karaivanov
4 S

Result: 4 S by South (C A lead) down 2 (-100)

Karakolev

Dbl
4 H
Lauria
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Danailov
Pass
3 H
Versace
1 S
3 S

Result: 4 H by East (D K lead) made 4 (-620)

Good choice if you opened 4 S, +11 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 1 S, -11 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 10

IMPs E-W Vul

Table
S A K 10 8 6 5 3
H J 7 2
D K 5
C 5

West
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
?

As South, would you open 1 S or 4 S?









In Real Life

2009 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying: Italy vs New Zealand

E-W Vul
S J
H K 10 9 8 4
D A 9 4 2
C Q 9 8
S 4
H A 3
D Q J 10 7 6 3
C A K 10 7
TableS Q 9 7 2
H Q 6 5
D 8
C J 6 4 3 2
S A K 10 8 6 5 3
H J 7 2
D K 5
C 5

West
Bach

2 D
3 C
5 C
North
Duboin
Pass
2 H
Pass
All Pass
East
Cornell
Pass
Pass
4 C
South
Sementa
1 S
2 S
Pass

Result: 5 C by West (S J lead) down 2 (+200)

Nunes

All Pass
Ware
Pass
Fantoni
Pass
Whibley
4 S

Result: 4 S by South (C A lead) down 1 (-50)

Good choice if you opened 1 S, +6 IMPs.
Unfortunate if you opened 4 S, -6 IMPs.

Winning actions are determined from the actual deal and what happened in real life, so they may not be correct in theory or the long run.

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Acknowledgments to Edgar Allen Poe and The Raven
© 2010 Richard Pavlicek