On each of these 10 problems, you hold a rock crusher and must decide whether to open 2 (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, dont 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 , 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!
In fourth seat with neither side vulnerable,
What is your opening bid? 1 2
Marcelo Branco opened 2 and played 3 NT with the 2 lead. Made 4, +430.Richard Freeman opened 1 and partner played 6 with the 4 lead. Made 6, +980.
In third seat with only your side vulnerable,
Lorenzo Lauria opened 2 and played 6 with the 6 lead. Made 6, +1370.Sarfaraz Khan opened 1 and played 7 with the 2 lead. Down 2, -200.
In second seat with both sides vulnerable,
Abd Saaid opened 2 and partner played 7 with the 7 lead. Made 7, +2140.Hiroshi Kaku opened 1 and played 6 with the 8 lead. Made 6, +1370.
In third seat with both sides vulnerable,
Bobby Levin opened 2 and played 5 with the K lead. Made 6, +680.Lew Stansby opened 1 and played 6 with the 3 lead. Made 6, +1430.
Food for thought: Why did Zia lead the 3 against 6 ? (answer at end)
Doug Doub opened 2 and played 2 NT with the 4 lead. Down 2, -200.Steve Garner opened 1 and player there with the Q lead. Made 2, +110.
In third seat with neither side vulnerable,
Steve Robinson opened 2 and played 3 NT with the 8 lead. Made 6, +490.Zia Mahmood* opened 1 and played 6 with the 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.
Jeff Roman opened 2 and played 6 with the 2 lead. Made 6, +1430.George Jacobs opened 1 and played 4 with the 6 lead. Made 6, +680.
Jim Krekorian opened 2 and played 6 with the K lead. Down 2, -200.Alfredo Versace opened 1 and played there with the K lead. Made 2, +110.
Fate was cruel, as 6 is surely the best contract in theory but maybe that should be expected, as the Guardian Angel would naturally protect Angelini.
In first seat with both sides vulnerable,
Michael Seamon opened 2 and partner played 6 with the 2 lead. Made 6, +1430.Steve Garner opened 1 and played 7 with the 2 lead. Down 1, -100.
In first seat with only opponents vulnerable,
Bob Hamman opened 2 and played 4 with the K lead. Down 1, -50.Bobby Levin opened 1 and played 5 with the 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, theres 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 partners. This might induce declarer to play trumps from the top rather than finesse successfully against partner.
© 2010 Richard Pavlicek