Paul and I are playing all pair games at the Seaside Regional. We started off hot by winning the Charity Pairs Monday night. According to the directors, we led wire to wire and won by a landslide. There were a lot of fun hands, and we handled them well, surviving three near-zeroes. That just goes to show you that you shouldn't let one bad board ruin your session...
Our first set of two boards warned of a wacky set of hands:
Systemically, we open 1C with 5-5 black hands. We got to absolute par by saving over 4H. Do you agree with 4S by me? West, understandably, took the push to 5H with his 6-5. +200 was worth 32 of 34 matchpoints.
OK, here's some problem hands for you to chew on. Feel free to share your answers and read others' opinions by clicking on the word "Comments" at the end of this article. I'll also tell what happened at the table in that section.
(A) White vs. red
A32 KT4 5 JT8643
LHO (a solid citizen) opens 3S; pard doubles; RHO passes. Your call.
(B) All white
Q52 Q987 KQJT QJ
RHO opens 1C. You're up.
(C) Red vs. white
A K52 Q98652 Q96
You open 1D in third seat. LHO bounces to 4H, and partner makes a negative double. Your bid.
(D) How should these hands be bid at all white? South starts, and East bids (or doubles) hearts at her first opportunity.