The Charlottesville Regional was a huge success! Almost 1600 tables, great people, great hospitality, and a great job done by both our directing staff and the hotel staff. Thanks again to Millard and his team of directors, as well as Mark and his team at the DoubleTree.
I’ve been so busy since the tournament that I haven’t had a chance to share all the tough hands that I ran across then! Here, almost a month later, are a few of the problems I faced.
In problems A and B you’re playing with an unfamiliar, but expert, partner. All problems are from knockout (IMP) play.
(A) Red vs. white
A652 3 AJ74 AQT9
You open 1D (promising 4+), LHO overcalls 1H, partner bids 1NT, and RHO raises to 2H. You’re up. [Double would be for takeout here.]
(B) All red
K763 QJ95 J8752 –
Partner opens a strongish (good 14 to 17) 1NT, and RHO passes. What’s your bid / plan?
(C) Red vs. white
A65 AJT65 – T9843
Partner opens 1S, and RHO sticks in a 2D call. Systemically, here are your choices:
2H, natural and forcing to 3H;
3C, natural and forcing to game;
3D, invitational or better spade raise;
3H, invitational with long hearts and a spade fit, at least nine cards between the two suits;
4C, game-forcing with long clubs and a spade fit, at least nine cards between the two suits;
4D, game-forcing spade raise with at most one diamond;
And, of course, Other.
What’s your call?
(D) White vs. red
A3 KQJ85 Q QJT62
You open 1H in first seat, and your LHO’s weak 3D bid gets passed around to you. What’s your call?