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MASTER SOLVERS CLUB

Scores for the January 2020 Contest

Problem A

Imps
North-South vulnerable
You, South, hold:

J 6 3 K Q 10 8 A Q J 7 6 K
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
——————1
?*

*BWS: after doubling, minimum equal-level conversions do not apply

What call do you make?

 
ActionScorePanel
Votes
% of
Solvers
Double1001734
2 70555
2 6012
Pass5024
1 NT5014
2 001
else000
Problem B

Matchpoints
Both sides vulnerable
You, South, hold:

4 A K Q J 8 5 K 6 2 K Q 6
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
————PassPass
1 Pass1 Pass
?*

*BWS: 3 NT = long, usually strong, suit.

What call do you make?

 
ActionScorePanel
Votes
% of
Solvers
3 NT1001155
3 80610
3 70319
2 NT7038
4 5027
2 5010
2 001
else000
Problem C

Imps
East-West vulnerable
You, South, hold:

A Q J 4 A K Q J 9 6 7 10 3
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
1 1 PassPass
?

What call do you make?

 
ActionScorePanel
Votes
% of
Solvers
3 1001445
2 80831
Double6026
Pass5016
4 5014
1 NT004
2 001
2 NT001
3 NT001
else001
Problem D

Imps
Neither side vulnerable
You, South, hold:

Q 10 7 6 Q 9 10 5 A J 9 6 2
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
PassPass1 Double
?

What call do you make?

 
ActionScorePanel
Votes
% of
Solvers
Redouble100922
1 NT80730
Pass7036
1 60528
2 60211
2 2002
2 001
else000
Problem E

Imps
East-West vulnerable
You, South, hold:

8 6 3 A Q 7 A K Q 9 5 4 K

Which of these plans do you prefer?

(a) open 2 NT
(b) open 1 ;
then, after (Pass) - 1 - (Pass) - ?
(b1) 2 (b2) 2 NT (b3) 3 (b4) 3 NT

 
ActionScorePanel
Votes
% of
Solvers
b11001543
b280516
a7037
b460210
b350124
else000
Problem F

Matchpoints
Neither vulnerable
You, South, hold:

A 9 4 A 9 7 5 3 2 7 6 5 3
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
——1 1 1
?*

*BWS: double = hearts with diamond tolerance

What call do you make?

 
ActionScorePanel
Votes
% of
Solvers
2 1001345
Double80739
3 6068
2 4002
4 4001
2 3001
5 3001
2 001
3 001
else001
Problem G

Matchpoints
East-West vulnerable
You, South, hold:

A Q 2 Q 9 3 2 K 10 6 5 4 9
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
————1 1
?*

*BWS: 2  forcing to 3 

What call do you make?

 
ActionScorePanel
Votes
% of
Solvers
2 NT100837
Pass9055
2 80723
Double7026
1 NT50429
3 NT2000
else000
Problem H

Imps
Both sides vulnerable
You, South, hold:

Q 10 2 A Q J 6 5 A J 6 3 2
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
——————2
Double4 (All Pass)

What is your opening lead?

 
ActionScorePanel
Votes
% of
Solvers
A1001550
A70410
260633
Q6013
Q4001
62000
32000
22000
10003
else000
MSC CONTEST

These are the scores that were assigned to the problems, as well as the number of votes each solution received from our expert panel, and the approximate percentage of solvers' answers.

See the January issue of The Bridge World to read the panel's in-depth discussion of these contest problems—see how each expert answered and learn how they came to their decisions.