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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2020, 10:48:17 PM »
    MASTER SOLVERS CLUB SOLUTIONS RECEIVED


Your solutions have been received. This copy is for your records.

SOLVER: Kenneth Berg
        320 Quail Dr
        Sykesville MD 21784
        U.S.A.

Your Solutions for the December 2020 Contest
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PROBLEM A: Pass
PROBLEM B: 2 Diamonds
PROBLEM C: 2 Clubs
PROBLEM D: 2 Clubs
PROBLEM E: 1 Diamond
PROBLEM F: 2 Diamonds
PROBLEM G: 2 Spades
PROBLEM H: Diamond 5
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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #31 on: November 10, 2020, 09:50:06 AM »
SOLUTIONS FOR:
Richard Harvey
Netley Abbey
Southampton SO31 5EL
U.K.

PROBLEM A: 4 Notrump
PROBLEM B: Double
PROBLEM C: 2 Clubs
PROBLEM D: 1 Notrump
PROBLEM E: 2 Notrump
PROBLEM F: 2 Clubs
PROBLEM G: 2 Hearts
PROBLEM H: Spade Ace

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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #32 on: November 10, 2020, 10:17:58 AM »
SOLUTIONS FOR:
Wladislaus Dragwlya
Tin Street No.1
Castrum Sex 545400
Romania

PROBLEM A: Pass
PROBLEM B: 2 Diamonds
PROBLEM C: 3 Hearts
PROBLEM D: 1 Notrump
PROBLEM E: 1 Diamond
PROBLEM F: 2 Clubs
PROBLEM G: 2 Hearts
PROBLEM H: Heart Queen

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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #33 on: November 10, 2020, 12:14:33 PM »
This month I failed to see or think of anything to abandon any of my initial thoughts, so they have been submitted intact.

SOLUTIONS FOR:
James Creech
5107 SEWELLS POINTE DR
FREDERICKSBURG VA 22407-9355
U.S.A.

PROBLEM A: Pass
PROBLEM B: 2 Diamonds
PROBLEM C: 3 Hearts
PROBLEM D: Pass
PROBLEM E: 2 Notrump
PROBLEM F: 2 Diamonds
PROBLEM G: 3 Clubs
PROBLEM H: Spade Ace
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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #34 on: November 10, 2020, 12:53:22 PM »
SOLVER: Todd Holes
        460 Raintree CT Unit # 1R
        Glen Ellyn IL 60137
        U.S.A.
 
Your Solutions for the December 2020 Contest
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PROBLEM A: 4 Diamonds
PROBLEM B: 2 Diamonds
PROBLEM C: 2 Clubs
PROBLEM D: 1 Notrump
PROBLEM E: 2 Notrump
PROBLEM F: 1 Notrump
PROBLEM G: 3 Clubs
PROBLEM H: Club Jack


PROBLEM A: 4 Diamonds.

First, we need to determine if we want to go on, or to pass and go quietly. Is it close? Yes. It’s IMPs not Matchpoints, which steers me towards making another call. 4NT seems a reasonable way to show extras and invite. Partner has ostensibly denied having three hearts since he did not support. But maybe partner has two? Since he already denied having three, if I allow him to show two (say, with Qx or Jx?) I must leave him the room to do so. Bidding 4 !C would, in my opinion, show a two-suited hand with extras.

But what about 4 !D?

It surely shows extras. If partner also has extras, he can move accordingly. With a minimum—and unwilling to show decent two-card support of hearts, his 4NT should be regressive.

PROBLEM B: 2 Diamonds

That’s a sketchy diamond suit, so I hesitate to double with the intention of bidding diamonds at some higher level. What--the 3-level? Even higher should responder support hearts with a preemptive jump?  I’m not going to be a bean-counter and double first merely because the book says to do so with these values.

PROBLEM C: 2 Clubs

The value bid is 2NT or possibly 3 !H. Both lie, one about stoppers, the other suit length. 2 !C is an overbid but due to the space it saves, is the most flexible. Zia would say, “I would open this, what’s the problem?”

I get the desire to underbid here. It’s a misfit. If I did so, my choice would be 1NT.

PROBLEM D: 1NT

WTP? I’m not bold enough to pass.

PROBLEM E: 2NT

I hate this.

PROBLEM F: 1NT

Another WTP?

PROBLEM G: 3 !C

Tag, you’re it, partner! When all else fails, leave partner with the nasty decisions.

PROBLEM H: Club Jack.

I have no clue. Zero.

I hate lead problems.
« Last Edit: November 10, 2020, 01:12:08 PM by Masse24 »
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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #35 on: November 10, 2020, 02:28:35 PM »
our Solutions for the December 2020 Contest
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PROBLEM A: 4 Notrump
PROBLEM B: Double
PROBLEM C: 2 Hearts
PROBLEM D: 1 Notrump
PROBLEM E: 2 Notrump
PROBLEM F: 2 Diamonds
PROBLEM G: 3 Clubs
PROBLEM H: Spade Ace


Thank you for participating in the Master Solvers Club.

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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #36 on: November 10, 2020, 04:37:48 PM »
SOLVER: Kenneth Berg
        320 Quail Dr
        Sykesville MD 21784
        U.S.A.

Your Solutions for the December 2020 Contest
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PROBLEM A: Pass                                  60
PROBLEM B: 2 Diamonds                       40
PROBLEM C: 2 Clubs                             70
PROBLEM D: 2 Clubs                             40
PROBLEM E: 1 Diamond                       100               
PROBLEM F: 2 Diamonds                        60
PROBLEM G: 2 Spades                           30
PROBLEM H: Diamond 5                           0

                                                           400


Well, it was a bad day!
Ken

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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #37 on: November 10, 2020, 04:53:36 PM »
A brutal month for me personally and all the solvers. Only a handful over 700. THAT is a tough month!

Scores have been tallied on the spreadsheet. FWIW, they are not final. I am giving notice that I fully intend to contest these answers and will be filing suit in the appropriate court.
I believe there was widespread fraud. I mean, c'mon . . . how can you not see the brilliance of my 4 !D choice on PROBLEM A?

 ;)  ;)  ;)  ;)  ;)  ;)  ;)
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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #38 on: November 10, 2020, 05:00:51 PM »
December Results

There was a two-way tie between frequent partners Pat McDermott (CCR3) and Jock McQuade (BluBayou) this month.  Their score of 680 was good enough to make the BW Honor Roll.  In third was DickHy with 630.  Congratulations to all!!!

NAMEBW-SCORERANKMPs
CCR3     680   1   30
Blubayou     680   2   30
DickHy     630   3   10
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Also participating: BabsG, Curls77, DrAculea. Hoki, Jcreech, KenBerg, Masse24, Msphola, Thornbury, WackoJack, and two anonymous solvers.

BTW, these results are subject to recounts and being contested legally.  After all, how can BluBayou possibly be in the top three, much less tie for the win without massive voter fraud!  WD Jock - you finally broke through.

Note:  Apologies to Thornbury - his answers were inadvertantly left off of the spreadsheet, but added now.

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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #39 on: November 10, 2020, 05:11:34 PM »

BTW, these results are subject to recounts and being contested legally.  After all, how can BluBayou possibly be in the top three, much less tie for the win without massive voter fraud!  WD Jock - you finally broke through.

Exactly!

This is clearly some sort of voter suppression. Maybe the beginner votes were counted twice? Or dead beginners born in 1900 somehow got to vote? I demand a full investigation!!!

 :o  :o  :o  :o  :o  :o  :o  :o  :o
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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #40 on: November 10, 2020, 10:42:34 PM »
Well done winners!!!  I was happy not to get a ZERO on any one hand.  :o

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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #41 on: November 11, 2020, 01:37:33 AM »
WTG Winners from me too  ;D

hmm, i wish i can bribe someone make me change my answer on question or 2 so that just for one time i get into top 3 hahhaha

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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #42 on: November 11, 2020, 03:10:43 AM »
I can't tell y'all how shocked I was that the panel  saw the flaws in the south hand on my 'labor of love'  problem C!  We  expected to go down with the ship  over the 2H choice  with heads held high.    Thanks Sanya  for actually punching that ballot circle firstest  (this made me ashamed to go with the second-best obvious choice!).   
  second and lastly: we should all note the LANDSLIDE --and i mean Nixon vs McGovern style landslide  for aggressive support for partner's  responsive double  on problem whatever!  twentyseven to [six  X one]!   [1C] 1H, [2C], Double ... is not some sorry mousetrap   -- it is the opps who are 'blowing smoke' on this bidding.  I  actually intend to put pard in game, if he can confess to the expected long spade and doesn't jump there herself...  Hoping to hear the ACBL royalty  say just about the same thing  , in a few days. 
    I retired before this trend took hold, but I THINK some hard-core players agree that what used to be the nebulous responsive double now PROMISES 5 in the blocked unbid major IE: the wonderfully-named SNAPDRAGON CONVENTION ?
{do i get bonus points if a panelist mentions this? }
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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #43 on: November 11, 2020, 06:00:55 AM »
 !D , !H , !S ?..  By the way,  you hard-core group.   problem C lead me irresistibly  to wonder who skips their 1S rebid possibility  to rebid 1NT instead, and how much might they do this.  Please answer the poll  just up the hall,  and feel free to jump back here, or in the "January" thread to be verbal about this tender subject, (Jack).  Thanks
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Re: 2020 December - MASTER SOLVER'S CLUB
« Reply #44 on: November 13, 2020, 06:11:22 PM »
Wow, those of you who hate lead problems! Wait til you see what's coming in January. The panel must have heard your
love of lead problems.