On A, I wouldn’t make an IJS over a major-suit opening with such trash. 1D-3C is different because (a) 1NT is so limited in range and (b) if opener has a minimum, 3C almost always blocks out an opposing major-suit fit.
H) Diamond Jack
A B C D E F G H procrastinator oirg SW 1N 1N 3S 3N 1N P 3D DJ Klaymen 3C 1N 4S P 2D 1N 3D DJ ST BTDT 3C 2D 4S P 2D 1N 2S DJ NN veni vidi vici 3C 2C 3S 3N 2C P 3N DJ Leading 3C DJ
From ST via e-mail
A B C D E F G H procrastinator oirg SW 1N 1N 3S 3N 1N P 3D DJ Klaymen 3C 1N 4S P 2D 1N 3D DJ ST 3C 1N 4S 3N 2C 1N 2N DJ BTDT 3C 2D 4S P 2D 1N 2S DJ NN 3C 1N 3S 3D 2H Dbl 3C DJ veni vidi vici 3C 2C 3S 3N 2C P 3N DJ Leading 3C 1N 3N 1N DJ
A) 3C. Admit to being tempted by 1S.
C) 3 spades. Kind of wanted to pass, as in my preferred style 2C by pd last round does not show the world, with honors more likely with RHO, will invite.
D) 5 diamonds. If 4 diamonds is forcing, would consider that, not sure.
E) 1NT. That it was standard this does not show a stopper, guess we will find out.
F) 1NT. OK, this one does show a stopper typically…
H) DJ. Kind of tempted by club 5 just because it is a problem, but 100% would lead a diamond IRL.
I have to admit the arguments for 1N on B are pretty good, especially at matchpoints. I ay change my vote.
H. Diamond jack
A B C D E F G H procrastinator 3C 1N 3S 5D 1N 1N 3N DJ oirg 3C 1S 4S 4D 2D 1N 3N DJ SW 1N 1N 3S 3N 1N P 3D DJ Klaymen 3C 1N 4S P 2D 1N 3D DJ ST 3C 1N 4S 3N 2C 1N 2N DJ BTDT 3C 2D 4S P 2D 1N 2S DJ NN 3C 1N 3S 3D 2H Dbl 3C DJ veni vidi vici 3C 1N 3S 3N 2C P 3N DJ Leading 3C 1N 3N 2D 1N 3N DJ
Now everyone has voted. C is a 4-4 tie, so asking anyone who voted for a third choice which of the leaders he prefers wouldn’t help. I’ll wait until tomorrow to submit. If anyone wants to lobby further for their choice, the floor is open.
I’m also going to e-mail AO voters 4Sigma and Captain Nemo.
From 4Sigma by e-mail
I’ll let that break the tie.
PROBLEM A: 3 Clubs
PROBLEM B: 1 Notrump
PROBLEM C: 4 Spades
PROBLEM D: 3 Notrump
PROBLEM E: 2 Diamonds
PROBLEM F: 1 Notrump
PROBLEM G: 3 Notrump
PROBLEM H: Diamond Jack