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The Maze of Fisher/Schwartz
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Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the maze of Fisher-Schwartz. I want to show you some things that will blow your mind!

These hands are all from the 2011 Transnationals Final vs. Australia. They sat N/S as usual. In 48 boards, how bad could it be?

 

First, opening lead problems:

Set 1 of 3

Board 4

North
A1085
642
A3
A753
W
N
E
S
3
P
P
P

What's your lead?

 

 

 

Schwartz led the 4 from 642.  Partner's hearts were AK753!

West
KQJ9432
J10
108
102
Schwartz
A1085
642
A3
A753
East
Q98
KJ7542
Q986
Fisher
76
AK753
Q96
KJ4
W
N
E
S
3
P
P
P
D
4
3 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
8
K
10
3
1
0
4
10
A
6
1
2
0
3
Q
K
2
3
3
0
A
J
6
9
3
4
0
J
2
5
8
0
4
1
8
A
2
6
1
5
1
7
9
7
9
0
5
2
K
5
4
6
0
5
3
Q
8
5
3
0
5
4
10
3
K
9
2
5
5
Q
5
11

Is this just lucky or is there more involved?

 


Set 1 of 3

Board 12

South
542
J9752
5
KQ65
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P

What would you lead?

 

Lotan not only found a club lead, but the Q lead, on a hand where partner is likely to be shorter in clubs.  Is it still a surprise that partner had AJ72 of clubs and JT763 of spades?

West
A
103
AKQ762
9843
Schwartz
J10763
A6
108
AJ72
East
KQ98
KQ84
J943
10
Fisher
542
J9752
5
KQ65
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
12
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
3
2
10
3
1
0
5
9
J
4
1
2
0
7
8
K
4
3
3
0
6
8
A
8
1
4
0
A
5

 

Set 2 of 3

Board 4

South
Q109832
1095
A108
9
W
N
E
S
P
2
2NT
3
3NT
P
P
P

What would you lead?

Lotan led a spade.

West
J54
6
KQ6432
Q105
Schwartz
A7
QJ7432
75
K62
East
K6
AK8
J9
AJ8743
Fisher
Q109832
1095
A108
9
W
N
E
S
P
2
2NT
3
3NT
P
P
P
D
4
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0
9
4
A
6
1
1
0
7
K
2
5
2
1
1
9
A
2
5
3
2
1
Q
J
2
8
3
3
1
10
3
3
3
3
4
1
8
6
4
4
3
5
1
3
4
7
7
3
6
1
10
5
7
K
2
6
2
J
8
9

Your partner has shown a vulnerable weak 2 and you have 109x hearts but that's not good enough to lead a heart against 3NT??  On the previous hand at favorable Lotan did not open a Multi with 97 J107642 Q54 A4 so one can only imagine his suit was not good enough?

 

Set 2 of 3

Board 11

North
A106
KQ952
64
1084
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
P
2
P
2
P
P
3
P
P
P

What would you lead?

What if you knew partner had good diamonds?


West
742
A106
A7
AKQ63
Schwartz
A106
KQ952
64
1084
East
K53
73
108532
J97
Fisher
QJ98
J84
KQJ9
52
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
P
2
P
2
P
P
3
P
P
P
D
11
3 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
2
Q
A
0
0
1
10
Q
3
4
1
1
1
4
5
9
7
3
2
1
J
2
5
3
3
3
1
K
A
2
8
0
3
2
3
4
J
2
2
3
3
7
5
K
8
0
3
4
Q
10
9
9
0
3
5
4
A
3
8
1
4
5
9

Yep, Schwartz led the 6.  Still lucky?

 

Set 3 of 3

Board 18

South
AQ86
108
J954
A65
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
P
P

What would you lead?

What if I told you partner held K10874?

You guessed it! Lotan lead the 5 from A65! 

West
972
K764
Q1087
32
Schwartz
54
932
AK6
K10874
East
KJ103
AQJ5
32
QJ9
Fisher
AQ86
108
J954
A65
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
P
P
D
18
1NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
2
K
9
1
1
0
7
Q
A
3
3
2
0
6
2
8
J
2
2
1
Q
8
4
9
2
2
2
A
10
6
2
2
2
3
J
4
K
3
0
2
4
7
4
J
Q
3
3
4
5
10
A
2
1
4
4
10
3
6
9
1
5
4
4
3
8
7
1
6
4
5
10
A
7
3
7
4
J
Q
K
5
1
8
4
6
K
9
8
3
9
4
E/W -150
13

 

Set 3 of 3

Board 24

South
6
J10863
K10984
Q3
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

What would you lead?

They led J:

West
A1075
5
QJ3
A9854
Schwartz
K42
AK72
7
J10762
East
QJ983
Q94
A652
K
Fisher
6
J10863
K10984
Q3
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
24
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
5
K
4
1
1
0
7
5
K
3
3
2
0
10
J
2
6
1
3
0
2
K
3
4
2
3
1
Q
6
5
K
1
4
1
6
6

Naturally, partner held AK72 of hearts and singleton 7.

 

Strange bidding decisions occurred from the same match which suggest knowledge of range:

Set 1 of 3

Board 1

North
98
753
J5
J98764
W
N
E
S
P
3
4
5
?

What's your call?

At the table, Ron Schwartz doubled!

West
642
KQ9
K96
AK52
Schwartz
98
753
J5
J98764
East
1053
82
AQ87432
Q
Fisher
AKQJ7
AJ1064
10
103
W
N
E
S
P
3
4
5
X
P
P
P
D
1
5X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
2
8
5
3
1
0
A
4
9
3
3
2
0
Q
6
7
10
3
3
0
A
9
3
2
3
4
0
4
Q
5
5

Very strange double on 2 jacks at the 5 level as a passed hand.

They show on their system card that they play forcing pass if they bid a vul game, but here, this is a passed hand opposite a nil vul Michaels bid and an unlimited 5 bid on your right. Double was not alerted as showing a weak hand.

 

Set 2 of 3

Board 1

South
KQJ84
A96
A96
AQ
W
N
E
S
P
2
X
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
?

What's your call?

At the table, Lotan passed.

West
A1096
Q7
J54
10952
Schwartz
753
J102
Q102
7643
East
2
K8543
K873
KJ8
Fisher
KQJ84
A96
A96
AQ
W
N
E
S
P
2
X
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
P
P
D
1
3 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
J
6
3
3
1
0
K
A
5
5
0
1
1
10
7
3
Q
3
2
1
4
9
4
3
0
2
2
5
6
K
A
3
3
2
6
7
10
K
2
3
3
4
9
Q
2
0
3
4
2
3
8
Q
3
4
4
6
4
10
K
2
4
5
9

Very conservative bidding by Lotan with 20 points and 5 spades. I don't know about you, but when I bid 3 here, my most likely hand is a very good hand with 3 spades.  He never really showed his spade length and managed to stop in 3. Was it just luck that partner only had 3 spades and 3 points?



 

Set 2 of 3

Board 7

South
Q62
Q72
64
AQJ72
W
N
E
S
?

Both vul, would you open?

Say you pass, I wouldn't but some would. 1 on your left, 2 Michaels from partner, and 3 on your right.

South
Q62
Q72
64
AQJ72
W
N
E
S
P
1
2
3
?

What would you bid now?

Where would 3 rank on your list of possible bids?

What if you intended on selling out to 4???


West
A5
86
AQJ1098
K98
Schwartz
K10843
KJ532
5
53
East
J97
A109
K732
1064
Fisher
Q62
Q74
64
AQJ72
W
N
E
S
P
1
2
3
3
3NT
P
P
X
4
P
P
P
D
7
4 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
9
Q
A
0
0
1
A
5
2
4
0
0
2
Q
3
3
6
0
0
3
5
K
7
6
1
1
3
3
J
2
6
2
1
4
A
4
8
2
2
1
5
9
Q
8
J
0
1
6
9
8
K
2
2
1
7
10
7
10
5
0
1
8
8
3
4
J
3
2
8
A
9
5
6
3
3
8
7
12

How can South bid like this after passing?! Not bidding a vul game after partner shows Michaels is astonishing. Of course partner happens to only be 5-5 and 7 points.

Well judged Lotan. At least we were spared the Ron heart lead against 3NT-X on this bidding!

 

Set 2 of 3

Board 9

South
A932
6
J10985
974
W
N
E
S
1
1
?

What's your call?

 

Lotan selects 2. It takes a special "talent" to bid 2 when holding A932 in the other major. Here it was not important as partner had a minimum opening.

West
K64
98432
42
KQ6
Schwartz
J875
105
AQ7
AJ52
East
Q10
AKQJ7
K63
1083
Fisher
A932
6
J10985
974
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
9
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
2
A
6
1
1
0
7
K
10
4
2
1
1
A
6
2
5
2
1
2
K
5
3
10
2
1
3
3
8
4
Q
0
1
4
4
5
10
A
3
2
4
7
K
7

Well judged!

In contrast on board 14 his partner makes a negative double as we would here:

West
K10653
KJ
J92
K83
Schwartz
82
5432
K1075
AQ5
East
97
10976
4
J109642
Fisher
AQJ4
AQ8
AQ863
7
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
X
P
P
P
D
14
1X West
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
4
A
2
3
1
0
A
3
2
7
3
2
0
Q
5
8
9
3
3
0
3
J
K
2
1
4
0
10
4
6
9
1
5
0
5
6
Q
6
0
5
1
K
A
9
7
1
6
1
Q
10
8
8
1
7
1
5
J
4
3
3
8
1
8
10
2
6
0
8
2
K
11

Here Ron holds a powerful 5432 in the other major but admittedly 9 points and makes a negative double.  It was essential here as partner had 19 points with AQJx of spades and they collect 800!  Well judged again.

 

 

Set 2 of 3

Board 15

North
K
KQ4
AK83
KQJ86
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1
P
3
?

 

 

What call do you make?

Schwartz passed.  

West
Q973
10932
J62
102
Schwartz
K
KQ4
AK83
KQJ86
East
A8654
A
10954
A93
Fisher
J102
J8765
Q7
754
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1
P
3
P
P
P
D
15
3 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
2
J
A
2
0
1
5
Q
2
3
3
1
1
7
6
A
4
1
2
1
K
3
5
10
1
3
1
K
9
7
J
1
4
1
Q
A
5
2
2
4
2
A
2
3
K
2
4
3
7

Schwartz bids just once with his 21 points and his partner has a crappy 4 count.

It's been an enlightening trip, I hope, but here I must take leave of you. I'm hoping now that you will be able to find your own way through the labyrinth of Fisher-Schwartz.

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