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TGIF January 2008: Scores

1. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S J   H A K 10 9 6 5   D 7 4   C A Q J 6  
West North East South  
  1D Pass 1H
Pass 3NT Pass ?

Your call?

4D 9 100
4C 5 80
5NT 1 60
5C 2 50
4NT 1 20
6D 0 10
Moderator: Partner's rebid shows a solid six- or seven-card diamond suit and extra values. You know that you are a heavy favorite to make at least a small slam, perhaps even a grand. Nine members of the panel simply raise partner to 4D. This sets trumps and is forcing. Because it is not clear what bid is ace-asking, it is a practical approach.
Allan Falk: 4C. This is an easy problem. 4C is a cuebid in support of partner's long, solid diamonds and side stoppers. If partner can give me 4S, I'll bid 7D. I can't risk 4NT, which might be taken as something other than Blackwood, stopping short of 6D or 6NT.
The Stansbys: 4D. The issue here is how does one bid Blackwood? A direct raise of the natural 3NT to 4NT would be quantitative. We hope (over 4D) partner will cuebid 4S and we can follow with 4NT as keycard.
Stephen Vincent: 4D. Opposite partner's strong hand with solid or semi-solid diamonds, 6 looks almost certain and 7 possible. I want to RKC in D on this hand and will start with 4D. Over 4S I can bid 4NT: if partner makes a discouraging bid I'll just bid 6D.
Craig T. Wilson: 4C. Gerber looking for a grand slam.
Peg Mcshane: 4C. I want to know if we have 6H.
David Walker: 4C. Start Q bidding.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4D. Envision longish diamonds and good hand with short hearts. Will set suit and hopefully 4NT next is Key Card as we may have laydown grand. If not able to BW, will probably settle for 6NT. All choices ambiguous since I don't know our system.
Bonny Lee: 4C. I'll go to 6C if partner raises to five.
Jongseok Oh: 4C. Show 4 cards in club and CA at the same time.
Larry Meyer: 6NT. Jump to final contract without giving any extra information to opponents.
Veronica Peacock: 4C. I have extra so bid 4C Gerber to find out the lay of the land.
Dave Waterman: 4D. Probably, a bash to 6D would be just as effective. I am going to get to slam.
Mike Roberts: 4D. If partner has three keycards, 7D should be good. If not, play 6NT. 4NT should be RKC, but this makes it clearer.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. Forward going. Clearly partner has shown a solid 7 bagger in Diamonds. The question is whether 6 or 7 make. Playing with my regular partners, this would be Key card inquiry.
Bob Todd: 4C. Partner should have solid diamonds and values outside hearts. Will try for 7.
Paul Mcmullin: 4C. (or whatever is gerber...) as long as he has the SA with his 'solid diamonds', we should make 7NT - 6 diamonds, 4 clubs, two hearts and a spade.
Chris Diamond: 4C. I wish 4D was RKC. 4C BW and then 6D or higher depending on responses.
Brian Zietman: 6C. I do not like partner's bid of 3NT at all! Surely 1S would be forcing if he had 4 spades and 2NT would adequately describe 18-19. Maybe he has 20 points and 4144 and not strong enough to open 2C. I am blasting with 6C - maybe 7 is on who knows?

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A K J 10   H Q 9 6   D A 9 7 5 4   C J  
West North East South  
1S Pass 1NT (1) Pass
2C (2) Pass Pass ?
(1) One-round force.
(2) Three or more clubs.

Your call?

Dbl 15 100
2D 2 50
Pass 1 40
Moderator: Most of the panel doubled. Passing is considered too timid, and 2D rules out other options. They felt that double is the flexible bid: it gives your side a chance to collect a penalty or play in two suits.
Allan Falk: Dbl. I can't go quietly. If I double, there is a fair chance it will go all pass and we'll be plus a zillion. If North happens to try 2H, it won't be the end of the world.
The Stansbys: Dbl. Pass is out of the question and 3D is too unilateral. Even a 4-3 heart fit rates to play well with aces and a singleton.
Julien Levesque: 2D. Enough said, we have tolerance for hearts, partner rates to be short in spades with holding in either red suits with 3/4 clubs, most likely has a 2-4-[3/4]-[4/3] and from the auction 8-11 hcp.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Seems pretty straightforward to me.
Peg Mcshane: 2D. Can't let them off so lightly.
David Walker: 2D. Got to do something.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Too dangerous to bid. My good spades make this hand bad for both offense and defense. I give up.
Bonny Lee: Dbl. Hand is too good to pass; suit is not good enough to bid 2D.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Either pard has long clubs and can pass for penalty, or else he can take out to a red suit.
Dave Waterman: Dbl. My hand is not nearly as good as it looks, but this is still better than 2D.
Mike Roberts: 2D. Minority vote, but it's going to be a lot harder to defend with this spade suit concealed.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. The most flexible bid. Might catch partner with a trump stack or 5 card weak Heart suit.
Paul Hardy: 2D. If you double, you may end up in your 4-3 heart fit instead of your 5-3 diamond fit. If pard has hearts, he should bid 'em.
Paul Mcmullin: Dbl. 2H in a 4-3 fit is tolerable with my quick tricks and ruffing value.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Gets hearts in the picture and even a penalty pass.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. Maybe partner has a club stack and can pass this double. If not he can take out in diamonds or hearts and I am happy.

3. IMPs. Both vul.
S A 9 6 3 2   H ---   D K Q 10 9 5 4   C A Q  
West North East South  
    1S 2D
Dbl (1) 3D 3H ?
(1) Negative.

Your call?

3S 7 100
4H 3 90
5D 5 80
4C 2 70
6D 1 60
Moderator: Twelve experts cuebid---they weren't willing to settle for game. With first round control in all three side suits, however, there is a choice of cuebids.
The Stansbys: 3S. Let's see if partner can show any signs of life. There are a lot of hands with no losers, but not enough winners on a trump lead. If they bid 4H and partner doubles, we will defend.
Julien Levesque: 4H. What do we need to make 6D?
Stephen Vincent: 5D. 6 could be on but dummy's trumps will probably have too much work to do.
David Walker: 5D. Will probably lose a couple of spades.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5D. Doubt we have slam so I will apply pressure. If auction continues I will likely defend doubled.
Bonny Lee: 3S. My second suit.
Jongseok Oh: 5D. 4D is a little bit weak.
Larry Meyer: 5D. Looks like a good cross ruffing hand, with club finesse likely to work.
Dave Waterman: 4H. The problem with 4H is - will partner know when he has a good hand? Still the best bid.
Mike Roberts: 5D. I just don't think 6 will be a good and biddable contract, no matter what I do. I'll bid what I think I can make.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. They have bid 2 suits, so my 3S shows a stopper. I am a little worried that partner may not have much (lack of cue bid). However, we are probably going to have to sacrifice any how. So let us get more info from partner.
Bob Todd: 3S. Either 3S or 4C could work.. if we defend I may want clubs led back.
Paul Mcmullin: 5D. 60 point deck - too risky to double and let partner convert; west is probably 1 5 1 6.
Chris Diamond: 3S. Could be a slam on as little as Axxx of diamonds and Kxx of clubs. If pard doesn't cue hearts I'll Blackwood.
Brian Zietman: 5D. I'd love to write 750 for 5D doubled. Even better will be 800 or 1100 for 5 of either major doubled.

4. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A J 10 7   H 4   D 6 4   C A 10 9 8 5 4  
West North East South  
1S 2S (1) Pass ?
(1) Michaels cuebid.

Your call?

3C 9 100
2NT 8 90
3D 0 40
4C 1 30
Moderator: What do responses mean after a Michaels cuebid? If you bid 2NT, that asks for partner's minor, but is it forward going? Is 3C pass or correct, or does it show clubs?
Allan Falk: 3C. In SAYC, there's probably no known default here. 2NT might be 'What's your minor?' or 'I have at least invitational values for one of your suits.' Both methods are playable. It would be nice if 3C were to play if partner could stand it.
The Stansbys: 2NT. ... and pass the likely 3D response.
Julien Levesque: 2NT. ... just in case pard has the miracle Club suit. If not 3NT just may have a play: if we make 9 tricks in diamonds we'll make 9 in NT.
Craig T. Wilson: 2NT. will bid 3NT after 3D.
David Walker: 3NT. Worth a shot.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3NT. Slight overbid, but pard should have a good hand at these colors, with red suit finesses likely to work. Not sure what 2NT vs 3C means anyway.
Bonny Lee: Pass. Not interested in partner's suits.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Keep it low. Seems like pard has the reds and we have a misfit.
Veronica Peacock: 3C. ... denying hearts. Would bid 2NT to ask which minor suit.
Dave Waterman: 3D. I think this is better than 2NT - somehow it makes it more likely that the opposition will bid again.
Mike Roberts: 2NT. I think that 3m immediately is a signoff, not pass or correct. I don't think this is good enough for 3C, and I'll just bite the bullet.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. What is the big issue? Play in partner's minor, even if it is Diamonds. At least you are going to provide some timing with your hand.
Bob Todd: 3C. My clubs are good and I may get red suit pitches.
Paul Mcmullin: 3C. This isn't going to be pretty.
Chris Diamond: 3C. Does 3C offer to play and 2NT ask?
Brian Zietman: 3C. Partner shows hearts and a minor. If the minor is diamonds we will probably be best off in 3C. If it is clubs then 5C may be on. Partner must understand why I did not bid 2NT.

5. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A 10 8 5   H 7 4   D A 9 5 3   C A Q 7  
West North East South  
1H 2H (1) 3H ?
(1) Limit raise or better in diamonds.

Your call?

Dbl 12 100
3S 2 70
Pass 4 60
4D 0 10
5D 0 0
Moderator: You have an attractive 14-count with prime cards and a ruffing value. The opponents have taken up bidding room---a flexible double is the answer.
The Stansbys: Dbl. This should show a hand with extra values and a defensive orientation. Partner should sit for it with SK 9 2 H8 5 DK J 8 7 4 CK 5 4, but pull with a singleton heart.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. It's our hand partner!
David Walker: Dbl. Hoping for 200 points and a good score.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Co-op, says it's our hand and or we're in game zone, need to force the issue.
Bonny Lee: Dbl. Ready for anything partner bids including pass.
Larry Meyer: Pass. I don't think we can make 4D. Why bid on and risk the potential plus we already have?
Dave Waterman: Dbl. This would be a problem at IMPs, but not with the opponents vulnerable at matchpoints.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Matchpoints is a crazy game.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I plan on passing partner's re-opening double. It is not clear from your side that 3NT will make, so go for 200 or 500.
Paul Mcmullin: Dbl. If partner converts, he better lead a heart.
Chris Diamond: Pass. A good minimum but nowhere to go. Will probably pass pard's X.
Brian Zietman: Pass. If he has stoppers in hearts the lead in NT must come round to partner. I have shown partner my opening now it is up to him to decide where we end up.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Betty Ann Kennedy 4D Dbl 3S 3C Dbl 500
The Stansbys 4D Dbl 3S 2NT Dbl 490
Allan Falk 4C Dbl 3S 3C Dbl 480
August Boehm 4D Dbl 3S 3C Pass 460
Jill Meyers 4C Dbl 4H 2NT Dbl 460
Barry Rigal 4C Dbl 5D 3C Dbl 460
Steve Robinson 4D Dbl 3S 3C Pass 460
Karen Walker 4D Dbl 6D 3C Dbl 460
Jeff Meckstroth 4D Dbl 5D 3C 3S 450
Larry Cohen 4C Dbl 3S 2NT 3S 440
Grant Baze 4D Pass 3S 2NT Dbl 430
The Sutherlins 5C Dbl 4H 2NT Dbl 430
The Coopers 5NT Dbl 5D 2NT Dbl 430
The Colchamiros 4D 2D 5D 2NT Dbl 420
Mike Lawrence 4NT Dbl 4H 3C Dbl 410
Richard Freeman 4D Dbl 4C 4C Dbl 400
Kerri Sanborn 5C Dbl 4C 2NT Pass 370
Bridge Buff 4C 2D 5D 3C Pass 370

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Stephen Vincent 4D Dbl 5D 3C Dbl 480
2.    Zoran Peca 4C Dbl 4H 3C Dbl 470
2.    June Pocock 4C Dbl 3S 2NT Dbl 470
4.    Gilbert Lambert 4C Dbl 3S 3C 3S 450
5.    Mark Eddy 4C Dbl 4H 3C 3S 440
5.    Joel Martineau 4C Dbl 4C 2NT Dbl 440
5.    Olga Guitelmakher 4C Dbl 3S 2NT 3S 440
8.    Brad Bart 4C Dbl 4H 3C Pass 430
8.    Julie Smith 4C Dbl 4H 3C Pass 430
8.    Dave Waterman 4D Dbl 4H 3D Dbl 430

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4D Dbl 3S 3C Dbl 500
2.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 4C Dbl 5D 3C Dbl 460
3.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 4D Dbl 3S 2NT Pass 450
3.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 4C Dbl 3S 3C 3S 450
5.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4C Dbl 3S 3C Pass 440
5.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 4C Dbl 3S 3C Pass 440
7.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 4D 2D 5D 2NT Dbl 420
8.    Paul Hardy (Canada) 4C 2D 3S 3C 3S 400
9.    Merv Adey (Canada) 4D Dbl 4C 2NT 4D 370
10.    Fred Bart (Canada) 4C Dbl 5D 5C Dbl 360
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