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TGIF July 2015: Scores

1. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A   H A Q 8 6 4 2   D A Q 5   C K 10 2  
West North East South  
Pass 1S 3C ?

Your call?

3NT 8 100
Dbl 8 100
4H 1 60
4C 0 20
Moderator: Almost half the panel choose the ever 'flexible' double. The other half bid a 'practical' 3NT.
The Sutherlins: Dbl. There is no good suit or notrump bid to describe this hand. We are left with double, which gives us the best chance to reach the right spot.
Barry Rigal: 3NT. I have no idea what to do. Double tends to be extras and shortish clubs, so that is out. No way to bid the hand sensibly, but this is my best guess.
Steve Robinson: 4H. I can't think of a better bid. I'm not sure what 4C would do. I could bid 3D, but what would that accomplish? 3NT would need heart help, so might as well play in hearts.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. I should have a decent chance of keeping East off lead.
Michael Dimich: Pass. I have 4 tricks in defence but my the stiff SA is a communication liability. If partner re-opens with a double or 3D, I can bid 3NT.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Least misdescriptive bid. Partner can see the vulnerability too and will no doubt do the right thing.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Sounds like pard doesn't like my hearts, I don't like his spades, we should have game values, and I have clubs stopped.
Mike Roberts: 3NT. I bet I can make this.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4H. Hoping to find some useful cards in dummy as 1S was bid freely.
Plarq Liu: 3H. . . showing my more than minimum strength.
John Gillespie: Dbl. Trolling for a doubleton heart with partner. Will go low if I don't buy it, slam try if I do.
David Gordon: 3NT. I would Dbl if equal vulnerability or if they were red.
Chris Diamond: 3D. Give him a chance to tell me more.
Beverley Candlish: 3NT. I hope that I can get to partner's hand.
Kf Tung: 3D. Move on. I have cards in diamonds too.

2. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 8 7 5 2   H K Q 10 8 5   D Q J 3   C 4  
West North East South  
1D Dbl 1H ?

Your call?

Dbl 10 100
2H 7 90
1NT 0 60
1S 0 60
Pass 0 50
2S 0 30
3H 0 20
2D 0 0
Moderator: There are basically two schools of thought as to how to show hearts in response to partner's takeout double when righty has the temerity to bid your suit first: double the opponent's 1H, or bid 2H yourself.
Wafik Abdou: 2H. The spades are too weak to bother with and double is ambiguous here. I would double if we had a clear agreement that it would be for penalties.
Steve Weinstein: Dbl. My lead, right?
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Expose a possible psyche. There will be time to bid spades later.
Michael Dimich: Dbl. Double exposes the potential psyche. The hand isn't quite good enough for 2H.
Ian Greig: Dbl. If 2C/2D - Pass - Pass comes back to me, I'll bid 2S - risks understating hearts and overstating spades. An immediate 2H (natural) risks losing spades altogether; an immediate 2D (forcing to suit agreement) overstates values on a hand where suits might be breaking badly.
Stephen Vincent: 2H. Showing 5 hearts and exposing East's likely psyche.
Larry Meyer: Pass. I'm not bidding those spades, and a double by me would show both spades and clubs.
Mike Roberts: 2H. Too much of a danger of a crossruff in spades. I don't think I mind the 4-1 break.
Joel Forssell: Dbl. Penalty.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1S. Feels like a partscore battle with good chances on a heart lead to score either hearts or ruffs with small trumps.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Trap Pass.
Paul Mcmullin: 1S. Was East's 1H a psyche?
John Gillespie: 1S. Decent offensive shape, shame about the spades.
David Gordon: 1S. I would dbl to show hearts with fewer than 4 spades.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Does anyone psyche anymore? Can get that alleged spade suit in later if I have to.
Kf Tung: Dbl. I have hearts!
Amiram Millet: 2S. Covering a psyche or partner holding a strong black 2-suiter.

3. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A K 10 9 5 4   H K 6   D 4   C K Q 10 2  
West North East South  
2H Dbl (1) Pass ?
(1) Negative, both minors.

Your call?

3S 10 100
3H 3 70
4C 2 60
4S 1 60
2S 0 50
3C 1 50
3NT 0 30
Moderator: With the known big fit in clubs, the majority of the panel invite in spades.
Larry Cohen: 3S. . . a slight underbid, but I am devaluing my HK. I have too much for 2S, but not enough to insist on game. Especially at this form of scoring, I am not introducing my 20 points-a-trick clubs.
Geoff Hampson: 4S. This hand might belong in clubs, or even notrump, but I think 4S is the most likely game, and it will be difficult to find if I don't bid it now.
Daniel Korbel: 4C. It's important to play this hand from our side, so my choices are 3S and 4C, and we can't risk partner bidding clubs first. Any time partner has 2 spades, we probably want to be in spades; we might even survive playing opposite his singleton. But wave goodbye to the club suit if we bid 3S now.
Roger Lee: 3H. I think we have enough to force to game, so I will just cuebid. I'm pretty happy to hear any bid from partner. It's worth the risk of wrong-siding a club contract.
Allan Falk: 3C. It's not like the HK has gone up in value. Until I hear further from partner, I'll bid a suit in which I am confident we have a fit; otherwise, partner is going back to spades . . . or I am. 2S is not enough, but 3S is too much.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. Give partner room to show a spade fragment or a heart stopper.
Michael Dimich: 2S. Matchpoint scoring favors being in a partial major contract.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Show pard that I have a hand with extra values and club support.
Mike Roberts: 4C. I think, even at pairs, that we've got to try the minor sometime. Must right-side this.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. . . to force in our best fit (club contract needs to be in my hand). Minimal partner should just raise to 5C.
Plarq Liu: 3S. Showing my extra shape.
John Gillespie: 3S. Matchpoint greed: clubs are for kids.
David Gordon: 3H. I will give up on 3NT to play 4S or 5C . . . hopefully from my side.
Chris Diamond: 3C. Bid clubs in preference to spades in case we're aiming higher there. Tempted to jump but the HK is devalued.
Beverley Candlish: 2S. I know we have a game somewhere so I will bid 2S showing my 6 card suit and see where it goes from there.
Kf Tung: 2NT. If pard can bid 3NT then West will be on lead.
Amiram Millet: 3C. Even 6C is possible.

4. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S Q   H A K 7 4   D K Q 9 8 3   C 10 5 4  
West North East South  
Pass 1C 1S Dbl (1)
Pass 2S Pass 3D
Pass 3NT Pass ?
(1) Negative.

Your call?

4C 10 100
4NT 3 70
4S 2 60
5NT 0 60
4H 1 50
Pass 1 50
Moderator: Almost every panelist makes a move towards the Cinderella slam.
Geoff Hampson: 4S. Partner has shown a game-going hand facing a one-level negative double, and I have a monster and a spade control. So I show my spade control on the way to slam.
Don Stack: 4NT. There is a lot of extra strength that partner doesn't know about. My non-forcing 4NT shows the extra goodies.
Steve Robinson: 4C. Partner cuebid to show a good hand. I'll support his clubs now. We could easily belong in 7C.
Mel Colchamiro: Pass. Partner's delayed 3NT screams 'diamond singleton', so I don't think there is a club slam. Even if there is, I'm probably in for a 35% to 40% board. If my diamonds were headed by the ace, I'd think differently.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. Pattern out whilst making a move towards slam.
Michael Dimich: 4C. I've shown 5 diamonds/4 hearts. I may as well show 3 clubs and 1 spade. Partner can bid 4D as Redwood.
Ian Greig: 4C. Willing to pattern out, just.
Stephen Vincent: 4C. Partner presumably has a running club suit: hopefully he will cuebid an Ace now.
Larry Meyer: Pass. If 3NT seems like a reasonable place to park, you should stop there.
Mike Roberts: 4NT. Discounting the SQ.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Partner said this is best. 4NT is an option to explore his values, but the misfit makes me wary.
Plarq Liu: 4H. Partner has heart support, bid game and see if partner has extras.
John Gillespie: 4C. It's worth a try, patterning out with the ability to stop in 4NT in a pinch.
David Gordon: 4C. 2S = game force. 3NT shows fewer than four hearts. Show your club fragment. Maybe partner has 5 of them and you can get to 6C.
Chris Diamond: 4C. Bid out my shape and make a slam try.
Beverley Candlish: 4C. Investigate for slam.
Kf Tung: Pass. Choose 3N because it is matchpoints. Most of the time it scores 630.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Should possibly make.

5. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S K 7 6 3   H Q J 7 4   D 5 3   C K 7 4  
West North East South  
  1D 2C Dbl
Rdbl (1) Pass Pass ?
(1) Club raise with one of the top three honors.

Your call?

2H 6 100
Pass 6 100
2D 3 70
2NT 2 60
2S 0 50
Moderator: Many panelists suck it up and pass. Ooh, scary. But then it's matchpoints, and one bad board is just one bad board. Should have made it IMPs.
Jill Meyers: 2NT. I hate this problem. I am tempted to pass because partner could have 3 clubs and it is matchpoints after all. If partner had 5 good diamonds, I think they would have bid them, and partner certainly does not have a 4-card major. I feel a bit stuck.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. Someone will get a top. I think my partner should bid a major if he has one. So where is our home? I've seen players abuse this redouble. Sometimes they turn out to have trash along with that club honor. I expect to be the one getting the top more than half of the time. Favorable odds.
Kerri Sanborn: 2H. What an ugly choice. If lefty truly has a raise, I can't see passing for penalty. Partner's most likely shape is 3-3-5-2, so let's get a ruff in the short hand. The opponents don't know that we are in a poor contract. Maybe they will bid again.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Gotta trust partner's pass (thank god it's matchpoints).
Michael Dimich: 2D. Should be universal.
Ian Greig: Pass. Light, space-consuming bids of 2C over 1D can be very effective - so we'd better try punishing opponents once in a while. A trump lead against either major is probably not going to be pleasant.
Stephen Vincent: 2H. Partner's failure to bid marks him with a likely 3352 distribution.
Larry Meyer: 2H. I can't see setting 2C, so bid my cheaper escape suit.
Mike Roberts: 2H. It looks like partner is 3352. I want to make the bid that discourages him over 3C.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2D. I expect a minimal 3352 with partner. Proceeding cautiously seems best.
Plarq Liu: 2H. Cheapest rebid.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Luckily, this is matchpoints - I've earned a zero before.
John Gillespie: 2D. This auction does not exist in my partnership unless they psyched.
Bob Todd: 2H. I don't believe partner is 3325 with no place to go. Passing is too top/bottom.
David Gordon: Pass. Partner is likely 3-3-5-2 shape. No fit. Try for +200.
Chris Diamond: Pass. OK I want to double but apparently all my red and blue cards have disappeared.
Beverley Candlish: 2D. I told my story. I will just put partner into 2D and see what happens.
Kf Tung: 2D. 1N is no longer available and 2D is the next fortress.
Amiram Millet: 2NT. Suggesting 3NT.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Kerri Sanborn Dbl Dbl 3S 4C 2H 500
Steve Weinstein 3NT Dbl 3S 4C 2H 500
Mike Lawrence Dbl 2H 3S 4C Pass 490
Barry Rigal 3NT 2H 3S 4C 2H 490
August Boehm Dbl Dbl 3H 4C Pass 470
Larry Cohen Dbl Dbl 3S 4NT Pass 470
Steve Robinson 4H Dbl 3S 4C 2H 460
Roger Lee 3NT 2H 3H 4C 2H 460
Mel Colchamiro Dbl Dbl 3S Pass Pass 450
Daniel Korbel 3NT 2H 4C 4C Pass 450
Jeff Meckstroth 3NT Dbl 3S 4NT 2D 440
The Sutherlins Dbl 2H 3S 4H Pass 440
Don Stack 3NT Dbl 3S 4NT 2D 440
Geoff Hampson 3NT Dbl 4S 4S 2H 420
Wafik Abdou Dbl 2H 3H 4C 2NT 420
Jill Meyers 3NT 2H 4C 4C 2NT 410
Allan Falk Dbl Dbl 3C 4S 2D 380

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Andrew Krywaniuk 3NT Dbl 3H 4C Pass 470 107.19
1.    Ian Greig 3NT Dbl 3H 4C Pass 470 107.19
3.    Larry Pocock 3NT Dbl 4C 4C Pass 460 61.25
4.    Stephen Vincent Dbl 2H 4C 4C 2H 450 42.88
5.    Yue Su Dbl Dbl 3H 4C 2NT 430 24.50
6.    Jack Qi 3NT Dbl 3C 4NT 2H 420 20.42
7.    Gilbert Lambert 3NT Dbl 4C Pass Pass 410 17.50
8.    Stuart Carr 3NT 1NT 4C 4NT 2H 390 15.31
9.    Eurydice Nours Dbl Dbl 4C Pass 2NT 370 11.80
9.    Elaine Sutton 4H Dbl 4S Pass 2H 370 11.80
9.    Alan Kemp-Gee 4H 1NT 3S Pass 2H 370 11.80
9.    Jean La Borie 3NT Dbl 4C Pass 2NT 370 11.80

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Dbl Dbl 3S 4C 2D 470 105.00
2.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Dbl Dbl 4C 4C Pass 460 78.75
3.    David Gordon (Canada) 3NT 1S 3H 4C Pass 430 36.75
3.    John Gillespie (Canada) Dbl 1S 3S 4C 2D 430 36.75
3.    Claude Vogel (United States) Dbl Dbl 4C 4C 2D 430 36.75
6.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 3NT 2H 4C 4NT 2H 420 17.50
7.    Carol Frank (Usa) 3NT Dbl 3H Pass 2D 390 14.06
7.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3NT 1NT 4S 4NT 2H 390 14.06
9.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 3NT Dbl 3C Pass 2D 370 11.67
10.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Canada) 3NT 1S 3C Pass 2H 360 10.50
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