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TGIF August 2015: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S A Q J 4   H 10 7   D Q J 10 4 3   C Q 8  
West North East South  
Pass 1H Pass 2D
Pass 3C Pass 3NT
Pass 4D Pass ?

Your call?

4NT 8 100
4S 4 84
5D 4 84
4H 1 60
6D 0 24
Moderator: 4NT, the consensus call on this problem, is not Blackwood or key card or anything at all forward-going. It's a big stop sign that says 'I had no interest in going beyond 3NT and I still feel that way.'
Daniel Korbel: 4S. Although I have a lot of values in spades, he could have a hand like: Sx HA K x x x DK x x CA K x x to go past 3NT. If he has a weaker hand, he is unlikely to get us too high on his own.
Kerri Sanborn: 4H. I have nothing extra to say. I have no reason to think I can do better in notrump, even though I have extra stoppers in the pointed suits.
The Sutherlins: 5D. We have a minimum 2D bid, which has now shrunk in value because of wasted spade values. It is unlikely that partner has two low spades and is looking for a spade cuebid, particularly after we have shown a spade stopper with 3NT.
Steve Weinstein: 4NT. A question of where to bail, not if I should bail. I choose notrump because I can see using hearts, diamonds or clubs for my source of tricks.
Yue Su: 4H. North may be 0-6-3-4: he can pass 4H or try 6H. This is problematic if we play kickback keycard.
Ian Greig: 4S. Although my holdings outside spades are unattractive, I am a non-minimum for my bidding opposite a partner who could still be very strong. 4S lets me leave partner in 4NT if he bids it.
Jongseok Oh: 4S. Ace showing.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Show my spade control and deny a heart control.
Stephen Vincent: 4S. Time to start cue bidding. Don't really see the problem.
Eugene Chan: 4S. Show my spade control as demanded by partner.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. It is tempting to bid 4NT to confirm the spade wastage, but it sounds like partner may need only the SA for slam.
Jake Grabow: 4S. Cue.
Mike Roberts: 4NT. To quote Chuck D, it's time to shut 'er down.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4S. One positive sound should be allowable.
Plarq Liu: 4S. Cuebid.
Paul Mcmullin: 4S. Warn partner that I REALLY have (wasted) spade values - I presume 3C was an advance cue bid - I REALLY want to back up to 3NT!
Chris Diamond: 4H. . . good hand a card short of a slam try.
David Gordon: 4S. I do not like my hand much after 4D but I will show my SA opposite shortness in partner's hand.
Leonid Bossis: 4NT. Sign off.
Kf Tung: 4S. Pard shows a slam interest, and you cooperate with 5 card diamonds and the SA.
Perry Khakhar: 4NT. If partner is 1-5-3-4 with extras as is being described, I want to play in 4NT. Other than spades, my hand is all quacks.
Amiram Millet: 4S. Partner is looking for a slam.

2. IMPs. E-W vul.
S ---   H 9   D A J 10 9 6   C A K Q 10 6 4 3  
West North East South  
2D (1) Pass Pass ?
(1) Weak.

Your call?

5C 7 100
Pass 5 88
3NT 3 72
3C 1 44
Dbl 1 40
6C 0 36
Moderator: This hand would be far easier to handle if partner, at favorable vulnerability and known to be short in diamonds, had doubled rather than passed. Unfortunately, partner couldn't muster up the wherewithal for a double or anything else. What to do?
Allan Falk: Pass. We could have a grand slam or not be able to make game. But 2D almost has to be going down at 100 a trick. Even if I were told we could make game, I don't know what to bid.
Roger Lee: 3C. I doubt this will be the end of the auction.
Mel Colchamiro: 5C. I should have excellent chances. As for 6C, even opposite the HA and the expected DK lead, we're not home yet, being at the mercy of dummy's and East's club spots.
August Boehm: 3NT. Unusual situation, unusual bid. Partner rates to have a lot of major-suit cards, and diamond overruffs could threaten a higher-level club contract.
Kevin Contzen: Dbl. There is no way partner is leaving this double in. I get to hear more from partner on the way to slam investigation.
Anssi Rantamaa: Pass. 3NT is tempting
Yue Su: 3NT. Can this exist?? HCP and spades cannot both disappear.
Laurence Betts: 3NT. RHO forgot they were playing flannery.
Jongseok Oh: Dbl. Strong hand.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Looks like our most likely game, and pard won't bid it since he has no diamond stopper.
Stephen Vincent: 5C. Partner needs so little in the right places to make game. No one has been able to bid a major, suggesting partner has a little something.
Eugene Chan: 3C. Something fishy. Where are all the points? Most will take a stab at 3NT.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. Some number of entrants will cite Hamman's law. I predict 4.
Mike Roberts: 5C. Sneaking admiration for Pass.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3C. No need to rush, maybe we can double them on a higher level for a bigger positive score.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. With this hand I wanted to try something unusual, such as bidding 6C directly, hoping partner has some clubs to trump my diamonds. But then, what if partner has short clubs, and 6C will be down 3? A double can go both ways, even a gambling 3NT is possible.
Chris Diamond: 5C. Seems like a good spot. Might need a club spot or 2 from pard.
David Gordon: 3C. I will follow up with a 3NT bid if partner says anything.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. . . and then bid clubs.
Kf Tung: 3NT. Practical.
Timothy Wright: 5C. 3NT is a total gamble here.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. Double is out of the question, and down 2 undoubled when we can make game is useless. So I will take the slight gamble.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Before they locate the spades. Even 200 might be good for us.

3. IMPs. E-W vul.
S 7 6 2   H A 10 8   D A 10 8 5 3   C 10 6  
West North East South  
    Pass Pass
1H Dbl Pass 2D
2H 3D 3H ?

Your call?

5D 6 100
3NT 4 88
Dbl 4 88
4D 0 76
3S 1 48
4C 1 48
4H 1 48
Pass 0 48
Moderator: With such jubilation about diamonds, most panelists enthusiastically bid game.
Geoff Hampson: 3S. I am worth a game try, and I do have three cards in the suit, which is the most I can have for bidding diamonds first.
Wafik Abdou: 5D. They may bid or I could be making . . . I have too much for 4D, and I would prefer the HA to be elsewhere and have three low hearts instead. Then a cuebid would be in order.
Don Stack: Dbl. Holding two aces when I might have none certainly makes it look like I am entitled to a bid. I will opt for the double rather than the nine-trick 3NT contract.
Mike Lawrence: 4C. This would be a terrific spot for some kind of value double. But I don't think it is in our methods. 3NT could work, but that requires we have nine runners, which is against the odds. I'll try 4C, a game try. 5D is a sane second choice.
Ian Greig: Dbl. Inviting partner to defend the hand with well-placed black suit holdings.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. There should be enough strength for game, and I have hearts stopped.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. I'm two aces better than promised: time to show some life. Partner won't take this as a trump stack on the auction.
Eugene Chan: 3NT. Should be nine cashers available.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4D. It sounds like both sides have huge fits. We may even make 5D, though I'm not going to bid it.
Mike Roberts: 4H. This is my 'I forgot to bid 3D last time, partner' bid.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4D. I owe partner that as I have more than the zero I promised.
Plarq Liu: Pass. No extra values in competition.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. I've got a monster so I have to show something. Could bid 3NT but at this vul he could be light and the H10 is odds on not to grow up.
David Gordon: 5D. Without the 3H bid, I would bid 3NT. Now it seems like partner has a likely singleton heart.
Beverley Candlish: 5D. The vulnerability is favourable for North South.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Show your extra values. Pard can pass for penalty or compete to 4D as appropriate.
Timothy Wright: 4D. I think that we are favorites to make 5D, but I do not want to hang partner.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. Too early to double. 3NT doesn't feel comfortable. The 5th diamond sells me on this bid.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. . . mainly to warn against a diamond sacrifice.

4. IMPs. N-S vul.
S Q 10 8 7 5 4   H A K 5   D A K Q 6   C ---  
West North East South  
  Pass Pass 1S
Pass 1NT Pass 3D
Pass 3S Pass ?

Your call?

4H 11 100
4S 5 80
4C 1 64
4D 0 60
5C 0 52
4NT 0 24
5S 0 24
6S 0 24
Moderator: Most of the expert panel 'pattern out' (complete the description of their distribution) by bidding 4H.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4S. No way to bid slam in my opinion.
Barry Rigal: 4H. I think 4H suggests shape rather than denying a club control. Because slam might be cold facing SA J x and nothing else, it behooves me to make one effort.
Kevin Contzen: 4NT. Don't choose exclusion blackwood - the CA is actually very useful.
Ian Greig: 4H. Decidedly unhappy about the 3D bid (3S may only be a singleton). Now I am left with a unpleasant choice between 4H (right on shape, wrong on spade quality) and 4S (wrong on spade quality; wrong on shape).
Laurence Betts: 4S. Playing pard for a 2-card preference, not a 3-card limit raise.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Stretch for game when you are vulnerable at IMPs.
Stephen Vincent: 4S. Partner might have the magic hand and be able to fill in the holes: more likely he does not and game is the limit.
Eugene Chan: 4H. Best slam try available without going past game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4H. A gentle push towards slam. Partner can evaluate his club wastage without getting too high.
Mike Roberts: 4H. This is one where I think you should make your most natural call.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4S. Yes opposite HJ x, HQ (x x), HJ (x x) or Hx x x x x, I'm missing Slam, but I never play partner for their magic hand and cannot ask for it.
Plarq Liu: 4H. Show my third suit. Spades might be a bad deal if partner only has SA x or SK x.
Dan Cecchelli: 5C. Exclusion Blackwood!
Chris Diamond: 4H. There still could be gold in them there hills, so pattern out.
David Gordon: 5C. Exclusion Blackwood would hit the spot here.
Beverley Candlish: 4C. Showing 1st round control.
Kf Tung: 4S. Itching for a slam? Even 5S may not be foolproof!
Timothy Wright: 6S. This is a great hand for Exclusion RKC. Alas, it's not in the system.
Perry Khakhar: 5S. I hope this says: How good are your spades Pard?
Amiram Millet: 4S. It will usually make.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 Total
Jill Meyers 4NT 5C 5D 4H 400
Barry Rigal 4NT 5C 5D 4H 400
Steve Robinson 5D 5C 5D 4H 384
Allan Falk 4NT Pass Dbl 4H 376
Larry Cohen 5D 5C Dbl 4H 372
Don Stack 4S 5C Dbl 4H 372
Steve Weinstein 4NT Pass 5D 4S 368
Wafik Abdou 4NT 5C 5D 4C 364
August Boehm 4NT 3NT 3NT 4H 360
Daniel Korbel 4S Pass 3NT 4H 360
Mel Colchamiro 5D 5C Dbl 4S 352
Jeff Meckstroth 4NT 3NT 3NT 4S 340
The Sutherlins 5D Dbl 5D 4H 324
Geoff Hampson 4S Pass 3S 4H 320
Roger Lee 4NT 3C 3NT 4S 312
Kerri Sanborn 4H Pass 4H 4H 296
Mike Lawrence 4S 3NT 4C 4S 284

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 Total Points
1.    Brad Bart 4NT Pass 3NT 4H 376 133.00
2.    Michael Dimich 4S Pass 5D 4H 372 99.75
3.    David Walker 5D 5C 4D 4H 360 40.45
3.    Diana Jing 4S Pass Dbl 4H 360 40.45
3.    Ian Greig 4S Pass Dbl 4H 360 40.45
3.    Pearl Minkoff 5D 5C 4D 4H 360 40.45
7.    Stephen Vincent 4S 5C Dbl 4S 352 19.00
8.    Julien Levesque 5D 5C 4D 4S 340 15.70
8.    Joel Martineau 4NT 3NT 3NT 4S 340 15.70
10.    Andrew Krywaniuk 4S 3NT 4D 4H 332 13.30

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 Total Points
1.    John Gillespie (Canada) 4NT 5C 3NT 4H 388 85.75
1.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 4NT 5C Dbl 4H 388 85.75
3.    Judi Carter (Canada) 4S 5C Dbl 4S 352 41.65
3.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 4S 5C Dbl 4S 352 41.65
5.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 4NT 5C 4H 4H 348 16.64
5.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 4NT 3NT 4D 4H 348 16.64
5.    Chris Diamond (Thailand) 4H 5C Dbl 4H 348 16.64
8.    Amiram Millet (Israel) 4S Pass Dbl 4S 340 11.57
8.    Linda Drapkin (Usa) 5D 5C 4D 4S 340 11.57
10.    Kf Tung (China) 4S 3NT Dbl 4S 324 9.80
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