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TGIF September 2015: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A K 10   H A 5   D J 8 5   C K Q J 9 6  
West North East South  
Pass 1H 2D ?

Your call?

3D 8 100
2S 6 90
Dbl 3 70
2NT 0 50
Pass 0 50
3C 0 30
Moderator: Half of the expert panel choose to cue-bid, and they know precisely what 3D means, even if it doesn't mean the same thing for everyone.
Larry Cohen: 2S. Amongst all the lies, I think 2S has the most upside. Partner would raise only if he had four, and maybe a 4-3 spade fit is our best fit.
Kerri Sanborn: Dbl. Although most pairs play this as support, an addendum is frequently 'support or a big hand'. These types of hands are unbiddable without that agreement.
The Sutherlins: 3D. Because we are playing support doubles, we can't double to show a good hand. Our diamond stopper is too tenuous to bid notrump after a two-level overcall.
August Boehm: 3D. . . usually showing a strong, balanced hand without a stopper in the opponent's suit, or sometimes a big club hand or a huge heart raise. If I bid where I live - 2S - I'm stuck when partner raises.
Eugene Chan: 2S. Good hand for a reverse, lack of 4 card suit notwithstanding. In any event, artificial reverses happen a lot in my partnerships.
Joel Martineau: Dbl. Not sure what I would do at the table, but Dbl usually prevails in this bidding contest.
Stephen Vincent: 2S. A little off shape but nothing else terribly appeals. Hopefully the quality of the spades will protect us from disaster if the auction takes an unexpected turn.
Ian Greig: Pass. Will leave it up to partner to act on hands with short(ish) diamonds.
Jongseok Oh: 3D. Stopper check.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Ask pard to bid 3NT if he has a diamond stopper.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. When in doubt, just cue-bid. There are lots of ways to raise hearts here, so a cue-bid should imply limited support.
Plarq Liu: 2S. Fake reverse, will bid NT over any spade raise.
Bob Todd: Dbl. . . the modern approach: when in doubt, double with extras.
Mike Roberts: 2S. (please don't raise. please don't raise. please don't raise.)
David Gordon: 2S. Fake a reverse.
Amiram Millet: 3D. G.F., no diamond stopper, no heart support, no 4-card spades.
Chris Diamond: 2S. Have I mentioned I hate support doubles?
Kf Tung: 3D. Tell pard you have a strong hand but you are not certain about the strain.
Timothy Wright: 2S. How annoying for East to take away my planned fake reverse bid!

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S 4   H K 10 4 3   D K J   C Q 7 5 4 3 2  
West North East South  
1D Dbl 4S ?

Your call?

5C 9 100
4NT 3 70
Dbl 2 60
Pass 2 60
5H 1 50
Moderator: Pausing 10 seconds after East's preempt, the majority of the panel choose 5C.
Barry Rigal: Dbl. I'm not happy to bid, not happy to pass - so what can I do but take the action that lets me blame partner if I'm wrong?
Mike Lawrence: 5C. I could hope for 4-card support, but there's no guarantee. 5C protects my hand from a diamond lead. I might try to get both hearts and clubs in the picture, but that risks our playing in 6C. A small bonus is that 5C leaves room for them to bid 5D.
Don Stack: Pass. I don't think our side can make anything, and we do have some defense - partner did make a takeout double for three suits, including spades. Bidding will create some action, but I'm not willing to take a minus when there's a good chance of going plus.
Steve Robinson: 4NT. . . takeout. If partner bids 5C, we'll play it there. Otherwise, we'll play it in 5H.
Eugene Chan: 5C. Looks like insurance is apropos here. More upside to bidding than defending.
Ian Greig: Dbl. I don't think I can afford to force partner to pick a suit at the 5-level (with 4NT) as he might be a 4-4-3-2 (goodish) weak NT (majors first style).
Jongseok Oh: Pass. 9 points, but the position of the DK J is not good.
Larry Meyer: Pass. With a flimsy 6-card suit, and the diamond bidder behind my DK J, this hand does not want to play at the five level, nor does it want to double.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5C. It appears from the auction that EW are concealing a big diamond fit. Bidding on is a 2-way shot. I don't like bidding 4NT with a clear preference.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. . . responsive. Should offer a choice between pass for penalties and other suits. Partner may not understand I have 4 hearts.
Plarq Liu: Pass. If partner doubles again, I will bid clubs.
Mike Roberts: 5C. Shrug.
David Gordon: 5C. Likely double fitting hand.
Amiram Millet: 5C. Will punish a bid of 5S.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Harder at IMPs but it seems more likely to have a plus defending than declaring.
Kf Tung: 5C. +500 is not enough. There is a little danger in 5C but +600 is what you want.
Timothy Wright: 5C. Double might be right, but we probably have a double fit in the round suits.

3. IMPs. N-S vul.
S J 10 8 3   H A J 9 5 4   D A   C K 9 4  
West North East South  
1C Pass 1NT ?

Your call?

2C 6 100
Dbl 5 90
2H 4 80
Pass 2 60
Moderator: A good problem for the panel - there is no clear action, and it amounts to choosing the best lie to tell.
Roger Lee: 2H. It's too scary to double here with a singleton diamond and no recovery. I like to play that 2C in this auction shows 5-4 in the majors either way and 2D shows 5-5.
Daniel Korbel: 2C. Logically, 2C should show both majors, as East will always have some clubs when he bids 1NT. Sure, I'm a spade short, perhaps, but this is the hand they dealt me.
Jill Meyers: Dbl. . . takeout. If partner bids 2D, I will bid 2H.
Eugene Chan: 2H. E/W auction typically shows a club raise. What if auction went 1C - P - 2C - ? An easy 2H overcall.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. The dangers of bidding outweigh any potential gain opposite a passed partner.
Ian Greig: Dbl. . . then correct partner's 2D to 2H.
Jongseok Oh: Dbl. If partner bids diamonds, you can bid hearts.
Larry Meyer: Pass. We are vulnerable with at most half the deck - why risk -200 or -500 against their part score?
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2C. A close choice between 2C and 2H. Ultimately it is safer to offer 2 places to play.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Partner probably has short clubs and could not act. Especially vulnerable I am not going to stick my neck out AND tell opps where the values are.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Not enough reason for action, if partner balances I will bid.
Mike Roberts: 2H. While I might run after Dbl-P-P, I want to right-side the CK.
Judi Carter: 2C. Pick a major.
David Gordon: 2H. Too short in diamonds to Dbl.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Don't wish to invite trouble.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Guess I need to read the system.
Kf Tung: 2H. Dangerous to bid now? It will be more dangerous if you bid later!
Timothy Wright: Pass. I bet Fantoni and Nunes always land on their feet after doubling here, but my partners will take out to 2D (or 3D) with 5 diamonds.

4. IMPs. None vul.
S A 8 7 6 5   H K 9   D ---   C K Q J 8 4 3  
West North East South  
2D Pass 4D ?

Your call?

4S 6 100
Dbl 6 100
5C 5 90
Pass 0 50
Moderator: Another preempt to deal with! The panel are evenly split among 4S, 5C and Dbl.
Steve Weinstein: Dbl. Three good things could happen. We could defend 4D doubled (when it's right), we could play in spades or we could play in clubs. Anything else limits my options. When you buy a car and they offer you options for free, do you turn them down?
Geoff Hampson: 4S. . . our most promising game contract.
Allan Falk: 5C. 4S is awfully unilateral on such a moth-eaten suit. It also does not position me for further bidding if there is more competition.
Eugene Chan: 4S. If doubled, I will run to 5C.
Stephen Vincent: 4NT. Shows clubs and keeps the spade suit alive.
Ian Greig: 4S. Will go with this until someone suggests that spades might not be breaking.
Jongseok Oh: 4S. None vul, gambling.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Bid the most likely game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Equal level conversion applies for all high-level auctions.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. . . and correct to a black suit if necessary. Prefer to do something stronger but trying not to play partner for magic hand.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. If partner has six hearts, maybe play hearts.
Richmond Williams: 4NT. This has to show clubs and a major 2-suiter.
Mike Roberts: 4S. It might work...
David Gordon: 5C. You can always bid 5S over 5D.
Amiram Millet: 5D. Looking for a slam in a black suit.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Awful bid could get an awful result. But I just can't get myself to bid a suit. Correct 4H to 4S which I hope shows a 2 suiter.
Kf Tung: 4S. Partner may not be able to move over 4D.

5. IMPs. Both vul.
S Q J 5 2   H J   D K 10 8 7   C A J 7 3  
West North East South  
    1S Pass
Pass Dbl 2H ?

Your call?

2S 9 100
2NT 7 90
Dbl 1 70
3C 0 60
3D 0 60
3NT 0 40
Pass 0 30
Moderator: Though the panel are split between 2S and 2NT, they favour the more constructive 2S which might lead to 3NT.
Larry Cohen: 2NT. I can claim this is natural or minors - whatever suits me best in the postmortem.
Wafik Abdou: 2S. I have a super hand for partner, and if he can stop hearts, great. If not, we can compete in the minors. 2NT is possible, but that's a call that can be made with fewer high-card points.
Eugene Chan: 2S. We should have game somewhere. Start with cue bid.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. About right on values.
Monica Angus: Dbl. . . responsive.
Ian Greig: Dbl. . . responsive. Though the singleton heart is obviously not ideal should partner choose to defend I have well-placed compensating values and am prepared to lead the HJ against 2H-X.
Jongseok Oh: Dbl. Minor 4-4.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. . . intended as responsive - partner, please bid your better minor.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. Showing a good hand with a spade stopper. Unless 2S shows that hand, in which case this is both minors.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. . . show values and stopper. Will raise 2NT (showing good heart-stopper) to 3.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Responsive double: I have strength but no suitable calls.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Not clear, but I bet it will win the poll.
David Gordon: 2S. Two places to play and an opening hand.
Amiram Millet: 3NT. Can't see a safe way to investigate 6 of a minor.
Chris Diamond: 2NT. The double or even triple entendre bid. Could have bid 3NT as that's probably where we're heading anyway.
Kf Tung: 3NT. You can guard the spades hopefully and then 3N would be made.
Timothy Wright: 3D. Leaving room for a club bid later on.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Larry Cohen 2S 5C 2C 4S 2NT 480
Jeff Meckstroth 2S 5C Dbl 4S 2S 480
Jill Meyers 2S 5C Dbl Dbl 2S 480
The Sutherlins 3D 5C Dbl Dbl 2NT 480
Mike Lawrence 2S 5C Dbl Dbl 2NT 470
Roger Lee 3D 5C 2H 4S 2NT 470
Steve Robinson 3D 4NT Dbl Dbl 2S 460
Kerri Sanborn Dbl 5C 2C 5C 2S 460
Daniel Korbel 3D 4NT 2C 5C 2S 460
Barry Rigal 2S Dbl 2C 4S 2S 450
Don Stack 3D Pass 2C 4S 2NT 450
Wafik Abdou 3D 5H 2C Dbl 2S 450
August Boehm 3D 5C Pass 5C 2NT 440
Allan Falk 3D 4NT 2H 5C 2NT 430
Geoff Hampson 2S Dbl 2H 4S 2S 430
Mel Colchamiro Dbl Pass 2H 5C 2S 400
Steve Weinstein Dbl 5C Pass Dbl Dbl 400

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Andrew Krywaniuk 3D 5C 2C Dbl 2NT 490 125.56
1.    Laurence Betts 3D 5C 2C Dbl 2NT 490 125.56
3.    Eugene Chan 2S 5C 2H 4S 2S 470 71.75
4.    Brad Bart Dbl 5C Dbl 4S 2NT 450 34.28
4.    Steve Ottridge 2S Pass 2C Dbl 2S 450 34.28
4.    Pearl Minkoff Dbl 5C Dbl Dbl 2NT 450 34.28
7.    Gustav Axen 3D Pass 2H 4S 2S 440 20.50
8.    Rod Coote 3D Pass 2H 4S 2NT 430 17.94
9.    Jongseok Oh 3D Pass Dbl 4S Dbl 420 14.45
9.    Diana Jing 2NT 5C 2C Dbl Dbl 420 14.45
9.    Zoran Peca Dbl 4NT Dbl Dbl 2NT 420 14.45

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    David Gordon (Canada) 2S 5C 2H 5C 2S 460 79.63
1.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 3D 5C Pass Dbl 2S 460 79.63
3.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Dbl 5C 2C 5C 2NT 450 45.50
4.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 2S 5C 2H 4S Dbl 440 21.74
4.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 2S 5C 2H 4S Dbl 440 21.74
4.    Claude Vogel (United States) 2S Dbl 2C 4S 2NT 440 21.74
7.    Judi Carter (Canada) Dbl 5C 2C 5C Dbl 430 11.50
7.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 3D 5C Pass Dbl Dbl 430 11.50
7.    Chris Diamond (Thailand) 2S Pass Dbl Dbl 2NT 430 11.50
10.    John Gillespie (Canada) Dbl 5C Pass Dbl 2NT 420 8.32
10.    Kf Tung (China) 3D 5C 2H 4S 3NT 420 8.32
10.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 3D Dbl Pass Dbl 2S 420 8.32
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