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TGIF October 2015: Scores

1. Board-a-Match. N-S vul.
S Q 5   H K Q 10 5 4   D 9 5 4 3   C 9 2  
West North East South  
4C 4D Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 11 100
4H 4 70
5D 0 50
Moderator: The first problem, the panel follow the first tenet of BAM strategy: plus scores are good.
Barry Rigal: 4H. I am not sure if this is sensible or not; either Pass or 5D might work. Note that at this form of scoring, we only need to beat the other pair with our cards. If game is bad, Pass might well hit the jackpot. Still, I'll go for the max, expecting partner to bid 5D or 4S with a really unsuitable hand.
Daniel Korbel: Pass. While I would try either 4H or 5D at IMPs - because the game bonus is so appealing - at BAM, it is very dangerous to bid here again. You need a perfect hand from partner to make either 4H or 5D, and besides, we don't know which one to bid. We are allowed to put down a good dummy once in awhile.
Eugene Chan: Pass. BAM is a strange game. 5D may lose to 4H or even 6D. So why guess? Standing pat on my (hopefully) guaranteed plus.
Ian Greig: Pass. Writing down a few hands suggests that game is about 50:50.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Partner is playing you for about these values when he bids over a preempt. The extra diamonds don't compensate for the soft holdings and flat distribution.
Jongseok Oh: 4H. N-S vul., my partner may be stronger than normal overcall 4D. So try to fit hearts first.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. No aces, and partner's failure to double suggests heart shortness.
Larry Meyer: 5D. Support with support.
Mike Roberts: Pass. This is my guess - hope it's right.
Plarq Liu: 5D. At least 5D. It is pointless to try hearts now.
Paul Mcmullin: 5D. Pass is a close second choice, 4H a distant third.
Norm Tucker: Pass. 31 HCP in other 3 hands and 5 quick losers says stay home.
Chris Diamond: 5D. What else?
David Gordon: 4H. Offer a place to play. If pard pulls then bid 5D.
Amiram Millet: 5D. Too strong to pass.
Beverley Candlish: 5D. Partner must have a good hand to bid 4D. I don't want to miss a game.
Kf Tung: 5D. Playable game. Expect to lose 2 tricks, and it is very difficult for the defence even if it can be defeated.
Timothy Wright: Pass. I think this is between pass and 5D. 4H is piggish. We have trumps (good) but no shape. 5D is gambling that partner has the right heart cards (HA x [x] or HJ x x x).
Perry Khakhar: 4H. Since it is BAM, 5D is the same as passing if 4H makes! It's worth a shot despite being a poor IMPs bid.

2. Board-a-Match. E-W vul.
S K J 8   H A K 9 4   D A 9 5 3   C 6 2  
West North East South  
3S Pass Pass ?

Your call?

3NT 10 100
Pass 5 80
Dbl 0 40
Moderator: Invoking Bob Hamman's name is always a popular way to justify 3NT.
Larry Cohen: 3NT. Blame Hamman if this is wrong. Even -50 or -100 might be OK if they are making 140. I don't want to double and be dummy with a spade lead through.
Roger Lee: Pass. A somewhat close decision, but I think we're much closer to five tricks than nine.
Eugene Chan: 3NT. Unlike previous problem, I will try 3NT at all forms of scoring.
Ian Greig: Pass. For 3NT to be right it feels like I need little bit more than a source of tricks (i.e. favourable lead(s), club stopper(s)).
Stephen Vincent: Pass. There are limits. Underweight for 3NT and a double will, even if you find a fit, result in the contract being played from the wrong side
Jongseok Oh: Pass. SK, SJ are not in a good position.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. No source of tricks, and we should have a good chance of setting this.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. If 3NT is a likely contract, you should bid it.
Mike Roberts: 3NT. Hamman's rule.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3NT. My hand is probably more valuable in 3NT than in 4H.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Pray that partner has hearts.
Norm Tucker: Dbl. What else?
Chris Diamond: 3NT. What else?
David Gordon: 3NT. Slightly sub minimum.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Hope to set it at least one down. 3NT is too risky.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. Nothing else to do without taking a flyer in 4H.
Kf Tung: Pass. You are unlikely to miss a game so you will be fine to defend 3S.
Timothy Wright: 3NT. Yes, Double could work out, but we won't get to 3NT after a double.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. They're not playing there! I hope this works.

3. Board-a-Match. Both vul.
S Q 10 3   H K 9 2   D A 10   C A K Q 9 8  
West North East South  
    Pass 1C
1S Pass 2S ?

Your call?

2NT 5 100
Dbl 4 90
Pass 4 90
3C 2 60
Moderator: Another pass-double-bid problem. The panel see a lot of upside to bidding.
Don Stack: 3C. Because partner should have, at most, two spades, we are bidding in the hope that we can catch a decent dummy and push them to the three level. The opponents can probably make a couple of spades and who knows? We may be on for 3C.
Mike Lawrence: 2NT. Dangerous. But safe in that if partner has the right 2-point hand, he will bid something, like 3C. Defending 2S rates to be a bad idea.
Steve Robinson: Dbl. It doesn't pay to sell out to the opponents when they have an eight-card spade fit in any form of scoring.
Geoff Hampson: Pass. Minus 200 looms large here if partner can't take action, so I will avoid a large minus and try for a plus on defense.
Eugene Chan: 3C. Opps have a fit. We should also have a fit. And that is most likely in clubs.
Ian Greig: Pass. Even if we have a club fit I'm not sure I want to play it at these colours and so will leave if up to partner to double with short spades and undisclosed offence.
Jongseok Oh: 2NT. SQ 10 is half a stopper.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Partner can still balance with a singleton spade.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. Show my spade stopper and extra values.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3C. Partner is probably almost broke. Let's try to lift them 1 trick and score a plus.
Plarq Liu: 2NT. Bidding 2NT might be risky, unless East has the SJ, my spade holding might not stop them.
Norm Tucker: 3C. Come on partner.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. 3C possible but double has more wiggle room.
David Gordon: Dbl. Show your extra values.
Amiram Millet: Pass. This might be par.
Beverley Candlish: 3C. If the opponents go to 3S, I will double.
Kf Tung: 3C. Pard cannot bid over the 2S. You don't want to defend 2S, and 3C is already a brave bid.
Timothy Wright: 2NT. This is somewhat optimistic, but we don't need very much from partner to come to 8 tricks.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I don't want to play in a 3-3 heart fit with this hand. 2NT may work for down 1, but can't afford down 2. We may have enough defence to beat 2S.

4. Board-a-Match. None vul.
S A Q J 6 5 4   H 9   D 10 6   C Q 9 3 2  
West North East South  
  1H Pass 1S
Pass 2D Pass 2S
Pass 3D Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 11 100
3NT 1 70
3S 2 70
4S 1 50
Moderator: Finally, the boss suit gets trumped!
Kerri Sanborn: Pass. It sounds like I have two more diamonds than partner has spades. I could have played the 6-0 spade fit, but not at the three level. My spots are not good enough.
The Sutherlins: 3S. We were close to making an invitational 3S call last round. We have a poor dummy for partner. 3S should play OK even when we get no spade help.
Eugene Chan: 3S. Spade suit is good enough to play opposite singleton or void.
Gilbert Lambert: 3S. Why did I rebid only 2S?
Ian Greig: Pass. If partner has a sixth heart my doubleton diamond might help establish them. Passing might also work if he has a sixth diamond with only five hearts.
Jongseok Oh: 3S. 9 points and singleton. So, invite game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. When you're in a hole, stop digging.
Larry Meyer: Pass. There has already been enough bidding for this misfit.
Mike Roberts: Pass. Give partner HA K x x x DA K x x x CK x x. Where do you want to be?
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3S. 3NT too big a gamble.
Plarq Liu: 3NT. Gross mismatch, hopefully we can make 3NT.
Bob Todd: 3S. I hope he can raise but I doubt it.
Norm Tucker: 3NT. Let's try it.
Chris Diamond: Pass. 3N would really be a stretch.
David Gordon: 3NT. 3D shows extra without spade tolerance.
Amiram Millet: Pass. This might be par.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. It is doubltful that we can make 5D and NT looks very iffy. Opponents will lead clubs for sure. Partner must have 6/5 or 5/5 which doesn't leave much for my two suits.
Kf Tung: Pass. The potato is hot!
Timothy Wright: Pass. If partner is 2=5=5=1, then 3S would be a favorite. But she could easily have 0 or 1 spades.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. We are past the point of no return! Quit while you aren't doubled. Partner has HA J x x x DK Q 10 x x CK x x on a good day.
Dennis Caswell: Pass. I see a misfit - I pass.

5. Board-a-Match. Both vul.
S A K J 6 4 3   H 10 5   D A 10 3   C K 4  
West North East South  
    Pass 1S
2H Dbl (1) Pass 2S
Pass 3C 3H ?
(1) Negative, showing the minors.

Your call?

Dbl 8 100
4C 4 80
3S 1 70
Pass 2 70
Moderator: Here's BAM aggression at work.
Mel Colchamiro: Dbl. In context, I have a great hand and a great chance at plus 200 or more. At BAM, I don't like to put the board up for grabs, but this seems so obvious.
Jill Meyers: 4C. I am tempted to bid 5C and would not be shocked if we made 5C, but I am going for the plus at board-a-match. (I would bid 5C at IMPs, but no one cares about that.)
August Boehm: Pass. I would double at matchpoints and try to beat the field, willing to risk a bottom. At BAM, I'm only trying to beat one table and prefer to keep the board in play.
Eugene Chan: 3S. Would have originally jumped to 3S instead of wimpy 2S.
Ian Greig: Dbl. Slam feels a long way off and with only a doubleton club in hand (and most likely a singleton spade opposite) I feel that +800 is more likely than only +500. If bad breaks in side suits mean we collect less, then games our way might also be off.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Good defensive values here and no clear fit. Worth a shot at the form of scoring.
Jongseok Oh: Dbl. 3 Quick tricks, both vul., so penalty double.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. If we can actually make 5 of a minor, then 3H doubled should be carnage.
Larry Meyer: 4D. My honours in my minors fit so well with partner, that I need to keep the bidding alive.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3S. I have spades.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. We have a mismatch. Double shows my extra strength.
Norm Tucker: 3S. This seems doable with couple of partner's minor suit honours or she bids NT game.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Modern bridge: I can claim this double is anything I want if it doesn't work out.
David Gordon: Dbl. Partner has a nonforcing hand with clubs. 2S was a slight underbid so dbl to show your extras.
Amiram Millet: 4C. For partner's decision.
Beverley Candlish: 4C. I have support in both partner's suits. He doesn't like spades at all.
Kf Tung: 3S. Pard will bid 4S when it makes.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. East is bidding on air, and we have no good fit.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Your hand is great for defence, bad for offence, so....

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Mike Lawrence Pass 3NT 2NT Pass Dbl 500
Geoff Hampson Pass 3NT Pass Pass Dbl 490
Mel Colchamiro Pass Pass 2NT Pass Dbl 480
Allan Falk Pass 3NT Pass Pass 4C 470
Jill Meyers Pass 3NT Pass Pass 4C 470
Barry Rigal 4H 3NT 2NT Pass Dbl 470
Kerri Sanborn 4H 3NT Dbl Pass Dbl 460
Jeff Meckstroth Pass 3NT 2NT 3NT 4C 450
Steve Robinson 4H 3NT Dbl Pass 4C 440
The Sutherlins Pass Pass Dbl 3S Dbl 440
Daniel Korbel Pass Pass 3C Pass Dbl 440
Larry Cohen Pass 3NT Dbl 3S Pass 430
Don Stack Pass 3NT 3C Pass 3S 430
Roger Lee Pass Pass 2NT 4S Dbl 430
August Boehm 4H Pass Pass Pass Pass 410

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Jake Grabow Pass 3NT 2NT Pass Dbl 500 143.50
2.    Norma Doucette Pass 3NT Dbl Pass Dbl 490 107.63
3.    Stephen Vincent Pass Pass 2NT Pass Dbl 480 71.75
4.    Michael Dimich 4H 3NT 2NT Pass Dbl 470 30.84
4.    Andrew Krywaniuk Pass Pass Pass Pass Dbl 470 30.84
4.    Ian Greig Pass Pass Pass Pass Dbl 470 30.84
4.    Stuart Carr 4H 3NT 2NT Pass Dbl 470 30.84
8.    Yue Su 4H Pass 2NT Pass Dbl 450 17.94
9.    Brad Bart 5D Pass Dbl Pass Dbl 420 15.15
9.    Jongseok Oh 4H Pass 2NT 3S Dbl 420 15.15
11.    Rod Coote 5D 3NT Dbl Pass Pass 410 12.01
11.    Eurydice Nours 5D 3NT Dbl Pass 3S 410 12.01
11.    James Harris 5D 3NT 3C Pass Dbl 410 12.01

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Timothy Wright (Usa) Pass 3NT 2NT Pass Dbl 500 82.69
1.    Roy Bolton (Canada) Pass 3NT 2NT Pass Dbl 500 82.69
3.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 4H 3NT Pass Pass Dbl 460 40.16
3.    John Gillespie (Canada) Pass 3NT Pass Pass 3S 460 40.16
5.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 5D 3NT 2NT Pass Dbl 450 18.90
6.    Mike Roberts (Usa) Pass 3NT 3C Pass 4C 440 12.20
6.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 5D 3NT Pass Pass Dbl 440 12.20
6.    Claude Vogel (United States) 4H Pass Dbl Pass Dbl 440 12.20
6.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 5D 3NT Pass Pass Dbl 440 12.20
6.    Chris Diamond (Thailand) 5D 3NT Dbl Pass Dbl 440 12.20
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