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TGIF November 2015: Scores

1. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A Q 10 8 6 5 4   H ---   D A K 7   C A J 6  
West North East South  
Pass 4H Pass ?

Your call?

5H 8 100
Pass 6 90
4S 1 60
4NT 1 50
6H 0 20
Moderator: More than half the panelists want to go slam-hunting with this hand, most by using 5H.
Don Stack: Pass. What else am I supposed to do? I am glad it is not IMP scoring. Because it is matchpoints, it is reasonable to give partner some rope and hope for a plus score at this contract.
Jill Meyers: 5H. . . asking partner to bid six with good trumps. My hand is too good to pass 4H and not good enough to bid a slam myself.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Partner did not ask for input. Hence I pass. Slam would require partner to have a near solid heart suit, which is unlikely. Namyats solves this problem. The only convention Stayman invented should be used by everybody.
David Waterman: 5H. Anything is a guess, but at least this is a sensible question.
Craig T. Wilson: 4NT. Start 1430, if pard has solid hearts and an outside king it should make 7H or 7NT.
Ian Greig: 4NT. Opposite 2 keycards I'm going to slam; opposite 1 I have a guess next round; opposite 0 I play 5H (say QJTxxxxxx + outside K). A direct 5H is pre-emptive absent discussion whether it has a better use facing two passing opponents is worth considering.
Larry Meyer: 4NT. If pard has all 3 top hearts, then slam is likely.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4NT. Expecting partner's 2nd seat vulnerable preempt to be sound. (I hope the panel is aware that BBS doesn't include Namyats).
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5H. In my book this asks for 2 out of three top hearts for 6H.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Bidding spades is dangerous due to my tenace and partner's shortness.
John Gillespie: 4NT. Short spades is a good reason to open 4 instead of 1 and running hearts with a stiff K on the side is worth 6NT or a grand.
David Gordon: 4NT. Find out how sound your partner's pre-empts are.
Chris Diamond: 4NT. Maybe with 2 passing opponents 5H should ask for trump quality but I don't think it does.
Beverley Candlish: 4NT. I would assume partner has 8 hearts. A bid of 4NT (if playing key card blackwood) will give the strength of the heart suit. Decision on the final contract can be made after that.
Kf Tung: 6H. Sometimes you make 7, sometimes you make 5, most of the time you make 6.
Mike D Roberts: 5H. Second seat, partner should be decent, and this should ask for trump help.
Norm Tucker: 5S. Wow! Partner must know I am loaded, however his HCP will be in my void.
Timothy Wright: 4NT. We could easily have slam in hearts or spades. Alas, someone preempted me out of any nuance. At least I can check for the heart A-K (and Q if she has those two).
Perry Khakhar: 4NT. 1430 KCB. Probably have a shot at grand w/ AKQxxxxx. So, I must try for at least 6. Let's find out how good his trumps are.
Amiram Millet: Pass. I'm not going to speculate on 6H.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S Q 6   H K J 8 6 5   D A K Q 9   C Q 9  
West North East South  
  1H 3S ?

Your call?

4H 8 100
5H 6 90
4S 2 60
Moderator: This hand has a lot of similarities to the previous one.
Steve Robinson: 4H. This is why you should play 4C as an artificial, good heart raise. Because I don't have that available, I'll go low.
Allan Falk: 4S. I've just got way too much for 4H, and 4D does not solve my problem - I won't be showing such massive heart support when I bid 4H on the next round. If we go down in 5H, unlucky.
Steve Weinstein: 5H. Too much to just settle for game. This shouldn't demand that partner bid a slam with a spade control; it's a slam try without a spade control.
Eugene Chan: 4NT. The modern style of crap openers is disconcerting but this is teams and you are vulnerable. Pushy nonvul E/W opps are not deterring me from a slam try.
David Waterman: 5H. I can't resist - 5H twice in a row. Again a sensible question - if we get to slam off two Aces, unlucky.
Ian Greig: 4S. Obviously could be down 1 in top tricks but just about too good to bid 4H.
Larry Meyer: 4D. New suit by responder should be forcing, I will support hearts next, then pard can evaluate his controls in the blacks.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5H. Ask partner to bid a slam with 2nd round control of spades.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4H. . . and 5D over 4S.
Plarq Liu: 4D. It is easier for us to find some support in diamonds.
John Gillespie: 5H. Against my opponents pard's spade control is the AK and they cash 2 clubs. Sigh.
David Gordon: 4D. Bid 5H next?
Chris Diamond: 5H. 4D cue bid partner...not allowed. So, what do you have?
Beverley Candlish: 4NT. Investigate for slam in hearts.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Start with the double and then show your slam possibilities if partner has extras.
Mike D Roberts: 4S. . . and then 5D over 5C. I don't get this as a problem.
Norm Tucker: 4H. I have game support; odds of 4 fast black suit losers too small to stop us.
Timothy Wright: 4S. Stopping in game is too craven, but we need to see if partner has clubs under control.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. 17 points w/only 1 ace! Can't RKCB w/2 spades so, this gets all kinds of messages across without getting past 5H.
Amiram Millet: 4D. Heart slam is a possibility.

3. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A J 7 2   H 8   D 9 6 3   C K Q 9 7 4  
West North East South  
1D Pass 1H Dbl
2H Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

3C 12 100
Pass 3 70
2S 0 60
2NT 1 50
Moderator: In days gone by, the double by partner in this sequence was pure penalty. Right now, takeout is trending and 3C is the crowd favourite.
Daniel Korbel: Pass. Because I showed the black suits, partner knows my hand type and therefore his double is penalty. Why can't North have four extremely good hearts and another trick or two?
Kerri Sanborn: 3C. I'm thinking that 2NT would show this hand if I had better diamonds. I'm thinking that partner has good hearts and bad diamonds. I would like to do something more positive, but don't know what. I hesitate to pass when the opponents are in an 8-card fit.
Eugene Chan: 3C. Partner's double is not for penalty and tends to deny 4 spades. Two passed hands cannot make game.
David Waterman: Pass. This is a lead problem, presumably. I choose the H8.
Ian Greig: Pass. Partner definitely has diamonds covered, and probably also some heart values.
Larry Meyer: 2S. Sounds like each side can make a part score, and pard has no strong preference for either black suit, so choose the lower level and the higher scoring.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. This should not be a responsive double situation. Partner has hearts with a diamond stack, and I have pretty good defense.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3C. Abstain. Would have bid 1NT (emphasis on clubs) instead of Dbl the second round.
Plarq Liu: 2S. Bidding my suit cheaply.
John Gillespie: 3C. Responsive on my card. I would have got a 4-card 1H overcall from partner if this is going down.
Chris Diamond: 3C. Not penalty and not showing four spades.
Beverley Candlish: 3C. If partner has good spades, he can change it to 3S.
Kf Tung: 3C. Getting to +110 is great. It describes your hand well and it is safer than 2S.
Mike D Roberts: 3C. Can't be penalty, can it?
Norm Tucker: Pass. Why push?
Timothy Wright: 3C. With better defense, I would convert partner's Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing) double.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Partner rates to be 4-5 in their suits & 2-2 in yours. I will lead a trump. Any bid by me is going to get the dbls started from them.
Amiram Millet: 2S. I'd open this hand 1C.

4. IMPs. E-W vul.
S 4 3   H J 9 8 2   D 9 4   C A Q 9 3 2  
West North East South  
    3S Pass
4S Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

4NT 7 100
5C 5 90
Pass 4 80
5H 0 50
Moderator: It's difficult not to believe the opponents at this vulnerability, making bidding a more popular choice than defending 4S doubled.
Larry Cohen: 4NT. It's too easy to believe that pass gets us -790.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. I have some defense and no assurance that partner has a singleton spade.
Geoff Hampson: 5C. I want to play clubs unless partner has a strong desire to play elsewhere. So I will bid them. I will correct diamonds to hearts, though.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Make them pay. Make them pay!
David Waterman: 4NT. . . and 5H over 5D. Pass could be right but it is too extreme.
Ian Greig: Pass. . . (lawfully) and lead a diamond.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Sounds like penalty to me, so I would rather defend than declare at the 5-level.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4NT. Partner could be making an off-shape double at the 4 level, so it's best to show support for 2 suits.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4NT. 2 places to play.
Plarq Liu: Pass. No need to compete. Usually takeout is up to 4H.
John Gillespie: 5C. Sane opponents (I hope) but I only pull to something I might make, emphasis on might.
David Gordon: Pass. Lead a spade.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Looks easier to beat them than make something.
Kf Tung: Pass. It is easier for you to get 4 defensive tricks than 11 tricks in a suit contract.
Mike D Roberts: Pass. Stay fixed.
Norm Tucker: 5C. Does partner's double show 4 hearts? If so 5H would be correct, but clubs I have.
Timothy Wright: 5C. 5H is too unilateral. 4NT could be right (two places to play) but I want to suggest clubs more strongly than that.
Perry Khakhar: 4NT. I would like to play in 5C or 5H in that order. So, this will discover the right place for me.
Amiram Millet: 5H. This might be par.

5. IMPs. Both vul.
S A K 10 9 5 4   H 10 9 8 6   D K   C Q 7  
West North East South  
    1H 1S
Pass 2D 4H ?

Your call?

Pass 8 100
4S 4 80
Dbl 4 80
Moderator: Seriously, is there no such thing as a peaceful, noncompetitive auction anymore?
Barry Rigal: Dbl. If partner does not have spade length, we can hope some or most of our winners will stand up.
The Sutherlins: 4S. Once again, our vulnerable opponent is forcing us to guess at the four level. East has voluntarily committed to make game. He probably has good clubs along with good hearts. We guess to save in 4S.
August Boehm: Pass. This looks like a flexible hand with extra values for both offense and defense, so why make a commitment? I'll be charmed whether partner bids or doubles. If he passes and they go down, at least we get a plus and may win IMPs if the other table bids.
Eugene Chan: 4S. Be happy if this makes.
David Waterman: Pass. I want to bid, but?? Why can't East have his bid?
Ian Greig: Pass. For me double would show extra offence (e.g., 6=1=2=4). If partner reopens with a double I have to guess whether he has secondary spades honours (play 4S) or secondary club honours (defend 4Hx).
Larry Meyer: Pass. This hand does not have much more to say.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. We're in a pretty good spot with decent chances to beat this. Why stir the pot?
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4S. Should make and tells the extra spade.
Plarq Liu: Pass. We can't bid game alone, and our trump holding is not strong enough vs. East's solid heart suit.
John Gillespie: Dbl. I'll accept a small to medium loss if this is wrong. At least I know what to lead.
David Gordon: Dbl. Lead the DK.
Chris Diamond: Pass. We're probably beating them and I don't know what to bid.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. . . and see if partner leaves it in.
Kf Tung: 4S. Be content with 4S. If you have a slam partner will move on.
Norm Tucker: Dbl. We stand to score a good penalty here with my DK lead.
Timothy Wright: 4S. At matchpoints, double would have a lot going for it.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. Hate forcing pass sequences! Pass is too encouraging so bid or double are the only options. This seems to be the least evil.
Amiram Millet: 4S. If they go on to 5H, I pass.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Kerri Sanborn 5H 5H 3C 4NT Pass 490
Mel Colchamiro 5H 4H 3C 5C Pass 490
August Boehm Pass 4H 3C 5C Pass 480
The Sutherlins 5H 4H 3C 4NT 4S 480
Roger Lee Pass 5H 3C 4NT Pass 480
Barry Rigal 5H 5H 3C 4NT Dbl 470
Steve Weinstein 5H 5H 3C 4NT 4S 470
Daniel Korbel 5H 4H Pass 4NT Pass 470
Steve Robinson Pass 4H 3C 5C 4S 460
Larry Cohen 4NT 4H 3C 4NT Pass 450
Jeff Meckstroth 4S 4H 3C 5C Pass 450
Jill Meyers 5H 5H 3C Pass 4S 450
Don Stack Pass 4H 3C Pass Dbl 450
Mike Lawrence Pass 5H Pass Pass Dbl 410
Allan Falk 5H 4S 2NT Pass Pass 390
Geoff Hampson Pass 4S Pass 5C Dbl 390

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    David Waterman 5H 5H Pass 4NT Pass 460 126.00
2.    Gilbert Lambert 5H 4H Pass Pass Pass 450 78.75
2.    Norma Doucette 4S 4H 3C 5C Pass 450 78.75
4.    Brad Bart 5H 4S 3C 4NT 4S 440 44.10
5.    Anssi Rantamaa Pass 5H 2S 5C Pass 430 21.40
5.    Michael Dimich Pass 5H Pass 4NT 4S 430 21.40
5.    Jack Qi 5H 4H Pass Pass Dbl 430 21.40
8.    Andrew Krywaniuk 4NT 5H Pass 4NT Pass 410 15.75
9.    Stephen Ottridge 4S 5H Pass Pass Dbl 380 10.44
9.    Peggy Lacasse 4S 4H 2S Pass Dbl 380 10.44
9.    Larry Pocock 6H 4H Pass 5C Pass 380 10.44
9.    Ernie Dietrich 6H 4H 3C Pass Dbl 380 10.44
9.    Laurence Betts 6H 4H Pass 5C Pass 380 10.44
9.    Zoran Peca 6H 4S 3C 4NT Pass 380 10.44
9.    Joel Martineau 6H 4H Pass 5C Pass 380 10.44
9.    Keith Lee 4NT 4S 3C 5C 4S 380 10.44

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 5H 4H 3C 4NT 4S 480 94.50
2.    Claude Vogel (United States) 5H 5H 3C 5C Dbl 460 70.88
3.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 5H 5H Pass 5C Pass 450 40.16
3.    Doug Gallant (Canada) Pass 4H 3C Pass 4S 450 40.16
5.    Mike D Roberts (Usa) 5H 4S 3C Pass Pass 440 18.90
6.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Pass 4S 3C 4NT Dbl 430 14.63
6.    Carol Frank (Us) 4S 4H 3C 5C Dbl 430 14.63
8.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 4NT 5H 3C Pass Pass 420 11.81
9.    John Gillespie (Canada) 4NT 5H 3C 5C Dbl 410 9.98
9.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 4NT 5H 3C 5C 4S 410 9.98
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