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TGIF December 2015: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S A   H K J 3   D J 8 7 5   C A Q J 8 2  
West North East South  

Your call?

1NT 8 100
1C 7 90
1D 1 50
Moderator: Before choosing an opening bid, plan your rebid: it's a lesson drilled into bridge students from day two. You look at this hand, assign a 1S response to partner if you open 1C and now what?
Mike Lawrence: 1NT. If you're looking for 1NT, I can sympathize. Perhaps even to the point of doing it. If partner transfers to spades, I oblige and hate it. The alternative opening is 1C (not 1D), and then hating my rebid.
Mel Colchamiro: 1D. Normally I detest opening 1D with four (weak) diamonds and five clubs. But here I have a 2NT out if our auction goes 1D-1S; 2C-2D. Besides, any other approach is repugnant, including 1C-1S-2C.
The Sutherlins: 1C. You can open 1NT and describe the strength correctly. Or open 1C and probably be forced to make an under-strength reverse of 2D and have a better chance finding the right strain. Our preference is to emphasize strain.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1NT. I'm familiar with this hand. I opened 1NT and then couldn't convince a less imaginative partner to give me a spade ruff later.
David Waterman: 1NT. Not much to say about this. The least misleading option and not likely to go wildly wrong.
Eugene Chan: 1C. What would you open if diamonds were 10875? Pretty much the same hand.
Stephen Vincent: 1NT. Should this work out badly, I shall claim to have missorted. If you open 1C, you have no satisfactory rebids over either major response.
Larry Meyer: 1NT. I consider the singleton spade ace to be no worse than a small doubleton spade.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1C. Enough to rebid 2D and give an accurate description. Also enough to double if a number of spades comes back.
Roy Bolton: 1NT. The fun bid.
Plarq Liu: 1C. Start with the most normal bid.
John Gillespie: 1C. 1NT if you switch the spade with the diamonds.
Paul Mcmullin: 1C. I can imagine lots of people bidding 1N here, but I'm not there.
David Gordon: 1D. Subtract 2 HCP and I would open 1C.
Amiram Millet: 1C. I have a good continuation even on 1S from partner.
Beverley Candlish: 1C. A reverse to diamonds shows a strong hand. Opening 1NT can be misleading and if partner doesn't have a stopper in spades, could be disastrous.
Chris Diamond: 1NT. The C2 looked like the S2 pard.
Mike D Roberts: 1NT. Flawed, obviously, but so is everything else.
Kf Tung: 1D. Bad 16 points. Bid 2C over 1H, 1S or 1N.
Perry Khakhar: 1NT. Need to play NT from my side to protect the heart suit. Plus it gets the values across. Slide that C2 over to the spades side.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A Q 8 3   H A 7 5   D 4   C A J 8 7 6  
West North East South  
2H Pass 4H ?

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
4S 6 80
Pass 1 70
5C 0 20
Moderator: The panel are split between a gambling takeout double and a 4-card spade overcall at the 4-level.
Larry Cohen: Pass. Painful. But not as painful as getting doubled in 4S or having partner remove a double to 5D.
Barry Rigal: Dbl. Yes, terrible, I know, and I'm prepared to accept minus 1100, but it is, after all, only IMPs. Passing seems feeble and bidding 4S even on paper - rather than in real life - is just a tad too rich for me.
Kerri Sanborn: 4S. Scary, right? I am imagining a heart fit and running diamonds on my right, not a balanced power hand. Obviously double is out of the question, so it is between passing and bidding. I will pull to 5C if there's a mighty double. Or even a very quiet one.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Partner couldn't act in spite of marked shortness, but we require so little to make game. Partner will strain to bid 4NT with a tolerance for both minors.
David Waterman: Dbl. I hate this. Partner will never pass, which eliminates one way that double can win. We can only hope that with 5-4 or 6-4 in the minors he makes the sensible bid.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Partner should not pull from weakness nor bid 5D on a 5-card suit. If necessary 4S Moysian might be playable. Chances are very good we have a black suit fit.
Anssi Rantamaa: Pass. No good options.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Please don't bid 5D partner.
Ian Greig: Pass. Gappy suits and heart length suggest defending - on an exceedingly good day partner might find a reason to reopen.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. It is not asking a lot for pard to have 4 spades, a heart void, and a few high cards, which would make for a likely game our way.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Partner should have at most 1 heart, yet could not act. What game can we make?
Roy Bolton: Dbl. Hoping, of course, that partner doesn't bid 5D.
Plarq Liu: Pass. What if partner has nothing to offer/mismatch?
John Gillespie: Pass. Unless partner can balance I'll try for the small plus.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Sometimes you stay preempted.
David Gordon: Dbl. Not a perfect world.
Amiram Millet: Pass. If I double I'm stuck after 5D from partner.
Beverley Candlish: 4S. If East can jump freely to 4H, it would appear that North should have spades.
Chris Diamond: Pass. I admire a 4S call here - might even make on the right Moysian - but chickening out.
Mike D Roberts: 4S. I simply cannot handle a 5D bid if I double. This might even play well in a 4-2.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Your obligation is to show your strength. Your side cannot get to the right spot without this first step.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Most of the hands that we would need to make 4S would have been shown by partner already or he may reopen yet. Remember that he is the one with shortness in hearts. Pass and hope.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A 10 5 4   H A 7 3   D ---   C K Q 10 9 6 4  
West North East South  
    3H ?

Your call?

4C 13 100
Dbl 3 60
Pass 0 50
3NT 0 30
Moderator: The vast majority of the panel simply bid where they live.
Geoff Hampson: Dbl. Our target game is 4S, and 4C might leave us in a silly contract at the four level with game available. 3NT could be right, but it is too heroic for my taste.
August Boehm: 4C. Here I can show my clubs without encouraging partner to bid diamonds. Also, my spades are less robust than those on problem 2, so there's less chance that 4S is our spot. If 4S is our spot, we can still get there over 4C.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. Prepared to bid 4S over a 4D response.
David Waterman: 4C. Unlike the last hand, I have a perfectly good bid available. Yes, I might miss 4-4 spades, but 4C is the best overall bid.
Eugene Chan: Pass. No reason to bid at this time. An easy pass. Gone for big numbers too many times in the past by competing.
Anssi Rantamaa: Dbl. Bidding 4C loses the spade suit.
Ian Greig: Pass. Anything other than pass feels too committal.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Bidding my longer and stronger suit first.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. . . and I will try 4S over 4H. But this emphasizes the clubs.
Roy Bolton: 4C. Will double 4H if they compete.
Plarq Liu: 4C. Bid my strong suit. Michaels does not work with 4 spades.
John Gillespie: 4C. Ugly but highest upside if partner has a hand, lowest downside if LHO does.
Paul Mcmullin: 4C. I do not think the auction is over.
David Gordon: 4C. Next bid is 4S, if possible.
Amiram Millet: 4C. Aiming at 4S or 5C.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. If partner doesn't bid spades, you can bid clubs.
Chris Diamond: 4C. Maybe I can still get spades in.
Mike D Roberts: Pass. It's matchpoints. I just have to be right.
Kf Tung: 4C. You can bid 4C if partner is weak and you MUST bid 4C if partner has a good hand.
Perry Khakhar: 4C. No real options!

4. IMPs. E-W vul.
S Q 9 5   H A Q J 10 8 6 4   D 6   C A 9  
West North East South  
1S Dbl 2S ?

Your call?

3S 7 100
5H 6 90
4H 2 60
Dbl 1 50
4NT 0 30
6H 0 30
Moderator: Most of the panelists are on a slam hunt. Only their weapons differ: start with a 3S cuebid or jump to 5H?
Roger Lee: 3S. . . with the hope I'll be able to pull whatever partner bids to 4H to show extras. Because I didn't start with a double, partner should know I have a one-suiter.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4H. Feeling a bit apprehensive about missing a slam . . . but are the opponents bidding on air?
David Waterman: 5H. 5H worked well for me in last month's contest. No other sequence will ask partner the correct question.
Eugene Chan: 5H. Invite slam if partner has spade control. If partner has cheesy white vs red takeout double, we might not be able to beat 4S!
Anssi Rantamaa: 4H. Partner didn't bid 2N so must have some tolerance for hearts.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Hard to see where everyone is getting their bids.
Ian Greig: 4H. I'd rather get to what is the correct strain (and maybe level) now (and perhaps have to double 4S) than try 3S and risk having to first bid hearts at the 5 level.
Larry Meyer: 5H. 4H would just transfer the opps into 4S, so bid 5 right away.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4H. Don't see a better bid. We may miss slam opposite Sx HK x x x DA x x x CK x x x, but not opposite: Sx x HK x x x DA Q x x CQ J x x.
John Gillespie: 3S. I doubt this gets us past game but it costs nothing to try.
Paul Mcmullin: 3S. Show some strength, 4H or 5H next.
David Gordon: 3S. Start by showing your values.
Amiram Millet: 4H. Showing my hand. SQ worth nothing. If we have 6H, partner should go on.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. I wouldn't want our side to play the contract in anything but hearts.
Chris Diamond: 3S. Useless cue bid but what choice do I have? I'd prefer transfers.
Mike D Roberts: 4H. Yeah, it's a great hand. But I don't want to punish partner.
Kf Tung: 4H. Bread and butter.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. You need a hand that can play opposite Hx x to jump, just in case partner had a double and bid type of hand. Otherwise I need to bid 3S.
Nader Hanna: 3S. 4H may be the practical bid since partner made a light take out double based on vulnerability and distribution, and is unlikely to cooperate in exploring a slam. However, I feel I have to give it a try. I'll start with 3S then 5H.

5. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A Q 9 4   H 8 3   D A 6   C A K 10 9 6  
West North East South  
3H 3NT Pass ?

Your call?

4NT 14 100
4S 2 60
Pass 0 50
4C 0 30
4H 0 30
6NT 0 20
Moderator: This problem turned out to be a bit of a dud, given the panel's oh-so-close unanimity.
Steve Robinson: 4S. If partner has a heart stopper, he'll bid 3NT on lots of hands where 3NT is bad.
Steve Weinstein: 4NT. Partner's 3NT has a wide range - from a marginal game force up to some 18s. If he were stronger, he'd have bid 4NT. With 2NT-rebid strnegth, I need to invite opposite that range.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Preempts work. We're in slam territory but with no clear source of tricks. Partner could even have 4 spades in this auction.
David Waterman: 4NT. Maybe a bit pushy, but start giving partner likely hands and a try seems justified. The black suit spots look promising.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Partner might have the perfect hand for slam but is far more likely to have stretched for 3NT. No doubt 9+ tricks are available but 12 seems improbable.
Stephen Vincent: 4NT. Seems about right on values. Partner may have strained to bid 3NT.
Ian Greig: Pass. Should be a fair chance that we make this one.
Craig T. Wilson: 4C. Gerber.
Larry Meyer: Pass. When the opps preempt, our suits will probably split poorly, so I am giving up on slam.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Tempting to bid 4NT, but may easily be too high if partner stretched even slightly.
Roy Bolton: Pass. Safer than trying for slam.
Plarq Liu: 4S. Bid my second suit.
John Gillespie: Pass. Too many late losers for 6NT and a possible heart ruff in 6C.
Paul Mcmullin: 4NT. Partner should have near-running diamonds . . . how good is his heart stopper?
David Gordon: 4S. 3NT denies 4 spades. Your 4S bid promises longer clubs and will allow partner to gauge slam aspirations.
Amiram Millet: 6NT. When partner is willing to play for 9 tricks opposite a regular opening, we have a decent play for a small slam.
Beverley Candlish: 4C. . . investigate for a possible slam.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Pard would stretch to 3NT so I'm not stretching more.
Kf Tung: Pass. Partner can do nothing else but bid 3N if this is the right contract. Do not mess with it.
Perry Khakhar: 4C. This is clearly a slam try. Only possible slams are 6C or 6NT. Partner can help clarify. I will pass 4NT.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jill Meyers 1NT Dbl 4C 3S 4NT 500
Steve Weinstein 1NT Dbl 4C 3S 4NT 500
Allan Falk 1NT Dbl 4C 5H 4NT 490
Barry Rigal 1NT Dbl 4C 5H 4NT 490
Don Stack 1C Dbl 4C 3S 4NT 490
Roger Lee 1C Dbl 4C 3S 4NT 490
Daniel Korbel 1NT 4S 4C 3S 4NT 480
August Boehm 1NT 4S 4C 5H 4NT 470
Mike Lawrence 1NT 4S 4C 5H 4NT 470
Kerri Sanborn 1NT 4S 4C 5H 4NT 470
Geoff Hampson 1C Dbl Dbl 3S 4NT 450
Larry Cohen 1C Pass 4C 3S 4S 420
The Sutherlins 1C 4S 4C Dbl 4NT 420
Mel Colchamiro 1D 4S 4C 5H 4NT 420
Jeff Meckstroth 1C Dbl Dbl 4H 4NT 410
Steve Robinson 1C Dbl Dbl 4H 4S 370

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Brad Bart 1NT Dbl 4C 3S 4NT 500 128.63
1.    Stephen Vincent 1NT Dbl 4C 3S 4NT 500 128.63
3.    David Waterman 1NT Dbl 4C 5H 4NT 490 73.50
4.    Michael Dimich 1NT 4S 4C 3S 4NT 480 51.45
5.    Larry Pocock 1C 4S 4C 3S 4NT 470 26.95
5.    Jack Qi 1NT Pass 4C 3S 4NT 470 26.95
7.    Diana Jing 1C Dbl 4C 4H 4NT 450 21.00
8.    Larry Meyer 1NT Dbl 4C 5H Pass 440 18.38
9.    Ernie Dietrich 1NT Pass 4C 3S Pass 420 14.80
9.    Laurence Betts 1C Pass Dbl 3S 4NT 420 14.80
9.    Zoran Peca 1NT Pass Pass 3S 4NT 420 14.80

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 1NT Dbl 4C 3S 4NT 500 91.00
2.    Paul Janicki (Canada) 1C 4S 4C 3S 4NT 470 48.53
2.    Claude Vogel (United States) 1C 4S 4C 3S 4NT 470 48.53
2.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 1NT Pass 4C 3S 4NT 470 48.53
5.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 1C Pass 4C 3S 4NT 460 16.68
5.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 1C Pass 4C 3S 4NT 460 16.68
7.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 1NT 4S 4C 3S 4S 440 11.50
7.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 1C Dbl 4C 3S Pass 440 11.50
7.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 1NT Dbl 4C 5H Pass 440 11.50
10.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 1NT Pass 4C 3S Pass 420 9.10
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