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TGIF February 2016: Scores

1. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S 9   H K   D Q J 9 8 6   C A 8 6 5 4 2  
West North East South  
  1S Pass 1NT
Pass 2H Pass ?

Your call?

2NT 10 100
3C 6 80
3NT 0 40
2S 0 30
3D 0 20
Moderator: Most of the panel goes for 2NT with this misfitting collection of scattered values. Is 2NT meant to be an invitation or a retreat? In theory, it's invitational.
Roger Lee: 2NT. I actually think notrump might play quite badly with a hand like this. But it's also the kind of hand where notrump is going to be very tricky to defend well, and there's no safety in 3C anyway.
Geoff Hampson: 3C. I don't expect to make many notrump or anything in a major. We'll see if partner has enough to bid again, otherwise I get to play my longest suit.
Monica Angus: 2S. I'm out.
Martin Henneberger: 2NT. Speculating that 3 of a minor could be the right contract is just that, speculation. I see no reason to put on my guessing shoes when I have a descriptive value showing 2NT available.
David Waterman: 2S. This is very easy. 2NT is dreadful.
Chris Diamond: 2S. . . feeble but may make on power. Anything else could well make things worse.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. I suppose 2NT might play a little better, but I really don't want to give partner any encouragement.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. Deny support for either of pard's suits, with 9-11 points.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2NT. Horrible hand. Tempted to bid 3C, but only if it's agreed as non-forcing. However, in matchpoints 2NT is probably better as opps cannot easily attack any suit. I will pass a fragment-bid from partner (hope its not 3H).
Roy Bolton: 2S. Misfit. Why go higher?
Plarq Liu: 3D. I prefer my diamond's strength.
Paul Mcmullin: 2S. At least the HK should prove useful.
Amiram Millet: 3C. Ready for pass by partner.
Beverley Candlish: 2S. I want to get out as soon as possible.
Kf Tung: 3C. 3C can produce a plus more often then 2N. Choose 3C in MP scoring.
Norman Tucker: 2NT. Not much help here.
Timothy Wright: 3C. Partner won't expect this shape, but I show short majors and 6+ clubs.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Should play a trick better than 2S, I think.

2. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A K 9 6 2   H A J 9 7 4 3   D ---   C A 2  
West North East South  
1NT 2NT (1) Pass ?
(1) Minors.

Your call?

3C 13 100
3H 1 60
3NT 2 60
4H 0 40
4S 0 30
Pass 0 20
Moderator: It's OK to issue an invitation with the last hand, but then put the brakes on with this one? Unlike Problem 1, here you're assured of at least a seven-card club fit. But is there a seven- or eight-card heart fit? You may well never know.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3NT. At IMPs, I will try for the game bonus.
Barry Rigal: 3H. I don't see how we can do less than this. My idea of a 2NT overcall means that 5C will have play most of the time (for down 500).
Jill Meyers: 3C. Partner has the minors. I am not introducing a major. Basic rule: When you don't have a fit, stay low.
Martin Henneberger: 3C. This hand screams misfit. I don't see a trick source and as such need to stay low by bidding 3C.
David Waterman: 3C. Tougher question if vulnerable.
Chris Diamond: 3C. I suppose we could have a major suit fit and maybe there's a game here but if pard has less than his maximum of around 8 HCP it'll take some play.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. 3C will be hopeless, whereas 3H will be quite playable in a 6-1. This bid only backfires when partner is void and they are able to double.
Larry Meyer: 3C. When an opponent shows 15-17 points, I don't think we have a game.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3H. To bid 2NT over 1NT with max 9 points (or did West psyche?) he has to have a CLEAN hand and probably long minors. I will start forcing and if necessary correct diamonds to clubs. He might raise on 0265.
Roy Bolton: 3H. Another misfit.
Plarq Liu: 3C. Bid my better minor!
David Gordon: 3C. Both majors, longer hearts. 3D would have shown longer spades.
Amiram Millet: 3NT. Partner holds about 8 HCP.
Beverley Candlish: 3NT. We have all the suits.
Kf Tung: 3NT. If there is a game it would be 3N. Choose 3N in IMP scoring.
Norman Tucker: 3NT. Only place to be.
Timothy Wright: 3C. Partner is advertising a misfit, so I need to stay low.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Partner asked me to pick a minor. No sense looking for magic.

3. IMPs. None vul.
S J 8 6 3   H A Q 7 6 5 2   D A Q   C A  
West North East South  
  Pass 1D Dbl
Pass 1S Pass ?

Your call?

3S 7 100
2D 6 90
2H 1 60
2S 1 60
4S 1 50
Moderator: A number of panelists suggest they would have overcalled 1H rather than doubling the first time around. But we imposed a double and now look! Partner bid spades. What next?
Mike Lawrence: 3S. Partner will continue with a smattering of cards. If he has five spades, he will continue unless his hand is absolutely awful. Other bids don't get the job done. A cuebid, for example, will sound as if I have a good hand with three spades.
Steve Weinstein: 2D. I would have bid 1H on the first round. Now that I am here, this cuebid is usually a good hand with three spades. I am bidding 2D even though I have an extra spade, hoping to hear 2H from partner. If partner has a 3-2-5-3 yarborough, that's BAD!
Martin Henneberger: 2H. I would not have doubled originally. Modern day overcalls tend to have a much higher cap, some going as far as saying unlimited. That being said I will bid 2H now and if partner takes another call, support spades next.
David Waterman: 2H. If partner cannot bid over this, game will be poor.
Chris Diamond: 3S. Probably wouldn't have doubled, 3S now looks about right.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. There is an argument to be made for 3S if 2S is semi-preemptive. I would have just overcalled 1H.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Ask pard to bid game if he has anything more than a Yarborough.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3S. What else? Asks partner if he is absolutely minimum or can find some useful values.
Roy Bolton: 2H. I would rather play some number of hearts if we have a fit.
Plarq Liu: 4C. Happy splintering!
Amiram Millet: 3S. . . encouraging 4S.
Dan Cecchelli: 2D. . . then support spades!
Beverley Candlish: 3S. . . invitational.
Kf Tung: 3H. Tell partner you have a good hand with hearts and you are going to play 3N, 4H or 4S.
Norman Tucker: 4S. Partner will not need much but may pass if I bid anything else.
Timothy Wright: 2H. Can I go back and overcall 1H? No? Then I need to show hearts in case partner has a few cards and can raise me.
Perry Khakhar: 2D. . . and then 3S over 2S! Controls, source of tricks and partner picked spades! The hand improved just a little!

4. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A 6   H Q J 4   D K Q J 4 3   C 9 5 2  
West North East South  
  1D 3C ?

Your call?

Dbl 10 100
4C 4 80
4D 1 60
3D 1 50
5D 0 40
3NT 0 30
Pass 0 10
Moderator: There sure is a lot of negative doubling on this hand without four hearts and/or four spades.
Daniel Korbel: 4C. Very difficult problem. In my book, the options are 4C or double. Double aims for the brass ring of partner bidding 3NT, whereas 4C will allow for better exploration for game, slam or even partscore. I don't think 4C forces beyond 4D.
Larry Cohen: Dbl. Double does not guarantee the majors - good thing, since I have neither of them. I am dreaming about hearing 3NT from partner. If he bids 4H or 4S, I will have to retreat to 5D.
Martin Henneberger: 4C. We would all like partner to bid 3NT from their side if that's the right contract. That is not realistic unless we start with a seriously flawed 1st call. Not willing to mastermind 3NT from my side I will make a descriptive trump support value bid of 4C.
David Waterman: Dbl. Ugly but practical. There is a good chance partner will bid 3NT. If he does not, my next bid is 5D.
Chris Diamond: 4D. Go for it 3NTers. A negative double will only confuse things and I'm too good for 3D.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. There is no logical way to right-side a 3NT contact, so might as well show my support right away.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Support with support, leaving 3NT open as an option for pard if he has a club stopper.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. . . and then support diamonds.
Roy Bolton: 4C. 3NT might be best but how do you get there?
Plarq Liu: 3D. Bid my diamonds as usual.
Amiram Millet: 3D. Not closing the door on 3NT.
Beverley Candlish: 4C. . . invitational to 5D.
Kf Tung: Dbl. If partner has a good hand with only one club then 6D is palpable. Start with double, and find your way to at least 5D.
Norman Tucker: 4D. Pard bids game unless bare minimum.
Timothy Wright: 4C. Double might get us to a 4-3 fit where the long hand gets tapped. If East is under 30, 3NT rates to make. By elimination, we have to make a diamond raise.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Moysian 4H is a logical place to play. AK-A will do it! 5D likely requires SK as well and only two clubs in partner's hand.

5. IMPs. E-W vul.
S ---   H ---   D A K Q J 9 7 6   C J 9 8 6 4 3  
West North East South  
    1S ?

Your call?

5D 7 100
2NT 5 90
2D 2 70
4NT 2 70
4D 0 40
Moderator: While a number of panelists choose unusual notrump calls to show the two lower-ranking suits at once, an equal number just go ahead and pick their favourite minor and bid lots of them.
Mel Colchamiro: 5D. If partner has three clubs and zero diamonds, I still want to play in diamonds.
Allan Falk: 4NT. It's close between this or expressing my strong preference for diamonds immediately and keeping the opponents from exchanging information below the 5-level. Holding no major-suit cards, I think 4NT is a reasonable compromise. I will correct 5C to 5D, but pass 6C.
Barry Rigal: 2D. If this gets passed out, I won't just eat my hat, I'll eat the editors, too. (I meant to put an apostrophe after editors, but I think on reflection, I will actually eat the editors, not just their hats.)
August Boehm: 2NT. I make some attempt to gauge partner's club holding before facing a decision later.
Gilbert Lambert: 4NT. Where did you get that set of hands?
Martin Henneberger: 5D. At 1st glance it looks as though we might bid 4NT. That is a mirage, however. The diamond suit can play opposite a void and we will never consider passing a 5C bid from pard else they be 2-2 in the minors. 5D takes away any RKCB or cue from the opps.
David Waterman: 5D. Not a great question. Anything could work.
Chris Diamond: 5D. I'm not letting him choose a suit. He might get it wrong. A slower approach might work but I'll try to make it harder for them.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4NT. It might be preferable to walk the dog here, but not in a bidding contest.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. There will be a lot of spirited bidding, so tell pard right away about both my minor suits.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4NT. This way partner can participate in picking the right strain. He might pick clubs and CA x x or CK Q x is enough for the slam I will probably bid anyway.
Roy Bolton: 2D. The bidding will not end here.
Plarq Liu: 2NT. Very unusual notrump.
David Gordon: 2D. I will compete as high as I need to and get pard to lead a diamond against 7S.
Amiram Millet: 2D. Will go up to 5 of a minor.
Beverley Candlish: 2NT. Both minors.
Kf Tung: 2NT. Tell partner you have two minor suits. Climb to a suitable level, expecting some fireworks.
Norman Tucker: 2NT. Info please pard.
Timothy Wright: 2NT. My inner Al Roth abstains. The rest of me plans to bid 4NT over their 4S.
Perry Khakhar: 4NT. I hope that I got it high enough, fast enough! 6C may be decent choice. Run to 6D if doubled. Unfortunately the Center Opponents always get in the way!

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Mel Colchamiro 2NT 3C 3S Dbl 5D 500
Jill Meyers 2NT 3C 3S Dbl 2NT 490
August Boehm 2NT 3C 2D Dbl 2NT 480
Mike Lawrence 3C 3C 3S Dbl 5D 480
Daniel Korbel 2NT 3C 3S 4C 5D 480
Roger Lee 2NT 3C 3S 4C 5D 480
Kerri Sanborn 3C 3C 2D Dbl 5D 470
Larry Cohen 2NT 3C 2H Dbl 5D 460
Don Stack 2NT 3C 2D Dbl 4NT 460
Steve Weinstein 3C 3C 2D 4C 5D 450
Steve Robinson 2NT 3C 4S Dbl 2NT 440
Allan Falk 2NT 3NT 3S Dbl 4NT 430
Jeff Meckstroth 3C 3NT 2D Dbl 2NT 420
Geoff Hampson 3C 3C 3S 3D 2NT 420
The Sutherlins 3C 3C 2D 4D 2D 400
Barry Rigal 2NT 3H 2S 4C 2D 370

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Larry Pocock 2NT 3C 2D 4C 5D 470 118.13
1.    Laurence Betts 2NT 3C 3S 4C 2NT 470 118.13
1.    Jim Garnier 3C 3C 3S Dbl 2NT 470 118.13
4.    Martin Henneberger 2NT 3C 2H 4C 5D 440 43.31
4.    Larry Meyer 2NT 3C 3S 3D 2NT 440 43.31
6.    Barry Yamanouchi 3C 3H 3S Dbl 2NT 430 26.25
7.    Diana Jing 2NT 3NT 2D Dbl 4NT 420 21.09
7.    Zoran Peca 2S 3C 2D Dbl 5D 420 21.09
9.    Brad Bart 2NT 3NT 3S 4C 2D 410 16.63
9.    Norma Doucette 3C 3C 2D 3D 2NT 410 16.63
11.    Lucy Zhong 3C 3NT 3S 4D 5D 400 13.72
11.    Joel Martineau 2NT 3H 2D 4C 2D 400 13.72

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3C 3C 3S Dbl 5D 480 80.50
2.    Claude Vogel (United States) 2NT 3C 2D 4C 2NT 460 60.38
3.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 3C 3C 2D Dbl 4NT 440 34.21
3.    Carol Frank (Usa) 2NT 3C 2D 4C 4NT 440 34.21
5.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 2NT 3H 3S Dbl 4NT 430 16.10
6.    David Gordon (Canada) 2NT 3C 2H 4C 2D 410 11.66
6.    Timothy Wright (Usa) 3C 3C 2H 4C 2NT 410 11.66
6.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 3C 3C 2S Dbl 4NT 410 11.66
9.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 2NT 3H 2D 4C 4NT 400 8.94
10.    Judi Carter (Canada) 3C 3NT 3S 4C 2D 390 8.05
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