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TGIF March 2016: Scores

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

Your call?

Dbl 8 100
4D 7 90
3H 1 60
3S 1 60
4H 0 30
4S 0 30
Moderator: Constructive bidding emphasizes two elements: strain and level. The panelists make strain the first priority, and they are split on how they approach their investigation.
Daniel Korbel: 4D. I think I have enough to get to game, and partner doesn't promise both majors. Even if game is a little light, we might just get lucky and make it.
Kerri Sanborn: Dbl. Modern usage is not to double for penalty in front of the bidder, so here it should be takout. It's always frustrating to guess a major and guess wrong.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4D. I suppose double and raise partner's major would be stronger.
Eugene Chan: 4D. Somewhat aggressive but it is IMPs. Also, might induce opponents into a phantom save.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Partner will no doubt interpret this correctly.
Chris Diamond: 4D. Overbid a bit to find the right suit.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Pard may have been forced to double with imperfect shape, so let him show his better major.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. Partner knows most of your hand from the bidding, so a minimum response at the 3 level is warranted. I would like a spade lead, so . . .
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4D. . . asking partner to name his 4-card-suit (as he doesn't necessarily promise both of them in this situation). May be too high, but will have play.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Responsive double.
David Gordon: 4D. This looks to upgrade to a hand I want to play 4 of partner's better major.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. Partner can pass, bid 3NT or another suit.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Better than pass. Pard will consider a game with 10+ suitable points.
Mike D Roberts: 3H. Yeah, I have a stiff diamond. Whoop de do.
Timothy Wright: 3H. With a double fit in the majors, it may be better to play in the weaker trump suit.

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

Your call?

5C 13 100
Dbl 2 60
4NT 2 50
Moderator: Most of the panel say it isn't close. What's the problem?
Richard Pavlicek: 4NT. I can only guess at the best strain, and notrump seems as likely as clubs. Plus it doesn't preclude getting to clubs, as 5C would to 4NT. Partner should have a heart stopper to pass 4NT.
Don Stack: 5C. At least 5C cannot be doubled on trump tricks. Seems like a very straightforward bid, with the upside that the contract may make. Is there more than we can ask a bid to accomplish?
The Sutherlins: Dbl. East may have a very good 4H bid and we can still set him one. Or he may have a poor 4H bid and we will defeat him 200 while we may not be able to make game, even when we have a heart stopper. Double and go plus.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5C. Game before slam, as they always say.
Eugene Chan: 5C. Partner should know that 5C promises at least second round control in hearts. With an appropriate hand, partner can bid the slam.
Stephen Vincent: 5C. 4NT, on the grounds that opponents with solid suits often lurk hoping to defend NT, might work but it's a bit too delicate.
Chris Diamond: 5C. OK he got me.
Larry Meyer: 5C. Pard's values must be in spades and diamonds, so that should cover most but not all of my losers.
Perry Khakhar: 5C. What's the problem? Wouldn't you rather go minus than plus? :) Seriously, they are not likely to double and the game bonus may be at stake.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 6C. Message to partner: good clubs and a heart control. with an Ace or King in Hearts I would probably not do this. Therefore partner can correct to NT if justified by his hand.
Plarq Liu: 5C. No better contract.
David Gordon: 5C. I think I need a spade honour before I consider a negative dbl.
Kf Tung: 5C. Thanks to the 4H intervention. 5C becomes a better spot!
Timothy Wright: Dbl. . . and lead the knave. 5C is tempting but the splits are likely to be bad.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A K Q J 7 6   H K 5   D K   C K 8 7 4  
West North East South  
Pass 1NT Pass ?

Your call?

3C 10 100
3NT 2 70
4S 2 70
4D 1 50
2C 1 40
3S 1 40
2NT 0 30
Moderator: Most of the panel goes old school with a game-forcing jump shift.
Steve Weinstein: 3NT. Choice of games with a balanced hand and six good spades. We'd bid 2NT with 18-19 and 5-3-3-2 distribution. I'm choosing to treat this as balanced, thanks to the singleton DK.
Daniel Korbel: 4S. Why mess around? We will probably have play for this. At IMPs, I might try 3C to look for a magic slam.
Steve Robinson: 3C. . . forcing to game and shows clubs and spades.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. The kings in my short suits suggest the notrump strain. I can't envision many hands for partner where 6C is a favorite.
Eugene Chan: 3C. Jump shift is a game force. Slam is a possibility. Have to give it a try.
Stephen Vincent: 3NT. Shows a strong balanced hand with running spades. This is close enough.
Chris Diamond: 3C. Could be cold for a club slam or have no play for anything.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. It looks like the same number of tricks are available in NT and spades, so choose the NT game.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. I am not going to arbitrarily rule out 3NT, 5C, 6C, or 4H all of which are possible at the moment.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3C. . . my -normal- forcing bid. And then repeat spades to show the extra length. (or raise 3H to 4H?) I admit 3NT is tempting in matchpoints, but I only have 6 sure tricks. The cards that let 3NT make also make 4S.
Plarq Liu: 3C. Strong hand force to game.
David Gordon: 3C. Game force. Follow up with a spade bid.
Kf Tung: 3C. Tell pard you have a big hand with spades and clubs.
Timothy Wright: 3C. Looking for slam is optimistic but not insane. I need partner to have two aces and help of some sort in clubs.

4. IMPs. E-W vul.
S K 10 2   H K 9 7 6 5 4 2   D 10   C A K  
West North East South  
1S 2S (1) Pass ?
(1) Limit raise or better in hearts.

Your call?

4D 9 100
3C 3 80
3S 2 70
2NT 1 60
4H 1 50
4NT 1 40
3H 0 20
Moderator: After partner's fit-showing cue-bid, the majority of the panel invoke the self-splinter, in an attempt to find a perfecto for slam.
Allan Falk: 4D. If partner has nothing in diamonds, we can easily have slam - two aces and some club length should do it given heart support. This also strongly implies spade control.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3C. . . to try to get more information from partner. I can always bid Blackwood later.
Jill Meyers: 3S. I have a huge hand when partner shows a heart fit. We could easily have a slam.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3C. Slam is a faint hope at this point with my ugly spade holding, but partner is still unlimited.
Eugene Chan: 3C. Partner will now clarify whether it is a limit raise or better. Explore for a slam if partner shows extras.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Any number of hearts between 4 and 7 is possible at this stage.
Larry Meyer: 4H. With the spades behind my king, slam does not look good.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. I am playing in 4H opposite any LR, but the (or better) part makes me cooperate with partner along the way. Splinter would end play partner into bidding 4H.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4H. My partners never have the perfect hand: Sx HA Q X (x) DA x x x (x) Cx x x x or SA x HA Q x (x) Dx x x x Cx x x x (x) that makes slam. SK T x makes me wary, so 4H.
Plarq Liu: 3S. Ask partner to cuebid.
David Gordon: 3C. Advance cuebid.
Kf Tung: 3C. Game is no problem and makes good use of your space to reach a body glove slam, just in case.
Mike D Roberts: 4C. Not a misprint. 4D won't work because partner will be afraid of clubs. After 4C-4D-4H, he should move with SA.
Timothy Wright: 4D. In case partner's high card points are in the wrong red suit.

5. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A   H 10 4 3   D A K J 10 7 5 4 2   C 9  
West North East South  
1C 2C (1) Pass ?
(1) Michaels, both majors.

Your call?

4H 8 100
5D 3 80
3D 2 70
2NT 1 60
3H 0 60
4D 1 60
4C 1 50
2H 0 40
3C 1 40
Moderator: The form of scoring propel the panel to the 'obvious' game . . . in hearts.
Mel Colchamiro: 5D. Isn't there an urban legend-type rule about eight-card suits being trumps and never to be put down in the dummy?
Larry Cohen: 4H. At IMPs, I'd bid 5D, but the lure of 420 or 450 can make pigs out of us.
Mike Lawrence: 2NT. I intend to bid diamonds next, which will be forcing. 2NT will get me a range-show bid, with 3C being the weakest possible hand.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3C. I'm not sure exactly what information I can tease out of partner, but the road to 6D begins with a cuebid.
Eugene Chan: 4NT. Plain old ordinary Blackwood. Hope partner can figure this one out.
Chris Diamond: 3C. If he bids hearts I'll try for slam.
Larry Meyer: 5D. What do you call an 8-card suit headed by AKJ10? Trump!
Perry Khakhar: 2D. . . forcing! What do you call an 8 card suit? Hand will play better in my suit than in hearts.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. The practical bid is probably 5H, inquiring about heart-quality. However, that is still possible after 4C, must be a splinter in support of an unnamed major. Advantage is knowing if partner is short in diamonds before asking about hearts. No 4D-bid? Then 6D!
Plarq Liu: 6D. It is easier to play in the dark, hope one of partner's majors holds.
David Gordon: 3C. Start with showing a good hand.
Kf Tung: 4H. +450 is about the par score. If West does not lead a club you will get +480.
Mike D Roberts: 3D. Strong hand. Diamonds. Not sure where to play. Doesn't 3D say this?

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Kerri Sanborn Dbl 5C 3C 4D 4H 500
Jeff Meckstroth 4D 5C 3C 3C 4H 470
Mel Colchamiro 4D 5C 3C 4D 5D 470
Barry Rigal 3H 5C 3C 4D 4H 460
Steve Weinstein 4D 5C 3NT 4D 4H 460
Geoff Hampson Dbl 5C 3C 2NT 4H 460
Daniel Korbel 4D 5C 4S 4D 4H 460
Jill Meyers 4D 5C 3C 3S 5D 440
Steve Robinson Dbl 5C 3C 4D 3C 440
Roger Lee Dbl Dbl 3C 4D 5D 440
Richard Pavlicek 4D 4NT 3C 4D 4H 440
August Boehm Dbl 5C 3C 4H 3D 420
Allan Falk Dbl 5C 2C 4D 4D 400
Don Stack 4D 5C 4S 3S 3D 400
Larry Cohen 3S 5C 3S 3C 4H 380
The Sutherlins Dbl Dbl 3NT 3C 4C 360
Mike Lawrence Dbl 4NT 4D 4NT 2NT 300

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Martin Henneberger 4D 5C 3C 4D 4H 490 150.50
2.    Eurydice Nours 4D 5C 3C 4H 4H 440 80.27
2.    Barry Yamanouchi 4D 5C 3C 4H 4H 440 80.27
2.    Ernie Dietrich 3S 5C 3C 3C 4H 440 80.27
5.    Michael Dimich 4D 5C 3S 4D 4H 430 23.87
5.    Lucy Zhong 4D 5C 3C 4D 3C 430 23.87
5.    Jim Garnier 4D 5C 3C 4D 2H 430 23.87
5.    Chris Diamond 4D 5C 3C 4D 3C 430 23.87
9.    Norma Doucette Dbl 5C 4S 3C 3D 420 16.72
10.    Anssi Rantamaa 4D 5C 4S 4H 4H 410 13.76
10.    David Schmidt 4D 5C 3S 3C 4H 410 13.76
10.    Keith Lee 4D 5C 4S 4H 4H 410 13.76

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 4D 5C 3C 4D 4H 490 87.50
2.    Kf Tung (China) Dbl 5C 3C 3C 4H 480 65.63
3.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 4D 5C 3C 3S 4H 460 43.75
4.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 4D 5C 4S 3C 4H 440 20.90
4.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Dbl 5C 3C 4D 3C 440 20.90
4.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4D 5C 4S 4D 5D 440 20.90
7.    Susan Julius (Canada) Dbl 5C 4S 3C 5D 430 11.72
7.    Claude Vogel (United States) Dbl 5C 3NT 4D 2NT 430 11.72
9.    Beverley Candlish (Canada) Dbl 5C 4S 4H 4H 420 8.81
9.    Timothy Wright (United States) 3H Dbl 3C 4D 4H 420 8.81
9.    Nader Hanna (Canada) Dbl 5C 3S 4D 5D 420 8.81
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