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TGIF April 2016: Scores

1. IMPs. E-W vul.
S 9 7 6 4   H K J 10   D J 10 6   C A 9 4  
West North East South  
  1D Pass 1S
Pass 2C Pass 2D
Pass 2H Pass ?

Your call?

3S 6 100
3C 5 90
3H 3 80
4D 2 80
5D 1 60
4H 0 40
Moderator: A lot of you are probably scratching your heads and wondering why on earth 3S? When you hear what it means (see Falk's comment) you'll agree 3S is a very cool bid.
Mel Colchamiro: 3H. My hand has become enormous opposite what seems like a stiff spade. Whatever partner's game for, I'm in.
Larry Cohen: 3C. I wonder if anyone will mention a Bluhmer. I have to make some forward-going move, and I hope this is construed as that move and not a preference following a false preference.
Allan Falk: 3S. This is the perfect hand for a Bluhmer: a jump in a suit I previously declined to rebid, which thus cannot show good or long spades. My bid actually shows terrible spades, but announces that I have surprisingly useful extra values for partner.
Geoff Hampson: 5D. I think this is likely to be a good contract or close, and I have no real hope for more.
Richard Pavlicek: 4D. Partner's bid should be shape-descriptive, though he doesn't necessarily have four hearts, so notrump is untenable. Even if partner has four hearts, 4H would probably require 3-3 trumps with the obvious spade tap, so I'll aim for the obvious.
Eugene Chan: 2NT. Would have responded 1NT initially instead of 1S.
Anssi Rantamaa: 3D. Spades are wide open in notrump.
David Waterman: 5D. I have five cards that are working - pretty good for a simple preference. Even slam is in the picture, but if so probably on a finesse at best.
Chris Diamond: 3C. I want to make an encouraging noise since my hand's now golden, unfortunately 5th suit forcing isn't available. NT is probably safe opposite a likely stiff since the opps are quiet, but I'm too good for that anyway. Wish 2NT was forcing and artificial.
Stephen Vincent: 4D. Partner is presumably patterning out. My cards fit extremely well and it's time to show some signs of life.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4D. If partner is 0454 then my hand just got a whole lot better.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Looks like pard has 5 diamonds, 4 clubs, and 3 hearts. This is IMPs, so choose the safest part score.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2NT. Agreements? I am about max for my bidding.
Plarq Liu: 2NT. Partner is three suiter. I don't think I should suggest any suit with my hand.
Bob Todd: 3H. I will raise whatever minor partner bids and pass 4H.
David Gordon: 3NT. A max, and hide your spade stopper.
Beverley Candlish: 3C. . . showing a better hand. Partner can choose between diamonds and clubs.
Kf Tung: 2NT. If you bid 3C and miss 3N pard will not be happy.
Perry Khakhar: 5D. 30 point deck and partner has a good minimum hand. Game bonus time!
Nader Hanna: 2S. This is a very good hand if we can play in partner's 5 card minor. Partner could be 1-3-(5-4) or 1-4-4-4. I think 2S should show uncertainty about the strain (and no spade stopper). Partner can clarify by bidding his 5 card minor or 2NT with no 5 card minor.

2. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S J 8 7 4   H A K 10 7 4   D J   C 10 9 8  
West North East South  
  1D Pass 1H
Pass 3C (1) Pass ?
(1) Game forcing.

Your call?

3H 10 100
3D 5 80
3NT 1 70
3S 1 70
4C 0 50
Moderator: Most of the panel would prefer to have a sixth heart for their 3H bid.
Roger Lee: 3D. It's normally not my choice to take a preference with a singleton, but if partner has long diamonds, the jack is a big card, plus it gives partner wiggle room.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3H. I want partner to play notrump if he can bid it. He will think I have 6 hearts, but a 5-2 fit should be OK here.
Eugene Chan: 3H. Heart suit certainly worth rebidding.
David Waterman: 3H. The danger is losing 3NT, but we can hope partner bids 3S next.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. Temporizing slightly but nothing else is terribly appealing.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. Give partner room to bid 3NT or show a partial spade stopper.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Even a stiff S9 from pard will produce a likely spade stopper.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3NT. It resembles a stop in spades.
Plarq Liu: 3H. Hide my spade suit. Repeat hearts for my minimum holding.
David Gordon: 3H. If partner bid 3S then 3NT.
Beverley Candlish: 3NT. Even though I would prefer the stronger hand to be hidden, another bid suit by me would show more points. I don't like my singleton diamond or my weak spade suit.
Kf Tung: 3S. Show 5 hearts and some interest in 3N. Pard may have 2254.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. This hand belongs in 4H or 3NT (but not from my side). This bid will clarify where.

3. IMPs. None vul.
S J 6   H A 10 3   D 6 5 4   C A J 7 4 3  
West North East South  
3D Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

5C 9 100
4C 7 90
3NT 1 50
Pass 0 50
Moderator: The panelists bid clubs, but are split on the edge of game or no game.
Daniel Korbel: 5C. I see no reason not to make the value bid when I have three low diamonds and a nice-looking hand. We could even get to slam.
Steve Robinson: 4C. Partner made a takeout double, so I'm bidding my best suit. I see no need to mastermind by bidding 3NT hoping that the opponents don't run the diamond suit.
Eugene Chan: 4C. . . might be an underbid but it is nevertheless a bid at the 4-level.
Anssi Rantamaa: 3H. Maybe we can play a Moysian fit if partner has 4 hearts. 5C could be a stretch.
David Waterman: 5C. Sure, 3NT or 4D could work - but I will make the value bid.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. For want of anything better.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5C. An overbid perhaps, but I need to show my values somehow.
Larry Meyer: 5C. Cannot bid only 4C with a 10-count, plus can likely ruff out my diamond losers in the hand with the shorter trumps.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5C. If we have a game this is the most likely.
Plarq Liu: 3NT. My hand is flat, and I have no diamond stopper.
David Gordon: 5C. A 4-3 heart Moyse will not play well.
Kf Tung: 4C. This hand belongs to you and a game is on the horizon. Bid 4C and then pard can choose pass, 4H, 4S or 5C.
Perry Khakhar: 5C. Should have a reasonable chance!

4. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S J 10 5 3   H Q J 9 8 3 2   D A K 3   C ---  
West North East South  
  1D Dbl 1H
3C Pass Pass ?

Your call?

3S 7 100
3H 3 80
4C 4 80
Dbl 2 60
4H 1 50
3D 0 40
Moderator: A wide variety of options are represented in this problem.
Barry Rigal: 3S. I cannot double with a void, and I'm hoping partner can come back with 4C as a choice of games. If partner bids 4D, I might just pass, I suppose.
Kerri Sanborn: 4C. This just isn't right for a reopening double: too much offense and too little defense. Hopefully I'll get the picture across of a good hand with more than one place to play.
Geoff Hampson: Dbl. Double keeps the most options in play, and partner shouldn't leave it in without very strong clubs.
Gene Benedict: 3H. Because partner could have a singleton honour or a worthless doubleton, you need to rebid a strong six-card major. Rebidding this suit at the three level vulnerable is encouraging but not forcing.
Eugene Chan: 4C. Whatever happenned to RDBL? Belated cuebid will have everyone trying to guess your hand.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. If partner pulls the double then I can just bid game anyway.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Too strong to pass, so show my short but chunky support for pard's suit.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. Partner should bid (I hope).
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Ask partner to bid something.
Paul Mcmullin: 4C. Why not redouble the double earlier?
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. By the bidding, it looks like a misfit hand. I would double and give my partner the opportunity to set the contract.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Without the 3C bid your side probably will land on a thin 3N or 4H. Now 4H is more likely but you can give partner a choice for +200 or +500.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. In case partner can give me heart preference. 5D should have a pretty good shot opposite this dummy, but if partner has Honour doubleton, 4H is best. If partner wishes to play 3NT, with 2 stoppers, I will pass.

5. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A K   H 10 9 8 6 5 4 3   D A 8 6 3   C ---  
West North East South  
  1D Pass 1H
3C Pass 5C ?

Your call?

6D 6 100
5D 6 90
6C 2 80
5NT 1 60
Dbl 1 60
5H 1 50
Moderator: Though the pluraity of the panelists bid diamonds, the edge goes to 6D because the majority of the panel make a move towards slam.
Larry Cohen: 6C. I am willing to play a red-suit slam. This hand is awesome. Partner would even know to bid seven with something like HA K and DK Q x x x, which he could easily have.
The Sutherlins: 6D. East does not hold a lot. He passed 1D, yet apparently has good club support. The chance that partner has heart control seems strong. We may be on for 5D, 6D or 7D. We guess to take the middle road.
August Boehm: 5D. Based on the vulnerability, I'm guessing that partner is weak in clubs. One upside is that partner may be able to bid a laydown 6D, using the same inference that my high-card points lie outside of clubs.
Eugene Chan: 5D. Looks like partner has a real suit so might as well try for game. Vul E/W opps are not leaping to 5C expecting to be set a telephone number.
Stephen Vincent: 6D. Might make: might push them into a sacrifice at the vulnerability.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5D. It would be better if we played support doubles higher than 2H.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Pard, it is our hand - would you like to declare or defend?
Plarq Liu: 5H. Save!
David Gordon: 5D. All you can do, I think.
Beverley Candlish: 5H. . . because I'm nonvul. It is too risky to double their 5C contract.
Kf Tung: 5D. Eleven red cards and you have at least one fit. Partner cannot bid 3D over 3C, so 5D is enough. He may, still, find 6D with HA K and DK Q.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Any plus score should be worth striving for. Preempts work, and 5 of anything is unsafe our way!

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
August Boehm 3S 3H 5C 3S 5D 490
The Sutherlins 3C 3H 5C 3S 6D 490
Barry Rigal 3S 3D 5C 3S 6D 480
Larry Cohen 3C 3H 5C 3S 6C 470
Allan Falk 3S 3D 5C 3S 5D 470
Jill Meyers 3C 3H 4C 4C 6D 460
Daniel Korbel 3S 3H 5C 3S 5NT 460
Mike Lawrence 3H 3H 4C 4C 6D 450
Steve Robinson 3S 3D 4C 3H 5D 440
Gene Benedict 3H 3H 5C 3H 6C 440
Jeff Meckstroth 3C 3H 5C 4H 5D 430
Don Stack 3C 3NT 5C 3H 5D 430
Mel Colchamiro 3H 3D 4C 4C 6D 430
Richard Pavlicek 4D 3S 4C 3S 5D 430
Kerri Sanborn 3S 3H 4C 4C 5H 420
Geoff Hampson 5D 3H 3NT Dbl 6D 370
Roger Lee 4D 3D 4C Dbl Dbl 370

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Brad Bart 3C 3H 4C 3S 6D 480 150.50
2.    Michael Dimich 3C 3H 4C Dbl 5D 430 80.27
2.    Andrew Krywaniuk 4D 3H 5C Dbl 5D 430 80.27
2.    David Waterman 5D 3H 5C 4C 5D 430 80.27
5.    Zoran Peca 5D 3H 5C 4C 6C 420 30.10
6.    Martin Henneberger 3C 3D Pass 3S 5D 410 20.53
6.    Barry Yamanouchi 5D 3S 5C 3H 6D 410 20.53
6.    Joel Martineau 4D 3H 5C 3D 5D 410 20.53
6.    Kevin Contzen 3C 3S 4C 3S Dbl 410 20.53
10.    Larry Pocock 5D 3S 5C 3S Dbl 390 14.37
10.    Jack Qi 3H 3NT 4C Dbl 5D 390 14.37

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Claude Vogel (United States) 3C 3H 5C 4C 5D 460 84.00
2.    Janet Galbraith (Canada) 3C 3H 5C Dbl 6C 430 63.00
3.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 3C 3S 5C Dbl 5D 410 25.55
3.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4D 3H 5C 3H 5H 410 25.55
3.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 3C 3NT 5C Dbl 5D 410 25.55
3.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3H 3S 4C 3H 5D 410 25.55
7.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 5D 3S 5C 3S Dbl 390 10.61
7.    David Gordon (Canada) 3NT 3H 5C 3S 5D 390 10.61
7.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 2S 3H 4C 3S 6D 390 10.61
10.    Dan Cecchelli (Canada) 3C 3S 4C 3H 5H 380 8.02
10.    John Gillespie (Canada) 3C 3S 4C 3D 5D 380 8.02
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