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TGIF February 2008: Scores

1. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S ---   H J 9 8 5   D A Q 9 7 6 4   C J 7 6  
West North East South  
    1S Pass
Pass Dbl 2S ?

Your call?

3S 7 100
3D 6 90
3H 5 70
4D 0 40
4H 0 30
5D 0 30
Pass 0 20
Dbl 0 0
Moderator: The panel is divided into three groups. One group bids their long suit, one bids their major suit, and one cuebids to find out more information.
Grant Baze: 3S. I cannot commit to hearts unless partner has four - otherwise, I commit to diamonds. Over 3NT or 4C, a 4D bid is not forcing because I could not overcall 2D.
August Boehm: 3S. .. a slight overbid in order to determine our best strain.
Richard Freeman: 3S. I'll pass 3NT or 4H, and bid 4D over 4C.
Jill Meyers: 3S. .. the most flexible bid. Over 4C, I will bid 4D. Partner should play me for long diamonds (and not enough strength to overcall) and four hearts.
The Coopers: 3S. Not sure we would have passed initially.
Kai Zhou: 3S. I want to be in the right game.
Mark Eddy: 2NT. If pard thinks 2NT is to play in this situation, I want a new partner.
Stephen Vincent: 3D. An underbid but the auction is unlikely to end there and I'll be well positioned on the next round.
Anssi Rantamaa: 3S. Partner may be balancing but rates to have at least 4 hearts. With this hand game seems likely.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3D. Play safe. Pard may be balanced with a good hand and we will get to a good 3NT.
Martin Henneberger: 3S. My fear is that pard will pass a 3 level bid here and bidding diamonds loses hearts. If pard doesn't bid hearts now I will bid 4D next over 3NT or 4C.
Jongseok Oh: 3H. First of all, I try to find heart game.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Unless pard can bid again, game is unlikely.
Aloke Paul: 4D. Long suit, a bit more forceful to partner to bid at least a game.
Judi Carter: Dbl. .. if double is responsive not penalty.
Mike Roberts: 3D. This auction isn't going to end, and if partner is required to do anything intelligent it's vital that he knows my longest suit. I think pard is looking at a strong 1NT.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. Right or wrong, I am committing this hand to game. I have a source of potential tricks for NT contract and ruffs in suit contract. If the hand is all wrong, the colours are still right. Best played by pard!
Chris Buchanan: 3D. As much as the 4-4 heart fit is attractive, I like taking the tap in the 6-card suit. I play that 3D shows values and 2NT (by me) would be lebensohl.
Paul Hardy: 4H. I intend on bidding 5D over the sure 4S bid.
Chris Diamond: 3S. Where are all the other spades? Pard might have them. If he bids 3NT I'll pass.
Brian Zietman: 3D. I would have overcalled 2D after 1S. This free bid now gives partner the chance to bid hearts and we get to game. If partner is strong slam is a distinct possibilty in one of the red suits.

2. IMPs. Both vul.
S K 9 5 4   H 9 4 3   D A   C A Q 9 8 3  
West North East South  
  1NT Pass 2C
Pass 2H Pass ?

Your call?

3C 16 100
3NT 2 60
2S 0 40
4NT 0 30
4C 0 20
4H 0 10
Moderator: You have the high-card points to make game or maybe even slam. Should you bid 3NT or explore other options by bidding your club suit?
Grant Baze: 3C. Partner could have SA 2 HA K 8 7 DK 4 3 CK 10 6 4 or something similar, which makes 7C a favorite.
August Boehm: 3C. What a shame to reach 3NT opposite SA J HA K Q 2 D7 5 4 CJ 10 7 5, and find that the same club finesse needed for 3NT would let us make 6C.
Jill Meyers: 3C. Partner could have three low diamonds, and we could make a club slam.
Kai Zhou: 3C. If pard can rebid 3H, it will be great.
Mark Eddy: 3C. What else?
Stephen Vincent: 3C. Forcing. Slightly unfair to have this problem in a bidding competition as it depends on system.
Anssi Rantamaa: 3C. My hand will play better in a suit. Maybe partner has 4 spades and then cuebids will come into play.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3C. Mild slam try. Pard may rebid hearts which I will take as a 5-cd suit.
Martin Henneberger: 3C. Natural and forcing. Can this hurt? If pard bids 3NT now I will pass.
Jongseok Oh: 3NT. 3NT is better than 5C. If partner has spades, they will bid 4S.
Larry Meyer: 3C. According to ACBL on-line convention card notes, if responder rebids three of either minor, he shows slam interest and at least a five-card suit.
Mike Roberts: 3C. 3NT is premature; partner could have 5H, partner could have xxx in diamonds. It's IMPS, so I don't mind giving away an overtrick on the lead, or playing 5C. Yes, this is a game force.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. A club slam requires too many specific cards from partner. A better than 50% spade slam is easily possible, so if partner bids 4S, I will check for Key Cards.
Chris Buchanan: 3C. One small little try at slam. I am likely going to bid 3NT at my next opportunity.
Chris Diamond: 3C. Wish I knew the structure. I would think 3C forcing.
Brian Zietman: 3NT. A very tough decision. Maybe 6C is on but even 5C can go down. Too risky to try.

3. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S 9 4 2   H A Q 7 6 4   D 8 3   C Q 6 3  
West North East South  
  1D Pass 1H
Pass 1S Pass 1NT
Pass 2C Pass ?

Your call?

2S 9 100
Pass 7 80
2NT 1 50
2D 0 40
3C 0 30
3S 1 30
2H 0 10
Moderator: An interesting split on this problem. Just under half the panelists thought the best chance for a plus score was in the suit where they had the strongest support. The rest - the 'Misfit, who cares?' contingent - were confident enough of a plus score that they went for the higher-scoring strains.
Grant Baze: 2S. We may take as many tricks in spades as in a minor. Even a trick less in spades might break even.
August Boehm: 2S. Pass could work nicely, but 2S seems to go with the matchpoint odds.
Jill Meyers: 2S. At matchpoints, I will go for a major-suit partscore.
Kai Zhou: 2S. A trump lead will not make you happy, but 2S should be no problem.
Stephen Vincent: 2S. Go for the highest scoring partscore.
Anssi Rantamaa: 2S. Partner has at most one heart the hand should produce a ruff or two.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2NT. Pard has intermediate values (16-17 HCP) but judge my hand isn't good enough for 3NT (misfit, nothing in pard's suits).
Martin Henneberger: 2S. I'm going for the matchpoint spade partial.
Jongseok Oh: 2S. I know my partner's hand (4441), but I don't know my partner's HCP. 2S is 3-card support. Then, I will wait my partner's decision.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. Looks like a misfit, with no source of tricks.
Aloke Paul: 2NT. Don't have too much support for partner's suit, if he has extra points he can go to 3NT.
Mike Roberts: 2S. They're all 7 card fits (maybe 8 in clubs, if the lummox is 4-0-4-5), but why not try for the MP ring?
Perry Khakhar: 2S. Partner is showing a little bit extra. But I have wastage in hearts. At IMPs, I bid 2D, but I am tempted to play a moysian with better than average values, for a bigger plus.
Chris Buchanan: 2S. All I can say is YUK! Probably the best partial for MP.
Chris Diamond: 2S. I'm a pig.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Partner is 4-5-4 so we are not going anywhere.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S A Q 9   H A 10 8 6   D 7 5 2   C A 5 3  
West North East South  
    1S Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

2NT 15 100
3NT 0 60
2S 2 50
1NT 0 40
3H 1 40
4H 0 30
Moderator: Bridge players are taught that when partner doubles a major suit and you have four cards in the other major, you should respond in it. This problem, however, shows the difference between expert and non-expert players. On this deal, most of the panel bid notrump because of one card: the S9.
Grant Baze: 2NT. Notrump is often right, even if we have a 4-4 heart fit.
Richard Freeman: 2NT. I'll give up on hearts.
Jill Meyers: 2NT. Partner could have 10 HCP and be making a reopening bid.
The Coopers: 2NT. About right on values. We'll ignore the hearts for now.
Kai Zhou: 2S. .. setting up GF first, 3NT or 4H will likely be the final contract, maybe even slam.
Stephen Vincent: 2S. On the way to 3NT no doubt. If I knew what to lead it would be tempting to pass.
Anssi Rantamaa: 3H. Partner is unlimited but this hand should declare a heart contract.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2S. Show an opener for now. Hand looks more like suit play than NT. Can always bid NT later.
Martin Henneberger: 2S. Hearts or no trump? I'm not guessing. 2S allows partner to bid 3H with hearts or 3 of a minor. Over 3 of a minor I will bid 3NT and hopefully partner will work out I have hearts.
Jongseok Oh: 2S. I show a strong passed hand.
Larry Meyer: 1NT. Pard borrowed a king from me to dbl in pass-out seat. Show my flat distribution and double stopper.
Aloke Paul: 2NT. 2NT shows at least minimum 12 points.
Mike Roberts: 2S. If I knew partner had the jack or ten of spades, I'd bid NT. But two stoppers aren't enough, and this hand is too strong for 3H.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. The only possible force short of just bidding 4H. I am going to strongly suggest getting to game in hearts.
Chris Buchanan: 2S. Going to force this one. If partner bids a minor, I am going to try 3NT but I won't like it. I will pass 3H if they bid it.
Paul Hardy: 3NT. When my hand looks like NT, I bid NT.
Chris Diamond: 2S. Pretty good hand. But can I drop him below game next round? Good place for transfers.
Brian Zietman: 2S. Let see where we are headed here. We can always be in game in NT or hearts but the beautifully placed SA Q means that we must make a slam try here.

5. IMPs. N-S vul.
S K Q 4   H 3 2   D A K J 9 5 2   C 8 2  
West North East South  
3H Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Dbl 15 100
4D 1 60
3NT 2 50
Pass 0 40
5D 0 10
Moderator: Should you overcall your good six-card suit? The majority of the panel double, the most flexible call.
Grant Baze: Dbl. I don't like equal-level conversions except when doubling three of a major. The double permits a penalty pass or a 3NT bid by partner. Both of these are so important that it's worth the risk of a 4C bid, which can be pulled to 4D as an equal-level conversion.
August Boehm: Dbl. Ugly problem. 4D is okay, but double caters to 3NT and spades. If partner leaves it in, it may not be a success, depending on partner's diamond length.
Jill Meyers: Dbl. I don't want to leave 3NT out of the picture. If partner bids 4C, I will bid 4D and pretend I have a 6-4 hand.
Kai Zhou: 3NT. Pard will have a heart stopper in most cases, and 3NT seems promising compared to 5D.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Hate it.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Will correct clubs to diamonds.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. Equal level conversions are popular to deal with this scenario. If pard picks clubs I will convert to diamonds. Double here is the most flexible and caters to many outs including partner passing!
Jongseok Oh: 4D. 4D is suitable for 13HCP and 6 cards.
Larry Meyer: 4D. Just bid my hand.
Aloke Paul: Pass. Being vulnerable 13-points is too risky to bid over pre-empt.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Hate this. I really want to bid 3NT.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Some times partner has 5S! Besides, who says that the moysian won't play well here. Clearly Double is the most flexible bid. Obviously, I correct 4C to 4D.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. If partner can not squeak, I won't either.
Chris Diamond: 4D. This sucks. I'd like to double but that could create all sorts of problems later.
Brian Zietman: Pass. A vulnerable 3 down in 4D could be a disaster. Not worth risking at IMP's

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Grant Baze 3S 3C 2S 2NT Dbl 500
August Boehm 3S 3C 2S 2NT Dbl 500
Richard Freeman 3S 3C 2S 2NT Dbl 500
Jill Meyers 3S 3C 2S 2NT Dbl 500
The Coopers 3S 3C 2S 2NT Dbl 500
Larry Cohen 3D 3C 2S 2NT Dbl 490
Betty Ann Kennedy 3H 3C 2S 2NT Dbl 470
Mike Lawrence 3D 3C Pass 2NT Dbl 470
The Sutherlins 3D 3C Pass 2NT Dbl 470
Karen Walker 3D 3C Pass 2NT Dbl 470
Jeff Meckstroth 3H 3C Pass 2NT Dbl 450
The Stansbys 3H 3C Pass 2NT Dbl 450
Kerri Sanborn 3S 3C Pass 2S Dbl 430
Allan Falk 3D 3C Pass 2NT 3NT 420
Steve Robinson 3H 3C 2S 2S Dbl 420
The Colchamiros 3S 3NT 2NT 2NT Dbl 410
Barry Rigal 3D 3NT 2S 2NT 3NT 400
Bridge Buff 3H 3C 3S 3H 4D 300

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Joel Martineau 3D 3C 2S 3NT Dbl 450
1.    Martin Henneberger 3S 3C 2S 2S Dbl 450
3.    Stephen Vincent 3D 3C 2S 2S Dbl 440
3.    Michael Dimich 3D 3C 2S 2NT 3NT 440
5.    Julie Smith 3D 3C 2S 3NT 4D 410
5.    Nigel Fullbrook 3H 3C 2S 3H Dbl 410
7.    Brad Bart 3D 3C 2S 2S 4D 400
7.    Kai Zhou 3S 3C 2S 2S 3NT 400
7.    Adam Melzak 3S 3NT 2S 2NT Pass 400
10.    Gilbert Lambert 3S 3C 2S 2S Pass 390
10.    Aidan Ballantyne 3D 3C 2NT 2S Dbl 390

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Mike Roberts (US) 3D 3C 2S 2S Dbl 440
1.    Lea Gaboury (Canada) 3S 3NT Pass 2NT Dbl 440
3.    Fred Bart (Canada) 3H 3C 2S 2S Dbl 420
4.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 3S 3NT 2S 2S Dbl 410
4.    Janet Dunbar (Tasmania) 3D 3C 2S 3NT 4D 410
4.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 3S 3C 2S 3NT 3NT 410
4.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 3S 3C 2S 2S 4D 410
8.    Ross Jamieson (Canada) 3H 3C 2S 3NT 4D 390
9.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 3D 3C 2S 2S Pass 380
10.    Merv Adey (Canada) 3H 3C 2S 2S Pass 360
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