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TGIF May 2016: Scores

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

Your call?

4NT 9 100
4C 5 80
3NT 2 70
4D 2 70
5D 0 50
6D 0 40
Moderator: It's interesting how many different meanings there can be for a single bid. Most of the panelists were drawn to 4NT and 4C, but not for the same reasons.
Larry Cohen: 4NT. I mean it as quantitative - since most experts would use 4H or 4D to ask for aces. But, if I hear what sounds like an answer to Blackwood, I'll cope.
Geoff Hampson: 3NT. We have more, but I think this is going to be the best spot facing most of partner's hands.
Steve Robinson: 4D. Maybe partner can bid RKCB.
Kerri Sanborn: 4C. I usually play 4NT here as quantitative, but this time I can't set or deny a trump suit first, so it should be key card in diamonds. It's easy to picture partner with an ace and DK Q J x x x x, but I can't make the final decision with a stiff trump.
Eugene Chan: 6D. With a favourite partner, I bid 4D (forcing) but for a bidding contest, a practical 6D.
Kevin Contzen: 4D. Minorwood.
Anssi Rantamaa: 4NT. KCB.
David Waterman: 4NT. It is just possible we are off 2 KC and the DQ. If so, we play 5NT. Otherwise we will be in 6D.
Larry Meyer: 4NT. If pard has two key cards and 7 diamonds to QJ10, then 6D is cold. Lacking two keys, settle for 5D.
Martin Henneberger: 4NT. I don't like guessing. Rather than decide what our side can or cannot make I will bid a value showing 4NT. This is not keycard since there is no suit agreement. Partner should then be well placed to judge level and strain.
Chris Diamond: 4NT. I'd bid a cheaper version of Blackwood here if I knew if we played it. But 2 KC should give us a play for slam, without a 4C convolution.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4D. Slam will depend on keycards in the diamond suit. (No mention of minorwood in BBS.)
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. Time to make a slam-move, opposite a minimum with KQJxxx(x) slam is almost a lock.
Plarq Liu: 4C. Fourth suit force. My hand is too strong to stop.
Hari Ajmani: 4NT. Key Card asking.
David Gordon: 4NT. Will bid 6D with 2 keys and 5D with 1 key.
Beverley Candlish: 4NT. . . to see is if there is a diamond slam.
Kf Tung: 4NT. Very good if this is key card asking. Otherwise partner can work out that you have 18 points, 6 tricks and looking for 6D or 6N.
Norman Tucker: 4NT. Let's look for slam; can with 30 hcp minimum.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. If there is a slam, I am not sure whether in diamonds or NT. Initially, it would help to discover HK in partner's hand. If I get a cue bid, I will see where we go from there.
Bob Todd: 4NT. I hope this is KC.

2. IMPs. None vul.
S 7 2   H K Q J 7 3 2   D Q 3   C A 4 2  
West North East South  
Pass 1S Pass 2H
Pass 3C Pass 3H
Pass 4C Pass ?

Your call?

4S 9 100
5C 4 80
4H 3 70
Pass 2 60
Moderator: The majority of the panel opt to play their 5-2 fit at the four-level instead of their 5-3 fit at the five-level.
Roger Lee: 5C. We've already slightly overbid our heart holding and CA 4 2 must be good enough to raise here. It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to hear 6C from partner.
Allan Falk: 4H. If partner has 5-5 in the blacks with no hearts, 4H has to have as much, or better, play as 5C. If North is 6-6 in the blacks he can bid 4S over 4H.
Barry Rigal: 4S. I'd expect to be facing a void in hearts - and spades may be better than hearts . . . or not.
Richard Pavlicek: Pass. If it's forcing, I won't offer hearts a fourth time - I'd need the H10 for that. So I'd bid 5C, not surprised to be down, but I can't rule out a slam with partner being unlimited.
Eugene Chan: 5C. Probably a near unanimous choice.
David Waterman: 5C. 4S is misguided, especially at IMPs.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Hoping we are in our 6-2 fit, but even 5-2 at the 4-level may be better than 5-3 at the 5-level.
Martin Henneberger: 4S. I think 4D here has a lot of merit as a probe for the right game. As it stands partner has given me a choice in the black suits and I will attempt to play at a lower level by bidding 4S.
Chris Diamond: 4D. Considered 4D as a waiting type bid, but somehow this always bites back. So the cheapest game I can see.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. Opposite a likely heart void it is prudent to stay low. Partner rates to have 6 spades on this auction.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5C. All I have to offer, the CA. Partner should be able to discern my 6322.
Plarq Liu: 5C. It's worth a shot.
David Gordon: 4S. 3H denies three spades.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. It is obvious that North doesn't have any hearts at all. North is asking South to choose between spades and clubs.
Kf Tung: 5C. Finally you got a fit.
Norman Tucker: 4H. Worth a try.
Perry Khakhar: 5C. This hand sucks! I will show true preference and see if that is the right spot.
Bob Todd: 4D. Waiting.

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

Your call?

Pass 14 100
5H 1 80
4S 2 60
5D 1 50
Moderator: An advancing partnership would do well to discuss the nuances of an auction like this.
Steve Weinstein: Pass. I am very sorry if 4H wasn't natural.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Sounds like we have found our best game.
Kevin Contzen: 5H. Partner is looking for slam so I can't drop the ball with a pass.
Anssi Rantamaa: Pass. Maybe we can play a Moysian fit if partner has four hearts. 5C could be a stretch.
David Waterman: 4S. My hand feels strong for this auction, but I did open vulnerable - I am denying a diamond card, a club control, so partner should have a pretty good idea of what I have.
Larry Meyer: 5H. Pard's new suit at the 4-level has to show at least 5 cards, and his new suit forces me to bid.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. If bids can be natural then they are. Here partner has shown the red suits with longer diamonds and a good hand. They are most likely 5-6 in the reds. I have an easy pass now as we appear to have found our landing spot.
Chris Diamond: Pass. As far as I know, it's natural, a non forcing game bid and I have a pretty good hand for it.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Difficult to move towards slam with the SA K probably wasted.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5H. My partner should have a 5-6 red hand for bidding 4H. I have a positive hand for 5-3 hearts, but no club control.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Not forcing.
David Gordon: Pass. You might have some tap protection from clubs.
Beverley Candlish: 5H. . . to show a preference. You may have a slam so have to keep the bidding open.
Kf Tung: 4S. Sorry, partner will not like your clubs.
Norman Tucker: Pass. That's a wrap!
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Partner appears to have a good 5-6. If my king was in any other suit, I would try for slam. But a reluctant pass seems most prudent here.

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

Your call?

3D 11 100
3S 3 70
4S 2 70
4C 1 60
Pass 1 60
3NT 0 50
Moderator: Today, the cuebid means 'forward going' or 'unsure of where we are going'.
Don Stack: 3S. We have two big cards for partner, and we will take our preference to 3S in perfect tempo if that is possible. Suits may not be breaking well, so being conservative and trying for a plus score will hopefully pay off.
Mike Lawrence: 3D. I am not sure where we're going. My hand is too good to pass or to bid 3S. But not so good that I want to bid a game.
Jeff Meckstroth: Pass. I might have the right stuff but there's no safety in bidding.
Jill Meyers: 4S. Partner has a distributional hand. It may not be rich in high-card points, but we are vulnerable at IMPs and I am taking my chances.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Partner's inability to re-open with a double has solved one problem: what to do after partner doubles. No game in sight. Pass!
David Waterman: 4S. There are other bids that would be great if I could be sure partner was on the same page. But make the practical call.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Tends to show decent 2-card support. With 3-card support, I probably would have supported earlier.
Martin Henneberger: 3S. I wish I could bid more but I need to give partner some rope here. They could have a good 2 suiter or marginal competitive values. Taking a false preference keeps the auction alive while potentially shutting out the opponents from finding a heart fit.
Chris Diamond: 3S. Probably worth more but he might be diamond void. I might have bid 2S last round.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. If there is a game here, it would likely be in spades. Since it's IMPs I'll take one more shot.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. . . and then 4C if he does not bid 3NT, as 2C must promise significant extra values or shape.
Plarq Liu: 3S. Reluctant choice.
David Gordon: 3D. Show some life.
Beverley Candlish: 3S. Not much to offer. Take a preference in the major suit.
Kf Tung: Pass. Misfit! Partner does not have a strong hand!
Norman Tucker: 3S. Let's stop here unless you are loaded.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. 3NT? 4S? 5C? Not knowing the best place, I will show my diamond stoppers and see what partner has in mind.

5. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S ---   H 10 9 8 5 4 3 2   D ---   C A J 10 5 4 3  
West North East South  

Your call?

Pass 9 100
2H 4 80
4H 4 80
3H 1 70
1H 0 50
Moderator: This deal comes from The Common Game, where the percentage of freak deals seems to run unusually high.
Mel Colchamiro: 3H. . . and then I bid as many clubs as I have to bid. 1H is possible, as is 2H and then many clubs. Pass just ain't me, and 3H probably ain't the panel. I expect a score of 30 or lower.
Daniel Korbel: 4H. Who knows? There's a pretty good likelihood I will bid 5C all by myself if the opponents bid 4S.
Allan Falk: 2H. . . and if they compete, 5C if necessary. If someone knows a 100% foolproof way to bid this hand, I'm listening. I'm also skeptical like you couldn't imagine.
August Boehm: Pass. My hand is indescribable for now, but if the opponents bid the pointed suits, boy, do I have an unusual notrump! Probably all plans will involve guesswork. Holding a freak, I've found it best to listen.
Eugene Chan: Pass. No crystal ball and I am vulnerable. I detest opening weak twos with seven card suits and I am not allowed to open 2C. Pass will never be criticized.
Kevin Contzen: Pass. With this two suiter, I can push my way in later if it seems advisable.
David Waterman: Pass. There is no right answer, of course.
Larry Meyer: Pass. No opening bid can describe this hand. With this much shape having been dealt, this hand will not get passed out - I will have a chance to describe my hand later.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. There will be many styles and opinions for this problem. I am from the school that feels this hand can be best described later by starting with pass.
Chris Diamond: Pass. No hurry to dig my hole first vulnerable, even if I knew which hole to dig.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4H. They'll probably accept the transfer, but who knows what partner's got.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. But I have to admit I have 'system' to enter later.
Plarq Liu: 3H. I think this is the most balanced choice.
David Gordon: Pass. Deny a good hand and then bid a lot.
Beverley Candlish: 1H. Opponents will most certainly up the bidding to spades and/or diamonds. Go slow to see if partner can help you out.
Kf Tung: Pass. . . and then you will get a good score if they double you later in hearts or clubs.
Norman Tucker: Pass. I'll show details when asked. I don't like this collection unless partner opens in one my suits.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I want 4NT as any two suiter! Since we can't always have what we want, pass seems best.
Bob Todd: Pass. I hope to catch up later. Nothing describes this hand.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Barry Rigal 4NT 4S Pass 3D Pass 500
Steve Weinstein 4NT 5C Pass 3D Pass 480
August Boehm 4C 5C Pass 3D Pass 460
Larry Cohen 4NT Pass Pass 3D Pass 460
Jeff Meckstroth 4NT 4S Pass Pass Pass 460
The Sutherlins 4C 4S Pass 3D 4H 460
Daniel Korbel 4NT 5C Pass 3D 4H 460
Roger Lee 4C 5C Pass 3D Pass 460
Jill Meyers 4C 4S Pass 4S Pass 450
Steve Robinson 4D 4S Pass 3D 2H 450
Mel Colchamiro 3NT 4S Pass 3D 3H 440
Geoff Hampson 3NT 4H Pass 3D Pass 440
Kerri Sanborn 4C 4S Pass 3S 4H 430
Gene Benedict 4NT 4S 4S 3S Pass 430
Allan Falk 4NT 4H Pass 4S 2H 420
Don Stack 4NT 4S 4S 3S 2H 410
Richard Pavlicek 4NT Pass 5H 4C 2H 380
Mike Lawrence 4D 4H 5D 3D 4H 370

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    David Walker 4C 4S Pass 3D Pass 480 112.88
1.    Larry Pocock 4C 4S Pass 3D Pass 480 112.88
1.    Jack Aaron 4NT 5C Pass 3D Pass 480 112.88
4.    Martin Henneberger 4NT 4S Pass 3S Pass 470 52.68
5.    Alan Kemp-Gee 4NT 5C Pass 3D 2H 460 30.10
6.    Brad Bart 4NT 5C Pass 3S Pass 450 16.87
6.    Gilbert Lambert 4C 4S Pass 4S Pass 450 16.87
6.    David Schmidt 4C 4S Pass 3D 3H 450 16.87
6.    Larry Meyer 4NT 4S 5H 3S Pass 450 16.87
6.    Yue Su 4NT 5C Pass 3S Pass 450 16.87
6.    Andrew Krywaniuk 4D 4S Pass 3D 4H 450 16.87
6.    Pearl Minkoff 4C 4S Pass 3S Pass 450 16.87
6.    Norma Doucette 4C 4S Pass 3S Pass 450 16.87

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    David Gordon (Canada) 4NT 4S Pass 3D Pass 500 84.00
2.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4C 4S Pass 3D Pass 480 63.00
3.    Janet Galbraith (Canada) 4NT 4S Pass 3S Pass 470 42.00
4.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 4NT 5C 5H 3D Pass 460 23.10
4.    Hari Ajmani (Usa) 4NT Pass Pass 3D Pass 460 23.10
6.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 4D 5C Pass 3D Pass 450 10.85
6.    Susan Julius (Canada) 4NT 5C Pass 4S Pass 450 10.85
6.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 4NT 4S 5H 4S Pass 450 10.85
6.    Claude Vogel (United States) 4D 5C Pass 3D Pass 450 10.85
6.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 4NT 5C Pass 3D 3H 450 10.85
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