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TGIF June 2016: Scores

1. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A 4   H 3   D A Q J 2   C A 8 6 4 3 2  
West North East South  
  1C 1D 2D (1)
2H Dbl Pass ?
(1) Limit raise in clubs or better.

Your call?

3D 8 100
3H 5 90
3NT 3 70
4H 0 70
4NT 0 70
6C 2 70
5C 0 50
Pass 0 40
Moderator: The favourable position of the diamond suit and the vulnerability encourage the panel to cue-bid, trying for slam.
The Sutherlins: 3D. 3NT should be an easy make, but is it enough? We cuebid the opponents' suit - we are loaded. A club slam is a possibility.
Daniel Korbel: 3NT. At other colours I might pass, but with this extreme of a hand, I won't pass even though we could be getting plus 800. I'll be a matchpoint pig and bash out 3NT, knowing full well that slam could be cold.
Roger Lee: 3H. I could bid 3D, but this makes it absolutely clear that I have short hearts and a move, though I'm going to drive past 3NT anyway.
Gene Benedict: 6C. I suspect partner has 4-4-2-3 shape with strong hearts. Because his hearts are over the heart bidder and my diamonds are over the diamond bidder, all finesses should work. There could be a hole in the club suit. 6C should be enough.
Stephen Vincent: 3D. Try and coax partner into a cue bid.
David Waterman: 2S. We need lots of space.
Anssi Rantamaa: 3D. Give partner an opportunity to cuebid the HA.
Chris Diamond: 3D. Hard when the cult will open 2 small clubs and 4 honours in hearts with 1C, but still too much potential.
Larry Meyer: 4NT. If pard has HA and CK Q, then 7C looks good, else settle for 6C.
Eugene Chan: 4C. Making a forceful slam try. 4NT from opener denies slam interest and we will play there.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. Partner is marked with a likely minimum 4-4-2-3 and wastage in hearts. Look for 3NT in preference to 6C.
Larry Pocock: 3D. Keeps NT in the picture and shows a game force or better.
Laurence Betts: 4C. . . minorwood. That's what I would have bid the first time.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. . . slamgoing in clubs. Even opposite SK x x x, HQ J x x, Dx x, CQ J x (which is not a 1C-opening) 12 tricks are possible. So I'm going hunting for 13 tricks. This leaves more room than the 4H-splinter.
David Gordon: 2S. Advance cuebid.
Mike R and Monica W: 3H. Partner, with no aces, will bid 3NT. Then 4D will get on track to 6C.
Plarq Liu: 3H. I want to show my extra values and heart shortness.
Beverley Candlish: 4NT. Investigate for a slam in clubs or NT.
Kf Tung: 3D. We have power, we have clubs, and diamonds are not a worry.

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S J 6 5   H A K 9 5 4   D A 7 3 2   C 5  
West North East South  
3D 4C Pass ?

Your call?

4H 8 100
4D 5 80
5C 3 60
4NT 1 50
Pass 1 50
Moderator: Though many of the panel want to break discipline and pass, many suck it up to make the least awful bid.
Larry Cohen: 4H. Problems like this make me glad I retired. Will anyone pass partner's forcing bid? I sure am tempted.
Steve Robinson: 4D. Make the cheapest bid and hope to survive. I must admit that on some days, I would pass partner's forcing 4C bid.
Richard Pavlicek: 5C. Ugly, but the lesser of evils, the alternative being 4H, which sucks worse. Of course 4NT - natural - might be the least of evils, but the standard interpretation is surely Blackwood.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. Not sure what else I can say.
Eurydice Nours: 4NT. Not key card, but to play.
David Waterman: 4D. I would like to slow this down, but all I can do is bid my hand.
Anssi Rantamaa: 4H. Best of the worst.
Chris Diamond: Pass. There are other partners out there. And it's only a board.
Larry Meyer: 4H. Can't pass pard's free bid of a new suit at the 4-level, so make my minimum bid.
Eugene Chan: 4D. I hope partner does not think this implies club support. In any event partner should have heart support for his 4C bid.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4NT. Presumably a direct 4NT is weaker than cue-bidding and then being endplayed into bidding 4NT anyway.
Larry Pocock: 4D. Ugly problem. Bidding 5C may well be the only right action. Partner didn't negative double so clubs must be long.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4H. I hate to do this, but I don't see any real alternatives with my singleton club. Partner rates to have at least three hearts as LHO and I have at least 10 diamonds. Hoping partner can move, if not 4H is (probably) a good matchpoint effort.
David Gordon: 4D. Waiting bid.
Mike R and Monica W: 4D. Either 4D or 4NT should be a grope. I'll pick 4D, and reserve 4NT for RKC.
Plarq Liu: 4D. I introduce my second suit.
Beverley Candlish: 5C. Where can I go? Partner has to have a solid club suit and values to come into the bidding at that level.
Kf Tung: 4D. I have the DA!

3. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S 7 6 5 2   H A K J 8 7 6 4   D ---   C A 3  
West North East South  
Pass 1S Pass ?

Your call?

4D 5 100
3H 5 90
4H 3 80
2S 2 70
3S 1 60
2H 0 50
3C 2 50
4S 0 50
Moderator: There are a wide variety of opinions on this hand: to support spades, insist on hearts, and then there's the issue of how high.
August Boehm: 4D. This is far from ideal with such weak trumps. 6H might be our only slam, e.g., when partner holds SA x x x and strong minors for spade discards. Still, the alternatives are even less appealing, and if partner cooperates, I could jump to 6H.
Jill Meyers: 2S. I don't think it will go all pass.
Kerri Sanborn: 3H. Although I am worth 4H here, I don't want to give up on spades. Obviously I will not sit for 3NT. A spade raise at this point is potentially disastrous, and how high if I raise? I can feel shivers when 4S is doubled!
Geoff Hampson: 3S. The opponents are conspicuously silent, which might suggest that partner has a good hand. I would like to force this hand to game, but I am not yet sure what trump should be, and I may get overboard if I bid more strongly now.
Daniel Korbel: 4H. It's gotta be worth a shot at game, and 7-4 is usually best in your long suit unless you find a nine-card (or more) fit on the side. The spade fit will take tricks in hearts, too. My second choice is 3H because going low is sensible at matchpoints.
Larry Meyer: 4D. Splinter to show the great support for spades and the diamond shortage.
Eugene Chan: 4H. Invariably, always better to play in a long trump suit. This risks missing a potential spade slam but I am not going to pursue a marginal slam at matchpoints.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. It's tempting to blast 4S/4D right away, but that could get us overboard if partner takes us seriously.
Larry Pocock: 3S. 2S too cold, 4S too hot.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3S. Slam moves need something more from partner than a scattered 6 points.
David Gordon: 4D. Stretch for the splinter with this offensive hand.
Mike R and Monica W: 4D. The correct bid is 4 sparts. Stupid legal restrictions.
Plarq Liu: 3H. We have double fit, jump to show it.
Beverley Candlish: 3S. . . showing support and hope that partner has the values to go to 4S. Slam is a possibility.
Kf Tung: 3H. Beware of exciting partner too much.

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

Your call?

5NT 8 100
6C 4 80
4NT 3 70
Pass 3 70
4S 0 40
5C 0 40
5D 0 30
Dbl 0 20
Moderator: The majority of the panel are slam-bound: some involve partner in the decision; others have their eyes on just the club suit.
Steve Weinstein: 4NT. . . straight Blackwood. If partner takes it as keycard in spades, it's not the end of the world. I'm playing at least 6C.
Allan Falk: Pass. We are in a forcing auction, so why would I get in partner's way? If partner next bids 4S, I'll bid 6C; if double, 5NT pick-a-slam; if 5C, I'll bid 5D, trying for a grand slam. I want to find out if partner has first-round heart control.
Barry Rigal: 5NT. . . the ubiquitous pick-a-slam. Not the least of its attractions is that it acts as a transferrer of blame. Who could ask for anything more?
Don Stack: 6C. It is tempting to bid 5NT asking partner to pick a slam, but we are looking at 3-card support for what must be a tremendous club suit. In 6C, the diamond suit can surely be set up for any discards that partner may need.
Stephen Vincent: 6C. The irritating interference leaves no room for a delicate approach.
David Waterman: 6C. No good way to investigate 7, and the breaks will be bad.
Anssi Rantamaa: 5NT. Pick a slam partner.
Chris Diamond: 4NT. Bidding 6C anyway, so I might as well check.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Being able to ruff hearts in the hand with the short trumps makes this worth bidding game.
Eugene Chan: 4S. Partner may have a minimal 5-5 in the blacks. If so, 4S will be the best place to play.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5H. Assuming 2S is a strong jump-shift, there is hardly room for the opponents to have 2 tricks.
Larry Pocock: 6C. Partner should be showing a BIG 2 suiter. Cue bidding 5H may convince partner you have a void. So, a practical 6C?
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 6C. Best shot I think.
David Gordon: 6C. Give up on 7.
Bob Todd: 5H. Are all hands cue bids?
Mike R and Monica W: Pass. Will pull partner's double to 5C - he might be able to bid 6C. If pard bids, shoot 6C.
Plarq Liu: 5C. Clubs is the better trump suit. Assuming partner has two diamonds, I can establish my diamonds.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. Couldn't find our fit before the 4H bid. Partner reversed so has a strong hand, it seems that doubling for penalty is the best bid.
Kf Tung: 6C. 7-loser hand, club fit, partner has a 5-loser hand. Good controls and good trumps.

5. IMPs. N-S vul.
S Q 5 4   H A Q 10 5 4   D 9 8 2   C 7 5  
West North East South  
  1D Pass 1H
Pass 1S Pass ?

Your call?

2D 11 100
1NT 1 60
2H 2 60
2S 1 60
Pass 3 60
Moderator: The majority of the panel go for the simple preference.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. Actually 2D is a reasonable choice as it allows partner a second chance. 55-45 for pass.
Don Stack: 2H. . . rebidding a decent suit and hoping to land on our feet. There is a bit too much in this hand to pass 1S and not enough reason to raise to 2S or rebid 1NT.
Mel Colchamiro: 2D. With three low diamonds, 4S seems a long way away, so paradoxically, that leads me to support diamonds. Once again, at matchpoints, this is a more difficult problem.
Stephen Vincent: 1NT. Passing abandons all hope of a vulnerable game while 2D and 2H both overstate the length of the suit.
Chris Diamond: 2S. Hey, an easy one for a change.
Larry Meyer: 2D. Pard's diamonds must be real, so support with support.
Pearl Minkoff: 2C. . . New minor forcing.
Eugene Chan: 2H. I have enough for another bid and my suit is definitely rebiddable.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2D. Partner will get the message about the club weakness and correct back to hearts with 3 of them.
Larry Pocock: 2D. Also pass and 2H could be right. Normally I would bypass 1S with a balanced minimum.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2D. This hand is why I play short club.
David Gordon: 2D. If partner bids 2H raise to 4H. If 2S raise to 4S. If 2NT bid 3NT.
Mike R and Monica W: 2D. . . just like they did in 1950. 2S is mighty attractive if it goes all pass.
Plarq Liu: 1NT. . . limited to 6-10.
Beverley Candlish: 2S. . . and hope that partner passes.
Kf Tung: 1NT. Pass or 2H are dangerous options.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Kerri Sanborn 3H 4H 3H 5NT 2D 480
Steve Robinson 3D 4D 3H 5NT 2D 470
Larry Cohen 3H 4H 4D Pass 2D 460
Barry Rigal 3D 4D 4H 5NT 2D 460
Mel Colchamiro 6C 4H 4H 5NT 2D 450
Steve Weinstein 3D 4D 3H 4NT 2D 440
Jill Meyers 3D 4D 2S 6C 2D 430
Don Stack 3H 4H 4D 6C 2H 430
August Boehm 3H 5C 4D Pass 2D 420
Allan Falk 3D 4H 3C Pass 2D 420
The Sutherlins 3D 4H 3C 4NT 2D 420
Richard Pavlicek 3D 5C 4D 5NT 2S 420
Roger Lee 3H 5C 4D 5NT 1NT 410
Daniel Korbel 3NT Pass 4H 5NT 2D 400
Gene Benedict 6C 4H 3H 6C 2H 400
Mike Lawrence 3NT 4H 2S 6C Pass 380
Jeff Meckstroth 3NT 4NT 3H 5NT Pass 370
Geoff Hampson 3D 4D 3S 4NT Pass 370

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Gilbert Lambert 3D 4H 3S 6C 2D 440 131.69
1.    Michael Dimich 3D 4D 4D 5NT 2S 440 131.69
3.    Stephen Vincent 3D 4H 4H 6C 1NT 420 63.96
3.    Larry Pocock 3D 4D 3S 6C 2D 420 63.96
5.    Anssi Rantamaa 3D 4H 4S 5NT 2H 410 25.56
5.    Larry Meyer 4NT 4H 4D 4S 2D 410 25.56
5.    Stuart Carr 3D 4D 4D 4NT 2H 410 25.56
8.    Kevin Contzen 3D 4H 4H Dbl 2D 400 18.81
9.    Martin Henneberger 4NT 4D 3S 6C 2D 390 15.15
9.    Diana Jing 3H 4H 4D 5H 2D 390 15.15
9.    Kai Zhou 4H 4D 3S 6C 2D 390 15.15

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Janet Galbraith (Canada) 3D 4D 4D 6C 2D 460 98.00
2.    Mike R and Monica W (Canada) 3H 4D 4D Pass 2D 440 73.50
3.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 3D 4D 4D 6C 1NT 420 41.65
3.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 3D 4H 3H 4NT 1NT 420 41.65
5.    Dan Cecchelli (Canada) 3H 4D 4D 4S 2D 410 16.64
5.    Kf Tung (China) 3D 4D 3H 6C 1NT 410 16.64
5.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 3D 4D 3C 6C 2D 410 16.64
8.    John Gillespie (Canada) 4NT 4H 4S 6C 2D 400 12.25
9.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3D 4D 4D 5H 2D 380 10.89
10.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 4NT Pass 4H Pass 2D 370 9.35
10.    Hari Ajmani (Usa) 3D 4D 3H 5H 2D 370 9.35
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