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TGIF July 2016: Scores

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

Your call?

4D 10 100
3NT 3 60
Pass 2 50
Dbl 1 40
Moderator: The majority of the panel bid what's in front of them.
Daniel Korbel: 4D. Partner likely has heart shortage and yet couldn't act. I'm going to give up on 3NT, aiming rather at 4D, 5D or 4S. If partner bids 4S over 4D, I can happily pass, which would not be the case if I doubled. I expect the majority to double.
Roger Lee: Pass. We could be cold for a number of games, but I've found increasingly that the opponents are jobbing me around at this vulnerability. Bidding with a hand like this will often cause us to declare a bad contract rather than defend one.
Richard Pavlicek: 3NT. Ugly, but I feel I have to do something, and 4D or double could lead to worse. At least it's game if I'm right. Knowing my opponents could make a difference, but most seem to have nothing these days at favourable vulnerability.
Stephen Vincent: 4D. Have to say something and partner rates to be short in hearts.
Martin Henneberger: 4D. We would like a longer suit to bid at the 4 level, however there is some safety after the opponents have found a fit. Doubling is seriously flawed. Passing with this many values is unattractive. That leaves the middle of the road action of bidding 4D.
David Waterman: Dbl. I owe partner the S2. All other options are worse.
Chris Diamond: 4D. Kind of a nothing bid, but at least it shows values.
Larry Meyer: Pass. We are more likely to go plus if we defend. The spades are not so useful for offense, but full value on defense.
Eugene Chan: 4D. With a good suit and a good hand we should take some action. Bidding 4D at adverse vulnerability is an appropriate bold statement.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4D. Not quite good enough to fudge a double.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. If they have a fit, so do we. It feels like a long way to game, but this hand is worth the attempt. I don't wish to collect 50 a pop.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. I cannot see game for us - take likely plus at IMPs.
Timothy Wright: 3NT. Passing is reasonable, but if we are going to bid, 3NT is better than 4D. Both need diamonds to behave but 3NT requires 2 fewer tricks from partner.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Why turn a possible plus into an almost certain minus?
David Gordon: 4D. 3NT seems unlikely.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. With a strong hand, double first.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. Have no place to go.
Kf Tung: 4D. Good hand, good diamonds and please give me 5D if you can.

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

Your call?

4C 3 100
4NT 4 100
6H 7 90
5H 1 70
4H 1 50
3NT 0 30
6NT 0 10
Moderator: The votes for 4C and 4NT were lumped together because they're all using keycard Blackwood to investigate the possibility of a grand slam. If you bid 4C for some other reason, well, lucky you.
Larry Cohen: 6H. Opposite a sound preemptor, this should be fine. Opposite an aggressive preemptor, 4H would be enough. Even if I had science available, I wouldn't use it, because it might tip off the killing opening lead, perhaps via a lead-directing double.
Jill Meyers: 4C. . . or whatever bid is keycard in Bridge Bulletin standard. I play 4C is keycard, but if that is not allowed, please make the keycard bid for me.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. Partners seldom have what one hopes for in such situations.
Martin Henneberger: 4C. I checked the Bridge Bulletin Standard guide and am secure in the knowledge that 4C is used as keycard over any preempt other than 3C. Seems like the right call here.
David Waterman: 4NT. If he has the HK I will chance it.
Chris Diamond: 4NT. Depends on how ugly a 1st seat nonvul preempt can be I guess. Bidding six over 1 KC. Not sure if 4C is modified KC here.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Ask pard for more information about his hand.
Eugene Chan: 4C. Modern treatment of 4C is conventional 5 Step Keycard. In any event, 4C is forcing.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4NT. If partner shows the HK and SK, I'll bid 7. Kickback would allow partner to show the SK in more situations.
Peter Nixon: 4H. In this day and age of 'anything goes preempts', I'll just bid what I think will make.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. At this vulnerability, I refuse to put an outside control card in partner's hand! Plus it has to be the CK for any chance at a slam. I will take my plus: pre-empts work!
Paul Mcmullin: 4NT. If partner has two kings, I am bidding 7H, good enough at IMPs.
Timothy Wright: 4NT. If we did not play RKC, this would be a lot tougher to bid.
Susan Julius: 4NT. 1430.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 6H. I can construct some hands that make 7H, but also some hands that don't make 6H. As I cannot ask for the relevant cards AND distribution I'll bid the percentage slam.
David Gordon: 4NT. You have 11 top tricks opposite HK Q x x x x x. If partner says 1 key then bid 6H otherwise stop in 5H. Clubs could set up or pard could have an outside king or queen.
Plarq Liu: 4C. I have all controls, look for club fit.
Beverley Candlish: 6H. . . with a little prayer.
Kf Tung: 4C. Slam interest. Partner will bid 4H and then you bid 6H. If partner can show a good 3H opening by 4D or 4S, go to 7H.

3. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S 9 6 2   H J 10   D 7   C A K 10 7 4 3 2  
West North East South  
  1C Dbl ?

Your call?

5C 6 100
2NT 4 90
3D 2 70
Rdbl 3 70
4C 1 60
3C 0 30
Moderator: A large variety of responses to this problem.
August Boehm: 2NT. Isn't Jordan pretty standard, including the minors?
Steve Robinson: Rdbl. I'll next support clubs. If there was a forcing club raise, I'd do that.
Don Stack: 3D. Although I don't feel that the splinter bid of 3D will be a popular choice, it has a lot going for it. It describes a massive club fit with shortness. This feels like a 3NT hand, and 3D may enable him to bid it.
Mel Colchamiro: 5C. Even if partner has the dreaded 2NT rebid, it doesn't necessarily mean 3NT is cold. With SA K Q x HK Q x DQ x x CQ J x, 5C might be, though.
Stephen Vincent: 5C. I dare say I'm supposed to do something devious.
Craig T. Wilson: 2C. Inverted minor.
Martin Henneberger: 5C. This hand is problematic and a pure guess. If partner has a good hand we don't want to give up on 3NT. If the hand belongs to the opponents we need to preempt. He who guesses last loses. I'm guessing first by jumping to 5C and could be very wrong doing so.
David Waterman: 3D. I will bid over 4 of a major, of course, but I hope to make partner's life easier if we defend at a higher level.
Chris Diamond: 4C. 3C is not enough and 5C is too high. I like 3NT as showing this: sometimes it has a play if pard passes.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Make the opps start their discussion at the 4-level.
Eugene Chan: Rdbl. If partner thinks I have 10+ HCPs and no fit, that misconception will soon be eliminated.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. I don't really want to preempt above 3NT, but as usual BBS leaves us fumbling around in the dark where most partnerships would have discussed this situation beyond 3C=weak.
Peter Nixon: Rdbl. Sort of a waiting bid. My next bid will depend on the opponents' reactions.
Perry Khakhar: 1D. 3C or 4C aren't going to slow them down, 5C is too rich, and we don't have a lot of defense with our club holding. I would like to see if a diamond lead will beat 4H/4S. Also if they have a slam it is likely in diamonds!
Paul Mcmullin: 5C. If partner has enough to prevent them from making game in a major, he will probably make 5C.
Timothy Wright: 5C. They are very likely to have a double fit here. 5C doubled could be a make or a good save.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. . . a splinter with long clubs and no major. If partner now chooses 3NT, I'll pass.
David Gordon: 5C. That was simple. Next.
Plarq Liu: Rdbl. Show my strength, other club bids are weak.
Beverley Candlish: 5C. . . and hope it makes.
Kf Tung: 5C. Big offensive power but poor defensive values. Bid 5C for make or save.

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

Your call?

1S 9 100
2NT 2 60
Rdbl 2 60
3H 1 50
4C 0 30
5C 0 20
2D 2 10
Moderator: The panel majority see a 4-card major and bid it as per normal. The minority are swayed by the situation from the previous problem: how high to raise clubs.
Steve Weinstein: 2D. After the last hand, partner and I changed our system so we don't wrong-side notrump.
Allan Falk: Rdbl. Not crazy about this, but I don't want to bid spades on S10 8 x x now. I am better off showing values and later bidding clubs cheaply.
Barry Rigal: 1S. I'm not sure that I'll survive this concealment of club support, but raising clubs looks unsatisfactory and might lose spades - that is, if we want to find them.
The Sutherlins: 2NT. . . taking up room and describing a limit raise in partner's minor. We don't want to start with 1S when our hand is soooo much clubs.
Martin Henneberger: 1S. In most auctions when we have doubt about level and strain it is usually best to ignore the double and proceed normally. I see no reason to bypass bidding 1S here as our side could still very well belong in a spade contract.
David Waterman: 5C. Seems about right.
Anssi Rantamaa: 1S. One chance to find spade fit.
Chris Diamond: 3C. . . . or whatever the limit raise is.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Given East's double and the quality of my spades, I would rather talk about my clubs than my spades.
Eugene Chan: 1S. Ignore the double and respond accordingly. It is IMPs and 1S keeps game possibilities alive.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1S. In spite of being primed with the previous question, I still make my normal bid.
Peter Nixon: 5C. 2-way bid. Put the pressure on the opponents.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. Splinter in support of clubs. Don't want to maneuver this auction. Describe the hand to allow partner to make the decisions instead.
Paul Mcmullin: Rdbl. Outside controls in two suits makes this a much stronger hand than the previous one.
Timothy Wright: 2NT. While 1S might be right, it will be hard to convince partner of the extent of the club fit if I do not use the limit-raise-or-better gadget now.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1S. Time enough to bid clubs later.
David Gordon: 1S. Next bid will be an invitational jump in clubs.
Leonid Bossis: 2NT. Dormer.
Plarq Liu: Rdbl. Same as above.
Beverley Candlish: Rdbl. . . showing club support and some values.
Kf Tung: 1S. Show some spades, and then you show the clubs and pave a path for a possible 3N by partner.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S J 8 6 2   H K 7 5 3 2   D K J 6 3   C ---  
West North East South  
  1C Pass 1H
2C (1) Dbl (2) Rdbl ?
(1) Natural.
(2) Three-card heart support.

Your call?

2H 8 100
2D 3 70
3H 3 70
4H 1 50
3C 1 30
2S 0 20
Pass 0 20
Moderator: The majority of the panel retreat to 2H.
Mike Lawrence: 2H. Partner would draw some inferences if I pass, and one of the inferences is that I am willing to defend against 2C redoubled. I'm not. 2D would be natural and passable. 2S is a game try but overstates the spade suit. 2H says I'm content.
Kerri Sanborn: 2D. I want to make some move, but 3C sounds bigger than what I have. This will also get partner off to a good lead should we wind up defending. It is very likely that we are missing a 4-4 spade fit, but how to find without forcing the auction?
Daniel Korbel: 3H. I think that I have just enough to invite, given that the opponents seem to have the club suit.
Martin Henneberger: 2S. This hand just became more powerful then the 8 count it represents. Signing off in 2H here seems rather timid holding a void in the suit the opponents are advertising. In my opinion, 2S is the only unambiguous game try and I will bid it now.
David Waterman: 3H. If partner passes, game is probably not cold. We are non-vul so no need to be too pushy.
Anssi Rantamaa: 3H. Any extras partner?
Chris Diamond: 2H. Seems like a no choice bid.
Larry Meyer: 2H. With half the deck and an 8-card trump fit, playing at the 2-level feels right.
Eugene Chan: 2H. Nobody vulnerable. Less need to explore game. Might try 3D after expected 3C from opps.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3C. The 2C bid is a mixed blessing. We discovered that our club void is useful, but missed out on a possible 4-4 spade fit.
Peter Nixon: 2D. Forward going temporization.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. I hate this bid, but the hand is improving nicely and we haven't denied a 4/4 spade fit. 4S may be far superior to 4H!
Paul Mcmullin: 2S. 2H a close second choice, but the club void feels extra useful.
Timothy Wright: 2H. We might be able to make 9 or 10 tricks but we will need partner to have a bit extra. East's double implies that she might not have that extra.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2D. . . but if playing Walsh then 2H.
David Gordon: 3H. Taking club ruffs in the long hand is not as good.
Plarq Liu: 2H. Weak.
Beverley Candlish: 3H. Let partner set the contract.
Kf Tung: 3H. Partner has 3334 and you want to invite for game.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Barry Rigal 4D 4C 5C 1S 2H 500
Daniel Korbel 4D 4NT 5C 1S 3H 470
Kerri Sanborn 4D 4NT 2NT 1S 2D 460
Richard Pavlicek 3NT 6H 5C 1S 2H 450
Don Stack 4D 5H 3D 1S 2H 440
Roger Lee Pass 4C 2NT 1S 2H 440
Steve Robinson 3NT 6H Rdbl 1S 2H 420
August Boehm 4D 4H 2NT 1S 2D 410
The Sutherlins 4D 4NT 5C 2NT 4H 410
Larry Cohen Dbl 6H 5C 1S 3H 400
Jill Meyers Pass 4C 2NT 2NT 2H 400
Jeff Meckstroth 4D 6H Rdbl Rdbl 3H 390
Allan Falk 4D 6H 4C Rdbl 2D 380
Steve Weinstein 4D 4NT Rdbl 2D 2H 380
Mike Lawrence 4D 6H 3D 2D 2H 370
Mel Colchamiro 3NT 6H 5C 3H 3C 330

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Eurydice Nours 4D 4NT 5C 1S 2H 500 171.50
2.    David Schmidt 4D 5H 5C 1S 2H 470 107.19
2.    Eugene Chan 4D 4C Rdbl 1S 2H 470 107.19
4.    Brad Bart 4D 4NT 5C 1S 4H 450 47.16
4.    David Walker 4D 6H 4C 1S 2H 450 47.16
6.    Anssi Rantamaa 4D 5H 5C 1S 3H 440 28.58
7.    Martin Henneberger 4D 4C 5C 1S 2S 420 24.50
8.    Stephen Vincent 4D 4H 5C 2NT 2H 410 19.21
8.    Gilbert Lambert Pass 4NT 4C 1S 2H 410 19.21
8.    Pearl Minkoff 4D 6H 4C Rdbl 2H 410 19.21
11.    Diana Jing Dbl 4NT 4C 1S 2H 400 13.35
11.    Jack Qi 4D 5H 4C 1S 3H 400 13.35
11.    Joel Martineau 4D 4NT 3NT 1S 2H 400 13.35
11.    Stuart Carr Dbl 4C 2NT 1S 3H 400 13.35
11.    Gary Gilraine Pass 4H 5C 1S 2H 400 13.35

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Dan Cecchelli (Canada) 4D 4NT 5C 1S 2H 500 91.00
2.    David Gordon (Canada) 4D 4NT 5C 1S 3H 470 56.88
2.    Kf Tung (China) 4D 4C 5C 1S 3H 470 56.88
4.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 4D 6H 5C 1S 2D 460 31.85
5.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) Pass 6H 5C 1S 2H 440 18.20
6.    Claude Vogel (United States) 4D 4NT 4C 1S 3H 430 15.17
7.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 4D 4H 5C 1S 3H 420 12.19
7.    Timothy Wright (Usa) 3NT 4NT 5C 2NT 2H 420 12.19
9.    Janet Galbraith (Canada) 4D 4H 5C 1S 4H 400 9.16
9.    Mike Tanner (Canada) Dbl 4NT 2NT 1S 2D 400 9.16
9.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4D 3NT 5C 1S 2D 400 9.16
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