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TGIF August 2016: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S Q 8 6 5   H J 10 8 7 2   D J 7   C K 5  
West North East South  
1H 2D Pass Pass
2H Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 6 100
2S 5 90
2NT 3 80
3NT 2 70
3D 1 60
Moderator: The passers go for the gusto.
August Boehm: 2NT. When partner holds the expected 3-1-6-3, I like our chances for game better than our chances at a a two-trick set. Perhaps I should bid 3NT, but 2NT is progressive and allows partner some leeway to pre-balance.
Allan Falk: Pass. If partner were 4-6 in the pointed suits, he might well have doubled on the first round, so frequently partner will be 3-1-6-3 or 3-0-6-4. As neither partner nor RHO has very many hearts, 2S by me does not rate to play well - dummy will be overruffed.
Steve Robinson: 2S. If I were playing equal-level conversions, I'd bid 3D, knowing partner couldn't have four spades. I don't want to hang partner for competing by passing 2H.
Daniel Korbel: 3NT. If partner held four spades, he would try 2S now or he would have doubled the first time. So he is probably 3-1-6-3 or thereabouts with a good hand. I think we'll beat 2H, but also we could have play for 3NT. Picture: SK x x Hx DA Q 10 x x x CA x x.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. A gamble, but so are most bidding decisions.
David Waterman: 2S. Might consider Pass at matchpoints. Very risky with our known spade fit. 2S is enough, with LHO short in diamonds and RHO short in hearts.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. So many choices. I'd like to suggest a spade game, but pard isn't guaranteeing 4 so I'll make a game suggestion in NT hoping to get spades in later if he bids again.
Larry Meyer: 2S. My hearts are not good enough to convert the takeout double, so bid my 4-card major.
Eugene Chan: 3NT. Expecting partner to have long diamonds. If 3NT feels right, it probabably is.
Timothy Wright: 2S. I'm just not good enough for a 3S advance.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. Least of evils? Hopefully partner has 4-0-6-3 and not 3-0-6-4 (or 4-1-6-2 and not 3-1-6-3). Even so, this will probably play better than 3D.
David Gordon: 2S. Prefer a better suit. Make a spade into a club to penalty Pass.
John Gillespie: 2S. Partner can have some cheesy hands with shape and RHO can have some values, usually without 4 spades. I may lose but I'm taking the biggest number off the board.
Bob Todd: 2NT. I hope this isn't Lebensohl.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Everybody is misfit, I'd try defending it.
Kf Tung: 2NT. 3NT on the horizon. Expect to get +120, and forget about +300, +100 or -470.

2. IMPs. E-W vul.
S K 5   H 7 6   D A Q 5 2   C A K 10 9 2  
West North East South  
  1H 4D ?

Your call?

Dbl 8 100
Pass 6 90
4NT 1 60
4H 1 50
5NT 1 40
5C 0 30
Moderator: There are two strategies to catch East in the clinches of a penalty double: an outright double, which could sound like a negative double depending on how high a partnership plays them, or Pass, depending on partner to reopen with a double.
Roger Lee: Pass. I will go for the throat. If partner passes it out, that's too bad. But we really have no reasonable bid here anyway, and if partner finds a reopening double, I will probably be quite happy.
Don Stack: Dbl. Let's penalize the opponents for being at the four level in our auction. If partner thinks this is a negative double and bids 4S, then we will bid 4NT to play.
David Waterman: Dbl. Whatever our understandings, how can I do anything else?
Christopher Diamond: Pass. A good partner reopens with a double.
Larry Meyer: Pass. My double would be negative, but maybe I will get a chance to pass partner's double.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. PENALTY! I like Flannery so partner is unlikely to have 4 spades and will read my double for blood.
Peter Nixon: Pass. As I play negative doubles through 4D, the pass is forced.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. We play negative doubles through 3S. I think East forgot.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. . . negative in my agreements, but the higher, the more penalty-oriented. Should partner correct to hearts or spades I can still go on. But slam is unlikely with this bidding so down 2 is enough for a good score.
Hari Ajmani: Pass. Waiting for reopening double.
John Gillespie: Dbl. I suspect we will land in 6NT when partner can't sit, right or wrong.
Bob Todd: Dbl. This is going to be ugly.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. I have enough power, I can even play 4NT.
Kf Tung: 5C. . . will get you +400 and forget about +200 or +500. If partner gives you 6C, hope you will make it but your DA may be a disappointment for partner.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A Q 10 8   H A K J 10 7   D K J 10   C 4  
West North East South  
  1S Pass ?

Your call?

2NT 11 100
2H 3 70
3H 0 70
4C 1 70
4NT 1 70
4D 1 30
Moderator: Show the fit, show the strong hearts, show the club shortness . . . so much to say, so much to ask. Where to start?
Steve Weinstein: 4D. I could splinter in clubs and then Blackwood over partner's sign off. Because the truthful splinter doesn't get me any useful information anyway, I might as well splinter in my K-J-10 and try to muddy the waters. My hand can take control anyway.
Larry Cohen: 2NT. This is too strong a hand to splinter. Likely partner will bid 4S and then you Blackwood? You've wasted the auction. I could bid 2H, but knowing whether partner has heart support is sort of irrelevant here. It's best to show the 4-card game force.
Mike Lawrence: 4C. The main point of this is that I intend to follow with 4NT, key card. If I bid 4NT directly, it would not be key card. It would just ask for aces.
Jill Meyers: 2H. I have a huge hand in support of spades. I want to tell partner where I live, not where I have shortness - that is not important here.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. Way too strong for a splinter, if that is the point of the problem.
Craig T. Wilson: 2NT. Jacoby, get more info from partner.
David Waterman: 4NT. I know it is a bidding problem, but this still works. If partner has 3 key cards I will chance 7S.
Christopher Diamond: 2H. Since I'm going to slam I'll try to find a way to RKC in hearts to find the HQ. Then ask about the SK if we have them all.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Put the game force in now, then confirm spades as trump, then ask for key cards. If I can then bid 5NT, telling pard we have all the key cards, pard may be able to later raise my 6S to 7S if he holds the HQ.
Eugene Chan: 2H. To explore for seven, start by getting info from partner on his/her heart holding.
Timothy Wright: 2NT. . . followed by 4NT. An initial 4C could be right, but splinters usually don't show this much strength.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2H. The splinter can wait. Let's help partner evaluate his scant points. We'll probably have the bidding to ourselves. Not stopping under at least 6 of a major.
John Gillespie: 2NT. A clearer road to a possible slam with cue bidding to follow than say, 2H-3C-3S, that is murky as to quality of support and level of ambition.
Plarq Liu: 2H. For this big hand, start low.
Kf Tung: 2H. At matchpoints 980/990/1510/1520 are important issues. Explore to find out more.

4. IMPs. N-S vul.
S K 10 7 6 5 4   H K 7 5   D K 5   C Q 3  
West North East South  
  1D Pass 1S
Pass 2C Pass ?

Your call?

2NT 8 100
2H 5 80
3S 1 60
2S 3 50
3NT 0 50
2D 0 40
Moderator: The panel steer toward the natural 2NT.
Barry Rigal: 2H. I'm not worth a game force, of course, but if the S10 were the SJ, it would be clear to do this to get to the best contract and not worry about losing a partscore swing.
The Sutherlins: 2NT. We should get to game only when we should be in game. Partner may be able to give us a 3S bid with 14 HCP and honour-doubleton in spades.
Geoff Hampson: 3S. We are vulnerable and I don't want to miss game with 25 HCP opposite a 13-14 point 2-2-5-4 hand.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Would prefer better internal spades but nothing else appeals.
Christopher Diamond: 2H. My minor cards got big enough to make this a GF.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Bypassing 4th suit, so invitational with long spades.
Eugene Chan: 2H. Fourth suit game forcing is a slight overbid but provides flexibility. I like strong jump shifts so partner will never think I have a big hand with a fantastic spade suit.
Timothy Wright: 3S. 2H is game-forcing, so I can't go there without a fit.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2NT. Chances of a spade-fit dropped dramatically. Let's limit the hand first. I can still offer the 6th spade if partner continues.
John Gillespie: 2NT. That 2C bid usually has a stiff in it. Guess where?
Plarq Liu: 2S. Repeat my broken 6 card suit.
Beverley Candlish: 2S. Even though I have a full opener and my spade suit is not that wonderful I would only bid 2S. I am reluctant to bid NT as my heart suit is iffy.
Kf Tung: 2H. . . and then repeat spades to show your length or bid notrump to show your HK according to what partner bids on his turn.

5. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S J 9 7 2   H ---   D A Q J 9 8 7 2   C K J  
West North East South  
    1C 1D
1H Pass 3H ?

Your call?

3S 6 100
4D 5 90
Dbl 5 90
Pass 1 70
Moderator: Seven-four, bid some more.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. I don't think we belong in spades, but this gives us the option to defend.
Roger Lee: 4D. I will simply bid where I live. I have some serious doubts about how well this hand is going to play in a 4-4 spade fit. If partner has five spades, I've made a mistake.
Richard Pavlicek: 3S. Repeating the diamonds, then finding partner with five spades to the queen would be sickening, so I'll bring that suit into the picture. Of course, the final 'picture' might be my mug shot at the nearest lock-up . . .
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Partner's failure to act over 1H suggests there is little to be gained by bidding here. Partner could well have a heart stack.
David Waterman: 4D. No interest in spades.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Uncomfortable since pard probably has little but we could have a play for game if he has spade length. It would be cowardly to pass with this shape.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Pard will know that I do not have a trump stack. So he can pass with a heart stack, bid spades, or retreat to diamonds.
Eugene Chan: Pass. This is not our hand. However, a save might prove very expensive.
Peter Nixon: 4D. Good hand for intermediate jump overcalls (which I play). Now it's a guessing game.
Ranjan Bhaduri: Pass. The sacrifice of 5D is possible depending on how the rest of the bidding evolves.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. I still want to compete to at least 4D. This way I can offer the 4-card spade suit as an alternative.
John Gillespie: 3S. We might have them right here (or not) but my partner will recognize the disparity between my suits and we may get them 1 level higher, have a better dive or a lucky make.
Bob Todd: 3S. What a torturous set.
Plarq Liu: 3S. It is possible to find spade fit.
Kf Tung: 4D. Not strong enough to double. Good long diamonds, and partner is welcome to compete if required.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Larry Cohen Pass Dbl 2NT 2NT Dbl 490
Mel Colchamiro Pass Dbl 2NT 2NT 4D 490
Allan Falk Pass Pass 2NT 2NT Dbl 480
The Sutherlins 2S Pass 2NT 2NT 4D 470
Don Stack 2S Dbl 2NT 2NT Pass 460
Roger Lee Pass Pass 2NT 2H 4D 460
Jill Meyers 2S Dbl 2H 2NT 4D 450
Barry Rigal 3NT Dbl 2NT 2H Dbl 440
Steve Robinson 2S Pass 2H 2H 3S 430
Richard Pavlicek 2NT Dbl 4NT 2H 3S 430
Mike Lawrence Pass Dbl 4C 2S 3S 420
Geoff Hampson 3D Dbl 2NT 3S 3S 420
August Boehm 2NT 4NT 2NT 2H Dbl 410
Kerri Sanborn Pass 5NT 2H 2NT 3S 410
Steve Weinstein 2NT Pass 4D 2NT 3S 400
Daniel Korbel 3NT Pass 2NT 2S 4D 400
Jeff Meckstroth 2S 4H 2NT 2S Dbl 380

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Rod Coote Pass Pass 2NT 2NT Dbl 480 115.50
1.    Yue Su Pass Pass 2NT 2NT Dbl 480 115.50
1.    Silvana Trotter 2S Dbl 2NT 2NT 4D 480 115.50
4.    Gilbert Lambert 2NT Dbl 2NT 2NT Dbl 470 53.90
5.    Martin Henneberger Pass Pass 2NT 2NT Pass 460 30.80
6.    David Waterman 2S Dbl 4NT 2NT 4D 450 23.83
6.    Peter Nixon Pass Pass 4C 2NT 4D 450 23.83
8.    Jack Qi Pass Dbl 2NT 2D 3S 440 18.18
8.    Norma Doucette Pass Pass 2NT 3S 4D 440 18.18
10.    Stephen Vincent Pass Dbl 2NT 3S Pass 430 13.02
10.    Michael Dimich 2S Dbl 2H 2NT Pass 430 13.02
10.    Ernie Dietrich Pass Dbl 2H 3S 3S 430 13.02
10.    Craig T. Wilson 2NT Dbl 2NT 3S Dbl 430 13.02
10.    David Hooey 2S Pass 2NT 3S 4D 430 13.02

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    John Gillespie (Canada) 2S Dbl 2NT 2NT 3S 490 85.75
1.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 2S Dbl 2NT 2NT 3S 490 85.75
3.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 2S Dbl 2H 2NT Dbl 450 49.00
4.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Canada) Pass Dbl 2H 2NT Pass 440 19.30
4.    Janet Galbraith (Canada) 3D Pass 2NT 2NT Dbl 440 19.30
4.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 2NT Dbl 4C 2NT Dbl 440 19.30
4.    Alex Wang (Taiwan) Pass Dbl 2H 2H Dbl 440 19.30
4.    Bob Todd (Canada) 2NT Dbl 2NT 3S 3S 440 19.30
9.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) Pass Pass 2H 2H Dbl 430 10.34
9.    David Gordon (Canada) 2S Dbl 4C 2H 4D 430 10.34
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