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TGIF September 2016: Scores

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

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
4S 5 90
Pass 2 60
5C 0 50
5D 1 50
Moderator: The panel are in a guessing game of who can make what.
Richard Pavlicek: 4S. Partner would bid 4S with three spades, and I expect he would double with a singleton or void. Opposite a doubleton, 4S will not be a cakewalk, but seems worth a try since we're probably not getting rich against 4H and there's a fair chance of 5H.
Daniel Korbel: Dbl. I think they are going down more often than not and I'm willing to increase the stakes. Bidding again is not a consideration. Sure, we could have a profitable contract in spades or diamonds, or even clubs, but how are we supposed to find out?
Mel Colchamiro: Pass. Haven't I already shown a good hand with long spades? Partner's failure to raise plus my singleton club makes me go quietly.
The Sutherlins: 5D. It seems that partner is short in the majors: no spade raise, no double. Our analysis says he is not short in diamonds.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. If partner sits, I will lead a spade. If not, then we must have a spade or diamond fit.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Partner opened a vul. 3C. We should have enough defense to beat 4H. 4S or 5D could be disastrous.
Anssi Rantamaa: 5D. I don't want to defend with this hand.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. A typical hand for partner might be Sx Hx x Dx x x CK Q 10 x x x x. We can make nothing but have good chances of defeating 4H.
Larry Meyer: 5D. Bid out my shape because my hand is so much better for offense than defense.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. Should go down on ruffs. We seem to have no fit (possibly diamonds, but not enough tricks).
Plarq Liu: Dbl. I guess this is the only way to show my diamonds now.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. No safety anywhere on this hand.
Beverley Candlish: 4S. . . and hope partner has some values that complement my hand.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Cannot pass 4H. Unwilling to bid 4S or 5D.
Mike D Roberts: Dbl. No obvious game; hope for the plus.

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

Your call?

Pass 10 100
2H 3 60
2D 2 50
2NT 2 50
2S 0 20
Moderator: Misfits make for big headaches at the table, especially with limited values.
Don Stack: 2D. Because it is forcing, this is a dangerous bid, but it is made with the hope of improving the contract. If partner bids 2S or 2NT, we will be delighted to pass and think how smart we were to bid again.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. Other bids keep the bidding going on unnecessarily. Just an awful hand.
Jeff Meckstroth: 2NT. An ugly problem. 2S is my second choice.
Kerri Sanborn: 2H. I hate 2H, but I also hate passing 2C. At least if partner bids 2S or 2NT, I'll be happy I bid again.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. This is our best chance to land in a 7+ card fit.
Eugene Chan: 2H. Apparent misfit looming. Maybe opponents will enter the auction so we can get out of trouble.
Anssi Rantamaa: Pass. No good options here. Maybe the opponents will balance.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Hope partner can scramble a few tricks.
Eurydice Nours: 2S. Rather than bidding 1S, I would have bid 1NT (forcing). Then bid 2D over opener's rebid.
Larry Meyer: 2S. Let pard know that 3-card support would be adequate.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2H. Yeah, this sometimes happens, but 5-1 probably better than possible 3-3 (in my methods).
Plarq Liu: Pass. Misfit, I just stopped now.
Chris Buchanan: 2S. Holding my nose the entire way.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Take the cheapest disaster! Move along, nothing to see here.
David Gordon: 2H. The problem hand for standard systems. I will not pass.
Beverley Candlish: 2NT. Not enough values to bid 2D.
Kf Tung: 2S. Why has pard not bid 1N?
Mike D Roberts: 2H. Best of a very bad lot.
Timothy Wright: 2H. I really hope that partner patterns out with 2S.
Bob Todd: 2NT. Maybe partner will bid 3D!

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

Your call?

2NT 12 100
2C 2 60
Pass 2 60
3NT 1 50
1NT 0 40
2D 0 30
Moderator: All but two of the panelists take to the offense with this hand, most by making the 2NT value bid.
Roger Lee: 2C. 2NT seems a bit rich to me, and though I would sometimes pass with this shape and strength, the spades are too weak, so I will go a little low.
August Boehm: Pass. Here, the one-trick set seems worth the risk, and it might become a bonanza.
Barry Rigal: 2NT. . . about right on spade stopper and playing strength. Any club or diamond bid is strictly for the birds. And 2S gets nowhere but an ugly pile of potential system accidents.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. The diamond suit should give us a good run at 3NT, while 1S-x-3 is a bit of a longshot.
Eugene Chan: 1NT. Slight underbid. Lack of interior spade spots discourages 2NT. No need to push for marginal games at matchpoints.
Larry Meyer: 1NT. Make the economical bid that shows stoppers and denies a heart fit.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1NT. Need something extra from partner to go to game; might now miss it.
Plarq Liu: 2NT. I can protect my SK. Also showing my strong hand.
Chris Buchanan: 2NT. Not strong enough for a 2S bid here and too much for 1NT. I will take the middle ground.
David Gordon: 3NT. If dbl shows 4+ with hearts then 2NT. I think dbl should show 7+ so 3NT.
Beverley Candlish: 3S. I don't know the strength of my partner.
Kf Tung: 3NT. A possible 630 and a difficult lead for West.
Mike D Roberts: 2C. Not that much of an underbid, with a mis-placed SK and no S10.
Timothy Wright: 2D. It's probably better to pretend that I have 6 diamonds than 4 clubs here.

4. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S K 6   H 10   D A Q 9 6 2   C K Q 8 6 4  
West North East South  
1H 1S 4H ?

Your call?

Pass 7 100
Dbl 6 90
5C 2 60
4S 1 50
4NT 1 40
Moderator: Don't you hate it when the opponents keep preempting like that?
Steve Weinstein: Dbl. I'm a little light, but everything seems to be working, and I'm not too upset with anything partner could do over the double. If I pass and partner doubles, I'm not sure what to do, so why should I be tortured when I can torture him?
Jill Meyers: 4NT. I think this should be interpreted as both minors unless I correct to 5S, which I play as a slam try in spades with most partners.
Steve Robinson: Pass. Partner doesn't promise the world for his 1S bid. If I bid 5C, I might find him with 6-3-2-2 distribution. Pass allows him to describe his hand, and I have a minimum opener. The problem would be if partner doubled 4H.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. It is presumptuous to act here, but it seems wrong to sell out to 4H and partner may not have the right hand to balance.
Eugene Chan: 5S. Opps are pre-empting so this must be our hand. Partner's hand could be enough for us to make a slam. Or opps might push to 5H. Full speed ahead!
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Partner's still there.
Eurydice Nours: 4NT. Pick a minor.
David Hooey: 4S. 5C might be more popular, but 4S is the right bid, the one with the best chance of making game.
Larry Meyer: Pass. This is the wrong vulnerability to go searching for a fit at the 5-level.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5C. . . what I think the hand is worth.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Not good enough to bid.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. The auction isn't over. Let's see what partner does.
David Gordon: 5C. Make the natural bid. You might miss 4S.
Kf Tung: 5C. Good opening hand, both minors.
Mike D Roberts: Dbl. Trying to do this in tempo.
Timothy Wright: 4S. Pure guesswork here.

5. IMPs. N-S vul.
S Q 6 5   H A 7   D A J 6 5   C K Q 9 5  
West North East South  
Pass 2D (1) Pass 2H
Pass 3C Pass 3D (2)
Pass 3H Pass ?
(1) Transfer to hearts.
(2) Shows club fit and diamond values, denies three hearts.

Your call?

4C 10 100
4D 1 60
4H 3 60
3NT 2 50
3S 1 50
5C 0 40
Pass 0 0
Moderator: The majority of the panel temporize with 4C, highlighting the problem in spades.
Larry Cohen: 4C. If partner didn't/couldn't bid 3NT, it is time to forget about that contract. With any hand where 3NT is the right spot, partner should have bid it instead of 3H.
Allan Falk: 3S. I'm not willing to bypass 3NT yet, or to bid it. Partner knows how many spades they have, I do not. I believe that 3C was a game force, otherwise I'd pass.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. Denying the ability to play 3NT or cue-bid 3S.
Eugene Chan: 4H. Show HA. Deny SA. Partner now knows exactly what we have. 4H may be the limit of the hand if we are off the SA K.
Anssi Rantamaa: 4H. Sounds like spades are wide open.
David Hooey: 3S. . . asking for some help to play 3NT. Partner will probably rebid 4C and the next decision will be harder. 4H or 5C.
Larry Meyer: 4H. With exactly the right cards, pard will take 12 tricks, but he won't have them.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3NT. Primarily 3H is a cue for clubs. 3NT denies a spade-cue and denotes an average hand; not necessarily end of bidding, that depends on partner.
Plarq Liu: 3NT. I prefer 3NT, but partner can correct to 4H.
Chris Buchanan: 4H. Spades are too weak for 3NT and I do have HA x. Partner should have a good read on my hand now.
David Gordon: 4H. Cuebid in support of clubs and if partner passes, your hearts are not a dissapointment.
Kf Tung: 4H. We have club fit, control in diamonds, and we can play 4H too. Pard can go on if he wants to.
Mike D Roberts: 4H. Yes, I have a great hand. But I still need spade control.
Timothy Wright: 4H. With decent spades, partner should bid 3NT, so this should be what partner expects for 4H.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Geoff Hampson Dbl Pass 2NT Dbl 4C 490
August Boehm Dbl Pass Pass Pass 4C 460
Allan Falk Dbl Pass 2NT Pass 3S 450
Mike Lawrence Dbl Pass 2NT 4S 4C 450
Kerri Sanborn 4S 2H 2NT Pass 4C 450
Mel Colchamiro Pass Pass 2NT Dbl 4C 450
Roger Lee Dbl Pass 2C Dbl 4C 450
Jeff Meckstroth 4S 2NT 2NT Pass 4C 440
Barry Rigal 4S 2D 2NT Pass 4C 440
Daniel Korbel Dbl 2NT 2NT Dbl 4C 440
Larry Cohen Dbl Pass Pass 5C 4C 420
Don Stack Dbl 2D 2NT Pass 4H 410
Steve Weinstein Pass Pass 2NT Dbl 4D 410
Richard Pavlicek 4S Pass 2NT 5C 4H 410
Steve Robinson Dbl 2H 2C Pass 3NT 370
Jill Meyers 4S 2H 2NT 4NT 4H 350
The Sutherlins 5D Pass 3NT Dbl 3NT 340

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Martin Henneberger Dbl Pass 2NT Pass 4H 460 102.38
1.    Kai Zhou Dbl Pass 2NT 5C 4C 460 102.38
1.    Larry Pocock Dbl Pass 2NT Pass 4H 460 102.38
4.    Stephen Vincent Pass Pass 2NT Pass 4H 420 37.54
4.    Yue Su Dbl 2S 2NT Pass 4C 420 37.54
6.    Andrew Krywaniuk Dbl 2S 2NT Dbl 4C 410 21.13
6.    James Harris Dbl 2NT 2NT 5C 4C 410 21.13
8.    Michael Dimich 4S 2H 2NT Dbl 4H 400 17.06
9.    Jack Qi Pass Pass 2NT 5C 4H 380 15.17
10.    Gilbert Lambert Pass 2H 2NT Dbl 4H 370 12.48
10.    Anssi Rantamaa 5D Pass 2NT 5C 4H 370 12.48
10.    Keith Lee 5D 2H 2NT 5C 4C 370 12.48

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Dbl Pass 2NT Dbl 4C 490 101.50
2.    Plarq Liu (United States) Dbl Pass 2NT Pass 3NT 450 63.44
2.    Mike Tanner (Canada) Dbl Pass 2NT Dbl 4H 450 63.44
4.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) Dbl Pass 2NT 5C 4H 420 27.91
4.    John Gillespie (Canada) Dbl Pass 2C Pass 4H 420 27.91
6.    Claude Vogel (United States) Dbl Pass 2C Dbl 4D 410 15.71
6.    Carol Frank (Usa) Dbl Pass 2C Dbl 4D 410 15.71
8.    Ivy Pye (Canada) 4S Pass 2C Pass 3NT 400 12.69
9.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) Dbl Pass 2D Pass 4H 390 11.28
10.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) Dbl 2S 2NT Pass 4H 380 10.15
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