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TGIF October 2016: Scores

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

Your call?

4D 8 100
4S 6 90
4C 3 70
3S 0 50
3D 0 40
Moderator: The pursuit of a loomingly large diamond fit is balanced by matchpoint scoring.
August Boehm: 4C. Before committing to 4S, anyone for 6D, facing as little as: Sx HK x x x DA Q x x Cx x x x?
Larry Cohen: 4D. It is killing me that I might miss spades (and 420 at matchpoints), but I just have to bring diamonds into the picture. Imagine partner with, say, Sx HK x x x DQ J x x x CQ x x.
Kerri Sanborn: 4S. It will be hard to ferret out whether partner has the right cards for a diamond slam.
Stephen Vincent: 4D. 3D would not be forcing.
Christopher Diamond: 4D. 3D is nowhere near enough. I play a cue as heart support so the awkward and space consuming 4D is the only available option. Guess I'm passing 4S.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Show my second suit.
Eugene Chan: 3D. Go slow. We have the advantages of vulnerability and the higher ranking minor.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. It's hard to investigate game without getting too high, so just rebid the major like a matchpoints pig.
Timothy Wright: 4D. Now if partner bids 4H, it's because that's our best fit.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. What I would do at the table.
Plarq Liu: 3D. Show my second suit.
Chris Buchanan: 3D. Fairly easy call. Saves room and allows partner to tell us more.
Kf Tung: 4C. You can see 11+ tricks, you have control in club, you have an Ace, and you want partner to describe his hand further.

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

Your call?

5C 9 100
Pass 8 90
5H 0 50
Dbl 0 50
Moderator: The panel are evenly split. There are the toss-another-cuebid-on-the-fire voters and then there are the passers; there are no in-betweeners.
Roger Lee: Pass. I have no points in the suits they're bidding, but I'm fine defending if partner wants to, so pass seems absolutely normal to me.
Mel Colchamiro: 5C. Eat must hav clubs, given his passed-hand status, increasing the chances that partner's stuff is outside spades. Pass (forcing) is my second choice.
Christopher Diamond: 5C. Hoping it goes 5D-5H and he bids slam with a spade control or cues for 7H.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. With no obvious source of tricks, I don't want to go to the 5-level. Plus, the Law of Total Tricks suggests that the opponents are too high.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Pass is forcing so give partner opportunity to clarify cue bid.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5C. The lead-director is unfortunate, but I'm never selling out to 5C, so I might as well cue-bid it before they get there.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. East must have a lead-directing raise of clubs, and has denied a 5D slam try.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5C. If 5D, I bid 5H, pinpointing the problem. If 5H: pass.
Plarq Liu: 5C. I don't have any clubs, and I want to tell my partner so.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. I want partner's input.
Kf Tung: Pass. You cannot double 4S, and your hand is not exciting after the 4C bid from partner.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A K 9 4 3   H 10 6 5   D 10 9 4 3   C K  
West North East South  
Pass 1H 1S ?

Your call?

2S 6 100
Pass 6 90
2H 5 80
2NT 0 70
1NT 0 60
Dbl 0 40
Moderator: A half dozen panelists vote to show a good heart raise by using 2S.
Jill Meyers: 2S. I am not going for a penalty double when they have a place to run. It feels like they have at least eight clubs between them.
Geoff Hampson: 2H. With so much in spades, I will try not to get partner too excited yet.
Richard Pavlicek: Pass. I'm willing to go for penalty if partner can reopen with a double. Even if we have a game in hearts or notrump, this might get more; and it could be a trouble hand our way, where any plus is good.
Christopher Diamond: 2S. I'd like a 4th heart, but then this wouldn't be a problem.
Larry Meyer: 2H. With my best suit having been bid by the opponents, and a stiff king, this hand should be downgraded.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Negative double followed by a heart raise typically shows a hand just shy of a limit raise.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Trap pass and lead the CK.
Timothy Wright: 2H. It's best to show a fit here, and a heavy single raise is better than a light cuebid.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2H. Accept any try or double a spade contract.
Plarq Liu: 2H. Enough for a simple raise.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. I smell blood in the water.
Kf Tung: 1NT. It looks like a misfit hand, but anything less than 90 is not desirable.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S Q 7   H A 9 6   D 5 2   C K 10 7 5 4 3  
West North East South  
  1S 2D ?

Your call?

2S 9 100
Dbl 8 90
3C 0 50
Pass 0 50
Moderator: Another close call. The 2S bidders edge out the doublers by 1.
Barry Rigal: 2S. Hide this answer from my friends. The good news is that I can put any of my small clubs in my spades and be convincing about having missorted my hand.
Daniel Korbel: Dbl. Double is not perfect, but we have too many values to pass. If we are lucky enough to be able to correct 2H to 2S, partner will know we have around 10 points and two spades.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Stuck.
Christopher Diamond: 2S. I'd like a 3rd spade, but then this wouldn't be a problem. :-)
Larry Meyer: Pass. Pard can balance if it is passed around to him.
Eugene Chan: 3C. A mild overbid but we are not vul. SQ rates to be an important card.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. With 4 imperfect options, this seems like the middle of the road bid. But I won't be surprised if pass wins the contest.
Timothy Wright: Pass. No call looks good. 3C is an overbid on a bad suit. Double and 2S overstate my suit lengths.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Bidding hasn't ended. Not enough strength for 3C.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Not enough for any bid, but will respond well to partner's reopening double.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Too much to pass but not enough for 3C directly. Not the perfect hand but when does that ever come up?
Kf Tung: 2S. All your points are working, and you want to be in 2S when partner is minimum.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S K J 10 9 3 2   H A K 6   D A 2   C K 3  
West North East South  
Pass 1NT Pass ?

Your call?

3NT 5 100
2NT 4 90
3S 4 90
3C 2 70
4S 2 70
3D 0 60
Moderator: Another good problem. The top score goes to 3NT, viewed as a choice of games.
Allan Falk: 2NT. 3S is certainly possible, but my hand is a bit on the heavy side for that action, whereas for 2NT, I'm closer to my middle range.
Steve Robinson: 4S. The spade suit is strong enough. If the S10 9 were the S5 4, I'd bid 2C.
The Sutherlins: 3S. . . the same bid we would have made in 1976. Change the D2 to the C2 and we would bid 4S.
Roger Lee: 3C. It would be nice to play this as artificial, but even absent that agreement, I think we should keep hearts open as an option while forcing to game. 3C is the bid that best accomplishes that.
Mel Colchamiro: 3NT. 2NT is for those who, basking in the glow of the correctness of their bid, want to win the argument in the bar after we've lost the match. Another drink, anyone?
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Give partner a little room.
Christopher Diamond: 3S. Spades just good enough for a jump. The hand looks suity. I'm hoping he doesn't pass, but if he does it might be right and we are nonvul. Wish 2NT was forcing.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Show the 6-card suit with 18-20 points.
Eugene Chan: 4S. At IMPs it is important to bid marginal games. 4S might make or fail. Who cares?
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. I might bid 4S with a couple of my most conservative partners.
Timothy Wright: 3S. 3NT could be right, but 3S keeps that and 4S in play.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3S. I won't force to game immediately but will bid one if partner makes another noise. Will correct 3NT to 4S.
Plarq Liu: 3S. Good spades, make it trump!
Chris Buchanan: 3S. My inner dinosaur makes me bid 3S.
Norm Tucker: 4S. Want to try it!
Kf Tung: 3S. If partner passes your 3S there will be no game.

Panel's Answers

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

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Christopher Diamond 4D 5C 2S 2S 3S 490 147.00
2.    Gary Gilraine 4D 5C 2H 2S 3S 470 110.25
3.    David Schmidt 4C 5C 2S 2S 3S 460 73.50
4.    Martin Henneberger 4S Pass Pass Dbl 3S 450 51.45
5.    Andrew Krywaniuk 3S 5C Pass 2S 3S 430 26.95
5.    Laurence Betts 4C 5C Pass 2S 4S 430 26.95
7.    Stephen Vincent 4D 5C 2NT Pass 3S 410 18.57
7.    Larry Pocock 3D Pass 2S Dbl 2NT 410 18.57
7.    David Hooey 3D 5C 2H 2S 3S 410 18.57
10.    Brad Bart 4S Pass 2H Pass 3S 400 14.70
11.    Brian Stone 4C Dbl 2S 2S 4S 390 12.31
11.    Zoran Peca 3D Pass 2H Dbl 3S 390 12.31
11.    Dave Gabel 3D 5C 2NT Dbl 3S 390 12.31

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 4D Pass 2S 2S 3S 480 105.00
2.    Susan Julius (Canada) 4D 5C 2S 2S 4S 470 65.63
2.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 4D Pass Pass 2S 3S 470 65.63
4.    Claude Vogel (United States) 4D 5C 2S Dbl 4S 460 36.75
5.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4S Dbl 2S 2S 3S 430 21.00
6.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 4D Dbl Pass Dbl 3S 420 17.50
7.    Kf Tung (China) 4C Pass 1NT 2S 3S 410 14.06
7.    Carol Frank (Usa) 4D 5C Pass Pass 4S 410 14.06
9.    Ivy Pye (Canada) 3D Pass 2H 2S 3S 400 10.57
9.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 3D 5C 2S Dbl 3C 400 10.57
9.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 3D Pass Pass Dbl 3S 400 10.57
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