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TGIF November 2016: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S K   H A K 5   D A Q 4   C J 9 7 5 4 2  
West North East South  

Your call?

1C 11 100
1NT 5 80
Moderator: The ACBL Board of Directors recently changed the definition of a 1NT opener on the General Convention Chart to include hands that hold a singleton ace, king or queen, and no doubleton.
Allan Falk: 1C. I know the majority will probably bid 1NT, but trying to develop a long suit in notrump will be a daunting task. So I'll open and plan to rebid my long suit. If we have a game or slam, partner will not drop me in 2C.
Mel Colchamiro: 1NT. What bothers me about opening 1C is the weak club suit. I'd have to reverse with 2D, I guess, and I don't want to overly excite partner about exploring a high club contract. If we do end up in notrump, playing from my side looks best.
Stephen Vincent: 1C. 1NT seems just a little too skewed. Too many controls and a 6 card suit: one flaw might be acceptable but not two.
Gilbert Lambert: 1NT. Is that hand the result of the new regulation about NT opening?
Steve Ottridge: 1NT. Now allowed.
Christopher Diamond: 1NT. Seems to be au courant.
Larry Meyer: 1NT. Take advantage of the new ACBL ruling that 6331 hands with a stiff A, K, or Q can be opened 1NT.
Eugene Chan: 1C. At teams, I bid what I have. Namely a club suit and an opening hand.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1C. 1C has an obvious rebid problem, but so does 1NT-4H.
Paul Mcmullin: 1C. Can not bring myself to open 1NT, but respect those that do.
Timothy Wright: 1NT. If I do not open 1NT, I have to rebid that flea-bitten club suit.
Roy Bolton: 1C. Seems normal. Too strong for 1NT.
David Gordon: 1C. I will rebid 3C.
Plarq Liu: 1C. Speak low.
Chris Buchanan: 1C. I will likely follow this up with a phoney reverse. Too off-shape for an off-shape 1NT.
Jp Weber: 1NT. Using the new rule!
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1C. . . to keep all options open.
Peter Qvist: 1C. Prefer to bid 2NT next time.
Beverley Candlish: 1NT. With 17 points and the new ACBL ruling that opening 1NT with a singleton honor is permitted, I would open 1NT.
Kf Tung: 1C. . . and start the ball rolling on the usual track.

2. IMPs. None vul.
S A   H A 10 7 3   D K J 8 7 4   C K J 5  
West North East South  

Your call?

1D 12 100
1NT 4 70
Moderator: Another problem of the same vein.
Daniel Korbel: 1D. I see this month we are testing the limits of 1NT openers. As Huub Bertens is fond of saying (and I know Bart Bramley will agree), 'A minimum reverse is still a reverse.'
Roger Lee: 1NT. You got me on this one. A 1S response by partner is really awkward for this middle-of-the-line hand, so I'll just show my approximate strength.
Stephen Vincent: 1D. Straining slightly but will treat it as a reverse: it looks like a suit-oriented hand.
Gilbert Lambert: 1D. I can reverse on that one. No need to open 1NT!
Steve Ottridge: 1NT. Now allowed.
Christopher Diamond: 1D. Too good and suity for 1NT. And this time I have a descriptive rebid.
Larry Meyer: 1NT. Semi-balanced with no 5-card major, and 15-17 HCP - why not?
Eugene Chan: 1D. More IMPS, more of the same. Open 1D.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1NT. The fact that I would open this hand 1NT makes me question my answer on the previous one.
Paul Mcmullin: 1D. STILL not opening 1NT - I hate being transferred to spades and playing in a 5-1 fit.
Timothy Wright: 1D. Yes, I am allowed to open this 1NT. But 1D, then 2H next round, is a better description.
Roy Bolton: 1NT. Now legal with a singleton honour.
David Gordon: 1D. I will rebid 2C over 1S or 1NT, and 3H over 1H.
Plarq Liu: 1D. Prepare to reverse.
Chris Buchanan: 1NT. What stiff spade....I must have had a diamond in with my spades. :-)
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1D. Preparing for a reverse.
Peter Qvist: 1D. 2H next time is ok with me.
Beverley Candlish: 1C. I would open this 1C as I have a rebid of hearts.
Kf Tung: 1D. Want to bid 1N? Try it with an accomodating partner.

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

Your call?

Pass 11 100
Dbl 4 80
3NT 1 50
4D 0 20
Moderator: The problem is either on this round, or on the next.
Larry Cohen: Pass. . . hopefully in tempo. Unfortunately, another problem awaits when partner reopens with a double. I'm actually hoping he passes and we collect 50 a trick to go plus when likely we can't make anything.
Barry Rigal: Dbl. . . slowly enough so partner can work out what to do. Anyone who says they would pass has my . . . respect? No, that isn't the right word. If they pass, partner will double and now what?
The Sutherlins: 3NT. We are hoping that spades block and RHO has no entry or partner has something in spades.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Without great enthusiasm but some bid is called for.
Bill Angus: Dbl. I hate it -- but that's what opps pre-empts are supposed to do - make it uncomfortable for me.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Probably not popular but everything else sucks.
Larry Meyer: Pass. I'm thinking that my double would be taken as negative, but if we are playing SAYC, where negative doubles only go up to 2S, then I would double for penalty.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Matchpoints and vulnerability do not suggest any action needed.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Not good enough for a hero 3NT at matchpoints. Or at IMPs for that matter.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Sometimes preempts are effective.
Timothy Wright: Pass. Every action is flawed. At least I might have enough high cards to leave in partner's double.
Roy Bolton: Pass. Probably no safe place to land if I take action.
David Gordon: Dbl. Too much to pass.
Plarq Liu: Pass. It is not worth competing. If partner is strong, he or she will reopen with double.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Four ripple three is not conducive to offense. Partner's next action should help me decide what to do.
Jp Weber: Dbl. Partner still has 3N open if he has a spade stopper.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Tempted to double, but only with specific agreements about when I don't promise 4 hearts.
Peter Qvist: Dbl. When fixed stay fixed - with some opps I would pass.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. With 11 points, I can't really pass. I would swallow and double.
Kf Tung: Pass. Preempts work. Collect 50 is better than going minus.

4. IMPs. E-W vul.
S ---   H A J 5   D A K 8 5   C A Q J 10 6 3  
West North East South  
1C Pass 1D ?

Your call?

Pass 14 100
3NT 2 60
2C 0 50
3C 0 50
Dbl 0 0
Moderator: Visualizing partner's hand is key to bidding your own.
Kerri Sanborn: 3NT. Partner is marked with six spades in all probability. Might just need HK (or CK) to take nine tricks. If I think partner has nothing, I could pass and hope to penalize 1NT. But I'm not sure what I'd do over 2D or 1H.
Geoff Hampson: Pass. I expect the opponents to land in 2S or lower before my next bid, which I will double. If partner removes it, I will correct to clubs. If partner chooses clubs, I will bid game.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. I recall a similar, if not identical, hand in the ACBL bulletin. 3NT didn't work out so well then: let's try something different.
Gilbert Lambert: 2C. Hoping 2C is natural here.
Bill Angus: Pass. They're in a forcing auction -- I'll pass this round.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. 2C would probably be natural but I think I'll stay out of their way. If it goes 1S-2S back to me I'll double.
Larry Meyer: Pass. When the opps bid the two suits in which you have 10 cards, you should leave the auction to them.
Eugene Chan: 2C. 2C is natural because both majors is either via a takeout double or a sandwich NT.
David Hooey: Dbl. Looking to defend 1NTx for 500, or play in 3NT for 400.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Give the opponents a chance to bid partner's long suit before I double.
Maurice Ormon: 3C. Where are the spades?
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. I will have another chance to bid.
Leonid Bossis: Pass. 8 tricks is our ceiling here. Let's go after vulnerable opponents.
Timothy Wright: 2C. I have to bid clubs here, in case partner has Sx x x x x HT x x Dx x CK 9 x. (More likely, she has longer, ratty spades.)
Roy Bolton: 3C. Why isn't anyone bidding spades?
David Gordon: Pass. Could be a misfitting hand. Lets see how the auction develops.
Plarq Liu: 2C. Natural.
Chris Buchanan: 2C. Ignore the noise and bid your suit.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Bidding clubs later shows this hand in my agreements. I double 4S if that comes back to me.
Peter Qvist: Pass. I don't have to bid, maybe I'll know more later.
Beverley Candlish: 2C. I have 8 1/2 quick tricks.
Kf Tung: Pass. They are in trouble. Do not stop them!

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

Your call?

5D 7 100
3NT 4 80
4D 4 80
Pass 1 60
Moderator: How hard do you want to make West's life?
Mike Lawrence: 5D. Why wait for them to discover their spade fit? 3NT is a possible choice, and I would bid it if I thought it would make. But it might not keep the opponents out of the bidding.
Jill Meyers: 3NT. With no one vulnerable, I may buy this. I am not passing and giving them a free ride to some number of spades.
Don Stack: 4D. We have one of the opponents passing already, so there doesn't seem to be any reason to take a big setback with 3NT or 5D. This may just be enough to keep them out of the auction.
Stephen Vincent: 3NT. You never know: this might work out well.
Anssi Rantamaa: 5D. I don't want to defend 4H or 4S.
Christopher Diamond: 5D. Seems about right. I don't know how many defensive tricks I have, depends on what 3D is I guess. Hoping for -500 or better against their game for only a small IMP loss.
Larry Meyer: 5D. It looks like the opps can make 4S, so make them guess at the 5-level.
Eugene Chan: Pass. I have been very passive throughout this set of problems. Why change?
David Hooey: 5D. Almost certainly makes 4S, let them figure it out at the 5 level.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. Hopefully this shuts out the 4S balance, and on a good day it might even make.
Timothy Wright: Pass. To make 3NT, I need partner to have DQ J x x x x x plus a spade stop, and then to guess which round-suit Ace is onside. No thanks!
Roy Bolton: 5D. Will bid 5D sooner or later - it might as well be sooner.
David Gordon: 3NT. Down 1 is good bridge.
Plarq Liu: Pass. I don't think I can make game.
Chris Buchanan: 5D. My real answer is the mandatory 3S. Bidding polls tend not to like my answers on these questions.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Depends on style of preempting we agreed on.
Peter Qvist: 3NT. A lot of times they win.
Kf Tung: Pass. Nobody is allowed to use the double card on this board?

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Mike Lawrence 1C 1D Pass Pass 5D 500
Jeff Meckstroth 1C 1D Pass Pass 5D 500
Geoff Hampson 1C 1D Pass Pass 5D 500
Larry Cohen 1C 1D Pass Pass 3NT 480
Steve Robinson 1NT 1D Pass Pass 5D 480
Mel Colchamiro 1NT 1D Pass Pass 5D 480
Steve Weinstein 1C 1D Pass Pass 4D 480
Jill Meyers 1NT 1D Pass Pass 3NT 460
Don Stack 1C 1D Dbl Pass 4D 460
Daniel Korbel 1C 1D Dbl Pass 4D 460
Allan Falk 1C 1NT Pass Pass 4D 450
Roger Lee 1C 1NT Pass Pass 3NT 450
Barry Rigal 1C 1D Dbl Pass Pass 440
August Boehm 1NT 1NT Pass Pass 3NT 430
Kerri Sanborn 1C 1NT Dbl 3NT 5D 410
The Sutherlins 1NT 1D 3NT 3NT 5D 390

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Anssi Rantamaa 1C 1D Pass Pass 5D 500 161.00
2.    Martin Henneberger 1C 1D Pass Pass 3NT 480 85.87
2.    Kai Zhou 1C 1D Dbl Pass 5D 480 85.87
2.    Christopher Diamond 1NT 1D Pass Pass 5D 480 85.87
5.    Stephen Vincent 1C 1D Dbl Pass 3NT 460 29.52
5.    Craig T. Wilson 1C 1D Pass Pass Pass 460 29.52
7.    Larry Meyer 1NT 1NT Pass Pass 5D 450 18.35
7.    Michael Dimich 1C 1NT Pass Pass 4D 450 18.35
7.    Andrew Krywaniuk 1C 1NT Pass Pass 3NT 450 18.35
7.    Larry Pocock 1C 1NT Pass Pass 3NT 450 18.35
7.    Jack Aaron 1C 1D Pass 2C 5D 450 18.35
12.    Alan Kemp-Gee 1C 1D Dbl Pass Pass 440 12.90
12.    Brian Stone 1C 1D Dbl Pass Pass 440 12.90

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 1C 1D Pass Pass 5D 500 85.75
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 1C 1D Pass Pass 5D 500 85.75
3.    Claude Vogel (United States) 1C 1D Dbl Pass 5D 480 49.00
4.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 1C 1D Pass Pass Pass 460 14.92
4.    David Gordon (Canada) 1C 1D Dbl Pass 3NT 460 14.92
4.    Kf Tung (China) 1C 1D Pass Pass Pass 460 14.92
4.    Dennis Caswell (Canada) 1C 1D Pass Pass Pass 460 14.92
4.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 1C 1D Pass Pass Pass 460 14.92
4.    Bob Todd (Canada) 1NT 1D Dbl Pass 5D 460 14.92
4.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 1C 1D Dbl Pass 3NT 460 14.92
4.    Peter Qvist (Danmark) 1C 1D Dbl Pass 3NT 460 14.92
4.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 1C 1D Pass Pass Pass 460 14.92
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