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TGIF December 2016: Scores

1. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S J 8 7 3   H 9   D 9 7 6 5 3   C 9 8 6  
West North East South  
Pass 1D 1H Pass
4H Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

4S 12 100
Pass 2 70
5D 1 60
Moderator: A reader polled his local club when this deal came up in a pairs game, and there was no clear consensus as to the best call. The panel, however, has a decided preference for 4S.
Mel Colchamiro: Pass. At first, it seemed so right to bid, but then I wrote down some hands for partner, like: SA K x (x) Hx x DA K x x CK Q 10 x (x). Game is not exactly a lock, so I'm going against the panel and try to go plus a trick or two.
Jill Meyers: 5D. I am afraid if I bid 4S and it gets doubled and I run to 5D, they will double because of the runout.
Geoff Hampson: 4S. This is a **takeout** double. I have four spades and will often face four spades, so playing in an eight-card fit at the four level seems best.
Eugene Chan: 5D. Going against the popular 4S for 2 reasons. 4S-X could be very ugly. 5D might propel opps to 5H.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. 4 tricks are easier than 11.
Christopher Diamond: 4S. Undefined hand over there. Probably a 9-card diamond fit and possibly only a 7-card spade fit. But he invited me to bid spades so I will.
Hk Ho: Pass. Partner did not double to force me to make a choice. I have to respect his decision. LTC-wise, if we could make 5D (unlikely), we should set 4H.
Larry Meyer: 4S. With a singleton in the opps' suit, and 4 cards in the unbid major, I have to pull the double.
Perry Khakhar: 5D. 4S may work, but what will you do over 5H? Also, what would partner do with a 3-3-4-3 big hand? Chances are against getting doubled in diamonds.
Plarq Liu: Pass. It's not worth it to run.
John Gillespie: Pass. My pass over 1H was a now or never call and I picked never.
Paul Mcmullin: 4S. I can not imagine partner having this set in his own hand.
David Gordon: 4S. Choice here is 4S or 5D.
Kf Tung: Pass. Too bad they bid 4H. But more often you get +100 with a pass than they get +100 if you bid 4S or 5D.
Peter Qvist: 5D. Too many diamonds and no clue what to lead, make a pass difficult.

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

Your call?

Pass 6 100
2NT 5 90
3C 3 70
2S 1 60
3NT 0 40
Moderator: Though the plurality choose to Pass, they concede that every call is dangerous.
Roger Lee: 2NT. I am not opposed to passing at this vulnerability and form of scoring in general, but I would like to have slightly better hearts.
Jeff Meckstroth: 2S. It's too risky to pass.
Barry Rigal: Pass. OK, hide my answer from everyone, please. At this form of scoring, I'll try to win the event on this deal, which at any other vulnerability might not be so attractive. If partner has a singleton heart, I'm sure I'll regret it.
Geoff Hampson: 3C. Pass could easily be the winner, but if it is wrong, we have a cold zero. I have a useful hand for playing clubs and will happily grab 3NT if partner is worth a 3H move.
Eugene Chan: 2NT. I have a little extra and a heart stopper. Perfectly described via 2NT.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. A gamble, but then so are many bidding decisions.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Ugly, but trying for 200 looks better than stumbling into our misfit.
Hk Ho: Pass. It looks like partner is short in the majors. To defend, I have 2 1/2 tricks in the black suits plus possibly the HQ and a diamond ruff. If partner could provide 2 tricks, the result is better than a part score.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Pard wants to know my better minor - tell him.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Magic 200 beckons! Why guess and find a 5-2 spade or 4-3 club fit?
Plarq Liu: 2NT. I have heart stoppers.
Paul Mcmullin: 2S. Sometimes, there is just no good bid!
David Gordon: 2NT. Hearts not good enough to pass.
Kf Tung: Pass. Top or bottom board, but you will get a top with +200 or +800 with more than 50% chance.
Peter Qvist: Pass. Spade to the ace, diamond to pard, size of pard's diamond return tells me where to continue.

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

Your call?

3NT 5 100
4S 5 100
2NT 1 70
4C 3 70
3S 1 60
2S 0 30
Moderator: Five of the panel vote to change the system. The secondmost popular choice is 4S.
Daniel Korbel: 4S. There's no reason to let West in at a lower level. I can't afford to bid 3S limit as it is nonforcing and this is just not enough 'stuff' for a splinter.
Larry Cohen: 4C. Barely worth it. I'm adding for the five-card suit, the ace and the new year.
Mike Lawrence: 3NT. I would like to bid 3NT showing a minimum game-forcing unknown splinter, but the scorekeeper would complain about my going off card again.
Kerri Sanborn: 3S. If I were playing mixed raises, this one would probably fit the bill. But it is still close to a limit raise. I doubt that we will miss game if partner passes 3S.
Eugene Chan: 4S. Bid what we can (or hope to) make.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. A little heavy, but I think partner is entitled to expect more in the way of high cards for a splinter.
Craig T. Wilson: 2NT. . . Jacoby. If North has the right cards there might be a slam here.
Christopher Diamond: 4S. A mini-splinter followed by 4S anyway would just about be right. But I don't think that's available.
Hk Ho: 3D. The Bergen raise allows partner to choose game or 3S, which should most probably stop E/W to enter the auction.
Larry Meyer: 4S. It is tempting to splinter with 4C, but I want to take away the maximum amount of bidding space.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. Here in Alberta this is a mini splinter in clubs. But otherwise, 3S seems to stand out (presumably invitational).
Plarq Liu: 4C. Happy splintering!
Paul Mcmullin: 4S. I would want another king or ace to splinter.
Hari Ajmani: 3S. Limit raise.
David Gordon: 4C. Choice is 4S or 4C.
Kf Tung: 4S. 10 tricks are more likely than 9 tricks opposite an ordinary opening hand.
Peter Qvist: 4S. Top score will be a splinter bid - it's wrong - too much help to opps finding a good lead. It's MP.

4. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A K 10 9 5 3   H K 9 4   D ---   C A J 10 4  
West North East South  
3D Pass 5D ?

Your call?

Dbl 8 100
5S 7 90
Pass 0 50
Moderator: The panel was split on this one.
August Boehm: Dbl. Under the gun, this can't be penalty, but if partner is broke - with or without diamond tricks - 5D doubled might still be best.
Josh Donn: 5S. You have to double with so many hands at this level, and partner will pass it way too often for my liking to do that here. So I will resort to the tactic of bidding my longest suit and hoping for the best.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. 3 tricks easier to make than 11. Partner still has option to bid or pass.
Christopher Diamond: 5S. Many options, so I'll bid the most likely game and maybe pard can figure out if he has enough good cards to continue.
Hk Ho: Pass. East's strength is unknown. 5S could easily lose 3 or 4 tricks. There are 2 1/2 defensive tricks, SA, CA and hopefully HK. It's IMPs, not worthwhile to double to bet 150 for 50.
Larry Meyer: 5S. Pard passed, so slam unlikely, so bid what I hope I can make.
Perry Khakhar: 5S. Best available game bonus! Trying for 6C seems like a stretch.
Plarq Liu: 5S. Give it a shot.
Bjarne Andersen: 5NT. . . pick a slam. If partner bids 6H I move to 6S.
Paul Mcmullin: Dbl. 5S here is just too unilateral.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Time to solicit an opinion from partner!

5. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 8   H Q 9 8 6   D A J 6 2   C A J 10 9  
West North East South  
Pass Pass Pass ?

Your call?

1D 9 100
Pass 5 80
1C 1 70
1H 0 50
Moderator: Many players use Pearson point count as a guideline for opening the bidding in fourth seat on a marginal hand. The panel do not think this hand is marginal, however.
Steve Weinstein: 1D. I got an opening bid, yo. Even if they find spades, there is a good chance partner has four of them and I go plus that way.
Steve Robinson: Pass. The singleton spade and a rebid problem over a 1S response lean toward pass. If, however, I was playing with a sound opener - someone like Al Roth - I would certainly open 1D.
Eugene Chan: Pass. I rarely violate the rule of 15. Nothing appealing about this hand at all.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. It's likely the HCP are about even. If pard has spades, it's not so good, same if he doesn't. Very close. Another 10 would swing it.
Hk Ho: Pass. It looks like 20/20 and E/W has spades to compete. If my clubs and spades were switched, I would certainly open 1D. It would be too bad if partner had 4 or 5 spades and 10 HCP, because 1NT should make.
Larry Meyer: Pass. 12 HCP plus 1 spade = 13. Rule of 15 says pass.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Oh come on! Really?
Plarq Liu: 1D. Standard should be 1D for 4-4 in minors, and 1C for 3-3 in minors.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Like the Aces, HATE the lack of spades. I think I will use the extra time to get a coffee.
David Gordon: 1D. Good intermediates.
Kf Tung: 1D. Keep all plus scores open. This hand belongs to you.
Peter Qvist: 1D. I don't care very much if it is 1C or 1D. A pass is putting all the eggs in 1 basket.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Mike Lawrence 4S Pass 3NT Dbl 1D 500
Barry Rigal 4S Pass 3NT 5S 1D 490
Daniel Korbel 4S 2NT 4S Dbl 1D 490
Josh Donn 4S Pass 3NT 5S 1D 490
Sylvia Shi 4S 2NT 4S Dbl 1D 490
August Boehm 4S Pass 3NT Dbl Pass 480
Jeff Meckstroth 4S 2S 4S Dbl 1D 460
Steve Weinstein 4S Pass 2NT 5S 1D 460
Roger Lee 4S 2NT 4C Dbl 1D 460
Larry Cohen 4S 2NT 4C 5S 1D 450
Mel Colchamiro Pass Pass 3NT 5S Pass 440
Steve Robinson Pass 2NT 4S 5S Pass 430
Kerri Sanborn 4S 3C 3S Dbl Pass 410
Geoff Hampson 4S 3C 4C 5S Pass 410
Jill Meyers 5D 3C 4S Dbl 1C 400

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Ernie Dietrich 4S Pass 4S 5S 1D 490 143.50
2.    David Schmidt 4S 2NT 4S 5S 1D 480 89.69
2.    Jack Qi 4S 2NT 4S 5S 1D 480 89.69
4.    Michael Dimich 4S Pass 4S 5S Pass 470 39.46
4.    Christopher Diamond 4S Pass 4S 5S Pass 470 39.46
6.    Martin Henneberger 4S 3C 4S 5S 1D 460 20.78
6.    Joel Martineau 4S 2NT 4S 5S Pass 460 20.78
6.    Arun Chopra 4S 3C 4S 5S 1D 460 20.78
9.    Julien Levesque 4S 2S 4S 5S 1D 450 11.89
9.    Rod Coote 4S 3C 4S Dbl Pass 450 11.89
9.    Anssi Rantamaa 5D Pass 4S 5S 1D 450 11.89
9.    Larry Pocock 4S 2S 4S 5S 1D 450 11.89
9.    Alan Kemp-Gee Pass 2NT 4S 5S 1D 450 11.89
9.    Bill Angus Pass 2NT 4S 5S 1D 450 11.89
9.    James Harris Pass 2NT 4S 5S 1D 450 11.89
9.    Elliott Burnell Pass 2NT 4S 5S 1D 450 11.89

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 4S Pass 4S Dbl 1D 500 76.13
1.    Janet Galbraith (Canada) 4S Pass 4S Dbl 1D 500 76.13
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4S Pass 4S Dbl 1D 500 76.13
4.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 4S Pass 4S 5S Pass 470 27.91
4.    Kf Tung (China) Pass Pass 4S Dbl 1D 470 27.91
6.    David Gordon (Canada) 4S 2NT 4C Dbl 1D 460 14.70
6.    Gerard Laquerriere (Usa) 4S 3C 4S 5S 1D 460 14.70
6.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 4S 2S 4S Dbl 1D 460 14.70
9.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Canada) Pass 2NT 4S 5S 1D 450 10.22
9.    Diane Bolton (Canada) 5D 2NT 4S Dbl 1D 450 10.22
9.    Peter Qvist (Danmark) 5D Pass 4S 5S 1D 450 10.22
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