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TGIF February 2017: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S A Q 10 9 7 5 4   H A Q 10   D K Q 10   C ---  
West North East South  
2NT (1) Dbl (2) 5C ?
(1) Club and diamond two-suiter.
(2) Values.

Your call?

6S 5 100
5D 4 90
6C 3 80
Pass 2 70
5S 1 60
Moderator: The opponents' preempt has succeeded in quickly reducing viable calls to 5S, two cuebids, a bash to 6S and pass, which no one (except the two panelists who passed) is even sure is forcing.
Steve Robinson: 5D. I want to make a slam try. If partner bids 5H, I can bid 5NT, pick-a-slam, offering him a choice of majors.
Kerri Sanborn: Pass. Maybe I can learn something useful from partner's next bid. I have so much to say, that one bid from me won't do it all.
Geoff Hampson: 6S. Double is not clearly defined, but I think that facing useful values, I will make a slam. Playing in hearts - even assuming partner has five - may be awkward with club leads tapping my hand. I assign partner two of SK, HK, DA for his double.
Daniel Korbel: 6C. . . just in case partner has: SK x HK x x x x DA x x Cx x x or the like. Stopping below slam would be pessimism of the highest magnitude. I don't think pass is forcing.
Stephen Vincent: 6C. Partner's failure to bid hearts originally suggests a flattish hand: hence secondary spade support. Leaving the door open for seven should partner have the magic hand.
David Waterman: 6S. Practical. I don't know what pass then pull would mean.
Christopher Diamond: 6C. I hate 'values'...what values? Assuming some kind of Un vs Un I assume balanced defensive values. If we're on the same wave length, my attempt to show a club void will get him evaluating his controls properly.
Larry Meyer: 5D. Insist on offense, hoping pard can support my spades.
Michael Dimich: Pass. Over partner's double, pull to 5S for a slam try. Partner should bid 6 with HK and SK.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Pass is forcing. Pulling the expected 5C-X from partner to 5S is a slam try promising first round control in clubs. If partner accepts slam with a 6D cuebid, we will cuebid 6H to invite 7S.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 6C. Bidding 6C on the way to 6S should indicate a first-round control.
Hk Ho: 6C. Partner's double shows values? If in the minors, partner should bid 3NT. If the major suit kings, hope he has something more. The DJ will bring home 12 tricks. If I had club values, I would double. Hence, my 6C must be forward going with club control.
Paul Mcmullin: 6S. Maybe they will sacrifice...?
Timothy Wright: 6C. They are trying to steal from us -- I figure that 6C implies a control (and denies first-round diamond control).
Beverley Candlish: 6S. Can't miss a possible slam.
David Gordon: 6C. Commit to slam and show first round club control.
Plarq Liu: 6S. I have extras in value and shape, we have no slam to pick so 6S. We have no space to explore slam anyway.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Pass and pull.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5S. I am not willing to gamble partner has both major kings (or DA and a major king). I do want to suggest a stronger than minimum but one-suited hand. My alternative is 5D. Not a fan of Dbl = values: better methods exist.
Kf Tung: 6S. Usually you can buy this contract right away. If you pass and then correct to 6S when partner doubles 5C, East may bid 7C!

2. IMPs. None vul.
S A K J 9 7   H 7 3 2   D J 7   C A 5 2  
West North East South  
  1D Pass 1S
Pass 3D Pass 3S (1)
Pass 3NT Pass ?
(1) Forcing.

Your call?

4D 10 100
4C 2 80
4NT 1 60
6D 1 60
Pass 1 50
5NT 0 30
Moderator: Most of the panelists concur on the 4D raise preparatory to exploring for slam.
Steve Weinstein: 4D. This hand is promising for slam, and I am not worried about going down in 5D. I will make a forward move and clarify what the trump suit is.
Jill Meyers: 4C. I am going to make a try by bidding 4C, hoping to hear 4H from partner, in which case I will take a shot at 6D. If partner raises to 5C, I will bid 5D. And if partner bids 4S or 4NT, I will pass.
Stephen Vincent: 4D. Slam is a definite possibility,
David Waterman: 4D. Much to be said for just bidding 6D - the lead will likely be important - but this is a bidding contest.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Don't think I have quite enough to invite.
Larry Meyer: 4NT. Quantitative.
Michael Dimich: 4C. If partner has solid diamonds they will cue bid the HA, otherwise 4NT.
Eugene Chan: 4D. . . forcing. Not the greatest trump support to invite diamond slam but partner should have a near solid diamond suit for the jump to 3D. If we get a 4H cuebid from partner, then 6D should have excellent prospects of making.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4NT. Blame transfer - give partner something like Sx HA Q x DA K Q x x x CK x x and slam is a good bet.
Hk Ho: 4NT. Obviously, North has no spade support. The minimum for his 3D rebid should be 16 HCP, made up of HA DA K Q x x x and CK, 11 tricks in total. 4NT is quantitative, asking North for some extra.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Doesn't 3NT end the auction?
Timothy Wright: Pass. Partner is limited (because she did not jump-shift). 3NT looks to be odds-on (and better than 5D, let alone 6D).
Beverley Candlish: 4C. . . Gerber. Possible slam in NT or diamonds.
David Gordon: 4D. Not interested if partner does not have a heart control.
Plarq Liu: 4D. Determine trumps and explore slams.
Chris Buchanan: 4D. Really close to passing but I have aces.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Tempting, but partner opened only 1D. (In my own agreements several strong diamond hands are included in other openings.)
Kf Tung: Pass. If you miss slam then partner may have a better bid than 3D and then 3N.

3. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S Q 3 2   H A K Q 6 4   D 10 4 3   C 4 2  
West North East South  
  1C Pass 1H
Pass 1S Pass ?

Your call?

2S 5 100
2D 4 90
1NT 3 80
2NT 2 70
2H 1 60
Moderator: Where do you shoot? High or low?
Mike Lawrence: 2NT. The easy route out of this is to bid 2D and take the consequences of it. But 2D comes with issues unless you decide that it isn't game forcing. Put me down for 2NT.
Geoff Hampson: 2S. Very heavy for this bid, but there is no good alternative. Raising to 2S is equally out of range high-card-point-wise and just tells a different lie. It's only matchpoints.
Mel Colchamiro: 2S. I don't know. For once I'm at a loss for words. 2S? 3S? 2H? 3H? 1NT? 2D? Should I go high or low? Because it's matchpoints, I'm going low. I choose 2S because the coin came up tails. At IMPs, I would always go high with 2D.
Josh Donn: 2D. By overbidding by a point or so, I will reach the right strain and avoid horribly wrong-siding the notrump.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. Should this work out badly, I will claim to have missorted.
David Waterman: 1NT. I don't mind 2NT on 10xx, but if partner has a stiff heart, NT is not going to be good. 1NT lets us find a better spot if indicated.
Christopher Diamond: 2H. Everything's flawed, but there is an outside chance he has a decent 4-3-1-5 that gets us to 4H.
Larry Meyer: 2D. The quality heart suit and the spade support make this a game forcing hand.
Pearl Minkoff: 2D. New minor forcing.
Eugene Chan: 2D. 4th suit is game forcing. Hand re-evaluates to a full opener after partner's 1S rebid.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2D. Psych a fourth suit forcing bid and then pass any non-heart response.
Hk Ho: 3H. Let North know about your invitational values and a good 5+card heart suit. If North is not min, he can choose 4H with three or 3NT with a diamond stopper. If one opp has four hearts, the SQ may be an entry to enjoy 4 heart tricks in 3NT. If North's values are all black, 4S with 4-3 fit is OK.
Paul Mcmullin: 2D. Too strong for 2H or 1NT.
Timothy Wright: 2D. Forcing to game is not much of a stretch here; my heart suit is surely worth more than 9 points.
Beverley Candlish: 2H. Not sure if this is meant to be a reverse bid. I would normally take the 1S bid as an opener. If this is the case, I would rebid my nice 5 card heart suit.
David Gordon: 3H. XYZ users have an easy 2C bid.
Plarq Liu: 2H. Rebid hearts to show extra values.
Chris Buchanan: 2H. I like 2H here as 8-11 but that is not standard. For a lack of anything better I will bid it anyways.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2C. If fourth suit is GF this hand is a problem.
Kf Tung: 3H. Your suit has HA K Q but you cannot look after the diamonds!

4. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S A   H Q 7   D J 10 5   C K 10 9 8 6 4 2  
West North East South  
Pass 1D 1H 2C
3H 3S 4H ?

Your call?

5D 7 100
4NT 3 70
Pass 3 70
Dbl 2 60
5C 0 30
Moderator: Though this is a motley collection, most panelists consider there to be enough useful stuff to bid game.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4NT. It sounds like partner is 5-6, but I want to give him a chance to support clubs. This should clearly not be Blackwood by a passed hand.
Jill Meyers: Dbl. . . and lead the SA. It is possible they will make this, but the D10 is a big card defensively.
Roger Lee: Pass. If partner doubles, defending looks fine, but with extra shape, partner should be able to bid out. This also keeps clubs in the picture.
Sylvia Shi: 5D. I would have opened this hand, of course. Now I bid 5D; maybe it makes, maybe it's a good save. Doing anything else is trying to tread too fine a line.
Stephen Vincent: 4NT. Pick a minor suit game partner.
David Waterman: 5D. This should be unanimous.
Christopher Diamond: 5D. With all these law abiding citizens these days partner has at most one heart. Likely 5-6 in the pointies. 5D has to be reasonable.
Larry Meyer: Pass. I cannot rebid that porous club suit, unsupported, at the 5 level.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. 4H-X is going down. E/W is vulnerable. Optimum defence may net +1100.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. If partner has 2 aces then we are beating this (barring a diamond void).
Hk Ho: Dbl. 4S or 5C is likely to go down. It's highly probable to set 4H.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. A LOT of distribution around the table!
Timothy Wright: 5D. Not what I expected to see, but I have real diamond support.
Beverley Candlish: 5D. Doesn't indicate whether West's 3H bid is premptive or limit. My partner has reversed and obviously has a two suiter. I would bid 5D.
David Gordon: 5D. Partner has 5+ diamonds.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Not enough values to bid anything.
Chris Buchanan: 5D. Not much along the lines of defense but I should have offense for diamonds.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. I bid what I had. Let partner express his opinion. Will correct spades to diamonds.
Kf Tung: Pass. You cannot bid 4S, 4N, 5C or 5D. Now partner can bid 4S, 4N, 5C or 5D!

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

Your call?

2S 5 100
4S 5 90
2C 2 60
Dbl 2 60
3S 1 30
Moderator: The scorer broke the tie between 2S and 4S in favour of those advocating a slower advance to set up an invitation rather than immediately leaping to game, in keeping with the plurality of the panel.
Larry Cohen: 4S. I like to play 3S as lots of spades and weakish, something like SQ J 10 x x x x Hx Dx x x Cx x, so I can't use that bid to invite.
Barry Rigal: 2C. In this auction, I play 2H is a five-card invitation and double is penalty. 2C is a limit raise or better in spades, and this looks just right for that action. I will accept a sign-off in 2S.
Kerri Sanborn: Dbl. Let's start here. Later I can cuebid or jump in spades. Double here is penalty. 2H is hearts as well, usually showing more hearts and a minimum, so you get in before opener pulls.
Mel Colchamiro: 2S. Club honours may not be carrying full weight opposite two low in partner's hand, and the danger of a heart ruff is very real.
Christopher Diamond: 2H. Something stinky here. But I've got a game invite with a 5-card spade suit. Hope a cue and a 3-level spade bid shows that.
Larry Meyer: 1S. With 4 quacks, one of them a singleton, take the low road for now.
Eugene Chan: 3S. Same bid I would make if East passed instead of bidding 1H. Promises a five card suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. First expose the possible psych. But it's dangerous to bid 4S after they got their lead director in.
Hk Ho: 2NT. South has 11 HCP with hearts and clubs stopped. 2NT tells North what to do. East's 1H response is a warning. Vs. 4S, he asks for a singleton heart lead. A heart ruff and 2 top clubs mean 1 down.
Timothy Wright: 2S. Cue-bidding here overstates the value of my CQ J 6 and hides my spade length. If partner invites, I have an easy game bid.
David Gordon: 2S. Questionable club values make me downgrade this to just an invitation.
Chris Buchanan: 2S. No reason to suppress my 5-card spades.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. . . invite with 5 spades: that's what I have and therefore bid. It's passable if partner has a minimum double. Opposite strong diamonds this preserves enough room to keep NT in the picture.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Remember the old teachings.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Sylvia Shi 6S 4D 1NT 5D 4S 470
Jeff Meckstroth 5D 4D 2S 4NT 4S 450
Steve Robinson 5D 4D 2S Pass 4S 450
Geoff Hampson 6S Pass 2S 5D 2S 450
Daniel Korbel 6C 4D 1NT 5D 4S 450
Josh Donn 5S 4D 2D 5D 2S 450
Larry Cohen 6C 4D 2NT 5D 4S 440
Barry Rigal 6S 4D 2S 4NT 2C 430
Steve Weinstein 5D 4D 1NT 5D 2C 430
Roger Lee 6S 4D 2H Pass 2S 430
August Boehm 6C 4NT 2D Pass 2S 400
Mike Lawrence 6S 4D 2NT 5D 3S 400
Mel Colchamiro Pass 6D 2S 4NT 2S 400
Jill Meyers 5D 4C 2D Dbl Dbl 380
Kerri Sanborn Pass 4C 2D Dbl Dbl 360

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Julien Levesque 6S 4C 2D 5D 2S 470 137.81
1.    David Waterman 6S 4D 1NT 5D 4S 470 137.81
3.    Yue Su 6S 4D 2D Pass 2S 460 78.75
4.    Brad Bart 6C 4D 2H 5D 2S 440 37.63
4.    Brian Stone 6S Pass 2D 5D 2S 440 37.63
4.    Zoran Peca 6S Pass 2D 5D 2S 440 37.63
7.    Laurence Betts 6C 6D 2S 5D 4S 430 22.50
8.    Stephen Vincent 6C 4D 2NT 4NT 2S 420 19.69
9.    Martin Henneberger 5S Pass 2S 5D 2S 410 16.63
9.    Michael Dimich Pass 4C 2S 5D Dbl 410 16.63
11.    Eurydice Nours 6S Pass 2D Dbl 2S 400 14.32
12.    Rod Coote 6S Pass 2NT Pass 2S 390 12.16
12.    Diana Jing 5S Pass 1NT 5D 2S 390 12.16
12.    Kai Zhou 6C 4D 2D Dbl Dbl 390 12.16

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leonid Bossis (Ca) 5D 4D 2S 5D 2S 490 108.50
2.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Pass 4D 2S Pass 2S 440 81.38
3.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 5D 4C 2NT 5D 4S 430 46.11
3.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) Pass 4D 2H 5D 2S 430 46.11
5.    Timothy Wright (Usa) 6C Pass 2D 5D 2S 420 18.43
5.    Bob Todd (Canada) 6C 4C 2S 4NT 4S 420 18.43
5.    Allan Simon (Canada) 6S 4NT 2D Pass 2S 420 18.43
8.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 6S Pass 2D Pass 2S 410 11.58
8.    John Gillespie (Canada) 6S Pass 2NT 5D 4S 410 11.58
8.    Gerard Laquerriere (Usa) 6S Pass 2NT 5D 4S 410 11.58
8.    Bjarne Andersen (Denmark) 5S 4D 2D Dbl 2S 410 11.58
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