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TGIF April 2017: Scores

1. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A K 8 7   H A 7   D Q 8 7 5 3 2   C A  
West North East South  
Pass 1H Pass 1S
Pass 1NT Pass ?

Your call?

3D 10 100
2NT 5 80
2D 1 60
Moderator: Congratulations to local yokel Martin Henneberger who won the ACBL-Wide version of this contest. He is part of the Expert Panel for the next three months.
Larry Cohen: 3D. The suit is horrible, but at least partner will know I have a good hand with four spades and six-plus diamonds. We could easily belong in 5D opposite something like: Sx x HK Q x x DK x x CJ x x x.
Jill Meyers: 2NT. My diamonds are too tepid to bid a game or to bid 3D. I have the strength for a 3D bid, but such poor suit quality.
Martin Henneberger: 3D. Although I would like to have a better suit for this action, 3D gets across the shape and strength of the hand. Hopefully partner can better gauge where the contract belongs than over a general strength-showing 2NT.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. This looks like a potential 1 or 4 hand in NT, so choose the safer invitational option.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Looks like a misfit with my long suit being quite ragged, so stay low and collect the extra 10 points for being in NT.
Hk Ho: 3D. . . to tell partner that you have a good hand with diamond length. Hope he has something like Sx x HK Q x x DA K x CJ T x x to start investigating for slam.
Christopher Diamond: 3NT. The usual idea, if diamonds are friendly we make 3, if not we make nothing.
Stephen Vincent: 3D. Shows the strength and distribution, if overstating the quality of the diamond suit. Two out of three is not so bad.
Plarq Liu: 3D. With HCP and diamond length.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2NT. I'm not too enthusiastic, but I think my hand is too strong not to invite.
Norm Tucker: 3D. If partner has 9 HCP and some clubs she will bid NT game.
David Gordon: 3D. Highly invitational.
Beverley Candlish: 3C. Partner, do you have a club stopper?
Kf Tung: 3D. Tell partner that +110 is there and you may get +140 or +600 if he has the right hand.
Timothy Wright: 3D. 5D or 3NT could be on opposite the right minimum, but which minimum partner has is hard to tell yet.
Perry Khakhar: 2D. Under protest! Why would I not have bid 2S last time? That would show 4 LTC, and longer diamonds than spades! Surprise, that is what I have.
Peter Qvist: 2NT. I didn't bid NT before. I don't jump in diamonds or hearts. Pard knows I have a weak 6 card diamond suit, and knows what to do.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S J 3   H K Q 8 7 6 2   D Q 10 3   C K J  
West North East South  
  1C 1D 1H
3D Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

4H 10 100
4D 4 70
5H 1 50
3NT 1 40
Pass 0 20
Moderator: Bridge Bulletin Standard plays support doubles only through 2H, so partner doesn't necessarily hold three hearts for his double.
Mel Colchamiro: 4H. I'm assuming partner has at most one diamond and that he has extras, at a minimum, something like: SA K x HJ x x Dx CA Q x x x x. Of course he could have the HA instead of the jack, so slam's not out of the question.
Sylvia Shi: 4D. I have a great hand opposite that singleton diamond partner probably has. I do need him to have at least three aces, so if he bids 4H, I will pass. I expect his next call will most likely be 5NT pick-a-slam.
Martin Henneberger: 4H. Partner's double indicates a good hand with no clear direction. Although 4H feels like a slight underbid, I just can't justify a stronger action.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4H. The best of a bad lot. I'd be tempted to pass the double at MPs.
Anssi Rantamaa: 3S. Fourth suit forcing.
Larry Meyer: 4H. Playing pard for extras and heart tolerance, so bid the safest game.
Hk Ho: 4H. Opening hand faces opening hand, game should be reached. North must be short in diamonds. Hope his hand is SK x x x HA x x Dx CA Q x x x which is not good for 3NT, if West has DK J x x, very likely.
Christopher Diamond: 4H. Support double. Hoping for a stiff diamond opposite.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. Partner, with marked diamond shortage, must have heart tolerance.
Craig T. Wilson: 4H. If North's double is a support double, I bid 4H. If they are doubling for spades, I bid 3H.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4H. Fast arrival. Playable opposite the short diamonds and values that partner promises.
Norm Tucker: 3H. No other option but to describe my shape and 10+.
David Gordon: 4H. Partner is short in diamonds. Therefore if partner is 1-1 in diamonds and hearts they would not have doubled. They would have bid.
Kf Tung: 4H. Partner will move on to a slam with a strong hand or good controls.
Timothy Wright: 3H. This can't be a pure penalty double. Better to suggest game, then try 3NT if partner ventures 3S.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. Partner must be 4-2 in the majors, and 1-6 or 2-5 in the minors. 4H should play well whereas 3NT with my tenuous stopper may not.
Peter Qvist: 4H. Pard is probably 4216.

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

Your call?

4C 7 100
Pass 6 90
3H 2 60
3S 1 60
4D 0 40
Moderator: More than half of the panel take out partner's double - a sensible course of action advocated by none other than Edgar Kaplan.
Barry Rigal: Pass. . . and lead a trump. If I can kill a ruff in dummy, I do not see where their tricks are coming from, but it is easier on paper where minus 670 doesn't sting nearly as much.
Geoff Hampson: 4C. I don't expect to defeat 3D, and I have no idea which major might be better, so I will play in my longest suit.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I usually try to avoid disaster with these types of decisions, but this hand has disaster written all over it. Being on lead with an ace-king sways me in favour of passing. I'm not so sure I'd have the same courage at the table.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. Not willing to go a level higher to locate the best fit.
Larry Meyer: 4D. Asking pard to pick his better major.
Hk Ho: 3S. It's IMPs. Why doesn't partner pass to let E/W collect 110? I can only hope that he has SA K x x x HK x x x Dx Cx x x, making my SQ J useful for reverse dummy play to take 9 tricks.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Ugly, not at all surprised if they make this.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Partner has chosen the wrong time to balance. It's just too risky to leave this in.
Plarq Liu: Pass. We will not make 3NT in this case. Hope for the best.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. Not happy, but passing risks a doubled contract for E/W; never a good score (nor is my expected -200).
David Gordon: 4C. Partner can not have both major suit aces and a king. Therefore 3D likely makes.
Beverley Candlish: 4D. Pick a major!
Kf Tung: Pass. Partner has shortness in diamonds but his hand is not good enough for an opening bid. Collect +200 or+500 and thank him for the double!
Timothy Wright: Pass. I hope they do the same thing at the other table (or they don't and partner has SA x x x HA x x x DQ x Cx x x).
Perry Khakhar: 4C. Ouch! If you play partner for the classic 4414 passed hand, then 4C is where we want to play. The values in my hand have already been bid. No Moysian feels worth playing.
Peter Qvist: 4D. A little weak but West will have the missing HP.

4. IMPs. N-S vul.
S Q J 6 5   H Q 10 9 8 7 6 5   D A 2   C ---  
West North East South  
Dbl 1NT Pass ?

Your call?

2H 10 100
4H 4 80
3H 2 70
Moderator: The popular vote is for a simple 2H.
Daniel Korbel: 4H. Let's make life as difficult as possible for LHO. My partner bid freely, so he should have a little something. I would have opened 4H. Is that sick?
Kerri Sanborn: 2H. With the double on my left, the spade suit looks iffy. Even with a decent hand opposite, I have five losers, and partner almost always has club values.
Martin Henneberger: 2H. With a broken suit and minimum values, this seems a straightforward 2H rebid.
August Boehm: 3H. I think partner's 1NT vulnerable at IMPs should contain heart tolerance. Holding a 4-4-4-1 misfit, he can bid 1S or pass and be happy to defend. If partner might bid 1NT on a misfit, 2H would be enough.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. 7-card suits should probably be bid a second time.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Pard chose not to bid spades, so tell him about my minimum hand and my long hearts.
Hk Ho: 2H. What else? His 1NT does not show much. We would be home if he has no wastage in clubs.
Christopher Diamond: 2H. Seems like enough since 3H seems to be a relay to 4H at IMPs vulnerable these days.
Stephen Vincent: 2H. The odds are against partner having some kind of magic hand.
Plarq Liu: 2S. I hope my partner would not blame my reverse.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2H. Let's go quietly. I get why I opened.
Norm Tucker: 2S. Why didn't I bid 3H on the first round?
David Gordon: 2H. 1NT denies 4 spades. Therefore just rebid hearts.
Kf Tung: 2H. To play, to play, to play.
Timothy Wright: 2H. That's what I get for opening this--partner is taking me seriously.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. Vulnerable 1st seat 1H, wow! You can practically see the big hand with West. As badly as I want out of this auction, the least harm is 2H. Anything else, including pass, are really bad.
Peter Qvist: 3H. 5 losers, but missing HP.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S A Q 9 2   H A K Q 9 5 2   D K 6   C 3  
West North East South  
Dbl Rdbl 2C ?

Your call?

Pass 7 100
2S 6 90
3C 3 70
3H 0 50
4H 0 40
Moderator: The plurality of the panel are game to go along with partner's suggestion to reap a penalty. They start with pass.
Josh Donn: 3C. Who knows what 3C really means, but at least it shows a good hand without insisting on any strain. I thought of passing in case partner can double. That's great if he has five clubs, but probably not a big enough number if he has only four.
Roger Lee: Pass. I would expect this to be down three or four if partner chooses to double, and if not, we will probe for slam.
Mike Lawrence: 2S. This is a good hand that needs to show more than 'just a good hand with hearts'. I'm not interested in defending 2C doubled. If I bid 2S and they bid 3C, I can accept partner's double because I have shown my hand.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Because bidding in front of partner would normally show a shapely minimum unsuitable for defense, I can confidently pass now with the knowledge that it is forcing.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. We're not going to get rich defending 2C doubled. See if we can elicit a preference from partner.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Pard knows that this is our hand - he can't pass. Maybe he wants a chance to double.
Hk Ho: Pass. North's Rdbl promises a bid. If he doubles 2C, hope to set it 3 tricks. If North takes out to diamonds or spades, bid 4H.
Christopher Diamond: 2S. Don't see any reason 2S should still not be a strong bid here.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Forcing, needless to say.
Plarq Liu: 4C. Splinter happy.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Bidding now would deny strength. Depending on what happens I can always bid more showing a good hand.
Norm Tucker: 4H. Why mess around?
David Gordon: 2S. Continue with 3H to show your good hand.
Kf Tung: 3H. Good hand, good hearts, and partner can almost guess your stiff club!
Timothy Wright: 3C. On this hand, I'm glad partner took me seriously.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. This is a really good advertisement for why we play Rdbl showing values! About to convert 400 into 1100! Giddyap!
Peter Qvist: 3C. It would be great if North doesn't have a club stopper.
Bob Todd: Pass. Will bid 2S next not giving up on slam.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Larry Cohen 3D 4H 4C 2H Pass 500
Mike Lawrence 3D 4H 4C 2H 2S 490
Martin Henneberger 3D 4H Pass 2H Pass 490
Mel Colchamiro 3D 4H 4C 4H Pass 480
Kerri Sanborn 3D 4H 4C 2H 3C 470
Geoff Hampson 2NT 4H 4C 2H 2S 470
Roger Lee 3D 4D 4C 2H Pass 470
Jeff Meckstroth 3D 4H Pass 4H 2S 460
Daniel Korbel 3D 4D Pass 4H Pass 440
Sylvia Shi 3D 4D 4C 3H Pass 440
Jill Meyers 2NT 4H 3H 2H 2S 430
Steve Robinson 2D 4H Pass 4H Pass 430
Steve Weinstein 2NT 4H 3S 2H 2S 430
August Boehm 3D 3NT Pass 3H 2S 390
Barry Rigal 2NT 5H Pass 2H 3C 390
Josh Donn 2NT 4D 3H 2H 3C 380

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Brad Bart 3D 4H Pass 2H Pass 490 102.38
1.    Julien Levesque 3D 4H 4C 2H 2S 490 102.38
1.    Martin Henneberger 3D 4H Pass 2H Pass 490 102.38
4.    Yue Su 3D 4H Pass 2H 2S 480 47.78
5.    Rod Coote 2NT 4H 4C 2H 2S 470 25.03
5.    Larry Pocock 2NT 4H 4C 2H 2S 470 25.03
7.    Stephen Vincent 3D 4H 3S 2H Pass 460 16.34
7.    Gilbert Lambert 2NT 4H Pass 2H 2S 460 16.34
7.    Laurence Betts 2NT 4H Pass 2H 2S 460 16.34
7.    Hk Ho 3D 4H 3S 2H Pass 460 16.34

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    David Gordon (Canada) 3D 4H 4C 2H 2S 490 105.00
2.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 3D 4H Pass 2H 2S 480 56.00
2.    John Gillespie (Canada) 3D 4H Pass 2H 2S 480 56.00
2.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 2NT 4H 4C 2H Pass 480 56.00
5.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 2D 4H 4C 2H Pass 460 16.66
5.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 3D 4H 4C 3H 2S 460 16.66
5.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 2NT 4H 4C 4H Pass 460 16.66
5.    Qiang Wu (China) 2NT 4H Pass 2H 2S 460 16.66
9.    Janet Galbraith (Canada) 3D 4H 3H 2H 2S 450 10.57
9.    Leonid Bossis (Ca) 2NT 4H 4C 2H 3C 450 10.57
9.    Bob Todd (Canada) 2NT 4H Pass 4H Pass 450 10.57
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