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TGIF July 2017: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S J 8 3   H K 8 5   D Q 9 8   C A J 9 7  
West North East South  
  1D 1S ?

Your call?

1NT 10 100
Dbl 4 80
2C 0 50
2S 1 50
2D 0 40
2NT 0 30
Pass 0 20
Moderator: Stoppers in notrump --- overrated or underrated?
Steve Weinstein: 1NT. A touch light on stopper and a touch heavy on strength. Just like Goldilocks.
Jill Meyers: Dbl. . . compensating values. Also, if partner has a spade stopper, I think notrump should be played from their side (1NT being my alternative call).
Sylvia Shi: 2S. The siding in notrump could be worth a trick or more. If partner has spade shortness, then my hand is a gold mine with 10 unwasted high-card points --- something my partner will never play me for if I bid 1NT. And my spots are pretty good for notrump.
Kate Allard: 2C. Denies a 4-card heart suit or stopper in spades but advises of 10+ points 2/1.
Christopher Diamond: 1NT. A little heavy, no real stopper, but other than that, perfect.
Larry Meyer: 1NT. Choosing the cheapest imperfect bid.
Eugene Chan: 1NT. When not vulnerable, 1NT does not promise a stopper. A common treatment that should be alerted but never is.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1NT. Consider this a big downgrade. There is no real danger of wrong-siding the NT.
Jack Aaron: 2C. Prefer it to passing, having at least 24 points between self and partner, and being matchpoints and not vulnerable.
Hk Ho: 2S. The spade stopper is too weak to suggest NT. It's up to pard to to treat 2S as limit raise OR asking for a stopper for NT. We have the HCP for this cue-bid.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. This auction is not over yet. No idea where to play this and every bid is a lie.
Paul Mcmullin: 2S. I would gladly trade any 2 of those 8s for a 10 and a 2.
David Gordon: 2C. Sometimes the cheapest lie is the best lie.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Very close between this and 1NT.
Plarq Liu: 1NT. This hand has mediocre values for anything.
Chris Buchanan: 1NT. Which lie is better? Heavy on values and light on stoppers. Not a fan of doubling without hearts.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2C. At least it's forcing and says something true about my hand.
Kf Tung: Dbl. You are ready to compete!

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

Your call?

3C 11 100
Pass 3 70
4C 1 50
Moderator: Most of the panelists start with 3C despite the good four-card heart holding.
August Boehm: 3C. If we fit hearts, they often fit spades and can outbid us. If my majors were reversed, I wouldn't preempt.
Barry Rigal: Pass. At pairs, I might bid 3C, but at teams vulnerable, the downside is obvious.
Josh Donn: 4C. I am sure 3C will score better, but I much prefer exerting more pressure with this much playing strength.
Kate Allard: 3C. Even though vul, it's worth an opening bid with two singletons.
Anssi Rantamaa: Pass. A preempt might lose the heart suit.
Christopher Diamond: 3C. Wouldn't do it with 4 spades, but even if we own a heart fit we might get outbid.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Bidding 3C could make it too hard to find a possible heart fit.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Discipline. Discipline. Discipline. 3 big lessons I learned from my sifu (Chinese kung fu master).
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3C. This only backfires if partner has both hearts and spades.
Jack Aaron: Pass. Rather than 3C; IMPs and vulnerable, prefer to be disciplined and conservative. I like my two singletons and may get in later.
Hk Ho: Pass. With a decent 4-card heart suit, pre-empting might miss a heart game. If we were in third seat, 3C by all means. If E/W could make only a part score, it would be poor strategy to risk -200 to save it.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. It's a conspiracy. I have to pass 2 hands in a row!
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Hand not worthless in support of hearts, do not necessarily WANT a club lead.
David Gordon: Pass. Easy 3C bid in third seat.
Mike Roberts: 3C. Yeah, I've got a little too much playing strength, but I refuse to bypass 3NT.
Plarq Liu: 3C. Preemptive. The club suit is solid but not strong enough.
Chris Buchanan: 3C. Too tough to catch up in the auction if you pass as 4S will be what you are facing at your next bid.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3C. 2 opps, but only 1 partner to make life difficult for.
Kf Tung: Pass. If you open this hand in first seat, partner will be skeptical of your bids.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K   H A Q 9 8 4 2   D 10 8 5   C 9 5 4  
West North East South  
      2H (1)
Pass 3C (2) Pass ?
(1) Weak.
(2) Natural and forcing.

Your call?

4C 7 100
3S 5 90
3D 2 50
3H 0 50
3NT 1 50
5C 0 30
Moderator: The panel agrees that rebidding 3H to show a dead minimum is out. They are divided, however, as to how to move forward.
Mike Lawrence: 3D. I don't want to make a weak bid, and raising clubs feels too aggressive. If my SK was the CK, I would make a splinter bid of 4S. 3D keeps the bidding going.
Kerri Sanborn: 3S. I want to show something and this seems like the best way. I'll pass 3NT, raise 4C to five and pull 4S to 5C (obviously).
Daniel Korbel: 4C. I have a great hand for clubs. I hope partner considers this forcing. My second choice: 4S splinter.
Kate Allard: 4C. Implies a fit in clubs with no other suits nor stoppers for NT.
Christopher Diamond: 3NT. Raising clubs misses 3NT, 3H achieves little. So with a decent suit and pieces in the other suit, 3NT.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Show my 3-card support for pard's suit.
Eugene Chan: 3H. Would not have opened 2H in the first place. Almost never open weak twos with singleton spades. Another simple guide is that weak twos should be hands that will bid game opposite a strong NT. Is this a game going hand opposite a strong NT? Which game?
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. I have a pretty good hand for first seat nonvul. Hope the SK is not totally wasted.
Jack Aaron: 4C. I'm forced; and have already shown I have 6 hearts.
Hk Ho: 3H. I wish I could pass 3C. 3H indicates to partner that your hand was really poor.
Perry Khakhar: 4C. Ruffing value, 3-card support, etc. Maybe partner can bid 4H with HJ x or better. I have a good hand for this auction and vulnerability.
Paul Mcmullin: 3S. Too good to just rebid 3H, no rush to bypass 3NT.
David Gordon: 4C. Support with support.
Mike Roberts: 4C. First step is to establish the fit. Cuebidding can wait.
Plarq Liu: 3H. No side strength to speak of.
Chris Buchanan: 3S. I have a really good hand for clubs so I will show my spade ticket. Partner may want to be in 3NT with SJ 10 x.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. Depends on agreements; support with support?
Kf Tung: 3NT. You have an outside King!
Kees Schaafsma: 3S. Club fit, spade control.

4. IMPs. N-S vul.
S J 8 7 4   H Q J 6   D Q 10 9   C J 10 2  
West North East South  
    3C Pass
Pass Dbl Pass 3S
Pass 4C Pass ?

Your call?

4S 10 100
4D 3 70
4H 2 70
Moderator: Look at the queens and jacks! What are they good for? Not too much according to most of the experts.
Larry Cohen: 4S. Some of these quacks must be useful, but they are still quacks.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4H. I have some help, and partner's 4C might be choice of games.
Barry Rigal: 4D. 4C is an unequivocal cuebid for spades and in context, I have enough bits to make one cooperative move. Partner rates to have close to a 2C opener to cuebid here. I'll claim I confused the DQ with the king.
Christopher Diamond: 4S. I've got quite a bit more than I could have, but that's allowed.
Larry Meyer: 4H. Sounds like pard has the reds, so bid the cheaper game.
Eugene Chan: 4S. I will be happy to make 10 tricks. Losing trick count is so high I ran out of fingers.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. My hand has no redeeming features and no other place to play.
Jack Aaron: 4H. Wicked! I take partner's cue bid as some support for my spades but I don't want to promise more than the 4 spades I have. 4H is a lousy bid but I'm forced and I'm flummoxed!
Hk Ho: 4H. Hope partner gets the message that you are not yarborough.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. No primes, special shape(!), maybe 2 cover cards, and ruffs in the wrong hand. I am going to drag my feet as hard as I can.
Paul Mcmullin: 4H. I do not know where he is going, but my hand is not ENTIRELY without value.
David Gordon: 4S. No shape. Nor Aces. Nor Kings.
Mike Roberts: 4D. Depends how you play 4C. If it's a slam try, I should sign off. If it's choice of games, I think 5D is our best shot opposite 3451.
Plarq Liu: 4D. Cheapest rebid.
Chris Buchanan: 5S. I wish I had a cue bid but I don't. I have a max 3S bid and partner is looking so I will cooperate.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4S. Still minimum.
Kf Tung: 4S. You are not interested in other contracts.
Kees Schaafsma: 4H. North may have hearts and diamonds.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S K 9 8 5   H A 9 7 4 2   D 2   C K 10 2  
West North East South  
  1D Pass 1H
Dbl Rdbl (1) 1NT Dbl
2C Pass Pass ?
(1) Three-card heart support.

Your call?

2H 12 100
3H 1 60
Dbl 2 60
2NT 0 50
Moderator: Despite the 5-card heart suit, the vast majority of the panel opt to stay low.
Steve Robinson: Dbl. I have good defensive cards and I hope to beat it at least two.
Roger Lee: 2H. We've already shown some values, and I feel uncomfortable forcing to a higher level with such weak heart spots.
Kate Allard: 4H. Fit in hearts, and the singleton diamond increases the value of your hand.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Ah, support doubles. Does he have 10 or 19? I think the pass suggests a couple of clubs and I have no idea how high to bid. So let's suggest a penalty.
Larry Meyer: 2H. With the clubs sitting over me, I'm not confident about setting 2C, so just bid to our own level of fit.
Eugene Chan: 3H. Should have bid 3H invitational over 1NT in the first place. 1NT-X was vague, prone to misinterpretation. Partner will hate you.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. I've shown my extra strength, but partner doesn't know I have 5 hearts yet.
Jack Aaron: 2H. We have a fit in hearts and at least 24 points, so 2H is the conservative route to go in IMPs.
Hk Ho: 2H. Our double of 1NT has shown that our 1H response was not minimum. On the other hand, the SK CK are in front of the doubler and the singleton diamond is not an asset in partner's suit.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. If East hadn't bid 1NT, I would have made this bid. I prefer a part score to defending this. Maybe partner can surprise us and bid a game.
Paul Mcmullin: 2H. Switch the diamond suit with either black suit and I would try 3H here.
David Gordon: 4H. Working values.
Mike Roberts: 2H. Black kings are badly placed, trumps aren't breaking. Let's go low.
Plarq Liu: 2H. To play.
Chris Buchanan: 2H. Looks like my black kings might be poorly placed. Shown extra values by Dbl of 1NT so partner can make a decision.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2H. Apparently they've found a fit, but we seem to have the points and a fit.
Kf Tung: 2H. You can make 2H, but you are not sure of a bigger number.
Kees Schaafsma: 2H. Just too many wasted values.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Mel Colchamiro 1NT 3C 4C 4S 2H 500
Geoff Hampson 1NT 3C 4C 4S 2H 500
Roger Lee 1NT 3C 4C 4S 2H 500
August Boehm Dbl 3C 3S 4S 2H 470
Daniel Korbel 1NT Pass 4C 4S 2H 470
Larry Cohen 1NT Pass 3S 4S 2H 460
Mike Lawrence 1NT 3C 3D 4S 2H 450
Sylvia Shi 2S 3C 4C 4S 2H 450
Jill Meyers Dbl 3C 3S 4H 2H 440
Barry Rigal 1NT Pass 4C 4D 2H 440
Kerri Sanborn Dbl 3C 3S 4D 2H 440
Steve Robinson Dbl 3C 3S 4S Dbl 430
Steve Weinstein 1NT 3C 3D 4D 2H 420
Josh Donn 1NT 4C 4C 4S Dbl 410
Jeff Meckstroth 1NT 3C 3NT 4H 3H 380

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Brad Bart 1NT 3C 4C 4S 2H 500 118.13
1.    Elaine Sutton 1NT 3C 4C 4S 2H 500 118.13
1.    Andrew Krywaniuk 1NT 3C 4C 4S 2H 500 118.13
4.    David Walker Dbl 3C 4C 4S 2H 480 55.13
5.    Pam Ottridge 1NT 3C 4C 4H 2H 470 28.88
5.    Diana Jing 1NT Pass 4C 4S 2H 470 28.88
7.    Brian Stone 1NT 3C 4C 4S 3H 460 22.50
8.    Stephen Vincent 2C 3C 4C 4S 2H 450 16.81
8.    Gilbert Lambert Dbl Pass 4C 4S 2H 450 16.81
8.    Martin Henneberger 1NT 3C 3NT 4S 2H 450 16.81
8.    Joel Martineau Dbl Pass 4C 4S 2H 450 16.81
12.    Julien Levesque Dbl 3C 4C 4S 3H 440 11.75
12.    Larry Meyer 1NT Pass 4C 4H 2H 440 11.75
12.    Mike Foster 1NT Pass 4C 4D 2H 440 11.75
12.    Zoran Peca Dbl Pass 3S 4S 2H 440 11.75

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Susan Julius (Canada) Dbl 3C 4C 4S 2H 480 119.00
2.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 1NT Pass 3S 4S 2H 460 74.38
2.    Allan Simon (Canada) 1NT 3C 3S 4H 2H 460 74.38
4.    Mike Roberts (USA) Dbl 3C 4C 4D 2H 450 25.57
4.    Bob Todd (Canada) 1NT 3C 3S 4S Dbl 450 25.57
4.    Peter Qvist (Danmark) Dbl Pass 4C 4S 2H 450 25.57
4.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 2C 3C 4C 4S 2H 450 25.57
8.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Dbl 3C 3S 4S Dbl 430 14.05
8.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 1NT Pass 4C 4S 3H 430 14.05
10.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Canada) 2C 3C 4C 4H 2H 420 9.70
10.    Plarq Liu (Usa) 1NT 3C 3H 4D 2H 420 9.70
10.    Dennis Caswell (Canada) 2C 3C 4C 4H 2H 420 9.70
10.    Gerard Laquerriere (Usa) 2C Pass 4C 4S 2H 420 9.70
10.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 2C Pass 4C 4S 2H 420 9.70
10.    Bjarne Andersen (Denmark) 2C Pass 4C 4S 2H 420 9.70
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