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TGIF August 2017: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S K J   H 8 7 6   D A Q 3   C A K Q 9 8  
West North East South  
Pass 1S 2H ?

Your call?

3H 9 100
3D 2 70
Dbl 4 60
3C 0 0
Pass 0 0
Moderator: The panel choose to cue bid the enemy suit, rather than venture a [support] double without 3-card support.
Mike Lawrence: 3H. . . the only bid that does the trick. But even it is tainted. Partner might construe it as showing a cuebid for spades with four-card support. He might also think I have: SK H5 4 3 DA Q CA K Q 10 7 4 3. I flirted with making a support double and bidding again to show a good hand, but that has its problems too.
Barry Rigal: 3D. Ugh! Rodwell would say you can make a support double with these values and two spades, but I'll have to bid on anyway over a 2S rebid, so I might as well go the whole hog and force to game, hoping to hear 3H/3S/3NT, when I will know what to do.
Kerri Sanborn: Dbl. A further feature of support doubles is that we can make one with a good hand that doesn't contain three-card support. If we keep this in mind, the next round of bidding frequently clarifies our intent.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. Got a heart stop partner?
David Waterman: 3D. Just rule out the bids that are even worse, and you are left with 3D.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. Really want to make a support double because I hate them. Probably would have opened 2NT.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Treating SK J as equivalent to 3-card support. If I am dummy, will put my C8 in with my spades. :-)
Eugene Chan: 3D. Unlike many others, I do not believe in bypassing diamond suits. Hence I can safely make this semi-artificial reverse with complete safety. Partner cannot raise to 4D without a longer spade suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. The negative inferences of failing to support dbl, raise spades or reverse make this an unusually well-defined cue bid.
Hk Ho: 3D. Asks pard to go 3NT with heart stopper.
Timothy Wright: 3H. We're fine if partner has 5 good spades and rebids them, or 4 spades and a heart stopper.
David Gordon: 3D. A diamond light.
Mike Roberts: 3D. Best of a bad lot.
Plarq Liu: 3D. Artificial reverse, showing strong hand, no support in spades and no heart stoppers.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Not sure if support doubles are standard or not, but assuming not, double just shows extras.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3C. Assuming support doubles are in play, I have to do something to convey this hand.
Allan Simon: 3H. I couldn't resist the West Coast cue bid.
Kf Tung: 3H. Game is there. A path to 3N in North, 4S or 5C. Who knows, partner may even be good for a slam?

2. IMPs. Both vul.
S A Q J 7   H 7 4 3   D J   C J 7 6 5 3  
West North East South  
1NT (1) Pass 2D (2) Pass
2H Dbl Pass ?
(1) 15-17.
(2) Transfer.

Your call?

3S 9 100
4S 5 80
2S 1 60
3C 0 60
3H 0 50
Moderator: The majority make the value bid of 3S.
Steve Weinstein: 4S. There are too many hands where game is cold and partner won't raise a 3S bid. If I bid 3S and partner tank-passes, I will be sweating it.
Steve Robinson: 2S. I have what partner might expect. Partner might not even have four spades.
Roger Lee: 3S. If partner has short hearts, we need very little to make a game; the opponents may push us to the three-level anyway, so I want to show some values.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Game is very possible, but I don't want to hang partner.
Gilbert Lambert: 3C. Planning to bid 3S over 3H.
David Waterman: 3S. It would be helpful to know what partner's options were over 1NT.
Christopher Diamond: 2S. A little heavy, but don't want to punish pard.
Larry Meyer: 2S. Pard does not want to defend 2H, and is suggesting that he holds 4 spades, so bid to our level of fit.
Eugene Chan: 2S. Unless the match is in jeopardy, I will not invite a magical spade game opposite a perfect 4-1-4-4 ten count in partner's hand.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. Our chances of game are diminished on a trump lead, but I still think the panel will take a shot.
Hk Ho: 3C. With a short suit in hand, a long trump suit is better. If West competes to 3H, bid 3S for partner to choose. As no game is in sight, choosing a makeable contract should be the aim in IMPs.
Timothy Wright: 3S. I've got exactly what partner wants.
David Gordon: 3C. I am going to compete to 3S.
Mike Roberts: 4S. I don't think partner's pre-balancing, but even so, SK x x x Hx DK x x x CK x x x gives me a play.
Plarq Liu: 2S. The cheapest rebid. Also usually take out in hearts implies spade anyway.
Chris Buchanan: 3S. Partner is not overly strong but likely off-shape. Going to invite a skinny game.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. I'll opt for the lesser number of tricks.
Allan Simon: 2S. Lead directing.
Kf Tung: 2S. Partner has some strength, but you do not want to defend 2H. Choose 2S, and wait for developments.

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

Your call?

3D 11 100
Dbl 2 60
2NT 0 50
3NT 1 50
3S 0 50
4D 1 50
Moderator: Another hand without a bid. A majority of the panel agrees that 3D is an underbid, but what to do?
Larry Cohen: Dbl. Too much for 3D. Yes, I might have to correct hearts to diamonds, but we could have a game opposite as little as: Sx x x HA x x x x Dx x x Cx x.
Geoff Hampson: 3D. I don't have enough to do more myself. I will double back in over 3S.
Stephen Vincent: 3D. Most awkward. Yes: partner might have DK x x, but there's no way of finding out.
David Waterman: 3D. . . and I will double over 3S. If the diamonds are running I will be sorry, but 3NT is too much of a shot for me.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. All flawed options. So pick one.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Pard is likely to hold at least 2 diamonds, so we should be safe at the 3-level.
Eugene Chan: 3D. When I double the opponents' inevitable 3S call, partner should envision my hand exactly as described: 4+ defensive winners and long diamonds.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. Where are the hearts? Partner must be very weak if he couldn't negative double.
Hk Ho: 3D. E/W should have a minimum of 16-17 HCP, leaving at most 4-5 for pard. If he has DK x x, 3NT would be a good contract. If he has Dx x and nothing else, 3D is a good bet. Can't expect a perfect world, but hope for +110.
Timothy Wright: 2NT. Partner won't know that K x x in spades or diamonds is enough for 3NT to come home, but perhaps she has both.
David Gordon: Dbl. Next bid is diamonds.
Mike Roberts: 3D. Yeah, I'll miss 3NT, but I'll only know it's right after I've bypassed it.
Plarq Liu: 3D. It is strong enough to bid 3D without partner's support.
Chris Buchanan: 3D. 2S making is likely not going to score well so I will risk 3D here. The problem with double is I would rather play a 7-1 fit than a 4-2.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. Do I dare double 3S if that's what comes back to me?
Allan Simon: 3D. I have a hunch partner will come to life with 3H.
Kf Tung: 3D. Your hand is good for 3D, not 3H if you double 2S now.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S 4   H 9 8   D 10 9 8 7 5   C A Q 9 7 6  
West North East South  
1S 2D 2S ?

Your call?

5D 7 100
4C 5 90
3S 1 60
4D 1 60
4S 1 60
3D 0 40
3C 0 30
Moderator: The panel see the potential of the monster fit with the good suit on the side.
Barry Rigal: 4C. I play fit jumps facing overcalls, and because I really want a club lead, I'm happy to stick with my system. Were that not available, maybe 5D would be my best bet.
Daniel Korbel: 4S. This is a great hand for partner, and we could easily have a slam, i.e., SJ x x HA x x DA K x x x CK x. I will let partner in on the good news. Second choice, 4C, which I usually play as a fit-showing jump.
Sylvia Shi: 5D. I have a great hand and I'm not letting partner out below five, so why not put the opponents to a guess if they have one?
David Waterman: 3S. It is tempting to bid game, but partner may still have 4S, or just defence generally. It is not obvious we belong at the 5-level.
Christopher Diamond: 5D. Don't know who can make anything . . . so the old standby: preempt as high as it scares you.
Larry Meyer: 4D. This will only serve to transfer the opps into 4S, but perhaps they will get too high looking for slam.
Eugene Chan: 4C. Textbook standard fit jump even without discussion. Partner will be buying the beers if he thinks it is a splinter.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5D. The choice is maximum preemption vs. lead direction. Bidding 4D leaves me room to bid 5C later, but it also gives the opps a last train bid. Probably better to just make everyone guess.
Hk Ho: 3C. I hope 3C is forcing. If they compete to 3S, raise pard to 4D. Pard knows what to lead.
Timothy Wright: 4D. Let's suggest, but not demand, a sacrifice.
David Gordon: 5D. Let them guess.
Det Ladewig: 4D. Familar - think I bid this at the table.
Mike Roberts: 5C. Gets the lead and (I hope) the level right.
Plarq Liu: 4D. Have to rise up fast.
Chris Buchanan: 3C. Getting my lead director in first.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5D. Hopefully partner has Sx x x (x) HK x (x) DA Q x x x Cx x (x). If he has a spade honour, I hope the CK is onside.
Peter Qvist: 5C. Lead a club if they bid 5S; if they don't please bid 5D.
Allan Simon: 3D. Enough for now. If 4S comes back to me I will direct the lead with 5C.
Kf Tung: 3D. Constructive. 3C will mislead partner for a stronger hand, and 4D will mislead partner for a weaker hand.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S 6   H A 10 8 7   D 9 8 7 5   C A 10 6 4  
West North East South  
  1C Pass 1H
Pass 1S Pass 2C
Pass 3H Pass ?

Your call?

4D 7 100
5C 4 90
6C 3 70
4H 0 60
4S 1 60
4NT 0 50
4C 0 40
Moderator: The hand is a monster in the context of the bidding. The question is how best to proceed.
August Boehm: 4S. 5C is straightforward, but 4S, logically a splinter since 3S shows delayed support, is better to reach 6C opposite the likes of: SA J x x HK Q x Dx CK Q J x x.
Jeff Meckstroth: 5C. Easy at teams to try for the game bonus.
Mel Colchamiro: 4D. It's a Bluhmer (named after the late Lou Bluhm). Partner has shown an enormous hand with a stiff diamond. If he had: SA K x x HK x x Dx CK Q J x x, 2H would be enough, wouldn't it? So maybe he has the same hand with the HQ.
Josh Donn: 6C. Unfortunately, I don't think there is a forcing bid to agree clubs without a special agreement.
Stephen Vincent: 5C. Time to show signs of life.
David Waterman: 4S. I will return the favour! My hand is very good on the auction.
Christopher Diamond: 5C. Since he went out of his way to pattern out with a good hand, I only worry that this is too little.
Larry Meyer: 4NT. Sounds like pard is 4=4=0=5 with extra values, so with a good fit and good controls, check for key cards.
Eugene Chan: 4C. Partner has shown great strength with shortness in diamonds. With no wasted values in diamonds, time to make a slam try.
Laurence Betts: 5C. Would have bid 3C over 1S.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5C. Easier choice if we were vulnerable. Clubs is definitely the best shot at game, though I'm worried 4 is our limit.
Hk Ho: 4H. Pard should have 16 HCP and 4-3-1-5 shape for his bid. 4H is a good bet if pard has SA HK Q x and CK Q x x x.
Mike Roberts: 6C. Assuming partner would rebid 2NT with all 4-3-2-4's, he's marked with a stiff (or void) diamond.
Bob Todd: 4D. 6C is probably on the heart finesse. Partner should be 4-3-1-5 or 4-3-0-6.
Plarq Liu: 4C. Extra clubs.
Chris Buchanan: 5C. I'm in for game. Partner is likely 4-3-1-5 and I like the tap in clubs better.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5C. He seems to be proposing a Moysian 4H. In that case he's either 4-3-2-4 or 4-3-1-5. I think 5C has better play.
Peter Qvist: 5C. Pard is 4-3-1-5 .
Allan Simon: 4S. One splinter deserves another, my hand could hardly be better.
Kf Tung: 4C. You only have 4 hearts and strength in what you have bid!

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Steve Weinstein 3H 4S 3D 5D 4D 480
Mike Lawrence 3H 4S 3D 4C 4D 470
Josh Donn 3H 3S 3D 5D 6C 470
Sylvia Shi 3H 3S 3D 5D 6C 470
Barry Rigal 3D 3S 3D 4C 4D 460
Jill Meyers 3H 3S 3D 4D 5C 450
Mel Colchamiro 3H 3S 4D 5D 4D 450
Larry Cohen 3H 4S Dbl 5D 4D 440
Roger Lee 3H 3S 3NT 4C 4D 440
Geoff Hampson Dbl 4S 3D 4C 4D 430
Daniel Korbel 3H 3S 3D 4S 6C 430
August Boehm Dbl 3S 3D 5D 4S 420
Steve Robinson Dbl 2S 3D 5D 5C 410
Jeff Meckstroth 3D 4S 3D 3S 5C 400
Kerri Sanborn Dbl 3S Dbl 4C 5C 400

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Stephen Vincent 3H 3S 3D 5D 5C 490 150.06
1.    Andrew Krywaniuk 3H 3S 3D 5D 5C 490 150.06
3.    Diana Jing 3D 3S 3D 5D 5C 460 85.75
4.    Martin Henneberger 3H 2S 3D 5D 5C 450 47.16
4.    Laurence Betts 3H 2S 3D 5D 5C 450 47.16
6.    Larry Pocock 3H 2S 3D 5D 6C 430 28.58
7.    Christopher Diamond 3D 2S 3D 5D 5C 420 24.50
8.    Rod Coote 3H 2S 3D 3S 5C 410 21.44
9.    Michael Dimich Dbl 3S 4D 5D 5C 400 17.27
9.    Yue Su 3H 2S 3S 5D 5C 400 17.27
9.    Janice Avis 3H 3S 3D 3D 4H 400 17.27
12.    Pam Ottridge 3D 2S 3D 5D 4H 390 12.79
12.    David Waterman 3D 3S 3D 3S 4S 390 12.79
12.    James Harris 3D 2S 3D 5D 4H 390 12.79
12.    Joel Martineau 3D 3S 3D 3S 4H 390 12.79

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 3H 2S 3D 5D 5C 450 84.18
1.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 3H 2S 3D 5D 5C 450 84.18
1.    Gerard Laquerriere (France) 3H 3S 3D 3S 5C 450 84.18
1.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 3H 3C 3D 5D 5C 450 84.18
5.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 3H 3C 3D 4D 5C 410 23.74
5.    Roy Bolton (Canada) Dbl 2S 3D 5D 5C 410 23.74
7.    Dennis Caswell (Canada) 3D 2S 3D 5D 4H 390 17.34
7.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 3D 2S 3D 5D 4S 390 17.34
9.    David Gordon (Canada) 3D 3C Dbl 5D 5C 380 12.48
9.    Uday Maitra (Canada) 3H 2S 3D 3C 5C 380 12.48
9.    Det Ladewig (Canada) 3H 4S 3NT 4D 5C 380 12.48
9.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) Dbl 3S 3D 3C 5C 380 12.48
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