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TGIF January 2018: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 4   H A K Q 8 7   D A Q 5   C K J 7 5  
West North East South  
    3D ?

Your call?

3NT 8 100
4H 3 70
3H 1 60
Dbl 1 50
Moderator: With the well-placed diamond values, 3NT gets a lot of love from the panelists.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3NT. I just can't stomach a double here with a singleton spade. 4H would be my second choice.
Steve Robinson: 4H. If I double and partner has five or more spades, he would bid them twice, which would not make me happy. Partner is probably short in diamonds and will therefore have a few hearts.
Christopher Diamond: 3NT. When in doubt . . .
Aidan Ballantyne: 3NT. Keep it simple.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Too strong to overcall.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. I may get another chance to bid 3NT.
Hk Ho: Dbl. Dbl is more versatile. We can convert pard's 3S to 3NT, or look for slam if pard takes out to hearts or clubs. It will be a hiccup if pard jumps to 4S.
Chris Buchanan: 3H. I like 3H here as it keeps 3NT in the picture.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3NT. If partner goes on, I'm better placed after 3NT than after double.
Timothy Wright: 3H. The problem with 3NT here is that often when it is wrong, partner won't know that.
David Gordon: 3NT. Practical.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Double and correct spades to notrump.
Allan Simon: 4H. 3H is an underbid, double is wrong, 3NT is goofy.
Kf Tung: 3NT. 4H needs a heart fit. 3N does not.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S K J 6 4 3 2   H ---   D K 9 5   C Q 10 7 5  
West North East South  
4H Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

5H 5 100
5S 3 80
4NT 2 60
6S 1 60
4S 2 50
Moderator: Most of the panelists think slam is worth exploring.
Larry Cohen: 5S. Too much for only 4S but not enough to insist on 6S. Picture, for example, SQ 10 x x HK x DA Q J x CK J x. 5S doesn't ask for a heart control - it is just invitational.
Barry Rigal: 4NT. . . to show both minors with a heart control. My plan is to convert a minor-suit response to 5S. A jump to 5S asks about heart control.
Roger Lee: 4S. I'll just choose to say fixed, especially without any convenient way to show the flexibility of my hand.
Mel Colchamiro: 5H. Because righty didn't raise the preempt, it sure feels like partner has a balanced hand, and therefore strong hand. Let's say SA x x HK x x DA Q x x CA x x. Even with a wasted king here, slam isn't so bad, so I take the high road.
Christopher Diamond: 5H. No way to explore. 6S is as good a guess as 4S. So I will give him one off ramp at 5S if he only bids that.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4S. I have a lot of losers.
Larry Meyer: 5S. Too strong to make the minimum bid.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4NT. 5S sounds like I'm worried about a heart control. 4NT is the only forcing bid that doesn't commit to slam.
Hk Ho: 5H. Too strong for 4S, 5D or 5C. 5S can't show the heart void. 5H forces pard to choose. Hope pard has spades for their Dbl and bids 5S. Then, 6H to show first round heart control.
Chris Buchanan: 5S. I think with the heart void I have too much for 4S. If partner has aces he will know what to do.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5H. Shows a slam-invite. Will correct diamonds to spades.
Timothy Wright: 6S. I know where we want to play.
David Gordon: 4S. Let's not hang partner.
Plarq Liu: 4S. If takeout is up to 4H, then I have to bid spades.
Allan Simon: 6S. No idea what's right!
Kf Tung: 4S. Collect 620 or 650. A slam is possible, but so is a bad break.

3. IMPs. None vul.
S ---   H A K   D K Q J 9 8 5 4   C K 8 7 5  
West North East South  
  1C 1S 2D
4S Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

5NT 4 100
5S 4 100
6D 3 90
4NT 1 60
5C 1 50
6C 0 40
Pass 0 30
Moderator: Another hand with slam on the horizon. This time the panelists punt.
August Boehm: 5S. Is partner's double 'serious penalty' with a spade holding like SA J 9 x. Or a noise with a spade smattering with a diamond misfit? Forced to guess, I'll hope that we can make a minor-suit slam. I pick 5S so that partner can return the punt with 5NT if he is as confused as I am.
Jill Meyers: 5NT. . . which brings clubs back into the picture.
Daniel Korbel: 6D. Should I really torture poor partner with 5NT? What is he supposed to bid with a hand like: SK J x HQ J x x Dx x CA x x x? Because I won't know enough to respect his choice of 6C, I will not give him the option.
Christopher Diamond: 5S. Is 5NT a choice of slams after this, or huge wasted values in spades? Another guessing game. Probably 6D is as good as anything else.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5NT. . . offering some choice in the minors; pard's dbl shows game values opposite my non game force 2/1.
Larry Meyer: 5C. This hand is much more suited for offense than defense.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5S. I think I'd just bid 6D at the table since I have no idea what the follow-up bids to 5S mean.
Hk Ho: 4NT. . . . keycard for diamonds. Pard's opening should be enough. If he bids 5H to show 2, bid 5S to show first round spade control to try for a grand. Pard is unlikely to have only one key and wastage in spades.
Chris Buchanan: 5NT. Pick a slam.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5S. Going for minor (grand?) slam.
Timothy Wright: 5S. I am a lot stronger than partner fears on this auction.
David Gordon: 4NT. Keycard.
Plarq Liu: 6D. Partner has extra values.
Allan Simon: 5NT. Suggests 7-4 in the minors, as opposed to 6C which suggests 6-5 or 6-4.
Kf Tung: 5S. How can I bid 5S without these cards? Therefore partner can go to a grand slam with DA and CA Q.

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

Your call?

2S 6 100
3C 3 80
3D 3 80
2H 1 50
Moderator: This problem offers three reasonble choices: 2S, 3C, and 3D. The panel favours 2S, which is not a reverse because partner bid above our first suit.
Mike Lawrence: 2S. Forcing, of course. I don't expect North to have four of them. It's likely that his next bid will be helpful, something that can't be said of other bids.
Josh Donn: 3C. I often don't mind rebidding notrump without a stopper, but if we belong in notrump, then partner is still there. As for what else to bid, 3C leaves 3D in the game, but not the other way around.
Sylvia Shi: 3D. Sure, it's less than average support for 3D, but I'm not in a great position here. Anyway, my partners tend to have their bids more often than I do.
Eurydice Nours: Pass. Normally, will make a support double to show 3-card support. This does not allow me to dbl, so I pass.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. If somebody's bidding notrump it should be pard. Maybe a diamond card helps.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3D. Bidding 2S may prevent stopping in 3D.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Western cue to ask for a heart stopper in 3NT.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3C. It would be a useful space saver to play 2H as any minimum here, with other bids being strong. If I had a psychic partner I'd try that.
Hk Ho: 2H. Asks pard for a heart stopper and implies black stoppers to go NT. Assign 11-12 HCP to pard for his 2D. If he has more, he can go 3NT.
Chris Buchanan: 2S. All choices are unappealing here but 2S should be a safe course of action.
Hendrik Sharples: 2H. I'm assuming 2D is forcing in Canadian standard?
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. In my own methods (2D: NF) I would pass; here I think with a heart-stop partner should bid the right amount of NT (2NT = min / 3NT = opening values).
Timothy Wright: 3D. I am a lot weaker than partner hopes on this auction, but 2D is forcing.
David Gordon: 2S. Temporizing and showing spade values.
Plarq Liu: 2NT. Weak.
Allan Simon: 2S. . . shows where I live.
Kf Tung: 2S. You have extra, and the extra is in spades.

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

Your call?

2NT 7 100
Dbl 4 80
Pass 2 70
3C 0 60
3D 0 30
Moderator: The majority find 2NT, in order to bring diamonds into the picture without bypassing 3C.
Jeff Meckstroth: Pass. I don't think we have a game, and it's very dangerous to bid without a guaranteed fit. I would always bid at pairs, though.
Barry Rigal: 2NT. Both minors, 4-6. Not just the perfect bid, but the only bid . . . well maybe, double is an option, but I prefer this.
Kerri Sanborn: Dbl. Again, I could bid 2NT to show the clubs plus shorter diamond hand, but I have good defense in case partner wants to defend. Sometimes righty bids a three-card spade suit.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. Dangerous, but so is passing when they could have 10 opposite 5 at these colours.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Just barely enough for this call.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Partner will not pass out 2S unless he thinks that is best.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. It's tempting to bid 2NT so partner has no option to pass - but partner also knows the vulnerability.
Hk Ho: 3C. LHO should have some diamond strength. If 3C could force them to 3S, let them collect 140. It is IMPs. It would be too aggressive to rebid 3D, which might find us in 4C.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. I concede. These hands are what -1100 are made of.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Not our hand; let's try to go plus on defense.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. This is the cheapest way to show my second suit.
David Gordon: 2NT. Shows diamonds.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Take out for minors.
Allan Simon: Dbl. Too strong to pass, trying to bring diamonds into the picture.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Usually it ends up in 3C. However, partner may pass 2S-X or bid 3D with the correct cards.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Daniel Korbel 3NT 5H 6D 2S 2NT 490
Sylvia Shi 3NT 5H 5S 3D 2NT 480
Larry Cohen 3NT 5S 6D 2S 2NT 470
Roger Lee 3NT 4S 5S 2S 2NT 450
Josh Donn 3NT 5H 6D 3C Dbl 450
Jill Meyers 3NT 4NT 5NT 3D 2NT 440
August Boehm 4H 5S 5S 2S Dbl 430
Mike Lawrence 4H 6S 5NT 2S 2NT 430
Jeff Meckstroth 3NT 5H 5NT 2H Pass 420
Mel Colchamiro 3H 5H 5S 3C Pass 410
Kerri Sanborn 3NT 5S 4NT 3C Dbl 400
Barry Rigal Dbl 4NT 5NT 3D 2NT 390
Steve Robinson 4H 4S 5C 2S Dbl 350

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Martin Henneberger 3NT 5H 5S 2S Dbl 480 162.31
1.    Christopher Diamond 3NT 5H 5S 3D 2NT 480 162.31
3.    Paul Sontag 3NT 5S 6D 3C 2NT 450 92.75
4.    Kai Zhou 3H 5H 5NT 3C 2NT 440 64.93
5.    Larry Pocock 3H 5H 5S 2S Pass 430 34.01
5.    Stuart Carr Dbl 5H 5S 2S Dbl 430 34.01
7.    Michael Dimich 3NT 4S 5S 2S Pass 420 24.84
7.    Dave Gabel Dbl 5H 5S 2S Pass 420 24.84
9.    Robert Sauve Dbl 5H 5S 2S 3C 410 19.58
9.    Aidan Ballantyne 3NT 4S 5NT 3D Dbl 410 19.58
11.    Brad Bart 3NT 5S 4NT 3C Dbl 400 16.16
11.    Yue Su 3NT 5H 6C 3C Dbl 400 16.16
13.    Julien Levesque Dbl 5H 6D 3C Pass 390 14.27
14.    Anssi Rantamaa 3NT 4S 6D 3C 3C 380 12.81
14.    Andrew Krywaniuk 3H 4NT 5S 3C Dbl 380 12.81

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 3NT 5H 5S 2S Pass 470 113.31
1.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 3NT 5H 5S 2S Pass 470 113.31
3.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3NT 6S 5S 3D 2NT 440 64.75
4.    Kf Tung (China) 3NT 4S 5S 2S Dbl 430 35.61
4.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Dbl 5H 5S 3D 2NT 430 35.61
6.    Uday Maitra (Canada) 4H 5H 5S 3C Pass 420 17.66
6.    Diane Bolton (Canada) 4H 5S 5S 2S Pass 420 17.66
6.    Qiang Wu (China) Dbl 5H 5S 2S Pass 420 17.66
6.    Franco Masoero (Italy) 3NT 5H 4NT 3D Dbl 420 17.66
10.    David Gordon (Canada) 3NT 4S 4NT 2S 2NT 410 11.37
10.    John Gillespie (Canada) 3NT 4S 5S 3C Dbl 410 11.37
10.    Allan Simon (Canada) 4H 6S 5NT 2S Dbl 410 11.37
10.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 3H 5S 5NT 2S Pass 410 11.37
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