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TGIF February 2018: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A Q 5   H 6 5   D A Q 10 4 3   C Q 9 8  
West North East South  
    4H Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

5D 7 100
6D 3 80
Pass 2 70
4NT 1 60
5H 1 50
5NT 0 40
Moderator: Though the hand is sparkling opposite a classic takeout double, the panel shoot for the middle-of-the-road 5D. Partner may have been under pressure, after all.
Steve Weinstein: 6D. Partner should have his bid at this vulnerability, and diamonds is likely to be our best strain. So I'll hope we can take 12 tricks.
Kerri Sanborn: 5H. We could easily belong in notrump or spades, so I don't want to choose my suit unilaterally. At this level, the cuebid doesn't necessarily show a control. You can't have everything.
Roger Lee: 4NT. . . planning to pull 5C to 5D to show slam interest. Everything could be ridiculous here, and it's normal to pass with this shape, but it feels wrong with this hand.
Josh Donn: Pass. We have no idea how many diamonds partner has. It might be six, it might be two or, for that matter, partner might be 4-2-1-6. Partner is under pressure, so to avoid hanging them, we should pass when we are balanced without spades and take the money.
Sylvia Shi: 5D. Preempts work sometimes. Some people have the agreement that 5D is a slam try and 4NT followed by 5D would be weak in this auction . . . it would be nice if we had that agreement.
Ralph Buckley: 6D. I'm assuming/hoping that pard is void in hearts and the only way I know of to show my strength is to jump to 6D.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5D. Take out the take-out doubles. No convenient means to try for slam and in any case pard's values may be shaded.
David Waterman: 5D. An underbid, but there is no reason to believe 6D is 50%+ and I have no way to explore.
Anssi Rantamaa: 5D. 4S is at risk from a likely bad trump split.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. What suit and how high? If it was a LOL who might run off 10 heart tricks, I might pull.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5D. The straightforward bid is often best.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Yes, we probably have a higher-scoring spot but how to find it?
Larry Meyer: 6D. I can not make the same bid that I would have made if I had 10 points less.
Paul Mcmullin: 4NT. Will pass 5D and bid 6D over 5H.
Chris Buchanan: 5D. I think 5D is the best action here although I am tempted by 4S.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Never play partner for the perfect hand: I don't see enough tricks to make game.
Timothy Wright: 5D. 4S could be very right or very wrong. 5D is unlikely to be very wrong.
David Gordon: 5D. Doubleton heart is a large negative.
Allan Simon: 5D. I prefer to stay fixed, rather than hang partner for re-opening.
Kf Tung: 5H. West has almost no points. You have all the winners except hearts. Will partner double 4H with 2 small hearts? Hope he has only one and then you can land in 6 of his best suit.

2. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A K 10 6 4 3   H Q 5   D Q J 4   C 10 5  
West North East South  
  Pass Pass 1S
Pass 2H Pass 2S
Pass Pass 3D ?

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
Pass 4 80
3H 1 60
3S 0 30
Moderator: The panel double, a two-way action, to protect their partial in a major.
August Boehm: Pass. Middle of the road when in doubt. If East is sane, he is short in spades and there is a forecast of bad splits. In any event, partner still has a vote.
Jill Meyers: Dbl. I have already shown six spades, so double has to show extras with a willingness to defend. Also, I think I am making two or three of a major, so at matchpoints, pass would tend to be a big loser.
Barry Rigal: 3H. At this vulnerability, surely we have eight heart between us. I would have passed 2H, I think, but it isn't too late to get to hearts.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. To double I would prefer a stiff heart and more strength. I don't mind if pard bids 3H so I pass.
David Waterman: 3H. If partner has 1 spade and the others are 3-3, I will wish I had doubled.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Is there something I haven't bid yet?
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. I have described my hand pretty well. If partner doubles, I will pass.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Partner did not open 2H, nor did East open 2D.
Larry Meyer: Pass. I have already bid the values in my hand.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Cooperative, not penalty. Partner may not be playing me for a real third seat opener if I pass.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. Protective double. Partner is to look at his hand first and then decide.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. If we are making 2S, then we need to punish 3D.
David Gordon: Pass. I did not open 2S. Nothing extra.
Plarq Liu: Pass. I have a minimum.
Allan Simon: Dbl. Trusting partner to pull with 3-card spade support.
Kf Tung: Dbl. . . penalty. Otherwise partner will pass with HA K and 2 low diamonds.

3. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A Q 7 6 5   H J   D 6   C Q J 10 9 7 5  
West North East South  
    3H ?

Your call?

3S 7 100
4H 4 80
Pass 2 70
4C 1 60
Moderator: The majority of the panel see the 6-5 shape and take action.
Larry Cohen: 3S. Dangerous to bid, dangerous to pass. If one of the other two players holds, say, SK J 10 x HA x x x Dx x x CK x, I hope it is my partner and not LHO. Of course, if I get doubled, I am running to 4C.
Mike Lawrence: 4C. I'm willing to bid twice if my system doesn't let me bid both suits at once.
Kerri Sanborn: Pass. I could bid 3S or 4C (black suits), but I might get another shot, in which case I can come alive. Bidding now might excite partner unnecessarily.
Mel Colchamiro: 4H. . . . a clear --- some would say big --- overbid. But I just gotta get the ball rollin'. Wish I was playing Kokish-style where 4C would show clubs and spades.
Ralph Buckley: 4C. If pard bids 4D, I'll bid 4S.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4C. If LHO bids 4H, I have the option of bidding 4S next.
David Waterman: 3S. I have the heart shortage - I need to bid.
Christopher Diamond: 4H. Too much and dangerous but at least it's just matchpoints.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. Bid 4C first so we can still compete to 4S if the opponents confirm a fit.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. 4H will get us to the right strain. It will also get us too high on many hands.
Larry Meyer: 4H. With 6-5, come alive.
Chris Buchanan: 4C. I hope partner can take a joke!
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. . . assuming no special agreements. In my own partnership I would double, because correcting hearts to spades would show only that I doubled on the other 2 suits.
Timothy Wright: Pass. That anemic spade suit makes me worried about declaring.
David Gordon: 3S. An overbid but stretch with shape.
Plarq Liu: 4H. It is worth a Michaels. Either 4S or 5C are good.
Allan Simon: 3S. The hand with shape acts!
Kf Tung: 3S. You have a better chance for a top than a bottom by entering with 3S.

4. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 6 5   H A 9   D Q 7 6 5   C Q 9 7 6 5  
West North East South  
  1S 2D Pass
3D 3H Pass ?

Your call?

3S 11 100
Pass 1 60
4D 1 50
4S 1 50
3NT 0 30
4H 0 30
Moderator: The vast majority of the panelists take a simple preference to 3S.
Steve Robinson: 3S. Partner has the majors, and with only 2-2 in hearts and spades, I will go conservative. My queens are not worth anything. Partner will bid 3H anytime he's 5-5.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4H. Pard definitely has at least a 5-card heart suit. I play the safest game. I'm too strong for 3S and 3NT is too speculative.
David Waterman: 3S. If he has as much as SA K Q x x HK Q x x x, game is still very poor.
Christopher Diamond: 4S. Too much for just a preference. I hope the CQ is worth something.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. Partner is probably playing me for 1 trick already. I wonder if he is the type to open 1S with a 5-6 minimum.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Take a simple preference.
Chris Buchanan: 4S. I am torn between three and four spades here. It is IMPs so I will err on the side of aggression.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3S. What else? Partner did not double so I have few working points.
Timothy Wright: 3S. Bidding 4S here would punish partner for keeping the bidding open with 6-5 in the majors.
David Gordon: 3S. The queens are not worth much.
Plarq Liu: 3S. Correct to spades.
Allan Simon: 4S. Give partner SA K x x x x HK Q x x x Dx Cx. How would you enjoy 3NT?
Kf Tung: 4H. Hearts are a better dummy than spades.

5. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S 6 5   H A 10 4   D Q J 7   C A K J 5 4  
West North East South  
1D Pass 3D (1) Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?
(1) Weak.

Your call?

5C 4 100
3NT 4 90
4C 4 90
Pass 2 70
3H 0 40
4D 0 20
Moderator: A light takeout from partner . . . the stuff of nightmares.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3NT. The HK J and CQ are enough to make.
Daniel Korbel: 4C. Partner has a light takeout double, something resembling: SK x x x HK x x x Dx CQ x x x. I absolutely cannot pass this double, because if partner happens to have a five-card suit, it will be in clubs, killing our defensive prospects.
Roger Lee: 5C. . . looks strange, but it's a huge winner when partner is 4-4-0-5, and is often about as good as 3NT anyway.
Sylvia Shi: Pass. Partner has a light takeout, but I'm hoping we can come to five tricks still. Partner is almost certainly 4-4-1-4, because with a five-card suit, they would have acted originally. So hopefully we can take three major-suit tricks, or two clubs cash.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3NT. At least I will know how to play it.
David Waterman: 4C. I want my partner to keep reopening without fear of being hung. I will pay off when 3NT makes occasionally.
Christopher Diamond: 3NT. Need the right fitting cards to make this work and maybe it's better to try for more than 200.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. We can make 3NT with many hands that could defeat 3D-x for only 500.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. 3NT is too likely to depend on being able to run 9 tricks immediately on a diamond lead.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Going for 800 instead of 600.
Chris Buchanan: 3NT. With as little as the CQ x we are at 7 tricks. I will shoot it out in 3NT.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Highest expectation of a positive score.
Timothy Wright: 3NT. Partner's decent hand is just what I needed.
David Gordon: Pass. Try for down 3.
Plarq Liu: 3NT. When in doubt, bid 3NT.
Allan Simon: 3NT. Can't even think of another bid.
Kf Tung: Pass. Collect +200 and thank partner.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Daniel Korbel 5D Dbl 3S 3S 4C 490
Jeff Meckstroth 5D Dbl 4H 3S 3NT 470
Sylvia Shi 5D Dbl 3S 3S Pass 470
August Boehm 5D Pass 4H 3S 5C 460
Larry Cohen Pass Dbl 3S 3S 4C 460
Roger Lee 4NT Dbl 3S 3S 5C 460
Josh Donn Pass Dbl 3S 3S 3NT 460
Steve Robinson 5D Dbl 4H 3S Pass 450
Steve Weinstein 6D Pass 3S 3S 4C 450
Mike Lawrence 6D Dbl 4C 3S 5C 440
Mel Colchamiro 5D Pass 4H Pass 3NT 410
Barry Rigal 5D 3H 3S 4S 4C 400
Kerri Sanborn 5H Pass Pass 3S 5C 400
Jill Meyers 6D Dbl Pass 4D 3NT 390

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Martin Henneberger 5D Dbl 3S 3S 3NT 490 171.50
2.    Keith Lee 5D Pass 3S 3S 3NT 470 91.47
2.    Monica Angus 5D Dbl 4H 3S 4C 470 91.47
2.    Jack Aaron 5D Pass 3S 3S 4C 470 91.47
5.    David Walker 5D Pass 3S 3S Pass 450 24.17
5.    Anssi Rantamaa 5D 3H 3S 3S 3NT 450 24.17
5.    Larry Pocock 6D Dbl 3S 3S Pass 450 24.17
5.    Dave Gabel 5D 3H 3S 3S 4C 450 24.17
5.    David Waterman 5D 3H 3S 3S 4C 450 24.17
5.    Joel Martineau 5D Pass 3S 3S Pass 450 24.17
11.    Robert Sauve 5D Dbl Pass 3S Pass 440 15.59
12.    Brad Bart 4NT Dbl 3S 3S Pass 430 12.38
12.    Eurydice Nours 4NT Pass 3S 3S 4C 430 12.38
12.    Silvana Trotter 5D Pass 3S Pass 4C 430 12.38
12.    Andrew Krywaniuk 5D Pass 4C 3S 3NT 430 12.38
12.    Brian Stone 5D Pass 3S Pass 3NT 430 12.38

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    John Gillespie (Canada) 5D Pass 3S 3S 3NT 470 115.50
2.    Timothy Wright (United States) 5D Dbl Pass 3S 3NT 460 86.63
3.    David Gordon (Canada) 5D Pass 3S 3S Pass 450 35.13
3.    Plarq Liu (United States) 5D Pass 4H 3S 3NT 450 35.13
3.    Bob Todd (Canada) 5D Dbl 4C 3S 3NT 450 35.13
3.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 6D Dbl 4H 3S 3NT 450 35.13
7.    Uday Maitra (Canada) 5H Dbl 3S 3S 3NT 440 15.47
7.    Allan Simon (Canada) 5D Dbl 3S 4S 3NT 440 15.47
9.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 5D Dbl 3S Pass Pass 430 12.19
9.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 5D Dbl 4C 3S Pass 430 12.19
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