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TGIF March 2018: Scores

1. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S J 6 4 3   H A J 10 4   D A J   C 9 5 4  
West North East South  
  1C Pass 1H
Pass 2C Pass 2NT
Pass 3D Pass ?

Your call?

3H 12 100
5C 2 70
3S 0 60
4C 1 60
3NT 0 40
Moderator: The vast majority show their concentration of values in hearts.
Jeff Meckstroth: 5C. I think partner has 5 diamonds and 6 clubs for this auction.
Zach Grossack: 3H. His bid should show a game accept with 6 clubs and 4 diamonds. I want to highlight my concentration in hearts so that partner makes an informed decision with his major-suit distribution. With SQ HK x DK 10 x x CK Q J x x x, we can now land in the correct contract of 5C. With spade length, partner will bid 3NT.
Ralph Buckley: 4C. I think pard is telling me that he has strength in diamonds and to bid 3NT with spades stopped. I'm not convinced that my SJ is a sufficient stopper so I return pard to his club suit.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5C. Pard should be accepting the game but doesn't like 3NT. I'm not sure about 3NT either so I raise clubs. 4C should be forcing and my first choice as slam is possible (but remote). But I can't afford to be dropped in 4C so I just bid game.
David Walker: 3S. Asking for some support in spades to go to 3NT.
Anssi Rantamaa: 4C. Partner seems to have a two suiter unsuitable for 3NT.
Christopher Diamond: 3S. One last try for 3NT.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Even if partner only has S10 x, that will probably be enough for a stopper.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5C. The chance of overtricks in 3NT is minimal, and 5C is safer.
Hk Ho: 5C. Pard's hand is likely Sx Hx x DK Q x x CA K x x x x.
Perry Khakhar: 4C. Maybe partner is 0-3-4-6. That may explain his bidding. 4H may be the right contract, but not presuming anything, I will show my club support for now.
David Gordon: 5C. SJ x x x is not holding up for 3NT.
Plarq Liu: 4C. Certainly partner has the minors, no need for 3NT.
Allan Simon: 3S. Hoping for SQ x Hx DK Q x x CA Q x x x x which gives us a chance.
Kf Tung: 3NT. 9 or 10 quick tricks.

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

Your call?

1H 8 100
3C 7 80
Pass 0 60
1NT 0 30
Moderator: The split on this one was tight. Of note: no one passed. Bridge is a bidder's game!
Steve Weinstein: 3C. I'm not worried about missing a 4-4 heart fit with this crappy hand and crappier heart suit. As a bonus, our four hearts make it less likely they can make a takeout double.
Mike Lawrence: 1H. If hearts belong to the opponents, I should bid them. If hearts belong to us, I should bid them.
Ralph Buckley: 4C. Preemptive. We are not vul.
Aidan Ballantyne: 1H. For now I pretend that I actually have something.
Eurydice Nours: 3C. Preemptive.
Christopher Diamond: 1H. If we were playing a system where 1C is usually a real suit, I'd raise. But we're not.
Larry Meyer: 1H. I have a comfortable rebid in clubs.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1H. Preempting won't stop West from bidding spades. How high to compete will depend on our heart fit.
Hk Ho: 2C. If not playing inverted minors, 2C has some obstructive effect. The heart suit is too weak to bid.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Not a very good hand to preempt vulnerable. Pointed quacks are a sure sign to pass.
David Gordon: 1H. I do not like preempting with a 4 card major.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Not enough HCP.
Allan Simon: Pass. Second choice is also pass.
Kf Tung: Pass. Any bid will start your way to a minus score.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 9   H A K 10   D A 8 4   C A K 10 8 7 5  
West North East South  
2C (1) 2D (2) 2S ?
(1) Michaels - both majors.
(2) Natural, nonforcing.

Your call?

3H 6 100
4S 5 90
4NT 3 80
3S 1 60
6D 0 50
5D 0 30
3C 0 20
Moderator: A good problem. The panel find 3 different ways to head towards slam.
Larry Cohen: 4NT. Opposite at least one key card, I will just guess to bid 6D.
Steve Robinson: 4S. 4NT keycard would not allow me to ask for the DQ. Partner's hand is limited, so over my 4S, he can show something by bidding 4NT or 5C, sign off by bidding 5D or force to slam. DK Q x x x x is enough to show something. If partner bids anything other than 5D, I'll bid 6D.
Daniel Korbel: 3H. A very annoying hand. All I want to do is get to slam if partner has one keycard and the DQ, but I can't use 4NT to find out because it'll get us too high sometimes. I'm going to hope this turns out well - if partner bids 3NT, I can bid an unambiguous 4D as a slam try.
Ralph Buckley: 3S. Asking pard to bid 3NT with a spade stopper. Also shows support for pard's diamonds.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4NT. Keycard for diamonds; keeping it simple.
Christopher Diamond: 3S. Playing Kickback I'd bid that because I could find out about the DK Q before 5D.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Let partner know that my clubs are real.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. Show heart values and a good hand.
Hk Ho: 3H. Shows a stopper and a strong hand. With a spade stopper, pard can go 3NT. Otherwise, 4C or 4D are acceptable.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. If partner can bid 3NT, we have done our job! 5D may still be the correct spot, but let's see what happens.
David Gordon: 6D. Slam try.
Plarq Liu: 3S. We have a strong hand, better convey it.
Allan Simon: 6D. Playing partner for Sx x x Hx x DK Q x x x x Cx x
Kf Tung: 3H. Shows a strong hand, club suit and values in hearts.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S A Q 9 8 7 2   H 9 5   D K Q   C A Q J  
West North East South  
Pass 1NT (1) Pass ?
(1) Forcing one round.

Your call?

2NT 5 100
3S 4 90
3NT 3 70
3C 2 60
2C 1 50
Moderator: The edge in the voting goes to 2NT.
Mike Lawrence: 3C. I hate this bid, actually. But it gives me a chance to learn if partner has two spades. This is a familiar hand, not one of my friends.
Jill Meyers: 2C. My hand is too good for 2S and the wrong texture for 3S. 2NT is a possibility, but if I bid 2C and partner bids 2S, I will raise to 3S, and if partner bids 2H, I will bid 2NT.
Mel Colchamiro: 3NT. Maybe 2NT is the technically correct bid, but I have a sixth spade. Also, because I don't have three cards in hearts, I won't be blowing a 5-3 fit there. On the downside, the DK Q is a weakness.
Josh Donn: 2NT. I generally play methods to uncover a 6-2 major-suit fit over this, but would rebid 2NT either way. 3S is also acceptable, only because of the good spots.
Sylvia Shi: 3S. I have six spades and 18 points. I'm just not that creative.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3C. Set the game force, allow for preference to 3S (in which case I bid 4S).
Christopher Diamond: 3S. I'd like slightly better spades. I'd also like a Ferrari.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Show the maximum opener and the 6-card suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. Make the obvious value bid.
Hk Ho: 3S. Maximum and 6+ cards long.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Seems to be the only logical bid. Unless you play some esoteric convention!
David Gordon: 3S. Highly invitational.
Joel Forssell: 2NT. Game forcing?
Plarq Liu: 3C. Artificial jump bid to show a strong hand. Spades are not strong enough for a 3S rebid.
Allan Simon: 3S. In a very practiced partnership, 2C might work better.
Kf Tung: 3C. Forcing with good extra values in clubs.

5. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 4 3   H 9 7   D K J 9 7 2   C A K Q 4  
West North East South  
1S 2H 2S Dbl (1)
3S 4D Pass ?
(1) Responsive, showing the minors.

Your call?

5D 8 100
4H 5 80
Pass 1 60
4NT 1 50
Moderator: The majority keep it simple with a raise to 5D. The minority go for the matchpoint greed with a choice-of-games 4H.
Kerri Sanborn: 4H. It's so likely to be a six-card suit when partner overcalls at the two level that I offer up hearts as the higher scoring contract. The two low spades keep me from slamming via a 5C cuebid. Should partner be 2-5-4-2, he can remove to 5D himself. With 5-5 in the reds, I could have caught a Michael's cuebid.
Roger Lee: 5D. I'm not going to pass, and I don't want to suggest better support for hearts than I have, so this is all there is.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5C. Cue bid. We already set diamonds as trumps (on this particular auction).
Christopher Diamond: 5D. If he has the expected two spades my clubs could be wasted. Could try 4H but I need less for 5D.
Larry Meyer: Pass. To bid 5D, would need a singleton or a void instead of those two worthless doubletons.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5D. Game should be on no worse than a finesse here.
Hk Ho: 5D. Hope partner has HA K and DA Q for his 2 level overcall.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. Just a suggestion partner!
David Gordon: 5D. Game try.
Bob Todd: 5C. I hope this is a cue bid and not just clubs!
Allan Simon: 5D. Let's not get too greedy.
Kf Tung: 5D. +400 is better than -50. Some pairs will try 4H and go down.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Josh Donn 3H 1H 4S 2NT 5D 490
Barry Rigal 3H 1H 3H 2NT 4H 480
Daniel Korbel 3H 3C 3H 2NT 5D 480
Zach Grossack 3H 1H 3H 3S 4H 470
August Boehm 5C 1H 3H 3S 5D 460
Roger Lee 3H 1H 3S 2NT 5D 460
Larry Cohen 3H 3C 4NT 3S 5D 450
Mike Lawrence 3H 1H 4S 3C 5D 450
Jeff Meckstroth 5C 3C 3H 2NT 4H 430
Kerri Sanborn 3H 1H 4NT 3NT 4H 430
Steve Weinstein 3H 3C 3H 3NT 4H 430
Jill Meyers 3H 3C 4S 2C 5D 420
Sylvia Shi 3H 3C 4S 3S Pass 420
Steve Robinson 3H 1H 4S 3C 4NT 400
Mel Colchamiro 4C 3C 4NT 3NT 5D 390

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Andrew Krywaniuk 5C 1H 3H 3S 5D 460 161.00
2.    Martin Henneberger 3S 1H 3H 3S 5D 450 120.75
3.    Gilbert Lambert 4C 3C 3H 3S 5D 430 80.50
4.    David Schmidt 5C 1H 3S 3S 5D 420 38.46
4.    Kai Zhou 5C 1H 3S 3S 5D 420 38.46
4.    Zoran Peca 5C 1H 3S 3S 5D 420 38.46
7.    Christopher Diamond 3S 1H 3S 3S 5D 410 21.56
7.    Kevin Contzen 3NT 3C 3H 3S 5D 410 21.56
9.    Eurydice Nours 5C 3C 3S 3S 5D 400 16.99
9.    Joel Martineau 4C 1H 3S 2NT 4H 400 16.99
11.    David Walker 3S 3C 3S 3S 5D 390 12.12
11.    Anssi Rantamaa 4C 3C 3S 3S 5D 390 12.12
11.    Michael Dimich 4C Pass 3H 3S 4H 390 12.12
11.    Larry Pocock 4C 3C 3H 3S Pass 390 12.12
11.    Jack Qi 3NT 1H 3S 3S 5D 390 12.12
11.    Gary Gilraine 4C 3C 3S 3S 5D 390 12.12

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 4C 1H 3H 3S 5D 450 108.50
2.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 4C 1H 4S 3S 5D 440 67.81
2.    Hendrik Sharples (Usa) 3H 3C 3S 2NT 5D 440 67.81
4.    Susan Julius (Canada) 4C Pass 3H 3S 5D 410 23.31
4.    David Gordon (Canada) 5C 1H 6D 3S 5D 410 23.31
4.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 4C 3C 3H 3S 4H 410 23.31
4.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4C 1H 3H 3S Pass 410 23.31
8.    John Gillespie (Canada) 3NT 1H 3S 3S 5D 390 11.58
8.    Diane Bolton (Canada) 4C 3C 3S 3S 5D 390 11.58
8.    Qiang Wu (China) 4C 3C 3H 2C 5D 390 11.58
8.    Franco Masoero (Italy) 5C 1H 3S 3C 5D 390 11.58
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