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TGIF April 2018: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 3   H K 7 6 4 2   D 9   C A Q J 9 6 4  
West North East South  

Your call?

1H 8 100
1C 6 90
Pass 2 50
Moderator: Do you open 1C or 1H? Perhaps the hand doesn't meet your opening standards at all.
Zach Grossack: 1C. Problem hand, but I hate passing first seat with a hand like this. 1H could work out the best, but just feels wrong. Hopefully I will be able to show my hearts without having to reverse.
August Boehm: 1H. Don't lose the hearts. If I held spades, I'd be more inclined to pass and back in without elevating the level.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. I can open 1C and hate the rest of the bidding. I can create a monster by opening 3C. I can pass and expect to be able to show this hand in one easy bid on my next turn. Hence, I pass.
Ralph Buckley: 1C. I think there would be more problems if I opened 1H.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3C. Terror tactics usually called for when you don't have spades. Anyway, it's only matchpoints. The preempt is about right on value (equal nonvul) and I have a surprise for the opponents. The usually wimpy and impractical panel will either pass or open 1C or 1H.
Larry Meyer: 1H. The length values make this a full opener, but want to bid both my suits without reversing.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1C. I really prefer to open my longest suit first, and the difference in quality does nothing to dissuade me.
Hk Ho: 1H. Good for opening (Rule of 20). I would treat as a 5-5. If opponents are silent, I can rebid clubs and again. If they are vocal, it's difficult to introduce hearts after a 1C opening. Besides, if I bid clubs after 1H, partner has a choice for his lead.
Stephen Vincent: 1C. You can't go too far wrong opening your longest and strongest suit.
Kate Allard: 1C. In 2/1, I don't have a full opener for a 1H bid.
Perry Khakhar: 1C. 5 Losing Trick Count, white, and matchpoints! Triple whammy. What's the problem?
Chris Buchanan: 1C. Best way to start describing this hand.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Better info in next round will help judge whether or not to enter.
David Gordon: 1C. I will bid 2C over 1S.
Plarq Liu: 1C. Bid strongest suit. Opps almost certainly will intervene.
Kf Tung: 1C. Bridge is a bidder's game.

2. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S 9 8 6 3   H Q 10 6 5   D ---   C A 10 8 5 3  
West North East South  
3D Dbl 5D ?

Your call?

Dbl 11 100
Pass 4 70
5H 1 50
Moderator: Though the majority of the panel choose to double, they disagree about whether double is for penalty, for takeout, or somewhere in between.
Barry Rigal: Pass. . . forcing and double is regressive, so I'll pass and hope to guess well the next time. Playing pass forcing to double might make sense.
Steve Robinson: Dbl. . . a responsive double, showing two places to play. I don't want to choose. Double also lets partner pass with a balanced hand.
Roger Lee: Dbl. . . penalty. Definitely a bit unsound, but I think we need to show some life while also punishing them when they're simply too high.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Kokish suggests pass should be forcing in situations like this. I agree. Partner needs a lot for slam and I'm not going to guess the suit at the 5 level.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Responsive (no upper limit to that call as far as I am concerned).
Larry Meyer: Dbl. The void says I should bid, so ask partner to choose his suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. I don't want to choose the major, and I certainly don't want to force to the 6-level.
Hk Ho: 5H. Show partner that I have something. Not strong enough to bid 6C. If West sacrifices with 6D and partner is on lead, I prefer a heart over a spade.
Kate Allard: Dbl. Can support any bid.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. It's possible that pard's got a big hand that isn't truly a classic takeout, and you may get punished for guessing what he has. Let's see what he does next.
Chris Buchanan: 5H. Terribly tempted to bid 5NT here, but twelve tricks seems a long ways off.
Hendrik Sharples: Dbl. If standard is that Dbl shows anything other than cards, I hope the people playing that way get this problem many times against me.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. Values.
David Gordon: Dbl. Values.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Responsive double.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Congratulate the opponents if we get a bottom. Too painful for me to get a minus.

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

Your call?

3D 7 100
2NT 5 90
2S 2 60
3NT 2 60
Pass 0 50
Moderator: The majority invite to game with a slight edge to raising partner's twice-bid suit.
Ken Cohen: 3D. I would like to make a game try for 3NT if partner has DA K J x x x and an ace. But if partner does not have an outside ace, I would like the plus score I would get in 3D instead of going minus in 2NT.
Mel Colchamiro: 3NT. It seems so likely that partner has DA K-sixth and an ace (or more) that it's likely to be a simple 3NT hand. I'm trying not to overthink too much or be paranoid.
Sylvia Shi: 2NT. I was maximum for my 1NT bid, and now partner's 2D bid has improved our chances of making 3NT. If partner is very minimum, they should return to 3D.
Ralph Buckley: 3D. I have two diamond honours which are like three small.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. Since I detest playing in 2NT, in my world this shows a diamond honour and a maximum. Pard can assess 3NT or scamper to 3D.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2NT. Pard should figure I have a diamond piece for this bid. I'll pass 3D. Might as well keep masterminding after that first bid. The panel will object to 1NT, but that bid is not as bad as it looks at first glance.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Assuming a spade lead, can see 1 spade, 6 diamonds, and A-K of either hearts or clubs.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. Odd that the 1NT bid was forced on us. This could easily be a 1 or 3 hand, but 2NT conveys my values.
Hk Ho: 2NT. Show partner your 11-12 HCP and spade stopper. The SK may be valueless in a diamond contract and 5D seems more remote than 3NT.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. Give partner DA K x x x x and an ace and game is very good. But I would like fractionally better spade spots.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. Surely, we have a chance at 9 tricks!
Chris Buchanan: 2NT. Potential for 9 tricks opposite DA K x x x x and an outside ace.
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. If I think this is a 1NT bid, when partner shows a dog how is partner going to take further action on my part? This is such an obvious initial 2NT that I would abstain if this was on bridgewinners.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. Owe partner 1 move forward.
David Gordon: 3NT. Since I underbid the first time.
Plarq Liu: 3D. 2-card support.
Kf Tung: 3NT. . . with 9 tricks. Goodbye to +500.

4. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S ---   H A Q   D A K 6 4 3   C A K 8 7 3 2  
West North East South  
1S Dbl 2S ?

Your call?

5NT 4 100
3S 3 90
4D 3 90
3D 3 80
4S 1 60
5D 1 60
Dbl 1 50
Moderator: A large variety of answers to this distributional trick-oriented monster.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3S. Hope to bid 4D on the next round.
Jill Meyers: 5NT. I am not stopping short of a small slam. This bid should show clubs and a red suit and a very good hand.
Kerri Sanborn: 4D. How can this not be forcing? Second choice is 5NT, but that could be misread.
Josh Donn: 3D. A forcing reverse, as far as I'm concerned, because partner's double didn't promise diamonds. Otherwise, a 3S bid has to cover too much ground.
Ralph Buckley: 3D. Reverse.
Christopher Diamond: 5NT. Since he doesn't guarantee diamonds, I hope this asks for a minor slam.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3D. Any sensible person would play this as forcing. Would rather get my suits in now and cue bid later rather than vice versa. The panel will of course cue bid.
Larry Meyer: 3D. The void says I should bid, so reverse to show my second suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. A simple 3D bid doesn't convey the full potential of my hand.
Hk Ho: 3D. Pard's Dbl may be on 7-8 HCP with 4 hearts. The 3D free bid denies 4 hearts and promises a better than minimum with both minors. It leaves open for a 3NT contract.
Stephen Vincent: 3D. I would have opened 2C.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. This bid shows the values in your hand without getting past 3NT. Over 3NT, I will shape out and suggest slam, planning on subsiding with whatever partner chooses to do.
Chris Buchanan: 3S. Tell me more.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. This should show the hand approximately.
David Gordon: 3S. Start with a game force.
Plarq Liu: 3D. Reverse is strong right?
Kf Tung: 3S. Tell partner that we have a slam and please tell me about your suits.

5. IMPs. E-W vul.
S K 9 3   H A 7 5   D K 7 5 2   C K 10 7  
West North East South  
    2H Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

3NT 8 100
2NT 3 70
3D 2 60
Pass 2 60
3H 1 50
Moderator: This was an unfortunate choice for an It's Your Call problem because of the conventional complexity surrounding weak 2S and Lebensohl.
Steve Weinstein: 2NT. I think (hope) this shows doubt about 3NT being the right spot. I certainly have that!
Zach Grossack: 3NT. Not great, but not so bad either. I can duck a heart or two, and I have some good values. Preempts can help declarer get a good picture of the hand.
Ken Cohen: Pass. With opponents red and us white, it seems easy to pass. I'm leading a low trump.
Daniel Korbel: 3D. I'm just going to show some values and not bury partner for protecting the auction in the pass-out seat.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. Still haven't read the system. I play Lebensohl here, so unfortunately can't right side it if he has HQ x. Might be too high on my 3NT rebid.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3H. An overbid but other choices are at least as poor. In this particular context, almost a command to bid 3NT (to play it from right side). Might as well go for home run when alternatives suck.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Show opening values with hearts stopped, but no suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. Lebensohl - slow shows.
Hk Ho: 3NT. Pard should have 11+ HCP. Without 4 spades, it's better to be in NT. It's IMPs, hope for the best and 3NT should be the choice vs 2NT.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. At matchpoints, you can make a case for pass looking for +200. At IMPs, with flexible stopper in hearts, 3NT is best.
Chris Buchanan: 3D. Matchpoints I pass but too risky at IMPs. 3D isn't ideal but . . .
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2NT. With full values partner should raise.
Leonid Bossis: 2NT. Assuming Lebenshol is available over weak 2's, then after partner's 3C I will bid 3NT showing my stopper and game values; if Lebenshol is unavailable then I bid direct 3NT.
David Gordon: 3NT. Game try.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Hope for +200.
Kf Tung: 3H. If we have a slam +500 is not enough. If we have a game +200 is not enough.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Josh Donn 1H Dbl 3D 3D 3NT 480
Roger Lee 1C Dbl 3D 3D 3NT 470
Sylvia Shi 1H Dbl 2NT 3D 3NT 470
Mel Colchamiro 1H Dbl 3NT 5NT 3NT 460
Steve Weinstein 1H Dbl 3D 4D 2NT 460
August Boehm 1H Dbl 2NT 4S 3NT 450
Jill Meyers 1C Pass 2NT 5NT 3NT 450
Jeff Meckstroth 1C Dbl 2S 3S 3NT 440
Daniel Korbel 1H Dbl 2NT 4D 3D 440
Barry Rigal 1C Pass 3D 5NT 2NT 430
Steve Robinson 1H Dbl 3D 5D 2NT 430
Larry Cohen 1H Pass 3D 3S 3D 420
Zach Grossack 1C Pass 2S 3S 3NT 410
Ken Cohen 1C 5H 3D 5NT Pass 400
Kerri Sanborn Pass Dbl 2NT 4D 3H 380
Mike Lawrence Pass Dbl 3NT Dbl Pass 320

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Gustav Axen 1H Dbl 2NT 4D 3NT 480 162.31
1.    Ron Corber 1H Dbl 3D 3D 3NT 480 162.31
3.    Ralph Buckley 1C Dbl 3D 3D 3NT 470 92.75
4.    Pam Ottridge 1H Pass 3D 4D 3NT 460 64.93
5.    Christopher Diamond 1C Dbl 2NT 5NT 2NT 450 37.10
6.    Jim Bodner 1H Dbl 3NT 3D 3NT 440 20.79
6.    Rod Coote 1C Dbl 2NT 3S 2NT 440 20.79
6.    Larry Meyer 1H Dbl 3NT 3D 3NT 440 20.79
6.    Michael Dimich 1H Dbl 3D 4D 3H 440 20.79
6.    Jack Qi 1H Dbl 2NT 3S Pass 440 20.79
6.    Dave Gabel 1H Dbl Pass 3S 3NT 440 20.79
6.    Gary Gilraine 1H Dbl 2NT 3D 2NT 440 20.79
6.    Ernie Dietrich 1C Dbl 2NT 4D 2NT 440 20.79
14.    Eurydice Nours 1C Dbl Pass 3S 3NT 430 11.37
14.    Martin Henneberger 1C Dbl 2S 3D 3NT 430 11.37
14.    Anssi Rantamaa 1H Dbl 2NT 4D 3H 430 11.37
14.    David Waterman 1C 5H 3D 4D 3NT 430 11.37
14.    Keith Lee 1H 5H 2NT 3S 3NT 430 11.37
14.    Craig T. Wilson 1H Dbl Pass 3D 3NT 430 11.37

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Dennis Caswell (Canada) 1C Dbl 2NT 3D 3NT 460 98.00
2.    David Gordon (Canada) 1C Dbl 3NT 3S 3NT 440 52.27
2.    Joel Forssell (Sverige) 1H Dbl 2NT 3S Pass 440 52.27
2.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 1C Dbl 2NT 3S 2NT 440 52.27
5.    Plarq Liu (United States) 1C Dbl 3D 3D Pass 430 15.55
5.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 1C Dbl 3D 4D 3H 430 15.55
5.    Bob Todd (Canada) 1C Dbl 3D 3S 3H 430 15.55
5.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 1C Dbl 3D 3S 3H 430 15.55
9.    Diane Bolton (Canada) 1C Dbl 3D 3D 3H 420 10.89
10.    John Gillespie (Canada) 1H Dbl Pass 3S 2NT 410 9.80
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