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TGIF June 2018: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 10 8 6 3   H A Q J 9   D A 3   C K Q 7  
West North East South  
Pass Pass 2S ?

Your call?

2NT 7 100
Dbl 5 90
Pass 0 40
Moderator: This month, the panel consist of 12 of the US Junior and Youth Bridge Teams. On this problem, none of them reach for the Pass card.
Zach Grossack: Dbl. Very close to 2NT, but feel like that could be very bad. I don't want to guess who holds the missing spade length. For now, I double and try to learn more and get to the best contract. Can't pass red at IMPs.
Brent Xiao: 2NT. There is no chance I'm passing! I don't exactly have a spade stopper, but S10 8 x x will likely do, and I will be very happy when partner bids Stayman.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2NT. Stoppers are for children.
Gustav Axen: 2NT. Stoppers are for wusses - hoping partner has one of the honors or West has a stiff honor or doubleton honors.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Not passing since that solves nothing. Who in the world wants to play 2NT hot at IMPs? If he shows values and not hearts, I'll bid 3NT.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. I only need pard to provide SJ to make this an honest bid.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. Usually RHO doesn't have SA K Q J x x for a 3rd seat nonvul preempt.
Hk Ho: Dbl. Game is possible if pard has a maximum pass and 4+ hearts. Hope partner has any spade honour for a NT game.
Chris Buchanan: 2NT. I almost have a stopper.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2NT. Hopefully partner's hand will support my weak points.

2. IMPs. Both vul.
S A J 9   H A Q 10 6 3   D ---   C Q 10 7 6 4  
West North East South  
    1H Pass
Pass Dbl Pass Pass
1NT Pass 2D ?

Your call?

2H 3 100
3C 3 100
3D 2 60
Dbl 3 60
4C 1 50
Pass 0 30
Moderator: A lot of variation from the panel on this one. The panel are generally bidding to their own contract, hence the demotion of double in the scoring.
Kevin Rosenberg: 2H. Partner might interpret double as a contextual penalty since we already tried to penalize the opponents. Some might say 2H is also risky because partner could conceivably interpret it as natural, but I think if partner passes, they get what they deserve. Plus I might make it.
Arthur Zhou: 3C. It looks like the opponents have stumbled into at least an 8-card fit, so 2D doubled doesn't rate to be set more than one. Game is certainly possible for our side, but a partscore in clubs could also be the limit. Bidding 3C still puts 3NT in the picture, but allows partner to pass with a minimum.
Lucy Zhang: Dbl. Seems like the opponents don't have a good fit, and we want to punish them when partner has a diamond stack.
Michael Xu: 3D. This hand is too distributional for a forcing pass, which will likely be followed by partner's penalty double of 2D. 3D shows shortness, and partner must take that into consideration when deciding whether to bid notrump. I would expect double stoppers for him to bid notrump.
Ralph Buckley: 3H. I have to tell partner that I have a strong hand. I thought of doubling the 2D bid, but partner might decide to leave it in.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3C. A free bid is enough; not quite enough for 3D as pard could have shaded values and didn't double 1NT.
Christopher Diamond: 3C. Surprise! The opps weren't in a coma and found their likely 9-card fit. I'd like pass to be forcing, allowing him to bid his still possible 5-card spade suit (defaulting to a double otherwise). An area for discussion.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Let the opponents play this misfit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3C. I have no good lead against 2D doubled, even if it is right.
Hk Ho: 2H. Let pard know that your previous Pass was trapping with values and denied 4 spades.
Joel Forssell: Dbl. Take out.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Great time to have agreements with partner. I like double here as a heart trap with values and shortness in diamonds.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3C. Jumping to 3NT was my first impulse; via 3C will show I have a full value penalty-pass of 1H. I must be lacking another stop: I didn't double diamonds, so partner should be able to bid 3NT if he has a good (double) stop.

3. IMPs. N-S vul.
S J 10 6   H K Q 10 8 7 5 4   D K 9   C 7  
West North East South  
  1S Pass ?

Your call?

1NT 6 100
2H 4 80
4S 1 50
4H 1 30
Moderator: The majority favour a one-round forcing notrump.
Richard Jeng: 1NT. I'll content myself with bidding 1NT and probably bid 3S or 4S on subsequent action. I don't want to encourage partner too much with a 2/1 game-forcing response, and while I do have much playing strength, I have only three spades, and it seems likely that partner is marked with minor wastage.
Oren Kriegel: 2H. It's hard to know how much potential this hand has, so I'll bid my long suit and see where it goes.
Gustav Axen: 2S. If partner can't make a game try we are probably high enough.
Christopher Diamond: 2H. Standard expert answer. 7 cards suits are...? When he bids the inevitable 3C, I will glare at those experts and ask for an answer. They'll probably tell me I should have bid 1NT with my seven bagger and support. Beginning to think transfers are more useful.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Planning to get to 4S, but show my heart suit along the way.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. I'm willing to commit to game, but it might still be in hearts.
Hk Ho: 1NT. Forcing. Plan to raise spades if pard rebids 2S, or jump to 3H if pard rebids a minor.
Chris Buchanan: 2H. What I lack in values I gain in playing strength.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2H. Show the trick-source first, then support spades. This hand is too strong for 1NT.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S K   H A J 10 6 4 3   D A K Q 10   C 9 4  
West North East South  
    1C 1H
Pass 1S Pass ?

Your call?

3D 6 100
2C 4 80
2D 1 70
3H 1 70
2H 0 40
Moderator: The majority revalue their SK as a working value and jump shift.
Cornelius Duffie: 3D. I show my second suit and my extras. Maybe 2C will score better in the contest, but making nebulous bids like that makes me a bit uncomfortable.
Brent Xiao: 2C. . . should be game forcing and it lets partner describe his hand further. Unless partner mentions a diamond suit, I will simply rebid hearts on my next turn, and we should be able to find our best contract from there.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2D. Yes it's an underbid, but I want to leave pard room for a rebid, hopefully a 2H preference which I will raise to game.
Gustav Axen: 2D. Still trying for the best fit.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. Agreements? Going to have to read this system sometime.
Larry Meyer: 2C. Cue bid the opponent's suit to let pard know we are headed to at least game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2D. Good 6-4 hands get to show their second suit.
Hk Ho: 2D. Let pard know that you have 2 suits, but not the right shape for Michaels. Pard's 1S might be 6-7 HCP, with poor heart support.
Chris Buchanan: 2D. I like to show the 4-card diamond suit before the 6th heart with good hands.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2D. Don't want to take up too much room, but trying to sound positive. Is this forcing? I hope so.

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

Your call?

3S 6 100
4S 5 90
2S 1 60
Moderator: By the narrowest margin, an invitational 3S wins the popular vote.
William Zhu: 3S. 4S is too much and 2S is too little.
Arjun Dhir: 4S. With so many controls and this much distribution, I think 4S looks right at IMPs. 2S is an underbid and 3S shows more playing strength, so I think 4S is the perfect way to bid 2.5 spades!
Aidan Ballantyne: 2S. Silly made up problem. Playing pard for S- HK Q 10 x x Dx x x CK Q 10 x x. Hope to get out for down 1.
Gustav Axen: 3S. I'd like to have better spades but 8-card suit is enough to invite.
Christopher Diamond: 3S. I should likely bid 2S or 4S since he'll never know what I need. But that can't be right these days, especially in a bidding contest. Blame transfers are all the rage. Most might be in a sarcastic mood this month.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Sounds like pard has a doubleton spade, so bid to the level of the fit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. Unless there is a way to make a help suit game try in diamonds, I don't see a reasonable alternative.
Hk Ho: 2S. A minimum opening. Game is unlikely if pard can't raise 2S to 3S. Hope pard doesn't have too much wasted values in hearts and clubs.
Chris Buchanan: 2S. 8-card suit but ugh! I need help from partner for game.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4S. 8-card suit should probably be trumps.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Arthur Zhou 2NT 3C 1NT 3D 3S 500
Cornelius Duffie 2NT 3C 1NT 3D 4S 490
Kevin Rosenberg 2NT 2H 1NT 2C 3S 480
Brent Xiao 2NT 2H 1NT 2C 3S 480
Zach Grossack Dbl 2H 2H 3D 4S 460
Michael Xu 2NT 3D 2H 3D 3S 440
Arjun Dhir 2NT Dbl 1NT 3H 4S 420
William Zhu Dbl 3C 4H 3D 3S 420
Richard Jeng Dbl 3D 1NT 2D 4S 410
Jonathan Yue Dbl Dbl 4S 3D 3S 400
Lucy Zhang Dbl Dbl 2H 2C 4S 400
Oren Kriegel 2NT 4C 2H 2C 2S 370

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Christopher Diamond Dbl 3C 2H 3D 3S 470 143.94
1.    Joel Martineau Dbl 3C 2H 3D 3S 470 143.94
3.    David Walker Dbl 3C 2H 2D 3S 440 37.50
3.    Stephen Ottridge 2NT 2H 4S 3D 4S 440 37.50
3.    David Schmidt 2NT 3C 2H 2D 4S 440 37.50
3.    Andrew Krywaniuk 2NT 3C 2H 2D 4S 440 37.50
3.    Alan Kemp-Gee Dbl 2H 2H 2D 3S 440 37.50
3.    Gary Gilraine Dbl Dbl 1NT 3D 4S 440 37.50
3.    Ernie Dietrich 2NT 3C 2H 2D 4S 440 37.50
10.    Martin Henneberger 2NT 3C 1NT 2D 2S 430 13.90
10.    Zoran Peca Dbl 3C 2H 2D 4S 430 13.90
10.    James Harris 2NT Dbl 2H 3D 4S 430 13.90
10.    Jack Aaron Dbl Dbl 2H 3D 3S 430 13.90
10.    Aidan Ballantyne 2NT 3C 1NT 2D 2S 430 13.90

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 2NT 3C 1NT 3D 4S 490 84.00
2.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 2NT 3C 2H 3D 3S 480 63.00
3.    John Gillespie (Canada) 2NT 3C 2H 3D 4S 470 42.00
4.    Qiang Wu (China) 2NT 3C 2H 2C 3S 460 29.40
5.    Diane Bolton (Canada) 2NT 3C 2H 2D 3S 450 16.80
6.    Roy Bolton (Canada) Dbl 3C 2H 2D 3S 440 13.00
6.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 2NT 3C 2H 2D 4S 440 13.00
8.    Liz Duffield (Uk) Dbl Dbl 2H 3D 4S 420 10.50
9.    Bob Todd (Canada) 2NT Dbl 2H 3H 3S 410 9.33
10.    Linda Drapkin (Usa) Dbl 3C 2H 2D 2S 400 8.40
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