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TGIF July 2018: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S K 9 6 5 3 2   H Q 7 6 5 2   D J 7   C ---  
West North East South  
1D Dbl 2D ?

Your call?

4D 8 100
4S 4 90
3D 3 70
Dbl 1 50
3S 0 30
Moderator: Well loaded in the majors, the panel cue-bid in diamonds to get partner's best major.
Steve Weinstein: 4D. . . showing at least five cards in each major and a weaker hand. When I double their 5D, hopefully partner figures out to lead clubs.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3D. I could double to show both majors, but if more diamond bids are coming, this leaves me better placed.
Daniel Korbel: 4S. I don't like a 4D jump because opposite 3-3 in the majors, we will be in hearts, which is probably worse than being in spades.
Joan Dear: 3D. Michaels.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4D. Should show my majors with distribution as we are likely to face a 5-level decision. The problem with bidding 4S is that you pretty much have to then bid 5H over their 5D and this could be wrong. Partner should get that I have shape, not strength.
David Waterman: 3D. Let partner choose the suit to play game. No point in blasting 4S.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. Going to game in a major but pard could have all kinds of hands.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Bid to the level of the fit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. 2S might work out better if partner has a 1-suited club hand, but it would look silly opposite a regular takeout double.
Hk Ho: 3S. My hand has 6 losers. I consider it worth a jump. I hope pard does not have much wastage in the club suit. If in the unlikely event that pard changes 3S to something else, I can rebid 4H.
Chris Buchanan: 4D. Pick your major suit game.
David Gordon: 4D. Pre-emptive game with 2 places to play. Usually majors.
Bob Todd: 4D. Pick a major - limited hand.
Kf Tung: Dbl. You will end up in 4S or 4H, but you want to keep the bidding slow and free from further barrages.

2. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A J 3   H A 9 8 2   D A K 10 9 8 7   C ---  
West North East South  
5C Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

5NT 11 100
Pass 3 80
6C 2 60
5D 0 50
6D 0 50
5H 0 20
Moderator: The majority vote is for 5NT, pick a slam.
August Boehm: Pass. We probably have a better spot, but no assurance of finding it. Remove to 5NT and hope to survive bad breaks and land on our feet? I'll take whatever plus score is coming in 5C doubled.
Josh Donn: 5NT. . . to let partner help me pick a suit for slam. Even if partner's double is defined as being for penalty, it should be high cards, not something like CK J x x and out.
Sylvia Shi: 6C. I have a good hand, concern about strain, and interest in a grand. I hope this conveys all those messages.
Aidan Ballantyne: 6C. All in.
David Waterman: Pass. Partner can have many hands where slam does not make, and there is no point in just bidding game - the penalty from 5C will be enough.
Christopher Diamond: 6C. A nightmare. West has 9 clubs and DQ J x x opposite a stiff. Pard has to lead from CQ x to beat them. Don't know whether to pass or what to bid at the 5 level so I might as well go for broke.
Larry Meyer: 5H. Show my second suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. I'd be looking for 6H at MPs, but at IMPs I'll reluctantly take the money.
Hk Ho: 6C. In IMPs, pard's double without an ace should not be for penalty. My hand is a max opening and I have 4 quick tricks, but only 5 losers. Hence, I have to force pard to select the contract.
Stephen Vincent: 5NT. 5NT seems to be a fashionable bid these days: let's see how it turns out on this hand.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Best option here with Vul opponents.
David Gordon: 5NT. More then 1 place to play a slam.
Kf Tung: 5D. West has a very distributional hand. Bid 5D for a save or make, and who knows, there may be more bidding!

3. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S A K 10 8   H K   D A Q J 10 9 7 4   C 4  
West North East South  
3H Dbl (1) Pass ?
(1) Negative.

Your call?

4H 7 100
4S 7 90
4NT 2 70
5D 0 30
6D 0 10
Moderator: Except for the keycarders, the panelists are split right down the middle.
Barry Rigal: 4H. I'm not done yet. Over 4S I will bid on with keycard perhaps?
Steve Robinson: 4NT. If partner has two, I'll bid 6D. If partner has one, I'll play 5D. 4S could go down on a bad break or if I lose control.
Kerri Sanborn: 4S. . . the practical bid. There are a few gaps, and I can't guarantee slam facing a lot of various hands. Of course, we could be laydown for seven, but maybe partner will be able to bid then.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4H. I'm concerned about both level and strain. Will pass pard's 4S. Diamonds may have more tricks if pard has bad spades and good clubs but it's matchpoints so will take my lumps in 4S.
David Waterman: 4H. . . and pass 4S. If partner has one ace, the DK, and goodish spades he should bid more than 4S. I am well placed to pin the blame on him.
Christopher Diamond: 4H. The only spade slam try I can think of. Blackwood is possibly just as feasible but even 1 plus the SQ still needs diamonds to work.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Show the spade fit and extra values.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. Show a good hand and let partner make the next move.
Hk Ho: 4S. If pard has SQ x x x (x) and DK, 4S is cold. If pard has more for the double, he can start cue-bidding controls and we might find the slam. A 3S rebid would be nonforcing.
Chris Buchanan: 4S. Tempted to bid 4H here but that requires perfect card holdings from partner.
David Gordon: 4S. Show a little extra.
Kf Tung: 5NT. If I am interested in clubs I would have bid 6C. Therefore I am interested in 6D or 6S.

4. IMPs. None vul.
S A K Q 10   H J 9 7 4   D ---   C Q 7 4 3 2  
West North East South  
1H Pass Pass ?

Your call?

1S 12 100
2C 3 70
Pass 1 70
1NT 0 30
Moderator: 1S is the overwhelming choice, despite the lack of a 5th spade.
Ken Cohen: 2C. I like bidding my longest suit first, and I might have a chance to show spades next if the auction stays low.
Roger Lee: 1S. I would like to have a more textbook hand, but I just don't want to sell out to 1H with this much playing strength, despite the risk of allowing the opponents to back into a big diamond fit.
Aidan Ballantyne: 1S. Sure, they may make many diamonds and my pard did not bid with what could be heart shortness, but this hand is too good to pass. Would not fault 2C (ugh) intending to bid spades next.
David Waterman: 1S. At favourable vulnerability, Pass would have some appeal - but there is no point with non-vul opponents.
Christopher Diamond: 1S. No matter who bids diamonds, it's bad. But I can't get myself to put a pass card on the table with these spades.
Larry Meyer: 1S. That suit is certainly worth bidding.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Balancing is more likely to get us into trouble than the opponents.
Hk Ho: 1S. 4 beautiful spades for play or lead-direction. An alternative is 2H Michaels to show spades and a minor. What if pard's minor is diamonds? After all, it is remote for N/S to have a game, better be a bit reserved.
Chris Buchanan: 1S. I hate the club suit and if I double, partner will likely bid diamonds and I am pickled.
David Gordon: 2C. . . with the intention of competing to 2S.
Kf Tung: 2C. Compete for a plus score. Start with a 5 card suit.

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

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
Pass 4 80
1S 3 70
Moderator: With 20 HCP, the panel find it near impossible to stay silent.
Larry Cohen: Dbl. . . for now. I'll deal with partner's club bids later.
Jill Meyers: 1S. I might pass at matchpoints if they were vulnerable, but at this vulnerability, I just can't.
Mel Colchamiro: Pass. I'm hoping lefty bids 2C and I can back in with a double.
Aidan Ballantyne: 1S. This action should elicit more information about what the distribution and strength is around the table. Maybe pard raises in which case we should have a game.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. In this brave new world, at these colours they could be 10 opposite 0. Sensible options don't exist. Once again, whoever bids clubs it's bad for us.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Partner is broke, so probably easier to set them than make something our way.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. This may wrong-side the contract, but nothing else adequately describes my hand.
Hk Ho: 1NT. . . an underbid. It is better than Dbl in view of the club length. The opps may not be able to run clubs for many tricks. If partner has as little as SJ and DJ, 1NT might make. Or maybe pard has 5+ spades and advances with a 2H transfer to a good 2S contract?
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. I have this strange feeling that the opponents may not have their bids.
Chris Buchanan: 1NT. No hand is perfect and this is the best lie IMO.
David Gordon: Dbl. You have the values to grope around after a dbl.
John Gillespie: Pass. I don't know how many spades partner has but they might tell me or ride into the valley of death.
Kf Tung: Pass. . . as usual and let them bid more. Apply the axe when they are in 2N or more.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Steve Weinstein 4D 5NT 4H 1S Dbl 500
Roger Lee 4D 5NT 4H 1S Dbl 500
Daniel Korbel 4S 5NT 4H 1S Dbl 490
Zach Grossack 4D 5NT 4S 1S Dbl 490
Larry Cohen 4S 5NT 4S 1S Dbl 480
Barry Rigal 4D 5NT 4H 1S Pass 480
Steve Robinson 4D 5NT 4NT 1S Dbl 470
Jeff Meckstroth 3D 5NT 4S 1S Dbl 460
Kerri Sanborn 4S 5NT 4S 1S Pass 460
Josh Donn 4S 5NT 4H Pass Dbl 460
Sylvia Shi 4D 6C 4H 1S Dbl 460
Jill Meyers 4D Pass 4H 1S 1S 450
Mel Colchamiro 4D 5NT 4NT 1S Pass 450
August Boehm 3D Pass 4S 2C 1S 380
Ken Cohen 3D Pass 4S 2C 1S 380
Mike Lawrence Dbl 6C 4S 2C Pass 350

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Stephen Vincent 3D 5NT 4H 1S Dbl 470 175.00
2.    Gustav Axen 4D 6C 4H 1S Dbl 460 131.25
3.    Diana Jing 4D Pass 4H Pass Dbl 450 87.50
4.    Rod Coote 3D Pass 4S 1S Dbl 440 41.81
4.    Anssi Rantamaa 3D Pass 4S 1S Dbl 440 41.81
4.    James Harris 3D Pass 4S 1S Dbl 440 41.81
7.    Martin Henneberger 4S 6C 4H 1S Pass 430 19.95
7.    Kai Zhou 4D 6C 4H 2C Dbl 430 19.95
7.    David Waterman 3D Pass 4H 1S Pass 430 19.95
7.    Christopher Diamond 3D 6C 4H 1S Dbl 430 19.95
7.    Aidan Ballantyne 4D 6C 4H 1S 1S 430 19.95
12.    David Schmidt Dbl Pass 4S 1S Dbl 420 13.51
12.    Monica Angus 3D Pass 4S 1S Pass 420 13.51
12.    Joan Dear 3D Pass 4S 1S Pass 420 13.51

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4D 5NT 4S 1S Dbl 490 94.50
2.    Qiang Wu (China) 4D 5NT 4H 1S Pass 480 70.88
3.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 4D 6C 4H 1S Dbl 460 33.08
3.    David Gordon (Canada) 4D 5NT 4S 2C Dbl 460 33.08
3.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 4D 6C 4H 1S Dbl 460 33.08
6.    Beverley Candlish (Canada) 3D Pass 4H 1S Dbl 450 15.75
7.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 3D Pass 4NT 1S Dbl 420 12.66
7.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 3D Pass 4H 1S 1S 420 12.66
9.    John Gillespie (Canada) 3D 6C 4S 1S Pass 400 10.50
10.    Uday Maitra (Canada) 4D 5H 4H Pass Dbl 390 9.45
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