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TGIF September 2018: Scores

1. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S K 10 6 4 3   H A 8   D K Q 7   C A 10 9  
West North East South  
Pass 2D (1) Pass 2H
Pass 3D Pass ?
(1) Transfer.

Your call?

3S 10 100
3NT 4 80
3H 0 60
4C 1 60
Moderator: A majority of the panelists counter partner's red suits with 3S.
Mike Lawrence: 3S. I need one more descriptive bid from pard, hence 3S, hoping I get more information. I love this hand for 6D if he has five of them, which isn't guaranteed yet.
Jill Meyers: 4C. . . encouraging in both of pard's suits. I would like to have an extra diamond, but my key cards are too good in both suits not to express some interest. If partner signs off in 4H, I am done.
Kerri Sanborn: 3NT. It would be nice if 3S was an offer of another strain, but it merely shows values there. This hand looks much better if partner can bid again, but for now, let's just deny 3-card heart support and hope the C10 is helpful should we languish in 3NT.
Ralph Buckley: 5NT. Choose between 6D or 6NT.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3S. Cooperating in a possible slam venture as my red cards are really good and I have controls in both black suits. Ostensibly this is a cue in diamonds that denies three hearts. Want to stay below 3NT for now.
David Waterman: 4H. . . rather than 3H to emphasize my prime hand. I don't want to cue bid with less than 3 hearts or 4 diamonds.
Christopher Diamond: 3S. A control rich good spot hand needs some positive move. I'd think 3H shows 3-card support, so 3S is all I have below 3NT.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Pard could have 5 hearts and 4 diamonds, so no guarantee of an 8-card fit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. No need to pinpoint the lead for the opponents.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. . . cue bid for diamonds! The hand looks very pure for a diamond slam.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3NT. System-bid. What's the problem?
David Gordon: 3S. Maybe partner has 3 spades? Also I like my values in context of the auction.
Allan Simon: 3NT. I don't agree with 1NT. I have had better luck opening this kind of hand with 1S, especially since I have been playing Bart.
Kf Tung: 3S. Maximum, 5233. If partner has 5-5, a slam is possible. If partner has 3541 a slam is also possible.

2. IMPs. Both vul.
S J 10 4   H ---   D K J 7 4 3   C A Q 7 5 2  
West North East South  
  Pass 1H ?

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
Pass 0 90
2NT 6 70
2C 0 50
2D 0 50
Moderator: Here are nine people who feel lucky today and six with a death wish.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. Too dangerous to bid 2NT with weak suits.
Steve Robinson: 2NT. I don't think spades will play well. If I double, partner will go out of his way to bid spades. I think 2NT shows minors with any strength. Fit/strain first and guess about level later.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Double is safer than 2NT. Pass is reasonable but I'd rather get in light now with imperfect spades than guess later.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. I'm not committing 2NT with those spots and I can't make myself pass so it's door number 3 (missing a spade).
Larry Meyer: Dbl. If we end up playing a spade contract, my hand with the short trumps will be ruffing their hearts.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. We probably don't want to sac at IMPs so don't tell the opponents how to play the hand.
Perry Khakhar: 2D. Hand is too good for Unusual 2NT and may play better in a 5-3 spade fit, so no burying the spade suit.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2NT. Aiming at partscore save; taking as much room as possible.
Allan Simon: 2NT. The concept that 2NT is either weak or strong, never intermediate, has been discredited by certain authorities.
Kf Tung: Pass. You make a bid now and partner will go to game with a maximum passed hand, and then go minus.

3. IMPs. Both vul.
S ---   H 3   D A K Q J 10 8 4   C Q J 8 6 5  
West North East South  
    1S ?

Your call?

5D 10 100
2D 3 70
2NT 1 60
4NT 1 50
Moderator: Despite the potential of the club suit, the majority of the panel rush to game in their solid minor.
Barry Rigal: 2D. If the auction ends now, I'll eat my hat and that of the nearest traffic warden. Seriously, we will always get a second chance, and I reckon I'll learn more the next time.
Sylvia Shi: 5D. Don't know who has the goods and don't want to wait to find out. This will buy the contract doubled most of the time and might be a lucky make if partner has a useful card for me.
Ralph Buckley: 4NT. Std Blackwood.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2D. 5D could be right in terms of applying pressure and taking up room but I have quite a few HCP so I don't want to propel them into something I can't beat that they would not bid without my pressure.
David Waterman: 2NT. . . followed by 5D. Better than 5D directly - it will help partner with competitive decisions.
Christopher Diamond: 5D. I will end up here anyway. Might as well do it quickly.
Larry Meyer: 5D. Bid what I think I can make.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5D. Apply max pressure with a 2-way shot.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. If partner can bid 3NT, we have done our job! It's either that or 4NT! But 9 tricks may be easier.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2D. Possibly later show clubs, but prime diamonds first.
Beverley Candlish: 2D. I would like to double first and then bid diamonds, however, I am afraid that partner may leave the double in if she has spades and a decent hand.
David Gordon: 2NT. Will take more calls.
Allan Simon: 3D. This is my idea of walking the dog. The bidding is not over, but my hope is that opponents will double me when I later bid 5D.
Kf Tung: 5D. Make them guess at the 5 level.

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

Your call?

3H 7 100
2NT 2 70
3D 2 70
3S 2 70
3NT 1 50
Dbl 1 50
Moderator: The plurality opt for 3H.
Larry Cohen: 3H. I'm not really worth this, but I can't imagine buying it for only 3D; the opponents have at least nine spades. So I might as well make the call that helps partner judge. Maybe he has a black ace and HK x, and can figure out to bid 5D.
Roger Lee: 3S. I'll take a stab at the nine-trick game opposite a stopper. 3H could be right if partner has suppressed a four-card heart suit, but it sounds too much like 6-5 to me.
Zach Grossack: 2NT. Without agreement, this should be invitational, not just competitive. And I think invitational defines this hand well; I can probably count on partner for one trick here, but certainly cannot count on two. If she likes her hand for 3NT, she will probably like mine too - so long as she picks up DJ x x x onside.
Mel Colchamiro: 3D. 3H could work big opposite HK and SA. Could partner have bypassed a four-card major? I know I wouldn't.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3D. Don't need to do anything fancy.
David Waterman: 3NT. This should be unanimous.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Assuming pard would bid a 4 card major they will compete to 3S. So I will show most of my cards and hope for a 3NT bid.
Larry Meyer: 3D. West's double makes a heart contract unlikely, so rebid that rebiddable suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. This sounds like an overbid, but it is a favorite to make.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. Partner's 1NT tends to be a bit heavy. I should be safe in 3D, but maybe partner can find a 3NT bid over this free bid.
David Gordon: 3D. Show the long diamonds.
Allan Simon: 3D. Feels sbout right on strength and shape.
Kf Tung: 3D. If partner can bid 3N and make, he will be happy. If partner passes and 3D makes, he will be happy too.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S A 8 5 4 2   H 10 8 6 3   D ---   C A J 9 3  
West North East South  
1C Dbl 1D ?

Do you agree with your first-seat pass?

Yes 13 50
No 2 25

Your call?

2C 8 50
4S 4 40
2D 3 30
3S 0 30
4C 0 25
Moderator: Two quick tricks, a bid and a rebid . . . enough to make a light first-seat opener? Though the panelists agree with Pass, they now feel like they can bid their brains out.
Steve Weinstein: 2C. Voids are magical. I have a great hand with both majors. Let's see how this develops. Dreaming of a 4D splinter if partner bids 2S.
Daniel Korbel: 4S. I could try a cuebidding sequence, but I'd rather not mess around.
Kerri Sanborn: 2D. My first thought was 4D, but my partners are allowed to make a takeout double with 3-3-5-2. I want to be sure we play in the correct major suit. I will possibly get to splinter later.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2C. I certainly have game interest. 2D cue would be better but I don't want this to be misconstrued as natural so I opt for the standard cue bid.
David Waterman: 2C. I will bid game in whatever suit my partner bids. If he passes I will get a new partner.
Christopher Diamond: 2D. A pass with this today NV? Must be a seniors event. If those are feisty modern seniors bidding against us we could still be cold for slam. And I assume 2D is an old fashioned cue.
Larry Meyer: 2D. 9 HCP and no great suit is not an opener. Cue bid to show extra strength in support.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. This hand is also rife with possibilities to torture partner with ambiguous bids.
Alan Kemp-Gee: 2S. Discuss 2D.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. I wish to play in my longest major. Right on values as well.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2C. Constructive with at least one 4-card major.
David Gordon: 2C. I want to force to game and show a preference for spades.
Allan Simon: 4S. Hard to picture a hand consistent with the bidding where this doesn't have some play.
Kf Tung: 4D. You like 4H even when partner has 4-4 in the majors!

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total
Josh Donn 3S Dbl 5D 3H Yes 2C 500
Larry Cohen 3S Dbl 5D 3H Yes 4S 490
Steve Weinstein 3NT Dbl 5D 3H Yes 2C 480
August Boehm 3S Dbl 2D 3H Yes 2C 470
Jeff Meckstroth 3S Dbl 5D Dbl Yes 2C 450
Zach Grossack 3S Dbl 5D 2NT Yes 2D 450
Roger Lee 3S Dbl 5D 3S No 2C 445
Mike Lawrence 3S 2NT 5D 2NT Yes 2C 440
Kerri Sanborn 3NT Dbl 2D 3H Yes 2D 430
Sylvia Shi 3S 2NT 5D 3D Yes 4S 430
Daniel Korbel 3S 2NT 2NT 3H Yes 4S 420
Jill Meyers 4C Dbl 4NT 3H Yes 2C 410
Steve Robinson 3S 2NT 5D 3S No 4S 405
Mel Colchamiro 3NT 2NT 5D 3D Yes 2D 400
Barry Rigal 3NT 2NT 2D 3NT Yes 2C 370

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total Points
1.    Christopher Diamond 3S Dbl 5D 3H No 2D 455 157.50
2.    Aidan Ballantyne 3S Dbl 2D 3D Yes 2C 440 118.13
3.    Michael Dimich 3S Pass 5D 3D No 2C 435 78.75
4.    Larry Meyer 3NT Dbl 5D 3D Yes 2D 430 55.13
5.    Brad Bart 3NT Dbl 5D 3NT Yes 4S 420 28.88
5.    Andrew Krywaniuk 3NT Pass 5D 3D Yes 3S 420 28.88
7.    Stephen Vincent 3S 2NT 2D 2NT Yes 2C 410 21.09
7.    Monica Angus 3NT Dbl 2D 3D Yes 4S 410 21.09
9.    Martin Henneberger 3NT Dbl 5D 3D Yes 4D 400 17.50
10.    Jack Qi 3NT 2NT 5D Dbl Yes 4S 390 14.40
10.    James Harris 3S 2NT 5D 3D Yes Dbl 390 14.40
10.    Joel Martineau 3S Dbl 2D 3D Yes 2S 390 14.40

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total Points
1.    Gerard Laquerriere (France) 3NT 2NT 5D 3H Yes 4S 440 91.88
1.    Hendrik Sharples (United States) 3S Dbl 2D 3D Yes 2C 440 91.88
3.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 3S Dbl 4NT 3H Yes 2D 430 52.50
4.    John Gillespie (Canada) 3S Dbl 2NT 3D Yes 2D 410 28.88
4.    Kf Tung (China) 3S Pass 5D 3D Yes 4D 410 28.88
6.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3NT Dbl 2D 3H No 2D 405 17.50
7.    David Gordon (Canada) 3S 2NT 2NT 3D Yes 2C 400 13.26
7.    Imtiaz Husain (Us) 3S Pass 2NT 3D Yes 2D 400 13.26
7.    John Dong (Canada) 3NT Dbl 5D 3D Yes Dbl 400 13.26
10.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 3S 2NT 4NT 3S Yes 2C 390 10.02
10.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 3NT 2NT 2D 3D Yes 2C 390 10.02
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