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TGIF May 2008: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S A K J 10   H A Q 10 8 6 2   D 3   C K 3  
West North East South  
3C Pass Pass Dbl
Pass 4S Pass ?

Do you agree with South's double?

Yes 18 50
No 0 0

Your call?

Pass 14 50
5S 2 30
4NT 2 10
6NT 0 5
5C 0 0
5H 0 0
6H 0 0
6S 0 0
Moderator: As long as preemptive bids give their opponents problems, players are going to keep making them. North can bid 4S with a variety of hands, so you're guessing. The majority view is to
Kai Zhou: 5S. I sincerely believe that pard would have DA and I am actually asking about the number of clubs he has.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Rather than double, I prefer an aggressive 4H as initial action. Protects the CK against opening lead.
Heather Garrison: 4NT. I do not agree with Dbl as south does not have tolerance for diamonds.
Adam Melzak: 5C. A number of other bids have arguments, including good ol' 4NT. Of course if pard has a stiff heart....
Anssi Rantamaa: 4NT. If an ace is missing the CK is in peril from east leading. Maybe take a shot at 6H if one ace missing.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Slam may be there but how do you investigate? RKC won't help unless partner shows 2 aces. And you know for sure what lead you're going to get: the auction's placed the wrong hand as declarer.
Craig T. Wilson: Pass. There are probably two club losers immediately.
David Walker: Pass. With east on lead, anything more would be speculative. It's a victory of the pre-empt particularly when vulnerable.
John Hurdle: Pass. Dangerous to pass. Dangerous to bid.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Exploring the 5 level isn't safe. Why ruin a game bonus looking for magic cards when pard could easily have SQ x x x x x HK x DK Q x C9 x, or any similar variation.
Robin Hart: Pass. partner used principal of fast arrival and indicates to me longer spades and lack of controls.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Guessing that pard has a lot of shape and not too many points (maybe even a void heart) so going on is too dangerous. Of course, I could be wrong and we could be cold for a grand.
Bonny Lee: 6H. Slam in Heart stands a better chance without the lead through the CK.
Larry Meyer: 6S. Yes, show strength / Pard showed values, if he has CA, DA, HK, 6 looks easy.
Dave Waterman: 5S. We can't do everything here. Maybe 6H is making and 6S not. That's life.
Mike Roberts: 4NT. Gambling that there aren't two club losers, and that the HK is onside.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Partner has a cue bid available to show a better hand.
Paul Hardy: Pass. Pre-empts work, now it's a guess...does pard have the right cards for a club lead? I take the plus.
Yu Wang: 5H. For Spade contract, my CK will be vulnerable immediately. Could we have 6H? It requires pard providing SQ, HK plus DA or CA. Any danger in bidding 5H? Partner might correct to 5S or bid 6H if he had the cards.
David Gordon: 4NT. If 1 keycard then I will check into 6NT.
Roelof Van Lopik: 4NT. But you have to become declarer (to protect your CK), so NEVER end in a spade contract!
Chris Diamond: 4NT. 7 still an option.
Brian Zietman: 4NT. If partner would have bid diamonds, I could easily bid hearts. I only need 2 key cards now for the slam so I must make a try. Partner could not overcall after the preempt so he can't be too strong.

2. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S K 8 7   H ---   D Q J 10 4 2   C A Q J 9 7  
West North East South  
  Pass Pass 1D
1H 1S 4H ?

Your call?

4S 14 100
Pass 3 60
Dbl 0 20
4NT 1 10
5C 0 10
Moderator: The opponents have preempted again! Your hand is not strong enough to bid 4S (theoretically), but the majority feel you must take the push with a void.
The Colchamiros: 4S. We're sort of endplayed into overbidding a little with 4S.
Andrew Jeng: 4S. I have spade support and a void in hearts.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4S. No guarantees here, but worth taking the risk.
The Stansbys: 4S. The play in 4S could be awkward. We hope they bid 5H.
Kai Zhou: 4S. The problem is what to do over 5H.
Eugene Chan: 4S. Grandma would bid 4S as well as Momma and Poppa. Nothing fancy required.
Adam Melzak: 4S. Yeah breaks may not be good but 5-3 fit (inferred) and other features like VUL.
Anssi Rantamaa: 4S. Trying for five of a minor seems like reaching since partner is a passed hand.
Craig T. Wilson: Pass. If vul was reversed I'd bid 5C.
David Walker: 4S. I'm content with a simple 4S. Partner can reopen it.
John Hurdle: 4S. This hand makes a good case for double to be a flexible takeout, as opposed to extra values, but that would be wishful thinking.
Martin Henneberger: 4S. .. a little shy on values but partner has to cut me some slack when the opps cut off room to exchange information. There could be many hands where partner can't act again if I pass, and a double game swing potential is in the mix.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4S. Thankfully pard is a passed hand and won't hang me. Two-way bid as they may make theirs if we go down. Passing is likely to end the auction and I can't afford that.
Bonny Lee: 5C. Shows both minors. I'll bid spades over 5H to show my full description of my distribution and values.
Larry Meyer: Pass. No compelling reason to bid at the 5-level.
Dave Waterman: 4S. The practical bid.
Mike Roberts: 4S. HATE this. I'm assuming that 1S showed 5+. Wouldn't double for takeout be nice?
Chris Buchanan: Pass. The auction is not over. If partner passes it is definitely right.
Yu Wang: 4S. A void in hearts and 3 cards trump support with king should be satisfactory.
David Gordon: 5C. If opps compete to 5H I will bid 5S.
Roelof Van Lopik: 4S. 1S shows at least a 5-card suit. And with this vulnerability I want to play.
Chris Diamond: 4S. A stretch but should play well.
Brian Zietman: 4S. The 4H bid cramps our bidding space, but if partner is strong he may be able to make a move.

3. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S 6 4 3   H 7 5   D K Q J 4   C K Q 6 3  
West North East South  
  1H Pass 1NT
2S 3H 4S Dbl
Pass 4NT Pass ?

Your call?

5NT 8 100
5H 8 90
6H 1 30
5S 1 10
Moderator: Partner made a nonforcing 3H call at his second turn, but now bids 4NT. What does this mean? The majority are gunning for slam.
The Colchamiros: 5NT. Pick a slam. Our three low spades and KQ in both minors are gold.
Mike Lawrence: 5NT. I am not sure what partner is up to, but he is bidding strongly. He pulled my double saying he is happy at the five level. With this hand I cannot imagine our not having a slam. Over 5NT, he will choose the spot that will make with my hand.
Jeff Meckstroth: 5NT. I want partner to pick a slam. I have the perfect cards with nothing wasted in spades.
Kai Zhou: 5H. Strange auction. I would play him for 7 solid plus a minor suit ace, so I try 5H.
Eugene Chan: 5C. NEVERWOOD, my favourite convention, is 4NT never asking for aces. Of course nobody will play it with me. For now, 5C whatever that means.
Stuart Carr: 5C. I take as ace-asking: I respond 0.
Adam Melzak: 5D. Umm is this 1430 RKC? :-)
Stephen Vincent: 5C. An unusual auction. My hand's become quite valuable, with no wasted values in spades opposite a singleton at most. But partner's intentions are a little unclear, particularly since the 3H bid wasn't forcing. 5C leaves me well-placed in the post-mortem.
David Walker: 5H. Partner's 3H limited his hand, so without an ace I'm out of here.
John Hurdle: 6H. Because partner's pull of my double confirms what I might have suspected earlier.
Martin Henneberger: 5C. Partner's 4NT suggests 2 places to play, 5H or 5 of some minor. I will bid 5C in case it's clubs and they will pass or correct to 5D.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5NT. Can pard really be 0-6-(4-3) or 0-7-3-3? Sounds like it, in which case I ask for a minor. Will settle for small slam as it would take a perfect hand to make seven.
Larry Meyer: 5C. ... assuming pard has a 2-suiter, and will correct to 5D if necessary.
Dave Waterman: 5H. Nothing else makes sense.
Mike Roberts: 6D. My guess is that partner has a really big 0634/0733. My maximum, with spade cards, make slam a certainty. Note - even a 4-3 diamond fit might play better than a 4-4 club fit.
Chris Buchanan: 5H. Partner should be able to handle the tap better in hearts than in whatever minor they have. I hope we aren't missing 6.
Bob Todd: 5H. As Al Roth would say... I abstain there is no such bid. :-)
Yu Wang: 5C. Could pard be holding x AKQJTxx Axx Ax, probably he'd bid 4H at 2nd time. I will answer what he asks.
David Gordon: 5NT. Partner has spade void with 4-3 in the minors. I want partner to pick the 4 card minor.
Chris Diamond: 5NT. Pard's void in spades since he pulled the double. He can pick a slam.
Brian Zietman: 5C. Partner must be void in spades and have a powerhouse. I take the 4NT as Blackwood and show no aces.

4. IMPs. None vul.
S K 4   H K 8 6 5 4 3   D Q 7 6 3 2   C ---  
West North East South  
2C (1) Pass 2D (2) ?
(1) Natural, six or more clubs (or five with a four-card major), 12-15 HCP.
(2) Artificial inquiry.

Your call?

2H 11 100
Pass 4 70
3H 2 50
2NT 1 10
Moderator: You don't have many high-card values, but your distribution is good for offense. The majority of the panel bid 2H.
Mike Lawrence: 2H. Passing will leave you wondering later if you should have bid. This is your chance.
Kai Zhou: Pass. 2H is ok, but not too descriptive, 2NT might be misunderstood as natural, 3C might be thought as majors, pass first looks good, double then bid hearts is also very good, but you do not really want a diamond lead.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Always tough to swallow minus 1100. Double is not in the picture.
Heather Garrison: 2H. Do not like quality of the heart suit, but with 8 hcp and 5 points for void in clubs I bid hearts.
Stuart Carr: 2NT. .. showing red suits (2 lowest).
Stephen Vincent: Pass. If they have a spade fit, they'll probably find it irrespective of what you bid now. The poor intermediates also suggest passing: maybe I'll have a chance to come in later.
David Walker: 3H. Must interfere here.
John Hurdle: Pass. Too little defense and too poor suit quality for direct intervention.
Martin Henneberger: 2NT. To me, 2NT has to be a 2-suited takeout with diamonds and a major. 3C would be Michaels. I'm getting in my 2 suits now while I can.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Maybe later...
Bonny Lee: Pass. I'd like to hear more information about opps' hands.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Suits too porous to bid them.
Dave Waterman: Pass. No texture, no lead directing potential, no reason to warn of bad breaks.
Mike Roberts: Pass. No. No spot cards, no real chance of showing both suits. This could be 800 against air, but it's far more likely just to give them information.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. No fair, third pass this set. Let's find out what is going on before we enter this auction.
Yu Wang: Pass. Anything urgent and good enough to tell pard, before opps showed their ambitions?
David Gordon: Pass. The suits are poor and underpowered.
Leo Weniger: 2NT. ... if considered unusual, if not 3H.
Chris Diamond: 2H. With no suit agreement, I'll just get hearts in for now.
Brian Zietman: Pass. I have to await developments. Too dangerous to enter the auction.

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

Your call?

Dbl 14 100
5H 4 50
4NT 0 0
5S 0 0
6H 0 0
Moderator: You have a choice between doubling and bidding your six-card suit.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. I don't have much luck bidding 5H. We could easily belong in a minor suit, or defending 4S.
The Stansbys: Dbl. Double keeps all the options open, unlike 5H.
Kai Zhou: Dbl. Enough strength for double for sure, more flexible to suit pard's possible hands.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Have chance to beat 4S even if partner is broke. 5H is asking for trouble.
Heather Garrison: 4NT. Through 3S Dbl is for take out; here, Dbl would be for penalty. Bid 4NT for take-out.
Adam Melzak: Dbl. All roads lead to double and at IMPs even vul I think you can survive a pass.
Anssi Rantamaa: 4NT. I assume that this is played as a takeout.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Most flexible.
David Walker: 5H. What the hell! If we can beat this two we can make 5H, and Pearl always comes up with a good singleton trump for me.
John Hurdle: Dbl. Clear at IMPs.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. I am batting zero for 8 on double for takeout with these hands, but I'm going for 9. To me double is the most flexible and all my partners know how to scramble with 4NT rather than pick any old 4 card suit.
Robin Hart: 4NT. For takeout.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Transferable values. The next call will be the problem. I'll pass 5 of a minor.
Bonny Lee: 5H. Tell partner about my suit.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Hearts not good enough to bid them at the 5-level, and I have good support for whatever pard bids.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Pre-empts work. Taking my 'sure' plus at imps.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Bidding 5H here is dangerous. A simple card-showing double should work well here.
David Gordon: Dbl. I take out dbl which partner will convert most of the time.
Leo Weniger: Dbl. If pard bids a minor, then bid 5H.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. The real problem is next round. I'm actually pulling for pard to pass so I don't have to face it.
Brian Zietman: 5H. I cannot think of anything better but no space to find out.

Panel's Answers

  1a 1b 2 3 4 5 Total
The Colchamiros Yes Pass 4S 5NT 2H Dbl 500
Mike Lawrence Yes Pass 4S 5NT 2H Dbl 500
Jeff Meckstroth Yes Pass 4S 5NT 2H Dbl 500
The Stansbys Yes Pass 4S 5NT 2H Dbl 500
Andrew Jeng Yes Pass 4S 5H 2H Dbl 490
Richard Freeman Yes 5S 4S 5NT 2H Dbl 480
August Boehm Yes Pass 4S 5NT Pass Dbl 470
Larry Cohen Yes 5S 4S 5H 2H Dbl 470
Betty Ann Kennedy Yes 4NT 4S 5NT 2H Dbl 460
The Coopers Yes Pass 4S 5H Pass Dbl 460
Jill Meyers Yes Pass 4S 5H 2H 5H 440
The Sutherlins Yes Pass 4S 5H 3H Dbl 440
Karen Walker Yes Pass Pass 5H Pass Dbl 420
Kerri Sanborn Yes Pass 4S 5S 2H Dbl 410
Grant Baze Yes Pass Pass 6H 2H Dbl 390
Barry Rigal Yes Pass Pass 5NT 3H 5H 360
Allan Falk Yes Pass 4NT 5H Pass 5H 320
Steve Robinson Yes 4NT 4S 5H 2NT 5H 310

Local Heroes

    1a 1b 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Aidan Ballantyne Yes Pass 4S 5NT Pass Dbl 470
2.    Kai Zhou Yes 5S 4S 5H Pass Dbl 440
2.    Dave Waterman Yes 5S 4S 5H Pass Dbl 440
4.    Michael Dimich Yes Pass Pass 5NT Pass Dbl 430
5.    Susan Peters Yes 4NT 4S 5H Pass Dbl 420
6.    Mark Eddy Yes Pass 4S 5H Pass 5H 410
6.    Ronald Kuiper Yes Pass 4S 5H Pass 5H 410
8.    Brad Bart Yes Pass 4S 5C 2H Dbl 400
8.    John Hurdle Yes Pass 4S 6H Pass Dbl 400
10.    David Walker Yes Pass 4S 5H 3H 5H 390

World Leaders

    1a 1b 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Chris Diamond (Canada) Yes 4NT 4S 5NT 2H Dbl 460
2.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) Yes Pass Pass 5H Pass Dbl 420
2.    Merv Adey (Canada) Yes Pass Pass 5H Pass Dbl 420
2.    Roelof Van Lopik (The Netherlands) Yes 4NT 4S 5H Pass Dbl 420
5.    Bob Todd (Canada) No Pass 4S 5H 2H 5H 390
6.    Judi Carter (Canada) No 4NT 4S 5H 2H 5H 350
7.    Mike Roberts (Kansas) Yes 4NT 4S 6D Pass Dbl 330
7.    Paul Hardy (Canada) Yes Pass Pass 5D Pass Dbl 330
9.    David Gordon (Canada) No 4NT 5C 5NT Pass Dbl 290
10.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Yes Pass Pass 5S 2NT Dbl 280
10.    Susan Julius (Canada) Yes 4NT 4S 5D Pass 5H 280
10.    Brian Zietman (Israel) Yes 4NT 4S 5C Pass 5H 280
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