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TGIF November 2018: Scores

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

Your call?

2S 10 100
2H 5 80
2D 0 60
3S 0 40
Moderator: The key to this problem, according to the experts, is the form of scoring. Had it been IMPs, some would be more willing to commit to the reverse.
Roger Lee: 2H. Just a normal bid to me. Far better to overbid by a point than to lie about both my strength and shape with 2S. As for 2D, the less said, the better.
Jeff Meckstroth: 2S. I have extras but no great way to show them. I would bid 2H in teams.
David Waterman: 3S. Best of several imperfect options. No worries about missing hearts.
Christopher Diamond: 2H. Seems obvious. In the best of all possible worlds he bids 2S and I splinter.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Enough strength to make a reverse.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. This hand could play well in a Moysian.
Stephen Vincent: 2D. Will be better placed for future rounds of bidding. If there are any.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. Iím not sure whether this hand belongs in spades, or NT. I think that I can show my better than average opener with this bid. Lebensohl will save me from any huge disasters.
Paul Mcmullin: 1NT. 2S will probably be the preferred bid.
Hendrik Sharples: 2S. . . slowly, of course. ;-)
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. A tad weak for reverse and then spades.
David Gordon: 2D. When I lie, I lie about the minor.
Kf Tung: 2H. Upgrade the hand and show the shape later.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S K 10 9 5   H A Q 10 4 2   D K 10 2   C Q  
West North East South  
  Pass 1D 1H
Pass 2C Pass ?

Your call?

2NT 6 100
2S 6 100
2D 2 60
Pass 1 60
2H 0 40
Moderator: The panel are evenly split between 2S and 2NT.
Mike Lawrence: 2NT. Passing is conservative. I do have the D10, which is a hopeful value. 2S is possible, but it creates a murky auction. Partner's most likely bid is 3C, putting me in a worse situation than I'm in now.
Barry Rigal: 2D. . . setting up a forcing auction and planning to rebid notrump if I don't find a fit.
Mel Colchamiro: 2S. I have a good hand. I have spades. We can still get to 3NT. If I bid 2NT or 3NT now, how can we get to spades?
David Waterman: 2NT. I can't invite game AND show spades - I choose to invite - partner will occasionally bid 3S on the way to 3NT.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. A cheap cue might work out since if he bids 3C, maybe thinking I have a fit, I learn nothing. Nonstandard but I play 2NT forcing one round so I can get to spades if there is a fit.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. Show the diamond stopper.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2D. Gives partner room to show spades or heart tolerance.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. Must try for a possible vulnerable game at IMPs.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. This hand should play from my side. 1S is forcing and 2C isnít. So, not much chance of a spade fit. Probably, I should bid 3NT, but maybe we need a little extra for game here, so punt!
Hendrik Sharples: 2NT. Lots of flawed choices. This answer really depends on what partner will open 1C.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2NT. . . . or 2D or 2H or 2S or . . . I'm staying with my first impulse.
David Gordon: 2S. Try for game. Not a full reverse as I only overcalled.
Kf Tung: 2S. . . hearts, spades and a good hand. Clubs not very good, because you did not double on the previous round.

3. IMPs. None vul.
S 4   H A Q 10   D K 10 3   C A Q 10 9 8 7  
West North East South  
1H 3D 4H ?

Your call?

5D 15 100
Pass 0 70
Dbl 0 60
5C 0 40
Moderator: A completely unanimous panel!
David Waterman: 5D. Tempting to bid 5C for the lead, but I doubt they are bidding 5H.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Where'd the spades go? So they likely have a double fit and given how bad the preempt can be I don't have a guarantee of 4 tricks. But too much defense to sac.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Holding such good cards in their suit, no need to exceed the level of our fit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5D. . . rates to be on a finesse at worst, as does 4H.
Perry Khakhar: 5C. Where are the spades? Also, what is a preempt of a preempt? I donít think that this is our hand; either offensively or defensively. They have a spade fit that isnít shown yet. I would like a club lead. If Iím doubled, 5D!
Paul Mcmullin: 5D. Where are the spades?
Hendrik Sharples: 5D. They say when in doubt bid one more, and I have no idea who can make what.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5D. Who's my partner? Tendencies about bidding weak jump-shifts are important here.
David Gordon: 5D. Reasonable chance to make.
Kf Tung: 5D. 6D is not a good slam.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K J 7 4   H A Q 4   D Q   C A K Q J 9  
West North East South  
    Pass ?

Your call?

1C 9 100
2C 6 80
2NT 0 60
Moderator: What's your strong 2C opening style? Technically, the hand adds up to 22 high-card points, but that DQ is suspect --- is she really carrying her full weight?
Steve Weinstein: 2C. I'm not going to be able to describe the hand sufficiently after 1C to justify the risk.
August Boehm: 1C. You might sell me 2NT if partner were a passed hand. 1C leads to comfortable rebids and makes it easier for someone to keep the auction alive.
David Waterman: 2C. . . followed by 2NT. Too good to start with 2NT.
Christopher Diamond: 1C. Too many things to get across for 2C since over the frequent 2D response I either have to eat up another full level with 3C or lie with 2NT.
Larry Meyer: 1C. With so many possible trump suits, leave some room for a bidding conversation.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2C. We presumably have methods to uncover a 4-4 spade fit after a 3C rebid.
Stephen Vincent: 1C. Opponents never let you play in 1C. Do they?
Perry Khakhar: 2C. What would make you do anything else? The decision comes on the next round: rebid 3C or the esoteric 2NT?
Hendrik Sharples: 2C. Treating this as 22-24 balanced.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1C. Next round will be more interesting (if it arrives).
David Gordon: 1C. The single DQ devalues this to a good reverse.
Kf Tung: 2C. About 8+ tricks, but you don't like 2N.

5. IMPs. N-S vul.
S K 9 2   H ---   D A K Q 7 6 5   C Q 10 5 2  
West North East South  
Dbl Rdbl 2H Pass (1)
Pass Dbl Pass ?
(1) See question.

Would you have passed 2H?

No 10 50
Yes 5 40

Your call?

3H 9 50
3C 4 40
3D 2 35
2NT 0 25
3NT 0 15
Pass 0 5
Moderator: Most of the panelists would not have passed 2H. Whether they passed or not, a 3H cue is the popular reentry choice.
Jill Meyers: 3H. . . emphasizing my long, good diamond suit, but I do think 3C has a lot of merit.
Kerri Sanborn: 3D. Interesting problem. Probably not many of us have discussed whether pass of 2H is the same as pass of 1H. Without the jump, most partnerships play that bidding directly shows weakness, and passing then bidding is full values. Lacking discussion, I assume the same treatment.
Zach Grossack: 3C. I don't want to give up on slam here --- we could easily have one, even with partner having heart wastage. SQ x x HK J 10 x Dx CA J x x x is probably a good slam on this auction. If he bids 3NT, I'm done. But if he shows some life, then we can start to party.
Ralph Buckley: 3NT. I believe pard is indicating that he has a strong heart suit.
David Waterman: 3C. Bidding over 2H directly would have shown a poor hand, with little defence. This sequence shows a hand with values, but unsuited for defence against hearts.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Since I had no intention of passing 2H doubled I wouldn't have passed unless systemically doing that would make say 3C strong. Not sure what the methods are.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Maybe they have run to a suit that pard wants to double. / Looks like pard has their hearts.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. Try to steer partner towards bidding NT first. Wrong colours for a penalty pass.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. I donít think that my hand is strong enough for a pass and pull so Iíd have bid immediately. But now that I am here, Iím going to follow Hammanís rule and bid the most likely game.
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. If I'm not going to bid in front of partner I'm certainly not bidding now.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3C. With diamond tolerance 3NT is probably a make.
David Gordon: 3C. Partner is now under the gun to double with any reasonable 4-card trump suit, so I disagree with the initial pass.
Kf Tung: 3H. Partner, please bid 3N.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total
August Boehm 2S 2NT 5D 1C No 3H 500
Jeff Meckstroth 2S 2S 5D 1C No 3H 500
Mike Lawrence 2S 2NT 5D 1C No 3C 490
Jill Meyers 2S 2NT 5D 1C Yes 3H 490
Mel Colchamiro 2S 2S 5D 2C No 3H 480
Daniel Korbel 2H 2NT 5D 1C No 3H 480
Larry Cohen 2S 2NT 5D 1C Yes 3D 475
Steve Weinstein 2S 2S 5D 2C No 3C 470
Sylvia Shi 2H 2S 5D 1C Yes 3H 470
Barry Rigal 2S 2D 5D 1C No 3H 460
Steve Robinson 2S 2S 5D 2C Yes 3C 460
Kerri Sanborn 2S 2S 5D 2C Yes 3D 455
Zach Grossack 2H 2NT 5D 2C No 3C 450
Josh Donn 2H Pass 5D 1C No 3H 440
Roger Lee 2H 2D 5D 2C No 3H 420

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total Points
1.    Brad Bart 2S 2S 5D 1C No 3H 500 153.13
1.    Laurence Betts 2S 2S 5D 1C No 3H 500 153.13
3.    Daniel Lyder 2S 2NT 5D 1C No 3C 490 87.50
4.    Anssi Rantamaa 2S 2NT 5D 1C No 3D 485 48.13
4.    Joel Martineau 2S 2NT 5D 1C No 3D 485 48.13
6.    Monica Angus 2H 2NT 5D 1C No 3H 480 29.17
7.    Rod Coote 2S 2NT 5D 2C No 3C 470 18.25
7.    Martin Henneberger 2H 2S 5D 1C Yes 3H 470 18.25
7.    Michael Dimich 2H 2S 5D 1C No 3C 470 18.25
7.    Jack Qi 2S 2NT 5D 2C No 3C 470 18.25
7.    Gary Gilraine 2S 2NT 5D 2C No 3C 470 18.25
7.    Craig T. Wilson 2H 2NT 5D 1C No 3C 470 18.25
7.    Diana Jing 2S 2S 5D 2C No 3C 470 18.25

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total Points
1.    Qiang Wu (China) 2S 2NT 5D 1C No 3H 500 87.50
2.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 2S 2NT 5D 1C No 3C 490 65.63
3.    Gerard Laquerriere (France) 2S 2NT 5D 1C No 3D 485 43.75
4.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 2S 2NT 5D 1C Yes 3C 480 30.63
5.    Cristal Nell (Usa) 2S 2NT 5D 1C Yes 3D 475 17.50
6.    Kf Tung (China) 2H 2S 5D 2C No 3H 460 14.58
7.    Dennis Caswell (Canada) 2S 2NT Pass 1C No 3D 455 12.50
8.    David Gordon (Canada) 2D 2S 5D 1C No 3C 450 10.33
8.    John Gillespie (Canada) 2H 2NT 5D 2C No 3C 450 10.33
10.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 2S 2NT 5D 2NT No 3D 445 8.75
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