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TGIF December 2018: Scores

1. IMPs. E-W vul.
S 9 5   H Q 2   D A K J 8 4 2   C Q 10 6  
West North East South  
  1C 3H ?

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
4D 4 70
3NT 2 60
4C 0 40
Pass 0 30
Moderator: The majority of the panel double, trying to keep 3NT in the picture.
Zach Grossack: 4D. Who is this annoyance on my right? I wish I could punish them. I must show my hand, however, and it lives as a game-forcing hand with diamonds. Partner can still bid 4NT naturally, otherwise we'll play five of a minor and probably go down.
Larry Cohen: Dbl. Marty Bergen calls this a 'thrump double', with 'thrump' an abbreviation for 3NT - which is what partner should bid with hearts stopped, even holding four spades. Of course, if partner disappoints me as usual and doesn't bid 3NT, I can retreat to diamonds.
Mike Lawrence: 3NT. . . a popular guess, 4D is appealing, but it will often result in some minor-suit contract going down. I'd rather go down in a contract that's worth something if I make it. Worth noting is that a high-level minor-suit contract may be doubled . . . down three in 3NT is better than down two doubled elsewhere.
Robert Sauve: Dbl. Will correct 3S to 4D.
David Waterman: 3NT. Now or never.
Christopher Diamond: 4D. 3NT for the brave but the colours suggest they're likely to have a running suit or an entry. Pass could be right hoping for a reopening.
Larry Meyer: 4D. It is our hand, so I am bidding my good 6-card suit.
Eugene Chan: Pass. East's red vs white 3H preempt is highly suspicious, especially at IMPs. If partner reopens with a double, jump to 5D.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4D. At least it's forcing, but I will correct to 5C after this.
Allan Simon: 4D. Nightmarish. I admire the 3NT bidders.
Kf Tung: 4D. Good hand, good diamonds, not interested in 3N or 4S. Therefore you must have some club support.

2. IMPs. Both vul.
S J 8 7 2   H Q J 10 9 7 2   D A   C 7 2  
West North East South  
  1C Pass 1H
Pass 1S Pass ?

Your call?

2S 7 100
3H 4 80
2H 2 70
3S 2 70
Moderator: Choice of level. Choice of strain.
August Boehm: 2S. . . more likely than 2H to stimulate another bid from partner when game is playable.
Steve Robinson: 3S. Seems like a good compromise between 2S and 4S. If partner has good spades, he'll be aggressive.
Roger Lee: 2H. This kind of hand is just going to play better in hearts most of the time. If partner can move over this, we're in business.
Josh Donn: 3H. This hand demands to be played in hearts due to the suit quality, but the spade fit makes us good enough to invite game.
Anssi Rantamaa: 2S. If partner can bid again I will raise to 4S.
Christopher Diamond: 3S. Just looks too good for a single raise.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Support with support. Invite with more than a minimum.
Eugene Chan: 2S. No need to be a hero. Simple raise will do.
Hendrik Sharples: 2D. This might play a lot better in hearts. Bidding game so might as well look.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. Tempting to bid 3S with 7 losers, but the possible misfit makes me carefully wait for a move from partner as I need a lot of cover cards in his hand.
Leonid Bossis: 2D. If pard bids 2H or 2NT I raise to 4H, otherwise my next bid is 4S.
Timothy Wright: 3S. Partner knows (from not bidding 4th suit) that I have an invite.
Allan Simon: 2S. More positive-sounding than 2H.
Kf Tung: 4S. 7 loser hand, fit in spades.

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

Your call?

2NT 6 100
2H 5 90
3D 4 80
3C 0 60
4D 0 60
5D 0 40
3NT 0 30
Moderator: The original plan was to open 2C and rebid 2NT. But now that West has suggested length and strength in your doubleton, maybe you're rethinking that plan. And partner's free 2D suggests what? Clearly there's no agreement among the panelists.
Jill Meyers: 3D. This is an unusual auction, but I can't imagine partner bidding 2D as anything but natural. If partner bids 3NT, I'm making a slam try. But for the time being, 3D seems like enough.
Barry Rigal: 2H. I'm going to show the red suits and let partner bid spades, notrump or raise me.
Daniel Korbel: 2NT. We can still get to a 4-4 heart fit or a 5-3 spade fit. Partner can have a club stopper. I'm not going to distort my hand unnecessarily when there are so many good outcomes still possible.
Robert Sauve: 2H. Partner has some values.
David Waterman: 2H. I have already bid NT without a stopper in this contest - not this time!
Anssi Rantamaa: 3C. Would have liked to have redoubled here. 3NT seems dangerous with the double of the clubs.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Intended as Western Cue - Pard, if you have a club stopper, bid 3NT.
Eugene Chan: 3D. . . forcing. Partner can bid 3NT with a club stopper.
Eurydice Nours: 3C. Not sure if 2D is an artificial bid, but 3C is forcing. Responder must clarify.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2NT. No reason not to describe this hand with my intended call.
Timothy Wright: 2NT. Yes, West has clubs, but why can't partner have Sx x x Hx x x DQ x x CQ x x? And I want our system over 2NT to be available.
Allan Simon: 2NT. What else am I supposed to do? Still a good chance we'll end up in a major.
Kf Tung: 2NT. Big balanced hand. You need room to explore for fit and slam.

4. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A 4 3   H K Q 2   D Q 3   C K Q 10 7 4  
West North East South  
    1S 1NT
2S 3D (1) Pass ?
(1) Natural and forcing.

Your call?

3S 10 100
3H 2 60
4C 3 60
3NT 0 50
4D 0 30
Moderator: The vast majority bid 3S, keeping both 3NT and slam in play.
Steve Weinstein: 3S. Keeps 3NT in play, but moves toward a diamond (or club) slam (or game) if that's what partner has in mind.
Zach Grossack: 3H. . . hedging. SA x x doesn't look so strong anymore, so I don't want to insist on notrump. I have a single spade stopper, not great diamond support and no outside aces beyond spades, so right now 3NT looks like a long shot.
Mel Colchamiro: 4C. Partner probably doesn't have four cards in hearts and is likely to have a stiff spade, so I'm heading toward 5C or even 6C opposite, say, Sx HJ x x DA K x x x CA x x x.
David Waterman: 3S. I can't see how we have 9 tricks in NT before the opponents get 5.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Just a punt. Need some help for 3NT so I hope this suggests that as a first priority.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Seems like the most likely game, since I can hold up in spades until the third round.
Eugene Chan: 3NT. First, I don't overcall 1NT on these types of hands (too much probability of -1100). Now I bid 3NT and hope for a push.
Eurydice Nours: 3NT. How can 3D be forcing? Not enough points to go around.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3S. I think I need to find out whether partner has a rounded-suit ace to make 5D a safe contract. 3NT is not. Hope DQ x is enough.
Allan Simon: 3H. I would not have overcalled 1NT with SA x x. Now I am screwed.
Kf Tung: 3NT. So far you want to play 3N. If partner has a distributional hand he will bid again.

5. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A K Q 7   H K 8 4   D 2   C A 9 8 6 2  
West North East South  
  Pass 1D Dbl
Pass 1H Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 8 100
2H 3 70
2C 2 50
2D 2 50
1S 0 30
Moderator: The panel firmly commit to a partscore.
Steve Robinson: 2H. If partner happens to have four spades, he should have five hearts, because you respond 1S to a takeout double with 4-4 in the majors. Holding a singleton diamond is not good for a 4-3 spade fit.
Kerri Sanborn: 2C. I think I have enough to bid again, but I could be talked into passing.
Jeff Meckstroth: Pass. I don't think we have a game. Perhaps they will balance and go for a number!
Sylvia Shi: 2D. Good hand, no primary fit. I have enough controls to make this bid even if partner may expect some more high-card points. If partner has five-plus hearts, we could have a game opposite very little.
Christopher Diamond: 1S. If this goes all pass we aren't making anything but I'll save room and try to get the hand across.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Game seems unlikely, so pass.
Eugene Chan: Pass. In this era of overcalling chunky 4 card suits, 1S is preferable to double. This is matchpoints so I am not pushing for the magic game.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. As 1H should be (very) limited, there is almost certainly no game. We might be in a 3-3 fit, but I cannot think of a safe way to end in a 7-card club fit.
Bob Kuz: Pass. Partner's probably 3-3-4-3.
Allan Simon: 2C. Pretty much textbook for this sequence.
Kf Tung: 2C. Good hand, 5 clubs. At this stage you try to find the best strain, as your hand is a little better than double and then pass 1H.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Daniel Korbel Dbl 2S 2NT 3S Pass 500
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl 2S 2H 3S Pass 490
Steve Weinstein Dbl 2S 3D 3S Pass 480
Mike Lawrence 3NT 2S 2H 3S Pass 450
Roger Lee Dbl 2H 3D 3S Pass 450
Josh Donn Dbl 3H 2NT 3S 2H 450
Sylvia Shi Dbl 2S 2NT 3S 2D 450
Barry Rigal 4D 3H 2H 3S Pass 440
Steve Robinson Dbl 3S 2NT 3S 2H 440
Larry Cohen Dbl 3H 2H 3H Pass 430
Jill Meyers Dbl 3H 3D 4C Pass 420
August Boehm 4D 2S 2H 3S 2D 410
Zach Grossack 4D 2S 2NT 3H 2C 380
Mel Colchamiro 4D 2H 3D 4C 2H 350
Kerri Sanborn 3NT 3S 2NT 4C 2C 340

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Kevin Contzen 4D 2S 2H 3S Pass 460 164.50
2.    Brad Bart 4D 3S 2NT 3S Pass 440 123.38
3.    Rod Coote 4D 2S 2H 3S 2H 430 57.58
3.    James Harris 4D 2S 2NT 4C Pass 430 57.58
3.    Joel Martineau 4D 2S 3C 3S Pass 430 57.58
6.    Norma Doucette 4D 2S 2NT 3NT Pass 420 25.46
6.    Elliott Burnell 4D 2S 2NT 3NT Pass 420 25.46
8.    Jim Bodner Dbl 2S 2H 3NT 2H 410 19.42
8.    Jack Qi Dbl 2S 3D 3S 1S 410 19.42
10.    Martin Henneberger 4D 3S 3C 3S Pass 400 15.04
10.    Alan Kemp-Gee 4D 3H 2H 4C Pass 400 15.04
10.    Bill Angus 4D 3S 2NT 4C Pass 400 15.04

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 4D 2S 2NT 3S Pass 470 108.50
2.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Dbl 3H 2H 3S 2H 440 81.38
3.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) Pass 2S 2NT 3S Pass 430 46.11
3.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 4D 3S 2H 3S Pass 430 46.11
5.    John Gillespie (Canada) 4D 2S 3D 3S 2H 420 19.89
5.    Beverley Candlish (Ontario) 4D 2S 2NT 3NT Pass 420 19.89
7.    Det Ladewig (Canada) Dbl 2S 3C 3S 2D 410 14.53
7.    Qiang Wu (China) Dbl 2S 3D 3H 2H 410 14.53
9.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 4D 2S 3D 3S 2D 400 12.06
10.    Dennis Caswell (Canada) 4D 2S 2NT 3NT 2H 390 10.85
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