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TGIF February 2019: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A K J 8 6 4 3   H K J 10 4   D A   C 9  
West North East South  
Pass 1NT Pass ?

Your call?

3H 10 100
4S 4 80
2H 0 50
3S 0 50
Moderator: The powerful offensive nature of this hand rockets most of the panelists to a 3H jump shift.
Barry Rigal: 4S. I'd like a little delicate modern science. Not too modern --- Jeff Rubens' elixir is probably 40 years old: 3C puppets 3D, now 3H shows at least 5 spades, exactly 4 hearts and game forcing. Failing that, I'll sulkily bid 4S and complain about my bad luck if this doesn't work.
Zachary Grossack: 3H. . . sets a game force and gives partner a 3S bid, over which I can cuebid. I will comfortably correct 3NT to 4S. This way we get to hearts when partner is 0-5 in the majors.
David Waterman: 3H. . . and 4S over 3NT. A good partner will never raise to 4H with only 3 trumps.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Looks like a GF. Could emphasize spades but he could have a lot of hearts.
Stephen Vincent: 4S. Someone once told me that 7-4 is not a 2 suiter.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Force to game and tell pard about my second suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. This hand evaluates as 8.5 tricks, despite being a few HCP short.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. 4 LTC, 3.5 QTs, I think the strong jump shift stands out. Over 3NT, I will take it out to 4S, but that is the next round of bids. Let's see if partner can surprise us by raising hearts!
Chris Buchanan: 3H. My real answer is 3C (artificial and GF) as I play 3H here as 5-5 but most do not. I feel there is too much playing strength not to force to game.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. I would have opened this 4-loser hand 2C to create a forcing situation. Now I hope for a useful cue.
David Gordon: 3H. Follow up with a spade bid.
Mike Roberts: 3H. I'm not stopping below game, and will bid hearts on the way to 4S.
Kf Tung: 3H. If there is a heart fit, a grand slam is palpable!

2. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S K Q   H K Q 10   D 8 7 2   C 10 9 7 3 2  
West North East South  
  1S Dbl Rdbl
Pass 2H 3D ?

Your call?

4H 4 100
4D 4 90
3H 3 80
Pass 3 80
3S 0 60
Moderator: A divisive hand.
Larry Cohen: 4H. Too much for only 3H. I expect partner to have 5 hearts (hard to picture him running in front of me with only 4). Yes, 4D might be touted as choice of games, but that is asking too much of partner, who might think it is a control bid in support of hearts.
Steve Robinson: Pass. Partner showed a weak hand with majors. Partner can't pass 3D, so I will see what he has in the majors. Game is good if partner has: SA J x x x HA J x x x Dx Cx x. He could also be 6-4 in the majors and will bid 3S, which I'll raise to 4S.
Kerri Sanborn: 4D. I hope 4D is a choice of games. Partner's preempt of 2H is used to show weakness and distribution, so our hands should match up well. I prefer to play a 6-2 spade fit over a 4-3 or 5-3 heart contract.
Sylvia Shi: 3H. Sounds like partner has a weak 5-5. I'm not defending 3D, so I'll raise in my better major.
David Walker: Pass. Partner knows I have 10 points.
David Waterman: 4H. He must be 5-5 to bid like this.
Christopher Diamond: 3S. Sounds like shapely and weak. Probably has 5 hearts but that's not a lock. I'm hoping to get 4H in next. We might not be able to beat their 5 of a minor however.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. My honours fit so beautifully I'm tempted to bid more but bad breaks are more likely than usual.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Good cards in both of pard's suits argues for offense, not defense.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. Partner is likely to have 5-5 shape to bid here.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. My partners have 5-5 in this auction. All of my values are working, but the taps could be deadly, so I will show my support for now and let partner decide on game.
Chris Buchanan: 4S. I love my values for partner's suits. I think partner can handle the tap better in a 5-2 fit rather than a potential 4-3.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Partner has all the information to suggest something (if we have good agreements about what his double would mean).
Timothy Wright: 3S. Partner will have an easier time scrambling for tricks in her 5-2 spade fit than her likely 4-3 heart fit.
Joel Forssell: Dbl. Penalty.
Mike Roberts: 3H. I wish pass was forcing, but I don't believe it is.
Kf Tung: Pass. Now partner can show 5-5 or 6-4.

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

Your call?

3H 5 100
2H 4 90
3S 1 70
4S 2 70
2S 1 50
4H 1 50
Moderator: Another 3H jump shift by many panelists.
August Boehm: 3H. The playing strength outweighs the high-card points. I'm willing to play 4S over a 3NT rebid --- I've been overboard before.
Jill Meyers: 4S. Not fussing around with hearts on this hand.
Josh Donn: 2H. . . hoping partner won't pass when we have game and otherwise leaving myself well placed.
David Waterman: 3H. See my answer to problem 1.
Christopher Diamond: 3S. Almost looks like the companion to problem 2. Going to emphasize spades here and risk a pass since even an 8 card heart fit could get messy with a bad break.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Intending to rebid hearts next time to complete my picture.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. Show my other suit. From the lack of bidding, I can infer partner has a misfitting maximum.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. The discrepancy in suit quality will make me treat the hearts as a 4 card suit. I don't think any jumps are warranted.
Chris Buchanan: 2H. We like this hand because we are 7-5 and we have the room to show it, so pitter patter.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2H. I won't miss a game if he passes (probably).
Timothy Wright: 2H. I want to go low facing a likely misfit.
Joel Forssell: 2H. Planning to rebid hearts.
Mike Roberts: 3S. This feels like the medium option, and the S9 swung me.
Kf Tung: 2H. Will partner bid a ruthless 3D?

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S K Q 9 6 5 4 2   H Q J 10   D K 2   C 5  
West North East South  
  1H 2D 2S
3C Pass 3D ?

Your call?

4H 7 100
3H 4 80
4D 2 70
3S 1 60
4S 0 50
Moderator: The majority of the panel commit to hearts. Game in hearts.
Mike Lawrence: 4H. 3H and 3S would not be forcing.
Barry Rigal: 3H. Yes, this looks ridiculously cowardly, but with no aces, I suspect game will be a struggle if my partner passes.
Mel Colchamiro: 3S. Seems like partner has clubs because West doesn't seem to have diamonds, so 1-5-3-4 is certainly possible. So is 1-5-2-5. But so is 2-5-2-4. So my choice is between 4D (choice of games, I hope) and 3S, to be followed by 4H if I get the chance. Difficult problem.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. No aces suggest slowing down. It's pick your major and level day.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Support with support.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4H. This hand keeps improving with each bid the opponents make. My main worry is the spade ruff.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. My hand should provide partner with a decent chance to make this contract. Even if partner has Sx HA K 9 8 x Dx x x CA x x x where slam is possible opposite this dummy, too many handling charges for my liking. Now, if I had four hearts, I might try.
Chris Buchanan: 4H. Now I have told my story: Good spade suit, want to be in game, heart support.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4S. Don't need much more than 2 tricks from partner. Prefer spades to keep control.
Timothy Wright: 4H. It's a guess between major-suit games.
Kf Tung: 4H. Reasonable game.

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

Your call?

Dbl 8 100
4D 3 70
5D 3 70
3D 0 50
2D 0 30
Moderator: A majority of the panelists pause to show four hearts before taking aim for the moon in diamonds.
Steve Weinstein: Dbl. I don't love it, but I don't love anything else.
Kerri Sanborn: 4D. Bidding the limit, leaving the rest to partner.
Jeff Meckstroth: 5D. Try for a home run and shut out a spade raise at a comfortable level. Risky bid --- can't resist at favourable vulnerability.
David Waterman: Dbl. Don't tell me it goes all pass!
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. All those fit counters are probably going to make my next bid at the 4 level at least. It might just be best to preempt with this quacky trash. But if I can get most of my hand in maybe pard might know what to do later.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Look for the possible heart fit - it could be a double-fit hand.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. There is no sense in trying to preempt the opponents out of spades. Take it slow so we can gauge the need to sac.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Classic negative double. The issues will come on the next round of bidding where we might find ourselves in a spades vs hearts fight. But I am planning on being optimistic for now.
Chris Buchanan: 5D. Ah, how many diamonds to bid? My preference is 5D. I won't argue with 3D but 4D cannot be correct.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. . . and later support diamonds vigorously!
Timothy Wright: Dbl. It could be better to preempt in diamonds here, but partner might be the one preempted.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Anything else is masterminding.
Kf Tung: 5D. Make or save!

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
August Boehm 3H 4H 3H 4H Dbl 500
Mike Lawrence 3H 3H 3H 4H Dbl 480
Daniel Korbel 3H Pass 3H 4H Dbl 480
Larry Cohen 3H 4H 4S 4H Dbl 470
Josh Donn 3H 3H 2H 4H Dbl 470
Zachary Grossack 3H 4D 3S 4H Dbl 460
Kerri Sanborn 3H 4D 2H 4H 4D 450
Sylvia Shi 3H 3H 2H 3H Dbl 450
Jill Meyers 3H 4H 4S 3H 4D 420
Jeff Meckstroth 4S 4D 3H 4D 5D 410
Barry Rigal 4S Pass 3H 3H 4D 410
Mel Colchamiro 4S 4H 2H 3S 5D 400
Steve Weinstein 4S 4D 4H 4D Dbl 390
Steve Robinson 3H Pass 2S 3H 5D 380

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    David Waterman 3H 4H 3H 4H Dbl 500 161.00
2.    Martin Henneberger 4S 4H 2H 4H Dbl 470 85.87
2.    Kai Zhou 3H 3H 2H 4H Dbl 470 85.87
2.    Andrew Krywaniuk 3H 3H 2H 4H Dbl 470 85.87
5.    Michael Dimich 3H Pass 2H 3H Dbl 450 25.54
5.    Larry Pocock 4S 4H 2H 3H Dbl 450 25.54
5.    Monica Angus 3H 3H 2H 3H Dbl 450 25.54
5.    Gary Gilraine 3H 3S 2H 4H Dbl 450 25.54
9.    Larry Meyer 3H 3S 2H 3H Dbl 430 15.51
9.    Joel Martineau 3H 3S 2H 3H Dbl 430 15.51
9.    Susan Bleakney 4S 3H 3S 4H Dbl 430 15.51
9.    Ralph Buckley 4S 3H 3S 4H Dbl 430 15.51

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 3H 3H 2H 4H Dbl 470 73.50
1.    David Gordon (Canada) 3H 3H 2H 4H Dbl 470 73.50
1.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 3H 3H 2H 4H Dbl 470 73.50
4.    Paul Mcmullin (United States) 4S 3H 2H 4H Dbl 450 19.30
4.    Hari Ajmani (United States) 3H Pass 2H 3H Dbl 450 19.30
4.    Mike Roberts (United States) 3H 3H 3S 4H Dbl 450 19.30
4.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 3H 3S 2H 4H Dbl 450 19.30
4.    Qiang Wu (China) 3H Pass 2H 3H Dbl 450 19.30
9.    Kf Tung (China) 3H Pass 2H 4H 5D 440 10.89
10.    Gerard Laquerriere (France) 4S 3H 2H 3H Dbl 430 8.28
10.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 4S 3H 4S 4H Dbl 430 8.28
10.    Diane Bolton (Canada) 4S 3H 3S 4H Dbl 430 8.28
10.    Hendrik Sharples (United States) 4S 3H 2H 3H Dbl 430 8.28
10.    Adam Chang (Taiwan) 3H 3S 2H 3H Dbl 430 8.28
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