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TGIF March 2019: Scores

1. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S Q J 10 6 4 2   H Q   D K J 8 2   C K 4  
West North East South  
  1D 1S Pass
Pass Dbl Pass Pass
2C Pass Pass ?

Your call?

3D 6 100
3NT 5 90
2NT 1 60
3C 1 60
Dbl 1 60
2D 1 50
2S 0 40
Moderator: You had them, but then they wriggled off the hook. Good thing you have a diamond fit to fall back on, and stoppers in the enemy suits.
Mike Lawrence: 3NT. Hamman's Law. I have the club stopper, and even if partner has CQ x x, I want to play notrump from my side. There is no guarantee that 3NT is a make, but I can't find that out unless I bid it.
Zachary Grossack: 3D. Sad that partner couldn't double 2C, but such is life. I think that 5D might just be our best game at this point, so I'm gonna make the bid to try to get us there. I think 3D is quite descriptive: Partner will know we have at least 5 spades, four diamonds and 10-12 points.
Robert Sauve: 2NT. 12 HCP and a useful HQ.
Ralph Buckley: 3NT. I'm assuming pard's dbl shows hearts and something in clubs.
Christopher Diamond: 3NT. When in doubt, 3NT. See what a bad 4-card overcall can do?
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Just as partner protected me, I must protect partner.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2D. The panel doesn't often downgrade, but maybe they will this time.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. Sometimes there is no game. In this misfitting hand, I think we need extras from the partner, so invite.
Chris Buchanan: 3C. Forcing. With length in diamonds I do not like the look of defending 2C.
David Gordon: 3D. Downgrade to highly invitational.
Kf Tung: 3NT. Right-siding the notrump.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S Q 5   H A K Q 10 9   D 9 7 3   C A J 6  
West North East South  
    1D 1H
Pass 1S 2D ?

Your call?

Dbl 10 100
3D 3 70
2H 2 60
2S 0 60
Pass 0 30
Moderator: The panel majority double to show extras.
Larry Cohen: Dbl. In modern bridge, this means extras. And extras I have! Much more economical than 3D.
Jill Meyers: 2H. . . although I think it's close between 2H and 2S. I'm not in love with rebidding a 5-card suit, but I have too much to pass, and my hearts are so good it looks like there are 6 of them.
Steve Robinson: 3D. I think we belong in game, and this will give partner a chance to complete a description of his hand.
Ralph Buckley: 3H. Have to show pard I have an opening hand.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. Pretty much everything has flaws.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Don't want to raise with a doubleton, rebid a 5-card suit, or bid no-trump without a stopper, so I'll double to show my extra values.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. This could play well in a 5-2 fit if partner is also short in diamonds.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. What's the problem? Seems like a straightforward pass to me.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Competitive double. More than just an overcall but no suitable bid.
David Gordon: 3C. . . forward going.
Norm Tucker: 2H. Perhaps partner has 6 spades.
Kf Tung: 3C. New suit forcing and a good hand.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K 7   H A Q 8 6   D J 10 9 8 4   C 10 3  
West North East South  
1C 1S Pass ?

Your call?

1NT 8 100
2S 5 80
2D 2 60
2C 0 50
Moderator: The majority bid 1NT despite the lack of a stopper. The poor club suit never gets any respect.
Kerri Sanborn: 2D. I have way too much to pass, but no perfect bid. It's not the end of the world if I play it here, matchpoints notwithstanding.
Sylvia Shi: 1NT. I must bid and I have never been too concerned about stoppers playing 1NT. And besides . . . it's clubs! Clubs is not a suit.
Robert Sauve: 2S. SK is better than Sx x x.
Christopher Diamond: 2S. An advertisement for transfer advances?
Larry Meyer: 2D. Don't want to raise with a doubleton or bid no-trump without a stopper, so bid my 5-card suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2C. Not perfect, but a non-forcing 2D bid is also misleading.
Perry Khakhar: 2D. I'm okay with playing either in my 5-card suit, partner's suit, or the unbid major which we will discover soon. I am not crazy about playing in NT, but let's see what partner decides.
Paul Mcmullin: 2C. 1N is my second choice.
Chris Buchanan: 2D. Constructive one round force.
Michael Roberts: 2S. I hope partner doesn't like 4-card overcalls.
David Gordon: 2D. Show a new suit and forward going.
Norm Tucker: 2S. Too weak for any other encouragement.
Kf Tung: 2D. Some strength, not inclined to 1N and not inclined to 2S. Partner is welcome to pass, 2H or 2S. If partner can bid 2H, raise to 3H.

4. IMPs. None vul.
S A   H K Q 7 5 3   D A 4 3   C A K 8 7  
West North East South  
Pass 1S Pass 3C
Pass 3S Pass ?

Your call?

4S 10 100
4D 3 70
3NT 2 60
Moderator: Which game? The majority bump to 4S.
Mike Lawrence: 3NT. If 4S is our spot, partner will have a good enough suit to bid them again. Not sure that 2NT wouldn't have been a better bid. Jump shifting with a 5-4 hand is space-consuming, especially when you don't have any idea what to do after partner rebids his suit.
Barry Rigal: 4S. My partner has shown good spades and I have the equivalent of doubleton support. This is the easiest way to limit my hand and will allow partner to use his spades, whereas dummy may be entryless in 3NT.
Roger Lee: 4D. . . a bit ambiguous, but I'm intending to remove 4H to 4S to show a good 4S bid. I just have too many good cards to bid only 4S despite the singleton support.
Robert Sauve: 4S. Do we play weak jump shifts? We have all prime values, worth one more bid.
Christopher Diamond: 4S. 4D is likely to confuse.
Larry Meyer: 4S. My cards will cover partner's losers in his side suits.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. If partner has good spades then we belong in 4S; if scattered values then 3NT. Who knows?
Perry Khakhar: 4S. I think ace of trumps is better than 2 small for support! If partner has the DQ, the hand should be played from his side.
Chris Buchanan: 4S. Let's play in partner's suit.
Michael Roberts: 3NT. Yes, this might not be the best contract, but it's the most descriptive call.
Norm Tucker: 3NT. I opened and showed strength partner can go forward if he wants.

5. IMPs. Both vul.
S A K 6   H K 8 6 4 3   D Q 8 7 6 5   C ---  
West North East South  
Pass 1D Pass 1H
1NT (1) Pass 3S ?
(1) Six clubs and four spades.

Your call?

4C 9 100
4S 2 70
5C 3 70
5D 1 60
Dbl 0 60
3NT 0 50
4D 0 30
Moderator: West has been very helpful in giving us a road map to bid and play this hand. But first we have to get wherever we're going.
Steve Weinstein: 4C. . . an ambiguous force. It sounds like partner is at most 2-2 in the majors, so we need very little for slam. I'll bid 4S over either 4D or 4H. Hopefully partner will get the message that I have diamond support eventually. Maybe when I bid 6D. Or correct his 6H back to 7D.
Mel Colchamiro: 4S. Partner is almost certain to have five cards in diamonds, given no support double, and at most two spades, given the opposition bidding. My second choice is 6D, though I'm a little worried about bad splits and the lack of the D10.
Josh Donn: 5C. This has to show club shortness and diamond support. It seems perfect for this hand. We don't need to worry about hearts after partner didn't make a support double.
Robert Sauve: 5D. Bid what I think we can make.
Christopher Diamond: 6D. Support doubles here? If so, he's like 1-2 in the majors. Could be missing 7.
Larry Meyer: 4D. First and second round control in both of their suits, but our suits look porous.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5C. Exclusion keycard. This could reasonably be in hearts or diamonds (or both by agreement).
Perry Khakhar: 4D. I think that we may have a slam in diamonds! 4D should be forward going. Let's see what partner does.
Chris Buchanan: 4C. Tell me more partner.
Norm Tucker: 4D. My partner would approve, my hand has good value.
Kf Tung: 5C. Diamond support, and must be void in clubs!

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Steve Weinstein 3D Dbl 1NT 4S 4C 500
Zachary Grossack 3D Dbl 1NT 4S 4C 500
Josh Donn 3D Dbl 1NT 4S 5C 470
Larry Cohen 3NT Dbl 1NT 4D 4C 460
Kerri Sanborn 3D Dbl 2D 4S 4C 460
Sylvia Shi 3D 2H 1NT 4S 4C 460
Mel Colchamiro 3D Dbl 2S 4S 4S 450
August Boehm 3NT Dbl 2S 3NT 4C 430
Steve Robinson 3NT 3D 1NT 4S 4S 430
Roger Lee 2NT Dbl 1NT 4D 4C 430
Daniel Korbel 2D Dbl 1NT 4D 4C 420
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl Dbl 2S 4S 5C 410
Barry Rigal 3C 3D 2S 4S 4C 410
Jill Meyers 3NT 2H 2S 4S 5D 390
Mike Lawrence 3NT 3D 2D 3NT 5C 350

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Martin Henneberger 3D Dbl 1NT 4S 4C 500 161.00
2.    Laurence Betts 3D Dbl 2S 4S 4S 450 120.75
3.    Anssi Rantamaa 2NT 2H 1NT 4S 4C 420 48.97
3.    Michael Dimich 2S Dbl 2S 4S 4C 420 48.97
3.    Kai Zhou 3NT Dbl 2D 4S 4S 420 48.97
3.    Aidan Ballantyne 3D 3D 2C 4S 4C 420 48.97
7.    Brad Bart 2D Dbl 1NT 3NT 4C 410 21.56
7.    David Waterman 2NT 3D 2S 4S 4C 410 21.56
9.    Stephen Vincent 3D Dbl Pass 4S 4C 400 16.99
9.    Ernie Dietrich 2S 2S 1NT 4S 4C 400 16.99
11.    Monica Angus 3D Pass 2D 4S 4C 390 14.64
12.    Eurydice Nours 3NT 3D 2D 3NT 4C 380 12.43
12.    Zoran Peca Dbl 3D 2S 4S 4S 380 12.43
12.    Arun Chopra 3D Dbl 2S 4NT 4C 380 12.43

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Qiang Wu (China) 3D Dbl 2D 4S 4C 460 108.50
2.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 3NT Dbl 1NT 3NT 4C 450 81.38
3.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3C Dbl 1NT 4D 4C 430 54.25
4.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 3D Dbl 2D 3NT 4C 420 29.84
4.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 3C Dbl 2D 4S 4C 420 29.84
6.    Paul Mcmullin (United States) 3D 2H 2C 4S 4C 410 15.72
6.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 2D Dbl 2D 4S 4C 410 15.72
6.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 2NT Dbl 2S 4S 5C 410 15.72
9.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 3D Dbl Pass 4S 4C 400 12.06
10.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 3D Pass 2D 4S 4C 390 9.53
10.    John Gillespie (Canada) 3D Pass 2D 4S 4C 390 9.53
10.    Alex Wang (Taiwan, Roc) 2NT Dbl 2D 4S 5C 390 9.53
10.    Adam Chang (Taiwan) 3D 3D 2D 3NT 4C 390 9.53
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