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TGIF June 2019: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A K 6 5   H 4   D 5   C K 8 7 6 5 4 2  
West North East South  
3H 3NT Pass ?

Your call?

4C 13 100
Pass 2 80
5C 1 50
4H 0 30
4NT 0 30
6C 0 20
Moderator: This problem highlights an often undiscussed area for many partnerships.
Larry Cohen: 4C. It's tempting to just bid 6C, but might as well start with Stayman (no, this is not Gerber) in case partner has something like SQ J x x HA Q x DA x x CA x x. Many players use 4C as an ask.
Steve Robinson: Pass. I have no way to show this hand, so I'll hope that 3NT is our best contract. Partner could have: SQ J x HK x DA K Q J x x x Cx.
David Walker: 6C. The 3NT is for minors!
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Too many hand types to go fishing.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Slam seems unlikely, so stick with 3NT instead of looking for 5C.
Stephen Vincent: 6C. A punt but there's no room for science.
Perry Khakhar: 4C. I believe that 6C may be there. I need to investigate. Luckily, my partners and I have a rule that removing freely bid 3NT to 4 of a minor shows that hand.
Paul Mcmullin: 6C. Unless we have the sensible agreement that 4C over 3NT is ALWAYS Blackwood, then 4C!
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. 3NT ends all auctions?
Timothy Wright: 4H. Without defined methods over 3NT, this is a guess.
David Gordon: 4C. Natural slam try.
Joel Forssell: 6C. Very unlikely that North holds 4 spades.
Kf Tung: Pass. 430 beats 420 or 400, and frequently it is 430.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 5   H A K Q 8 3   D J 8   C 10 9 7 6 5  
West North East South  
Pass 1D Pass 1H
Pass 3D 3S ?

Your call?

4S 5 100
4C 5 90
5D 1 80
4D 4 60
4H 1 60
4NT 0 30
Moderator: The real mystery in this auction is what East holds to pass up the opportunity to overcall 1S, but freely enters the auction at the three level. And how annoying it is!
Daniel Korbel: 4S. Well, well, well, look at East being a comedian. I've got a very strong hand for diamonds; I'm tempted to bid an unsounds Roman key card Blackwood 4NT and just try to place the contract. But I'll leave partner in the game with a 4S cuebid; because I have only one key card, if he signs off in 5D, I can comfortably respect that.
Josh Donn: 5D. The 3S bid is very well-timed. Of course I want to double to show this, but I think double of a delayed overcall is for penalty and that 4D is not forcing in competition, so I just have to pick a contract.
Sylvia Shi: 4C. Was East asleep the first time? I can't pass, can't bid 3NT . . . in this stupid auction, double is surely penalty . . . I guess that leaves me to bid my other suit.
David Waterman: 4S. Very tough. Maybe I should just bid 5D.
Christopher Diamond: 4D. I think a pass should be forcing here. I'm probably alone.
Larry Meyer: 4D. After pard jumps in his suit, should support with doubleton honour.
Perry Khakhar: 4C. Possibly get to 4H! 4NT, 5D are also possible. 3NT is not!
Paul Mcmullin: 4NT. Hopefully, RKC for diamonds.
Hendrik Sharples: 4S. Too good for 5D I think, but it's close. I wish 4D was forcing.
Timothy Wright: Pass. They have stumbled into their fit, but I want to give partner a chance to bid 3NT.
David Gordon: 4C. I can always bid 5D to sign off.
Kf Tung: 4C. We have strength and length in hearts, diamonds and clubs.

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

Your call?

Pass 9 100
1NT 2 80
1S 4 80
Dbl 1 50
3C 0 0
Moderator: Pass is an overwhelming favourite.
Mike Lawrence: 1S. The one thing I have going for this bid is that if partner has four spades, he will raise me in some fashion 90% of the time. Because passing and bidding don't offer a certain success, I like 1S because it may hinder their bidding. Let's both of us guess.
Kerri Sanborn: Pass. I'm betting that I get another chance. Nothing describes this hand yet.
Jeff Meckstroth: 1NT. It is absolutely necessary to bid immediately. I think this is the best option to get us to the correct game.
Robert Sauve: Pass. What else?
Christopher Diamond: Pass. I'd actually probably overcall 1NT just like a lot of the panel who won't.
Larry Meyer: 1S. I will say that I had a club mixed in with my spades.
Perry Khakhar: 1NT. Hope they don't lead diamonds! No clear way to define this hand and I do not want 50 a pop or introduce a trap pass after some number of diamonds have been bid.
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. Now that I'm a real senior I can no longer bid 1NT on these hands.
Timothy Wright: 1S. Passing, hoping to back into a natural 2C, risks them finding a heart fit and jamming the auction.
Kf Tung: 1S. . . keeps the bidding alive and you can reach a possible 4S.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A Q 10 4   H K Q 10 2   D 10 6 5 2   C 6  
West North East South  
1D 2C Pass ?

Your call?

2NT 9 100
2D 3 70
2H 3 70
Pass 1 60
2S 0 50
3NT 0 30
Moderator: The majority opt for 2NT.
Steve Weinstein: 2D. I want to make a negative double, but they tell me I can't double my partner. This seems closest. Partner will expect club support, but hopefully he can bid a major or notrump and not bury me. If I bid 2NT, there's a good chance we end up in 3C anyway.
August Boehm: 2NT. I'm missing a club and a secure diamond stopper, but the hand has too much potential to pass. We will still find a 4-4 major-suit fit if partner has enough to continue.
Mel Colchamiro: 2H. I like to play that 2D always (95% of the time) shows support, so I'm going with 2H, which usually shows five; it seems to cover the bases and keeps our options open. A 4-3 fit may play well here, with the taps coming in partner's hand.
David Waterman: Pass. An easy pass at matchpoints.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. 2NT forcing? No? OK, 2NT because nobody bids 4 card suits.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. If pard has the DJ, we probably have diamonds stopped.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. I have to make some sort of noise here.
Perry Khakhar: 2D. Maybe partner has a side 4-card major!
Timothy Wright: 2NT. 2H or 2S is nonforcing, and 2D guarantees a fit. So I have to bid 2NT or risk missing game.
David Gordon: 2NT. Ten-fourth is a stopper isn't it?
Kf Tung: 2H. Describe your hand's overall strength, and strength in hearts.

5. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S 3   H 6 4 2   D ---   C A K 9 7 6 5 4 3 2  
West North East South  
  1H Pass ?

Your call?

2C 12 100
5C 3 80
6C 1 60
1NT 0 40
2H 0 20
Moderator: A simple 2C is the majority vote.
Larry Cohen: 5C. No interest in playing in any denomination other than clubs. Also, might keep the opponents out as opposed to some other call. This hand does not rate to handle well in hearts.
Jill Meyers: 2C. Short on high-card points to force to game, but strong in offense.
Zachary Grossack: 6C. I'm so sure that this is what I would do at the table that I am willing to put it into publication. You're never gonna learn what you need to know. Perhaps if 5C is natural, then OK. But I know two things: This hand MUST play in clubs (or notrump, but not hearts), and science is only minimally helpful on hands with crazy distributions. Let them lead.
Ralph Buckley: 4D. Splinter and then see what pard does next.
Robert Sauve: 2C. Never had a nine card suit . . . bid with my fur hat.
Christopher Diamond: 2C. Likely bidding 5C but we got through without a space consuming call so, slowly.
Larry Meyer: 2C. Make a natural forcing bid to start a conversation to look for game or slam.
Perry Khakhar: 1NT. An absolute misuse of the forcing NT, but 5C may be mistaken for a heart fit with a void.
Paul Mcmullin: 2C. Might as well start by bidding partner's void!
Hendrik Sharples: 2C. Nine bagger is trump for now. I don't know what a direct 5C shows in ACBL standard, nor do I know if it would be the right call on this hand.
Leonid Bossis: 5C. Natural to play. Should not be Exclusion Blackwood without special agreement.
Timothy Wright: 2C. The fewer clubs partner has, the more important it will be to have them be trumps.
David Gordon: 2C. Game force.
Kf Tung: 2C. . . and more and more clubs later.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jill Meyers 4C 4S Pass 2NT 2C 500
Daniel Korbel 4C 4S Pass 2NT 2C 500
Sylvia Shi 4C 4C Pass 2NT 2C 490
Jeff Meckstroth 4C 4C 1NT 2NT 2C 470
Kerri Sanborn 4C 4S Pass 2H 2C 470
Brad Theurer 4C 4C Pass 2NT 5C 470
Barry Rigal 4C 4C Pass 2D 2C 460
Steve Weinstein 4C 4C Pass 2D 2C 460
Josh Donn 4C 5D Pass 2H 2C 450
Zachary Grossack 4C 4S 1S 2NT 6C 440
Mel Colchamiro 4C 4S 1NT 2H 5C 430
Larry Cohen 4C 4D 1S 2NT 5C 420
Steve Robinson Pass 4H 1S 2NT 2C 420
Roger Lee 4C 4D Pass Pass 2C 420
August Boehm Pass 4D Dbl 2NT 2C 390
Mike Lawrence 5C 4D 1S 2D 2C 360

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Rod Coote 4C 5D Pass 2NT 2C 480 125.56
1.    Jack Qi Pass 4S Pass 2NT 2C 480 125.56
3.    Martin Henneberger 4C 4S Pass 2D 2C 470 71.75
4.    Monica Angus 4C 4S Pass Pass 2C 460 50.23
5.    Brad Bart Pass 4D Pass 2NT 2C 440 24.37
5.    Christopher Diamond Pass 4D Pass 2NT 2C 440 24.37
5.    Daniel Lyder Pass 4D Pass 2NT 2C 440 24.37
8.    Joel Martineau Pass 4S 1S 2D 2C 430 17.94
9.    Larry Meyer Pass 4D 1S 2NT 2C 420 14.45
9.    Zoran Peca Pass 4C 1NT 2D 2C 420 14.45
9.    David Waterman Pass 4S 1S Pass 2C 420 14.45

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    David Gordon (Canada) 4C 4C Pass 2NT 2C 490 101.50
2.    Qiang Wu (China) 4C 5D Pass 2NT 2C 480 63.44
2.    Hendrik Sharples (USA) Pass 4S Pass 2NT 2C 480 63.44
4.    Alex Wang (Taiwan, Roc) Pass 4C Pass 2NT 2C 470 35.53
5.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 4C 5D Pass 2NT 5C 460 20.30
6.    Bob Todd (Canada) Pass 4C Pass 2NT 5C 450 15.71
6.    Adam Chang (Taiwan) 4C 4C Pass Pass 2C 450 15.71
8.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 4C 4D 1S 2NT 2C 440 11.98
8.    Gerard Laquerriere (France) Pass 5D 1NT 2NT 2C 440 11.98
10.    Kf Tung (China) Pass 4C 1S 2H 2C 420 9.69
10.    Roy Bolton (Canada) Pass 5D Pass Pass 2C 420 9.69
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