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TGIF July 2019: Scores

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

Your call?

BidVotesAward
4S 5 100
5NT 4 90
4NT 3 80
5H 1 70
6H 1 70
4H 1 50
Moderator: The plurality begin with a nebulous cue-bid.
Kerri Sanborn: 4NT. I play 4NT not as ace-asking, but usually two-suited. When partner bids the expected 5C, I can either bid 6D to bring both red suits into play or bid 6H to invite seven. I would think 6H is more in keeping with this hand. If I bid 5H after 4NT, that would be a slam try.
Daniel Korbel: 5NT. Annoying opponents. We might be off two aces or we might have a grand slam, there's no easy way that I can think of to figure it out. I will correct 6C to 6D, of course, and hope for the best.
Sylvia Shi: 4S. What I'd really love to do is set trumps and bid keycard . . . I'll settle for a slam try in hearts. Hopefully with 2.5 keycards, my partner will go.
Craig T. Wilson: 4S. Slam is possible.
Anssi Rantamaa: 4S. High level Michaels?
Christopher Diamond: 5NT. If he has enough for a takeout, I'm guessing we have a red suit slam.
Larry Meyer: 5H. Assume pard has a black ace for his double, so ask him to bid 6H with 2 of the top 3 hearts.
Stuart Carr: 4NT. Raise 5H to 6H, 5D to 6D.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5H. With limited bidding space, I take this as a general slam invite rather than a second round control ask.
Paul Mcmullin: 4NT. Should be straight Blackwood - how many aces DO we have?
Hendrik Sharples: 6H. One of the few times I wish 4NT was ace asking in this sequence.
Timothy Wright: 4S. Thanks to East, Leaping Michaels is out of the picture, so the cue bid it is.
David Gordon: 4S. Make a try.
Allan Simon: 4NT. . . Blackwood by agreement with my regular partners.
Kf Tung: 6H. . . practical. Bid 6H and they will defend. 6S is a cheap sacrifice.
 


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

Your call?

BidVotesAward
3S 7 100
4S 4 80
Dbl 3 70
2S 1 60
3D 0 40
Moderator: 3S wins the popular vote.
Mike Lawrence: 3S. 3D looks like a good idea, but if partner bids 4C, I'm stuck at the four level. 3S is a big bid that may get my partner's attention while letting me play in 3S if he has a bad hand: Sx Hx x x DQ x x C9 8 7 6 5 2.
Steve Robinson: Dbl. To make 4S, all we need is to not lose two heart tricks and find the SQ. If partner has the H10 or the opposing hearts are 3-3, we'll not lose two heart tricks. I'm doubling just in case partner has hearts.
Mel Colchamiro: 4S. I can see we're nonvulnerable, but do you mean I'm supposed to stop short of game at IMPs? At matchpoints, I would settle for 3S.
Craig T. Wilson: 3S. Four-loser hand. I need as little as the SQ from partner to make game.
Larry Meyer: 2S. I need a sign of life from partner before I can bid game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. With a 4-loser hand, it doesn't really hurt to jump here.
Hendrik Sharples: 2S. I would have preferred to overcall 1S and then double 2D.
Timothy Wright: 3S. I want to give partner all sorts of reasons to bid game.
David Gordon: 2S. Bid hearts next.
Allan Simon: 3S. Giving partner an out. Game is not exactly laydown.
Kf Tung: 3S. You want to play 3S, you don't want to defend 3D.
 


3. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A Q   H A K Q J 5 4 3   D 10 4   C K J  
West North East South  
2S Pass Pass ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
3NT 11 100
4H 2 70
Dbl 2 60
3H 0 30
Moderator: Bob Hamman, world and NABC champion many, many times over: 'If you have a choice of reasonable bids and one of them is 3NT, then bid it.'
August Boehm: Dbl. Destination unknown. Maybe 3NT.
Jill Meyers: 3NT. . . and I hope for a non-diamond lead, or that partner has a diamond card. It feels like I might have nine tricks quicker than 10.
Craig T. Wilson: Dbl. . . then bid hearts. A game is possible.
Christopher Diamond: 3NT. When in doubt . . .
Larry Meyer: Dbl. I need a sign of life from partner before I can bid game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. Cold on a spade lead and should have chances otherwise.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. If it's wrong I'll claim I mis-sorted a couple of hearts in with my diamonds.
Timothy Wright: 4H. I get it. Let's bid 3NT because 9 tricks might be easier. But we could miss a heart slam that way.
David Gordon: Dbl. A bit too good for 4H.
Allan Simon: Dbl. Over 3D, I rebid 3NT. Else 4H.
Kf Tung: 3NT. One trick from partner is expected.
 


4. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S J 8 7 3 2   H 10   D A J 10 3   C 6 5 2  
West North East South  
1C Dbl 1H 1S
2H Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
3S 9 100
3H 3 70
4S 1 60
2S 1 50
3D 1 50
Pass 0 50
Moderator: The panel majority opt for 3S.
Zachary Grossack: 3S. Double by partner is likely extra values with three spades. I have a pretty resonable hand opposite that, so I will jump to three to show it.
Josh Donn: 3H. Too good for 2S or 3D, which are both weak hands, but not good enough spades for 3S. Whatever partner is doing, I'm interested.
Anssi Rantamaa: Pass. Might be our only plus.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. 1S was pretty wimpy. Sounds like he has a big balanced hand.
Larry Meyer: Pass. I have already shown my suit, and the opps are in a suit that pard has shown, so his double is for penalty.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. Since I'm better than minimum I'll show my second suit.
Hendrik Sharples: 3D. I think the second double shows extras with 3 spades so I'll try for game. I hope partner is on the same page.
Timothy Wright: 3D. Showing my shape.
David Gordon: 3D. Natural and forward going to 4S.
Allan Simon: Pass. You have to be aggressive if you want to win at matchpoints.
Kf Tung: 3D. Spades, diamonds, and a moderate hand.
 


5. IMPs. None vul.
S Q J 10 3   H A Q J 8 7   D 8   C K Q 10  
West North East South  
3C Pass Pass ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
Dbl 10 100
3NT 5 80
3H 0 60
4C 0 40
Pass 0 30
Moderator: The panel are divided between double and 3NT.
Larry Cohen: 3NT. Please don't show this to my students. Well, because you have to, explain it this way: Closing your eyes and bidding 3NT whenever it is at all possible seems to work quite well.
Roger Lee: Dbl. It looks a little strange, but getting the majors in is too important.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. I actually want to bid 3NT again. That is likely to be my next call anyway.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Hoping to find a fit in the majors, else will try 3NT.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Perfect situation for an equal-level-conversion double.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. Stuck with a blind guess I'll go for the call that pays best when it's right.
Timothy Wright: 3H. BBS does not have equal-level conversion, so pulling 3D to 3H shows a very big hand.
Allan Simon: Dbl. Over 3D I rebid 3NT.
Kf Tung: 3H. Usually about equal strength, they have clubs and you have hearts. Occasionally partner has 10 points and hearts, and you can make 4H!
 


Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Sylvia Shi 4S 3S 3NT 3S Dbl 500
Mike Lawrence 4NT 3S 3NT 3S Dbl 480
Jeff Meckstroth 4S 4S 3NT 3S Dbl 480
Zachary Grossack 4S 3S 3NT 3S 3NT 480
Daniel Korbel 5NT 4S 3NT 3S Dbl 470
Larry Cohen 4S 3S 3NT 3H 3NT 450
Barry Rigal 5NT 2S 3NT 3S Dbl 450
August Boehm 4S 3S Dbl 3S 3NT 440
Jill Meyers 5NT 3S 3NT 3D Dbl 440
Mel Colchamiro 6H 4S 3NT 3S 3NT 430
Steve Weinstein 5NT Dbl 4H 3S Dbl 430
Josh Donn 5H 3S 3NT 3H 3NT 420
Kerri Sanborn 4NT 4S Dbl 3H Dbl 390
Roger Lee 4NT Dbl 4H 4S Dbl 380
Steve Robinson 4H Dbl 3NT 2S Dbl 370
 

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Anssi Rantamaa 4S 3S 3NT Pass Dbl 450 128.63
1.    Larry Pocock 4S 3S 3NT 3D Dbl 450 128.63
3.    Martin Henneberger 4S 3S 3NT 4S 3NT 440 73.50
4.    Stephen Vincent 4S 4S 3NT Pass Dbl 430 40.43
4.    Zoran Peca 4S 2S 3NT 3H Dbl 430 40.43
6.    Brad Bart 4S 3S 4H Pass Dbl 420 22.75
6.    Andrew Krywaniuk 5H 3S 3NT 3D Dbl 420 22.75
8.    Craig T. Wilson 4S 3S Dbl 3D Dbl 410 17.35
8.    Robert Sauve 4S 3S Dbl Pass Dbl 410 17.35
10.    Christopher Diamond 5NT 2S 3NT 3D Dbl 400 14.03
10.    Stuart Carr 4NT Dbl 3NT 2S Dbl 400 14.03
 

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    John Gillespie (Canada) 4S 4S 3NT 3S Dbl 480 105.00
2.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4S 4S 3NT Pass Dbl 430 78.75
3.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 4S 2S 3NT 3S 3H 420 36.75
3.    Gerard Laquerriere (France) 6H 3S 3NT 2S Dbl 420 36.75
3.    Peter Qvist (Danmark) 5H 3S 3NT Pass Dbl 420 36.75
6.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 5NT Dbl 3NT 3D Dbl 410 17.50
7.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 5NT 3S Dbl 2S Dbl 400 15.00
8.    Paul Mcmullin (United States) 4NT 3D 4H 3S Dbl 390 11.76
8.    Allan Simon (Canada) 4NT 3S Dbl Pass Dbl 390 11.76
8.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 4S 2S 3NT 3H 3H 390 11.76
 
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