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TGIF August 2019: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S A K 8 7   H 4 3   D J 8 7 3 2   C 8 7  
West North East South  
  1NT 3C ?

Your call?

Dbl 12 100
3D 2 60
Pass 0 50
3NT 0 30
Moderator: Nobody passes. With two places to play, the panel prefer the negative double.
Mike Lawrence: Dbl. This is not a happy moment. One solution is to double for takeout. Double shows these approximate values. Partner usually bids something, but he can pass if that looks best. If he passes, I have two tricks. This is an imperfect solution. If partner bids 3H, I will have another problem.
Josh Donn: 3D. Not that I want to emphasize the diamonds or anything, but it gives me the easy 3S bid if partner bids 3H. Double runs the risk of partner bidding 4H.
Ronald Corber: Dbl. Stolen bid.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Don't know what it means so it has to be the expert answer.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Take the likely plus instead of chasing rainbows.
Gary Harper: 3D. Wishing we find a spade fit and hoping we don't have wasted club values. 3S over the likely 3H response should describe my hand.
Stuart Carr: Dbl. Not sure if negative or penalty, but either works.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. This could easily get us too high, but I'm too strong to pass.
Arun Chopra: Dbl. . . to be played as Stayman.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Pre-empts work! No logical bids, or a better than 50% chance at a plus score. 3D is foolhardy at best.
Hendrik Sharples: Dbl. . . negative. I’ll bid 3S over 3H and hope we survive.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. . . not defined here for some strange reason so I have to assume it's negative.
David Gordon: Dbl. Over 3H response I can bid 3S to show this.
Veljko Vujcic: Dbl. If Dbl is negative then Dbl; if Dbl is penalty then also Dbl.
Allan Simon: Dbl. . . takeout. Over the likely 3H, bid 3NT.
Kf Tung: 3D. Partner can pass reluctantly, and go on to explore with a suitable hand.

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

Your call?

Pass 6 100
2NT 5 90
2C 3 70
1NT 0 50
2D 0 30
Moderator: This is a repeat of problem 5 from the January 2019 contest, but curiously not mentioned by the ACBL moderator or any panelist. The vote there was Pass (7), 2C (5), 2NT (2).
Larry Cohen: Pass. I've had good luck with this sort of action --- and if nothing else, it makes my opponents think twice about overcalling in the future. Yes, ACBL allows a 1NT opening with this hand, but please tell me nobody suggested that it would be right.
Barry Rigal: 2NT. I realize this may look extreme, but this is as much an overbid as 2C is an underbid. Passing for penalty might well be right, but facing, for example, a 1-4-4-4 hand, this would look very silly.
Roger Lee: 2C. 2NT has too many flaws and the spades aren't good enough to pass. 2D isn't a real option to me.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. Saw this before, passed with the vuls switched.
Larry Meyer: 1NT. Deny hearts and show the spade stopper.
Gary Harper: 1NT. I'll bet I'm not the only one wishing I had opened 1NT. Figure I'll need further signs of life from partner to make game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1NT. Stay low with a possible misfit and no fillers. Partner can correct to 2D if needed.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. I'm getting a slight sense of deja vu looking at this problem.
Perry Khakhar: 1NT. Some may have opened this hand 1NT. I wouldn't because of the aces. However, you have no real choice here. I am not happy to bid 2D with this suit.
Hendrik Sharples: 2C. Now I wish I would have opened 1NT.
David Gordon: 2NT. Strong spade spots and fifth diamond upgrade to slightly offshape 2NT.
Allan Simon: Pass. An inelegant minus 160 is possible.
Kf Tung: 2NT. Invite 3N.

3. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A K Q 2   H K   D A 9 8 5 4 3   C A 10  
West North East South  
3C Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
3NT 5 80
3D 0 40
3S 0 40
Moderator: With a fistful of points, the majority of the panel start with double. The minority invoke Hamman's Rule: 3NT.
Steve Robinson: Dbl. If partner jumps to 4H, which is the worst response, I'll try 5D. If he doesn't bid 4H, we'll be in a better position.
Kerri Sanborn: 3NT. At first I considered 4D, leaping Michaels --- after all, I do have 10 cards in my two suits --- but I'm too likely to wind up in a poor spade contract. This way, partner can transfer to a 6-card heart suit or bid Stayman.
Craig T. Wilson: Dbl. . . intending to bid diamonds if partner bids 3H. It's a four loser hand.
Ronald Corber: Dbl. If partner bids hearts, I'll say spades.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. What experts do when they don't know what to do.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. If you have a choice of reasonable bids and one of them is 3NT, then bid it.
Gary Harper: Dbl. Plan to bid 3NT over the inevitable 3H response but sometimes partner cooperates with spades.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Bid an awkward 4D over the inevitable 3H response and hope partner can introduce spades with a maximum.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. I hope partner can bid a major. If spades, easy! If 3H, I will bid 3S. I am not showing that diamond suit as a double-and-bid suit.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. No bid is appealing here.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. There is a risk that partner leaps to 4H, but we need to keep the pointed suits in play.
David Gordon: Dbl. Good hands start with Dbl.
Veljko Vujcic: 4D. Because of the jump partner should figure out I have a major as well.
Allan Simon: 3NT. I can't justify this bid but the alternatives are worse. I hate double, what if partner jumps to 4H?
Kf Tung: 3D. The stiff HK has a dubious value. With this vulnerability 3D shows 8 tricks, which you can expect.

4. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A 9 4 3 2   H A 3   D ---   C A K Q J 10 7  
West North East South  
    1S ?

Your call?

2C 8 100
Dbl 6 80
3NT 0 50
Pass 0 30
Moderator: The panel are almost evenly split between a simple 2C overcall, and a double-then-bid sequence.
Jeff Meckstroth: 2C. It's too awkward to start with double. I want to bid clubs in case partner, who is short in spades, has a fit.
Daniel Korbel: Dbl. This hand is too strong for a 2C overcall; I don't want to start a hand this strong by passing; that leaves double.
Craig T. Wilson: Dbl. . . then bid clubs. It's a three loser hand.
Ronald Corber: 5C. Too strong for a simple overcall. Partner is short on spades, so we can ruff.
Anssi Rantamaa: Dbl. If partner says diamonds then 3NT, otherwise next bid is 5C.
Christopher Diamond: 2C. . . won't end the auction. Since I'm not an expert I'd probably just bid 6C at the table.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. The big double, planning to bid clubs next.
Gary Harper: Dbl. Will continue with clubs and could very well end up in 3NT but couldn't bring myself to bid it initially with 6-5 and a void.
Stuart Carr: Dbl. Expect to get to 3NT, or 5C/6C.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Don't risk the auction dying in 2C.
Stephen Vincent: 2C. Start slowly: I trust there will be more bidding.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. I considered bidding 3NT directly, but we could easily miss 6C (Sx HK x x x x DK J x Cx x x x). I am willing to show this monster by bidding clubs as high as I need to at my second turn.
Hendrik Sharples: 2C. If I was 20 (40?) years younger I’d try 3NT.
Timothy Wright: 2C. Telling partner where we live. If she has support, we don't need much for slam.
David Gordon: Dbl. Too good to overcall.
Allan Simon: 3NT. Matchpoints made me do it.
Kf Tung: Dbl. 6C is within grasp if West holds a weak hand. Start with the double for exploration.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S J 10 3   H 6 3   D A 6   C K Q J 10 7 2  
West North East South  
3H 4H Pass ?

Your call?

4S 11 100
5S 2 60
6C 1 60
5C 0 50
5H 0 20
Moderator: It's a slam dunk to take the low road opposite a [likely] Michaels bid.
August Boehm: 4S. Craven perhaps, but high enough if partner is trading on his distribution. Besides, stronger bids carry ambiguity --- does a jump to 5S ask about heart control or general strength? 4S avoids complications.
Ronald Corber: 5C. If he corrects to diamonds, I'll mention my spades.
Christopher Diamond: 4S. Bad splits and most of your hand is likely useless. Then pard shows up with a black 2-suiter.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Assuming pard showed spades and a minor, let's play game at the 4-level.
Gary Harper: 6C. Science be damned. Hopefully Laurence [Betts] will enter this month and I'll have some company in bidding what I think we can make.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5S. Probably a quantitative slam try in this auction.
Alan Kemp-Gee: 5C. Michael's?
Stephen Vincent: 4S. I don't want to hang partner for being enterprising.
Perry Khakhar: 5H. I hope this conveys a good hand with 2 quick heart losers!
Hendrik Sharples: 4S. Slam might be making but there is no safety at the 5 level.
David Gordon: 4S. Too many wasted values.
Veljko Vujcic: 5S. Without detailed discussion about nature of 4H (whether it shows heart control), 5S asks for the control.
Allan Simon: 4S. Staying fixed.
Kf Tung: 6C. Partner can work out that you cannot bid 6C without your 6 card suit and your side ace. 6C is safer than 6S, and 7C has the best percentage play for the grand slam contracts.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Larry Cohen Dbl Pass Dbl 2C 4S 500
Sylvia Shi Dbl 2NT Dbl 2C 4S 490
Zachary Grossack Dbl 2NT Dbl 2C 4S 490
Mel Colchamiro Dbl Pass Dbl Dbl 4S 480
Daniel Korbel Dbl Pass Dbl Dbl 4S 480
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl 2NT 3NT 2C 4S 470
Steve Robinson Dbl 2C Dbl 2C 4S 470
Josh Donn 3D Pass Dbl 2C 4S 460
Jill Meyers Dbl 2C 3NT 2C 4S 450
Roger Lee Dbl 2C 3NT 2C 4S 450
Mike Lawrence Dbl Pass Dbl Dbl 6C 440
August Boehm 3D 2NT Dbl Dbl 4S 430
Kerri Sanborn Dbl Pass 3NT Dbl 5S 420
Barry Rigal Dbl 2NT 3NT Dbl 5S 410

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Christopher Diamond Dbl 2NT Dbl 2C 4S 490 143.50
2.    Stephen Vincent Dbl Pass 3NT 2C 4S 480 107.63
3.    Martin Henneberger Dbl 2C 3NT 2C 4S 450 71.75
4.    Brad Bart Dbl Pass Dbl Dbl 5S 440 50.23
5.    Rod Coote 3D 2NT Dbl Dbl 4S 430 22.76
5.    Anssi Rantamaa Dbl 1NT Dbl Dbl 4S 430 22.76
5.    Jack Aaron 3D 2NT Dbl Dbl 4S 430 22.76
5.    Daniel Lyder Dbl 2NT Dbl Dbl 6C 430 22.76
9.    Zoran Peca Dbl 2D Dbl Dbl 4S 410 15.15
9.    Joel Martineau Dbl 1NT Dbl 2C 5S 410 15.15
11.    Keith Lee Pass 2NT Dbl 2C 6C 400 13.05

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) Dbl Pass Dbl 2C 4S 500 112.00
2.    David Gordon (Canada) Dbl 2NT Dbl Dbl 4S 470 70.00
2.    John Gillespie (Canada) Dbl 2C Dbl 2C 4S 470 70.00
4.    Timothy Wright (United States) Dbl 1NT Dbl 2C 4S 450 30.80
4.    Hendrik Sharples (Usa) Dbl 2C 3NT 2C 4S 450 30.80
6.    Allan Simon (Canada) Dbl Pass 3NT 3NT 4S 430 17.33
6.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) Pass Pass 3NT 2C 4S 430 17.33
8.    Peter Qvist (Danmark) Pass 2NT Dbl Dbl 4S 420 14.00
9.    Qiang Wu (China) Dbl 2NT 3NT Dbl 6C 410 12.44
10.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) Dbl 2D Dbl 2C 5S 390 9.83
10.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Pass Pass Dbl Dbl 5S 390 9.83
10.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 3D 2NT Dbl Dbl 6C 390 9.83
10.    Uday Maitra (Canada) Dbl 1NT Dbl Dbl 6C 390 9.83
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