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TGIF June 2008: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S Q J 8 4 2   H 10 5   D K J 9 7 3   C 3  
West North East South  
  1NT 2H (1) 2S (2)
3H Pass Pass ?
(1) Five or more hearts, four or more of a minor.
(2) Non-forcing.

Your call?

Dbl 7 100
4D 6 90
Pass 4 70
3S 1 40
3NT 0 20
Moderator: The panel is divided among pass, double and 4D. It seems wrong to pass with 5-5 distribution, but on the other hand you don't really have a descriptive bid.
Barry Rigal: Dbl. As I notch up -530, I'll say something encouraging to partner about how `that'll teach them to steal from us' or `If they don't make a few doubled contracts, we are not doubling enough' to which he'll respond `What do you mean /we/?'
Kai Zhou: Dbl. +50 or +100 would not be good here, 2S can be easily made even if pard holds only 2 spades, and -140 and -530 should get similar MP.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. I have considerable defensive values relative to my previous bid of 2S.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Awkward. One cannot let them play 3H undoubled at pairs. Double is all too likely to result in -530 while 4D is likely to be one too high.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. I have 5 spades and it's our hand. A classic do something intelligent double.
Susan Peters: Dbl. If my 2S was non-forcing then my double should show a pretty good non-forcing hand.
Bonny Lee: 4D. 5 loser hand vs NT opening, we should have a contract somewhere.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Not enough to bid on, not enough trumps to double. Lead a trump - we have balance of power.
Roy Li: Pass. Vulnerability is good, however, West may hold long spades.
Dave Waterman: 4D. Partner probably has only 5 major suit cards. (At most!)
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Do something smart, partner! It all depends on how well the minors fit.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. I am not selling out with this hand. Who knows, we may back in to a makable and doubled game! There is nothing more devastating for the opponents. :)
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Non forcing doesn't mean void of values; if partner had a spade fit, he'd have bid.
David Gordon: Dbl. A max with 5 spades. Partner's pass should deny 4 spades. If partner did pass with 4 spades (or an offensive hand with 3 spades) then partner can certainly bid now.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Partner can correct with support for spades. I am going to try and collect +100 or +300 although it may be -530.
Chris Diamond: 4D. Horrible. But 3H is likely to play well for them if we have a diamond fit which we will have unless pard is holding 5 clubs.
Brian Zietman: 3S. Must show partner that I am maximum for my non-forcing bid.

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

Do you agree with South's double?

Yes 13 50
No 5 30

Your call?

2NT 12 50
Dbl 5 35
Pass 1 25
3C 0 20
3D 0 20
3NT 0 15
3H 0 10
Moderator: Most experts play 2NT in the passout seat would show more values than a strong 1NT, up to the values for a 2NT opening.
Barry Rigal: Dbl. 2NT isn't perfect for stoppers, but it's good enough. This shows 19-21 HCP.
Grant Baze: 2NT. What else?
Kai Zhou: 3NT. The practical game.
Eugene Chan: 3D. I doubled and bid a new suit at the 3 level (VUL) opposite partner who might have nothing. I would not try 3NT without a six card diamond suit.
Gilbert Lambert: Dbl. South should have jumped to 2NT to show 19+.
David Walker: 3H. If he has a decent club suit partner will go to 5, otherwise we'll settle for 4.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3NT. The good hand should do the overbidding, playing pard for something. Can't afford to miss game.
Martin Henneberger: 2NT. Need to bid NT from this side. Can't quite picture 9 tricks unless partner can raise so I'm an underbidder here.
Bonny Lee: 3NT. The final contract is the same whichever my first call is.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Yes, tell pard about my strength. 3NT, try the most likely game.
Roy Li: 2NT. 2NT on the first round would have shown my hand. There is a great chance we have game.
Dave Waterman: 2NT. I think 2NT would have been preferable to double in the first place.
Mike Roberts: 3C. Unless someone's psyching, partner is close to totally broke. Hope I make this.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. You had a fairly easy bidding sequence before East got his 2H in. Now the best you can do is inform partner that you have significantly more values than previously advertised by getting him to take a 2nd look at his hand. The 'Look again Partner!' bid.
David Gordon: Dbl. A shade light for a 3H bid. Super max for 3D bid but prefer more diamonds. Dbl hits the spot.
Veljko Vujcic: 2NT. Would have chosen 2NT instead of Dbl.
Chris Buchanan: 3NT. I like to play 2NT in the balancing seat as 19-21 but double is OK. I am going to try 3NT and upgrade this 21 to 22-24.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Treating this hand as big, balanced without 4 clubs, I think the 2nd double shows this. I hope pard can make an intelligent decision.
Brian Zietman: 3NT. All I need from partner is the CA or the HQ and the DQ. Is this asking for too much?

3. IMPs. Both vul.
S K Q 7 6 4   H 10 8   D Q 6 2   C 10 8 5  
West North East South  
    Pass Pass
Pass 1D 2C ?

Your call?

Pass 9 100
Dbl 6 90
2S 2 60
2D 1 50
2NT 0 0
3C 0 0
Moderator: Normally a 2S bid shows 10 plus points, but you're a passed hand. Do you make the overbid? A double shows both majors. Do you do that instead and hope to bid spades next?
Grant Baze: Pass. If partner opened 1D in fourth seat and now passes a 2C overcall, I bet he is right. If he reopens, I will get a chance to describe my hand.
Kai Zhou: Pass. A close decision between double and pass. The DQ definitely adds credits but 3 little clubs does not look good. Pass is the disciplined call.
Eugene Chan: 2S. Practical, albeit a slight overbid. No one who plays bridge is a stranger to overbidding.
Stephen Vincent: 2D. Not quite good enough to double and pull 2H to 2S.
David Walker: 2S. A free bid.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Borderline for calling, but will take conservative view as my bidding choices are not palatable. Await further action by pard, one hopes.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I really believe in getting in and out of auctions right away so finding an excuse to bid is generally better. However, I don't have enough to double then correct partner's 2H to 2S for fear of being too high with no great fit.
Larry Meyer: 2S. Opponent's initial silence makes it likely that pard has 3 spades and a strong hand.
Roy Li: Pass. Bad shape, bad points.
Dave Waterman: Dbl. Not perfect, but my diamond holding looks good and we are vul. at IMPS.
Mike Roberts: 2S. Stretching, but pass seems wrong, and if partner has opened light, he has spades.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Standard negative double. What is the big issue here? If the majors were reversed, it might be slightly more interesting.
Paul Mcmullin: 2S. Partner opened in fourth seat - he either has points or a spade fit.
David Gordon: Dbl. Promises both majors or 1 major and a second place to play.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Best to wait and see what develops.
Chris Diamond: Pass. I should get another chance. Anything now is a guess or an overbid.
Brian Zietman: 2S. I am too strong to pass and then bid spades when my partner doubles. My bid is a bit light for a free bid but the doubleton heart and the DQ are good features, apart of course from the 5 card spade suit.

4. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S 10 6 5 4   H K Q   D K Q 9 8 2   C Q 6  
West North East South  
1D Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 12 100
2NT 4 70
2D 2 60
2S 0 60
3NT 0 60
1NT 0 50
4S 0 20
Moderator: Partner made a takeout double, so six experts took it out. Partner should have the major suits, but no panelist bid spades.
Grant Baze: Pass. The only question is how big will the number be.
Kai Zhou: Pass. Opps obviously have no place to run and it is not very likely you have an easy make of 4S.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Go for the jugular!! +800 or more very real possibility.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. The practical bid.
David Walker: 2NT. Looks like a NT contract.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2D. Taking out the take out doubles makes for better partnership.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. No guarantee we have game. I'm going to try for a number and pass and hope they get into further trouble.
Susan Peters: 2D. We may have a spade fit. If not 3NT looks good.
Bonny Lee: 2NT. The most descriptive bid.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Show stoppers in opponent's suit and enough strength for game. Ignore the 4 small spades.
Roy Li: 3NT. NT is way better than any other contract, KQ98x is a great structure. I will not search for spade fit.
Dave Waterman: Pass. It is not clear we have game. Plus 200 or 500 will beat those who are minus in 4S or 3NT. If he runs we are well-placed.
Mike Roberts: 2D. Followed by 2S over 2H. Not forcing, and we should get to the right spot. It seems wrong to insist on notrump just yet.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Go for the magic 200!
Paul Mcmullin: 2S. Even though the points are in short suits or opponent's suit, I still have to let partner know I have some values.
Chris Buchanan: 2S. Invitational hand = invitational bid. Pass could be right but I dislike penalizing at the one level.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Close. Only passing because of the vulnerablilty. If pard has a light dbl we may not make game but get 200. If he's got full values we might hold 1D to 4 tricks.
Brian Zietman: Pass. 500 (or maybe 800) birds in the hand are worth 420 spades in the bush.

5. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S A 5   H K 10 4   D A 4   C A Q J 9 7 4  
West North East South  
  2H 2S ?

Your call?

2NT 5 100
4NT 5 100
3S 3 60
3C 0 50
5NT 1 50
4C 1 40
4H 3 40
Moderator: If partner has a good heart suit, you likely have a slam, perhaps even a grand slam. If his heart suit is not strong, game may be the limit. To try and get more information 5 panelists start with 2NT, while 5 launch directly into RKCB.
Barry Rigal: 4C. ... fit-showing with clubs and hearts. If partner passes 4S to me, I'll double, which must simply show extras.
Grant Baze: 4NT. If partner shows the HA Q, this is a five or seven hand. To bid 6H if he has the HA Q is silly. You should bid seven.
Kai Zhou: 2NT. I hope I can still ask for feature although 3S is another option.
Eugene Chan: 2NT. Should still be forcing and asking for feature despite enemy overcall.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Temporizing. Could well be a 5 or 7 hand.
David Walker: 3S. Partner, assuming your hearts are okay, bid an outside King.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3S. Cue seems best to bring about pard's cooperation, especially if they bid more spades. Close to just blackwooding; maybe next turn depending on what happens.
Martin Henneberger: 3S. I will cue bid to hear or deny a minor suit cue bid from partner and the same time setting up a forcing pass situation should they bid 4S.
Susan Peters: 5H. Think slam could be on if partner has HA Q.
Bonny Lee: 3S. I will use GSF if pard shows a club control.
Larry Meyer: 4H. Can count 10 likely tricks.
Roy Li: 3S. The club finesse is most likely on. If pard has HA Q, there is a great chance making a slam.
Dave Waterman: 4NT. If partner has HA Q I will risk 6H - likely better than 50% on the auction. And who knows, he may show the CK!
Mike Roberts: 4NT. CK is always onside. If partner has the HA, 7 is a decent bet; if not, we need to be in 5.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Prepare the defence against the bully suit! Their momentum is probably heading them to a -800 against our non-vul game.
Paul Mcmullin: 6H. The CK should be onside if partner doesn't have it.
David Gordon: 4NT. If partner says no keycards stop in 5 as an ace will get knocked out too quickly. If 1 keycard then ask for the queen. If yes for queen and CK bid 7H, otherwise stop in 6H.
Veljko Vujcic: 4NT. On my way to the grand.
Chris Buchanan: 3C. Forcing and lets partner evaluate their hand. If partner has HA Q and CK, 7 is a lay down.
Chris Diamond: 4NT. Considered all sorts of fancy options but if I can find the HA Q, then ask for the CK for 7NT. The CK rates to be onside and 7H likely and if isn't we can't make 6 so maybe I should just bid 7 opposite HA Q anyway.
Brian Zietman: 3S. Has partner got a second suit in clubs? With a double fit the slam is a good bet.

Panel's Answers

  1 2a 2b 3 4 5 Total
Grant Baze Dbl Yes 2NT Pass Pass 4NT 500
Allan Falk 4D Yes 2NT Pass Pass 4NT 490
Kerri Sanborn 4D Yes 2NT Pass Pass 4NT 490
Mike Lawrence 4D Yes 2NT Dbl Pass 4NT 480
Richard Freeman Pass Yes 2NT Dbl Pass 4NT 460
The Stansbys 4D No Dbl Pass Pass 2NT 455
Larry Cohen 4D Yes 2NT Pass Pass 3S 450
The Sutherlins Dbl Yes 2NT Dbl Pass 3S 450
August Boehm 4D Yes Dbl Pass 2NT 2NT 445
Steve Robinson Dbl Yes Dbl Pass 2D 2NT 445
Jill Meyers Dbl Yes 2NT 2S 2NT 2NT 430
Karen Walker Dbl Yes Pass Dbl Pass 5NT 415
The Colchamiros Dbl Yes 2NT 2S Pass 4H 400
Betty Ann Kennedy 3S Yes 2NT Dbl 2NT 2NT 400
Jeff Meckstroth Pass No 2NT Pass 2NT 3S 380
The Coopers Pass No Dbl Dbl Pass 4H 365
Barry Rigal Dbl No Dbl 2D Pass 4C 355
Bridge Baron Pass No 2NT Pass 2D 4H 350

Local Heroes

    1 2a 2b 3 4 5 Total
1.    Kai Zhou Dbl Yes 3NT Pass Pass 2NT 465
1.    Gilbert Lambert Dbl No Dbl Pass Pass 4NT 465
3.    Martin Henneberger Dbl Yes 2NT Pass Pass 3S 460
3.    Dave Waterman 4D No 2NT Dbl Pass 4NT 460
5.    Tom Davis Dbl Yes 2NT Dbl 2D 2NT 450
5.    Stuart Carr Dbl Yes 2NT 2D Pass 2NT 450
7.    Eugene Chan Dbl Yes 3D 2S Pass 2NT 430
8.    Mark Eddy Dbl Yes 3D Pass 2NT 3S 400
8.    Rod Coote Dbl Yes 2NT Pass 2S 4H 400
8.    Craig T. Wilson 4D Yes 3C Pass Pass 4H 400

World Leaders

    1 2a 2b 3 4 5 Total
1.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 4D Yes Dbl Pass Pass 4NT 475
1.    David Gordon (Canada) Dbl Yes Dbl Dbl Pass 4NT 475
3.    Merv Adey (Canada) 4D Yes 2NT Pass Pass 3C 440
3.    Veljko Vujcic (Serbia) 3S Yes 2NT Pass Pass 4NT 440
5.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 4D Yes Dbl Dbl Pass 3C 415
6.    Bill Camp (Canada) 4D Yes 2NT Pass 2NT 3C 410
7.    Bob Todd (Canada) Dbl Yes 2NT Pass 2D 4H 400
8.    Susan Julius (Canada) 4D Yes 3D 2S 3NT 4NT 380
9.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) Dbl Yes 3NT Pass 2S 3C 375
10.    Mike Roberts (Usa) Dbl No 3C 2S 2D 4NT 370
10.    Lea Gaboury (Canada) 4D Yes 3D 2S Pass 3C 370
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