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TGIF September 2019: Scores

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

Your call?

3C 9 100
2D 4 80
2C 2 70
Moderator: Modern style is to loosen up the requirements for a 3C rebid.
Jill Meyers: 2C. Not quite enough to jump to 3C or reverse, although the vulnerability and the fact that it is IMPs are appealing.
Kerri Sanborn: 3C. It's just too good for 2C and not right for 2D. Modernists are loosening the requirements pointwise for the jump rebid and concentrating on trick-taking potential. In losing trick count, this evaluates to an eight-winner hand.
Sylvia Shi: 2D. I'm doing it. I like my shape and the opponents are silent, so partner probably has a decent hand. This is going to be the best way to describe my hand and find a slam or the right game.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2D. Slight overbid but at least it describes a two-suiter, unlike 3C.
Robert Sauve: 3C. Rebid my good textured values. Maybe get to 3N.
Christopher Diamond: 2D. Slight overbid to show most of my cards. Gets kind of murky unless continuations over pard's 2S or 2NT are clear.
Larry Meyer: 2D. The club length and strength make this hand strong enough for a reverse.
Gary Harper: 2C. If partner can't move over 2C then we're probably not going to miss much.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2C. Make the normal value bid. If they find spades then so be it.
Stephen Vincent: 2D. A stretch but anything else is too much of a distortion.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Semi-solid club suit and 1.75 potential entries. Plus the spade suit isn't out yet!
Chris Buchanan: 3C. Not enough to reverse but a little too much for 2C.
Hendrik Sharples: 3C. Tempted to upgrade the heart holding and reverse.
Timothy Wright: 2D. I am minimum for this call, but at least we can find the best fit now.
Marco Paladino: 2D. Phony reverse.
David Gordon: 2C. Little light for a reverse.
Allan Simon: 2D. The 1H response has improved my hand so it is worth a reverse. Over 1S I would have rebid 2C.

2. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A 6 2   H J 7 4   D K J 10 7   C Q 8 4  
West North East South  
  1C 1S ?

Your call?

1NT 10 100
2D 1 60
2NT 1 60
Dbl 2 60
2C 1 50
2S 0 40
Pass 0 40
Moderator: Though they have 11 points, enough for 2NT, the panel dial it back to 1NT.
Mike Lawrence: 2C. Serious flaws everywhere. I choose 2C and hope for more bidding from partner.
Kerri Sanborn: 2NT. All other bids are equally flawed. Double solves a problem only if partner bids notrump, and 2D forces to 3NT if partner raises.
Zachary Grossack: 2D. A little light, but SA x x really has no interest in declaring notrump here --- with almost any spade holding, partner is better off being the declarer. And I have 11 points.
Mel Colchamiro: Dbl. I hate making a negative double with only three hearts --- things never seem to go right when I do this. But I hate everything else more. The hand screams for notrump to be played from partner's side, so that's what I'm hoping for. Over 2H I'm gonna pass, hoping to go plus.
Josh Donn: 1NT. The range for this is something like a good 7 to a bad 11. I always regret saying this, but this really should be unanimous. 2NT is a mistake.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. The original negative double. Hoping for NT from the other side.
Larry Meyer: 1NT. Show a forward-going balanced hand with a spade stopper.
Gary Harper: 1NT. If partner complains that I'm too heavy, I'll pretend I didn't see the DJ.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1NT. A balanced hand and a stopper. Sometimes you have your bid.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. SA x would have been more difficult. But I need to show my values, even though they are quacky. Another 10 would cinch it for this bid, but this should be okay.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Most flexible bid in the box.
Hendrik Sharples: 2D. Hoping NT plays better from partner's side.
Timothy Wright: 2NT. 1NT might be right at matchpoints, but at IMPs I want partner to go to game with a decent weak NT opener.
Allan Simon: Dbl. Most flexible call. Over 2H I plan to rebid 2S hoping to right-side 3NT.

3. IMPs. None vul.
S 8 7 6 3 2   H 4   D A K Q 4 3   C 10 3  
West North East South  
  1C Dbl 1S
2H Dbl (1) Pass ?
(1) Three-card spade support.

Your call?

3S 9 100
2S 5 80
3D 1 60
4S 0 30
Moderator: Despite the pitiful suit and ample warning that trumps may be unfriendly, 3S is the consensus favourite.
Daniel Korbel: 2S. Not worth a game try in my opinion, after right-hand opponent has doubled, implying three or four spades. Spade honors will be offside and the suit may break badly.
Roger Lee: 3S. Not a particularly good description, but a spade invite sounds about right on values. 3D would be nonforcing.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4S. Practical.
Robert Sauve: 3D. Spades are not great.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. Oh goody he has 3 spades and 10-20 HCP. I hate support doubles. I'm going to game but will keep options open.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Invite game and show a heart control.
Gary Harper: 2S. May be too conservative, though spades could easily be 4-1 on the auction with partner's honors (in trumps and hearts) likely poorly placed. All that and a possible tap in hearts.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. Don't get overboard --- any trump finesses are likely to fail.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. Partner may consider this as how good are your spades. Opponents may take the transfer to 4H. I think we have sufficient defence to beat 4H, and if partner's spades are SQ 10 x or worse, we are down in any spade contract.
Chris Buchanan: 3D. Game try.
Hendrik Sharples: 4S. Canadian game try, eh?
Timothy Wright: 3D. 3H will be a popular call but it will not help partner evaluate her hand.
Allan Simon: 4S. No guarantees, but worth a shot at IMPs.

4. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A K Q 10 5 2   H 7   D A Q 7 6   C 6 5  
West North East South  
Pass 2D Pass ?

Your call?

3H 10 100
2S 4 70
3D 1 70
3S 0 70
Moderator: The vast majority aim for big things in diamonds with a splinter.
Larry Cohen: 2S. At IMPs, I would immediately start the search for a diamond slam via 3H, but at matchpoints, I can't afford to end up in 5D opposite something like: Sx HA K x x DK J 10 x x x CJ x. I am not giving up on a diamond slam, but paving the way for a spade game for now. Jumping in spades would just preempt our own auction.
Barry Rigal: 3H. I'm not going to pass 3NT here. I'm worth at least two slam tries, and describing my shortness will let partner know where I live.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3H. Level first, strain second. I will correct 3NT to 4S. Slam may need to be played from pard's side, even if we have a spade fit.
Robert Sauve: 3D. Show fit right away.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Yeah, it's matchpoints and maybe I should either emphasize spades or slow it down with 3D, but slam is so likely. If he has CA and DK I want to encourage that.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Let's continue the conversation --- hoping for slam if controls are present.
James Harris: 3S. Assuming this is not a 2 over 1 auction.
Gary Harper: 4D. Back in the day (before Minorwood reared its ugly head) we used to cue bid slam hands. If 4H, then 4S hoping for a club cue. If no cue bid from partner, then 5D is likely the right spot.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. We need a backup plan (4S) in case the diamond slam is not there.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. Source of tricks and a great support for partner! I will splinter to see how high we belong.
Chris Buchanan: 3H. Splinter best describes this hand.
Hendrik Sharples: 3D. If I was passing 3NT I’d splinter, but I think I’m too good to do that.
David Gordon: 3H. . . splinter in support of diamonds. Pull 3NT to 4S.
Bob Todd: 3H. Splinter I hope.
Allan Simon: 3H. If partner has CK x(x), it is important to play from his side. Example SJ x x HA x x DK J x x x CK x.

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

Your call?

2NT 9 100
Dbl 6 90
Pass 0 60
3D 0 50
Moderator: Nobody passed this collection. The disparity between 2NT and double depends on whether or not equal level conversion is available.
Steve Weinstein: 2NT. Not quite right on shape and not quite right on values, but it is still the least bad bid.
Steve Robinson: Dbl. If partner bids 3C or 2NT, I can bid 3D, which shows diamonds and hearts.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2NT. Stayman will find a heart fit if we belong in game.
Robert Sauve: Dbl. Correct to 3D if pard bids 3C.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Assuming he shows clubs and values, 3NT next.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Hoping to find a fit in one of the red suits.
Gary Harper: 2NT. Double is tempting if partner promises not to bid 3C (or Lebensohl into 3C).
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. As usual, worry about the suit the opponents have actually bid.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. Swayed by the S10.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. This one is a little easier than if the minors were switched!
Chris Buchanan: 2NT. Off shape but hopefully partner can forgive a minor indiscretion.
Hendrik Sharples: Dbl. Good equal level conversion hand.
Timothy Wright: 3D. This is why BBS should explicitly include (or exclude) ELC.
David Gordon: 2NT. Right on values. At least the singleton is an honour.
Allan Simon: 2NT. Holding my nose, but the alternatives are worse. I refuse to double with a stiff club.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Barry Rigal 3C 1NT 3S 3H 2NT 500
Steve Robinson 3C 1NT 3S 3H Dbl 490
Steve Weinstein 3C 1NT 2S 3H 2NT 480
Josh Donn 2D 1NT 3S 3H 2NT 480
Jeff Meckstroth 3C 1NT 2S 3H Dbl 470
Roger Lee 3C 1NT 3S 2S 2NT 470
Sylvia Shi 2D 1NT 3S 3H Dbl 470
Jill Meyers 2C 1NT 3S 3H Dbl 460
Mike Lawrence 3C 2C 3S 3H 2NT 450
Daniel Korbel 2C 1NT 2S 3H 2NT 450
Zachary Grossack 3C 2D 2S 3H 2NT 440
Kerri Sanborn 3C 2NT 3S 2S Dbl 420
Mel Colchamiro 3C Dbl 3S 2S Dbl 420
Larry Cohen 2D 1NT 3D 2S 2NT 410
August Boehm 2D Dbl 2S 3D 2NT 390

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Michael Dimich 3C 1NT 3D 3H Dbl 450 131.69
1.    Kai Zhou 3C 2NT 3S 3H Dbl 450 131.69
3.    Andrew Krywaniuk 2C 1NT 3S 2S 2NT 440 75.25
4.    Christopher Diamond 2D 1NT 3D 3H Dbl 430 41.39
4.    Gary Gilraine 2C 1NT 3S 2S Dbl 430 41.39
6.    Larry Pocock 2C 1NT 2S 3D 2NT 420 23.29
6.    Bill Angus 3C 2NT 3S 3S Dbl 420 23.29
8.    Eurydice Nours 3C 1NT 2S 3D Pass 410 14.16
8.    David Schmidt 2C 1NT 2S 3D Dbl 410 14.16
8.    Silvana Trotter 3C 1NT 2S 3S Pass 410 14.16
8.    Jack Qi 2C 1NT 2S 2S Dbl 410 14.16
8.    Stuart Carr 2D 2D 2S 3H Dbl 410 14.16
8.    Daniel Lyder 3C 1NT 2S 2S Pass 410 14.16
8.    Susan Bleakney 2C 1NT 2S 3S Dbl 410 14.16

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 3C 1NT 3S 3D 2NT 470 101.50
2.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 3C Dbl 3S 3H 2NT 460 76.13
3.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 3C 2NT 3S 3H Dbl 450 50.75
4.    David Gordon (Canada) 2C 2NT 3S 3H 2NT 430 21.81
4.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 3C 2NT 3S 3D 2NT 430 21.81
4.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 2C 2NT 3S 3H 2NT 430 21.81
4.    Marco Paladino (Canada) 2D 1NT 2S 2S 2NT 430 21.81
8.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3C 1NT 4S 3H Dbl 420 11.98
8.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 3C Dbl 3D 3H 2NT 420 11.98
10.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 2D 2D 3S 2S 2NT 410 10.15
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