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TGIF October 2019: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S ---   H J 10 4 3   D K Q 8 7 4   C Q J 6 4  
West North East South  
2S Dbl 3S ?

Your call?

4H 7 100
Dbl 6 90
4D 0 50
4NT 1 50
5D 0 50
Moderator: The panel are all heading to 4H. The choice is in the route they take.
Daniel Korbel: 4H. I don't want to double, because I think partner should be able to pass a responsive double when he feels it is right: here, I'm pretty sure it won't be.
Mike Lawrence: Dbl. I'm going to bid 4H at some point, no matter what I do. I can bid 4H now or I can double first, expecting to bid 4H next. My partner's bid after my double requires another agreement. Does he play my double asks for 3NT? Or does he play my double as showing the minors? I expect I will play 4H only if I have a 4-4 fit.
David Waterman: 4S. My spade holding suggests partner may have some length in spades, which means he may not have 4 hearts and he may have more than minimum HCP. 4S will get us to the right strain, for sure, and gives us a fighting chance to get to the right level.
Christopher Diamond: 4H. Lots of spades in their hands. Feels like a classic setup, allowing me to bid 4H since that is easier to pass if pard has a big hand and two spades. But it's classic because it works.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Most flexible. Pard does not promise a 4-card heart suit and we may make a minor slam or defend their contract if pard is strong and balanced.
Robert Sauve: Dbl. Responsive.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Give pard an economical chance to describe his hand.
Chris Buchanan: 4H. Will bid 5NT over 4S.
Hendrik Sharples: 4H. I think Dbl should deny 4H, but that might be passe.
David Gordon: 4H. Reserve Dbl for more problematic hands.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Beware of exciting partner too much - 4S may backfire!
Timothy Wright: 4H. I have a decent hand, but a lot of slow tricks, and need a lot from partner to make slam.

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A J 9 2   H A Q 8 6 4 3   D A 4   C 5  
West North East South  
  1S Pass ?

Your call?

2NT 8 100
2H 5 80
4C 1 70
3H 0 40
4NT 0 20
Moderator: Even with a strong jump shift available, a majority of our experts choose Jacoby 2NT to announce the game-forcing raise and solicit additional information from partner. A direct 4NT would be ace-asking, but 2NT followed by 4NT would be keycard.
Steve Weinstein: 2NT. Jacoby will tell me what I need to know. Normally, you want to bid your source of tricks to let partner take over. On this hand, however, I can take over because cuebids and key-carding will let me place the contract.
August Boehm: 2H. Partner's heart holding is apt to be important for a spade slam, so let's clue him in.
David Waterman: 4C. . . followed by RKC. If we have all key cards, I will bid 5NT for specific kings and hope partner ignores the CK. If he has both red kings he will bid 7. If he bids 6H I will bid 7. If he bids 6D I will bill 6S.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. A strong jump shift might work. But I'm going to slam anyway so I'll try to find the grand slam cards I need this way.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2NT. Basically a Blackwood hand so I'm setting trumps. If I don't mention hearts I may get a heart lead.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. First show 4-card game forcing support, then 1430.
Marco Paladino: 2H. Keep the bidding low and find out all the keycards that my partner may have.
Chris Buchanan: 4C. My actual answer is 3C splinter but that does not conform to standard convention.
Hendrik Sharples: 2NT. I'd bid 2H at the table, but it's a bidding contest.
Kf Tung: 2H. Find a suitable strain first.
Timothy Wright: 4C. Yes, we could belong in hearts, but I have enough here to make one slam try over partner's 4S rebid.

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

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
2D 4 80
2C 1 60
3D 0 30
Pass 0 30
Moderator: With their eyes trained on the vulnerability, most panelists double, inviting partner to show his heart suit.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. Penalty before purity. They are vulnerable and I have decent defense.
Jill Meyers: 2D. Another one I don't think is close. I'm not giving partner an opportunity to pass a reopening double, particularly because they probably have spades to run to. My hand is 'all diamonds,' and that is what I want to convey to partner.
David Waterman: 2D. I know, where are the spades? But I can't pass with shortness in hearts and a good hand.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. No negative double and no competition so he's probably drooling over there. Next, what to do over their 1S.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2D. Pass could be the winner (where are the spades?), but too unilateral at IMPs.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Protect partner in case he has a heart stack.
Marco Paladino: Dbl. I can feel my partner's got hearts.
Paul Mcmullin: Dbl. Enough defense to entertain a penalty double if that was what he wanted. I will rebid diamonds over a spade response.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Keeping it alive. Not the best shape but partner shouldn't be leaping in spades since they never doubled going in.
Hendrik Sharples: Dbl. Will pull 1S to 2C. Hope partner doesn't go nuts.
David Gordon: 2D. Will continue with 3C.
Kf Tung: Dbl. You have extras, and +200 is possible when there is no game.
Timothy Wright: 2C. Sorry partner, not enough spades to double.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K 9 4   H Q 10 9 7 4   D K Q 10 6 4   C ---  
West North East South  
1H 1S 2D ?

Your call?

2H 6 100
2S 5 90
Pass 2 70
3S 1 50
3D 0 30
Dbl 0 0
Moderator: Unfortunately, you can't double to alert partner of the opponents' probable misfit. A double in this seat is a snapdragon double, showing 5+ in the 4th suit and tolerance for partner's suit.
Roger Lee: Pass. I think they're in trouble, and there's no reason to give them an out. I'm happy to double any nonclub contract above 2NT.
Mike Lawrence: 2H. System doesn't let me double. It would be a snapdragon double. So I go towards our own contract without confusion.
Barry Rigal: 2S. Not nearly as good a hand as it looks. Much more defense than offense. But I can't bring myself to stay silent at my first turn. Maybe partner won't hang me?
David Waterman: 3S. This will not score well, but it is the best bid. If I bid 4S, opponents are endplayed into doubling - it will not play well. Best to let them find their way after 3S.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Can you still express an opinion on the best place to play? Not enough spades to override this.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2S. It looks like they are headed for trouble so pass is certainly an option, but I want to encourage a spade lead, presuming we defend.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Support with support.
Paul Mcmullin: 2S. I am sure we have a misfit, but I can not see doubling red suits yet.
Chris Buchanan: 2H. Simple limit raise.
Hendrik Sharples: 2S. Partner has 8 clubs and psyched?
David Gordon: 2H. I would bid 3D with a 4th trump.
Kf Tung: Pass. Holding 10 cards in their suits, keep the bidding low.

5. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 3   H A J 10 4 2   D A Q 10 7   C A Q 2  
West North East South  
  2S Pass ?

Your call?

3H 6 100
2NT 6 90
Pass 2 60
3NT 0 40
Moderator: A great majority of the panel favours moving forward with this hand. On the question of how to do that, however, they are evenly divided.
Sylvia Shi: 3H. At this vulnerability specifically, I think I have too much to pass. I assume if partner has a good hand and a good spade suit, partner can jump to 4S rather than raising me on a low doubleton heart.
Larry Cohen: 2NT. . . the middle ground. A lot depends on partner's style. With one of my former partners, I'd pass and hope to make it; with a different one, I'd drive to game and expect overtricks. Not naming names.
Steve Robinson: Pass. Where do I want to play opposite: SA Q 10 x x x Hx x Dx x x Cx x? Partner could have less.
David Waterman: 3H. Partner MIGHT have 3 hearts to an honour, and 4H MIGHT be better, but 3H is too risky. He will bid 4H with honour doubleton and I don't want that. Even if he has 3 small hearts, his spade suit at this vulnerability means 4S is probably the best place.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. I'm stalling. I'm still going to have to likely guess which game to play.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3NT. If I bid 3H, I may endplay pard into 3NT from the wrong side. In any case, heart support would be welcomed in notrump.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Hope either that we don't have a game or LHO commits an indiscretion.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. Ask pard to further describe his hand.
Chris Buchanan: 2NT. Let's find out what kind of preempt they have.
Hendrik Sharples: 3H. I'll try 3NT over 3S, partner should pull to 4S with a suit that can play opposite a stiff.
David Gordon: 3H. Try for game.
Kf Tung: 4S. . . easier than 3N.
Timothy Wright: 2NT. If partner signs off, we're done. If she bids 3C/3D, we can suggest a heart game.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Daniel Korbel 4H 2NT Dbl 2H 3H 500
Josh Donn 4H 2NT Dbl 2H 3H 500
Kerri Sanborn 4H 2NT Dbl 2H 2NT 490
Sylvia Shi 4H 2NT Dbl 2S 3H 490
Mel Colchamiro Dbl 2NT Dbl 2S 3H 480
Larry Cohen 4H 2H Dbl 2H 2NT 470
Steve Weinstein Dbl 2NT Dbl 2S 2NT 470
Roger Lee 4H 2NT Dbl Pass 2NT 460
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl 2NT Dbl Pass 2NT 450
August Boehm Dbl 2H 2D 2S 3H 440
Barry Rigal 4H 2H 2C 2S 3H 430
Mike Lawrence Dbl 4C 2D 2H Pass 400
Jill Meyers 4NT 2H 2D 2H 2NT 400
Steve Robinson Dbl 2H 2D 3S Pass 360

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Daniel Lyder 4H 2NT Dbl 2H 2NT 490 161.00
2.    Martin Henneberger Dbl 2NT Dbl 2S 3H 480 100.63
2.    Larry Meyer Dbl 2NT Dbl 2H 2NT 480 100.63
4.    Brad Bart Dbl 2H Dbl 2S 2NT 450 56.35
5.    Kai Zhou 4H 2H 2C 2H 3H 440 27.34
5.    James Harris 4H 2H 2D 2S 2NT 440 27.34
5.    Bill Angus Dbl 2NT 2D Pass 3H 440 27.34
8.    Eurydice Nours 4H 2H 2D Pass 3H 430 18.04
8.    Alan Kemp-Gee Dbl 2H 2D 2S 2NT 430 18.04
8.    Kevin Contzen 4H 4C 2D 2S 2NT 430 18.04
11.    Rod Coote 4H 2H 2C 2S 2NT 420 12.12
11.    Michael Dimich 4H 2H 2D Pass 2NT 420 12.12
11.    Julie Smith 4H 2H Dbl 2H 3NT 420 12.12
11.    Stuart Carr 4H 4C 2C 2H 2NT 420 12.12
11.    Joel Martineau 4H 2H 2C 2S 2NT 420 12.12
11.    Diana Jing 4H 4C 2C 2S 3H 420 12.12

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 4H 2NT Dbl 2S 3H 490 73.50
1.    Hendrik Sharples (Usa) 4H 2NT Dbl 2S 3H 490 73.50
3.    Paul Mcmullin (United States) 4H 2H Dbl 2S 2NT 460 29.40
3.    David Gordon (Canada) 4H 2H 2D 2H 3H 460 29.40
3.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 4H 4C Dbl 2H 2NT 460 29.40
6.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 4H 2NT 2C 2H 2NT 450 14.00
7.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 4H 2H Dbl Pass 2NT 440 10.61
7.    Adam Chang (Taiwan) Dbl 2H 2D 2S 3H 440 10.61
7.    Marco Paladino (Canada) 4H 2H Dbl 2H Pass 440 10.61
10.    John Gillespie (Canada) 4H 2H 2C 2S 3H 430 7.68
10.    Dennis Caswell (Canada) Dbl 2H 2D 2S 2NT 430 7.68
10.    Bob Todd (Canada) Dbl 2H 2D 2S 2NT 430 7.68
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