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TGIF November 2019: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S K   H A 3   D A 9 7 6 2   C K 10 8 5 2  
West North East South  
1H 1S Pass ?

Your call?

2C 5 100
2D 5 100
2NT 4 90
1NT 1 50
2H 0 30
3NT 0 30
Moderator: A two-suited opening hand . . . unfortunately, neither suit fits with partner's one-level overcall. If you play that a two-level advance is nonforcing and that a cuebid promises support, what you want to do is fold up this hand and put it back in the board. But the Laws advise against that.
Zach Grossack: 2C. I'm not sure if it is forcing or not, but I really don't care. Perhaps partner was just joking with their overcall. Anyway, I will start with 2C and go from there. Hopefully partner bids 2D so I can cuebid 2H. If he rebids 2S, I might start raising spades. My hand could nicely complement a six-card spade suit.
August Boehm: 2NT. Mismatch of hand and system (new suit nonforcing) creates this headache. 2NT is crude but seems closest to the mark.
Steve Robinson: 1NT. . . forward-going. We'll see if partner can do something. If partner has 11 points and five spades, 1NT will be a reasonable contract.
Sylvia Shi: 2D. Bidding the higher of my two five-card suits seems a good way to start. We may not have anything on this deal . . . we will see.
Ralph Buckley: 2NT. . . showing 5-5 in the minors.
Christopher Diamond: 2D. No good answer but have to do something.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2H. Best approach to exploring a possible game. I will pass a 2S rebid by partner.
Larry Meyer: 2D. This will allow pard to give a diamond preference at the 3-level when I bid 3C at my next turn.
Michael Dimich: 2NT. I invite because I have an opening hand with quick tricks. Bidding diamonds and then clubs overstates their suit quality.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. This is the value bid, and BBS probably doesn't assign any conventional meaning.
Stephen Vincent: 2C. Maximizes the chances of finding a minor suit fit without getting too high. If partner bids 2S I'm through.
Perry Khakhar: 2D. Not clear where we may be headed. Let's bid both our suits naturally to see where we get. It may be in a part score.
Chris Buchanan: 2D. Not sure what Bridge Bulletin Standard is here but I am not a fan of cue-bidding without support.
Hendrik Sharples: 2D. I keep lobbying to allow negative doubles of partner's overcalls.
Timothy Wright: 2D. Alas, the rules won't let me make a responsive double here.
Allan Simon: 2H. I play 2 of a minor as non-forcing in this sequence. Over a 2S rebid, I will chance 2NT. Maybe partner has HQ x and notrump has to be played from my side of the table.
David Gordon: 2D. I will continue with 3C.
Kf Tung: 2D. . . forward going. You have something to play on the 3 level or higher.

2. IMPs. None vul.
S J 2   H A K Q 5   D A K J 10 8 2   C 2  
West North East South  
Pass 1H 1S ?

Your call?

4C 7 100
4D 5 90
2S 3 70
4H 0 40
3H 0 20
Moderator: For the most part, the panelists ignore the interference to carry on with their supportive heart action. A few use the interference as an opportunity to cuebid.
Jill Meyers: 4D. . . a perfect description of my very red-suit-loaded hand. I would prefer to have a spade singleton instead of the club singleton, but c'est la vie.
Kerri Sanborn: 4C. Normally this would be a great hand for 4D, but then partner wouldn't know which black suit I was short in. It will be hard to pass 4H. I must admit I would have wanted to open 2C and rebid 3H showing about this hand --- longer diamonds with a four-card heart suit.
Josh Donn: 2S. Too good for 4C, because the SA alone in partner's hand is roughly a slam, but at the same time, we don't have five-level safety. Therefore I won't bid 4C with plans to bid again.
Craig T. Wilson: 4C. Four loser hand, should be a game there.
Christopher Diamond: 4C. Going to be hard for him to move with his trumps, but at least I'm showing where most of my stuff is.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2S. A splinter in clubs would jam the auction. I would probably have to bid again over a 4H sign off and this could get us too high.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Splinter to show game-forcing 4-card heart support with club shortness.
Michael Dimich: 4C. One bid to describe a very strong hand with a singleton.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. This understates my values, but it pinpoints the spade suit as a weakness for slam.
Stephen Vincent: 4D. . . what I'd have bid without the intervention.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. Almost splintered on autopilot. But is it really clear that the correct contract is in hearts? I'm going to let my unlimited partner give me a little guidance.
Hendrik Sharples: 4D. Should show 4 hearts and 6 solid diamonds.
Timothy Wright: 4D. 2S or 4C could be alright, but neither conveys exactly this hand.
Allan Simon: 4D. The real question is what to do if partner rebids 4H. I will try 5C.
David Gordon: 4D. Fit showing bid.
Kf Tung: 4C. Singleton club, good hand with heart support.

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

Your call?

3S 8 100
Dbl 4 80
3H 2 70
2S 0 50
3C 0 50
4H 1 50
4S 0 40
Moderator: The majority of the panel jump in spades to show the offensive potential.
Larry Cohen: 3S. I avoid doubling with voids. Yes, partner wants to sit, but defending with a void usually isn't fruitful. Put another way, if partner had made an old-fashioned penalty double of 2H, I would pull with this hand, especially at these colours. Too strong for only 2S.
Mike Lawrence: Dbl. Hate the void, but love the shape and the sixth spade. I play that 3C or 3D from partner is a lebensohl type of bid showing some values. I lose the spades here only if partner passes my double.
Daniel Korbel: 3H. I'm not going to double with this hand, even if it could conceivably be right. I'm basically willing to take a shot at 4S on my own, but I'll start with 3H in case partner has something like: SA x HK J x x x DK x x CJ 10 x and can move over 4S.
Gary Kaiway: 3S. Will bid 4S if they compete to 4H.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Don't like it with a void, but don't want to sound minimum with 2S or go exploring with 3C. 3S is high and committal.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Perhaps pard has a heart stack behind West.
Michael Dimich: 3S. A great 6 card suit needing very little outside to make a game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. Wrong vulnerability to try for a low-level penalty double when there are other bids available.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. The offensive potential in spades, the void heart, and the vulnerability all suggest bidding rather than doubling.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. Not reopening with a double when I have a void in their suit. The hand can reasonably make a vulnerable game with little input from partner.
Chris Buchanan: 3S. Vulnerability and spade quality push me to try for game instead of defending.
Hendrik Sharples: 3S. Don't like double with a void in balancing seat.
Timothy Wright: 3H. At these colors, we need to take 2H-X down 4 to beat our game.
Allan Simon: 3S. Dollars to doughnuts partner has a penalty pass. But at this vulnerability we need to declare. I will pass if partner bids 3NT.
David Gordon: Dbl. Good hands start with Dbl.
Kf Tung: Dbl. The hand belongs to you. Game is very likely, a slam is not excluded.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K 10   H K J 10 9 8 3   D Q 4 3 2   C K  
West North East South  
1S Pass Pass ?

Your call?

2H 11 100
Dbl 2 60
2D 0 50
Pass 2 50
Moderator: There are some similarities between this and the previous problem. Again the vast majority opt not to double.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. 2H is the only bid I would consider, and my hand is just too full of holes for that.
Roger Lee: 2H. I have too much playing strength to sell out, and double leaves us awkwardly placed if partner doesn't have a penalty pass.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. Penalty before purity. If partner wants to penalize, fine by me.
Christopher Diamond: 2H. I really want to pass. I might have opened this 2H. But since I didn't . . .
Larry Meyer: 2D. Bid out my shape.
Michael Dimich: 2H. The guillotine beckons but I bid 2H anyway.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Perfect shape for an ELC double.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. I believe that equal level conversion will get me out of any awkward situation.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Nope, not doing it!
Hendrik Sharples: 2H. Guessing whoever plays this hand loses, but can't let the auction die at the one level.
Timothy Wright: 2H. Partner could have a spade stack. But it is more likely that she has clubs.
Allan Simon: 2H. Hoping to push opponents a bit higher.
David Gordon: 2H. If prompted I can take a third call of 3D.
Kf Tung: 2D. Fight for any plus score.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S A 8 5   H K 7 2   D Q J 8 7 3   C 8 2  
West North East South  
Pass 1C 2S 2NT
Pass 3D Pass 3S
Dbl Rdbl Pass ?

Your call?

4D 8 100
4H 4 80
4S 2 70
4NT 1 50
3NT 0 40
5D 0 40
6D 0 30
Moderator: This hand was played by yours truly in a KO match at the Penticton Regional. I posed it in another bidding poll and the votes were: 4D - 7 votes; 4H - 3 votes; 6D - 1 vote. The lone vote for 6D was from Michael Dimich, and it is a position that I have a lot of respect for. Partner's hand was: S-- HA J x x DA 10 9 x CA Q J x x. You need 2/3 hooks to make 6; all 3 hooks were on.
Steve Weinstein: 4D. . . what I should have bid instead of 3S. I believe in setting trumps, especially when partner reverses into my DQ J x x x and I have a slam-going hand.
Larry Cohen: 4NT. With everything under control and partner showing so much, I will drive this into the appropriate number of diamonds based on how many key cards we have.
Steve Robinson: 4H. I might as well show my heart honour. The problem is that partner does not know what's trump. I won't stop short of 6D.
Mel Colchamiro: 4S. This must show a heart control also. With no heart control, we would have retreated.
Daniel Lyder: 4D. Prepared to find out why this is a stupid bid, but it won't be the first one on this hand.
Christopher Diamond: 4H. 5D bound so I'll show a heart card.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5D. Picture bid. I already showed the spade ace.
Larry Meyer: 4D. Set the trump suit.
Michael Dimich: 6D. Partner has a reverse, West doubled for a spade lead. Why pinpoint a better lead for the defense?
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4H. Does partner really have a spade void? Show slam interest with a last-train type bid.
Stephen Vincent: 5D. My hand is good but 2NT was a stretch and the spade ace, while good from the control standpoint, isn't going to find supporting honours in partner's hand.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. I thought we were looking for 3NT. But maybe it is a diamond slam. I think I should cooperate.
Chris Buchanan: 4H. Pushing all in.
Hendrik Sharples: 4D. At some point we should tell partner we have diamonds not clubs.
Timothy Wright: 3NT. So much for that lead-directing double.
Allan Simon: 4D. I love my hand for diamonds. I picture something like S-- HA x x DK x x x CA K J x x x opposite.
David Gordon: 4H. Show the heart card. 2NT denied 4 hearts.
Kf Tung: Pass. Spade guard, diamond support, NT possiblity, and minimum!

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Roger Lee 2D 4C 3S 2H 4D 500
Kerri Sanborn 2C 4C 3S 2H 4H 480
Zach Grossack 2C 4C Dbl 2H 4D 480
Mel Colchamiro 2C 4C 3S 2H 4S 470
Steve Weinstein 2D 2S 3S 2H 4D 470
Jill Meyers 2NT 4D 3S 2H 4H 460
Barry Rigal 2C 4D 3S 2H 4S 460
August Boehm 2NT 4D 3H 2H 4D 450
Josh Donn 2C 2S Dbl 2H 4D 450
Larry Cohen 2D 4D 3S 2H 4NT 440
Sylvia Shi 2D 4D Dbl Dbl 4D 430
Mike Lawrence 2NT 4C Dbl Pass 4D 420
Daniel Korbel 2D 4C 3H Pass 4D 420
Jeff Meckstroth 2NT 2S 3S Dbl 4H 400
Steve Robinson 1NT 4C 4H 2H 4H 380

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Daniel Lyder 2D 4D 3S 2H 4D 490 171.50
2.    Larry Pocock 2NT 4D 3S 2H 4D 480 107.19
2.    Monica Angus 2C 4C Dbl 2H 4D 480 107.19
4.    Rod Coote 2D 2S 3S 2H 4D 470 40.97
4.    David Schmidt 2D 2S 3S 2H 4D 470 40.97
4.    Ernie Dietrich 2D 2S 3S 2H 4D 470 40.97
7.    Christopher Diamond 2D 4C Dbl 2H 4H 460 24.50
8.    Robert Sauve 2D 4C 3C 2H 4D 450 21.44
9.    Elliott Burnell 2NT 4C 3C 2H 4D 440 17.27
9.    Barbara Chaworth-Musters 2D 4H 3S 2H 4D 440 17.27
9.    Diana Mary Gamel 2D 4H 3S 2H 4D 440 17.27
12.    Larry Meyer 2D 4C Dbl 2D 4D 430 13.74
12.    Kai Zhou 2D 2S 3S Dbl 4D 430 13.74

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 2D 4D 3S 2H 4D 490 88.81
1.    Hendrik Sharples (Usa) 2D 4D 3S 2H 4D 490 88.81
3.    Gerard Laquerriere (France) 2D 4C Dbl 2H 4D 480 43.14
3.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 2D 4C Dbl 2H 4D 480 43.14
5.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 2C 4D Dbl 2H 4D 470 18.61
5.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 2D 4D Dbl 2H 4D 470 18.61
7.    David Gordon (Canada) 2D 4D Dbl 2H 4H 450 12.15
7.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 2NT 4C Dbl 2H 4H 450 12.15
7.    Bob Todd (Canada) 2D 4D Dbl 2H 4H 450 12.15
7.    Peter Qvist (Danmark) 2D 4C 3C 2H 4D 450 12.15
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