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TGIF December 2019: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 8 5   H 10 9 8 5 4 2   D Q   C A K J 4  
West North East South  
  2C Pass 2D (1)
Pass 3D Pass 3H
Pass 3NT Pass ?
(1) Waiting.

Your call?

4C 11 100
4D 4 80
4NT 0 50
5NT 0 40
Pass 0 20
4H 0 10
Moderator: Though the majority choose the natural 4C, there is a quartet of panelists that are not unhappy to raise partner with the stiff DQ.
Larry Cohen: 4C. We could easily have a 4-4 club fit, and even if we don't, why not bid what is right in front of my nose? I know people who would think this is Gerber, but don't get me started on that. Gerber is a baby food.
Daniel Korbel: 4D. I know it's a singleton, but it's the queen, and partner should have quite a good suit. I no longer care about hearts once partner cannot raise them immediately. This will be the easiest way to sort out level. A grand slam is easily possible: SA K x HA DA K J x x x CQ x x.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4D. . . natural, not minorwood. I think my diamond queen is rather a big card! To open 2C and rebid a minor should show a long good minor. 4C is probably Gerber, not natural.
Christopher Diamond: 4D. We're heading for slam, so I want him to be able to see the DQ. If he shows we have all the keycards I'm going to try 7C. A Moysian club slam might be the only one available.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Bidding out my shape, looking for slam.
Michael Dimich: 4D. Your DQ is huge, so agree trumps and let your partner and you cuebid to either get to 6D or 7D.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. Elicit a preference bid from partner.
Stephen Vincent: 4C. I suspect we'll end up in 6D.
Perry Khakhar: 4C. I'm not ready to give up on a slam quite yet! What's partner got? SA K x HA DA K J x x (x) CQ x x (x)? A minor suit slam seems logical! I can't say I like NT slam.
Hendrik Sharples: 4C. I have some really nice cards here, with an auction that may have endplayed partner into bidding 3NT.
Leonid Bossis: 4D. Heading to 7D or 7NT. For his bidding pard must have: SA Q HA DA K J x x x x CQ x x.
David Gordon: 4C. Natural and forward going.
Norm Tucker: Pass. I do not love my hand. Overtricks are a possibility.
Peter Qvist: 5NT. . . pick a slam! 4C is for aces.

2. IMPs. None vul.
S A 8 7 5   H A K Q   D K 10 9 8 4   C 9  
West North East South  
1S Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Dbl 7 100
2D 5 90
1NT 2 70
Pass 1 60
Moderator: Almost everyone on the panel takes action in balancing chair. Their action is among several imperfect choices.
Jill Meyers: Dbl. I feel poised to handle the auction over any of partner's bids: Over 2C, I will bid 2D; over 3C, I will bid 3NT; over 2D, I will bid again; and over 2H, I will probably pass.
Steve Robinson: 2D. I don't see reasonable follow-ups to double if partner bids two of either round suit, and 1NT does not show this hand.
Kerri Sanborn: Pass. I don't anticipate a game, and bidding could turn a plus into a minus. Possible actions include 1NT (a bit heavy and flawed, shapewise), double (flawed for obvious resaons) and 2D (a bit misdirected).
Roger Lee: 1NT. The range is about right (I play a balancing 1NT over 1S to be a little stronger), and the diamonds aren't really good enough to want to bid.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2D. Cautious start. Partner passed with likely spade shortness and that's a red flag.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Right answer is none of the above. Let the scrambling begin.
Larry Meyer: 2D. I would rather bid 2D now, compared to bidding 2D after I doubled and pard bid 2C.
Michael Dimich: Dbl. The hand is too strong for anything else.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2D. This is why I prefer to play 1NT with range-Stayman.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Barely qualifies for double and bid a suit. If the spots were worse, I'd simply get out with 1NT.
Hendrik Sharples: 2D. Pass is too final but wouldn't surprise me if it is right. Hopefully nobody bids clubs.
Bob Todd: Dbl. An awkward hand. Will start with double and see.
Kf Tung: 2D. Be prudent. You can add more to your bidding if you can bid again.

3. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S A K 9 2   H K 5 2   D Q J 9 5 4   C Q  
West North East South  
  Pass Pass 1D
Pass 2C Pass ?

Your call?

2NT 6 100
2S 4 90
3NT 3 80
Pass 2 50
2D 0 30
Moderator: The deal looks different when partner is a passed hand. Regardless, the plurality press forward with 2NT.
Steve Weinstein: 2NT. I'll keep the bidding alive and hope partner can make the right decision.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3NT. Too much not to go for the max.
Jill Meyers: Pass. Partner is a passed hand. I do not think we have a game. If I had a second club, I would bid 2NT, but the stiff CQ means transportation difficulties.
Sylvia Shi: 2S. Because partner is technically showing 10-plus points, I should move. I will start shaping out and hope we get to the right strain and level.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3NT. The value bid.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. CQ probably makes this good enough for 3NT. But we'll blame transfer.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Bid the most likely game to make.
Michael Dimich: 2S. The shape is right and only a little light in HCP.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. 4S is possible, but I prefer 3NT with a spade lead.
Stephen Vincent: 2S. Something of an overbid but it should ensure we get to the right game.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. The value bid! At matchpoints, a 2D bid may make some sense, but I am an optimist.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. Automatic to bid 2D if partner is unpassed, but having missed the obvious(?) 1NT opener, I now have to catch up.
David Gordon: 2S. . . on the way to 3NT.
Kf Tung: 2S. Good hand, diamonds, spades, and a lovely CQ.

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

Your call?

4D 6 100
3NT 3 80
4NT 3 80
4S 1 70
5S 1 60
4H 1 50
Moderator: Cuebid with SA x support? Why not!
Barry Rigal: 4NT. Is this natural and quantitative? Let's find out!
Mel Colchamiro: 3NT. Partner is a big favourite to have a diamond card, something like: SK Q x x x HK x x DA x Cx x x. If I am even vaguely right as to strength, slam is way, way off.
Josh Donn: 4D. I want to invite slam somehow, but it would be quite embarrassing to do it in notrump and lose the first two tricks in diamonds.
Bill Angus: 4D. I'm going to communicate strength and show some support. I wish I had 3-card support, but pard could have been seriously preempted.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3NT. No sure diamond stop and gross underbid but it feels right. Will reassess if partner bids again, for example I may bid 5S over partner's 4S.
Robert Sauve: 4H. Should have opened 2NT.
Christopher Diamond: 4D. Cue queen-third? But I'm too good for 4S and 5S is risky. I'll try that if he bids 4H.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Bid the most likely game to make.
Michael Dimich: 3NT. Matchpoint bid. Partner will rebid spades with 6 of them.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4D. Give partner a chance to show hearts while showing extras.
Stephen Vincent: 5S. I can't bid just 4S.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. I know this shows a spade fit, but it is the most flexible bid. If partner has clubs, he can show them. No chance that he has 4 hearts.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. Brutal. Partner under pressure may have bid light, and suits aren't splitting. Or partner has full values and we have a slam. I wish 4NT was quantitative (maybe it should be).
David Gordon: 5S. Show the 2 losers in diamonds.
Norm Tucker: 3NT. Hoping partner rebids spades.
Kf Tung: 4H. Good hand, clubs, hearts, and a lovely SA.

5. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A Q J   H 6   D A 9 8   C A Q J 7 6 4  
West North East South  
    Pass 1C
Pass 1D Pass ?

Your call?

2S 10 100
3C 4 80
1S 1 60
3D 0 50
3H 0 50
Moderator: Jumpshifting into a higher ranking three-card suit doesn't scare these panelists.
Zach Grossack: 2S. The hand has a smell to it, as the opponents haven't bid, so partner might well have values with something like five diamonds and four hearts. Or not. Whatever. I'm still rather excited by this hand. If partner raises spades, I can bid 4D, assured that we are at least close to slam zone in diamonds.
August Boehm: 3C. . . a slight underbid, but a jumpshift in the ranking suit has dangers. Suppose partner raises and keeps raising spades on four small? Might pick 2S vulnerable at IMPs to increase the chance of reaching 3NT. Missing a marginal game at matchpoints is less costly.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2S. Set the game force, show diamonds next if given room to do so.
Christopher Diamond: 1S. If this spins put of control at least my 3-card suit is a good one. Hoping for 1NT-3D continuation.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Show my extra values and my extra club length.
Michael Dimich: 2S. Absolute monster hand for suit play in diamonds or clubs.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. Splintering with 3 seems like the smallest lie.
Stephen Vincent: 2S. How often will partner not have 5+ diamonds here?
Perry Khakhar: 3H. This should convey a diamond fit, and so long clubs. I'd like 4 diamonds for this bid, but then you have a real difficult time catching up in this auction after a 3C bid.
Hendrik Sharples: 3C. 1S second choice.
David Gordon: 3C. Maximum.
Kf Tung: 2S. Keep calm and carry on. Show your stepping stone to a slam.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Zach Grossack 4C Dbl 2NT 4D 2S 500
Josh Donn 4C Dbl 2NT 4D 3C 480
Sylvia Shi 4C 2D 2S 4D 2S 480
Barry Rigal 4C Dbl 2S 4NT 2S 470
Steve Weinstein 4D 2D 2NT 4D 2S 470
August Boehm 4C Dbl 2NT 3NT 3C 460
Mel Colchamiro 4C Dbl 3NT 3NT 2S 460
Jeff Meckstroth 4D 2D 3NT 4D 2S 450
Steve Robinson 4C 2D 2S 5S 2S 440
Jill Meyers 4C Dbl Pass 3NT 2S 430
Daniel Korbel 4D 2D 3NT 4NT 2S 430
Mike Lawrence 4C 1NT 2NT 4S 3C 420
Larry Cohen 4C Dbl Pass 4NT 3C 410
Kerri Sanborn 4C Pass 2NT 4H 2S 410
Roger Lee 4D 1NT 2S 4D 1S 400

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Kai Zhou 4C 2D 2S 4D 2S 480 128.63
1.    Gustav Axen 4C Dbl 2NT 3NT 2S 480 128.63
3.    Rod Coote 4C Dbl 2S 4D 3C 470 62.48
3.    Joel Martineau 4C Dbl 2S 4D 3C 470 62.48
5.    Michael Dimich 4D Dbl 2S 3NT 2S 450 23.32
5.    David Waterman 4C Dbl 2S 5S 2S 450 23.32
5.    Monica Angus 4C 2D 2NT 3NT 3C 450 23.32
5.    David Hooey 4C 2D 3NT 4D 3C 450 23.32
9.    Stephen Vincent 4C 2D 2S 5S 2S 440 14.80
9.    Dave Gabel 4C 2D 2S 3NT 3C 440 14.80
9.    Christopher Diamond 4D Dbl 2NT 4D 1S 440 14.80

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4C Dbl 2S 3NT 2S 470 94.94
1.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 4C Dbl 2S 3NT 2S 470 94.94
3.    Adam Chang (Taiwan) 4C Dbl 2NT 4NT 3C 460 46.11
3.    Beverley Candlish (Usa) 4C 2D 2NT 4S 2S 460 46.11
5.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 4D 2D 2NT 4D 3C 450 18.43
5.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 4C Dbl 2NT 4H 2S 450 18.43
5.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 4C Dbl 2S 4D 1S 450 18.43
8.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4D 2D 2S 4D 3C 440 12.81
8.    Diane Bolton (Canada) 4C 1NT 2S 4D 3C 440 12.81
10.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 4C Dbl 3NT 4D 3H 430 9.17
10.    Kf Tung (China) 4C 2D 2S 4H 2S 430 9.17
10.    Qiang Wu (China) 4C 2D 2NT 3NT 1S 430 9.17
10.    Hendrik Sharples (Usa) 4C 2D 3NT 3NT 3C 430 9.17
10.    Marco Paladino (Canada) 4C Dbl 2NT 4H 3C 430 9.17
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