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TGIF January 2020: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S A 8 4 3   H A K 7 5 3 2   D 10 6   C K  
West North East South  
  Pass 1S 2H
Pass 2NT Pass ?

Your call?

3NT 8 100
3H 3 70
3S 2 60
4H 1 60
Pass 0 20
Moderator: The majority choose 3NT.
Mike Lawrence: 3S. 3H isn't forcing. 3S should get a heart bid from partner if he likes his hand for hearts.
Steve Robinson: 3H. I think we have too much strength in spades to make 3NT; we might be wide open in a minor. 4H should play OK.
Kerri Sanborn: 4H. Partner's spade help could be all I need. If hearts don't work, we are not likely to make 3NT anyway.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3NT. Best chance at a game bonus. Fishing for another strain is just guessing and could get messy.
David Waterman: 3NT. I bet pass is the winning bid --- I don't think hearts are breaking. But 3NT is the normal call.
Christopher Diamond: 3NT. Blame Bob Hamman.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. If pard can make a forward going bid, then I want to be in game.
David Hooey: 4H. 3NT is the other option.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Catering for partner to have secondary heart support.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. Let's see if partner has SQ x x Hx x DA J x x CQ x x x? 9 tricks may be easier than 10 (in hearts). And the danger of a ruff is critical. If 8 tricks can make in NT, then 9 may as well.
Chris Buchanan: 4H. Taking a shot and feel hearts is the best place to play.
Hendrik Sharples: 3S. I think 3S has to be a choice of games, implying 6 hearts.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Instinct says: misfit get out. Tempted to bid 3NT, but communications will probably be horrible.
Timothy Wright: 3NT. This is what the other table is doing, right?
Allan Simon: 3NT. Hard to think of another bid.
David Gordon: 4H. SA is well positioned.
Bob Todd: 3H. Nothing is going to play well. Maybe partner can raise?
Norm Tucker: 3H. Can't ignore my shortness; partner passes I hope.
Kf Tung: 3NT. 9 tricks are ready or easily set up.

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

Your call?

3D 10 100
3H 2 70
3NT 1 60
4H 1 60
Dbl 0 50
Moderator: Despite the worrisome diamond holding, the panel treat this as an invite.
Daniel Korbel: 3D. Seems like the easiest bid ever. I know that some of my values are suspect, but I'd rather leave it up to partner than underbid with 3H or overbid with 4H.
Roger Lee: 4H. 3NT could work, but it feels anti-percentage. We likely need diamond help from partner anyway, and that might be useful in pitching a spade loser from our hand in 4H. 3H is just going too low.
Josh Donn: 3H. Although it would be convenient to cuebid 3D and show a better raise, the auction is going poorly for us. Maybe partner has enough to bid game anyway if it's right.
David Waterman: 3D. Yes, my minors are not impressive, but this is still worth a limit raise.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Most of this seems wasted. Not listening to Hamman.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Bidding to the level of the fit, but not anything more --- my holdings in the opp's suits may not be worth much.
David Hooey: 3D. Textbook cue bid for limit raise.
Stephen Vincent: 3D. Only game try available.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. With the DK possibly wasted, and soft values in clubs, I am going to be a bit pessimistic! (Not my normal style!)
Chris Buchanan: 3D. Simple limit raise.
Hendrik Sharples: 3H. Tossup here: Dbl might net 300 or 500, but bidding might net 620.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. Agreements? The difference between 3D, 3H and 4H is important here.
Timothy Wright: 3D. I was prepared to make a limit raise here, so I should do that.
Allan Simon: 3D. While the contract would play better from my side of the table, 3NT seems remote unless partner can bid it.
David Gordon: 3D. Reluctant limit raise. Hand has devalued.
Norm Tucker: Pass. Must show support for partner's major.
Kf Tung: 3D. Invite 3NT/4H.

3. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A K 3   H A J 7 4 3   D 8 7   C A J 3  
West North East South  
Pass 1D 3S ?

Your call?

3NT 11 100
Dbl 2 70
4NT 1 50
4H 0 40
Moderator: Another hand to prove why preempts are so effective.
Steve Weinstein: 3NT. I would give up 2 IMPs to just throw this board out. If I double, a 4H bid is great and most other bids give us minor problems.
Larry Cohen: Dbl. Wrong heart suit for any number of hearts --- where we could end up opposite partner's shortness.
David Waterman: 3NT. Preempting works. Anything else is a wild shot. If I could bid 4NT natural, I might, but I can't.
Christopher Diamond: 4S. Too good for Hamman. I'd like a natural 4NT but I don't think it applies.
Larry Meyer: 4H. Hoping pard will bid again if he has more than a minimum.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. With a prime 17 count, I can't just bid 3NT, even though this will often be right.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Just a discovery bid. I'd like to know if partner has more than 3 clubs or 3 hearts! We should be safe in 4NT in case of the worst case scenario.
Chris Buchanan: 3NT. Little safety in pursuing more than 3NT here.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. Practical. Hopefully partner will raise with a moose.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. We'll not get to 3NT now, which may be our best spot. But we might get to a slam after I offer hearts, or possibly to a diamond contract.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. Yes, this pretty much gives up on 3NT, but it keeps a heart slam in play.
Allan Simon: 3NT. The hand is worth a quantitative 4NT, but I am concerned partner will take it as Ace asking.
David Gordon: Dbl. Start by showing hearts.
Bob Todd: 3NT. Is 4NT natural?
Norm Tucker: 3NT. Take some chances.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Good hand, you have flexibility.

4. IMPs. E-W vul.
S K 9   H J 8 6 5 4 2   D K J   C 10 7 6  
West North East South  
Pass 1C 3D Pass
Pass 3S Pass ?

Your call?

5C 9 100
3NT 2 60
4C 2 60
4S 1 50
4D 0 40
4H 0 30
Moderator: The panel are content to raise clubs, but teeter on the edge of partscore vs game.
Mike Lawrence: 4C. There could be nine top tricks at 3NT. Or there may not be. 4C may find a laydown 5C (or 4S), and if partner has any interest in slam, I probably have what he needs.
Jill Meyers: 5C. This is a hard problem. It is between 4C and 5C.
Mel Colchamiro: 3NT. I'm gonna try 3NT and hope to run the clubs opposite SA Q x x HK Dx x CA Q J x x x.
David Waterman: 4C. As a passed hand, I think I would have scraped up a 3H bid. As it stands now I am not going to push for the non-vul game.
Christopher Diamond: 4S. Don't think Hamman would go there.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Tell pard that I have a diamond stopper and deny good support for his suits.
Jack Aaron: Pass. Whatever you bid, you're in trouble!
David Hooey: 3NT. 5C is my second choice.
Stephen Vincent: 5C. I have more than I might have.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. 10 trick game seems likely opposite this 5/6 in the blacks that partner is advertising.
Chris Buchanan: 5C. 3NT is rife with danger. Taking a shot a 5C here.
Hendrik Sharples: 5C. I'm not hot on playing 3NT opposite 11 black cards --- I'd bid 4D with first round control though maybe that should be choice of games.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5C. Two useful controls and 3 trumps but not a lot of tricks. If he has the magic hand he can bid 6.
Timothy Wright: 3NT. At least they won't be taking *5* heart tricks off the top.
Allan Simon: 3NT. Bob Hamman's rule strikes again.
David Gordon: 4H. Might buy more then a stiff from pard.
Kf Tung: 3NT. 6 clubs, 1 diamond, 2 spades are ready.

5. IMPs. Both vul.
S K 9 6 2   H 8 2   D A 9   C A K 9 8 6  
West North East South  
Pass Pass 2D Pass
Pass 2H Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 8 100
2NT 3 80
3D 2 70
3C 1 50
3NT 0 40
3H 0 30
4H 0 20
Moderator: Finally a problem where Pass is the majority vote!
Barry Rigal: 3D. . . followed by 3NT to offer a choice of games. I can do no less.
Jeff Meckstroth: Pass. Sounds like partner has at least eight red cards, so it doesn't seem likely 3NT will be a good spot.
Sylvia Shi: 2NT. I'm not sure why I didn't just overcall 3C in the first place --- I'm definitely good enough to do so. I would rather partner play the notrump, but if I bid 3C now, partner will pass 100% of the time. So I'm endplayed into doing this.
David Waterman: 3C. This must show this type of hand --- and again, I would have bid on the previous round (3C, in this case).
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. Is this Bob Hamman day? I treat 2NT as essentially forcing. Bob didn't.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. Tell pard that I have some values and a diamond stopper, and deny good support for his hearts.
David Hooey: Pass. Borrow a King theory says pass.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. While 3NT might make on a good day, the odds are definitely against it.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Seriously? Now I need to find a bid? Well, I'll stay on the low road. Partner probably can't stand spades with his bid and he didn't bid a weak 2. So, hopefully, we have a club fit.
Chris Buchanan: 3C. I think it is too much to pass here, but I considered it.
Hendrik Sharples: 3C. Partner should look at this as forward going. Maybe I should force.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. He did not open weak hearts nor did he balance with a double. Clubs might be better but I doubt there is a game (though I have the maximum pass).
Timothy Wright: 3C. Not 2NT: I want partner to be bidding no trump with DQ x x.
Allan Simon: 3D. I would have overcalled 3C. I can't pass again.
David Gordon: 3C. Forward going.
Norm Tucker: 2S. Why not double the weak 2-bid at first chance? Partner will proceed with caution.
Kf Tung: Pass. . . and thank partner for the 2H bid.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jeff Meckstroth 3NT 3D 3NT 5C Pass 500
Jill Meyers 3NT 3D 3NT 5C Pass 500
Steve Weinstein 3NT 3D 3NT 5C Pass 500
Kerri Sanborn 4H 3D 3NT 5C Pass 460
Mel Colchamiro 3NT 3D 3NT 3NT Pass 460
Sylvia Shi 3H 3D 3NT 5C 2NT 450
Steve Robinson 3H 3D 3NT 4C Pass 430
Daniel Korbel 3NT 3D 4NT 5C 2NT 430
August Boehm 3H 3D 3NT 5C 3C 420
Roger Lee 3NT 4H 3NT 3NT Pass 420
Josh Donn 3S 3H 3NT 5C 2NT 410
Barry Rigal 3NT 3NT Dbl 5C 3D 400
Larry Cohen 3NT 3H Dbl 4S Pass 390
Mike Lawrence 3S 3D 3NT 4C 3D 390

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Brad Bart 3NT 4H 3NT 5C Pass 460 140.88
1.    Martin Henneberger 3S 3D 3NT 5C Pass 460 140.88
3.    Kai Zhou 3NT 3D Dbl 5C 3D 440 68.43
3.    Monica Angus 3H 3H 3NT 5C Pass 440 68.43
5.    Stephen Vincent 3S 3D Dbl 5C Pass 430 29.52
5.    Laurence Betts 4H 3H 3NT 5C Pass 430 29.52
7.    David Hooey 4H 3D 3NT 3NT Pass 420 23.00
8.    David Waterman 3NT 3D 3NT 4C 3C 410 20.13
9.    Zoran Peca 3NT 3H Dbl 3NT Pass 400 16.21
9.    Diana Jing 4H 3D Dbl 5C 3D 400 16.21
9.    Daniel Lyder 3NT 3D 4NT 5C 3C 400 16.21
12.    Dave Gabel 3H 3H 3NT 5C 3C 390 12.90
12.    Ernie Dietrich 3NT 3NT 3NT 4C 3D 390 12.90

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 3NT 3D 3NT 5C Pass 500 108.50
2.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 3NT 3D 4NT 5C Pass 450 81.38
3.    Paul Mcmullin (USA) 4H 3D Dbl 5C Pass 430 29.50
3.    Kf Tung (China) 3NT 3D Dbl 3NT Pass 430 29.50
3.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 3NT 3D Dbl 3NT Pass 430 29.50
3.    Allan Simon (Canada) 3NT 3D 3NT 3NT 3D 430 29.50
3.    Chi Deng (Canada) 3NT 3H 3NT 3NT Pass 430 29.50
8.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Canada) 3NT 3H 3NT 3NT 2NT 410 11.58
8.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 3H 3D 3NT 3NT 2NT 410 11.58
8.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 4H 3D 3NT 5C 3C 410 11.58
8.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 3NT 3D 3NT 3NT 3C 410 11.58
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