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TGIF February 2020: Scores

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

Your call?

3S 5 100
3C 3 80
3D 3 80
Pass 3 70
4S 0 20
Dbl 0 0
Moderator: Oh look! The opponents have offered us an opportunity to cuebid.
Kerri Sanborn: Pass. I want to hear partner's next natural bid. Passing brings clubs into the picture if partner can bid them, and allows a natural 3D or 3H bid. I think I will be better placed if I listen for this round of bidding.
Zachary Grossack: 3S. . . a significant playing hand in support of diamonds, often (and probably always) with shortness in their suit. In general, you want a fourth trump for these big raises. But my hand is just so good for diamonds that I need to deploy something more exciting.
Josh Donn: 3D. Hopefully 2D promises five, like almost all of us play these days.
Sylvia Shi: 3C. Standard now is that 2D promises five, but I'm pretty sure that's not Bridge Bulletin Standard. So my plan is to show clubs and bid diamonds next to show 1-5-3-4 and a great hand for partner. This also gives partner room to bid 3H if they are 3-3-4-3.
Ralph Buckley: 3S. Western Cue.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3D. No hurry. Probably a slam hand.
Martin Henneberger: 3D. I think it's important to show 3 card minor suit support when the opponents enter the auction. Should we hear a 3S or 4S bid on our left we'd want partner to be well placed. Passing or bidding clubs first won't do that.
Robert Sauve: 3D. Show fit ASAP.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. Good hand, don't know where it's going yet. 3C gets murky and 3S eats space.
Ramona Josephson: 3C. This is the best description of your hand, i.e., no 4 card diamond support, 4+ clubs, 5+ hearts, no stopper in spades. Partner can decide how to proceed.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Show solid opener, shortness in opps' suit, tolerance for other suits.
Stephen Vincent: 3C. Slam is a distinct possibility: perhaps I'll be able to pattern out.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. That should convey the message that we have extras (free bid) and a fit. I am very rich in controls. Could easily make a slam if no wastage!
Chris Buchanan: 3D. I prefer at least 4-card support for a splinter. A simple raise works well here.
Hendrik Sharples: 3S. I might have to decide if Hamman's rule applies next bid.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3C. . . to keep all options open.
Timothy Wright: 3S. 3D is way too timid for what we have here.
Mike Roberts: 3S. I'm trying to find the bid that makes me most comfortable passing 3NT by partner. This is it.
Allan Simon: 3D. I must conserve bidding room to explore for the best contract.
Kf Tung: 3C. 3C shows a better hand then 3D.

2. Matchpoints. None vul.
S Q 8 4   H K   D Q 9 8 5 3   C K 10 6 2  
West North East South  
1C Dbl 1H ?

Your call?

1NT 8 100
2D 4 80
2NT 2 60
3D 0 50
Pass 0 20
Dbl 0 10
Moderator: The premium for playing NT sways the panel. They can always bid diamonds later.
Mike Lawrence: 1NT. 2D is too weak and 3D is a touch too much.
Barry Rigal: 2NT. Distinguishing that D3 from the H3 can be tough in the murky light.
Steve Robinson: 2D. I don't see any other possibility. When both opponents are bidding, it's usually a partscore deal.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2D. Free bid is enough for now. They are likely going to bid more spades in which case I may have to show clubs next. Double probably shows hearts though it would be nice if it showed minors.
Martin Henneberger: 1NT. . . a standout. I have the values to make that bid and am not worried about the suit partner has implied. It may be the route that gets us to 3NT or it may just outscore all the diamond partials. I can compete in diamonds later if need be.
Christopher Diamond: 2D. Tempted to bid 1NT. I'll try that strain next if I get a chance.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Show a forward going hand with support for the unbid suits.
David Hooey: 2D. I expect another round of bidding, so this is the best time to show my best suit.
Stephen Vincent: 1NT. The soft values suggest notrump.
Perry Khakhar: 1NT. Little understated on values and a little overstated on stoppers! Probably, the best middle road!
Chris Buchanan: 1NT. . . 8-10. Not the ideal shape but I really dislike bidding that diamond suit.
Hendrik Sharples: 2D. Sometimes it's ok to have a little extra. I guess the real matchpoint pigs bid 1NT.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2D. Conveys values.
Mike Roberts: 3D. Partner doesn't have to be offshape, and I was going to bid 3D after 2D-2H-P-P.
Allan Simon: 2D. All this hand is worth.
David Gordon: 3D. Invite.
Kf Tung: 2NT. Shows around 10 points and a desirable 3NT on the horizon.

3. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S Q 9 7 5 3   H A 8   D A 6   C A Q 7 4  
West North East South  
  1H 3C ?

Your call?

Dbl 10 100
3NT 2 60
3S 2 60
4C 0 20
Pass 0 10
Moderator: The vast majority opt for double.
Larry Cohen: 3NT. . . a very matchpointy bid. 3S could paint partner into a corner if he has, say, SK x HK x x x x DK Q J x Cx x. He would likely raise to 4S and we'd miss 3NT.
Roger Lee: Dbl. I can bid 3NT later if it sounds right. If partner has four spades or a heart one-suiter, this hand has too much slam potential, and we might also just take one more trick in a major suit by ruffing something in either hand.
Mel Colchamiro: 3S. Too much chance for slam to bid 3NT.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. I will learn more from partner's reopening action as I can't show spades as well as club stoppers (e.g., with a negative double that may endplay partner). Slight risk it may go all pass but I am taking it.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. The choices are Dbl or 3NT. 3S is horrible as it will endplay partner into the best lie when they can't really support spades or bid 3NT themselves. I like Dbl a lot: we are happy with anything pard bids and can offer 3NT over a low red suit continuation.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. If pard bids spades I'll go slamming, otherwise 3NT. Looks odd but you know...flexible.
Ramona Josephson: 3S. New suit by unpassed responder is forcing so partner will bid on. Could bid 3NT but may miss slam if you bid too fast.
Larry Meyer: 3S. No reason not to bid my longest suit.
David Hooey: 3S. Start with the obvious. 3C doubled is not scoring enough vs game or slam so no point in passing. The harder problem comes next when partner rebids 4D.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. I would like to show spades and not lose the NT. Decent compromise!
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. Even if we have slam values the likely bad breaks may doom making 12 tricks.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. Will get me the most information.
Timothy Wright: 3S. The vulnerability is wrong for a trap pass, and it's worth giving up on 3NT to explore spades.
Mike Roberts: 3S. I don't like the suit either, but won't distort.
Allan Simon: Dbl. We are likely headed for 3NT, but the double allows some scope for partner to further describe her hand, you never know!
David Gordon: Dbl. Flexible.
Kf Tung: 3NT. Your hand can produce the same number of tricks in hearts or NT, and partner can remove it to 4H if he wants to.

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

Your call?

5D 6 100
4D 4 90
4S 3 80
4H 1 40
3NT 0 30
Pass 0 10
Moderator: How big a diamond raise do you make? Or do you raise diamonds at all? For a start, what does partner have?
Jill Meyers: 4S. Close between 5D and 4S, but at the table, I would bid 4S.
Kerri Sanborn: 5D. It's hard to pinpoint where our losers are. If we have a diamond loser, it must be right to play that suit rather than notrump, and 4S could get sticky missing, say, the DA.
Daniel Korbel: 4D. I don't think this heart stopper is good enough to think we have nine running tricks in 3NT. Imagine something like SK x x Hx DK Q 10 x x CA K x x. If partner has that hand, we can play 5D or he can give us one last shot at 4S. I hate bidding 4S, as once in awhile, partner is 2-1-5-5 and was stuck over 2NT.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5D. I wish I'd bid a simple 3D over 2C after which it's easier to find the right game if we have one. I'm interpreting that pard doesn't like NT but has a little extra and is trying for game in spades or diamonds. Guessing diamonds will be best.
Martin Henneberger: 4S. Partner's 3S is forcing. It accepts the invite and offers a choice of games. If my spades were worse I'd bid 4H and leave the choice to partner. Here, I will place the contract as my spades are good enough to suspect it's the right place to play.
Robert Sauve: Pass. Values in hearts wasted; I have a working 6 count.
Christopher Diamond: 4D. With the S10 I'd play in the Moysian. Running off 8 tricks after hearts are established is iffy and we're not vul.
Ramona Josephson: Pass. We don't have a better fit and I have too many jacks. My hand has not grown up.
Larry Meyer: Pass. I doubt that we can run 9 fast tricks in NT, so they will run hearts, and in our 4-3 spade fit, my heart honors will not pull their weight.
David Hooey: 3NT. Partner has a little extra and is offering a 3NT or 4S game with 3 card spade support.
Stephen Vincent: 4D. Partner's offered a choice of games: let's reciprocate.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. Well, this is going to be a Moysian but with short hearts in the 3 trumps side, it should work out! I don't have so much wasted in the heart suit that I'd insist on 3NT.
Chris Buchanan: 4D. Sounds like partner is 3-1-5-4. I will show him diamond support in case they are 3-0-6-4 and let them make the decision.
Hendrik Sharples: 4S. Assuming this is accepting and showing 3S, I'm being given the choice of 3NT, the 4-3 spade game, or 5D. So does partner have a heart void, the H2, or the HK? Beats me.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4D. I'd have preferred 2H and then 3D (but only if it isn't defined as absolutely game forcing).
Timothy Wright: 5D. Opposite partner's 3-1-5-4 hand, 3NT is odds-against.
Mike Roberts: 4S. This is assuming that partner has the brains to bid 2S on 3-1-5-4 min.
Allan Simon: 4D. Letting partner make the last mistake.
David Gordon: 5D. HQ J x not enough opposite a stiff for 3NT.
Kf Tung: 4D. 4D, 4S, 5D are offered for partner to choose.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S A K 9 7 5 4   H A 6 4 2   D ---   C J 10 6  
West North East South  
  1D 1H 1S
Pass 2C 2H ?

Your call?

Dbl 8 100
3H 4 80
3S 2 60
2NT 0 30
3NT 0 30
4S 0 30
2S 0 10
Moderator: The panel majority choose double, but not for penalty.
August Boehm: 3H. Leaves a path to 4S, 3NT or even 5C.
Mike Lawrence: Dbl. Double is wrong if partner has two spades. I'm betting on one.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3S. Move towards most likely makeable game (4S), but getting to 3NT will no longer be possible. Leaving room for a 4C rebid in which case I will cue 4H.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. Tough problem. Using Dbl in order to gain the space needed to untangle where to play is ideal for this hand. However, I'm not so sure how or why this shouldn't be pure penalty. My hearts aren't good enough for a penalty double but I might survive anyway.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. I was wrong once before.
Ramona Josephson: 3S. Shows 6 spades and looking for game in spades.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Show my extra length and my extra strength.
David Hooey: 3H. Force with 3H forcing, looking for more information. Ready to pass 3NT, raise 3S to 4S, or raise 4C to 5C.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. Well it would appear that partner is 5-5 most likely. If he has as little as HQ x, he's better off playing it. My suit isn't good enough to insist.
Chris Buchanan: 3H. . . forcing. Tell me more.
Hendrik Sharples: 3H. Hope partner can show spade tolerance. It wouldn't surprise me if Dbl is the winner here .
Timothy Wright: 3H. I have to cue-bid hear to show strength. (Just don't ask what I will do over 4D by partner.)
Mike Roberts: Dbl. I might miss 4S, but where are they getting tricks?
Allan Simon: Dbl. If partner sits for this, it will be a bloodbath.
Kf Tung: 3H. Of course you will be delighted if partner bids 3S on his turn.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jeff Meckstroth 3S 1NT Dbl 5D Dbl 500
Roger Lee 3S 1NT Dbl 5D Dbl 500
Daniel Korbel 3S 1NT Dbl 4D Dbl 490
Zachary Grossack 3S 1NT Dbl 4D Dbl 490
Jill Meyers 3C 1NT Dbl 4S 3H 440
Steve Robinson 3D 2D Dbl 5D 3H 440
Sylvia Shi 3C 2D Dbl 4S Dbl 440
August Boehm 3S 1NT 3NT 4D 3H 430
Mike Lawrence 3C 1NT 3S 4D Dbl 430
Kerri Sanborn Pass 1NT Dbl 5D 3S 430
Larry Cohen 3D 2NT 3NT 5D Dbl 400
Josh Donn 3D 2D Dbl 4H Dbl 400
Barry Rigal Pass 2NT Dbl 5D 3S 390
Mel Colchamiro Pass 2D 3S 4S 3H 370

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Martin Henneberger 3D 1NT Dbl 4S Dbl 460 147.00
1.    Larry Pocock 3D 1NT Dbl 4S Dbl 460 147.00
3.    Stephen Vincent 3C 1NT Dbl 4D 3H 450 71.40
3.    Christopher Diamond 3D 2D Dbl 4D Dbl 450 71.40
5.    Diana Jing 3S 2D 3S 5D 3H 420 33.60
6.    Dave Gabel 3C 2D Dbl 4D 3S 410 26.00
6.    Ernie Dietrich 3C 2D 3NT 4D Dbl 410 26.00
8.    James Harris 3S 2D 3NT 4D 3S 390 19.83
8.    Stuart Carr 3C 1NT Dbl 3NT 3H 390 19.83
10.    Silvana Trotter 3C 2D 3S 4S 3H 380 16.80
11.    Kai Zhou Pass 2D 3NT 4S 3H 370 14.07
11.    Jack Aaron 3C 2D 3S 4D 3S 370 14.07
11.    David Walker 3C 2D 3S 4D 3S 370 14.07

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    John Gillespie (Canada) 3S 1NT Dbl 4D Dbl 490 94.50
2.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 3S 1NT Dbl 4S 3H 460 70.88
3.    Allan Simon (Canada) 3D 2D Dbl 4D Dbl 450 47.25
4.    David Gordon (Canada) 3C 3D Dbl 5D Dbl 430 25.99
4.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 3C 1NT 3NT 4D Dbl 430 25.99
6.    Timothy Wright (Usa) 3S 2D 3S 5D 3H 420 15.75
7.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 3D 1NT 3NT 4D 3H 410 11.94
7.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 3D 1NT 3NT 4D 3H 410 11.94
7.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 3C 2D Dbl 4D 3S 410 11.94
10.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3D 1NT 3NT 4S 3H 400 8.30
10.    Peter Qvist (Danmark) 3C 2D 3S 4S Dbl 400 8.30
10.    Qiang Wu (China) 3D 2D 3NT 4S Dbl 400 8.30
10.    Hendrik Sharples (Usa) 3S 2D 3NT 4S 3H 400 8.30
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