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TGIF April 2020: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S K J 6 5   H K 9   D Q J 6 5   C 10 3 2  
West North East South  
  1H Pass 1S
2D Dbl (1) Pass ?
(1) Three-card spade support.

Your call?

2H 6 100
Pass 6 90
2NT 4 80
2S 0 50
3S 0 20
Moderator: The panel are caught on a three-way choice: invite game in notrump, go for a penalty or take the preference to 2H.
August Boehm: 2NT. . . a slight stretch for a vulnerable game bonus. Might pass at matchpoints, aiming for plus 200 (or minus 180).
Mike Lawrence: Pass. You have fair chances of getting 500. Worth the occasional risk of their making 180. You could lose out, however, if partner has a maximum hand with six hearts and a stiff diamond. One thing about support doubles is that they don't show partner's range.
Barry Rigal: 2H. Facing the typical 12-14 balanced hand, this is a partscore deal. 2H gets my hand type across, and although I have a maximum, this is still legal in 38 of the 50 states.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2H. A tiny bit in reserve. For now I show that I have only four spades. I should not guarantee 3-card heart support for this.
David Waterman: Pass. People don't double enough at IMPs.
Steve Ottridge: 2NT. No double allowed?
Larry Meyer: 2NT. Deny 5 spades, show diamond stopper, invitational.
Michael Dimich: 2H. If partner is minimum 2H is safest, if partner has short diamonds and a good hand they bid again and you can bid 3NT safely.
Stuart Carr: 2H. Pass is probably a plus, but I'll go for lower risk.
David Hooey: 2NT. Pass, 2H, 2S, 2NT . . . any one could be the winning call here.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. We have no great fit our way and 2D may play very badly for declarer: I'm guessing one dummy entry at most.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. This hand is not getting better. I'm going to pull in my horns and see if we can get a plus.
Paul Mcmullin: 2H. I prefer the 5-2 fit to the 4-3 fit.
Hendrik Sharples: 2NT. Passing might be right.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2NT. This seems right on: strength, only four spades, good diamond stopper, denying three hearts.
Timothy Wright: 2NT. If partner wants to run away from this, we should still be fine.
Mike Roberts: 2NT. A slight overbid, but pass is anti-partnership, and either 2H or 2S feels wrong.
Allan Simon: Pass. Partner is unlimited. Second choice 2NT, but if 3NT makes we should get at least 500 on defense.
Kf Tung: 2NT. The HK and C10 make a 9 trick game palpable, and you are in the right seat.

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A   H J 8 6 3   D A K 10 9 8 7 3   C A  
West North East South  
    3C ?

Your call?

3NT 7 100
Dbl 5 80
3D 2 70
4D 1 70
5D 1 60
Moderator: The uncomfortable strength and shape of the hand lead the panel to an offbeat 3NT.
Larry Cohen: Dbl. I can bid 3NT if partner (likely) bids 3S. If he bids 4S, I will be stuck with 5D. My dream partner, of course bids hearts. Too strong for only 3D.
Steve Robinson: 3NT. I can't double because partner could hang me in spades. I can't bid 4D because that is usually played as leaping Michaels. So my choices are 3D, 5D and 3NT. 3NT needs very little from partner to make, and 5D could go down with three heart losers.
Zachary Grossack: 3D. What else can I do? Double is begging for a disaster, and I have a stiff ace in two suits --- a negative as far as high-card placement goes.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3D. It would be embarrasing to go down in 3NT cold for slam in a red suit. I could jump to 4D, value bid, but want to leave room for pard to bid hearts.
David Waterman: 3NT. If a possible bid is 3NT, then . . .
Christopher Diamond: 3NT. I'll have company.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Too strong for a simple overcall.
Michael Dimich: 3NT. . . probably nearly unanimous.
Stuart Carr: Dbl. If pard bids 3S, I bid 3NT.
Stephen Vincent: 3NT. Putting all the eggs in one basket but it's the percentage action.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. I'm certain that partner will find hearts for us if that is right.
Paul Mcmullin: 3D. What is the BBS bid for a 7-card suit and two outside singleton aces?
Hendrik Sharples: 3D. If I knew diamonds were running I'd try 3NT, but I'd be poorly placed if lefty bids 4C.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. I think I have enough to double and later bid diamonds (unless my partner miraculously bids hearts of course) but it is close. I need heart support to get enough tricks.
Timothy Wright: 3NT. Double risks a disaster if partner believes me; 3D could miss a laydown game.
Mike Roberts: 3D. Pre-empts work.
Allan Simon: 3NT. I hate it, but all alternatives have worse flaws. I particularly dislike double, because partner will most likely bid spades, and then he will misinterpret my diamond bid as a cue for spades.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Start with double to get flexibility. Game in diamonds, hearts, NT may not be enough, and you need room to bid.

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

Your call?

Dbl 5 100
3D 3 80
3S 3 70
4C 3 70
4S 2 70
3H 0 50
4H 0 30
Moderator: There are a wide variety of possibilities on this deal.
Steve Weinstein: Dbl. Going to elicit the most natural bid from partner. He will likely put us on this shape.
Jill Meyers: 3S. No one is holding a gun to my head to bid 3S, so this must show extras.
Kerri Sanborn: 3D. . . forward-going without committing to one major or the other. It looks like partner has a bad-suit weak two-bid, so the tap when playing in hearts may be uncomfortable. But HJ 10 9 x x x would be fine facing my hand.
Daniel Korbel: 4C. I hope partner interprets this as a choice of games. If he isn't sure, he may try 4D, over which I will bid 4S.
Sylvia Shi: 4S. I think partner has a fitting spade card to introduce a not-so-great heart suit here, and I'm just going to hope to take 10 tricks. I could have a lot less if I bid 3S.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3H. Partner may have a lot of hearts and may not have any spades. Too conservative to pass.
David Waterman: 4H. Partner is still there to bid 4S, but I am not stopping short of game.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. Wonder why he didn't open 2H? If he has only 5 hearts he is close to an opener. Just moving things along.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Show support for hearts and a club control.
Michael Dimich: Dbl. . . to show either 5-2-4-2 or 6-2-4-1. Let partner know we are fine at the 3-level and maybe more.
Stephen Vincent: 4S. Partner didn't open 2H and didn't make a responsive double: he should have some kind of spade tolerance.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I'm not crazy about my suit. And I wouldn’t want partner to ruff in my hand. The diamond suit is really not mentionable at this level. 3D or 3S might make but I'm ok with defending.
Paul Mcmullin: 3D. Hoping partner will rebid a major suit, which I'll raise to game.
Hendrik Sharples: Dbl. Brings all suits into play.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. Opposite 5+ hearts and 2-3 clubs, the best playable spot is probably the suit we can keep control in. That means partner should rebid a 6-card heart suit or revert to spades with 2.
Timothy Wright: 3D. Partner needs to know about the diamonds to make the right decision.
Mike Roberts: 4C. This HAS to be choice of games.
Allan Simon: 4C. Important to tell partner it is OUR hand, so that we can make a forcing pass later on if the opportunity presents itself.
Kf Tung: 3D. You have extras, so show your diamonds. Show more on the next round.

4. IMPs. N-S vul.
S J 2   H A K J 10 6   D A 5   C A 8 6 3  
West North East South  
Pass 1S Dbl ?

Your call?

2C 8 100
Pass 5 70
2NT 2 60
Rdbl 1 40
3C 0 30
3H 0 20
Moderator: Because a redouble would show 3-card support for spades, that is off the table. The majority go low with 2C.
Zachary Grossack: 2NT. I'll just bid what I was always planning to rebid here. 2C with such weak clubs is not appealing to me, and if the colours were reversed, pass would be the standout action, as I would be keen to collect a penalty. With the vulnerability as it is, I would try to get to game without causing too much confusion.
Roger Lee: 2C. I the old days, you could happily redouble. I prefer to play 1NT shows extras (17-19) and would bid that if I could.
Josh Donn: Pass. The follow-up could be tricky, but fortunately, you didn't ask about that. The opponents could be in trouble, and I am not going to let them off the hook.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2C. Will rebid normally since interference has not prevented me from doing so. I am denying spade support.
David Waterman: 2C. There is no reason not to bid out my hand.
Christopher Diamond: 2C. Let me guess . . . we're playing support redoubles? Stupid convention.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. The SJ has become a valuable card.
Michael Dimich: 1NT. I would have bid 2NT without East's interference. 1NT tells the same story now.
David Hooey: 2C. I think 3NT will be the final contract and I want partner to declare.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. The auction isn't over and I need information!
Paul Mcmullin: Rdbl. Partner will pull with a weak hand.
Hendrik Sharples: 2NT. . . what I was going to bid without the double. Other choice is pass.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2C. Systemic I think, though maybe worth an upgrade to 3C.
Timothy Wright: 2C. Not good enough for 3C. Even if partner has her bid, 2C might be high enough.
Mike Roberts: 2C. Pass is masterminding.
Allan Simon: 2C. I would have opened 1NT. Hands with 15 to 17 HCP and five hearts are notoriously hard to describe.
Kf Tung: Rdbl. Show strength. You will clarify with the bidding space created. Partner will like to play NT if appropriate.

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

Your call?

5C 7 100
4H 5 80
3NT 3 70
4C 1 60
Pass 0 40
Moderator: A very active auction punctuated by partner's strength-showing double. The majority aim at 5C or 6C.
August Boehm: 3NT. Very descriptive and often right on target.
Drew Becker: 4H. Partner's double shows cards, not hearts. I'm tempted to bid 5C directly, which would clarify our strain, but the void gives the hand enough potential that I'll risk possible ambiguity with 4H.
Mel Colchamiro: 5C. Because double isn't pure penalty, 3NT, my first instinct, is really too wild a gamble. Partner could easily have SA x x HQ x x DA x x x x CJ x and we could be on for 5C or even, on a good day, 6C, while 3NT goes down.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4C. Too much playing strength to sit for a double that is action, not penalties. 3NT is too risky as they may run hearts or clubs may not break.
Lisbet Soda: 4NT. Asking for aces.
David Waterman: 4C. A bit cowardly. Pass could definitely be right, but I don't want to discourage partner from making frisky penalty doubles in the future.
Christopher Diamond: 4C. They probably have 9 hearts so apparently I'm supposed to bid something.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Sounds like pard has their suit.
Michael Dimich: 4H. I can't play 3NT from my side. 4H gives partner that option as well as showing solid 7+ club suit for potential slam.
David Hooey: Pass. Looks like a business double.
Stephen Vincent: 4C. Too much offence/defence ratio to pass.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. 400 beats the magic 200!
Paul Mcmullin: 4C. How did we get so high so fast?
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. 3NT is never the right answer to a bidding problem!
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. I hate leaving in (optional?) penalty with a void, plus: I have a lot of trick-potential. If Dbl is defined as action I will always pull. Suspect partner is something like 2-4-5-2.
Timothy Wright: Pass. 4C is for wimps. Or IMPs.
Allan Simon: 3NT. Probably infuriating partner: I don't often pull penalty doubles but this hand is an exception.
Kf Tung: 4C. East is not helpful as he has passed 3H. You have to bid 4C, and partner will do the rest. Why has partner not bid 3NT?

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jeff Meckstroth Pass 3NT Dbl 2C 5C 490
Roger Lee Pass 3NT Dbl 2C 5C 490
Jill Meyers 2H 3NT 3S 2C 5C 470
Steve Robinson 2NT 3NT 3S 2C 5C 450
Kerri Sanborn Pass 3NT 3D Pass 5C 440
Mike Lawrence Pass 3NT 4C 2C 3NT 430
Barry Rigal 2H Dbl 3D 2C 4C 420
Daniel Korbel 2H 3D 4C 2C 4H 420
Josh Donn Pass Dbl Dbl Pass 4H 420
Steve Weinstein 2NT Dbl Dbl Pass 4H 410
Drew Becker 2H 5D Dbl Pass 4H 410
August Boehm 2NT 4D 3D 2C 3NT 400
Mel Colchamiro Pass 3NT 4C Rdbl 5C 400
Sylvia Shi 2H Dbl 4S Pass 4H 400
Zachary Grossack 2H 3D 4S 2NT 5C 400
Larry Cohen 2NT Dbl 3S 2NT 3NT 360

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Daniel Lyder Pass 3NT Dbl 2C 3NT 460 164.50
2.    Elaine Sutton 2H 3D 3S 2C 5C 440 102.81
2.    Dave Gabel 2NT Dbl 3D 2C 5C 440 102.81
4.    Monica Angus 2NT Dbl 3S 2C 5C 430 39.30
4.    Christopher Diamond Pass 3NT 3D 2C 4C 430 39.30
4.    James Harris 2NT Dbl 3S 2C 5C 430 39.30
7.    Larry Pocock 2NT 3NT 3S 2C 3NT 420 22.03
7.    Joel Martineau 2H 3NT 3H 2C 3NT 420 22.03
9.    Kai Zhou Pass 3D 3D 2C 3NT 410 18.28
10.    Eurydice Nours 2H 3D 3S 2C 4C 400 14.44
10.    Martin Henneberger Pass 3NT 4S Pass 3NT 400 14.44
10.    Zoran Peca 2NT Dbl 3D 2C 4C 400 14.44
10.    Ernie Dietrich 2NT Dbl 3D 2C 4C 400 14.44

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Allan Simon (Canada) Pass 3NT 4C 2C 3NT 430 98.00
2.    John Gillespie (Canada) Pass Dbl 3D 2C 3NT 420 61.25
2.    Qiang Wu (China) 2NT 3NT 3S 2C 3NT 420 61.25
4.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 2H 4D 3D 2C 4C 410 34.30
5.    Timothy Wright (Usa) 2NT 3NT 3D 2C Pass 400 17.97
5.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 2NT Dbl 3D 2C 4C 400 17.97
7.    David Gordon (Canada) 2NT 3D 3D 2C 4C 390 13.13
7.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Pass 3NT 3S Pass 4C 390 13.13
9.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) Pass 3D 3D 2C Pass 380 9.87
9.    Hendrik Sharples (Usa) 2NT 3D Dbl 2NT 3NT 380 9.87
9.    Mike Roberts (United States) 2NT 3D 4C 2C 4C 380 9.87
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