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TGIF May 2020: Scores

1. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S Q J 5 3   H 10   D A K Q J 10 9 7 5   C ---  
West North East South  
1H 2C (1) 2H ?
(1) One-round force.

Your call?

2S 9 100
4D 3 80
3D 2 70
3H 2 70
5D 0 50
Moderator: The spade bidders make up the majority here, yet none of them actually wants to play in spades.
Mike Lawrence: 4D. Solid suit, etc. I hope to hear 4H or 4S, which I will take as a cuebid. Will then follow with 5C.
Jill Meyers: 3H. If partner can bid 3NT, I'll take my chances there, and hope partner doesn't have a diamond void.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3D. I don't want to give up on 3NT yet. I won't bid 2S because I have zero interest in playing spades.
Josh Donn: 2S. I don't really want to play in spades, but how is partner supposed to be of any help if he doesn't know I have spades on the side?
Aidan Ballantyne: 2S. I can bid diamonds again later.
Christopher Diamond: 2S. Going for the Matchpoint Nirvana if he can bid NT.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Asking pard to bid 3NT if he has a heart stopper.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5D. Even if we found a spade fit, this hand is likely to play better in diamonds.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. Due to lack of negative double, this shows spade cards and is forward going. Forcing to 3C. I hope pard can bid notrump, so I can raise! Having the higher ranking suit provides a little safety from the Center opponent!
Hendrik Sharples: 3H. Give partner a chance to show spades. I'll correct clubs to diamonds till the cows come home.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. . . and after this show of strength I will insist on diamonds.
Timothy Wright: 2S. I could blast 5D but partner has room in her hand to make 6D a favourite.
David Gordon: 2S. Show the second suit.
Kf Tung: 3D. You want to play 3D, and partner can convert to 3N, for example, with 3 kings.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S K Q 8 6 4   H 6   D A Q J 9 6 3   C A  
West North East South  
2H Dbl 4H ?

Your call?

5NT 8 100
4NT 4 80
5H 2 70
6S 2 70
6D 0 40
Dbl 0 20
Moderator: The majority drive to a slam via 5NT.
Barry Rigal: 5H. Driving to slam with spades and another suit. 5NT would be the minors. Not sure how to bid this scientifically, but I don't think partner will ever take us to the grand if we can make one.
Steve Robinson: 6S. I would like to play 4NT as Blackwood here, but I think it's a choice of minors. Therefore I will assume we're off the HA and that 6S is the limit. You really have to have clear understandings here.
Kerri Sanborn: 4NT. Looks like we have three reasonable advances. We need to define 4NT, 5H and 5S, and which ones show or deny a control. Also, which are slam tries or forces or attempts to reach a grand. Most high-level partnerships have agreements on the meanings of the various bids. I would say 5S is asking for a heart control; 5H probably brings two suits into play. And 4NT should be old-fashioned Blackwood, which when followed bvy 5NT, asks kings up the line.
Zachary Grossack: 5NT. I have two areas of concern: a heart control (necessary) and trump strain (perhaps not necessary), and I don't think I can find out about both at the same time. So my plan is to follow 5NT with 6S, hoping to show a grand-slam try in spades without first-round heart control. With a grand-slam try with first-round heart control, I bid 5H and then 6S.
Aidan Ballantyne: 6D. If they bid 6H I will bid 6S. Not cue-bidding hearts as pard is going to think I have first round control when I follow up with a small slam bid.
Christopher Diamond: 5NT. I think 5H should be modified Blackwood here. But no one else seems to.
Larry Meyer: 5NT. Pick a slam.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5NT. I don't know how to pick which slam-forcing bid to choose.
Perry Khakhar: 5H. 6S is easy, but I need to show extra playing strength. Cue bid will hopefully convey that and we can bid the grand.
Hendrik Sharples: 4NT. Two places to play. Will bid 6D over 5C, and 5S over 5D.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5H. Slam force. Debated 5NT but this leaves room for either correcting clubs to diamonds and spades or asking for first round heart control over 5S (I am assuming pard has the SA).
Timothy Wright: 4NT. This is the 'two places to play'-4NT. I finally get to use it!
Allan Simon: 5H. Will correct to diamonds if partner bids the expected 6C.
David Gordon: 5H. Force to slam.
Louk Verhees: 5NT. It is too difficult to find out if partner has the 3 keycards (or heart void). Therefore just try to get to best strain.
Bob Todd: 5H. Easy correct of 6C to 6D.
Kf Tung: 6S. 13 tricks has some chance, 12 tricks almost certain. Do not give a tour guide for them to save in 7H.

3. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S 7 5 4 3   H K Q 10   D Q 7   C 10 7 4 3  
West North East South  
  1D 1S Pass
Pass Dbl 2S ?

Your call?

Pass 11 100
3C 3 70
2NT 2 60
Dbl 0 20
Moderator: The vast majority opt to use the green card.
Roger Lee: Pass. Maybe they're stealing, but I don't feel a strong desire to get involved opposite what could be not much.
Mel Colchamiro: 2NT. Pick a suit. I'm denying four cards in hearts or five cards in clubs.
Sylvia Shi: 3C. Well, I passed the first time. I have 7 high-card points and I am certainly not passing now. I don't love bidding my four small, but I have to do something so here we are.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. My 7-count is nothing to get excited about, unless pard bids again.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. He was basically forced to reopen with shortish spades so could have a minimum. If I was sure 2NT was takeout so I could almost guarantee a 4-4 club fit I'd bid that.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Hoping to land in a 4-4 fit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. This can't be natural, so it must be clubs with a diamond tolerance.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Partner's double shows a solid opener. We hope to beat this contract, but if partner shows more by reopening again, I will pass.
Hendrik Sharples: 3C. Unpleasant, but need to show some values.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Most likely partner is 1453, though 4-card clubs possible. However, we might go plus on defense with no makeable contract our way.
Timothy Wright: 3C. I want to compete here, but want partner to pick the right minor.
Allan Simon: Pass. I would have doubled at my previous turn.
David Gordon: Pass. Not quite enough to move.
Louk Verhees: Pass. Partner doesn't need (for now) to have a real hand. Could even be 2443.
Kf Tung: 3C. You have some strength, you don't want to defend 2S and you don't want to play 2N. Partner can pass, bid 3D or 3N as appropriate.

4. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S K 8 6   H A Q 9 8 6 5   D A Q 6   C J  
West North East South  
  1S 2C 2H
5C Pass Pass ?

Your call?

5NT 7 100
5S 5 90
Dbl 3 80
5D 1 50
5H 0 30
6C 0 30
Moderator: The auction ran off the rails before you got to show your spade fit. Now you have an awkward 5-level decision.
Larry Cohen: 5S. Yes, I know all the adages about the five level, but I've just got to show my support.
Zachary Grossack: Dbl. At matchpoints, I think I have a lot of equity in the board by scoring 800, which is quite possible, if not probable. Most people nowadays are overly aggressive when white on red, and I have no idea if we belong in 5S or 6S or even hearts. For me, it's a tougher problem at IMPs, where missing slam could be a disaster.
Drew Becker: 5NT. My ace-queens look well-placed over the overcaller, so I think we'll have some play. I'll pass 6H and correct 6D to 6S.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5S. Pard's pass encourages more bidding. I'm overdue to show my spade support.
Christopher Diamond: 5NT. Pull 6D to 6H. Finesses should work and any cards pard has should be working.
Larry Meyer: 5H. If pard has SA Q, HK, and DK, there could be 12 tricks. Expect him to be missing one of those cards.
Stuart Carr: 5NT. Pick a slam.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 6S. Presumably this is a forcing pass situation (besides, my red suit tenaces are favourably placed).
Perry Khakhar: 5S. With the vulnerability, we would have to beat them 4 to surpass a mere game bonus. The belated raise should show about this hand, give or take the DQ. Maybe partner can find a slam!
Hendrik Sharples: 6S. Any needed finesses should be working.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 6C. He should have enough for a slam as he rates to have more than just an ace, a king and a queen. Will correct 6D to 6H to show that I am aiming for a major.
Timothy Wright: 5S. That 5C bid is annoying--Blackwood here would be helpful. I worry about bad breaks in 6S.
Allan Simon: 6H. Partner's pass is encouraging.
David Gordon: 6C. I will pass a 6H bid, otherwise I will follow up with 6S.
Louk Verhees: 5NT. Aggressive choice. Opps have no HCP, so a lot of clubs. Just need the right 9 HCP for slam.
Kf Tung: 6C. You have a slam. Will it be 6D when partner has 5 spades and 5 diamonds?

5. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A J   H 9   D 10 7 4   C K J 9 8 6 5 3  
West North East South  
Pass 3H 3S ?

Your call?

3NT 7 100
Dbl 6 90
Pass 3 70
4C 0 40
Moderator: The panel go for all the matchpoints with 3NT.
Steve Weinstein: 3NT. . . what I would have bid if East had passed. His bid didn't make it worse.
August Boehm: Dbl. I have a good lead and a promotable spade. Besides, this may be the path to 3NT.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. Bidding over 3S is not good partnership bridge. What am I to do? Bid 4C? Double? 3NT? None of these feel appetizing. Because my values feel about par for three vulnerable clubs, I'm OK with letting partner do whatever suits him.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Clubs are not good enough to bid 3NT.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. He forced so I assume double here shows something in spades and disinterest in hearts. Which, for once, describes my hand.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Partner will have a chance to bid again.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. I'm not sure why this is even a problem. If partner coughs twice to show the CA then I guess I bid 3NT.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I'd feel better doubling 4S. No comfort in doubling 3S.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Partner is captain and I don't have support for his major.
Timothy Wright: Pass. I'm off the hook! Seriously, this gives partner the chance to bid 3NT.
Allan Simon: Pass. Who knows? Maybe West will bid 4S.
David Gordon: 3NT. Show my spade stopper.
Louk Verhees: Dbl. . . otherwise pass. Third choice is 3NT, but pard can bid that over Dbl.
Kf Tung: 3NT. Any other bid and miss 3NT, partner will be upset.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Steve Weinstein 2S 5NT Pass 5NT 3NT 500
Daniel Korbel 2S 5NT Pass 5NT 3NT 500
Drew Becker 2S 5NT Pass 5NT 3NT 500
Josh Donn 2S 5NT Pass 5S 3NT 490
Roger Lee 2S 4NT Pass 5NT Dbl 470
Larry Cohen 2S 5NT Pass 5S Pass 460
Jill Meyers 3H 5NT Pass 5NT Dbl 460
August Boehm 2S 5H Pass 5S Dbl 450
Sylvia Shi 2S 5NT 3C 5S Dbl 450
Kerri Sanborn 3D 4NT Pass 5S 3NT 440
Mike Lawrence 4D 4NT Pass 5NT Pass 430
Steve Robinson 2S 6S Pass Dbl Pass 420
Zachary Grossack 4D 5NT 3C Dbl Dbl 420
Barry Rigal 4D 5H 2NT 5NT Dbl 400
Jeff Meckstroth 3D 6S 3C Dbl 3NT 390
Mel Colchamiro 3H 4NT 2NT 5D 3NT 360

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Christopher Diamond 2S 5NT Pass 5NT Dbl 490 171.50
2.    Brad Bart 3D 5NT Pass 5S 3NT 460 107.19
2.    Martin Henneberger 2S 5H Pass 5S 3NT 460 107.19
4.    Michael Dimich 3D 5NT Pass 5S Dbl 450 47.16
4.    Kai Zhou 3H 4NT Pass 5NT 3NT 450 47.16
6.    David Waterman 5D 4NT Pass 5NT 3NT 430 26.54
6.    Daniel Lyder 4D 4NT Pass 5NT Pass 430 26.54
8.    Joel Martineau 3H 5NT 3C 5S Dbl 420 20.25
8.    Aidan Ballantyne 2S 6D Pass 5S Dbl 420 20.25
10.    Monica Angus 3D 5H Pass 5S Pass 400 16.37
10.    Kevin Contzen 3H 4NT 3C Dbl 3NT 400 16.37
12.    Zoran Peca 5D 4NT Pass 5S Pass 390 14.29
13.    Eurydice Nours 2S 5H Pass 6C Pass 370 12.72
13.    Larry Pocock 3H 5H Pass 6C 3NT 370 12.72

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Louk Verhees (Netherlands) 2S 5NT Pass 5NT Dbl 490 105.00
2.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 2S 5H Pass 5S Pass 430 78.75
3.    Bob Todd (Canada) 2S 5H 3C 5S Dbl 420 44.63
3.    Qiang Wu (China) 3H 5H Pass 5S Dbl 420 44.63
5.    Leonid Bossis (Ca) 5D 4NT Pass 5S Dbl 410 16.66
5.    Timothy Wright (Usa) 2S 4NT 3C 5S Pass 410 16.66
5.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 4D 6S Pass 5S Pass 410 16.66
5.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 4D 4NT 3C 5S Dbl 410 16.66
9.    David Gordon (Canada) 2S 5H Pass 6C 3NT 400 11.08
9.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 5D 5NT Pass Dbl Pass 400 11.08
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