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TGIF July 2008: Scores

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

Your call?

Dbl 7 100
3H 4 90
4H 1 60
3S 3 50
Pass 3 10
2NT 0 0
3C 0 0
3NT 0 0
Moderator: Partner doubled and bid his own suit, showing a strong hand. You have modest useful values, but no convenient bid. Seven panelists double. They feel that is the most flexible call. Eight panelists look for game instead of risking minus 470 (when North does not read the double correctly).
Mike Lawrence: Dbl. I am unlikely to have a spade stack, but I can have mixed values. If partner passes, 2S doubled rates to be down two tricks.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Partner can take another call with a super moose. It puts a lot of pressure on partner but I have confidence he/she will make the right decision.
Joel Martineau: Dbl. Maximum values and minimum distribution for my prior action (2C rather than 1NT). All low-level doubles are forward going.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. The absence of spade values is good: my kings should be working. East's sequence is a little odd.
David Walker: Dbl. Partner has a monster but I doubt we have game.
John Hurdle: Dbl. I must show positive values in the context of my limited previous action. I would pass and wait with a pure penalty double.
David Breton: 3H. Clearly our hand. Vul at IMPs I always stretch and could very well try 4H but I don't want to get partner too exited. He's also Vul at IMPs and will bid game with any excuse.
Stephen Ottridge: Pass. You are VUL, why risk going higher?
Aidan Ballantyne: 3H. Need to show values. Simplest approach to most likely game which is 4H. Least of evils.
Martin Henneberger: 3H. I have values and mild trump support. That's a raise to me.
Bonny Lee: Pass. Partner still has a chance to bid.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Let pard know that it's our hand, but I don't have good trump support.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. I like this as co-operative. I am near a maximum for my 2C call and hold prime controls. This double lets partner know I have some tickets for them.
Mike Roberts: Pass. If I had SK T x x D9 x x, I'd double. I think this is forcing, though.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. Bid what I think we can make. More interesting after they bid the expected 4S! I plan on doubling. Should be a toll free number!
Bob Todd: 3H. Tough problem. What to do if I pass and partner doubles... 3 or 4? May as well try 3 now.
David Gordon: 4H. Partner should have a good suit. I could have bid 3S with more.
Cliff Gillis: 4H. Dont make too many....I can hardly have a better dummy opposite a singleton spade at most.
Brian Zietman: 2NT. Partner is very strong and I have shown him I am weak. Now is my last opportunity to show him I am not so weak.
Chris Diamond: 3H. Double could be right but the penalty if pard passes may not be enough if we've got a vul game.
Brian Zietman: Pass. I probably don't have a trick so partner is on his/her own.

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A K 6   H 5   D A K Q 10 7 4   C K 7 3  
West North East South  
2D (1) Pass 2S ?
(1) Michaels cuebid (majors).

Your call?

3S 6 100
3NT 4 90
Dbl 4 70
3D 0 30
2NT 3 10
Pass 1 10
4D 0 0
5D 0 0
Moderator: Six experts cuebid 3S. What does that mean?
Jill Meyers: 3S. ... showing partner where I have a stopper and asks him to bid 3NT with hearts stopped.
Mike Lawrence: 3NT. I expect North to have five hearts, and I hope he has a tiny something to go with it.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. I'd try 2NT at IMPs.
David Walker: 3S. The only way to decide between 4 or 5D.
John Hurdle: 3S. With two known suits against us, we bid the one we can handle if we are trying for 3NT.
David Breton: 2NT. 2NT should show a big hand, partner will know to raise unless he's got absolutely nothing. At IMPs I'd punt 3NT.
Stephen Ottridge: 4D. Let them go to 4S and double.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Start by showing strength. Also I have support for other minor. A direct jump to 3NT could be embarrassing when down 1 and cold for 5 or 6 of a minor.
Martin Henneberger: 3S. Interesting problem on agreements here. I play that when 2 suits are known a cue bid shows not asks, so I'm a 3S bidder. By inference this shows a good source of tricks in diamonds and a heart problem.
Bonny Lee: 2NT. East did not choose hearts, so partner may have some help there.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. 8 1/2 quick tricks, hoping for pard to have a useful card or two.
Chris Buchanan: 3S. SHOWING spades controlled and asking about hearts. When the opponents show 2-suits, show, don't ask.
Mike Roberts: 3H. 3S would ask for spades, so doesn't this ask for a heart stopper?
Perry Khakhar: 3H. May be partner can bid 3NT! I expect he has 4 hearts with a few scattered values. Otherwise, I guess we will have to play the dreaded 4 of a minor.
David Gordon: 3NT. Partner is marked with a heart suit.
Cliff Gillis: Dbl. I dont expect this to be passed. If pard bids 3C, I will follow with 4H.
Brian Zietman: 3H. Partner do you have a stopper?
Janet Dunbar: 3NT. Partner has hearts covered.
Brian Zietman: 3H. Asking for a stopper. I supply 8 tricks partner gives one -can always escape to diamonds.

3. IMPs. Both vul.
S A Q J 8 7 3   H K Q 4 3   D A 4   C 2  
West North East South  
Pass 1NT (1) Pass ?
(1) One-round force.

Your call?

2H 8 100
3H 7 70
3S 3 20
2S 0 0
4S 0 0
Moderator: Almost half the panel are content to bid 2H. They feel that if they survive this round of bidding, they will be better placed to get to the best contract.
Jill Meyers: 2H. The hand is not quite good enough to jump shift. If partner corrects 2H to 2S, I will bid 3S which shows a good 6-4 hand.
Mike Lawrence: 2H. This is an awkward hand for standard bidding. Bidding 3S loses the heart suit and 3H overstates the hand.
Eugene Chan: 3S. Strong invitation. Trump suit quality good enough to play opposite singleton or void.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. Competition directors have been setting problems like this since time immemorial. There's no satisfactory answer.
David Walker: 4S. I've heard enough.
John Hurdle: 2H. No other call should be considered. I will advance to 3S if I get another chance because my trump quality is good.
David Breton: 2H. Being optimistic is necessary here. Make the bid with the biggest pay-out instead of trying to minimize your loss.
Stephen Ottridge: 2H. Looking for a heart fit first, then back to spades if not.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2H. Slight underbid but keeps flexibility. Can rebid spades next depending on how auction goes.
Martin Henneberger: 2H. This is a better hand than the 16 high card it represents. That being said I cannot game force with 3H. That leaves 2H, but possibly 3S.
Bonny Lee: 2H. ... wait for partner's second bid.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Bid out my shape.
Chris Buchanan: 2H. No need to jump around in this auction. If partner passes 2H it will be right.
Mike Roberts: 3H. I just like this hand too much to bid just 2H, and I refuse to give up on the heart suit by bidding 3S.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. 4 LTC makes this a strong jump shift. The worst part is that I am going to bid 4S over Partner's 3NT. I hope that I don't catch partner with DK Q x x x x x CK x!
Bob Todd: 2H. This is why I play courtesy raises.
David Gordon: 2H. Rebid spades at next opportunity to show good 6-4. Not enough for 3H.
Cliff Gillis: 2H. If pard has invitational values, he will oblige. If my spades were better I would go for 3H.
Brian Zietman: 3H. I never know whether to show my 4 card suit or repeat my 6 card suit, I will be interested to see the views of the experts.
Chris Diamond: 2H. A tweener: too good for 2H, not enough for 3H, spades not good enough for 3S (but close). So 2H and hope I get another chance.
Brian Zietman: 3H. Next time I rebid the spades.

4. IMPs. None vul.
S Q 9 2   H A K J 9 7   D K 9 8   C A 3  
West North East South  
  1C 1D 1H
Pass 1S Pass 2D
Pass 2S Pass ?

Your call?

3D 8 100
2NT 5 90
3S 1 50
3NT 2 30
4S 1 20
5NT 0 20
4D 1 10
Moderator: Is North showing at least 5-5 distribution in the black suits, or was he stuck for a bid over your 2D cuebid?
Jill Meyers: 2NT. I will bid 2NT for the moment to see where partner is going. Partner's 2S bid did not show long clubs and spades, but rather inability to make another bid.
Mike Lawrence: 3D. North's bidding sounds like 5-5, but he may not have it given that I pushed him into a corner. He could have a hand with four good spades and no other message he wanted to send (no diamond stopper, no heart fit).
Eugene Chan: 3C. Best, cheapest, multi-purpose quasi cue bid. Partner should not pass!
Mark Eddy: 4NT. (I'm assuming this is some version of keycard.)
Stephen Vincent: 3NT. An underbid? Agreed. But you'll probably be in the right contract played from the right side. Another cue bid will just start a confused and tortured sequence. Partner's 2S is quite discouraging since he couldn't support hearts.
David Walker: 6S. Partner is backing-out with 2S.
John Hurdle: 5NT. Partner, please pick a slam. Yes, we might be too high, if we have opened a rule of 20 special, but I like our chances if we get the right strain.
David Breton: 3D. We may have a Moysian in spades but not sure yet, so I'll make him bid once more and decide which game is better.
Stephen Ottridge: 3NT. 4 spades, 2 hearts, 2 clubs and a diamond are enough tricks.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3D. Blackwood in support of spades could be simplest and very effective but it's possible pard has only 4-card spades and was stuck for a bid; not yet sure I want to go by 3NT. Perhaps I'll bid that if pard bids 3S.
Martin Henneberger: 2NT. I created a game force with 2D so 2NT allows clarification from pard. Spades by them could have been a default bid such as 4-2-3-4 hand with no diamond stopper or a real 5-6 in spades and clubs. 2NT will allow me to find out now.
Bond Liu: 4C. ... hoping to hear 4D from partner.
Bonny Lee: 3D. Will bid 3NT if partner insists on spades.
Larry Meyer: 4NT. If pard shows 2 key cards, then bid 6S.
Chris Buchanan: 3S. 2D is game forcing so I can simply raise spades at this point to set the suit for the inevitable key card follow-up.
Mike Roberts: 3S. This is assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that 2D set up a game force. If partner is really 6-5 (5-5?), we must set trumps.
Perry Khakhar: 4NT. RKC for spades! Although Partner probably has a weak 5-5 in the blacks, it would take an exceptionally bad opener to not make a slam, and to go down in 5S! (AKxxx x xx QJxxx?)
Paul Mcmullin: 3S. My 4th suit had BETTER have been 'game forcing'.
David Gordon: 4NT. Partner is showing a 6 club - 5 spade hand. Find out keys on spades.
Roelof Van Lopik: 3D. Asking for a half-stop in diamonds.
Sevgi Birol: 5S. Jozefine.. if pard has two top honors, bid 6.
Birol GüVenç: 5S. Jozefine.
Cliff Gillis: 3S. This should be a slam try. Partner has advertised 6-5 at least but may be weak so we will go slowly.
Brian Zietman: 4NT. 6S or 6NT look a distinct possibility here.
Chris Diamond: 2NT. Does pard have 5S or just needed to find a bid? 2NT should be forcing and might get me somewhere.
Brian Zietman: 6S. At matchpoints I would bid 6NT!

5. IMPs. Both vul.
S Q 9 8 3   H K J 3   D A K 2   C 9 4 2  
West North East South  
    3C Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

4C 10 100
4S 8 90
Pass 0 50
5S 0 0
Moderator: The panel split into two camps 4C and 4S. For North's hand, see June contest, problem 1.
Jill Meyers: 4C. Pass is tempting because there's no guarantee of game. On the other hand, we could be cold for slam.
Eugene Chan: 4S. Straight forward statement of values and preferred game.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Take the money.
David Walker: 4S. Leaves the box open while acknowledging the value of the pre-empt.
John Hurdle: 4C. Intending to continue with 4S, as opposed to a direct 4S leap which might show more shape and less of a hand.
David Breton: Pass. I'd be more confident white vs red, we may be missing a laydown slam but with suits unlikely to break I'll take a plus.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4S. A hair too much to bid 3S given vulnerability and form of scoring. 3S puts too much pressure on pard. I'll take the blame if wrong.
Martin Henneberger: 4C. Can pard play me for this good a hand if I jump to 4S? No. I will correct any red suit to 4S to suggest the best values a passer could have. They can now move confidently with SA K x x HA Q x x DQ x x x C2.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Show enough strength to open, deny club stopper, deny a strong suit.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Tough decision, but I am going to try and collect my plus 300 a trick.
Mike Roberts: 4C. Must bid game. Maybe following up with 4S shows a bad suit? I'll play a 4-3 spade fit anyway.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. I like my hand, but not my shape. If we have a slam, partner is going to have to take charge.
David Gordon: 4C. Show a good hand and correct 4H to 4S.
Birol GüVenç: 4C. Strong Q-bid.
Cliff Gillis: 4S. Classic problem. Why didn't I double in the first place?
Brian Zietman: 4C. I am very strong and a slam is a possibility here. I have good support for any suit and if partner is strong in clubs I need him to bid the NT.
Chris Diamond: 4S. Probably 4C will win, but I hate all the ambiguities of that call and the expected follow ups.
Brian Zietman: 4C. Partner, choose your game.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Mike Lawrence Dbl 3NT 2H 3D 4S 480
Jill Meyers 3H 3S 2H 2NT 4C 480
August Boehm 3H 3NT 2H 2NT 4C 470
Allan Falk Dbl 3NT 2H 2NT 4S 470
The Sutherlins Dbl Dbl 2H 2NT 4C 460
Jeff Meckstroth 3H 3NT 3H 3D 4S 440
Grant Baze 4H Dbl 2H 3D 4C 430
Larry Cohen Dbl Dbl 3H 2NT 4S 420
Betty Ann Kennedy 3S 3S 3H 3D 4C 420
Barry Rigal Dbl 2NT 2H 3D 4C 410
The Colchamiros Dbl 3S 3H 3NT 4C 400
Richard Freeman 3S 3S 3S 3D 4C 370
The Stansbys Dbl 2NT 3H 3D 4S 370
Karen Walker 3H 3S 3S 3NT 4S 330
The Coopers Pass 3S 3H 3S 4C 330
Kerri Sanborn Pass 2NT 2H 3D 4C 320
Steve Robinson 3S Dbl 3H 4D 4S 290
Bridge Baron Pass Pass 3S 4S 4S 150

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Martin Henneberger 3H 3S 2H 2NT 4C 480
2.    Aidan Ballantyne 3H Dbl 2H 3D 4S 450
3.    Joel Martineau Dbl 3D 2H 3D 4C 430
4.    John Hurdle Dbl 3S 2H 5NT 4C 420
5.    Gilbert Lambert 3H 3NT 3S 3D 4S 390
5.    Larry Meyer Dbl 3NT 2H 4NT 4C 390
7.    Rod Coote 3H Dbl 2H 3NT 4S 380
8.    David Breton 3H 2NT 2H 3D Pass 350
9.    Brad Bart 4H 3NT 2H 4NT 4S 340
9.    Stephen Vincent 3H 3S 3H 3NT Pass 340

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Dbl 3NT 2H 3D 4S 480
2.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 3H 3S 2H 2NT 4S 470
3.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3H 3NT 2H 3S 4S 420
3.    Janet Dunbar (Canada) 3H 3NT 2H 3S 4S 420
5.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) Dbl 3S 2H 3S Pass 400
6.    Cliff Gillis (Scotland) 4H Dbl 2H 3S 4S 370
7.    Paul Hardy (Canada) 3H 3NT 3H 4NT 4C 350
7.    David Gordon (Canada) 4H 3NT 2H 4NT 4C 350
7.    Veljko Vujcic (Serbia) 3H 3H 3H 3D 4S 350
10.    Roelof Van Lopik (Netherlands) Dbl 3H 3H 3D Pass 320
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