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TGIF August 2020: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 10 7   H 8 3 2   D A K Q J 8   C 10 7 2  
West North East South  
  1C Pass 1D
Pass 1H Pass ?

Your call?

1NT 7 100
1S 2 60
2C 2 60
2D 1 60
3D 1 50
2NT 0 40
2H 0 20
Moderator: Acting on the opponents' failure to claim the master suit, most of the panelists seize the opportunity to bid 1NT.
Mike Lawrence: 2C. If partner peeps, I will bid 3D next. The rules should allow for a double to show this hand. Pity.
Steve Robinson: 1NT. I don't like bidding 1NT, but I do have a balanced hand and probably five diamond tricks. Maybe the 10 will be a pusher in spades.
Zachary Grossack: 1S. To me, 1S is a one-round force and doesn't necessarily show spades. I'm hoping partner bids 1NT so I can make an invitational 2NT call. My second choice is 1NT. I would make that bid if 1S were game forcing (which it still might be).
David Waterman: 1NT. The opps aren't bidding spades, so I don't think they will be able to run too many.
Christopher Diamond: 1NT. Big fan of 3-card raises, but this doesn't look like one. No spade bidding so NT. Almost good enough for 2NT, but I don't play there.
Ramona Josephson: 2D. No fit. Best description of hand. Not perfect!
Aidan Ballantyne: 1S. What else? Artificial one round force I hope.
Larry Meyer: 1S. With 5 tricks for pard and a couple of 10s on the side, I think we belong in game.
Michael Dimich: 1NT. Every bid decision stinks. I will bow my head gravely, pronounce the S10 is key and bid 1NT.
Arun Chopra: 3D. Playing XYZ, my bid would have been 2C to invite but now I would have to make do with a rather inferior 3D.
Stephen Vincent: 1NT. Other bids are flawed. Come to think of it, so is this one.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. Depends on style! We play that this shows 5+ clubs. In that case 3C. Or, 2H which probably plays well enough to get a plus.
Paul McMullin: 2D. Yes, it is probably 5 tricks at NT, but I am not bidding it first.
Hendrik Sharples: 1NT. It's matchpoints --- stoppers are for children.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1S. In my agreements fourth suit on this level is invite-strength but no good bid. Let's continue the conversation.
Allan Simon: 3D. I assume we're not playing XYZ and my bid is invitational. Otherwise 2C.
David Gordon: 2D. This question depends on partnership style.
John McAllister: 1NT. Judging by the opponents' silence it looks like partner has three spades and my diamond tricks are better for NT.
Bob Zeller: 2D. At IMPs I would bid 3D, but at matchpoints I go for the plus score.

2. IMPs. None vul.
S K 9 7 6 5   H A Q J 8 4   D Q 7 6   C ---  
West North East South  
Pass 2D (1) Pass 2H
Pass 3NT Pass ?
(1) At least four diamonds.

Your call?

4D 10 100
4H 0 70
Pass 3 70
Moderator: You should never play 3NT when you have a void in an unbid suit.
August Boehm: 4D. Was partner's 3NT regressive or extra values? In any event, 4D opens up heart possibilities as well as a diamond slam.
Larry Cohen: Pass. The knee-jerk reaction is to pull, but if partner bids this way, he should know what he is doing. If we belong elsewhere, partner should have rebid 2NT. Clubs is the suit where he likely has the most honours.
David Waterman: Pass. This should be unanimous. If partner wanted me to to bid with this hand, he would have bid differently.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. He could have stalled but it sounds like he's got a lot of wastage in clubs.
Ramona Josephson: Pass. Could show five hearts by bidding 4H, but partner must have long diamonds (i.e., no 4 card major) so it will hopefully set up.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Respect partner's judgment. If partner had doubt she could use fourth suit. I need more strength to bid on.
Larry Meyer: Pass. I have already told my story.
Michael Dimich: 4D. Partner may hold three hearts in this auction.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Partner could have bid 3C but didn't.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. Another style question! We show 15-17 in this sequence with 2NT being mini-maxi. I don’t mind playing 5D. So bid out my shape with this minimum that plays best in a suit.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Hoping he does not lose 5 tricks in clubs and spades before he gets in.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4D. Are we playing fast arrival? Then I'll bid on as this hand opposite short majors will play better in either the long minor or 4H (which I expect him to bid with 3).
Allan Simon: 4D. I play that a jump to 3NT in a game-forcing auction shows extras, around 17 points. So even if partner has an otherwise unsuitable hand, 4NT or 5D should not be in danger. I do need to keep 6D in the picture.
David Gordon: 4H. We want to be in a suit.

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

Your call?

3H 8 100
4D 1 70
5C 2 70
4C 0 60
3S 1 50
4H 1 50
Pass 0 40
Moderator: Though weakness was shown with 2C, the panel press onwards and upwards.
Mike Lawrence: 4D. . . splinter. My 2C bid did not show a great hand. But it got better. Because I'm willing to bid game, 4D leaves open the possibility of reaching a slam. Two black aces gives us a play for slam.
Steve Robinson: 4H. Because my 2C rebid shows a weak opener, partner's 3C is constructive. I have a one-loser heart suit opposite a singleton, so 4H would be a good try if partner has two black aces.
Kerri Sanborn: 3H. I have shown weakness by bidding ahead of my partner's potential double of their runout. That said, I have a rather constructive hand. Let's give our best description of where the high cards are. If I had a weak 6-4 hand, I would have bid 2H instead of 2C.
Daniel Korbel: 5C. Too much to stop below game, not enough for a slam try. Just too bad if 3NT is the spot.
Roger Lee: 3S. . . accepts and shows short diamonds. I'll bid 4H if partner doesn't want to play 3NT opposite 2-5-1-5, which is what I think I'm showing. Or 3-5-0-5.
David Waterman: 4D. Bidding over the redouble showed weakness, so in context, this is a monster.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Looks like a 6-card suit if he raises. Cheap bid that lets him tell more.
Ramona Josephson: 4C. Partner raised clubs, so it's the best suit. Could be enough for game. Best to invite.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3H. I think 3C is not forcing but will make a try. Given a club fit and good hearts, 4H on 5-2 may be very playable.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Give pard the opportunity to bid 3NT.
Michael Dimich: 4D. Lust for slams while bringing partner into the decision making process.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I'm content with this part score!
Paul McMullin: 3H. Can we go back and give 1H redoubled a shot?
Hendrik Sharples: 3H. I can picture several hands where 5C makes if West holds the CK.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5C. Why did I bid 2C? Just because of the vulnerability? This should now be forcing to game. I have a minimum so I bid game.
Allan Simon: 3H. I hope partner reads that as an invite to 5C.
David Gordon: Pass. Seems like a minimum.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S 7   H A Q 10 6   D K Q 10 7 6 4   C 7 3  
West North East South  
  Pass Pass 1D
1S Dbl 4S Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

4NT 11 100
5H 1 60
Pass 1 60
5D 0 50
Moderator: Not too many panelists are eager to defend 4S doubled!
Mel Colchamiro: 4NT. Opposite something like Sx x x HK x x x Dx x CA K x x, we might well make 5H. Throw in the DJ and it would be very likely. It seems unlikely that partner has five hearts and the ability to double 4S, yet didn't bid 2H originally. I'll trot out 5D over 5C to give partner a red-suit choice.
David Waterman: 5H. 5D might be better --- so maybe I should bid 4NT here, passing 5D and converting 5C to 5H --- but only if we have discussed.
Christopher Diamond: 5H. I'd really like to bid 4NT which is extremely unlikely to be natural. Pull 5C to 5D showing the reds. Probably would in real life. They could have a double fit and make 4S.
Ramona Josephson: 5H. East originally passed, so 4S is obstructive especially in response to an overcall. Partner's first double said: this is ours. Second double is penalty. If they have a fit, we have a fit.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5H. Partner suggests values not spade cards.
Larry Meyer: 5H. Let's play in our 4-4 heart suit.
Michael Dimich: 5H. I think we have the red suits
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Hoping partner doesn't have too many diamonds.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I'm no stranger to -790! I can't try saving partner at this level without destroying all partnership confidence!
Paul McMullin: Pass. I am not trotting out any hero bids here.
Hendrik Sharples: 5H. A double game swing? I certainly have more offense than defense.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5H. Feels like an 11-trick game. Lots of trick-taking potential and partner is decidedly not minimum. Over 5S from LHO I'll let partner decide to double or a (forcing!) pass. I'll double 5S from my right.
Allan Simon: Pass. I am not prepared to override partner on this one.
David Gordon: 5H. Might be lots of tricks both ways on this hand.

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

Your call?

Pass 5 100
Dbl 3 80
4NT 2 70
5C 2 70
5H 1 70
Moderator: The panel aren't bullied into bidding further.
Barry Rigal: Pass. I was not invited to this party, was I? I made a non-forcing call and the opponents bid game. Partner didn't double, so why should it go down?
Kerri Sanborn: 4NT. As in the previous deal, I want to offer partner a choice. Partner will know I have only three hearts and a club suit. The spades rate to be 6-3 or 5-3, so partner could easily have a club fit. Again, my defensive prospects are weakish. I play that we are not in a force because 3H was not forcing and partner didn't have a chance to pass or bid on.
Zachary Grossack: 5C. Toughie. Could pass or double. I think I'm only in this position because I didn't bid 4H the first time --- I think this hand should sure have bid game on the last round. I don't feel right passing, and I think 4NT might be one less club. I would like to make a 'flexible' double, but I think too often partner will pass, not knowing what to do.
Josh Donn: Dbl. Obviously I have no guarantees of beating them, but at this specific vulnerability, my experience is that the opponents are just trying to push us around. We have most of the high cards, so maybe they stepped out of line without enough distribution.
Christopher Diamond: 5C. I know it was competitive but I still think I have to do something. Not doubling. So I'll show long clubs so he knows what to do if they bid 5S. Again both sides could have a double fit.
Ramona Josephson: Pass. Nothing more to say!
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. No good reason to bid. Know when to give in to master suit. Hope they go down.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Perhaps we can set 4S, and I don't think we belong at the 5-level.
Michael Dimich: 5C. I wonder if West has 1 heart and 2 clubs?
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Partner's pass must be forcing here.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Aren't we in a forcing pass sequence? Let's defend.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Sometimes the spade bidders win the auction!
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. If partner doesn't want to bid any more why would I?
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Might go down, might make. Let's hope for a plus. 5H is NOT an option.
Gareth Birdsall: 5H. Would have bid 4H last time.
Allan Simon: 5H. I hate it, but if either 4S or 5H makes, I have to bid.
David Gordon: Dbl. I do not think we can make 5H.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Barry Rigal 1NT 4D 3H 4NT Pass 500
Josh Donn 1NT 4D 3H 4NT Dbl 480
Daniel Korbel 1NT 4D 5C 4NT Pass 470
Jeff Meckstroth 1NT 4D 3H Pass Pass 460
Jill Meyers 1S 4D 3H 4NT Pass 460
Mel Colchamiro 1NT 4D 5C 4NT 5H 440
Roger Lee 1NT 4D 3S 4NT Dbl 430
August Boehm 2D 4D 3H 5H Pass 420
Kerri Sanborn 3D 4D 3H 4NT 4NT 420
Larry Cohen 2C Pass 3H 4NT Dbl 410
Mike Lawrence 2C 4D 4D 4NT 4NT 400
Zachary Grossack 1S Pass 3H 4NT 5C 400
Steve Robinson 1NT Pass 4H 4NT 5C 390

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Brad Bart 1NT 4D 3H 5H Pass 460 147.00
1.    Martin Henneberger 1NT 4D 3H Pass Pass 460 147.00
3.    Jake Grabow 1NT Pass 3H 5H Pass 430 84.00
4.    Michael Dimich 1NT 4D 4D 5H 5C 400 40.13
4.    Silvana Trotter 1NT Pass 5C Pass Pass 400 40.13
4.    Christopher Diamond 1NT Pass 3H 5H 5C 400 40.13
7.    Larry Meyer 1S Pass 3H 5H Pass 390 20.12
7.    Elaine Sutton 2D 4H 3H 5H Pass 390 20.12
7.    Barbara Chaworth-Musters 2D Pass 3H Pass Pass 390 20.12
7.    Aidan Ballantyne 1S Pass 3H 5H Pass 390 20.12
11.    Craig T. Wilson 1NT Pass 5C 5H Dbl 380 14.07
11.    Diana Mary Gamel 2D 4D 4C 5H Pass 380 14.07
11.    Sam McIlwain 2C Pass 3H 5D Pass 380 14.07

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Qiang Wu (China) 1NT Pass 3H 4NT Pass 470 91.00
2.    Bob Todd (Canada) 1NT 4D 3H 5H 5C 430 56.88
2.    Hendrik Sharples (Usa) 1NT 4H 3H 5H Pass 430 56.88
4.    John Gillespie (Canada) 2C 4D 3H Pass Dbl 400 21.74
4.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 1NT Pass 5C 5H Pass 400 21.74
4.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 1NT Pass 3H Pass 5H 400 21.74
7.    Paul McMullin (United States) 2D Pass 3H Pass Pass 390 10.37
7.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 1NT Pass 4C 5H Pass 390 10.37
7.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 2C 4D 3H 5H 5C 390 10.37
7.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 2D 4D 5C 5H Pass 390 10.37
7.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 1S 4D 5C 5H Pass 390 10.37
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