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TGIF September 2020: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S Q J 10   H J 10 8 2   D 7   C A K 6 5 2  
West North East South  
    Pass 1C
Pass 1H 2D 2H
Pass 2NT (1) Pass ?
(1) Natural and invitational.

Your call?

3C 5 100
4H 5 90
3D 2 80
3H 2 70
3S 0 40
3NT 0 30
Pass 0 20
Moderator: The majority make a simple game try.
Steve Weinstein: 3D. Game only looks good if partner has the right diamond holding, and 3D has to show diamond shortness here, even if it's not an explicit agreement.
Janice Molson: 3C. Even though I have a minimum in high-card points, this is a good hand. Partner has a spade control. I am not sure how to counter game-try here. If 3D shows shortness, that is the bid. I am sure 3C is a game try. It also leaves partner the ability to bid 3D, so with any luck, we can game-try to the moon.
Daniel Korbel: 3H. Sounds like my singleton diamond isn't pulling as much weight as I'd like.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4H. I believe they still pay a bonus for game.
Craig T. Wilson: 3H. Close, but it is a six-and-a-half loser hand, not enough.
Michael Dimich: 3C. Need a club-heart fit for a chance at 4H.
Ralph Buckley: 4D. Splinter.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Nonvul game, plus pard has wastage in diamonds.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. Not sure if I'd have opened this hand in the first place.
Larry Meyer: 4H. With my useful diamond shortage, I have more than a bare minimum.
Roy Bolton: 4H. You can't have a better 11 HCP in support of hearts.
Paul McMullin: 4H. 2H was a bit of an underbid, so I am accepting the invitation with the two tens as helpers.
Chris Buchanan: 3H. Partner holding diamond values does not interest me in the prospects for game. Hearts is likely to play better.
Hendrik Sharples: 3D. Despite my minimum I am tempted to go, but instead I'll make a blame transfer bid.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3H. I'm not sure we can make this, but it will have better play than NT.
David Gordon: 3H. Partner's values in my singleton is a downgrade of the hand.
Kf Tung: 3S. Patterning out. Showing 3-4-1-5 with high cards in the black suits. Let partner decide between 3N or 4H.
Allan Simon: 3H. I'm pretty much minimum, and partner has wastage opposite my short suit. If I don't sign off here, why pretend to be partnership bidding.
Bill Treble: 3S. I would bid game vulnerable, and bid 3H at matchpoints. At teams nonvul, it's a tossup, I could go either way.

2. IMPs. Both vul.
S 6 5   H A J 8 5   D 7 6 3   C Q 9 8 3  
West North East South  
    Pass Pass
1H 1S 2H Pass
Pass 3C Pass ?

Your call?

3H 6 100
4C 6 100
Pass 2 60
5C 0 50
3S 0 30
3NT 0 20
Moderator: What additional information is available on this deal based on what partner didn't bid, i.e., Michaels?
Josh Donn: Pass. Too much wasted in hearts. I don't want to hang partner just for doing the right thing.
Jill Meyers: 3H. I think partner could very well be 6-4, as they did not bid Michaels. 3H should tell partner I have clubs, interest in game and I want to hear what they have to say next.
Barry Rigal: 4C. I suppose I could bid 3H and correct 3S to 4C, but a simple raise will let me pass a 4S call from partner more happily.
Michael Dimich: 3H. My clubs should solidify partner's clubs which may help them bid 4S.
Eurydice Nours: 3H. I want to make a penalty double, but no double button.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Was going to go with the Law of Total Tricks crowd but it seems pointless since a 3S correction is likely coming anyway.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. Why didn't partner Michaels? In any case I have a very nice hand and will cue bid to let partner clarify his distribution.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Support with support.
Roy Bolton: Pass. If the HA was the SA, I would be more likely to bid.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Partner had several auctions to show more strength or more distribution. I have about what he should expect.
Chris Buchanan: 4C. Simple raise. I have the HA and CQ x x x. More than I promised.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. . . just in case it makes.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Too flat to do more.
David Gordon: Pass. I am close to a 4C call but not quite.
Kf Tung: 4C. This is the price you pay for a potential 4S or 5C.
Allan Simon: 4S. I would have doubled responsively at my previous turn. Can partner have less than SA K x x x CA K x x x? Then he needs spades 3-3.
Bill Treble: 3H. This hand is a goodish raise of clubs, and also has spade tolerance. I don't think a 4C bid does it justice.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S Q 10 4   H K 6   D J 10 8 2   C A 10 8 3  
West North East South  
  1H Pass 1NT (1)
Pass 2S Pass ?
(1) Forcing.

Your call?

2NT 5 100
3H 3 80
3NT 3 80
3S 2 70
4H 1 50
Moderator: There was a severe defect in this problem. Though Bridge Bulletin Standard plays a convention called lebensohl over reverses, in which 2NT relays to 3C to imply a range of hands, it's unclear if that should apply for a reverse showing both majors.
Daniel Korbel: 2NT. A lot of good players will use a lebensohl 2NT even with a game force when they want more information. That is certainly an option here, as whatever partner rebids will probably help our decision. It might be better to show partner we have both minors under control and around 10-12 HCP (by bidding 3NT), but I would worry that partner would be afraid to correct to 4H holding six hearts.
Mike Lawrence: 3S. I have no good bid. Partner knows I have a fair hand with three spades. If he continues with anything other than 4S, I will bid 4H.
Jill Meyers: 3NT. . . which should show 9-11 balanced and no slam interest (although I am not so sure I am not interested in slam).
Zachary Grossack: 3H. . . generally showing just a doubleton heart, but is forcing. Hopefully later, I will be able to make some slam tries, so long as partner doesn't bid 3NT next. I am also well positioned to cuebid 4C if partner continues with 3S. I have a max and my high-card points are fitting for partner's long majors.
Michael Dimich: 3H. Great fit for partner's two suits, so go slow.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. Not sure how this system works over reverses, but this should be forcing. If he patterns out in a minor suit, it will decide which game.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Partner reversed, so there should be game.
Joel Forssell: 3NT. Fast arrival.
Paul McMullin: 3NT. Three tens again, looks like NT. Some might bid 3C or 3D as some sort of force or ask, but I think partner will bid again if he is 6/5.
Chris Buchanan: 3NT. Simple game try.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. Bidding what I think will make (won't win any bidding contests).
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2NT. Depends on agreements. For me 2NT is forcing now, but for some it's lebensohl-like and they bid something else.
David Gordon: 3NT. No clear fit. 3NT is the the place to be. FYI, I play 2S as an artificial unbalanced game force taking advantage of 1NT denying 4 spades.
Kf Tung: 3NT. Willing to play 3N. Let partner bid 4H with a good 4-6.
Allan Simon: 3NT. I'm a bit heavy but the bid is reasonably descriptive. Partner needs better than 4-5 in the majors for slam, in that case he isn't barred.
Bill Treble: 3S. As Dan Korbel once told me, set trumps and then cuebid, not the other way around.
Bob Todd: 3H. I assume 3C is to play and 4H is weaker than 3H.

4. IMPs. None vul.
S 8 7 6 3 2   H A Q 9 8   D 8 7   C 9 8  
West North East South  
    Pass Pass
1S Dbl Pass 2H
Pass 3C Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 8 100
3S 5 80
4C 1 60
5C 0 30
Moderator: The majority take the low road. Game feels far away.
Larry Cohen: Pass. Yes, partner has a big hand with clubs and I have 6 HCP when I might have zero, but 3NT is unlikely to make, and trying for 11 tricks in clubs feels like a stretch.
Mel Colchamiro: 3S. Whatever partner has, I think I've got him covered. If playing with Kokish, he's got a HAND. But even with other mere double-and-bid-a-new-suit mortals, I hope we can get to 3NT or 5C. Or even 4H.
Michael Dimich: 3S. We are at the 3-level anyway, if partner has a spade stopper 3NT may roll.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. He could have a huge hand but 5C is a long way away and we're nonvul.
Joel Martineau: 3S. Is partner 0-3-4-6 with 20 plus? I need more info.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. I need to make another bid here and 3S at least preserves the possibility of 3NT.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Bid the most likely game to make.
Roy Bolton: Pass. Partner just has a big hand with clubs.
Paul McMullin: 4H. Finesses in the minors SHOULD be working; if partner has HK 10 x, we should get a bunch of crossruff tricks after we take the minor suit winners.
Chris Buchanan: 3S. I think I have too much to pass. I will try to get more information from partner.
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. Clueless how big 3C is in ACBL standard, but even if it's 20 game seems far away.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Had I had the S9 I would have tried 3NT. My experience with 8s is bad.
David Gordon: 3NT. Might be enough junk to hold the spades for a fifth round stopper.
Kf Tung: Pass. Nine quick tricks are not ready and West has 4 spade winners and an entry if you bid 3N.
Allan Simon: Pass. I detest wrong-shape power doubles, this hand is a good reason why.
Bill Treble: 4C. See previous answer. This probably commits our side to game and I can show my HA if partner cuebids 4D.

5. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A 10 7 6 5 4   H A K Q 9 6   D 5   C 6  
West North East South  
  1D Pass 1S
Pass 3D Pass 3H
Pass 3NT Pass ?

Your call?

4C 6 100
5NT 3 80
4D 2 70
4H 2 70
5H 1 70
4NT 0 40
4S 0 30
Pass 0 10
Moderator: Here we have plenty of values and great controls, but what is trump?
Janice Molson: 4D. Of course, when partner bids 4H, I have no idea whether that's kickback, so maybe 4C is better.
Barry Rigal: 4H. If I raise to 4NT, then a club lead might separate my hand from partner's, e.g., SQ Hx x DA K J x x x CA J x x. Even a 5-2 heart fit should play OK barring the usual 6-0 trump break.
Steve Robinson: 5NT. We have enough high cards to make a slam. However, what is our trump suit? 5NT says pick a slam, so I'll let partner make the last mistake.
Kerri Sanborn: 4C. I'm having a hard time coming up with the best descriptive bid. 4H, not forcing, doesn't show extra values. 4D is somewhat of a misrepresentation with a low singleton. 4NT sounds more balanced. 5H --- what does that even show? Or ask? Club control? Let me just kick the can for another round to see what pard can come up with. If I hear 5D, I'll probably raise.
Michael Dimich: 4H. This hand needs to be played in either 4H, 4S or 5D.
Christopher Diamond: 4H. Definitely looks like we should be in a suit. He should correct to spades with 2-2.
Stephen Vincent: 4NT. Even though it looks like a misfit, it still feels right to make another try.
Larry Meyer: 4H. Tell pard about my 6-5 shape.
Roy Bolton: Pass. Poor fitting hand. Let's stay at a level with the best chance of making.
Paul McMullin: 5H. SO close to trying a 6H bid here.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Close to 4H here but it reeks of a misfit.
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. Hamman's rule again.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4H. I'd like to make a slam-positive move but priority here must be on strain.
David Gordon: 4D. 4H is a pass or correct bid. Maybe partner can keycard?
Kf Tung: 5H. You want to invite a slam and show a good hand with 5 good hearts.
Allan Simon: 5H. I need so little, but I'll leave room just in case he has SQ Hx x DA K Q x x x CK Q x x or some other unsuitable minimum.
Bill Treble: 5H. 5NT (pick a slam) is the other option.

Panel's Answers

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

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Jack Qi 3H 4C 2NT Pass 4H 440 143.50
2.    Michael Dimich 3C 3H 3H 3S 4H 430 107.63
3.    Kai Zhou 3H 4C 2NT 3S 4H 420 71.75
4.    Martin Henneberger 3C 4C 3NT 4C 4H 410 39.46
4.    Alan Kemp-Gee 3H Pass 3NT Pass 4C 410 39.46
6.    Brad Bart 3H 4C 2NT 4C 4H 400 17.62
6.    Rod Coote 4H Pass 3NT Pass 4H 400 17.62
6.    Christopher Diamond 3H Pass 2NT Pass 4H 400 17.62
6.    Gary Gilraine 3H Pass 2NT Pass 4H 400 17.62
6.    Craig T. Wilson 3H Pass 2NT Pass 4H 400 17.62
6.    Ernie Dietrich 3H 4C 3NT 3S 5H 400 17.62

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Beverley Candlish (Canada) 4H 4C 3NT Pass 4H 440 87.50
2.    Peter Qvist (Danmark) 4H Pass 2NT Pass 5H 420 54.69
2.    Qiang Wu (China) 3H 3H 3NT Pass 5H 420 54.69
4.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4H 3H 3H 4C 5NT 410 24.06
4.    John McAllister (Usa) 3H 3H 2NT 4C 5NT 410 24.06
6.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 4H Pass 3NT Pass 4H 400 13.54
6.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 3H Pass 2NT Pass 4H 400 13.54
8.    Kf Tung (China) 3S 4C 3NT Pass 5H 390 10.94
9.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 4H Pass 3NT 3S 4H 380 9.24
9.    Liz Duffield (Uk) 3H Pass 3H Pass 4H 380 9.24
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