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TGIF November 2020: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S A   H K J 6 4 3   D J 9 4 3   C A 10 5  
West North East South  
  1S Pass 2H
Pass 3H Pass ?

Your call?

3S 8 100
4C 2 80
4H 3 80
3NT 2 70
Moderator: A discussion point for committed partnerships is the meaning of 3S vs 3NT after this start.
Steve Weinstein: 3S. The young Turks play 3NT as non-serious. So a simple raise to 4H implies a minimum. With the HQ instead of the HJ, I'd bid 3NT.
Larry Cohen: 4C. This is a poor problem because it involves not only one, but two(!) partnership agreement areas. One: Is 3S a control bid or spade support? Two: What form of serious 3NT do we use?
Jill Meyers: 3S. I play 3S is 100% a cuebid in support of hearts, and it is an auction that I discuss in any partnership I have. If we are playing non-serious 3NT, partner can bid 3NT to show mild slam interest, in which case I would sign off; or partner can cuebid, in which case I will make another try. I think one try is enough on this hand.
Mel Colchamiro: 4H. Without either of the jacks, I might well have responded 1NT. Now, with a bare minimum 2/1, I'm not going to offer any encouragement. If all partner needs for slam is key cards, he can easily find out.
Brad Bart: 4C. Is this advertising for non-serious 3NT?
Aidan Ballantyne: 4H. Partner's 3H is presumably stronger than a jump to 4H and I have decent hearts and two aces including one in partner's suit. But I am dead minimum with a lot of holes. I think a cue should show a bit more.
Larry Meyer: 4H. We have enough values for game, but my singleton in partner's suit makes me think that slam is unlikely.
Stephen Vincent: 4C. I'm going to make one slam try only here and will bid 4H over 4D.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. Minimum hand, minimum bid. I'd have been excited with a diamond splinter, but nothing else!
Paul McMullin: 4H. What am I missing? Partner had LOTS of stronger bids than 3H!
Hendrik Sharples: 4C. 3S would show support in my world.
Allan Simon: 4C. I play serious 3NT. I will rebid 4H over 4D.
Veljko Vujcic: 3S. If 3H is non-min or stronger (couldn't find in your notes), I'd bid a mild slam try (like 3NT non-serious). Here I'll bid 3S cue.
Louk Verhees: 3S. Depends on what 3S means. But it also helps to let partner bid serious/non-serious.
Kf Tung: 4C. You have the CA, and this could be the key card for a slam.

2. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S A 8   H A J 3   D 5 2   C A K Q 10 7 5  
West North East South  
Pass Pass Pass 1C
1D 2D 3H (1) ?
(1) Weak.

Your call?

3S 8 100
4H 4 80
6C 2 60
Dbl 0 50
3NT 1 40
4C 0 40
5C 0 30
Pass 0 20
Moderator: The panel majority refuse to cross the Rubicon of 3NT.
Mike Lawrence: 6C. I play 2D is a serious, maximum passed hand with good club support. Partner could have bid 3C with a normal, boring limit raise. He could have bid 3D to show a singleton, but being a passed hand, he might feel like 2D was all he could afford.
Barry Rigal: 3S. We can always bid slam later. For the time being, let's see how things pan out. If partner cannot bid notrump now, we may reassess. My plan is to bid 4H over 4C by partner, and trust him from then on in.
Josh Donn: 4H. There should be a good shot at slam. I think it's good enough to risk going beyond 3NT, which I can't reach anyway without guesswork.
Gary Harper: 3NT. Hard to imagine a hand where partner doesn't have diamond values.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3NT. Playing pard for something in diamonds or for a heart lead. I could bid 4H but we'd be past our likely best spot.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Tell pard about my heart stopper and deny a diamond stopper. If he has diamonds stopped, he can bid 3NT.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. What is happening at this vulnerability? Why didn't East open with a preempt?
Perry Khakhar: 3S. I'm ok with having to play this in 4NT if that's right. But I must explore the club slam. If only partner can show a diamond control.
Paul McMullin: 3S. If partner takes this as a 'second suit' and raises to 4S, he should get a better picture when I pull 4S to 5C.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. Grant Baze . . . stoppers are for children.
Allan Simon: 3S. Partner must have a diamond control, else where are his points?
David Gordon: 3NT. Hope partner has a diamond card.
Bob Todd: 3S. Giving room for partner to cuebid diamonds or bid 3N.
Peter Qvist: 3NT. Looks like East has a singleton diamond. With only 3 spades pard must have some points in diamonds.
Kf Tung: 4H. You have the HA, and this could be the key card for a slam.

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

Your call?

1NT 5 100
2S 3 80
3D 4 80
2C 1 60
2D 1 60
2NT 0 60
3S 1 60
Moderator: With no bid perfect, the panel are in a three-way split on which small lie to tell.
Kerri Sanborn: 2S. Every bid is a lie. I hate 2NT with this club holding, hate 3D with a passion, could consider 1NT.
Daniel Korbel: 3D. I have too much for 2D.
Roger Lee: 1NT. Conservative, but with no spots or club stopper, anything else feels strange. I can't bid 3D in a system where partner might have a balanced minimum.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. I hate this bid. But vul at IMPs creates as many bad bids as MPs.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3S. This why I don't do well in bidding contests. It's what I'd do in real life.
Larry Meyer: 3D. With invitational values, invite. Pard can bid 3NT with a club stopper.
Stephen Vincent: 1NT. No intermediates; no club stopper; no distribution.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. Maybe partner can bid 3NT. We tend to show off shape hands with this bidding sequence. I'd bid 2C if we're playing XYZ, but I don't think that's allowed.
Paul McMullin: 3D. I would prefer 2C if it was not a 'game force'; 3D should show this invitation.
Hendrik Sharples: 2NT. Grant Baze . . . stoppers are for children.
Allan Simon: 2C. . . XYZ, then 3D.
David Gordon: 3D. Invite.
Louk Verhees: 2C. XYZ showing limit with 3 spades.
Joel Forssell: 2C. 4th suit forcing.
Peter Qvist: 1NT. Nice to have a little extra!
Kf Tung: 3D. A vulnerable game is on the horizon, and you start the invitation with a worry in clubs.

4. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S J 9 6 3   H J 10 2   D 3   C A Q 6 5 4  
West North East South  
1S 2H 4S ?

Your call?

5H 7 100
Dbl 4 90
Pass 2 70
4NT 1 60
5C 1 60
Moderator: The majority of the panelists take a stab at the 5-level.
August Boehm: Dbl. . . more 'cards' than anything else. Might work out poorly if partner is two-suited with clubs. My distribution, however, makes this against the odds.
Jeff Meckstroth: Pass. If partner is void, he may bid again.
Janice Molson: 5H. I bite. If I could bid 5C as a choice of games, I would.
Christopher Diamond: 5H. Guessing time. I'm guessing this.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5C. Hope pard gets it. The auction may be just starting!
Larry Meyer: Pass. I don't think we belong at the 5-level, and I'm not so sure about setting 4S either.
Stephen Vincent: 5C. Can we beat 4S? Maybe, maybe not. Let's get in a lead director in case they bid 5S.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I don't feel the need to save on every hand! Let's defend unless partner has something special.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Nasty hand --- probably why it is in this contest!
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. (Slowly)
Allan Simon: 5C. For the lead vs the likely 5S.
David Gordon: Pass. At IMPs I might consider taking a 5H call.
Bob Todd: 5C. . . for the lead in 5S.
Kf Tung: Pass. They hope to make 4S and you hope to defeat them.

5. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A 2   H 8   D A K 10 8 7 5   C Q 6 4 2  
West North East South  
1H Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Dbl 11 100
2D 3 70
2C 1 60
Pass 0 50
3D 0 30
Moderator: The vast majority protect with short hearts, even with 6-4 shape.
Steve Robinson: 2D. If I double, I'm not sure I can handle spade bids from partner if he has a weak hand with spades.
Zachary Grossack: Dbl. We must protect this house! Holding zero cards or a singleton in overcaller's suit, we almost always reopen with a double here. We need either an exceptionally bad or an exceptionally distributional hand to spurn a reopening double.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Here's me giving them a chance to find their spade fit.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2D. A bit cautious but we do have teammates!
Larry Meyer: 2C. I think it's better to tell partner that I have at least 9 cards in 2 suits as compared to telling partner that I have at least 6 cards in 1 suit.
Perry Khakhar: 2C. Clubs probably plays well if we find a fit.
Paul McMullin: 2D. Will venture 3C if 2H comes back around to me.
Hendrik Sharples: Dbl. Will correct spades to clubs.
Allan Simon: Dbl. Automatic with a stiff heart. I will pull 1S to 2D.
David Gordon: 2D. Not enough spades to Dbl.
Peter Qvist: Dbl. Have to if I want too keep my pard.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Show a stronger hand than 2D bid now.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jill Meyers 3S 3S 1NT 5H Dbl 500
Janice Molson 3S 3S 3D 5H Dbl 480
Roger Lee 3S 4H 1NT Dbl Dbl 470
Zachary Grossack 3S 4H 1NT Dbl Dbl 470
Mel Colchamiro 4H 3S 3D 5H Dbl 460
Daniel Korbel 3S 4H 3D 5H Dbl 460
Josh Donn 4H 4H 1NT 5H Dbl 460
Steve Weinstein 3S 3S 3D 5H 2D 450
Steve Robinson 3NT 3S 1NT 5H 2D 440
Kerri Sanborn 3S 3S 2S 4NT Dbl 440
Mike Lawrence 3S 6C 2C Dbl Dbl 410
August Boehm 4C 3S 3S Dbl 2D 400
Larry Cohen 4C 6C 2S 5C Dbl 380
Barry Rigal 3NT 3S 2S Pass 2C 380
Jeff Meckstroth 4H 3NT 2D Pass Dbl 350

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Michael Dimich 4C 3S 2S 5H Dbl 460 157.50
2.    Martin Henneberger 3S 3NT 1NT 5H Dbl 440 118.13
3.    Gary Gilraine 4C 3S 2S Dbl 2D 420 78.75
4.    Kai Zhou 4C 3S 2D 5H 2D 410 43.31
4.    Zoran Peca 4C 3S 1NT 5C 2D 410 43.31
6.    Christopher Diamond 3S 3NT 2NT 5H Dbl 400 22.81
6.    Ernie Dietrich 3S 3NT 1NT 5C Dbl 400 22.81
6.    Robert Sauve 4C 3S 2NT 5H 2C 400 22.81
9.    Stephen Vincent 4C 4H 1NT 5C 2D 390 14.56
9.    David Schmidt 4C Dbl 1NT Dbl 2D 390 14.56
9.    Jack Qi 3S 3NT 2NT Dbl Dbl 390 14.56
9.    Ralph Buckley 4H 5C 2S 5H Dbl 390 14.56
9.    Gary Harper 4C 3NT 1NT 5H 2D 390 14.56

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 4H 4H 1NT 5H Dbl 460 73.50
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4C 3S 2S 5H Dbl 460 73.50
1.    Louk Verhees (Netherlands) 3S 3S 2C 5H Dbl 460 73.50
4.    Veljko Vujcic (Serbia) 3S Dbl 1NT Dbl Dbl 440 26.95
4.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 4C 3S 1NT 5H 2C 440 26.95
6.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 4H 4H 1NT Pass Dbl 430 16.33
7.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 3S 3NT 3D 5H Dbl 420 13.13
7.    John McAllister (United States) 3S Dbl 3D Dbl Dbl 420 13.13
9.    Kf Tung (China) 4C 4H 3D Pass Dbl 410 10.34
9.    Peter Qvist (Danmark) 4H 3NT 1NT Dbl Dbl 410 10.34
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