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TGIF February 2021: Scores

1. IMPs. E-W vul.
S 9 4   H Q 10 8 6   D A 3   C A K 5 3 2  
West North East South  
1NT (1) 2S (2) Pass ?
(1) 15-17 HCP.
(2) Natural.

Your call?

2NT 9 100
4S 4 80
3S 0 60
Pass 2 60
3C 0 30
3NT 0 30
Moderator: The majority choose 2NT.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4S. Partner is likely to have at least six spades, so I am going for the game bonus.
Kerri Sanborn: 2NT. . . the generally accepted way of inviting in partner's major-suit overcall of a 1NT opening. A direct raise would be more of a fitting or mixed raise.
Zachary Grossack: Pass. Misses a nonvulnerable game once in awhile, but partner will appreciate the room. Sometimes, partner wants to come in with the intent of obstructing the opponents at this vulnerability. Vulnerable, I'd make a game try with 2NT.
David Waterman: Pass. Any bid is a guess. Does 2NT show this hand? Not worth risking the plus at this vulnerability.
Gary Harper: 4S. Spade honours onside, maybe even a diamond ruff --- I think we'll make 4S opposite almost all 2S overcalls.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. A way to get to a 3S invite. Not quite enough for 4S. 2NT as a one round force almost always seems sensible.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Partner denied game interest by bidding spades directly instead of doubling and then bidding spades.
Michael Dimich: 2NT. Game invite/describe hand if max. Partner will bid 3S if min.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. I'm tempted to pass, but game is certainly not impossible.
Paul McMullin: Pass. My heart cards are likely worthless. Maybe pard can make 2S.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Not much of a fit. Good support cards.
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. Assuming DONT partner had a way to show a good hand with spades.
Allan Simon: 3C. I'm going for the gusto on this one. If partner rebids 3D, I bid 3NT, else we're playing 4S.
David Gordon: Pass. Usually the goal of interfering over strong NT is to play.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3C. Agreements? What hands can he NOT have? If a 2-suiter is excluded, 2NT is more attractive. I will pass 3S (which should indicate a minimum and probably promise 6 spades). 3C is forcing in my book; 3NT the most likely game.
John McAllister: Pass. Would be nice to know the rest of my system over NT.
Earle Fergusson: 3S. Can't do less as SA Q J x x x Hx x Dx x x Cx x gives a play for 4S.
Kent Ritchie: 3S. Will leave it to partner. How good is his 2S overcall?
Kf Tung: 2NT. Tell partner that East has a weak hand, and you can have a game if partner has 6 tricks.

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

Your call?

2NT 6 100
2D 3 70
3C 3 70
3NT 3 70
2S 0 30
Moderator: The majority complete their rebid plan (either 2NT or 3C) despite the interference. The minority deviate, either punting with 2D or kicking it in with 3NT.
August Boehm: 2D. Like most, I have my eye on 3NT, but hope to maneuver notrump into partner's hand to protect a spade holding like SQ x x.
Larry Cohen: 2NT. My plan when I opened was to show 18-19 balanced, and nothing has changed that. I even have both of their suits stopped.
Jill Meyers: 3NT. We are vulnerable at IMPs and there are too many hands partner would pass a 2NT rebid that we could make game.
Josh Donn: 3C. If we belong in 3NT, we can always get there. But if it's a partscore hand, why wouldn't I expect clubs to be better?
Robert Sauve: 3C. Try for 3NT. Will play better from partner's side.
David Waterman: 2NT. Could bid 3NT on values, but 4H could easily be best, so keep that option open.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. 3C might get messy if he has no easy rebid. Forcing anyone?
Larry Meyer: 3NT. No guarantees, but that's where the money is.
Michael Dimich: 2NT. Fabulous club suit merits 2NT.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. I don't know if my original plan was to rebid 2NT or 3C, but I'd better show my stoppers now.
Paul McMullin: 3C. About describes this hand. If partner has extras, we should be able to stumble to game. I do not want to play NT if he is minimum.
Chris Buchanan: 2D. I will need support from partner to move towards game. Hopefully partner can show a spade stopper.
Hendrik Sharples: 2NT. At least this time I have stoppers in their suits.
Allan Simon: 3C. I don't have enough imagination for anything else.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3C. This must have been my original bidding plan, so let's execute that. Uninterrupted 2NT is also an option. Am I denying 3 hearts? Then maybe 2NT should be an option, but I dislike the aces as stoppers.
Earle Fergusson: 3NT. Faint heart ne'er won vully game.
Kent Ritchie: 2C. Don't expect partner has much.
Bob Zeller: 3C. I think 3C is a better description of my hand than 2NT.
Kf Tung: 2NT. You have 7 tricks, will partner have HA and some little help for a game?

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

Your call?

Dbl 12 100
2NT 1 60
3C 1 60
3D 1 50
3NT 0 50
2S 0 30
Moderator: The vast majority double for penalty.
Jill Meyers: 3C. I am endplayed into bidding 3C and hoping partner didn't open light. Double is a reasonable alternative.
Steve Robinson: 2NT. If I was on lead, I would double and lead a heart. But with partner on lead, double could be costly, especially if it takes the correct defence and a lead from my side. If partner has SJ x x HA x x x x Dx CA K x x, we could be minus 280 when 6C has a play.
Zachary Grossack: Dbl. . . but most importantly, in good bridge tempo. Many players would have a tendency to double slowly here, as it is a tough problem. How unfortunate it is that tempo makes life difficult and sometimes creates ethical issues.
Roger Lee: 3D. There's a chance this will right-side 3NT. I don't mind doubling with this shape, but my honour structure looks a little unsuitable for defense.
David Waterman: Dbl. I am not happy with this --- what should partner do with 3-5-1-4 minimum? But what are my alternatives?
Gary Harper: Dbl. I interpret partner's pass as showing a willingness to defend.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Should probably have another diamond, but I don't like 3NT on a misfit and he can overrule.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. It's our hand, so they can't play anything undoubled.
Michael Dimich: Dbl. Automatic diamond lead to crush E/W.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. I hate to downgrade because the panel tends to be optimistic, but I just don't see this as a game force.
Paul McMullin: 3C. Should be forward going; 3N would be better from his side.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Cooperative double.
Hendrik Sharples: Dbl. Perfect blame transfer opportunity!
Allan Simon: Dbl. If it makes, it's only IMPs.
David Gordon: 3C. Try for game.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. Why did I redouble? I had a perfectly reasonable 2C available followed by 2S. Now I'll double to show the option to play for penalties and a good redouble. Hope we're on the same page.
Louk Verhees: Dbl. I tend to play Dbl for takeout here.
Joel Forssell: Dbl. Penalty.
Earle Fergusson: Dbl. Love to defend, if pard pulls that's OK too.
Kent Ritchie: Dbl. What else?
Kf Tung: 3C. You have 12 points, 5 clubs, 4 spades, probably some strength in the red cards. Will partner bid 3N?

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

Your call?

Dbl 7 100
Pass 3 70
2NT 1 60
2S 2 60
3D 2 60
3S 0 30
Moderator: No clear direction, the panel double a second time, ostensibly for takeout.
Larry Cohen: 3D. Partner will expect a near 2C opener with at least six diamonds---that is what I have. Partner could have: Sx x x x Hx x x Dx x x Cx x x, so I don't want to do anything bigger than this.
Barry Rigal: Pass. Why should pard hold a single high card here? For all I know, he might be 4-3-1-5. I plan to lead the CA and shift to a diamond unless I can see that is hopeless. If we can't beat it, maybe partner with five spades will bid 2S now anyway.
Daniel Korbel: Dbl. Let's see how badly we can torture partner. He will know we have big defense, a big hand and only three spades.
Mel Colchamiro: 2S. Sometimes I'm a wimp. I would have preferred 2D instead of the double of 1H and then I could double to show my strength.
Robert Sauve: 3D. Partner is broke.
Gary Harper: Pass. Partner's hand is likely flat and ugly --- defending 2H could be our last chance at a plus. Partner's allowed to bid over 2H if they have spade length or latent diamond support.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Space saving to give him a chance to show what little he has. Will raise a spade rebid, correct clubs to diamonds.
Larry Meyer: 2S. I'm not going to risk doubling them into game. Partner should be able to ruff some clubs in the short hand.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Lead the DA and hope to beat it. I would have opened 2NT.
Paul McMullin: Dbl. Defending looks easier than declaring on this hand.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Showing a maximum and will let partner decide what action is best.
Hendrik Sharples: 2NT. . . what I should have opened in the first place! 3D might be better.
Allan Simon: 3NT. I would have opened 2NT. Now I'm gambling the diamonds come home.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. In my agreements this says: I have significant extra values and not a real spade fit. You can run if you really have nothing but I'm willing to play for penalties.
Joel Forssell: Dbl. Penalty.
Earle Fergusson: Dbl. Again happy to defend. If pard bids, I will raise.
Kent Ritchie: 3H. Want to find out more about partner's shape.
Kf Tung: Dbl. You have a good hand, long diamonds, and almost opened 2C.

5. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A 10 6 3   H A 6   D J 10 8 6 5   C A J  
West North East South  
    1H Dbl
1S Dbl 2H ?

Your call?

2S 11 100
3S 1 70
Pass 2 60
Dbl 1 50
3D 0 40
2NT 0 30
Moderator: This problem takes us back to our bridge roots. When partner doubles a suit your takeout double showed support for, it was for penalty, an age-old way of uncovering a psych. Some partnerships play such a double as responsive, but the panelists prefer the old ways.
August Boehm: Pass. In old school, it showed spades to protect against a psych. Modernists use it to show cards. In any event, my hand lacks any outstanding features and partner is still there.
Mike Lawrence: 2S. Some play North's double to show 7-plus points in support of spades. North is expected to have exactly four spades for this bid. Hence, my 2S bid. But some play that North's double shows the unbid suits---a responsive double promising similar values.
Zachary Grossack: Dbl. With a little bit of extra, I will offer a values, no-clear-direction double. Partner can act accordingly. Wrangling for 3NT here (shocking!).
Roger Lee: 3S. Too good for 2S, not enough for 4S.
David Waterman: 2S. Automatic, i think.
Gary Harper: 2S. Assuming responsive double only applies after a raise, this should set trump and await further developments from partner.
Christopher Diamond: 2S. Unless the young'uns are into something else, he basically bid spades so I'll raise.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Partner asked me to choose between clubs and diamonds, so tell him.
Michael Dimich: 2S. Bridge Bulletin Standard doesn't allow for change of suit responsive doubles.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. IIRC past contests have decided that partner's double is responsive. I've got more than enough for a free bid here.
Paul McMullin: 3D. Hands like this keep my bidding contest scores down.
Chris Buchanan: 2S. I will confirm the fit. Should play well even with a poor split.
Hendrik Sharples: 2S. Smoking out the psych.
David Gordon: 3D. If I get the chance I will shape out with 3S.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Nothing to add to the bidding at this time. Does depend a bit on the meaning of partner's double though: if it's agreed as responsive I should now bid 3D. For me this is penalty of spades and the next double would be for takeout to the minors.
Earle Fergusson: 3D. Take out the take outs.
Kent Ritchie: 4D. Let partner decide.
Kf Tung: 2S. You have 4 spades too.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Kerri Sanborn 2NT 2NT Dbl Dbl 2S 500
Daniel Korbel 2NT 2NT Dbl Dbl 2S 500
Janice Molson 2NT 2NT Dbl Dbl 2S 500
Mike Lawrence 4S 2NT Dbl Dbl 2S 480
Steve Weinstein 2NT 2D Dbl Dbl 2S 470
Jeff Meckstroth 4S 3NT Dbl Dbl 2S 450
Josh Donn 2NT 3C Dbl Pass 2S 440
Jill Meyers 2NT 3NT 3C Dbl 2S 430
Mel Colchamiro 2NT 3NT Dbl 2S 2S 430
August Boehm 2NT 2D Dbl Pass Pass 400
Larry Cohen 4S 2NT Dbl 3D Pass 400
Barry Rigal Pass 3C Dbl Pass 2S 400
Steve Robinson 4S 2D 2NT 2S 2S 370
Zachary Grossack Pass 2NT Dbl 3D Dbl 370
Roger Lee 2NT 3C 3D 2NT 3S 350

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Brad Bart 2NT 2NT Dbl Dbl 2S 500 118.13
1.    Michael Dimich 2NT 2NT Dbl Dbl 2S 500 118.13
1.    Christopher Diamond 2NT 2NT Dbl Dbl 2S 500 118.13
4.    Larry Pocock 3S 2NT Dbl Dbl 2S 460 43.31
4.    David Waterman Pass 2NT Dbl Dbl 2S 460 43.31
6.    Gary Harper 4S 2NT Dbl Pass 2S 450 26.25
7.    Kai Zhou 2NT 3C Dbl 2NT 2S 430 21.09
7.    Joel Martineau 2NT 3C Dbl 2S 2S 430 21.09
9.    Stephen Vincent 3S 2NT Dbl 2S 2S 420 17.50
10.    Steve Ottridge 4S 3NT 3NT Dbl 2S 400 15.03
10.    Sam McIlwain Pass 2NT Dbl Dbl 3D 400 15.03
12.    Andrew Krywaniuk 2NT 2NT 2NT Pass 3D 370 13.13

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Kf Tung (China) 2NT 2NT 3C Dbl 2S 460 119.00
2.    Louk Verhees (Nederland) 2NT 2NT Dbl Dbl Dbl 450 89.25
3.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 2NT 3C 2NT Dbl 2S 430 50.58
3.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) Pass 2D Dbl Dbl 2S 430 50.58
5.    Qiang Wu (China) 2NT 2NT 2NT 2NT 2S 420 20.21
5.    Hendrik Sharples (United States) Pass 2NT Dbl 2NT 2S 420 20.21
5.    Lars Erik Bergerud (Norway) 2NT 2NT 3C 2S 2S 420 20.21
8.    Peter Qvist (Danmark) 4S 3NT 2NT Dbl 2S 410 14.88
9.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 2NT 3C Dbl Pass Pass 400 13.22
10.    John Gillespie (Canada) Pass 3C Dbl Dbl Pass 390 11.90
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