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TGIF March 2021: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S 8 6   H K Q 8 6 2   D A 8   C J 8 6 5  
West North East South  
  1C Pass 1H
Pass 1S 2D ?

Your call?

3C 15 100
Dbl 0 50
2NT 0 40
Pass 0 40
2H 0 30
4C 0 20
Moderator: Richard Pavlicek curated these problems from various world championships. We start with a rare unanimous panel.
Zachary Grossack: 3C. . . a very comfortable bid. The way I play, 1C followed by 1S shows four spades and at least five clubs. Even in standard, 4-3-3-3 hands are meant to rebid 1NT, so I am assured of a club fit. And if partner has game interest with three hearts, they can now show that with 3H. Why make an auction confusing with an undiscussed double when 3C is a perfectly good bid?
David Waterman: 3C. Double would be great if it showed this hand, but it doesn't. Pard should have 4+ clubs, and if by some chance he doesn't he will have 3 hearts.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. The alternative 3C isn't appealing if East has clubs and diamonds. Pass will allow pard an opportunity to support hearts.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. Show my diamond stopper and invite partner to bid 3NT.
Michael Dimich: 3C. You have too much to pass.
Stephen Vincent: 3C. The 2D bid seems slightly peculiar: why not overcall on the first round? Still 3C can't be too far off the mark.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Really safe in my system as we tend to bypass spades with balanced hands. Regardless, I bid that using your system as well.
Paul McMullin: 3C. Not quite enough for 3D.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Competitive double.
Hendrik Sharples: 3C. I wouldn't mind 3D, but would never convince partner I have club not spade support.
David Gordon: 3C. Will cooperate with any forward move.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. Forward going. Pass is possible.
Joel Forssell: Dbl. Penalty.
Earle Fergusson: 3C. Encouraging support. Hearts are still in the picture.
Kf Tung: 3C. Invite. There is a good chance to double 3D if they come in.

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

Your call?

Pass 12 100
4C 2 60
Dbl 1 50
Moderator: Unsure a second double would be for penalty, the vast majority pass and take their plus.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. Plan A didn't go well. Need a Plan B. Again, I'm not sure double would be for penalty. One can imagine a perfect hand for North that would give us a play for 5C: SJ 9 3 H2 DJ 9 7 6 4 CQ 9 4 2. I'm hoping for a nice 200 against 3H.
Steve Robinson: Dbl. I plan to bid 4C if partner bids 3S, which should show tolerance for spades.
Janice Molson: 4C. I have decided there are hands I could make a slam on. I doubled planning on bidding clubs over spades. I can't bury a six-card suit. If the 3H bid is based on a diamond fit, e.g., 6-4, I could look foolish for not bidding.
Robert Sauve: Pass. Would have bid 2C on first call.
David Waterman: Dbl. . . and 4C over 3S. Tempting to just pass and take the plus at this vul, but the chance of a big penalty or a game is too tempting.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Should have bid 2C. Not going to compound that by bidding 4C now.
Larry Meyer: 4C. I have enough playing strength to double and then bid my suit.
Michael Dimich: Pass. This hand screams misfit for N/S. We may go plus with a pass.
Stephen Vincent: 4C. The quality of the clubs means we're less likely to get doubled should this prove to be the wrong move.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Has East been passed in a splinter? No matter, I pass.
Paul McMullin: Dbl. IMPs and they are vulnerable; partner should be able to decide to defend or pull.
Chris Buchanan: 4C. I have half of a 30-point deck. If partner is short in hearts we can likely make game in a black suit.
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. Apparently the 2C bid card is missing from this box. This question is worthy of an abstain, IMHO.
Allan Simon: Pass. I prefer overcalling 2C but that ship has sailed.
David Gordon: Dbl. Well I am either rescuing opps or collecting a big score.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Chance for a plus is good.
Earle Fergusson: Dbl. Pull 3S to 4C, or pass 4S. Of course would be happy to defend!
Kf Tung: Dbl. They have many red cards. You cannot bid 3S or 4C here, and probably partner will bid 3S and you pass.

3. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S K J 6 5 3   H A   D J 10 9 4 3 2   C J  
West North East South  
Pass 2S Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 10 100
3D 3 60
3S 1 60
4S 1 50
Moderator: Another majority choose to pass. The minority push further with their 6-5.
Roger Lee: 3D. Jumping to game looks irresponsible to me, but I have to make a try.
Josh Donn: Pass. The auction hasn't gone well for me, so I don't want to press my luck by getting higher. A hand like this can fall apart quickly if partner doesn't fit us well.
David Waterman: 3S. The opponents' silence suggests we don't have a super fit. Game is unlikely if pard has 3 spades. Tougher problem at IMPs.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. I'd just chance 4S at IMPs. I assume this is a help suit game try.
Larry Meyer: Pass. If partner has 3 honor cards in spades and diamonds, then we probably have game, but he won't, so just go plus.
Michael Dimich: Pass. Why weren't opps making a takeout double? This is our minimum minus position and maybe they missed a game.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Partner might have the magic cards for 4S but it's more likely they can make 4H or 5C.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Man, did I have a tough time finding the pass button in a hurry! If I get doubled, I'm thinking about running to 3D. LHO has trapped and I'm going for my life.
Paul McMullin: 3D. Ask for help in my second suit.
Chris Buchanan: 4S. Try for game.
Hendrik Sharples: 4S. It might make, and I sure don't want to defend with this hand.
Allan Simon: 4S. This will be exciting.
David Gordon: 3D. Why did I not open 1D? I guess I will bid my second suit and hope.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Nope. Would have opened 1D, or not at all. I like to hold something in first.
Louk Verhees: Pass. It is quite possible they let me play here and I don't do 3S preemptive.
Kf Tung: 4C. Thank opponents for their pass, and don't give them a second chance.

4. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A Q J 9   H K 8 7 6   D A   C K 9 8 5  
West North East South  
Pass 1H 2C (1) ?
(1) Diamonds and spades.

Your call?

3D 7 100
3H 4 80
4D 2 70
4H 2 70
2D 0 40
2S 0 40
Moderator: Though imperfect with a stiff ace, 9 of the panel choose to splinter.
Steve Weinstein: 4D. It's close between 3D, a mini-splinter, and 4D, a game-forcing splinter. I think 3D is probably right, but 4D has the advantage that I'm 100% sure partner will know what it means.
Jill Meyers: 3H. If they had not bid, I would have bid 3D showing shortness, but their bid has alerted me to the fact that the splits on this hand may not be friendly. I also don't like showing shortness with a stiff ace.
Kerri Sanborn: 3D. I want to get the strength and trump support right.
Mel Colchamiro: 4H. I like to have five cards in my anchor suit as a source of tricks when I splinter, so no more than 4H for me. The stiff ace is no bargain, and my good and positional spades, given the bidding, will either be wasted opposite shortness or golden; bad splits are more likely. Unless partner has five hearts, the hand may not play so well.
David Waterman: Dbl. If LHO bids 2D and pard doubles, I will pass at this vul. If 2D is not doubled I will bid 4H.
Anssi Rantamaa: 2D. Partner needs to see this as a cue bid with heart support.
Christopher Diamond: 2S. This turned into a very good hand. Going to 4H even in the face of horrendous breaks. I'll make a cheap slam try now.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Show my 4-card support and extra values.
Michael Dimich: 2S. This hand is good enough to investigate slam.
Stuart Carr: 3H. Is 3D mini-splinter?
Stephen Vincent: 4H. Don't like splintering with a singleton A or K.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. My hand, the vulnerability, the denomination of the scoring all point to this bid. I'd be slightly concerned of missing 6, but insignificant compared to the correct bid.
Paul McMullin: 3H. 4H was a close second choice, but sometimes it is nice to involve partner.
Chris Buchanan: 4D. Every card I have is working so I will splinter.
Hendrik Sharples: 2S. This should show the better heart raise (as opposed to 2D).
Allan Simon: 3H. Enough with bad breaks likely.
David Gordon: 3D. I keep making the mistake of splintering with a single ace.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2D. . . but only with the agreement that it offers support in hearts. (I have that agreement.)
Joel Forssell: 4H. Ready to double 4S.
Earle Fergusson: 2D. Lots of bidding to come, HQ J x x x x and the CA should make slam.
Kf Tung: 4D. Focus on slam interest for hearts.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S J 9 7 3   H J 9 7 3   D 9 7 5 4 3   C ---  
West North East South  
    Pass Pass
1C Dbl 1H Pass
2C Dbl 3C ?

Your call?

3D 7 100
3S 4 80
4C 2 70
3H 1 60
Pass 1 50
4D 0 30
4S 0 30
Moderator: How good can a 2-count be? Most take a free call, hoping to buy a partial.
Larry Cohen: 3D. . . not pass. I don't want to go minus 110 when we can make something. True, we might belong in spades, but unless we can make game, I don't mind playing in a lower-scoring partial.
Barry Rigal: 3S. Some people might have bid already. As it is, I can't stay silent.
Janice Molson: 4C. Strain before points. It's a lot, but it's a 30-point deck and partner has extras. Hopefully no club wastage. If she wants to bid a game, OK.
Brad Bart: 3D. I might've bid 1S the previous turn.
David Waterman: Pass. I should be safe at the 3 level, but If I bid now partner won't pass. Better to let him reopen, then I will bid 3S. If he raises, game should be good.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. They seem to be in a pretty good spot so try to move them a bit higher if we don't buy it.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Partner asked twice, so tell him about my 4-card major.
Michael Dimich: 4C. Envision partner's hand --- your hand fits so well but partner has to avoid getting a heart lead from West. So 4C.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Having limited my hand previously I think it's time to chime in.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. I don't think that double here is responsive. We may be down 1, but unlikely to get doubled.
Paul McMullin: Pass. I have passed twice already. Surely partner will recognize a 'shape' bid, right?
Chris Buchanan: 3S. I can't hold much in this auction but a club void entices me to squeak out a spade bid.
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. I think I'm happy if 3C ends the auction, but I suspect that isn't happening.
Allan Simon: 3S. Partner shouldn't expect much more after my pass on the previous round.
David Gordon: 3D. I will compete in spades up to 4S with my next bid.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. Yes I will.
Louk Verhees: 4C. Let's go high.
Earle Fergusson: 3D. Safest partscore at IMPs. I don't like the short hearts on my left.
Kf Tung: Pass. With a very strong hand partner will bid again, so why worry now?

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jeff Meckstroth 3C Pass Pass 3D 3D 500
Josh Donn 3C Pass Pass 3D 3D 500
Zachary Grossack 3C Pass Pass 3D 3D 500
Larry Cohen 3C Pass Pass 3H 3D 480
Jill Meyers 3C Pass Pass 3H 3D 480
Kerri Sanborn 3C Pass Pass 3D 3S 480
Steve Weinstein 3C Pass Pass 4D 3D 470
Roger Lee 3C Pass 3D 3D 3D 460
Mike Lawrence 3C Pass Pass 3H 3H 440
Barry Rigal 3C Pass 3D 3D 3S 440
Steve Robinson 3C Dbl Pass 3D 4C 420
Daniel Korbel 3C 4C Pass 3H 3S 420
August Boehm 3C Pass 3D 4D 3S 410
Mel Colchamiro 3C Pass 4S 4H Pass 370
Janice Molson 3C 4C 3S 4H 4C 360

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Larry Pocock 3C Pass Pass 4H 3S 450 150.50
2.    Anssi Rantamaa 3C Pass Pass 2D 3D 440 112.88
3.    Lucy Zhong Dbl Pass Pass 3H 3D 430 63.96
3.    Joel Martineau 3C Pass 3S 4H 3D 430 63.96
5.    Craig T. Wilson 3C 4C Pass 3H 3S 420 30.10
6.    Rod Coote 3C 4C Pass 4H 3S 410 23.29
6.    Michael Dimich 3C Pass Pass 2S 4C 410 23.29
8.    Jack Qi Dbl Pass Pass 4H 3S 400 17.77
8.    Gary Gilraine 3C Dbl Pass 4H 3S 400 17.77
10.    Robert Sauve 3C Pass 3D 3H Pass 390 14.37
10.    Gary Harper 2H Pass 3D 3D 3D 390 14.37

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Louk Verhees (Nederland) 3C Pass Pass 3D 4C 470 101.06
1.    Tim Margolian (Canada) 3C Pass Pass 4H 3D 470 101.06
3.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 3C Pass Pass 4H 3S 450 57.75
4.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 3C Pass Pass 2D 3D 440 24.82
4.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 3C Pass Pass 2D 3D 440 24.82
4.    Diane Bolton (Canada) 3C Pass Pass 2D 3D 440 24.82
4.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3C Pass 3D 3H 3D 440 24.82
8.    David Gordon (Canada) 3C Dbl 3D 3D 3D 410 12.33
8.    Beverley Candlish (Canada) 3C 4C Pass 4H 3S 410 12.33
8.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 3C 4C Pass 3H 4C 410 12.33
8.    Allan Simon (Canada) 3C Pass 4S 3H 3S 410 12.33
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