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TGIF April 2021: Scores

1. IMPs. E-W vul.
S K 10 8 3   H ---   D K Q 4 3 2   C K 5 3 2  
West North East South  
2H Dbl 4H ?

Your call?

4S 6 100
Dbl 4 80
5H 3 70
4NT 2 60
5D 0 50
Moderator: A split panel with many viable options in regards to both level and strain, their top choice is 4S.
Kerri Sanborn: 4NT. Should be takeout for the minors if I don't bid again. Very tough call here. Anything could work, from a responsive double to 4S, 4NT, 5H, 5S, 5NT. At least partner knows I have stuff and minors. Perhaps a slam decision can come from her side. The question is, if she bids 5C, do I pass or bid 5D?
Daniel Korbel: 4S. Yes, we may have better contracts. But what can I do? I don't really want to double with a heart void. I don't really want to bid 5D when 4S is playable a level lower. I feel fixed and I'm staying fixed.
Janice Molson: Dbl. There are so many possible bids. I don't know what is right. Double is takeout and so hopefully my partner will bid. But I am a terrible guesser, so I will not try to figure out the strain.
Rick Prouser: 5H. Even though there are clear signs of danger, it seems right to be optimistic and drive to slam. While 5NT might ask partner to choose among the three available suits, that could be unclear without prior agreement. 5H avoids any ambiguity about the spade suit being an option.
David Waterman: 5H. And I will raise 5S to 6S.
Christopher Diamond: 4S. Worth more but no easy way to find out. If not 4S I might as well commit with 5NT.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Too strong to sign off in 4S.
Michael Dimich: 5D. E/W vul implies extreme distribution so bid 5D first and over their 5H bid 5S.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5H. If partner has no heart wastage then presumably he has 2 or more aces.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. This should have a play. It's a 30 point deck, but not enough to move past game. Maybe if partner has extras, he will ask after our free bid.
Chris Buchanan: 4S. Too many holes to fill without the room to investigate anything more.
Hendrik Sharples: 4S. Practical. Vul vs not opponents should have something other than trump length here.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5H. After the Dbl partner should have the right points to make slam in his favorite suit.
David Gordon: 4NT. Asking for partner's better minor. If opps compete to 5H then will bid 5S.
Mike Roberts: 4S. I'll stay fixed.
Louk Verhees: 4NT. Very interesting. A lot depends what you expect partner to do with 4 spades if you Dbl. Can easily be slam, a grand even. Can't get myself to bid 4S nor Dbl.
Earle Fergusson: 5H. Slam is likely, but which suit?
Plarq Liu: Dbl. I think take out is still true over 4H.
Peter Qvist: 5NT. Pick a slam.
Kf Tung: 4S. Too much to lose if both sides can make a game!

2. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A K Q 4   H A 4   D J   C K J 10 9 6 2  
West North East South  
3D Pass Pass Dbl
Pass 4D Pass ?

Your call?

5D 6 100
4S 5 90
5NT 3 80
4NT 1 60
5S 0 50
6C 0 40
5C 0 30
Moderator: Another preemptive auction with another split panel. The top choice is 5D, trying for slam in a black suit.
August Boehm: 5D. Two can play this game. Slamward bound: 6C over 5H should imply spades as well.
Larry Cohen: 5NT. I doubt we are off two aces, and I doubt we can sensibly ever reach seven, so 12 tricks it is. Partner might have only majors, in which case I can correct 6H to 6S. If partner chooses clubs (unlikely), I'll be happy there.
Mike Lawrence: 4NT. . . ace-asking. I will bid 6C if partner has an ace. I don't see a method to sort out a grand.
Zachary Grossack: 4S. In theory, I should be making a slam try --- not that partner's 4D shows slam interest in this situation, but it does show some oomph, as they are forcing to game and I have significant extras for my balancing double. The problem lies in that I don't really know how to make an effective slam try. What does 4NT mean here? Or I could try 5S (which might be in danger), but it's hard to imagine partner accepting with the right hand. 'Survive the preempt.' I'll settle for 4S.
Robert Sauve: 4S. Hope pard bids again. He is showing majors.
David Waterman: 6C. I would like 4NT to be old-fashioned Blackwood here, but it isn't.
Christopher Diamond: 4S. Again worth more but he might have stretched for strain. Not even sure what 4NT would be.
Larry Meyer: 5D. Too strong to sign off in 4S or 5C.
Michael Dimich: 6C. Best slam --- you can pitch a losing spade on hearts if spades break badly.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. How many IYC questions have shown us the other side of this auction? Partner will stretch to bid 4D holding equal length in the majors, even with not enough HCP.
Perry Khakhar: 5D. We may eventually end up playing in 6S, but I need to try and play this in 6C. So, 5D followed by 6C will resolve this I think.
Chris Buchanan: 5D. . . to keep the grand alive and force to 6. Partner could have SJ x x x HK Q x x DA x CA Q x.
Hendrik Sharples: 5D. Correcting 5H to 6C should (hopefully) get the black two suit message across, otherwise would have bid 6C directly.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4S. This will be a good contract. Partner did not have enough to bid on his own so slam is out.
David Gordon: 5C. Will bid natural and then pull 5H to 5S.
Mike Roberts: 4NT. Natural makes no sense. The only thing that does is straight Blackwood.
Louk Verhees: 5D. How much room do you give partner? Not blasting slam as we can be off 2 keycards. Could bid 4NT but not sure what it exactly means.
Joel Forssell: 4NT. Blackwood.
Earle Fergusson: 6C. Correct hearts to spades.
Plarq Liu: 4S. Respond to cuebid with cheapest suit.
Kf Tung: 6C. Partner is confident for 4H or 4S with his hand, so 6C is a good contract with your cards!

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

Your call?

3H 8 100
Dbl 4 80
4S 2 70
2S 1 60
3C 0 40
3S 0 40
Moderator: The majority show their good support with a cuebid.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. I will support spades next, hopefully giving partner a good picture of my hand.
Steve Robinson: 4S. It's difficult to evaluate a void, so I'll play partner for SA Q J x x and something else. This might get LHO to bid 5H, which could be good for us.
Josh Donn: 3H. The void qualifies this hand as having too much potential to merely bid 2S.
Robert Sauve: 2S. Take the slow approach with the master suit and bad trumps.
David Waterman: 3H. It is the wrong hand type for 4S. 3C for the lead is a good shot, but too unilateral.
Gary Harper: Dbl. Planning to jump to 4S if partner shows a fit in either minor. Otherwise will invite in spades.
Christopher Diamond: 2S. Low balling everything this month. Nearly worth a limit raise.
Larry Meyer: 3H. 3-card trump support and a useful void is a great support hand.
Michael Dimich: 3H. You have a fit and invitational values.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. The problem with 'double and support spades later' is partner will think you are showing the other minor with spade tolerance.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Responsive Dbl followed by 3S should give partner a picture of my hand.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. I will correct to spades later.
Hendrik Sharples: 3H. Dbl might be a better description, but I don't want to defend 2H doubled.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. We have a fit, I can ruff hearts, so why introduce the minors?
David Gordon: Dbl. Responsive dbl then a spade bid hits the spot.
Mike Roberts: 3C. . . and then spades at the cheapest level. At least I'll get the lead.
Earle Fergusson: Dbl. I am bidding 4S over 4H.
Plarq Liu: 2S. If we have a fit in spades we do not need to discover a minor fit.
Kf Tung: 2S. Go slow. Your handling charge would be high when partner holds 3 or 4 hearts.

4. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A K Q J 3 2   H Q 10 8 7   D Q 6 5   C ---  
West North East South  
Pass 1NT (1) Pass 2H
Pass 2NT (2) Pass ?
(1) Forcing one round.
(2) Invitiational.

Your call?

4S 6 100
3D 6 90
3S 3 60
3NT 0 40
Pass 0 20
Moderator: Over half the panel commit to spades while the minority attempt to sort out strain via a 3D fragment bid.
Larry Cohen: 4S. No need to waste time patterning out with 3D.
Jill Meyers: 3D. . . forcing. Partner will know I am very short in clubs and should be able to judge what to do. I don't want to commit to 4S, as partner could have Sx x Hx x x DK J x x CA K x x when 3NT would be easier than 4S.
Jeff Fang: 3S. Should be forcing, offering a choice of games.
David Waterman: 4S. 3NT is unsound.
Christopher Diamond: 4S. Don't see much point in 3D and 4S is very likely our best game.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. With my 2 red queens, partner should be able to come up with 3 tricks outside of spades.
Michael Dimich: 3S. Volleyball bidding. I've shown my 6/4 and interest in some sort of game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. 6 spade tricks is two-thirds of the way to 9. I'd be more confident about this choice at IMPs.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. 4S may be safer, but this could be all the matchpoints.
Chris Buchanan: 3D. Shaping out my hand.
Hendrik Sharples: 3S. Game forcing unless playing with a bot.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4S. Need help in the red suits, yes, but why tell the opponents that?
David Gordon: 4S. Let's play in spades.
Mike Roberts: 3D. How else can I pull a slow 3NT to 4S? Without gadgets, 3S would be forcing, though.
Louk Verhees: 3D. Most flexible and forcing the way I play it.
Earle Fergusson: 4S. I can't imagine another bid.
Plarq Liu: 3S. Complete of my 6-4 description.
Kf Tung: 3S. Two red queens are not as good as an ace.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S A K 10 7 2   H 10 9 8 4   D J 7 2   C 4  
West North East South  
1D 1H 1S ?

Your call?

2S 7 100
3D 5 80
2D 2 60
4H 1 50
2H 0 40
3H 0 20
Moderator: With 4 trumps and good controls, this is a powerful little hand. Do you show a mixed raise? A limit raise? And if a limit raise, which of the cuebids do you choose?
Larry Cohen: 2D. . . shows a limit raise or better in hearts. I have a limit raise or better in hearts.
Barry Rigal: 3D. This hand isn't nearly as good as it might look. My theory is that the defenders might get a diamond or spade ruff, and partner surely has wasted values in clubs.
Mel Colchamiro: 2S. If my minors were reversed, I'd take a shot at 4H.
David Waterman: 4H. No alternative springs to mind.
Gary Harper: 3D. Not sure if mixed raises are on our convention card, but it was described to me as one card too strong for a weak jump raise.
Christopher Diamond: 4H. Why overthink? 4H is likely to be a decent spot and I don't want them to find a possible club fit.
Larry Meyer: 2S. 4-card trump support and a singleton is a great support hand.
Michael Dimich: 3D. Torn between 3H and 3D. Finally succumbed to 3D.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. . . mixed raise. It would be nicer if we played mini-splinters here.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. We play mini splinters, so 3C would show this hand. But since that is not a part of BBS, I will push forward with an esoteric cue bid.
Chris Buchanan: 2D. If 3C was a splinter that is what I would really do.
Hendrik Sharples: 4H. Might make, and forces them to the 5 level if they have a club fit.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2D. A good raise in spades. That's what I have. Will compete to 3H.
Leonid Bossis: 3D. . . mixed raise. If unavailable (reserved for something else) then 2S = limit raise with 4+ card support.
David Gordon: 2S. A shapely limit raise.
Mike Roberts: 2H. The diamond holding is really bad.
Louk Verhees: 3D. . . mixed. Not sure how good my hand is.
Earle Fergusson: 4H. Should be close, let them guess.
Plarq Liu: 2H. Support partner's suit is our #1 priority.
Kf Tung: 3H. Go fast with your ace, king and singleton.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Daniel Korbel 4S 5NT 3H 4S 2S 480
Jeff Meckstroth 4S 4S Dbl 4S 2S 470
Josh Donn 4S 4S 3H 4S 3D 470
Janice Molson Dbl 5D 3H 3D 2S 470
Rick Prouser 5H 4S 3H 3D 2S 450
Mel Colchamiro Dbl 5D 4S 3D 2S 440
Zachary Grossack 5H 4S 3H 4S 3D 440
Barry Rigal Dbl 5NT 3H 3D 3D 430
Kerri Sanborn 4NT 5D Dbl 3D 2S 430
Larry Cohen 4S 5NT Dbl 4S 2D 420
Jeff Fang Dbl 5D 3H 3S 3D 420
Jill Meyers 4NT 5D 2S 3D 2S 410
Steve Robinson 4S 4S 4S 4S 4H 410
August Boehm 5H 5D 3H 3S 2D 390
Mike Lawrence 4S 4NT Dbl 3S 3D 380

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Dave Gabel Dbl 4S 2S 4S 2S 430 147.00
2.    Larry Meyer Dbl 5D 3H 3NT 2S 420 110.25
3.    Elaine Sutton 4S 4S 2S 4S 4H 400 51.45
3.    Kai Zhou 4S 5D Dbl 3NT 3D 400 51.45
3.    Christopher Diamond 4S 4S 2S 4S 4H 400 51.45
6.    Jack Qi 4S 5S Dbl 4S 2D 390 21.29
6.    Gary Harper 5H 4NT Dbl 4S 3D 390 21.29
6.    Douglas Avis 4S 4S 2S 4S 2H 390 21.29
9.    David Schmidt 5H 4S 3H 4S 3H 380 14.16
9.    Andrew Krywaniuk 5H 4S 3H 3NT 3D 380 14.16
9.    Zoran Peca 5H 4S 2S 4S 2D 380 14.16
9.    Joel Martineau 5H 5S 3H 3S 2S 380 14.16

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Lars Erik Bergerud (Norway) Dbl 5D 3H 4S 3D 460 129.50
2.    Dan Cecchelli (Canada) 4S 5S 3H 4S 2S 450 97.13
3.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 4S 5D Dbl 3D 2D 430 55.04
3.    John Overdeck (United States) 4S 4S 3H 4S 2H 430 55.04
5.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 4S 5D Dbl 3NT 2S 420 23.74
5.    Steve Anderson (Canada) 5H 4S 3H 4S 2D 420 23.74
7.    Hendrik Sharples (United States) 4S 5D 3H 3S 4H 410 16.36
7.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 4S 4S 3H 4S 3H 410 16.36
7.    Louk Verhees (Nederland) 4NT 5D Dbl 3D 3D 410 16.36
10.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4S 5D Dbl 3S 2D 400 12.36
10.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Dbl 4S Dbl 3D 2D 400 12.36
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