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TGIF May 2021: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S 7   H Q 7 3   D A Q J 5 2   C A Q 5 4  
West North East South  
1H Dbl Pass 2C
Pass 3C Pass ?

Your call?

3NT 7 100
3H 4 80
Pass 4 70
3D 2 60
4C 0 30
5C 0 20
Moderator: Vulnerable at IMPs, the panel is lured towards 3NT.
Larry Cohen: 3NT. I have extras, hearts stopped, a source of tricks, vulnerable at IMPs. Need I say more? OK, I will. Picture: SK 10 x x HA x Dx x CK x x x x.
Jill Meyers: Pass. I think partner could have a heavy mixed raise and we might need too much for 3NT.
Barry Rigal: 3D. Yes, we are vulnerable and it is teams. Am I supposed to make a game try? If so, maybe 3D is best to show my values. Wait for partner to tell me about his major-suit holdings. 3NT on a spade lead might be very ugly. I plan to bid 3NT over 3S, and over 3H . . . maybe 4C. If partner bids 3NT, maybe I should bid 5C?
Steve Robinson: 3H. . . showing short spades and extra values. 3NT might not fetch if partner has: Sx x x x HK x DK x CK J 10 x x. If partner bids 3S, I'll bid 3NT, which will show my hand. 3H is not a Western cuebid because Western cuebid is a very bad convention.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Worth a try for 3NT. If he has no heart honour and some length, 5C is probably too high.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Keep our options open for 3NT.
Michael Dimich: 3NT. Reasonably good shot for game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. I can see it now. If partner has SA x x x HJ x x Dx x CK x x x then 3NT is cold if the diamonds break. I'll pay off to that.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. While one hates to miss vulnerable games at IMPs, there is too much wrong with this hand to make it worthwhile trying.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. Partner has extras and so do I. But this feels like a negative score. But it is IMPs, and we're red so . . .
Paul McMullin: Pass. Partner had stronger bids than 3C. Let's try for a plus score!
Chris Buchanan: 3H. Looking for a secondary stopper.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. 3NT is never the right answer on a bidding panel, but here I am.
Allan Simon: Pass. 3C is only mildly invitational and game seems unlikely.
David Gordon: 3NT. Queen empty third is skimpy but someone has to bid game.
Veljko Vujcic: 3H. The cue gives a chance to learn more about hearts, both from pard's and the opponent's bidding (or passing).
Earle Fergusson: 3NT. Accepting invite, 9 tricks looks best.
Kf Tung: 3H. Last train.

2. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A K Q 9 8   H A J 7 4   D 10 3   C A 9  
West North East South  
2H 3C Pass ?

Your call?

4NT 9 100
3H 5 80
3NT 1 50
3S 1 50
4C 1 50
5C 0 30
Moderator: The majority bid 4NT, natural and quantitative.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4NT. Would like this to be quantitative. It would be in most partnerships.
Daniel Korbel: 3H. I know it's a cop-out to cuebid 3H. But I think my hand is just too strong to bid 4NT quantitative. I'll try to navigate from here. Best will be if partner rebids his clubs. I will keycard us to six or seven.
Ralph Buckley: 3NT. Partner should have some strength in diamonds.
Christopher Diamond: 3NT. Underbid. Worth 4NT if that is natural. I will read the system someday.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Show game values with heart stopper, deny 6-card spade suit, and deny club support.
Michael Dimich: 4NT. Opposite a 3C game force 3NT is an underbid, and 3H implies more clubs. What's left is 4NT.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. Gotta show strength first.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. The real problem will come later.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. Sure feels like a 50 point deck! Extra values need to be shown, so here is a start. Hope partner isn't convinced I have true support, but I need to get a diamond cue from partner. See what he does next.
Paul McMullin: 3H. Temporizing. What else does partner have to say?
Chris Buchanan: 3NT. Tough to show the total strength, but in matchpoints I will go conservative.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. 3NT is never the right answer on a bidding panel, but here I am.
Allan Simon: 3H. If partner is short in hearts, we belong in a black suit, probably in slam. Example, Sx x Hx DA K x x CK J 10 x x x.
David Gordon: 3NT. A bit heavy but it's matchpoints.
Veljko Vujcic: 4NT. . . if it's quantitative. If not, then 3H.
Earle Fergusson: 3NT. Game before slam.
Kf Tung: 3H. Good hand, slam interest. Will show CA x later.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A Q 7 6 2   H K 4 3   D Q 8 7 4   C 4  
West North East South  
Pass 2NT Pass 3H (1)
Pass 3S Pass 4D
Dbl Pass Pass ?
(1) Transfer to spades.

Your call?

4NT 7 100
4H 4 80
Pass 4 60
4S 0 50
Rdbl 2 50
Moderator: With partner uncooperative, the plurality retreat to 4NT. Some pursue a supertop with Pass/Rdbl, while others cater to partner's 5-card heart suit with 4H.
Steve Weinstein: 4NT. I would expect partner to bid 4S with a fit and redouble with good diamonds. 4NT seems likely to be our best spot, even if we have a spade fit.
August Boehm: 4H. The SK J may be sufficient support. Partner's pass over the double does not deny a diamond control because redouble would be business.
Larry Cohen: Rdbl. I'm thankful that the computers do the scoring these days!
Mel Colchamiro: Pass. Partner didn't bid 4S over the double, so there doesn't appear that we have an eight-card fit, except in diamonds, which means slam is unlikely. The only other choice as I see it is redouble, but I haven't discussed this with any of my recent partners. 4NT to play is too far out for me.
Ralph Buckley: Rdbl. Escape. Hope partner pulls it to either hearts or spades.
Robert Sauve: 4S. Don't like my 4D bid. Pass denies first round control of diamonds.
Christopher Diamond: 4H. One more kick of the can. Should be a shape, honour-showing slam try.
Larry Meyer: 4H. Show game values with 5-3-4-1 shape.
Michael Dimich: 4NT. Hopefully greedy West got us to a superior NT game rather than 4S after a diamond lead.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Rdbl. Perhaps we miss out on a 5-3 heart fit, but I'd like to give us the option of 4D-xx.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. Unusual that you get a chance to pattern out over a 2NT opening. Hopefully partner's on the same wavelength.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. Feels like partner may be 2-5-3-3! I'm going to shape out and show the extras I have.
Paul McMullin: 4S. Surely 4D then 4S showed more than a direct bid of 4S; if partner is excited, he can move forward.
Chris Buchanan: 4H. I will map out. Partner may be 2-5-3-3.
Hendrik Sharples: Rdbl. Someone's going to bleed, hope it's the opponents.
Leonid Bossis: 4NT. Sign off.
Allan Simon: Pass. Let's roll the dice! I expect partner has 2 spades and 3 diamonds. 510 will beat the 460s and will West to stay out of our auctions.
David Gordon: 4H. Cuebid our side card.
Earle Fergusson: 4H. Too much slam potential.
Kf Tung: 4H. Show your distribution, and let partner decide.

4. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A J 9   H J 7 5 4 3 2   D A 7   C J 7  
West North East South  
  1C Pass 1H
Pass 1S Pass ?

Your call?

2S 6 100
2D 4 90
2NT 3 80
2H 2 70
2C 1 50
3S 1 50
1NT 0 30
3H 0 20
Moderator: Unfortunately, Bridge Bulletin Standard doesn't include XYZ, which would be a handy convention here. The top vote is for 2S, a heavy raise with only 3 trumps.
Jeff Meckstroth: 2H. It's not really worth bidding an invitational 3H.
Barry Rigal: 2D. It's worth the overbid to make sure we get to our best strain. Far harder at matchpoints. I have sneaking sympathy for a raise to 2S at this vulnerability.
Kerri Sanborn: 2S. This is a very good hand for the XYZ convention. In an auction where we bid three suits at the one level, XYZ enables responder to use 2C to ask partner to bid 2D, followed next by some invitational bid; 2D is like fourth-suit game forcing, frequently artificial. I would like to bid 2C, then 2H, but in standard, a jump to 3H seems highly inappropriate with this suit. I'm left only with poor choices: 1NT, 2NT, 2H, 3H, 2S and 3S are all flawed.
Brad Bart: 2D. Strain before level.
Robert Sauve: 1NT. Heart texture is bad. Hope pard will take a heart preference.
Christopher Diamond: 2D. Bit of a stretch for a GF but not by much and it might clarify things.
Larry Meyer: 3H. With such a terrible suit, I do not have enough for 4th suit forcing.
Michael Dimich: 2S. Fantasy wish is partner now patterning out with 3H.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. The simple value bid. Quantity over quality.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. Can't bring myself to bid 3H on those hearts.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. No XYZ, and hand sucks to 4th suit force. Suit is too ugly for 3H, so show better than a weak jump shift. Underbid seems better than the alternatives.
Paul McMullin: 3H. Should show a six card suit with invitational values.
Chris Buchanan: 2H. I like 2H to show 9-11 and invitational but that is hardly standard, but I will do it here anyways.
Hendrik Sharples: 2D. We may not get to the right level, but we will get to the right strain.
Allan Simon: 2D. Assuming we don't play XYZ (Why not? It's pretty standard by now), I'll invoke 4th suit forcing. The strength is right for 2NT or 3H, but those bids are distortions. Partner's next bid should help me decide on the strain.
David Gordon: 2D. Force to game in either hearts or NT.
Earle Fergusson: 2D. A slight push to maximize the chance for best strain.
Kf Tung: 2NT. Not a game forcing hand, but it is better than 1N.

5. IMPs. Both vul.
S K Q   H 5 4   D A 10 5 3 2   C K Q 10 2  
West North East South  
  Pass Pass 1D
1H 1S 3H (1) Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?
(1) Preemptive raise.

Your call?

Pass 5 100
4H 4 90
4C 4 80
4S 1 80
3S 3 70
5C 0 30
Moderator: Declare or defend? The majority of the panel reached for more than +150/+170 either by committing to game, or by passing the double. They were rewarded in the scoring.
Zachary Grossack: 3S. Partner will probably expect a third spade, but the honors are going to be so helpful. I couldn't imagine taking any other action. This also leaves 3NT in the game --- partner can offer that with: SA x x x x HK x Dx x x CA x x.
Daniel Korbel: Pass. If partner was an unpassed hand, I would think 4H, asking for help with strain, would be obvious. Here, I doubt that we can make 4C or 5D very often. We may well make 4S opposite something like: SA J 10 x x Hx x DJ 9 x CA x x. In any case, I expect to defeat 3H almost all the time and don't want to guess what to do.
Janice Molson: 4C. If partner wasn't a passed hand, I would bid 4H. I don't like 3S, even with SK Q. I guess I will bid 4C.
Josh Donn: 4H. 3S and 4C both jump out, but I think we have too much game potential. Why not offer a choice? If I didn't do this, I would simply bid 4S and hope it's decent.
Christopher Diamond: 3S. So if we're using support doubles this should show a decent doubleton. This used to be a sound opening bid, guess it's extras these days. I might have opened 1NT. But my doubleton heart is still bad.
Larry Meyer: 3S. SK Q is enough to show support.
Michael Dimich: 3S. SK Q is a lot better then Sx x x. The thought of 3H-x making is an anathema.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. Best not to stretch to 4 when partner is limited.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. Hope my support is ok.
Paul McMullin: 4C. Not willing to defend 3H-x and not willing to rebid the ragged diamonds.
Chris Buchanan: 4H. Tell me more partner.
Hendrik Sharples: 4C. Can't think of another bid that makes sense.
Allan Simon: 3S. Partner knows it's IMPs. I have only slightly more than a minimum opener.
David Gordon: 4C. Follow up with a 4S bid if partner corrects to 4D.
Earle Fergusson: 3S. Not passing, this is as good as any.
Kf Tung: 4S. Give partner 5 tricks, and he makes 4S.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Roger Lee 3NT 4NT 4NT 2D 4H 480
Kerri Sanborn Pass 4NT 4NT 2S 4C 450
Daniel Korbel Pass 3H 4NT 2S Pass 450
Josh Donn 3NT 4NT Pass 2S 4H 450
Steve Robinson 3H 4NT 4H 2S 4S 440
Janice Molson 3H 4NT 4NT 2NT 4C 440
Jeff Fang 3NT 3H 4NT 2NT 4C 440
August Boehm 3H 3H 4H 2D Pass 430
Barry Rigal 3D 4NT 4NT 2D 4C 430
Steve Weinstein 3NT 4C 4NT 2D 4H 430
Jeff Meckstroth 3NT 4NT Rdbl 2H 4H 410
Zachary Grossack 3NT 3H Pass 2S 3S 410
Larry Cohen 3NT 3H Rdbl 2H Pass 400
Jill Meyers Pass 4NT Pass 2S 3S 400
Rick Prouser Pass 4NT 4H 2NT 3S 400
Mike Lawrence 3D 3S 4H 2C Pass 340
Mel Colchamiro 3H 3NT Pass 3S Pass 340

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Michael Dimich 3NT 4NT 4NT 2S 3S 470 147.00
2.    Jack Qi 3NT 3NT 4NT 2D Pass 440 110.25
3.    Brad Bart 3D 4NT 4NT 2D 4S 430 73.50
4.    Elliott Burnell 3NT 3NT 4NT 2D 4C 420 51.45
5.    Stephen Vincent Pass 3H 4H 2NT Pass 410 26.95
5.    Kai Zhou 3NT 4NT Rdbl 2D 3S 410 26.95
7.    Jim Bodner 3NT 3H 4S 2H Pass 400 19.69
7.    Silvana Trotter 3NT 3NT 4S 2S Pass 400 19.69
9.    Rod Coote 3H 3NT 4NT 2NT 4S 390 14.16
9.    Stuart Carr 3H 3H 4H 2H 4S 390 14.16
9.    Jack Aaron 3NT 3H Rdbl 2NT 4C 390 14.16
9.    Sam McIlwain Pass 3H 4S 2D Pass 390 14.16

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Beverley Candlish (Canada) 3NT 3S 4NT 2S Pass 450 101.50
2.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 3H 3H 4NT 2S 4S 440 76.13
3.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 3H 3H 4NT 2NT 3S 410 35.53
3.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) Pass 4NT 4H 2NT 4S 410 35.53
3.    Lars Erik Bergerud (Norway) 3NT 3H 4H 2NT 3S 410 35.53
6.    David Gordon (Canada) 3NT 3NT 4H 2D 4C 400 14.70
6.    Veljko Vujcic (Serbia) 3H 4NT Rdbl 2H Pass 400 14.70
6.    Kf Tung (China) 3H 3H 4H 2NT 4S 400 14.70
9.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 3H 3H 4H 2H 4S 390 9.78
9.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) Pass 3NT 4NT 2H Pass 390 9.78
9.    Roy Bolton (Canada) Pass 3NT 4NT 2H Pass 390 9.78
9.    Earle Fergusson (Canada) 3NT 3NT 4H 2D 3S 390 9.78
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