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TGIF September 2021: Scores

1. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A K 7 6 5   H J 8 7 2   D ---   C K J 7 5  
West North East South  
  1C 1D 1S
3C (1) Pass 3D ?
(1) Four-card diamond support, 6-10 points.

Your call?

Dbl 7 100
3H 4 80
4D 4 80
4C 0 50
5C 0 40
3S 0 30
Moderator: Half the panel opts to double.
Josh Donn: Dbl. I know people hate to double in this position with a void, but nothing else is satisfactory. It can still be quite good if partner has four diamonds and passes.
Barry Rigal: 3H. 4D as a cue for clubs might lose hearts, and I cannot double with a void, can I? I mean, it might go down if partner passes with his 2-3-4-4 hand, but I can't say I like it. Let others more opinionated than I opine as to whether this is forcing.
Zachary Grossack: 4D. For me, 4D is a bit of a prepared bid, almost certainly a club fit with some degree of slam interest and almost certainly diamond shortage. I could double, but I don't want partner to even faintly entertain the thought of leaving it in. I will probably pivot from the slam idea and just pass what partner offers over 4D.
Michael Dimich: 4D. I am short in diamonds, partner. Pick a game.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Looking for a possible 4-4 heart fit.
David Waterman: Dbl. This caters to most hands that partner can have.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Don't like it with a void but I don't want to force a 3-card raise with that heart suit. My next bid, if any, is going to be tough too.
Jake Grabow: 4D. Should show the void and club fit.
Joel Forssell: Dbl. Take out.
Allan Simon: 4D. My next bid will be 5C which I hope partner can raise to 6C with a heart control.
Hendrik Sharples: Dbl. I play this as 100% takeout. Let's see what the panel thinks.
Paul McMullin: 3H. New suit short of game by responder is still forcing, right?
David Gordon: 3H. Make a forcing bid which will show 5 spades. You will find a major suit fit if you have one and can sign off in 5C if need be.
Earle Fergusson: 4D. Diamond control, club fit, and slam interest.
Kf Tung: 3H. Good hand with 5 spades and 4 hearts, forcing for one round.
Louk Verhees: Dbl. I can't see anything else. If partner has 4 diamonds (not likely), he knows you are void so he won't pass lightly.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. The flexible double. However, I'm very unhappy about the lack of negative double initially.

2. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A 8 5   H A Q J 7   D 10 6 3   C 10 5 4  
West North East South  
  1C Pass 1H
2D Dbl (1) Pass ?
(1) Three-card heart support.

Your call?

2H 10 100
3H 2 70
Pass 2 70
2S 1 50
3D 0 40
3C 0 30
Moderator: A majority of the panel pessimistically rebid 2H.
Daniel Korbel: 3H. My first instinct is 2H, which I think would be enough opposite a light opener. But this hand could play very well in the 4-3 fit and nothing else appeals.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. The upside is worth the chase. If they make it, it isn't a tragedy, unless we have 4H which isn't likely given my shape.
Steve Robinson: 2H. I underbid because I don't see any alternative strain, and we have only a seven-card fit. I could pass the double hoping that partner has three diamonds, but that is not my style.
Michael Dimich: 2H. Great high cards, lousy shape. If partner has 4 spades, short diamonds and better than a minimum, they will bid.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Let's play in our 4-3 fit at the 2 level --- no prize, but nothing else looks better.
David Waterman: 3D. . . either this or 3H --- ugh. If partner bids 3H over 3D I am going to pass. Could be the end of the partnership.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. Have I mentioned I detest unquantified, nearly forced support doubles? Since he could have a good hand I can't just bid 2H. But since he could have 10 I'm forced to overbid. Artificial 2NT anyone? A natural one is a consideration.
Robert Sauve: 2H. Least of all evils.
Jake Grabow: 2H. This could be enough.
Joel Forssell: Pass. Counting on -500 if we make any game.
Allan Simon: 2NT. Perfect as to strength and distribution. Can't have everything.
Hendrik Sharples: 3D. If you open super light this is tougher.
Paul McMullin: 2H. If we were behind in the match, I might try for a big penalty with a pass --- surely if we can make game, they will be down two or more.
David Gordon: 2H. This hand has dropped in value. I reserve cuebids for game forcing hands.
Earle Fergusson: 2H. Nonvul and flat, so take the low road. Pard is allowed to bid again.
Kf Tung: 3C. Invite. You can make 4H when partner has a suitable hand. 3N and 5C are also possible.
Louk Verhees: 2H. I don't see another option. I am for sure not a passer.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. A virtual 9 count. I hope I can get 8 tricks.

3. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S ---   H K 6 5   D K J 10 8 7 3   C A K 8 6  
West North East South  
  1H 3S ?

Your call?

4S 7 100
4D 4 80
4H 3 70
Dbl 1 50
Moderator: The panel opt for 4S.
Larry Cohen: 4H. Marty Bergen sensibly recommends that four of either minor here shows various types of heart raises. With that unavailable, I take the low road because I have only three-card support and expect bad breaks.
Mel Colchamiro: 4S. Impossible choice between 4S and 4D. Both could lead to uncertain continuations, but at least when I bid 4S, partner knows right away we have a fit. Despite being at matchpoints, a big part of me is screaming to try to make diamonds trump. Oh those DJ 10. Very good problem.
Jill Meyers: 4D. I am really wavering on this one. On the one hand, I want to show heart support by cuebidding 4S; on the other hand, I am not so sure I want to play in hearts. So I guess I will bid 4D and then bid hearts my next turn.
Michael Dimich: 4D. You have so much shape and high cards. 4D is the obvious start for slam investigations.
Larry Meyer: 4D. If pard has as little as HA Q and DA Q we are cold for 7H, so make a forcing bid.
David Waterman: 4D. I am bidding slam, but try diamonds on the off chance he can raise. I would happily play the safer slam.
Christopher Diamond: 4D. If he raises I'll try 6D and hope it is a matchpoint winner. If he bids 4H, I'll make a try with 4S.
Robert Sauve: 6H. Take a shot.
Jake Grabow: 4S. Voidwood.
Joel Forssell: 4S. Exclusion Blackwood.
Allan Simon: 4D. The problem will come on the next round.
Hendrik Sharples: 4S. I know if I bid 4D it will go 5S-Pass-Pass to me, so I'm showing support now.
Paul McMullin: 4S. I am mildly worried about a bad heart split, but if partner has HA Q and DA Q, we could be on for a grand slam.
David Gordon: Dbl. Show your other 2 suits and then find a bid to support hearts.
Earle Fergusson: 4S. Spade control and heart fit. Over 5D will bid 5NT GSF.
Kf Tung: 4D. Natural and game forcing. You look for +600 or +620, as 3N may make or go down.
Bob Zeller: 4S. We are crammed for bidding space, so I show my heart support by cue-bidding.
Louk Verhees: 4C. I play that as a heart fit and slam interest.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Planning on pulling 3NT to 4H.

4. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A 10 7   H K Q   D A 8 3   C 10 9 8 7 5  
West North East South  
Pass Pass 3D Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 5 100
3NT 3 90
4C 3 80
5C 2 80
4D 1 50
4S 1 50
Moderator: Despite the unfavourable vulnerability, the top vote is for a penalty pass.
Janice Molson: 4C. It could be horribly wrong not to bid game. Every card I have is working, but unless I am buying five-card club support, I think we rate to have three losers opposite a passed hand.
Roger Lee: 3NT. . . optimistic, but 4C and pass don't have much appeal.
Kerri Sanborn: 5C. I hope partner has four or more clubs and we should be fine. I'm aware she could have nine cards in the majors, but still, even CQ J x could be enough.
August Boehm: Pass. A perfecto from partnter, e.g., SK x x x HA x x x Dx CA x x x, makes 5C good, but then we rate to collect 300 or 500 on defense. Of course there are plenty of hands that make 5C untenable.
Michael Dimich: 4C. If I am in fairytale land I would be sure partner has SK CA K x x. Everything would split and 3NT would roll.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Looks more likely than 5C.
David Waterman: 3NT. I am persuaded by the third diamond --- I can hold up twice. Might as well bid something that has a big upside if it is right.
Christopher Diamond: 4C. Lucky he's a passed hand so I don't have to stretch to vulnerable game.
Robert Sauve: 4C. Too dangerous to pass double, won't hang partner.
Jake Grabow: Pass. Options are to Pass, bid 3NT or run to 4C.
Allan Simon: 3NT. Pass is the easy way out, collecting 300 or so. But I think I can scrounge up 9 tricks. And if partner has extras, he isn't barred!
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. What's -470 between friends?
Paul McMullin: 3NT. I have gone down before.
David Gordon: 4C. Game is not on as partner is a passed hand. Bid your longest non diamond suit.
Earle Fergusson: 3NT. Hope I can shut out RHO's diamonds while I set up 9 tricks. Vul at IMPs there is too much upside to bidding close games.
Kf Tung: Pass. +100 or +300 instead of a miracle +600. If you always bid in this situation, partner will not balance again, and lose confidence to compete.
Louk Verhees: 3NT. Again I have no real choice here.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Unlikely to make 5C, so settle for 300.

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

Your call?

3C 4 100
Pass 4 100
2S 4 90
Dbl 2 80
2NT 1 50
Moderator: The scorer was swayed by the conservative bias of the panelists (Pass and 3C) to break the tie between the top-ranked calls.
Larry Cohen: Dbl. . . cards. No low-level penalty doubles.
Mike Lawrence: 3C. Looks like 3C or pass. Other bids are grungy. I suspect that pass will end the bidding. 3C keeps the auction going. Might nudge East-West to bid one more time.
Jeff Meckstroth: 2S. I need to show my values; no heart stopper for notrump.
Zachary Grossack: Pass. . . unhappily. Double is an idea. I just hate to have no help in clubs and such slow values in the majors. I don't want to punish partner for balancing, and I think our chances for game are slim (but not impossible) if partner cannot take another call.
Michael Dimich: Pass. North didn't bid 3C or Dbl. They have 5 or 6 clubs and 3 or 4 diamonds. Their hand strength is still unknown until their next bid.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. A low level double like this should show values but with no clear direction.
David Waterman: 3C. I have no idea what to bid here. At least this is correct on values.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. If we can't stop hearts then a double is dicey anyway unless it was kind of Snapdragon. So might as well make a play for the vulnerable game.
Robert Sauve: Pass. Too many defensive values to bid.
Jake Grabow: 2NT. The most descríptive bid regarding strength and shape.
Allan Simon: 2NT. Perfect as regards strength and distribution.
Hendrik Sharples: 3H. Brutal problem.
Paul McMullin: Pass. I do not have a better way to say I like his suits better than yours.
David Gordon: Dbl. A snapdragon-like Dbl to show diamonds and tolerance for clubs.
Earle Fergusson: Pass. If pard has more than a balancing 2C, he can bid again.
Kf Tung: Pass. What can you play at the 3-level? Give partner one more chance. Your real challenge will come if he doubles again!
Louk Verhees: Dbl. Alternative is to bid 2S, but should have better clubs for that.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. No need to get involved in a misfit hand without sufficient values. Let's defend.
Bob Todd: 2S. Least of all evils?

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Mel Colchamiro 4D 2H 4S Pass 3C 480
Zachary Grossack 4D 2H 4S Pass Pass 480
Janice Molson Dbl 2H 4S 4C Pass 480
Steve Weinstein Dbl 2H 4S 4C 2S 470
Jill Meyers 4D 2H 4D Pass Pass 460
Kerri Sanborn Dbl 2H 4D 5C Pass 460
Steve Robinson 3H 2H 4H Pass 3C 450
Josh Donn Dbl 3H 4S 3NT 2S 450
Daniel Korbel Dbl 3H 4S 4C 2S 440
Roger Lee Dbl 2H Dbl 3NT 3C 440
August Boehm 4D 2S 4S Pass Dbl 410
Mike Lawrence 3H Pass 4D 5C 3C 410
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl 2H 4H 4S 2S 410
Larry Cohen 3H Pass 4H 3NT Dbl 390
Barry Rigal 3H 2H 4D 4D 2NT 360

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Zoran Peca 3H 2H 4S 3NT Pass 470 140.00
2.    Brad Bart 3H 2H 4D Pass 2S 450 74.67
2.    Silvana Trotter 3H 2H 4H Pass Pass 450 74.67
2.    Monica Angus 4D 2H 4D 3NT Pass 450 74.67
5.    Michael Dimich 4D 2H 4D 4C Pass 440 23.78
5.    Kai Zhou Dbl 3D 4S Pass Pass 440 23.78
5.    Craig T. Wilson Dbl 2H Dbl 3NT Pass 440 23.78
8.    Larry Meyer 3H 2H 4D 3NT Dbl 430 15.69
8.    Larry Pocock Dbl 2H 4D Pass 2NT 430 15.69
8.    Jake Grabow 4D 2H 4S Pass 2NT 430 15.69

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    John McAllister (United States) Dbl 2H 4S 4C Pass 480 94.50
2.    Paul McMullin (United States) 3H 2H 4S 3NT Pass 470 50.40
2.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 3H 2H 4S 3NT Pass 470 50.40
2.    Earle Fergusson (Canada) 4D 2H 4S 3NT Pass 470 50.40
5.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) Dbl Pass 4S 3NT Pass 460 17.33
5.    Gerard Laquerriere (France) 3H 2H 4S 3NT 2S 460 17.33
7.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) Dbl 2H Dbl Pass Pass 450 11.32
7.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 4D 2H 4D Pass 2S 450 11.32
7.    Lars Erik Bergerud (Norway) Dbl 2H 4S Pass 2NT 450 11.32
7.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4D 2H 4D Pass 2S 450 11.32
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