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TGIF October 2021: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S ---   H K J 5   D K 10 9 7 6 5   C A 9 7 2  
West North East South  
1S Pass 3NT (1) ?
(1) 9-11, four-plus spades and any singleton.

Your call?

Pass 6 100
Dbl 5 90
4D 4 80
Moderator: The top score goes to pass, despite the majority of the panel taking some action.
Steve Weinstein: Dbl. I'll take a shot at finding a big fit for a sacrifice or a make. If one of the diamonds were a heart, this would be a no-brainer. Pretty safe here (except maybe from center hand opponent) because we're not doubling a playable contract, like if it went 1S-3S.
Janice Molson: Pass. I can't find a bid here. Not enough money in my bank account to bid.
Daniel Korbel: 4D. I cannot bring myself to pass when there is room for partner to hold: Sx x x x HA x x DA x x x Cx x. They are unlikely to double me, even if I am in trouble. One thing to note is that doubling is safer, as they will more often take you off the hook if you are in trouble.
David Waterman: Dbl. Take advantage of the opps' system. Of course it could work out badly, but to pass is also very dangerous.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Unless I'm committing to a 5-level sac (and I'm not) all I'll do is tell them how to handle the spade suit by bidding.
Michael Dimich: Pass. I don't want a diamond lead. If partner has heart or club values I want that suit led.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Maybe spades are breaking badly for them.
Larry Meyer: Pass. The diamonds are too weak to introduce vul at the 4-level, and I can stand any lead from partner.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. They have bid game with maybe 20 points, maybe 25. There is no reason to be involved. Partner passed over 1S, why expect a perfect hand? Let's defend.
Earle Fergusson: 4D. Double is too much; pass is too little; 4D . . . just right.
Allan Simon: Dbl. Faint heart ne'er won fair lady.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Sometimes you just have nothing to say, and Pass says exactly that.
David Gordon: 4D. Could not help myself.
Lars Erik Bergerud: Pass. Not a takeout dbl of spades. Don't want to tempt partner to compete to a high level with only 4 hearts. With DQ instead of a small one, 4D seems pretty clear. I stay quiet now and later, but a double game swing is threatening.
Kf Tung: Pass. Prefer to defend 4S than to play 5D. If opener has slam interest, they may go down in the wake of your silence.

2. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A   H 9 8 2   D J 8 7 4   C A J 10 9 6  
West North East South  
1D 1S 2D ?

Your call?

3C 7 100
Pass 7 90
Dbl 1 50
2NT 0 30
Moderator: The vote is evenly split between the constructive 3C, and the cautious pass on what rates to be a misfit.
Mike Lawrence: 3C. It's the least misdescriptive bid on a hand that is worth a bid.
Zachary Grossack: Pass. I don't have enough clubs to bid 3C here. If partner cannot reopen with a double or something else, I probably just want to defend. Sometimes they have only seven diamonds on this auction --- actually, pretty often.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Could be getting into murky waters if he's got hearts but I have too much to pass and hearts may play OK.
Michael Dimich: Pass. A lot of HCP but no good call unless partner with short diamonds can bid again.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Maybe partner will be able to bid again if it's passed back to him.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Bid my best suit in this partscore battle.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. If partner can bid 3H, I will bid 4C. Terrible hand to play Moysian. Even a 5-3 heart fit will be tough.
Earle Fergusson: 3C. Natural and constructive, might get a good lead too.
Allan Simon: Pass. My heart isn't faint, but there are limits. If I had to bid, I'd choose double.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Partner did not start with a double, no reason to go on an adventure. I will bid 3C if he tries 2S.
David Gordon: Dbl. A bit flawed but competitive.
Lars Erik Bergerud: Dbl. Shouldn't promise anything more than a willingness to compete in 2M/3C. Will correct 2H to 2S showing secondary support for spades, insufficient hearts and accordingly a nice club suit. Too much for Pass, and 3C is unilateral.
Kf Tung: 3C. They have a fit, and you have probably a fit in clubs. Push. You may even make 3N!

3. IMPs. N-S vul.
S K Q 6 5 4   H 10 4 2   D K 7 3   C K 4  
West North East South  
    Pass Pass
Pass 2H Pass ?

Your call?

2NT 6 100
4H 5 90
3H 1 70
Pass 3 70
Moderator: After a weak-two in fourth seat, typically a heavy preempt, the panel make a move toward game. What's unclear is how partner will take 2NT.
August Boehm: 2NT. Considering position and vulnerability, partner has the goods and he is apt to hold a few spades. The shortage of aces is a significant drawback, but passing seems too committal. Of course 2NT implies a heart fit; a passed hand without a fit passes.
Barry Rigal: Pass. Kings are bad here; one of them rates to be wasted. I expect to be facing 9-12 or so.
Kerri Sanborn: 4H. Partner will always have a good hand to open fourth seat rather than risk an unnecessary minus score. I'm banking on a couple of my kings to be working.
Kate Allard: 2NT. Ogust.
David Waterman: 4H. Should have a shot, so vulnerable an easy choice. Don't futz around and let them get a lead-director in.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Law of Total Tricks crowd will agree. I'd bid it over their 3-level minor anyway.
Michael Dimich: 4H. A great shot for game after a 4th seat 2H bid.
Jack Aaron: 2NT. Artificial 2NT asking partner to clarify whether it's a strong weak two or a weak weak two.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. Play pard for 10-14 HCP and a decent 6-card suit, so invite at IMPS.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I think partner has done all the damage that this hand warrants!
Earle Fergusson: 4H. Should have good play opposite 12-15 with good hearts.
Allan Simon: Pass. I might let myself be pushed to the three level, but there's a good chance we'll buy it at the two-level.
Paul McMullin: Pass. If partner has two aces and a king for his preempt, we might miss game . . . and be looking for different partners!
David Gordon: 4H. Good fit.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 4H. Should I ask and then go down in 3H if I don't like the answer? Could easily be right, but I expect a good opening hand with a good 6 cards for 2H in 4th. 4H has to be a reasonable shot red at IMPs.
Kf Tung: 4H. You have a fit, 7 losers, and partner has 6 trumps to open 2H and ~12 points.

4. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S Q 10 4 3 2   H A 6   D K Q 8   C 5 3 2  
West North East South  
  1H Pass 1S
Pass 2D Pass ?

Your call?

2H 9 100
2NT 2 70
3H 3 70
3C 1 60
3D 0 40
Pass 0 30
Moderator: The panel clearly favours 2H.
Josh Donn: 2NT. I'm lacking the desired stopper, but any other bid is a distortion that could also work just as poorly.
Jeff Meckstroth: 2H. Might miss a game, but partner will be able to bid again on some of those.
Jill Meyers: 3H. Damned if I do, damned if I don't. I'm going to bid a 3H limit raise. My red cards are too good to bid only two.
Betty Cameron: 3C. 4th suit forcing.
David Waterman: 3H. This will earn me a zero, but these red suits convince me it is the right bid.
Christopher Diamond: 2H. An underbid, but it's matchpoints and the auction's not necessarily over.
Michael Dimich: 2H. You have no forward going bid. If partner can next bid 2S, 3D or 3H you are one happy camper.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. Would like a 3rd heart needless to say but nothing else appeals.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Our hands do not seem to be fitting well, so if pard can not find another bid, then I don't think we belong in game.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. Reluctantly! But this misfit is going to take all the power we have to get some tricks.
Earle Fergusson: 3D. 2H/2S is too little; 3C too much; 2NT just wrong. 3D is better than 3H because it lets pard bid 3S or 3NT.
Allan Simon: 3H. My honours are well placed, so I'll overbid (again).
Paul McMullin: 3D. Should show semi-invitational values, right?
David Gordon: 3C. Stretch for game.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 3H. 3C is an overbid, especially since a support next round will be (mildly) slammish? 2N is not attractive opposite possible shortness. 3D may be OK at IMPs, but it is matchpoints and 4H is also the most likely game. Great support in reds justify an invite on HA x.
Kf Tung: 3C. . . game forcing.

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

Your call?

3D 7 100
Dbl 7 90
2S 1 60
4D 0 50
4S 0 40
Moderator: The panel are split between showing the spade fit and therefore burying the hearts, or making a negative double with an angle to show spades later if possible.
Larry Cohen: Dbl. Might as well try to reach hearts. I can always bid 3S next.
Steve Robinson: 3D. Set trumps ASAP. Anyone who makes a negative double deserves to find partner bidding a three-card heart suit and end up in 4H on a 4-3 fit. Also, what happens if the opponents bid 5D? Partner will not know about our spade fit and can't help decide what to do. My second choice would be 4D (splinter).
David Waterman: Dbl. . . and I will bid 3S over anything other than hearts.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Seems too good for 2S and not enough spades for a limit raise. Hoping to offer a spade invitation next.
Michael Dimich: 3D. You have a limit raise for spades. If partner next bids 3H you can bid 4H.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Good 3-card support and useful shortage in opp's suit make this hand worth a limit raise.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Minimum hand with 4 hearts for partner gives us a chance for game. A little aggressive for matchpoints, but magic happens!
Earle Fergusson: Dbl. Will follow with 3S to show this hand.
Allan Simon: Dbl. . . and 3S at my next turn.
Paul McMullin: Dbl. Negative double is SO obvious. I think I am missing the question on this hand.
David Gordon: Dbl. Support spades later if necessary.
Lars Erik Bergerud: Dbl. Consider heart contract to have somewhat better trick potential in the long run than spades and maybe also possess better trump control. Will bid 3S over a 2H-rebid showing a strong invite with 3-4 as Pard may have 5-3-3-2. More flexible than 3D.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Cards, unbid suits, and can support spades later.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Zachary Grossack Pass Pass 2NT 2H 3D 490
Steve Robinson Dbl 3C 4H 2H 3D 480
Steve Weinstein Dbl 3C 4H 2H 3D 480
Mel Colchamiro 4D Pass 2NT 2H 3D 470
Jeff Meckstroth 4D 3C 4H 2H Dbl 460
Barry Rigal Pass 3C Pass 2H Dbl 460
Mike Lawrence Dbl 3C Pass 2H Dbl 450
Kerri Sanborn Pass 3C 4H 3H Dbl 450
Roger Lee Dbl Pass 2NT 2NT 3D 450
Janice Molson Pass 3C 4H 3H Dbl 450
Larry Cohen Pass Dbl 2NT 2H Dbl 440
Daniel Korbel 4D Pass Pass 2H 3D 440
Josh Donn 4D Pass 2NT 2NT 3D 440
Jill Meyers Pass Pass 3H 3H Dbl 420
August Boehm Dbl Pass 2NT 3C 2S 400

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Larry Meyer Pass 3C 2NT 2H 3D 500 136.50
2.    Kate Allard Pass Pass 2NT 2H 3D 490 102.38
3.    Michael Dimich Pass Pass 4H 2H 3D 480 68.25
4.    Craig T. Wilson Pass 3C 3H 2H 3D 470 47.78
5.    Elliott Burnell Pass 3C 2NT 2H 2S 460 27.30
6.    Joel Martineau Dbl 3C 3H 2H Dbl 450 22.75
7.    Stephen Vincent Pass Pass 4H 3H Dbl 440 18.28
7.    David Waterman Dbl 3C 4H 3H Dbl 440 18.28
9.    Brad Bart 4D Pass 4H 2NT 3D 430 13.74
9.    Jack Aaron Pass 3C 2NT 3D Dbl 430 13.74
9.    David Hooey 4D 3C 4H 2NT Dbl 430 13.74

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Tim Margolian (Canada) Pass Pass 2NT 2H Dbl 480 91.00
2.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Pass 3C 3H 2H 3D 470 48.53
2.    Claude Vogel (Usa) 4D 3C 4H 2H 3D 470 48.53
2.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) Dbl Pass 4H 2H 3D 470 48.53
5.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) Pass 3C Pass 2H Dbl 460 16.68
5.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Pass 3C Pass 2H Dbl 460 16.68
7.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4D Pass 4H 2H Dbl 450 13.00
8.    Kf Tung (China) Pass 3C 4H 3C Dbl 440 10.74
8.    Qiang Wu (China) Pass Pass 4H 3C 3D 440 10.74
10.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 4D 3C 4H 2NT Dbl 430 9.10
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