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TGIF November 2021: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A Q 5   H A 6   D K Q 7 4 2   C A 10 9  
West North East South  
Pass 4NT Pass ?

Your call?

6D 4 100
5D 4 90
5S 1 70
6NT 3 70
Pass 3 60
Moderator: The problems this month were posed by the late Jeff Goldsmith. On his website is the K+R evaluator: a hand evaluation algorithm Jeff developed using the complex Edgar Kaplan/Jeff Rubens computer count. The first hand in this set is a primed out 19-count with a K+R of 19.85. Partner is inviting slam. What do you think?
Larry Cohen: 6D. Points schmoints. This is a great trick-taking hand. The jump to six should show at least a five-card suit, as opposed to a forcing 5D, which could be done with a four-card suit. Partner will pass 6D with, say, Sx x HK x x DA x x x CK J x x.
Janice Molson: Pass. How many times can I upgrade this hand? Yes, a good five-card suit, but no spots.
Daniel Korbel: 5D. Natural and forcing, but can still stop in 5NT. To me this is clear-cut: I have an accept if partner fits diamonds and I have a reject if he doesn't. Despite my minimum point count, this hand should not pass 4NT.
Roger Lee: 6NT. Pass is unthinkable to me. In my preferred style, 4NT is usually 4-3-3-3 with a four-card minor, so I don't have much to gain by playing this in diamonds.
David Hooey: Pass. 100 for pass, and 0 for all other bids.
Eurydice Nours: 5D. Show my diamond suit which is accepting the slam try. May be cold for 6D.
David Waterman: Pass. Great controls, but he fits diamonds or he doesn't. Flipping a coin on hands like this is not the way to win matchpoint events.
Christopher Diamond: 6D. Accepting but offering a choice since 6D could be right and not everyone will get to slam. Have never discussed what 5 level bids mean. 5D might be better.
Michael Dimich: Pass. The 3 Aces and the 5-card diamond suit are good for 2NT but strangely enough if pard has too many HCP in the minors then slam is not a good shot.
Stuart Carr: Pass. If partner's points are in hearts, slam is unlikely.
Robert Sauve: Pass. Super minimum 19 HCP.
Larry Meyer: 5D. I'm interested in 6D if pard has diamond support, but 6NT looks to be 50-50 at best.
Paul McMullin: Pass. A few more tens and nines, especially in diamonds, and I might move forward.
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. Why would I accept with an upgraded 19?
Allan Simon: Pass. I would need a perfecto dummy. At matchpoints, I prefer to play notrump and get a good score with superior dummy play.
David Gordon: Pass. Minimum.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 5D. Force to 5NT. I'd bid 6D if the diamonds were DK Q J x x. Pard has often a 5 card club suit or a good diamond support when he doesn't use Stayman.
Kf Tung: Pass. . . and hope to make 10 or 11 tricks.
Bob Zeller: Pass. Not close to bidding with only 19 HCP.
Louk Verhees: Pass. OK I have a decent minimum. Why would I bid high to a slam in matchpoints?
Earle Fergusson: Pass. Minimum.
Perry Khakhar: 5D. Partner must have a 5-card minor or both 4-card minors. 5D should show acceptance with a 5-card suit. Worst case is he bids 5NT. I will correct to 6C. Should have some play.

2. IMPs. Both vul.
S 8   H A J 7   D K Q J 8 6 5 4 2   C J  
West North East South  
Pass 1S Pass ?

Your call?

3D 9 100
2D 4 80
2H 1 50
5D 1 50
Moderator: Bet the over on this hand: K+R rates it at 16.15 points.
Steve Weinstein: 3D. This eight-card suit and great playing hand warrant going high. If partner asks for key cards and bids a grand, I'm happy.
Josh Donn: 2D. Partner will probably be able to bid again anyway. 3D hugely misrepresents our high cards and gives us a complete guess if partner bids 3NT.
David Hooey: 2D. Deja vu, all other bids should be 0.
David Waterman: 5D. This will not score well, but it is the practical bid. Quirky bids --- like reversing in hearts or jump shifting in clubs --- won't help.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. Too good for 2D I think.
Michael Dimich: 2D. Bidding anything but 2D is an aberration.
Larry Meyer: 2D. Unless pard can bid again, I don't think we will miss much.
Paul McMullin: 2D. 8-card suits are worth rebidding.
Hendrik Sharples: 5D. What do you call an 8-bagger?
Allan Simon: 3D. I think this will score the elusive 100.
David Gordon: 2D. Low values for a 3D bid.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 2D. A serious underbid but I'll catch up later. 3D increases the level without sufficient high card strength but will be the popular choice I guess. 4D shows spades and 5D one loser less? 2H is academic.
Kf Tung: 2D. Game is likely but if you exaggerate your hand partner will go to a slam, which may turn out to be inoperable.
Louk Verhees: 3D. Weak in HCP strong in tricks. I am not passing 3NT.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. I will correct to diamonds at the right time.

3. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A Q 6   H ---   D Q 9 8 7   C A K J 9 5 4  
West North East South  
    1NT ?

Your call?

2C 6 100
Dbl 5 90
3C 3 80
Pass 1 50
Moderator: This hand hits the K+R meter at a whopping 20.15 points! Bridge Bulletin Standard plays DONT: Double shows a one-suiter, 2C shows clubs and another suit.
Barry Rigal: 3C. . . intermediate at this vulnerability. Whatever my systemic options are, this isn't so far off what my hand is worth.
Kerri Sanborn: Dbl. Not perfect, but also not the worst idea. I'd prefer something that showed extra values.
Mel Colchamiro: 2C. Normally I would treat a good six/weak four as a one-suiter. But here, someone (probably the opponents) is about to bid hearts and then I can come back in with 2NT or double. Hopefully I won't have to face that decision.
Craig T. Wilson: Dbl. Meckwell.
David Hooey: Dbl. Deep dive on this hand. Defending 1NT is not good enough, if partner has 1 trick then 1NT is only down 1. With good clubs and bad diamonds, I will treat this as a 1 suiter. Double now then rebid 3C later.
David Waterman: Dbl. Why not? I have the values, it does not promise hearts. If they run to hearts and partner doubles I will bid 3C.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. I use a modified DONT to show discrepant 2 suiters. It'd make it harder for them to find hearts. If they do here, I guess I'm doubling.
Michael Dimich: Dbl. Double to show a one suiter and then flip a coin to see if you make a take out double after E/W play in 2H.
Robert Sauve: Dbl. 1-suiter.
Larry Meyer: 2C. Show partner where I live.
Paul McMullin: 3C. Letting them easily get to hearts does not seem right.
Hendrik Sharples: 2C. Unless this shows majors?
Allan Simon: Dbl. Start by showing a good hand. There will be lots of bidding.
David Gordon: 2C. Clubs.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 3C. I'll come back with a takeout double if the opponents bid hearts.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Tell partner you have strength and you are looking for +300.
Louk Verhees: Dbl. . . if Dbl shows a good hand, otherwise 3C put the pressure on.
Earle Fergusson: Dbl. Penalty. Then clubs over hearts if pard does not Dbl.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Penalty, I hope. If they get to hearts undoubled, I will correct to clubs.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S 3   H 6 4   D A K 7 6 2   C A 10 6 5 4  
West North East South  
  1H Pass 2D
Pass 3C Pass 4S
Pass 4NT Pass 5H
Pass 5NT Pass ?

Your call?

6C 7 100
7C 5 90
6D 3 80
Moderator: What is partner looking for here, and do we have it? Plug the hand into the K+R evaluator and you get 15.75 points. (K+R doesn't know about the club fit.)
Larry Cohen: 7C. My fifth trump and good diamonds make this hand worth seven.
Mike Lawrence: 6D. Partner asked for specific kings. I bid 6D. If this doesn't work, partner might have chosen a different bid.
Zachary Grossack: 6C. A very tough problem. I think partner is really probing for the HK. Eseentially they know my shape is 1-2-5-5 or 1-2-6-4 as I didn't raise hearts before making my splinter. So if partner has the HK (or SK, for that matter), I believe they should have taken a shot at seven themselves. I rate to have the DK (I did make a 2/1 game-forcing call with 11 points), so I've done enough.
David Hooey: 7C. How to fix the 5H bidding mistake? That 5th trump is queen like and I would have bid 5S instead. Or is it necessary? 5NT is a Grand Slam Force and says we have all the key cards. So partner has the CK and I denied the CQ. So 5NT is asking again? 7C!!!!!!
David Waterman: 6C. If I had the HK I would bid it (or 7C) but without that card I cannot risk going past 6C.
Christopher Diamond: 6D. Is there another answer?
Michael Dimich: 7C. 5NT showed all 5 key cards and the CQ. My 5th club pushes me to 7C.
Larry Meyer: 7C. I've got second round control in 2 suits plus more trumps than partner expects, so go for the grand.
Paul McMullin: 6D. I am answering Blackwood for Kings --- but if it asked me to bid a specific King, I am covered.
Hendrik Sharples: 6D. Seems automatic. What am I missing?
Allan Simon: 6C. I can't show my DK without committing to 7, so I'm not jeopardizing my 1370.
David Gordon: 6D. Showing a specific king.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 6D. What is partner up to? Anyway I'm just showing my DK. Sympathy with 7C as a warning against 7NT.
Kf Tung: 6D. DK will be the key card when partner has 2 diamonds. Show him this card, and he can determine 6C or 7C.
Louk Verhees: 6C. Close call. It depends a bit what 3C promises and what 5S would be instead of 5NT.
Earle Fergusson: 6D. Pard asked for kings.
Perry Khakhar: 6D. It's tempting to just bid 7C. But instead I will cooperate.

5. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 6   H K 10 5   D Q 10 9 6 4 2   C 10 6 3  
West North East South  
  1C 2S Pass
3S Dbl Pass 4D
Pass 4H Pass ?

Your call?

5C 10 100
Pass 3 70
4S 2 60
4NT 0 50
Moderator: Without the context of the bidding, K+R values this hand at 7 points.
Steve Weinstein: 5C. I would have forced to game on the previous round. Now I'm worried about missing a slam, but I'm going to focus on finding the right strain. I showed my diamonds and partner wasn't interested, so I'll choose his suit.
August Boehm: 4S. 4H is logically a control bid. Holding five hearts, partner would have bid 4H rather than doubling. Holding four hearts, he would abandon hearts when I deny four.
Jill Meyers: Pass. I think partner has something like Sx x HA Q J x DA x CA K J x x. I'll take my chances in 4H.
David Hooey: 5C. Hmmm, why does partner double then bid 4H instead of just bidding 4H over 3S? I think her shape is 2=4=1=6. Either pass or 5C could be right. At IMPs, I choose the safer 5C contract. At matchpoints, 4H.
David Waterman: Pass. How can I do anything else?
Christopher Diamond: 5C. Considered passing but the total trick cult suggests they only have 9 spades. So he's 3-4-1-5? Probably too tough for a Moysian.
Michael Dimich: Pass. Partner would have bid 4H over 3S if they had 5. They are hoping a 4-3 heart fit is playable.
Larry Meyer: 5C. Keep the auction alive by taking a preference back to partner's first suit.
Paul McMullin: 5D. I would like to bid 5C as a preference, but I am afraid that it would be some sort of cue bid instead.
Hendrik Sharples: 4S. Partner has a moose, I could have a much worse hand. Not sure if the moose is clubs and diamonds or clubs and hearts.
Allan Simon: Pass. Even if partner has only 4 hearts, he will be pleased with my dummy.
David Gordon: Pass. This might play well as spade ruffs are taken in the short trump hand.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 5C. Partner shows 4 - (5)6 in hearts and clubs. It's close but 4H may be under too much pressure while partner states he is comfortable with 5C opposite a xxx-support.
Kf Tung: 5C. You have 3 clubs. 5C offers partner a choice of contracts.
Louk Verhees: Pass. Maybe opps fooled me by bidding low with 11 spades together. It looks that way a bit because what would pard have done if you would have jumped to 5D?
Earle Fergusson: Pass. But close w/5C.
Perry Khakhar: 5C. If the DQ were DA, I'd bid 6C. But, alas!

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Steve Robinson 6D 3D Dbl 6C 5C 490
Mike Lawrence 6D 3D 2C 6D 5C 480
Zachary Grossack 5D 3D Dbl 6C 5C 480
Roger Lee 6NT 3D 2C 6C 5C 470
Mel Colchamiro 6NT 3D 2C 7C 5C 460
Steve Weinstein Pass 3D 2C 6C 5C 460
Jeff Meckstroth 6NT 2D 2C 6C 5C 450
Barry Rigal 6D 2D 3C 7C 5C 450
Larry Cohen 6D 3D Pass 7C 5C 440
Kerri Sanborn Pass 3D Dbl 7C 5C 440
Daniel Korbel 5D 2D Dbl 6C Pass 430
Jill Meyers 5S 3D 3C 6C Pass 420
Josh Donn 5D 2D 3C 6D Pass 400
August Boehm 5D 2H 2C 6D 4S 380
Janice Molson Pass 5D Dbl 7C 4S 350

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Christopher Diamond 6D 3D Dbl 6D 5C 470 140.00
2.    Larry Meyer 5D 2D 2C 7C 5C 460 105.00
3.    Dave Gabel Pass 3D 3C 6C 5C 440 42.58
3.    Stuart Carr Pass 3D 2C 6D 5C 440 42.58
3.    Barbara Chaworth-Musters 6NT 3D 2C 6C Pass 440 42.58
3.    Betty Cameron 6NT 3D 2C 6C Pass 440 42.58
7.    Kai Zhou 5D 3D Dbl 7C 4S 430 16.76
7.    Monica Angus Pass 3D 2C 6C Pass 430 16.76
7.    Joel Martineau Pass 2D 2C 7C 5C 430 16.76
7.    Diana Mary Gamel 5S 3D Dbl 6C Pass 430 16.76

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 6D 2D 2C 6D 5C 460 85.75
1.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 6D 3D 2C 7C Pass 460 85.75
3.    Tim Margolian (Canada) Pass 3D 2C 7C 5C 450 49.00
4.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Pass 2D 2C 6C 5C 440 26.95
4.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 6NT 3D 2C 6C Pass 440 26.95
6.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) Pass 2D Dbl 6C 5C 430 15.17
6.    Lars Erik Bergerud (Norway) 5D 2D 3C 6D 5C 430 15.17
8.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) Pass 3D 2C 7C Pass 420 10.46
8.    Beverley Candlish (Canada) 6NT 3D 3C 6C Pass 420 10.46
8.    Allan Simon (Canada) Pass 3D Dbl 6C Pass 420 10.46
8.    Louk Verhees (Nederland) Pass 3D Dbl 6C Pass 420 10.46
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