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TGIF December 2021: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S Q J 9 6   H K Q 8 5 4   D J 10   C K Q  
West North East South  
Pass 2D Pass 2NT
Pass 3C Pass 3NT
Pass 4C Pass 4NT
Pass 5NT Pass ?

Your call?

6C 6 100
6D 6 100
6NT 2 70
Pass 0 30
Moderator: Why didn't we bid 2S over partner's 2D? We don't know. Despite slamming on the brakes with both feet the last two rounds of bidding, here we are now, being asked by partner to pick a slam.
Steve Weinstein: 6D. Choosing partner's first-bid suit. With four honors in partner's suits, I would have bid 4D over 4C!
Mike Lawrence: 6NT. I'm hoping partner is asking me to pick a slam and not making a quantitative raise. If this is so, I will pick one. I'll choose 6NT because the wrong major might still permit 6NT to make.
Kerri Sanborn: 6D. It's a question of whether you think partner can handle ruffing a third round of diamonds, then pulling trumps in a 5-2 club fit. I personally think it's more likely that the DJ 10 is a great holding on the auction. I envision something like: SA H- DK Q x x x x CA J x x x x.
Robert Sauve: Pass. No aces. I don't like my 4NT bid, I would have bid 4D.
David Waterman: Pass. Give him a major suit ace, DA K and CA J. Slam is still poor. Give him an extra king and he would have bid slam on his own.
Steve Ottridge: Pass. I don't have any aces.
Christopher Diamond: 6D. I really want to pass this junk but his bidding makes no sense unless he's demanding I pick a slam. So, OK boss.
Larry Meyer: 6D. I take partner's bid of 5NT as showing the SA, so I count 5 tricks in each minor, and 1 trick in each major.
Michael Dimich: Pass. I don't like the 5-2 minor fits. I am guessing what values pard has in the majors.
David Hooey: 6D. 4NT bid wrong, I would bid 4D instead.
Perry Khakhar: 6D. Clearly, "pick a minor slam". I seem to lack controls. However, it may be easier in diamonds than clubs.
Paul McMullin: 6D. Maybe pard can set up the hearts? Maybe I should bid 7? Maybe pard will want a new partner?
Hendrik Sharples: 6D. Partner must be 7-6 or 6-6 with an outside ace. I should probably bid 7.
Allan Simon: 6C. 5N is pick a slam.
David Gordon: 6D. Now that I have gone out of my way to dislike diamonds, I guess I should show my 2 honours.
Louk Verhees: 6NT. I feel we are off 2 aces often, though I have a lot of HCP for the auction. SA Hx DA K Q x x x CA J x x x or SK Hx DA K Q x x x CA J x x x.
Earle Fergusson: 6D. Getting to a making slam should be great here. Pard's 5NT forces to six and invites seven. I accept in diamonds in case pard has Sx HA x DA K Q x x CA J 10 x x.
Kf Tung: 6C. 6C by North is better than 5N by South. (East has the SK and HA!)

2. IMPs. None vul.
S A   H A K J 9 6 3   D J 10 9 4 3   C K  
West North East South  
Pass 1S Pass ?

Your call?

2D 9 100
3H 3 80
3D 2 70
2H 0 40
Moderator: Despite the great heart suit and playing strength, the majority introduce the second suit.
Barry Rigal: 2D. Life is too complicated to rebid hearts here. This actually looks like a deal I saw recently in an ACBL game where partner might pass 2D ... but were you happy when you saw dummy? Or did you play in a silly heart contract when diamonds were better? Rebidding hearts might work, but it is unilateral, of course.
Steve Robinson: 3H. This hand probably belongs in hearts, not diamonds, so I don't want to confuse things by introducing diamonds. If I could bar partner, I'd jump to 4H. All 4H needs is: Sx x x x x Hx x DA 8 x Cx x x. If I jumped to 4H, however, and partner has an opening bid, we could get too high.
Daniel Korbel: 3D. I think I'll overbid slightly to ensure we don't miss a game.
David Waterman: 2D. Take the slight risk of partner passing in return for a more accurate auction.
Christopher Diamond: 2D. Complicated hand. Not a 3H bid and maybe I can get it across if I save room.
Stephen Vincent: 2D. Not quite good enough to force to game.
Larry Meyer: 3D. 16 HCP, -1 for stiff CK, 2 length points in hearts, 1 length point in diamonds, 1 point for quality heart suit = 19 adjusted points, enough for a jump shift.
Michael Dimich: 2D. I do have a second five card suit so I bid it.
Perry Khakhar: 2D. New suit forcing. I don't think this hand is good enough for a strong jump shift. So go slower and make 1 try. No point pushing too hard for a nonvul game.
Paul McMullin: 2D. Give partner space to rebid spades before I rebid hearts; if he passes, hope everyone else gets too high.
Hendrik Sharples: 2D. Tougher at matchpoints.
Allan Simon: 2D. Conserve bidding space! My second choice is 2H, but if we belong in diamonds I must show them now.
David Gordon: 2D. Natural and wide ranging.
Louk Verhees: 2D. It is slight underbid, but alternatives have bigger disadvantages in my opinion.
Earle Fergusson: 2D. Not sure there another call.
Kf Tung: 2D. Stiff ace, stiff king, you avoid the 3D bid to pave a smoother path.

3. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A Q 5   H 9 8 7 5 3   D A K Q 4   C 9  
West North East South  
  1D 3C ?

Your call?

3H 7 100
Dbl 6 90
4C 1 70
Moderator: This problem was submitted to the Bulletin by yours truly. I held these cards in a recent home game and both me and my counterpart at the other table chose 4C. That was not a great success when partner produced a minimum 4-4-3-2. When the hand was shopped around to other experts, there were votes for 3H and Dbl and I felt I would share this good 3-way problem with the Bulletin. Harsh but true, my 4C bid garnered 1 measly vote.
Steve Weinstein: 4C. . . the best path toward 6D. I'm not sweating partner being 4-4-3-2 when the opponents preempt.
Zachary Grossack: Dbl. Too flexible to bid 3H. I'd actually be happy for partner to be short in hearts ... that would make 6D a big favourite. I'm not sure exactly what I'll do over 3S from partner, but I'm sure I'll figure something out!
Josh Donn: 3H. I can see why someone would want to double or immediately raise diamonds, but a 5-3 heart fit might still be our best game.
Robert Sauve: 4C. Shows first or second round control.
David Waterman: 4C. Don't bid bad suits on good hands, especially at IMPs.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Pick your poison. 3H on junk forcing a 2-card raise isn't appealing. 3S by him is going to make an ugly choice after the double.
Stephen Vincent: 4C. How much better support for partner's suit do you need?
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Looking for a fit in the majors, can always return to diamonds if a major suit fit is not found.
Michael Dimich: 3H. What else would you bid?
David Hooey: 3H. I have partner's diamond honours, so obviously she has my hearts.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. It isn't my best suit but I have 5 and a potential for 9-card fit. So bid naturally.
Paul McMullin: Dbl. I do not like ANY of my choices!
Hendrik Sharples: Dbl. The days of promising both majors at this level are long gone.
Allan Simon: Dbl. The problem is my next bid!
David Gordon: Dbl. Start with a negative double.
Louk Verhees: Dbl. I would not introduce my hearts here. Alternative is 4C.
Earle Fergusson: 4C. Forcing diamond fit, may be hard to show slam interest in diamonds later after a negative double.
Kf Tung: 4C. Splinter. Diamonds is the proper strain; 6D or 7D is the level to be explored.

4. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A K 9 2   H A   D K 10 4   C A Q 8 6 5  
West North East South  
3D Pass 4D ?

Your call?

Dbl 11 100
4S 3 70
4NT 0 40
5C 0 30
Moderator: All you doublers refuse to commit to a plan when partner inevitably bids 4H. Don't think you're not going to see this problem again!
Larry Cohen: Dbl. Thankfully you aren't asking what I do after partner takes it out to 4H, but I can postpone my guess one round and dream that partner bids something other than 4H.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4S. Marshall Miles was famous for overcalling four-card suits at high levels.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Correct bid is probably pass. The hero call I'd probably make in real life is 4S. 4NT would appeal if I knew it was natural. Double will get many votes.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Unpleasant but what else is better?
Larry Meyer: Dbl. If partner can bid spades, great. If partner bids hearts instead, then I will rebid 5C.
Michael Dimich: Dbl. E/W got me. All I can do is double.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. An adventure for sure. If we have a game opposite passed partner, I hope it is in spades. Preempts work!
Paul McMullin: Dbl. What? Is it my bid already?
Hendrik Sharples: Dbl. . . and hope something good happens.
Allan Simon: 4S. A 4-3 fit wouldn't be the end of the world.
David Gordon: Dbl. Good hands start with double.
Louk Verhees: Dbl. What else can I do? I correct 4H to 4S.
Earle Fergusson: Dbl. Correct hearts to spades and hope for the best. The only sure plus is pass.
Kf Tung: 5C. Too strong for a double, and 5C could buy the contract and make, or push them one more and then you double.

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

Your call?

Pass 7 100
4H 4 80
3NT 3 70
4NT 0 30
Dbl 0 20
Moderator: The magic started with partner's 2D. Here's where 2/1 has it all over Standard: Come what may, you know partner isn't going to pass below game.
August Boehm: 4H. . . a call that shows extra length and values. How bad can that be? OK, maybe a trifle heavy. Still, no palatable alternative.
Barry Rigal: Pass. No call seems to fit the bill. Maybe an unforced action from my partner will tell me more. An option is to bid 4NT. Hopefully I can unethically listen in to whether partner thinks this is keycard or too good for a 3NT bid. With diamonds, I would always start by raising/splintering in spades.
Mel Colchamiro: 3NT. . . the matchpoint winner, even if we have a slam. Double will be the majority answer, but what do I want partner to bid?
Robert Sauve: 3NT. Least of all evils.
David Waterman: Dbl. What does this mean in BWS? If partner passes he has 2 hearts or fewer and there is an excellent chance RHO has only 6 or 7 tricks.
Christopher Diamond: 4H. Probably can't make 3NT unless the hearts run. Pass likely just gets a double then what? This is closest to getting my hand across I think.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Must be forcing.
Larry Meyer: Pass. We are in a game forcing auction, so partner cannot pass. Leave all his bidding options open.
Michael Dimich: Pass. 2D was game forcing so I have an easy pass.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. This is clearly a forcing pass. Pass and pull to hearts over a double may convey the message. Of course partner may bid a suit, then a new decision. But for now pass is best.
Paul McMullin: 4H. I doubt they go down 2 at 3S doubled.
Hendrik Sharples: 4H. Wish I had the HJ.
Leonid Bossis: Pass. I will pull Dbl to 4H; if instead of Dbl pard bids 4H, I will use RKCB on a way to slam.
Allan Simon: 4NT. Quantitative. It's not easy to construct a hand for partner with less than Sx x Hx x DA K Q x x CA x x x. I prefer playing notrump, both because of the extra 10 points, and the danger of a spade ruff.
David Gordon: Pass. Give partner room to further describe.
Louk Verhees: 4H. This is a really tough one. Can bid 3NT, but you do have an extra ace and heart for that. The chances of getting to slam are bigger if you bid 4H. Can also pass and over expected Dbl bid 3NT. Showing doubt.
Earle Fergusson: 4H. I have a bit extra for a change.
Kf Tung: 3NT. Could be the normal contract.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Larry Cohen 6D 2D 3H Dbl Pass 500
Barry Rigal 6D 2D 3H Dbl Pass 500
Josh Donn 6D 2D 3H Dbl Pass 500
Janice Molson 6C 2D Dbl Dbl Pass 490
Steve Robinson 6C 3H 3H Dbl Pass 480
Kerri Sanborn 6D 3H 3H Dbl Pass 480
Jill Meyers 6C 2D Dbl Dbl 4H 470
Daniel Korbel 6C 3D 3H Dbl Pass 470
August Boehm 6C 3D Dbl Dbl 4H 440
Mel Colchamiro 6C 3H Dbl Dbl 3NT 440
Mike Lawrence 6NT 2D Dbl Dbl 3NT 430
Zachary Grossack 6D 2D Dbl 4S 3NT 430
Jeff Meckstroth 6NT 2D 3H 4S 4H 420
Steve Weinstein 6D 2D 4C 4S 4H 420

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Stephen Vincent 6D 2D 4C Dbl Pass 470 82.32
1.    Zoran Peca 6D 2D Dbl Dbl 4H 470 82.32
1.    Christopher Diamond 6D 2D Dbl Dbl 4H 470 82.32
1.    David Hooey 6D 2D 3H Dbl 3NT 470 82.32
1.    Sam McIlwain 6C 2D Dbl Dbl 4H 470 82.32
6.    Rod Coote 6D 2D Dbl Dbl 3NT 460 21.29
6.    Larry Meyer 6D 3D Dbl Dbl Pass 460 21.29
6.    Kai Zhou 6NT 2D Dbl Dbl Pass 460 21.29
9.    Joel Martineau 6NT 2D 3H Dbl 4H 450 16.33
10.    Anssi Rantamaa 6D 2D 4C Dbl 3NT 440 14.03
10.    Ernie Dietrich 6C 2D 4C Dbl 3NT 440 14.03

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 6D 2D 3H Dbl Pass 500 98.00
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 6D 2D 3H Dbl Pass 500 98.00
3.    David Gordon (Canada) 6D 2D Dbl Dbl Pass 490 56.00
4.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 6D 2D 3H Dbl 4H 480 30.80
4.    Qiang Wu (China) 6D 2D 3H Dbl 4H 480 30.80
6.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 6D 2D 3H 4S Pass 470 16.22
6.    Paul McMullin (United States) 6D 2D Dbl Dbl 4H 470 16.22
6.    Hendrik Sharples (United States) 6D 2D Dbl Dbl 4H 470 16.22
9.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 6D 3D 3H Dbl 4H 450 11.82
9.    Earle Fergusson (Canada) 6D 2D 4C Dbl 4H 450 11.82
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