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TGIF January 2022: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S 10   H A 9 7   D K Q J 5   C K Q 8 3 2  
West North East South  
1D 1S Pass ?

Your call?

2NT 7 100
3NT 4 80
2D 3 70
1NT 0 50
2C 1 50
Moderator: Bridge Bulletin Standard is long overdue for an overhaul. This problem, as well as problem 3, are proof positive. Here's the conundrum: Partner overcalls, so is a new suit by you forcing? Does a cuebid promise a fit? Does is make a difference if you're a passed hand?
Larry Cohen: 3NT. . . a bit of an overbid, but we are vulnerable at IMPs and the S10 could be a huge card. As to only one heart stopper: Even if West leads one, he likely has only four, so one stopper is enough oppostive a dead min like: SA J x x x Hx x Dx x x CA x x.
Janice Molson: 2D. Check with the system used here: 2C is nonforcing and cuebids don't promise fits. Just too strong, vulnerable at IMPs. I cuebid, then bid 2NT.
Josh Donn: 2NT. I could bid 2C, but a natural 2NT seems more to the point.
Anssi Rantamaa: 2C. My next bid will be in NT if I get one.
Christopher Diamond: 3NT. Transfer advances anyone? 2NT is no man's land. Is 2C even forcing? Vul at IMPs. I blame Hamman.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Game values, no fit for pard, opps' suit well stopped --- he who knows, goes.
Michael Dimich: 2C. This wins if partner passes or bids 2H. An immediate 2NT bid takes up too much space.
David Hooey: 2C. . . forcing. 3NT is probably the final contract. 4H and 4S are also possible.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. No other bid makes sense. If partner is 5-5 in the majors, we may belong in hearts. But in that unlikely scenario (no Michaels), partner is likely to pull. Not many hands make sense for a slam.
Paul McMullin: 2C. Downgrade a bit because of the stiff spade. I expect another chance to bid.
Hendrik Sharples: 2C. This frequent type of hand is why I play this as forcing one round.
Mike Roberts: 2D. This is assuming that 2C is nonforcing. If so, I have to cuebid, then bid clubs to set up a force (2D doesn't show a fit). My problem with 2/3NT is that partner won't know what to do with 6 spades.
Allan Simon: 3NT. I'm pretty sure all roads lead to 3N, so I'll bid it right now without giving any information to the defense.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2C. In my methods this is forcing. 3NT next, probably.
Earle Fergusson: 2C. . . then 3NT over 2H or 2S.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 2NT. Partner has a decent hand here, but 3NT is over the top. 2NT is the value bid and we'll reach a game when partner has 11+ HCP.
Bob Kuz: 2C. Why is this a problem?
Kf Tung: 2D. Will partner hold SA x x x x HK x x Dx CA x x x?

2. IMPs. None vul.
S ---   H A 8 5   D A 10 8 3   C A K J 9 7 4  
West North East South  
    Pass 1C
2D 3C 3S ?

Your call?

4D 8 100
6C 4 80
4S 2 70
5C 1 60
Moderator: Almost everyone on the panel makes a move toward slam.
Mike Lawrence: 4D. It looks like East is bidding with a diamond fit. Because we can make 6C facing: S8 7 4 3 2 HK 4 3 D2 CQ 10 3 2, I owe partner a very strong sequence to see if 7C is there.
Daniel Korbel: 4S. We could easily have a slam or even a grand slam: SJ x x x HK Q x Dx CQ x x x x; or be going down in game: SA x x HJ x Dx x x CQ x x x x. 4S should definitely deliver spade shortness here because I must have some controls in the red suits to be trying for slam. Hopefully partner will be able to evaluate the fit well enough to give me a little boost when his hand is working.
Roger Lee: 6C. I'd rather not allow my left-hand opponent to support spades cheaply, so I'll just bid what I think I can make.
Christopher Diamond: 4D. Trying to coax a heart cue bid for 6C.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Asking pard to bid 3NT if he has a spade stopper.
Michael Dimich: 4D. Allows partner to cue bid at the 4 level.
David Hooey: 4D. Slam is likely and cue bidding is the only way to get there.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. If I can draw a 4H cue from partner, I can see slam (maybe a grand). The 3S bid by a passed hand must be a fit for diamonds.
Paul McMullin: 4D. Maybe this will help partner decide what to do after I bid 6C.
Hendrik Sharples: 6C. I wish I knew if 3C was a limit raise or a preempt.
Mike Roberts: 6C. Even if partner can cuebid both red suits (e.g., 4D-4H-4S-5D), I still don't see how to confidently get to 7C. And I'm not willing to stop below 6C.
Allan Simon: 4C. This is a bid Rob Crawford taught me. LHO will surely bid 4S now and we've got them where we want them.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4D. . . since at least 5C is on the table.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 6C. East has diamonds or more likely length in both majors since pard couldn't negative double. I just jump to the contract I believe we can make, but it will probably not keep the opps out of a good sacrifice in 6D/6S. Untactical? Yes.
Bob Kuz: 6C. Bidding what i think I can make.
Kf Tung: 4D. Good hand and slam interest in clubs.

3. IMPs. Both vul.
S ---   H A K J 8 6   D 9 7 5 4 3   C J 6 3  
West North East South  
  1S Pass 1NT (1)
Pass 2D Pass ?
(1) One-round force.

Your call?

3D 7 100
4D 3 70
2H 1 60
3H 4 50
Pass 0 30
Moderator: The panel opt to raise diamonds.
August Boehm: 3H. . . fit jump; if not a part of IYC, it should be.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4D. It is tempting to bid five, but partner could just be 5-3-3-2.
Jill Meyers: 3D. Partner doesn't even promise four diamonds. I don't have more than a 3D bid and I'm not bidding 2H.
Barry Rigal: 2H. I've looked stupid before. I wish 3H was fit. Arguably by a passed hand or if a direct 3H was natural and invitational, then 3H here should be fit. That discussion will have to wait.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. In fantasy land he'll pattern out with 3H.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Keep the auction alive in case pard has extras. If he doesn't, he should be in a safe part score.
Michael Dimich: 2H. If partner is 5-3-4-1 then 4H will play well.
Perry Khakhar: 5D. Who knows! I know one thing: I don't want to miss a possibly making vulnerable game!
Paul McMullin: 3D. Clearly a diamond contract, will bid 4D over 3NT and let pard decide about trying 5D.
Hendrik Sharples: 3D. If I bid 3D partner holds HQ 10 x. If I bid 2H partner holds singleton deuce.
Mike Roberts: 3D. A bit of an underbid. Maybe 3H should show this type of hand, but it's just hearts, invitational without discussion.
Allan Simon: 3D. Too bad that in a bidding contest hosted by Bart we don't play the eponymous convention.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. It's called a courtesy raise. Always do that with 5.
Earle Fergusson: 2H. Enough for now. Will bid diamonds if I get a chance.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 2H. We may belong in 4H and partner may have only 3 diamonds in some cases. Shows tolerance for at least one of pard's suits so he is not supposed to pass with a singleton heart. 4D next.
Bob Kuz: 3D. Normally, I play fit showing jumps. Sadly, not in this sequence.
Kf Tung: 3D. Game interest with diamond fit. Will partner bid 3H with 5-3-4-1?

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A K Q   H A Q 7   D 7   C J 9 6 5 4 3  
West North East South  
Pass 1H Pass ?

Your call?

1S 10 100
3H 2 60
2C 1 50
2H 1 50
2D 1 30
2S 0 30
3C 0 30
Moderator: Look at that list of possible calls. None of them are any good.
Steve Weinstein: 1S. First time ever I'm rooting for partner not to raise my suit.
Steve Robinson: 3H. There are four possible bad bids available: 1S, 3H, 2H and 3C. So I'll choose what I think is the best of the bad.
Robert Sauve: 3H. Least of all evils.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. Tempted to bid 1S. The hand from hell again. 3D should be something like this.
Larry Meyer: 3H. The ruffing value and the great trump honours should compensate for the lack of a fourth trump.
Michael Dimich: 1S. Keeps the auction moving.
David Hooey: 2C. Enough for now. A heart raise looks right but 2H is too wimpy and 3H too much. When pard bids hearts or diamonds, I will bid 3H.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. I'd like to bid 3D. That must be a splinter for hearts. But since we don't have clarity, 3H it is.
Paul McMullin: 1S. Temporizing?
Hendrik Sharples: 1S. No answer is very good, I've had good luck bidding 1S here.
Allan Simon: 3D. The Lawrence convention. 3D is a splinter, 17-19 HCP (close enough!) and 3-card support.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2C. High enough opposite a silent partner. If he moves I can do more.
Earle Fergusson: 1S. Hearts next time, if given the chance.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 1S. Low and flexible, the smallest distortion and A K Q is normally at least as good as J 10 x x. 2H or 3H is too committal, you can always give preference to hearts later.
Bob Kuz: 3H. I don't like my other choices of 2C, 2H, 2S, 2NT or 3C.
Kf Tung: 2S. Forcing, tell me more.

5. IMPs. E-W vul.
S ---   H A Q 10 6   D 10 9 7 4 3   C A K Q 4  
West North East South  
    1S Dbl
Pass 1NT 2S ?

Your call?

Dbl 14 100
2NT 1 50
3D 0 40
Pass 0 40
3S 0 30
Moderator: What's with all these penalty-sounding doubles holding a trump void? The panel overwhelmingly opt for a second double: the first double was for takeout; the second one also, but with extras.
Zachary Grossack: Dbl. Not penalty! A classic values, no-clear-direction double. With so few values in my long suit, I will offer partner some flexibility. Had I a concentration of values in my long suit, I would have chosen 3NT directly. I have nice defense if partner wants to defend, but partner must remember that the 2S bidder also takes the vulnerability into account when they bid.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Might be another choice but I don't know what it is.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Bidding the most likely game.
Michael Dimich: Pass. You can't always treat your opponents as idiots. Your partner has a bid available if they are at the top of their range.
David Hooey: 2NT. Is this competitive or invitational?
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Over to you pard! Clearly a cooperative double. Tricks, misfit and extra values. I have all of those! I will raise to 3NT as required if partner doesn't sit for this.
Paul McMullin: 3D. I am probably going to get too high on this hand. Maybe everyone else will too.
Hendrik Sharples: Dbl. I play this as extras, not penalty.
Mike Roberts: 3D. I'm not sure this still shows extras, but then again, I'm not sure I have them. I think double is a flatter hand.
Allan Simon: Dbl. If partner leaves it in, I'm okay with that.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. If 1NT is the most descriptive call I'll take my chances on defense.
Earle Fergusson: Pass. Not sure if either double or 2NT is takeout, so I am stuck with passing and pulling double to 2NT if given the chance.
Lars Erik Bergerud: Dbl. Extras and still takeout.
Bob Kuz: Dbl. Cooperative.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Good hand, I am angry with the 2S bid. I want to bid 3S---RHO has given me the chance to show all 3 suits.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jill Meyers 2NT 4D 3D 1S Dbl 500
Mike Lawrence 2D 4D 3D 1S Dbl 470
Jeff Meckstroth 2NT 4D 4D 1S Dbl 470
Josh Donn 2NT 4D 4D 1S Dbl 470
Steve Weinstein 3NT 4S 3D 1S Dbl 450
Daniel Korbel 2NT 4S 4D 1S Dbl 440
Zachary Grossack 2NT 4D 3D 2D Dbl 430
August Boehm 2NT 5C 3H 1S Dbl 410
Larry Cohen 3NT 6C 3H 1S Dbl 410
Barry Rigal 2C 4D 2H 1S Dbl 410
Mel Colchamiro 2NT 4D 3H 3H Dbl 410
Roger Lee 3NT 6C 3H 1S Dbl 410
Kerri Sanborn 2D 6C 3D 2C Dbl 400
Janice Molson 2D 6C 3D 2H Dbl 400
Steve Robinson 3NT 4D 3D 3H 2NT 390

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Larry Pocock 3NT 4D 3D 1S Dbl 480 140.00
2.    Gary Gilraine 2NT 5C 3D 1S Dbl 460 105.00
3.    Dave Gabel 2C 4S 3D 1S Dbl 420 59.50
3.    David Wei 2C 4D 4D 1S Dbl 420 59.50
5.    Stuart Carr 2NT 3NT 3D 1S Dbl 400 25.67
5.    Susan Bleakney 3NT 5C 2H 1S Dbl 400 25.67
7.    Rod Coote 3NT 5C 3D 2H Dbl 390 18.75
7.    David Schmidt 3NT 5C 3D 2H Dbl 390 18.75
9.    Eurydice Nours 3NT 5C 3D 1S Pass 380 14.78
9.    Christopher Diamond 3NT 4D 3D 3D Dbl 380 14.78

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 3NT 4D 3D 1S Dbl 480 119.00
2.    Lars Erik Bergerud (Norway) 2NT 6C 2H 1S Dbl 440 74.38
2.    Miro Kovacevic (Canada) 3NT 4D 3D 3H Dbl 440 74.38
4.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3NT 4D 3D 2H Dbl 430 32.73
4.    Hendrik Sharples (United States) 2C 6C 3D 1S Dbl 430 32.73
6.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 2C 4D 3D 2C Dbl 400 15.37
6.    Kf Tung (China) 2D 4D 3D 2S Dbl 400 15.37
6.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 3NT 4S 3D 2C Dbl 400 15.37
6.    Qiang Wu (China) 3NT 4S 3D 2C Dbl 400 15.37
6.    Sandy McIlwain (Canada) 2NT 4S 3D 3C Dbl 400 15.37
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