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TGIF February 2022: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K J 8 2   H A 5   D K 10 8 3 2   C 7 6  
West North East South  
    1D Pass
Pass 1H 2C ?

Your call?

Dbl 7 100
2H 3 80
2D 2 70
Pass 2 70
2NT 0 30
2S 0 30
Moderator: Though the panel majority choose to double, there is some uncertainty to its meaning: takeout or penalty.
Janice Molson: Dbl. Most experts play this shows values without a clear direction. That feels like what I've got.
Josh Donn: Pass. Whether it should be or not, double sounds like penalty. I don't like 2H; extra strength doesn't compensate for a missing trump. It's just two flaws instead of one.
Barry Rigal: 2H. Oh dear. 2H may look spectacularly stupid, but I can't double without a third club; double here suggests a penalty double of diamonds and a club fragment or better, and a doubleton doesn't cut it. I'd guess competing to 2H will see us in a playable spot. The overruffs come in the right place for us, and the vul suggests trying for more than +100.
Kerri Sanborn: 2D. This hand is worth a shot and nothing else makes sense. Partner's 1H does not need to be a bad hand.
Michael Dimich: 2H. Going low for the plus score.
Ralph Buckley: Dbl. Negative.
Christopher Diamond: 2H. It'd be nice if a double would be a kind of Snapdragon, but it isn't.
Stephen Vincent: 2D. It would be nice to be able to double to show this hand type but that could easily be misread. I'm short a heart but 2NT is a bit much.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Don't hang partner for balancing in the passout seat.
Allan Simon: Dbl. For takeout.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Only a balancing call by partner, not a double, even though they almost certainly hold short diamonds.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Partner will have to bid again if my 11 count is enough to produce game.
Earle Fergusson: 2H. Should make, may get them into trouble.
Lars Erik Bergerud: Dbl. Whatever agreement, responsive or penalty of diamonds, a double looks like a logical action.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Shows some strength and interest in 2H, 2S, or 2C-X when partner has a suitable hand like 3-5-1-4.
Louk Verhees: Dbl. Some points, but no clear bid.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Pass and lead a club. Partner may pull by bidding more hearts, perhaps with 3-6-3-1 shape? Then I will raise.

2. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A Q J 10   H K Q   D 9 7 5 2   C J 8 7  
West North East South  
    1S Pass
1NT 2H Pass ?

Your call?

2S 10 100
4H 3 70
3NT 1 60
2NT 0 50
3H 0 40
Moderator: The majority force with 2S.
Steve Robinson: 4H. My spade holding is good for playing in 4H and partner has to have strength outside of hearts. 3NT would not work opposite: Sx x HA J x x x x DA K Q x Cx. I'm not sure what cuebidding 2S would get me. 4H would probably make opposite: Sx x HA J 10 x x x DA x x Cx x.
Jeff Mecstroth: 2S. Like the first hand, I want to show the values. I owe my partner a trump.
Michael Dimich: 2S. Partner most likely has 6 hearts. I hate our minor holding but I still have enough to cue bid.
Christopher Diamond: 2S. He's got a good hand to walk into a live auction vulnerable, so we're going to game. Try to suggest options.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. To come in vulnerable partner must have something.
Larry Meyer: 3H. My hand is much better than it might have been, so show a sign of life.
Allan Simon: 2S. A show of strength is indicated.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Not enough tricks on offer for anything more.
Paul McMullin: Pass. If the spade honors are useful, then I expect we have a bunch of minor suit losers they will get first.
Earle Fergusson: 4H. Maybe too much at matchpoints, but I can't resist.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 2S. Invitational with support. HK Q makes partner's suit complete. We belong in game if partner rebids 3 of a minor and perhaps we'll arrive in 3NT when it's right.
Kf Tung: Pass. +110 or +140 will be good. I pass now, and sometimes I'll get +300 if they bid on.
Louk Verhees: 2S. At these colors we can get easily psyched out of a game. Need to show strength.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. Pard may be short of full values. See if they cooperate.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A 9 8 7 4 2   H A J 5   D A K   C 10 9  
West North East South  
Pass 1NT (1) Pass ?
(1) One-round force.

Your call?

2S 5 100
2NT 4 90
2C 2 60
3S 2 60
2D 0 50
2H 1 50
Moderator: A multiway race for a hand with extras, but a flawed suit to jump to 3S.
Steve Weinstein: 2S. The modern style is to rebid 2C with this type of hand, even with a doubleton. Without a partner expecting that, though, I'll go low with the bad suit. (By the way, I like to play transfers after the 2C rebid.)
Daniel Korbel: 3S. Yes, my suit sucks. Yes, we could belong in hearts. I would also accept 2C or 2NT as a rebid. At IMPs, I might even bid 2C.
Steve Robinson: 2C. If I get past this, I'll be in good shape. My spade suit is too weak to jump to three. If partner passes 2C, he'll have a singleton or void in spades, and 2C could be our best contract. 2C allows partner to bid two of a red suit, which 3S does not. If partner takes a 2S preference, I can raise, which shows my hand.
Mel Colchamiro: 2NT. 2S is maybe not enough and 3S may be too much. With the lousy spades, I'm close to passing 1NT, but at matchpoints that's too much going against the tide.
Michael Dimich: 2NT. Spade suit lacks high cards. 2NT is a little aggressive, but partner may bid 3H, 3NT or Pass.
Christopher Diamond: 3S. Not ideal but looks too suity for 2NT, too good for 2S.
Robert Sauve: 3S. 8 tricks opposite a doubleton spade.
Larry Meyer: 3S. 16 HCP plus 2 length points justify the jump.
Allan Simon: 2NT. Classic 2N bid in my opinion.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. Need another move from partner for game. Would partner raise on 2 good spades? Mine would.
Paul McMullin: 3S. Prime values are worth the slight overbid (I hope).
Earle Fergusson: 2H. Spades are too weak to jump and hand is too good to make a limit raise.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 2S. An acceptable underbid at matchpoints. Not good enough trick potential for 2NT. Too weak a suit for 3S.
Kf Tung: 2C. Retain space for partner to bid 2H when required.
Louk Verhees: 2NT. Very annoying hand. Spades are terrible to rebid 3S. Maybe I just overbid to 2NT. Makes it easier to get to hearts.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. Suit isn't good enough for 3S. So show minimum temporarily. If partner makes a peep, you will know what to do. 2C may be enterprising, but why lie?

4. IMPs. None vul.
S A K 6   H 10   D Q 5   C A J 8 7 5 4 3  
West North East South  
  Pass Pass 1C
Dbl 1S Pass 2C
2H Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

3S 11 100
2S 2 60
4S 1 50
3C 0 40
4H 0 40
Pass 0 30
Moderator: 3S is the overwhelming consensus choice.
August Boehm: 2S. If partner meant his double as penalty, he is 5-4 in the majors. If it's a modern, 'Do Something Intelligent' double, showing delayed support seems intelligent.
Zachary Grossack: 3S. Perhaps I should bid 4S. Who cares about the noise West is making? I have a pretty huge hand here, and to me, partner's double is once again value-showing, though a bit weird because no redouble. I'm pretty confident on this sequence partner has five spades, but if they happen not to, they'll have no issue going back to 4C, which I may raise to 5C.
Michael Dimich: 2S. Ball is in partner's court. If the DQ was the CQ, I would bid 3S.
Christopher Diamond: 2S. Worth more but might not play easily.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Time to show some life.
Larry Meyer: Pass. My cards will take tricks on defense, so I'm not going to overrule partner.
Allan Simon: 2S. Goren, Page 2.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3C. That 7th club is essential. Also: partner's double suggests only 4 spades.
Paul McMullin: 3S. Why didn't I bid 3S instead of 2C?
Earle Fergusson: 4S. Pard will have at least 5 spades.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 3S. Despite failure to make a redouble, it looks like pard suggesting defense against 2H-X. I have too much doubt to leave it in with my, in context, limited defense, but I certainly feel I have to do more than 2S with this forward-going hand.
Kf Tung: 2S. Partner has a maximum pass hand. Show my spade fit. I am ready for game if partner can make one more bid.
Louk Verhees: 3S. Tough hand. There seem to be a lot of HCP. Not sure if spades play so well.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. Game bonus is worth a shot.

5. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K Q 10 9   H A Q 6 2   D K J 5 3   C 7  
West North East South  
    1D ?

Your call?

1NT 7 100
1S 2 70
Dbl 2 70
Pass 2 70
2D 1 60
1H 0 50
Moderator: With the combined upside to bidding (small penalty if defeated) and downside to defending (small plus score), the panelists get in the auction with the flawed 15.
Larry Cohen: 1NT. Gotta get in there and try to play the hand our way, especially at these colours, where +50 or +100 could be insufficient. Move the D3 into the clubs and this would be easy, so let's say I missorted.
Josh Donn: Pass. I will probably double something, eventually, and hope it shows something like this. Or that it's for penalty. Have I been vague enough?
Barry Rigal: Dbl. If partner bids 2C, I will tell them my jury service has just been activated. Again, the vulnerability makes me do terrible things. If I played that I could balance over the likely 1NT call to my left or right with 2H to show hearts and spades, then I might pass initially. But we don't do that sort of thing here.
Mel Colchamiro: 1S. I've scored zero before, but given that they are nonvul, collecting 50 a trick is not so appealing. 1NT looks wrong and is just not for me, nor is double. I hope to be able to bid hearts later and survive.
Michael Dimich: Pass. NT is too piggy. Double is what the pig leaves behind. Pass and partner may bid or you may balance later.
Anssi Rantamaa: Dbl. If partner bids clubs I can bid notrump.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. 1NT a possibility as is pass-and-back-in, but overbid-and-hope is the modern way.
Robert Sauve: 1NT. Best way to find 4-4 major fit.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Sometimes pass means no suitable bid. Give partner a chance to make a bid.
Allan Simon: 1NT. Worst case scenario would be a 2C response. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1NT. Partner probably has clubs, but will only transfer to 6+ length if weak.
Paul McMullin: 1NT. I will claim that one of my diamond honors was in with my clubs.
Earle Fergusson: Dbl. Correct clubs to NT.
Lars Erik Bergerud: Pass. Hoping for a better opportunity later. Pard may be able to make a takeout double. Who knows? I won't encourage a club bid from Pard.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Part score! Major! If they have a better hand you want to avoid -300. If you have a better hand you want to explore a major suit fit. If it is a part score fight you want to get a plus score, including +100 if possible.
Louk Verhees: Dbl. We often talk at practice about off shape doubles. We feel we need to double. Obviously there are downsides.
Perry Khakhar: 1NT. May not be fully legal or everyone's cup of tea. But you are going to be shut out and it will be tough to defend.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jill Meyers Dbl 2S 2S 3S 1NT 500
Janice Molson Dbl 2S 2NT 3S 1NT 490
Kerri Sanborn 2D 2S 2S 3S 1NT 470
Steve Weinstein Dbl 2S 2S 3S 1S 470
Zachary Grossack Dbl 2S 2NT 3S Pass 460
Larry Cohen Dbl 3NT 2NT 3S 1NT 450
Josh Donn Pass 2S 2S 3S Pass 440
August Boehm Pass 2S 2S 2S 1NT 430
Mel Colchamiro Dbl 4H 2NT 3S 1S 430
Daniel Korbel Dbl 4H 3S 3S 1NT 430
Jeff Mecstroth 2D 2S 3S 3S 1NT 430
Mike Lawrence 2H 2S 2H 3S 2D 390
Barry Rigal 2H 2S 2C 2S Dbl 370
Steve Robinson 2H 4H 2C 4S Dbl 330

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Joel Martineau Dbl 2S 2NT 3S Dbl 460 133.00
2.    Larry Pocock 2D 2S 2S 3S 1S 440 99.75
3.    Dave Gabel Dbl 2S 2S 2S Dbl 430 66.50
4.    Rod Coote Dbl 3NT 2NT 2S 1NT 410 31.77
4.    Kai Zhou Dbl 2NT 2C 3S 1NT 410 31.77
4.    Jack Qi Dbl 2NT 2S 2S 1NT 410 31.77
7.    Brad Bart 2H 3NT 2S 2S 1NT 400 16.80
7.    Stephen Vincent 2D 4H 2NT 3S 1S 400 16.80
7.    Michael Dimich 2H 2S 2NT 2S Pass 400 16.80
10.    Zoran Peca Dbl Pass 2NT 3S 1NT 390 13.30

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Lars Erik Bergerud (Norway) Dbl 2S 2S 3S Pass 470 115.50
2.    Louk Verhees (Nederland) Dbl 2S 2NT 3S Dbl 460 72.19
2.    Sandy McIlwain (Canada) Dbl 2S 2S 2S 1NT 460 72.19
4.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 2H 2S 2S 3S 1S 450 31.76
4.    Allan Simon (Canada) Dbl 2S 2NT 2S 1NT 450 31.76
6.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) Dbl 2S 2C 3S Dbl 430 19.25
7.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) Dbl 3NT 2S 2S 1NT 420 15.47
7.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Dbl 2S 2NT 2S Pass 420 15.47
9.    Bob Todd (Canada) 2H 3NT 2S 3S 1S 410 12.83
10.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) Dbl 2NT 2S 4S 1NT 400 11.03
10.    Paul Janicki (Canada) 2D 2S 2S 2S 1S 400 11.03
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