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TGIF March 2022: Scores

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

Your call?

Pass 7 100
5NT 5 80
6H 3 60
7H 0 20
Moderator: It feels like this auction veered out of control real fast. The panel are of three minds.
Zachary Grossack: 6H. I could pass, and it could be right. But my hand is just so good, it's hard to imagine slam being much worse than a finesse. From my experience, the person jumping to five of a major tends not to have two tricks on defense, so it makes me more confident in bidding. You can see how having a bit of defensive potential here could be a good idea.
Daniel Korbel: 5NT. I'll pass 6C. This could be wrong, but they didn't deal me this hand to defend 5S doubled on this auction.
Roger Lee: Pass. Bidding could be right, but I feel like my partner has gone out of their way to warn me off bidding. I have enough defense here to expect plus 500 or 800, which might be a decent matchpoint score even when we make a slam.
Brad Bart: 6H. Two good things might happen here. We might make 6H. Or we might hear 6S.
Christopher Diamond: 5NT. I remember making a 5S bid like this. Near certain they could make slam. They could. Does the Dbl show spade values or just a bad hand for slam like a stiff heart? If he bids 6C I'll assume it's playable.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Partner wants to defend, and I have cards that should take tricks on defense, so I'm not going to overrule him.
Michael Dimich: 6H. Dbl is a stop sign, but all we need is a stiff HQ or HA. 6C will get no matchpoints if 6H makes.
Stuart Carr: 7H. Could bid 5NT, but I expect partner has HA and CK Q.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. We are in a forcing pass sequence. We may be missing a slam, but partner has warned that is not the case. I trust partner. I have 3 to 5 cover cards for partner's suit if it is clubs, not enough and no guarantees.
Paul McMullin: 6H. Partner should be able to bid 7H if he is looking at HA, CK and a minor suit queen. What DID he open on?
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. Pass by pard would be forcing, Dbl suggests defending. Without a heart fit I'd rather defend as well.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 6H. Seems right as long as they have the spade points and the HA. Partner has to have something for his opening.
Allan Simon: Pass. Who knows? Partner's double suggests heart shortage.
Earle Fergusson: 6H. If I bid 5NT to pick a slam I'm not passing 6C anyways or raising 6H to 7H.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 6H. The hand has far too much potential opposite a typical weak no trump to justify a pass. The majority contract may well be 6S-X so defense against 5S-X will probably not score well.
Kf Tung: Pass. 6H is either a top or bottom. 5S-X is above average.

2. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A 5   H Q 8 6 2   D K Q   C A J 7 6 4  
West North East South  
    3D ?

Your call?

3NT 6 100
Pass 5 90
Dbl 4 70
4C 0 30
Moderator: Hamman's Law postulates: If you have a choice of reasonable bids and one of them is 3NT, then bid it. Though the top choice was 3NT, the majority chose something else.
Barry Rigal: 3NT. . . the coward's way out. Passing is the brave bid here: People will point at you in the street and laugh at you or maybe actually pelt you with stones: 'the man who passed with a strong notrump.' I cannot take that risk, even though it might be right to do so at any form of scoring.
Janice Molson: Pass. There are three choices here: double, 3NT and pass. Double would mean passing 3S by partner, but picks up the other two suits. 3NT is the point-count bid, but after your one diamond trick and two aces, you still need six more tricks. Finally there's pass. I find the DQ isn't carrying full weight, so I'm guessing to pass.
Mel Colchamiro: Dbl. This is not really that good a hand, so pass is an option. But I can't bring myself to do that, so I'm choosing double --- one of the few times I've done this with two cards in an unbid major without a powerhouse. 4C is a nothing bid and the doubleton DK Q really turns me off for 3NT.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Too soft for 3NT and anything else is problematic. It's Matchpoints and sometimes you just get got.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Hoping for a 4-4 heart fit. If pard bids spades, I will correct to 3NT.
Michael Dimich: Pass. One stopper in diamonds and scattered values. I can't bid NT or Dbl.
Stuart Carr: Dbl. Will bid 3NT over 3S.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. The DQ is, in all likelihood, worthless.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Most forward going bids will require the right hand from partner. He may balance. Downside of bidding in direct seat is too significant.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Sometimes preempts are successful!
Hendrik Sharples: Dbl. Double sucks a little less than the other choices.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Unless we play equal level conversion, this hand has too many flaws.
Allan Simon: Pass. If I'm fixed, so be it. Not the first time, nor the last.
Earle Fergusson: Pass. Deathly diamond holding.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 3NT. Not ideal with DK Q, but pard has on average enough power to make 3NT a decent contract. Most important when opps preempt is to help partner by giving him the best possible description of your hand.
Kf Tung: Pass. Partner is in a better position to bid than me.

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

Your call?

1NT 7 100
2H 4 80
1S 2 60
3H 2 50
Moderator: The panel majority treat this hand as a limit raise.
Steve Weinstein: 2H. I'm close to inviting; I would if we were vulnerable. If I did invite, I'd bid 1NT. No self-respecting Flannery player would bid 1S.
Jeff Meckstroth: 1S. The hand is a bit too good for 2H directly. I will follow with 3H.
Steve Robinson: 3H. I'm a strong believer in three-card limit raises with sound hands. Partner expects me to have four hearts. This gives away no information and stops West from overcalling at the two level. If I make a belated limit raise in hearts after a diamond overcall, East, with good diamonds might lead a trump. The worst response would be 1S, which gives the wrong impression of what I have.
Josh Donn: 1NT. I will show a 3-card limit raise, but it would be pointless to bid 1S to emphasize spades on the way. I would raise to 2H if the diamond was a small singleton. The DK can be devalued, but not to zero.
Christopher Diamond: 1S. Everything is kind of flawed. Too good for 2H. A little weak and one trump shy for 3H. Hoping to invite in hearts later.
Larry Meyer: 1S. Leaving maximum room for partner to make his rebid.
Michael Dimich: 1S. I don't play Flannery so I have to bid 1S. Only other bid is forcing NT.
Stephen Vincent: 1S. Flexible, if not all that descriptive.
Perry Khakhar: 1S. I would game force with 2C but it is possible partner has a Flannery hand. 4S would be a better contract than 4H. So, I will bid 4H if we don’t have a fit for spades, and hope for the best!
Paul McMullin: 2H. Someone will tell me that I should not downgrade the stiff DK.
Hendrik Sharples: 1NT. I see a 3-card limit raise.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1S. Too much here depends on style. I'll go slow and decide next round how high to support hearts (unless I hear 2S).
Allan Simon: 1NT. Seems clear cut to me.
Earle Fergusson: 1NT. 3H next.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 1NT. 3-card limit raise next round. Not quite a game forcing hand so if you bid 1S and pard raises to 2S, then 3H becomes forcing.
Miro Kovacevic: 1NT. . . then 3H over minor bid.
Kf Tung: 2C. Upgrade the hand to clubs: heart fit and game values.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S 4   H A   D A K Q 9 8 7 5   C K J 10 3  
West North East South  
    1H ?

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
2D 2 70
5D 3 70
3NT 1 50
Moderator: The majority start with a double.
Mike Lawrence: Dbl. I might get lucky and find partner with enough to make a free bid. Of course, if partner jumps, say, to 2S, 4NT by me might be construed as being for spades. Spider's web here. If he does bid spades, I may be able to bid diamonds before using 4NT. And I can bid 5D later if it becomes necessary. Sadly, in the background is the possibility partner has CQ x x x x and a stiff diamond.
Jill Meyers: 2D. . . and damned be me if it goes all pass.
Kerri Sanborn: 5D. I just can't bring myself to say double with a stiff spade. It will be too difficult to determine whether we have slam, so let's make the most-likely-to-succeed bid.
Christopher Diamond: 2D. 3NT is an option. But it looks too slammy with just the CA giving it a play while they could run spades in NT.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Too strong to overcall.
Michael Dimich: 2D. The bidding won't die and I am looking for the rare chance to bid 4NT if they bid 4 of a major.
Stephen Vincent: 2D. I am a proponent of sound overcalls.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. . . and bid 3NT over 1S, but 3D over 2S. I will splinter in spades over a club bid.
Paul McMullin: Dbl. I need to start showing strength right away.
Hendrik Sharples: 2D. Too old to bid 3NT.
Allan Simon: 2D. Not 3NT which goes down even if partner is kind enough to provide a slow spade stop. I think I'll know more after a round of bidding.
Earle Fergusson: 2D. No rush.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 2D. I choose to show the diamond suit because you often have to deal with 3 or 4 in a major next round. 4C over 3 of a major and 4NT over 4 of a major to show a heavy 6/4 minors hand.
Miro Kovacevic: Dbl. Forced to 5D after that.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Double and then show diamonds. You may stop low when partner has a weak hand. At other times you may win a lot when partner is declarer in 3N.

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

Your call?

3C 6 100
Dbl 5 90
2NT 3 70
2S 1 60
3H 0 60
3NT 0 40
3D 0 30
Moderator: A wide variety of choices, but the panel all take the auction slow.
August Boehm: 3C. For the moment, notrump can wait. We could belong in 3D or a minor-suit game opposite the likes of SK x Hx x x DA x x x CJ x x x.
Larry Cohen: 2NT. Surely many will double, but what will that accomplish? If I double, partner won't know I have 18-19 balanced. Some days, partner has something useful like HJ 10 x. If partner retreats to 3D, I'll pass, having shown my hand.
Barry Rigal: Dbl. Good hand, no clear direction. That seems to fit my assets pretty well.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. Hate this bid but few alternatives except maybe 3H. Don't see much point in 3C.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Even if pard only produces the 2 missing aces, I will probably have 9 runners.
Michael Dimich: Dbl. Any other bid is wrong.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. I'd love to find partner with HQ x x! Long ways from guaranteed 5D which we will consider if partner bids 4D.
Paul McMullin: Dbl. No negative double by partner suggests minor suit length(s). Let's show strength!
Hendrik Sharples: 2NT. Should show the 18-19 that I hold.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3H. I am strong partner. Tell me more.
Allan Simon: 3D. Counter to the Law of Total Tricks, but I expect to make 3D on sheer power, and to defeat 3H. My only ambition on this hand is to go plus.
Earle Fergusson: 2S. Exploratory.
Lars Erik Bergerud: Dbl. Balanced and too strong for a 1NT opening. 2S and 3C shows more shape. Not a good hand for 2NT with slow values and only one heart stopper.
Kf Tung: 2NT. Invite. You need a moderate hand from partner for 3N or 5D.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Janice Molson Pass Pass 1NT Dbl Dbl 480
Barry Rigal Pass 3NT 2H Dbl Dbl 470
Mike Lawrence 5NT Pass 1NT Dbl Dbl 460
Jill Meyers Pass Pass 1NT 2D 3C 460
Daniel Korbel 5NT Pass 1NT 2D 3C 440
Roger Lee Pass Pass 3H Dbl 3C 440
August Boehm 5NT Dbl 2H Dbl 3C 430
Larry Cohen Pass 3NT 1S Dbl 2NT 430
Kerri Sanborn Pass Dbl 1NT 5D Dbl 430
Steve Weinstein 6H 3NT 2H Dbl Dbl 430
Mel Colchamiro 5NT Dbl 1NT 5D 3C 420
Josh Donn Pass 3NT 1NT 3NT 2NT 420
Zachary Grossack 6H 3NT 2H Dbl 2NT 410
Jeff Meckstroth 6H Dbl 1S Dbl 3C 390
Steve Robinson 5NT 3NT 3H 5D 2S 360

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Eurydice Nours Pass 3NT 1S Dbl 3C 460 140.00
2.    Craig T. Wilson Pass Pass 1S Dbl 3C 450 105.00
3.    Rod Coote Pass Dbl 1NT Dbl 3H 430 42.58
3.    Kai Zhou 5NT 3NT 1S Dbl Dbl 430 42.58
3.    Jake Grabow Pass Dbl 1S Dbl 3C 430 42.58
3.    Barbara Chaworth-Musters Pass 3NT 1S 2D 3C 430 42.58
7.    Brad Bart 6H Dbl 1NT Dbl Dbl 420 17.69
7.    Silvana Trotter Pass Dbl 2H 2D 3C 420 17.69
7.    Ralph Buckley Pass 3NT 2H 5D 2NT 420 17.69
10.    Jim Bodner 6H Dbl 1NT Dbl 2NT 400 12.80
10.    Gary Gilraine Pass Dbl 1S Dbl 2NT 400 12.80
10.    Joel Martineau Pass Dbl 1S 2D 3C 400 12.80

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Steve Anderson (Canada) Pass 3NT 1S Dbl 3C 460 112.00
2.    Tiggy Chen (Canada) Pass Dbl 2H Dbl 3C 450 84.00
3.    Diane Bolton (Canada) Pass Dbl 1S Dbl 3C 430 34.07
3.    Qiang Wu (China) 5NT Dbl 2H Dbl 3C 430 34.07
3.    John McAllister (United States) Pass 3NT 1S 2D 3C 430 34.07
3.    Tim Margolian (Canada) Pass Pass 2H Dbl 3H 430 34.07
7.    Paul McMullin (United States) 6H Pass 2H Dbl Dbl 420 12.77
7.    Bob Todd (Canada) Pass Dbl 1S Dbl Dbl 420 12.77
7.    Lars Erik Bergerud (Norway) 6H 3NT 1NT 2D Dbl 420 12.77
7.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 6H 3NT 1NT 2D Dbl 420 12.77
7.    Miro Kovacevic (Canada) 6H Pass 1NT Dbl 2NT 420 12.77
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