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TGIF April 2022: Scores

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

Your call?

Pass 8 100
2NT 5 80
2C 2 70
Moderator: A balanced 8 and partner opens a 15-17 notrump. The panel think it's against the odds to go further.
Stephen McConnell: 2C. While I pass almost all 4-3-3-3 8-counts after partner's 1NT opening, the vulnerable game potential at IMPs and the J-10-x and Q-J-x connectors entice me to invite game. I'm still willing to try for a 4-4 spade fit. Although I have no shape, partner might.
Janice Molson: 2NT. Vul at IMPs, I bid. I suspect this is another hand on which I will be alone in the crowd, but at least I entertain.
Josh Donn: Pass. In the long run, passing flat, featureless 8-counts opposite a 1NT opening is the winning strategy.
Ralph Buckley: Pass. I have 8 HCP, but take off 1 for balanced distribution, and we are Vul.
Eurydice Nours: Pass. 8 HCP is not enough to invite, especially the hand is too square, too many losers.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. Vul at IMPs so stretch (a lot). 9 tricks easier than 10.
Jake Grabow: 2C. Just in case of a super accept of spades.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Yes I know its IMPs and you're vulnerable but you have to draw a line somewhere.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Downgrade for 4-3-3-3 distribution, 4 quacks, no aces, and only one 10.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. No matter how highly aggressive your tendencies, surely this is not an invitational hand!
Earle Fergusson: 2C. . . or 2NT if that is natural.
Paul McMullin: 2C. Some will say that this is too flat to be looking for a suit contract, but opener may have a doubleton and LIKE a spade contract!
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. Inviting means 20% of the time you will get to a game that makes less than half the time.
Lars Erik Bergerud: Pass. But, red at IMPs, an invite is definitely an option. Make the hand SK J 10 x H10 9 x DJ 10 x CQ J x and I certainly bid 2C or 2NT, but who wouldn't?
Bob Zeller: Pass. My rule for bidding over 1NT is 8+ points and not 4-3-3-3 shape.
Kf Tung: 2C. 3 jacks are accompanied, so still 8 points. Can bid 2C and then invite if possible.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Needs a magic hand to make game. Partner never has that.

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S K   H A K J 5   D 5 4   C K 9 5 4 3 2  
West North East South  
  Pass Pass 1C
Pass 1S Pass 2C
Pass 2NT Pass ?

Your call?

3H 8 100
3NT 3 70
Pass 4 70
3C 0 40
Moderator: Partner's passed-hand status does not deter the majority of the panel.
Stephen McConnell: 3NT. Hamman's Rule. While I wish I had a better quality club suit, I have too much not to go and partner tends to have a club card to invite. I'm worried about diamonds, though.
Larry Cohen: 3H. I have extras and want to show them by making a forward-going and natural bid. True, I am worried about the quality of my clubs, but partner will have a good idea of what I have and hopefully do the right thing now.
Barry Rigal: Pass. I know I'm going out on a limb here, but I don't expect my weak clubs will lead to nine easy tricks. I wouldn't have the nerve to do this at teams vulnerable, but here, I'm going to go low and apologize later.
Ralph Buckley: Pass. Don't like my 6-card club suit.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Outside chance 4H may be right.
Jake Grabow: 3NT. I don't have to like it to bid it.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. This doesn't look like it'll play well.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. More than a minimum, no downgrade for stiff SK in partner's suit, so accept the invitation.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. As badly as I would like to run to 3C, the suit sucks!
Earle Fergusson: 3NT. Hope she has something in clubs.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Partner heard that I am minimum in clubs, no need to repeat myself.
Lars Erik Bergerud: Pass. Responder's 2NT should deny real club support. With good support, he would be inclined to jump to 3NT. Accordingly, you cannot overlook enough tricks for 3NT and 3H is pointless without a club contract in the picture.
Kf Tung: 3NT. Vulnerable 3N is palpable. No need to bid hearts to guide the defense.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Again: magic hand needed.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A 6 3   H A J 6 4 3   D A Q J 6 5   C ---  
West North East South  
    1S 2S (1)
4S 5H Pass ?
(1) Hearts and a minor.

Your call?

5S 6 100
6H 6 90
5NT 2 80
Pass 1 50
6D 0 30
Moderator: The panel are almost evenly split between fishing for the grand, or just raising to 6H.
Stephen McConnell: 6H. This could be laydown for seven, but there's no way to find out what partner has. For all I know, partner might be saving and will be surprised when they see it could make seven. As little as: Sx HQ 10 x x Dx x x Cx x x x x could be enough for the grand.
Steve Weinstein: 5S. The clearest grand slam try. If I thought 5NT was the grand slam force, I'd bid that. But it's 2022, so I don't.
Jeff Meckstroth: Pass. Clear. Partner may be saving.
Kerri Sanborn: 5NT. Remember grand slam force? If partner can bid 7H, I would take a shot that diamonds are coming home. Meanwhile, I can convey the playing strength and comfortably pass a 6S save.
Ralph Buckley: 5S. Cuebid telling pard I have a strong hand with heart support.
Christopher Diamond: 5S. Who knows? But I might as well show a control if I'm going.
Jake Grabow: 6H. Could probe with 5S but that already commits to slam.
David Waterman: 5S. Give him a chance to bid the DK.
Stephen Vincent: 5S. Give partner Sx HK x x x x x DK x x Cx x x and 7 is almost cold. Hard to bid with confidence though.
Larry Meyer: Pass. That SA opposite partner's likely void will not be all that useful.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Partner could have tried to obtain more information, but he didn't bid 4NT. He is uninterested in slam, and may have considered this hand as a sacrifice. Hope he makes!
Earle Fergusson: 5S. Bidding 7H over 6D.
Paul McMullin: 6H. Still has chances if partner is missing both HK and HQ; there is no bid asking partner to bid 7 if he has HK Q DK and a stiff spade.
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. Slam might be cold, but I've got to give partner some rope. (3 passes in a row, just like real life.)
Lars Erik Bergerud: Pass. Partner may take a stretch and he can always start with 4NT and then correct 5D to 5H with a constructive hand. Even 5H may be in danger with a lot to handle if pard doesn't have help in diamonds. But 13 tricks will not come as a big surprise.
Kf Tung: 6D. Partner, my diamonds are good. Do we get 12 or 13 tricks?
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 6S. The relevant finesse rates to be right.

4. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 9 7 5   H 8 6 5   D Q J 10   C K J 9 8  
West North East South  
  1D 1H Pass
3H Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

4NT 9 100
4H 3 70
4C 1 60
4D 0 60
5D 1 60
Pass 1 60
5C 0 40
Moderator: The panel majority contract for game in a minor.
Stephen McConnell: 4NT. Pick a minor. Partner is forcing to 3S or four of a minor when they know I couldn't bid over 1H. So either I have fewer than 6 points and/or fewer than four spades. My diamond and club cards are big.
Mike Lawrence: 4H. I'd like to think this shows the minors. I would bid spades if I had those.
Christopher Diamond: 4C. Take out the takeout doubles. Assume 4-1-4-4.
Jake Grabow: 4D. Different problem if I had bid 2D on the previous round.
David Waterman: 4NT. This is my flyer. At least we will be in the correct strain.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. With misgivings.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Show my cheapest 4-card suit.
Perry Khakhar: 4C. I hate bidding a 4-card suit at the 4 level, but if partner is 4-1-4-4, this may be the last plus score.
Earle Fergusson: 4NT. Clubs with diamond support. I can't do less vully at IMPs.
Paul McMullin: Pass. I am not willing to venture onto the 4-level with this shapeless mess.
Hendrik Sharples: 4C. Maybe they won't double.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 4NT. Choice of game in minors. Love my minors and the odds are very good for 11 tricks. Partner will seldom raise a preference even if game is ice cold, while bidding game may find a good slam.
Kf Tung: 4C. Plays better in 4C than 4D.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. I hate these, but at IMPs I'm not passing.

5. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S 8 5   H K 6 3   D K Q J 5   C 10 6 4 3  
West North East South  
2S 3H 4S ?

Your call?

Dbl 6 100
5H 6 90
Pass 3 70
Moderator: The panel are split on doubling vs raising.
Stephen McConnell: 5H. I'm hoping to make four, so we either have a good nonvul save or we have a perfect fit and can make five.
Roger Lee: Dbl. Not penalty for me. It's probably not great if partner passes, but when my double gets partner to bid, it'll usually be right.
Jill Meyers: Pass. I have no idea who can make what here. Partner will bid again with extras.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Best guess preparing for my next best guess if he doubles.
Jake Grabow: 5H. Partner should have 15+ and a likely single spade.
David Waterman: 5H. A guess.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. At this vulnerability, I believe the opponents.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Bidding at the 5-level would show more shape or more strength than I have.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. 5H is too much opposite a 2-6-2-3 11-count that all of us would overcall. However we should be able to beat this on sheer strength!
Earle Fergusson: Dbl. Transferrable values, can't let them bully me into 5H.
Paul McMullin: Pass. I have about the average hand that partner already bid.
Hendrik Sharples: 5H. Nobody pushes me around. :)
Lars Erik Bergerud: 5H. East is bidding 4S to make and I estimate a heart-contract to have at least 8-9 tricks on average. Too much support and too little defense, not even close to a certain trick for a value double. If I have to decide on 5S next round, I'll pass.
Kf Tung: Dbl. 5H is uncertain. 4S-X is uncertain. But you must try to get +200 or more. +100 is near bottom.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. No reason to gamble.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Steve Weinstein Pass 3H 5S 4NT 5H 490
Daniel Korbel Pass 3H 6H 4NT 5H 480
Roger Lee 2NT 3H 5S 4NT Dbl 480
Josh Donn Pass 3H 5S 4NT Pass 470
Larry Cohen Pass 3H 5S Pass Dbl 460
Barry Rigal Pass Pass 6H 4NT Dbl 460
Mike Lawrence Pass 3H 6H 4H 5H 450
Steve Robinson 2C 3H 5NT 4NT Dbl 450
Kerri Sanborn Pass Pass 5NT 4NT Dbl 450
Janice Molson 2NT Pass 5S 4NT Dbl 450
Stephen McConnell 2C 3NT 6H 4NT 5H 420
Jill Meyers Pass 3NT 5S 4H Pass 410
August Boehm 2NT 3H 6H 5D Pass 400
Mel Colchamiro 2NT 3NT 6H 4H 5H 400
Jeff Meckstroth 2NT Pass Pass 4C 5H 350

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    David Waterman Pass 3NT 5S 4NT 5H 460 129.50
2.    Michael Dimich 2C Pass 6H 4NT 5H 420 80.94
2.    Ralph Buckley Pass Pass 5S 4D 5H 420 80.94
4.    David Schmidt Pass 3NT 6H 4D 5H 410 22.12
4.    Elaine Sutton 2C 3H 6H Pass 5H 410 22.12
4.    Kai Zhou Pass 3H 5NT Pass Pass 410 22.12
4.    Zoran Peca Pass Pass 5NT 4D Dbl 410 22.12
4.    Dave Gabel Pass Pass 6H 4D 5H 410 22.12
4.    Christopher Diamond 2NT 3H 5S 4C Pass 410 22.12
4.    David Wei Pass Pass 6H 4C 5H 410 22.12

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) Pass 3H 6H 4NT Pass 460 101.06
1.    John McAllister (United States) Pass 3H 5S 4D Dbl 460 101.06
3.    Earle Fergusson (Canada) 2C 3NT 5S 4NT Dbl 440 57.75
4.    Alex Wang (Taiwan, Roc) Pass Pass 6H 5D Dbl 420 31.76
4.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) Pass 3NT 6H 4D Dbl 420 31.76
6.    Gerard Laquerriere (France) Pass 3NT 6H 4D 5H 410 17.88
6.    Lars Erik Bergerud (Norway) Pass Pass Pass 4NT 5H 410 17.88
8.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Pass 3H 5S 5H Dbl 400 13.64
8.    Tim Margolian (Canada) 2NT Pass 6H 5D Dbl 400 13.64
10.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 2C Pass 5S Pass 5H 390 9.42
10.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 2C 3NT 6H 4C Dbl 390 9.42
10.    Diane Bolton (Canada) 2NT 3NT 6H 4C 5H 390 9.42
10.    Bob Zeller (Canada) Pass 3NT 6H Pass Pass 390 9.42
10.    Steve Anderson (Canada) 2NT 3NT 6H 5D 5H 390 9.42
10.    Sandy McIlwain (Canada) 2C 3NT 5S 4C 5H 390 9.42
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