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TGIF July 2022: Scores

1. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A 5   H A 10 7 6 2   D J 9 3   C 9 6 4  
West North East South  
1C 1D 1S Dbl (1)
2S 3D 3S ?
(1) At least five hearts plus tolerance for partner's suit.

Your call?

4D 5 100
Pass 6 90
Dbl 2 60
3NT 1 50
Moderator: After your snapdragon double, you are faced with a three-level decision. The majority take action with their prime cards and extra diamond.
Mike Lawrence: Dbl. I will start with a diamond lead. If North wins it, he will be able to judge what to shift to. Our side could have an assortment of heart tricks, heart ruffs and sufficient tricks on the side to go plus. This might easily be a hand where their side is bidding to 3S. We might need to double it to get 100 instead of 50.
Barry Rigal: Pass. I believe I have the hand I promised and not useful shape in the black suits. Contrast this with SA x x/Cx x, where spade shortage in partner's hand and my club ruff improve the hand. It is up to partner to bid on. If I defend 3S, should I underlead the HA? Glad you didn't ask.
Kerri Sanborn: 4D. Because the opponents are likely to have nine spades, and I have not promised three-card support for diamonds, I'm going to take the push. I don't think there is a double out there, and, if so, perhaps we have a maker.
Christopher Diamond: 3NT. No preempt so he's likely got a good suit and an outside card so maybe 9 runners. Maximum payoff and down 1 might be good against 3S.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. I pretty much bid my hand on the previous round. Partner's still there.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Partner pushed them up --- don't undo his good work.
Joel Forssell: Dbl. Penalties.
Allan Simon: 5D. My first thought was 3N, counting on running diamonds and the CA. But with that hand partner should bid 3S. So I'll play her for something like Sx HK x DK Q 10 x x x x CA x x.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. 3NT is never the right answer on a bidding panel, but here I am.
Earle Fergusson: Pass. Maybe we beat 3S. If not it will be less than the 200+ we give up at the 4 level.
Lars Erik Bergerud: Pass. 9 trumps each way (no support redouble) isn't promising for the defense. Yes, you will often be able to give pard a heart ruff, but still 2 more tricks. Competing at the 4-level red with a balanced hand without ruffing values, is not a long term winner.
Kf Tung: Dbl. I've got two bullets. Do we get +300?
Timothy Wright: 4D. I won't be able to hold up my spade stopper very long at notrumps, so raising partner's suit makes more sense to me.

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

Your call?

3H 9 100
3NT 3 80
Pass 2 70
4C 0 40
4H 0 30
Moderator: The majority pick 3H.
Steve Weinstein: 3H. It's important to play this one from my side. The hand isn't that great; if partner passes 3H, I won't be upset.
Janice Molson: 3NT. Easy peasy. I don't know which major to bid, cuebidding plays from the wrong side *and* I have clubs double-stopped.
Mel Colchamiro: Pass. If there were a clear bid to make, I'd make it because of the vulnerability and my declarer-sensitive CA Q x. Call me chicken here.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Has to be for takeout these days.
Robert Sauve: Pass. Double should be penalty.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. No doubt we have a major suit fit, but it would end up getting played from the wrong side.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Takeout doubles should be taken out.
Allan Simon: 3H. With no fear of a club lead I make the matchpoint bid. 3H or 3S are reasonable alternatives. I hate Pass with this hand.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. 3NT is never the right answer on a bidding panel, but here I am again.
Earle Fergusson: 3H. If game is on she will have to bid it.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 3NT. All in all the best move at matchpoints. Yes, we have fit in at least one major but 9 tricks in notrump may still be easier than 10 in major. 4C keeps both majors open, but may also put you in a 4S with weak trumps and a very bad trump split.
Kf Tung: 3H. Invite.
Timothy Wright: 3H. Ah, the joys of Bridge Bulletin Standard (responses to intervention are undefined beyond fast-denies Lebensohl). I'll have to assume Dbl is negative here.

3. IMPs. Both vul.
S Q 9 6 5 4 2   H Q 10 7 4   D Q 7 3   C ---  
West North East South  
1C 1D 2C ?

Your call?

2S 11 100
2D 1 70
Dbl 2 70
Pass 0 50
Moderator: The panel show their long major immediately.
Larry Cohen: 2S. I'm afraid to make a responsive double --- partner could easily leave it in. 620 in spades is where the money is, so let me get the spades in; I can raise diamonds later if there is a later.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. I will start by advertising the majors and support diamonds if partner doesn't bid one.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. He might have too many clubs to act. I hope not so many to pass. 2S seems too aggressive.
Robert Sauve: Dbl. Uncover 4-card major.
Stephen Vincent: 2D. Don't want to double and hear it go all pass.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Responsive double. Buoyed by the void.
Allan Simon: 2S. I'm afraid hearts will get lost in the shuffle unless partner bids them.
Earle Fergusson: Dbl. Not worried about conversion at the 2 level.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 2S. Double and then 2S if partner rebids 2D has to show a better hand IMO. If I hear support from partner, then 4S it is.
Kf Tung: Pass. Let them tell the story first.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. Intending to bid 2S over 2D.

4. IMPs. None vul.
S ---   H A 6 5 4 3   D Q 10 9 8 6 5 4   C 9  
West North East South  
  1C 4S ?

Your call?

5D 8 100
4NT 6 90
Pass 0 50
Dbl 0 30
Moderator: With a million red cards, every panelist takes action over 4S. But they are split between showing one suit or two.
Josh Donn: 5D. I can't think of anything cleverer than bidding the seven-card suit. Trying to get hearts into the picture seems more likely to reach the wrong fit.
Steve Robinson: 4NT. I hope it's takeout! And I'll correct clubs to diamonds to show the red suits.
Christopher Diamond: 4NT. Just can't get myself to pass with this shape. Has to be takeout, doesn't it?
Stephen Vincent: 5D. Don't like freak hands.
Larry Meyer: Pass. I'm not venturing to the 5-level.
Allan Simon: 5D. A pure guess. Could result in anything from -500 to +440.
Hendrik Sharples: 4NT. Two places to play. No-one pushes me around.
Earle Fergusson: 4NT. Two suiter or strong in clubs.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 4NT. . . 2 places to play. I would bid 5D (to play) with 4-7 in hearts and diamonds.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Penalty. Hope opponents have a phantom save.
Timothy Wright: 4NT. Intending to bid 5D over 5C.

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

Your call?

3H 6 100
3S 4 90
3D 2 80
2S 1 70
4C 1 50
4S 0 30
Moderator: Despite a 9-count opposite a passed-hand overcall, the majority make a move toward game.
Steve Weinstein: 3D. I'm not particularly interested in game, but I want to let partner know I have some cards in case the opponents bid 4H.
Daniel Korbel: 3S. Better to bid it now rather than over 3H.
Zachary Grossack: 3H. The next question is whether I'll double 4H from West. As with all bridge decisions, mood and satiety will play a key role.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Can't have much more and the total trick boys tell me I should be OK at this level.
Robert Sauve: 4S. May not beat 4H. Put on the pressure.
Stephen Vincent: 2S. Partner is a passed hand.
Larry Meyer: 3H. It will be OK to be at the 3-level with our 9-card fit, so advertise a limit raise.
Allan Simon: 3H. Good 4-card raise. 3D shows the strong 3-card raise.
Hendrik Sharples: 3H. This hand is a moose all of a sudden.
Earle Fergusson: 2S. Will compete to 3S if needed.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 3C. Game try. 2S may be the limit, but the opponents will not leave you there anyway. Too much potential for 2S or 3S, and 3C is more helpful than 3H.
Kf Tung: 2S. Start the auction low. Subsequent developments will often help you.
Timothy Wright: 3D. I really like my hand here, so staying low could be helpful.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
August Boehm 4D 3H 2S 5D 3H 500
Larry Cohen 4D 3H 2S 4NT 3H 490
Barry Rigal Pass 3H 2S 5D 3H 490
Josh Donn Pass 3H 2S 5D 3H 490
Zachary Grossack Pass 3H 2S 5D 3H 490
Steve Robinson 4D 3H 2S 4NT 3S 480
Jeff Meckstroth 4D 3NT Dbl 5D 3H 450
Daniel Korbel Pass Pass 2S 5D 3S 450
Janice Molson Pass 3NT 2S 4NT 3S 450
Mike Lawrence Dbl 3H 2S 5D 3D 440
Kerri Sanborn 4D 3H 2D 4NT 2S 430
Steve Weinstein Pass 3H Dbl 4NT 3D 430
Jill Meyers 3NT 3NT 2S 5D 3S 420
Mel Colchamiro Dbl Pass 2S 4NT 4C 370

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Joel Martineau 4D 3H 2S 4NT 3H 490 122.50
2.    Kai Zhou Pass 3H 2S 4NT 3H 480 76.56
2.    James Harris Pass 3H 2S 5D 3S 480 76.56
4.    Pam Ottridge 4D 3H 2S 5D 2S 470 33.69
4.    Sam McIlwain 4D 3H 2S 5D 2S 470 33.69
6.    Silvana Trotter Pass 3H 2S 5D 2S 460 18.96
6.    Betty Cameron Pass 3H 2S 5D 2S 460 18.96
8.    Elaine Sutton Pass 3NT 2S 5D 2S 440 14.46
8.    Jack Aaron 4D 3H 2S Pass 3S 440 14.46
10.    Dave Gabel Pass 3NT 2D 5D 3S 430 12.25

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4D 3H Dbl 4NT 3H 460 84.00
2.    Tiggy Chen (Canada) Pass 3H 2D 5D 3S 450 63.00
3.    Timothy Wright (United States) 4D 3H Dbl 4NT 3D 440 29.40
3.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 4D 3NT Dbl 5D 3S 440 29.40
3.    Liz Duffield (Uk) 4D 3H 2S Pass 3S 440 29.40
6.    John McAllister (United States) Dbl 3H Dbl 5D 3H 430 14.00
7.    Joel Forssell (Sverige) Dbl 3H Dbl 5D 3S 420 10.61
7.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 4D 3H Dbl Pass 3H 420 10.61
7.    Earle Fergusson (Canada) Pass 3H Dbl 4NT 2S 420 10.61
10.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 4D 3NT Dbl 4NT 2S 410 8.02
10.    Gerard Laquerriere (France) 4D 3NT 2S 5D 4S 410 8.02
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