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TGIF August 2022: Scores

1. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S K 9   H A Q 10 7   D A   C K 10 9 8 7 6  
West North East South  
Pass 1S 2H Pass
Pass 3H Pass 3NT
Pass 4S Pass ?

Your call?

4NT 7 100
6S 3 70
5D 1 60
5H 1 60
5NT 1 60
Pass 0 30
6NT 0 20
Moderator: All problems this month are from past Bridge Winners polls, and the scoring includes partial marks for popular choices in those polls. On problem 1, our expert panel makes some move towards slam.
Larry Cohen: 4NT. I severely underbid last round. Now I am driving to slam, but trying to find a way to reach seven opposite, say, SA Q J 10 x x x and the CA, which is quite possible. Hopefully my partner takes this as Roman key card; I really can't overrule him and bid 4NT naturally here.
Jeff Meckstroth: 6S. I am a bit worried that we might belong in seven, but I really don't think there is an intelligent way to get there. Notrump might also be where we belong, but the possibility of ruffing diamonds or needing a ruff to establish clubs is too high.
Michael Dimich: Pass. If pard has diamond length, my hand doesn't help much beyond game.
David Waterman: 5NT. This is a fantastic hand, far better than partner will expect. I would bid RKC but I am afraid he might pass. If he has SA Q, I will be happy to take my chances in 7S.
Christopher Diamond: 5H. Worried 4NT could be seen as a sign off. He has a huge hand. Following with 6D over 5S.
Larry Meyer: 4NT. I have a bit extra, my hearts are well placed, and my SK is golden, so go for slam if enough key cards are present.
Perry Khakhar: 5D. I am afraid that 4NT may not be keycard asking. Yet I can hardly imagine a hand less than SA Q x x x x x CA for the cue bid. So the question is 6S or 7S? This will get us going that way. 6C over possible 5S bailout try.
Paul McMullin: 4NT. This SHOULD be Blackwood. I will follow with 5H, 6H or 7H depending on how many aces he has.
Allan Simon: 4NT. This is Easley the best move. (BB: This comment deserves bonus points.)
Earle Fergusson: 4NT. If we need the CA on side, (I don't think we do), it will be.
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. Partner has a heart void with 6+ spades, my HA Q doesn't look terribly useful, and the 5 level could certainly be in danger.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 5D. Cuebid in support of spades. Partner makes a slam try with a good 6+ card spade suit. If he has the CA, 7S is odds on.
Kf Tung: 4NT. You need 2 keycards and the SQ … and bid 7S.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4NT. Slam move needed. Opposite the magic hand, this makes 7.
Louk Verhees: 4NT. In context you have a monster. Just not entirely clear where you belong. I think 4NT has to be keycard.

2. IMPs. E-W vul.
S Q J 8   H A Q 8 3   D J 7 5 4   C J 2  
West North East South  
  1D Pass 1H
Pass 2C Pass 2NT
Pass 3H Pass ?

Your call?

3S 6 100
4H 3 80
4D 2 70
5D 1 60
3NT 1 50
Pass 0 30
Moderator: The panel grope for game.
Steve Weinstein: 4D. It's tempting to bid 3S and keep 3NT in play, but I really want to let partner know I have a fourth diamond.
Josh Donn: 3S. I need partner's help to choose the best strain, so I will bid the only suit we both know can't be natural.
Mel Colchamiro: 4H. My previous 2NT was barely adequate on this quackery, but I think 3H is forcing. 4H offers more chances than 3NT.
Michael Dimich: 5D. Pard is interested in game and diamonds seem safest.
Ralph Buckley: 3NT. I have 1 stop in spades and I hope that's enough.
David Waterman: 4H. Very close, but my minors don't look good for NT. Give him HK DA K CA Q, and 4H is better. He should not bid this way with 3 small hearts.
Christopher Diamond: 3NT. Don't like it but any other game needs a lot too. So: Hamman's rule.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Pard bid over my non-forcing 2NT, and I have a spade stopper, so bid the most likely game.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. I would have bid 3D last time. Now we are stuck. Partner has extras for his shape-out bidding. I hope it isn't down 1.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Most of my points are QJs. Try for a plus score here.
Allan Simon: 4H. 5D, 3N or 4H? That is the question. I believe the odds are best in a 4-3 fit.
Earle Fergusson: 4H. My minor jacks are working. May not have time for 9 in NT with a spade lead.
Roelof Van Lopik: 3NT. Pard could have passed 2NT. Now that he didn’t, he wants to either play 4H (if I have a 5-card suit) or 3NT.
Hendrik Sharples: 5D. Partner holds extras with short spades. I don't need to be a hero.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 4H. Partner forces with 3 card heart support and very likely short spades. But which game to bid?
Kf Tung: 3NT. SQ J 8 good enough for 3N try. Your hand is not suitable for 4H with too many quacks.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4D. I've limited the hand, but not announced that I have real diamonds.
Louk Verhees: 3S. Most flexible, so with stiff honor he can still bid 3NT.

3. IMPs. Both vul.
S 4   H Q J 8 4   D A Q 7 3   C A Q 9 4  
West North East South  
Pass Pass 1C Pass
1H 1S Dbl (1) ?
(1) Three-card heart support.

Your call?

Pass 9 100
Rdbl 2 70
1NT 1 60
2NT 0 50
3NT 1 50
Moderator: The panel majority pass, hunting for a big number.
Barry Rigal: Pass. I think I'd like to find out more before taking action. I could redouble to go headhunting, but I think I put the opponents under more pressure if I force West to take action rather than redoubling and letting West pass.
Kerri Sanborn: Rdbl. I normally use this to show a doubleton with 8-10 points, but with both of us being passed hands, that would be silly. When I later bid notrump, partner will realize that I have not cuebid, so should try a second suit if they have one. I can't imagine it going all pass to redouble and if so, we could make it.
Michael Dimich: Pass. Great hand for defense, poor on offense. Do you want to play 1NT from your hand?
David Waterman: Pass. Nothing else works. I would like redouble and then double for penalty, but I don't think that is what redouble means.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Wait a round before I make a bad decision. Seriously, I will get more info.
Robert Sauve: Pass. The opponents are getting into trouble.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Not anxious to introduce my 4-card diamond suit at the 2-level on this misfit deal.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I want to Rdbl for game, but I don't think Rdbl is clearly showing 'values'. May get another chance to double them.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Partner should be able to make overtricks at 1S doubled. The opponents will be in trouble at the three level.
Allan Simon: Pass. I'm sharpening my axe.
Earle Fergusson: 1NT. Maybe my passed hand pard has a second suit to bid. Game unlikely.
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. I'll Dbl whatever the opponents bid.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 2NT. Natural invite with likely short spades. Redouble shows probably some kind of spade support.
Kf Tung: Pass. Looks like West cannot pass and defend 1S. Then they will go to 2C or 2H, which you double.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2NT. Should show something like this hand.
Louk Verhees: Pass. . . and Dbl next bid. Alternatives are Rdbl (and 1NT).

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S J 10 8 5 4   H K 10 7 6 5 4   D 7   C 3  
West North East South  
  1NT (1) Pass ?
(1) Your toolkit includes Stayman; Jacoby and Texas transfers; Smolen; 3H to show 5/5 majors invitational; and 3S to show 5/5 majors game forcing.

Your call?

3H 7 100
2C 6 90
2D 0 50
3S 0 40
4D 0 40
2H 0 20
Moderator: Your toolkit offers many options. The panel are almost evenly divided between Stayman and an immediate 3H.
Mike Lawrence: 3H. If partner has no minor-suit aces, he will need good majors to bid game. My 6-5 shape makes this 4-count worth a game try.
Jill Meyers: 2C. And over 2D, I'm bidding 4D delayed Texas.
Michael Dimich: 2D. Transfer to hearts and then bid spades.
David Waterman: 2C. Over 2D, Smolen. If partner bids 3NT over 3S, I will bid 4H to show my 6-5. I am not staying out of game.
Eurydice Nours: 4D. Texas transfer to hearts.
David Hooey: 2C. Is garbage Stayman in the toolbox? 4M if we have a fit, and 2H if no fit.
Christopher Diamond: 3S. Who knows? But hot at IMPs so bid game.
Robert Sauve: 3H. Best description available.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Give partner an opportunity to evaluate his fit for the majors.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. I need this played from partner's side. I refuse to bid a major.
Paul McMullin: 2C. I will bid game over a major response, and 3H over 2D.
Allan Simon: 2D. 6-5, but I'm not coming alive unless there is some unexpected action.
Earle Fergusson: 2D. . . then bid spades twice. We will get to game in our best fit.
Hendrik Sharples: 3S. Is 4D a transfer over 3NT? We might find out.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 2H. Transfer to spades, then 4H wich shows a weakish 5-6 in majors as I play.
Kf Tung: 3S. Do we have a major suit fit and 4 key cards? We'll know later.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3H. This is what the hand is worth in a trump contract (I think). Will correct 3NT to 4H to show the 6th one.
Louk Verhees: 3H. If partner has equal length in the majors, you'd like to play in hearts. Hopefully partner is aware you can be 6-5. I feel you can go low with garbage Stayman or invite. GF seems like a big overbid.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S 3   H K Q 9 7 3   D J 10 6 4 3   C A 9  
West North East South  
Pass 1NT (1) 2D Pass
Pass Dbl Pass Pass
2S Dbl Pass ?
(1) Forcing one round.

Your call?

2NT 8 100
3C 4 70
3D 0 60
Pass 1 60
Moderator: This auction that started with such promise sure has gone to hell in a handbasket. While it may be tempting to spoonfeed that double to partner, it's important to remember that bridge is, above all, a partnership game, which means that partner's zero is your zero, too.
August Boehm: 3C. Partner expects me to divine his distribution. He has something like 3-2-2-6 with high-card values.
Daniel Korbel: 2NT. Sorry partner, I'm not about to defend their nine-card fit with this hand.
Brad Bart: 3C. Not sitting. Partner needs a perfecto to beat this. It's probable that our only 8-card fit is in diamonds, so maybe a natural 2NT would be better.
Michael Dimich: 2NT. Scrambling into the cheapest save.
Ralph Buckley: Pass. Sounds like a penalty Dbl.
David Waterman: Pass. I don't like this at all. They have 9 spades and half the deck! But I have nowhere to run.
David Hooey: 3NT. Open 1H? That deserves -8 IMPs, which is what is going to happen.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. This is weird. Presumably they have 9 spades and our best fit is maybe diamonds with pard doubling with length and a max. Hoping they'll bid 3S.
Robert Sauve: Pass. Trust partner.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Partner previously suggested a willingness to play in spades, so his double must be for penalty.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. How did we get here? Least of all evils. Maybe down 2, but maybe they can’t double.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Pass and pray!
Allan Simon: Pass. Mysterious auction. Partner has at most 3 spades, at most 2 hearts, and short in diamonds?? I pass beause the alternatives (2NT?) are worse.
Earle Fergusson: 2NT. Scrambling. 2S (maybe more) is cold.
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. Too bad abstain isn't an option. At least I have 1 defensive trick. -670 might be the best score available at this point.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 2NT. The opps fled from a doubled contract so the second double is of course a very strong suggestion to play against 2S doubled. But the opps, with half the deck, have found their fit at a comfortable level. And 2NT doesn't look that bad.
Kf Tung: 3H. Minimum. Let's play 3H.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. I would NOT have opened this, but the result is that we are going to defend.
Louk Verhees: 2NT. Yuck what an awful problem. But obviously I will not defend 2S in their likely 9-card fit. Just not sure what is best to bid.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Daniel Korbel 4NT 3S Pass 3H 2NT 500
Janice Molson 4NT 3S Pass 3H 2NT 500
Larry Cohen 4NT 3S Pass 2C 2NT 490
Jill Meyers 4NT 4H Pass 2C 2NT 470
Steve Robinson 4NT 4D Pass 3H 2NT 470
Jeff Meckstroth 6S 3S Pass 2C 2NT 460
Barry Rigal 5NT 3S Pass 2C 2NT 450
Josh Donn 5H 3S Pass 2C 2NT 450
Steve Weinstein 4NT 4D Pass 3H 3C 440
Kerri Sanborn 4NT 4H Rdbl 3H 3C 420
August Boehm 6S 5D Rdbl 3H 3C 370
Mel Colchamiro 6S 4H 1NT 2C 3C 370
Mike Lawrence 5D 3NT 3NT 3H Pass 320

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Larry Pocock 4NT 4H Pass 2C 3C 440 129.50
2.    David Schmidt 4NT 4D 1NT 3H 2NT 430 97.13
3.    Kai Zhou 4NT 5D 1NT 3H 2NT 420 64.75
4.    Larry Meyer 4NT 3NT Pass 3H Pass 410 45.33
5.    Stephen Vincent 6S 4D Pass 3H Pass 400 25.90
6.    David Waterman 5NT 4H Pass 2C Pass 390 20.04
6.    Robert Sauve 5D 4D Pass 3H Pass 390 20.04
8.    Gary Gilraine 4NT 4D 1NT 2D 2NT 380 16.19
9.    Zoran Peca 5D Pass Pass 3H Pass 350 13.67
9.    Christopher Diamond 5H 3NT Pass 3S 2NT 350 13.67

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Louk Verhees (Netherlands) 4NT 3S Pass 3H 2NT 500 105.00
2.    John McAllister (United States) 4NT 4D 1NT 3H 2NT 430 78.75
3.    Sandy McIlwain (Canada) 5D 4D Pass 2C 2NT 420 52.50
4.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4NT 3NT Pass 3H Pass 410 36.75
5.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 4NT 4D Rdbl 2C 3C 400 21.00
6.    Peter Qvist (Denmark) 4NT 3NT Pass 3S 2NT 390 15.21
6.    Allan Simon (Canada) 4NT 4H Pass 2D Pass 390 15.21
6.    Earle Fergusson (Canada) 4NT 4H 1NT 2D 2NT 390 15.21
9.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 5D 4H Pass 4D 2NT 380 9.71
9.    Paul McMullin (United States) 4NT Pass Pass 2C Pass 380 9.71
9.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 5D 4D 3NT 3H 2NT 380 9.71
9.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 4NT 4D 2NT 3H Pass 380 9.71
9.    John Mac Gregor (Canada) 4NT 4D Rdbl 4D 2NT 380 9.71
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