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TGIF October 2022: Scores

1. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A 2   H K 4 2   D Q J 10 5   C 10 8 4 2  
West North East South  
2S 4C (1) 4S ?
(1) Strong, forcing, at least 5-5 in clubs and hearts (leaping Michaels).

Your call?

4NT 7 100
5C 2 80
5H 2 70
Dbl 1 60
5NT 1 50
Pass 1 40
6C 0 20
Moderator: The leaping Michaels convention is a handy convention to show a two-suited hand over an opponent's weak two. But it shows a *monster* hand, not just your garden-variety two-suiter. Thus the majority of the panel make a move toward slam.
Steve Weinstein: 4NT. I think 4NT should be a slam try for clubs, but if partner thinks it's for hearts, I'm not heartbroken.
Barry Rigal: 5C. It is best to play that pass forces double facing any 'normal' hand. Double is maybe forward-going in clubs. Pass, then remove the double to 5C/5H to play.
Steve Robinson: 5H. Why can't partner have Sx HA Q J x x Dx x CA K Q J x, and my SA is worthless?
David Waterman: 5C. Seems clear. We may lose control in 5H.
Michael Dimich: Pass. 6C is the practical bid, but let's torture partner with a pass. Over partner's double or suit bid, now bid 5S.
Christopher Diamond: 5C. SA is tempting. HK is seductive. Plus scores overrule at MPs.
Larry Meyer: 5H. It's our hand and we have a double fit in clubs and hearts, but much of my strength is in the opponents' suit, so just bid the higher scoring game.
Perry Khakhar: 5C. Is double responsive? I don't want to find out! 5H may have bad breaks. 5C should be safer.
Paul McMullin: 5H. I would be more excited if the SA was a minor suit ace instead.
Hendrik Sharples: 5S. I take leaping Michaels very seriously.
Earle Fergusson: 5C. 4-1 hearts might beat 5H, wish 4NT was a slam move.
Kf Tung: 5S. If partner bids 6C, it will be safer than hearts. If partner bids 6H, it will be safer than 6C.
Louk Verhees: 4NT. Interesting. For my bid I need to know if there is also a weaker version available of the 2-suiter. Opps bidding 4S vul suggest they have something or just a lot of spades. I go with 4NT slam try (in clubs for me).
Bob Todd: 5C. Do we have a slow club and a diamond loser or not?
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5C. Prefer clubs as better control is probably important in the play.

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

Your call?

4D 6 100
5NT 3 80
4H 2 70
4S 2 70
6D 1 60
5D 0 40
Moderator: A monster hand, only to be preempted by partner. Again, the panel aim for slam.
Josh Donn: 4D. What in the blazes? Thank goodness this doesn't seem to happen in real life.
Roger Lee: 5NT. Pick a slam. Sometimes it's right to start with 4D, but I don't see how we can reasonably expect to get back to hearts if we do that.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4H. Might be best in diamonds. But could be awful as well.
David Waterman: 4D. Partner should raise with 3, and I will then bid 6D. If he bids 4S, I will pass. Best result possible, not the best possible result.
Michael Dimich: 4S. The expected club lead will make anything more than 4S problematic but what else can you do.
Ralph Buckley: 4NT. See if partner has any keycards.
Christopher Diamond: 4NT. Blah, blah, blah Blackwood with a void. If he has no ace I'll cut the damage, if they cash the SA then clubs. Let them try that in 6D. One ace I'll assume the SA. This contest is not going to end well for me this month.
Gabor Sandi: 4S. Intending to bid 5H over 5C by partner.
Stephen Vincent: 4NT. Thank you partner for preempting me.
Larry Meyer: 6S. A non-vul pre-empt may be missing the ace or queen of trump in addition to missing the king, so just bid 6.
Perry Khakhar: 6S. My partners never have SA Q J 1 0 x x x. Plus partner may have difficulty getting to his hand to pull trumps.
Paul McMullin: 4S. Possibly a 4 or 7 hand; I want to go plus!
Hendrik Sharples: 6S. With some I'd pass and hope to make it, with others I'd look for 7.
Janet Galbraith: 5C. Exclusion.
Earle Fergusson: 5NT. GSF for those not in the know it means . . . Great Spades Forgive.
Kf Tung: 5NT. If partner bids 7S, usually he can find 13 tricks.
Louk Verhees: 4C. Impossible hand. In my methods I can bid 4D for hearts and then 6D. Here I just bid 4C for keycards, and see what he answers and then 6D opposite 1 keycard.
Joel Forssell: 5C. Exclusion Blackwood.
Bob Todd: 4S. Is this pointing out my being chicken on Hand 1?
Gareth Birdsall: 4S. Looks like a 4/5 or 7 hand.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 6S. Losing a spade?

3. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A 10 2   H 9 8 5 3   D Q 9 7 4   C K 3  
West North East South  
    3H Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 7 100
4D 6 90
3S 1 50
3NT 0 40
5D 0 10
Moderator: With no obvious game contract in the picture, the panel are split between passing with long weak trumps, or bidding 4D.
Mel Colchamiro: Pass. Risky, but if partner has the theoretical 4-1-4-4, there are 16 total trumps, and most times, 3H will fail. I plan to lead the CK. I hope I have understanding teammates. 4D is a nothing bid and 5D on DQ x x x is unthinkable. Another tough, but recurring problem.
Kerri Sanborn: 4D. Passing is too rich for me, and 3NT needs a very specific compression in hearts. 3S is possible --- maybe moreso at matchpoints.
David Waterman: 4D. Someone is going to quote Edgar Kaplan here, so I won't.
Michael Dimich: Pass. Take the plus, avoid the headache.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. New age thinking. Thanks Larry Cohen! At least it's a nonvul game.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Balanced with no real heart stopper, no 4-card spade suit, so just pass and hope to beat it.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Can't see bidding any games. 5D is too many tricks, 4S is wrong sided. Seems that 200 may be easier.
Paul McMullin: 3S. I do not have much more than is expected for me to have.
Hendrik Sharples: Pass. −530 (−630?) builds character.
Earle Fergusson: Pass. CK.
Kf Tung: Pass. Pass to get a plus. 3S/3N/4C/4D are all dangerous contracts.
Louk Verhees: 4D. Anything can be right. Passing just not my bridge.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4D. Don't like it, but I won't pass.

4. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S K Q 9 8 6 5 3   H ---   D K J 10 7 3   C 10  
West North East South  
Pass 2D Pass ?

Your call?

3H 6 100
3D 4 90
2S 3 80
4H 1 50
Moderator: There are a few ways to show support here: simply raise partner, or make a 3H splinter bid.
Larry Cohen: 2S. . . for now. Happy the opponents are not in our way.
August Boehm: 3D. Leaves room to sort out strain and first-round controls.
Zachary Grossack: 3H. An auction from Mars. I guess I'll start with a heart spliinter and see where it goes from here. Though I must admit I would have opened 4S, I am quite hopeful with these developments now that I didn't!
David Waterman: 5D. The practical bid.
Craig T. Wilson: 3H. Splinter.
Michael Dimich: 4C. Splinter in the singleton. If partner rests with 4D you can show first round control with 4H.
Ralph Buckley: 2S. We are in a game force auction. So take time to explore for the best contract.
Christopher Diamond: 4H. I'm going to get crushed in this bidding contest but if this isn't exclusion then I accept my crushing knowing I died honourably.
James Harris: 2S. Assumes the 2D bid is game forcing.
Gabor Sandi: 2S. Will go to diamonds if partner bids anything but spades.
Larry Meyer: 3D. We're in a game force, so set trumps now, to be followed by control bidding later.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. Splinter. Man that hand got awesome in a hurry! Question is small slam or a grand?
Paul McMullin: 3D. Was 2D a game force?
Hendrik Sharples: 3D. The opponents' silence seems impossible with my hand.
Earle Fergusson: 3D. . . unless 4H is Exclusion.
Kf Tung: 3D. Bearing in mind that 5D is the likely stop, do not silence everyone by bidding it directly.
Louk Verhees: 3H. Splinter I presume.
Joel Forssell: 4H. Splinter.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. I opened this, so this is the consequence.

5. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 8 5 2   H A K Q   D A K 8 6 3   C 9 6  
West North East South  
1C 1H Pass 2C
Pass 2D (1) Pass ?
(1) Natural-ish, nonminimum.

Your call?

3D 6 100
4H 3 80
3C 2 70
6D 2 60
3H 0 50
4D 1 50
5D 0 30
Moderator: Double-fitted, the panel choose to play diamonds.
Steve Weinstein: 3D. I'll need to make sure the backs of my cards match the rest of the table's.
Janice Molson: 6D. If my partner is not signing off with HJ x x x x missing the DA K, I will play her for black-suit controls.
Jill Meyers: 3C. I still don't know what to do, so I am going to kick the can back to partner and bid 3C.
Steve Robinson: 4H. I don't think 2D should be natural. Over 2C, I'd bid 2D as last train holding: SQ x HJ x x x x Dx x x CA K Q.
David Waterman: 3H. If partner bids 4C, I will bid 4D. Slam is unlikely but might as well bid out my hand.
Michael Dimich: 3C. Partner has hard values outside the 2 suits they bid. The hearts could provide 2 pitches in a diamond contract.
Eurydice Nours: 4D. Slam interest in diamonds.
Christopher Diamond: 2S. Nonnatural and nonminimum since I presumably denied a forcing 1S.
Stephen Vincent: 3C. How to persuade partner to start cuebidding with such bad red cards?
Larry Meyer: 3D. Tell partner about the double fit.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. Picture bid? Let partner decide.
Paul McMullin: 4H. Is there a bid that says 'Interested in slam, but no splinter'? Or another forcing bid I am confident of?
Hendrik Sharples: 4H. Bidding what I think I can make.
Earle Fergusson: 3C. Set trumps, then Blackwood. No way we have 2 quick losers.
Kf Tung: 4D. Game forcing. I've shown 3352 or 2353, but with no strength in the black cards.
Louk Verhees: 3C. I hate it, but don't know a sensible way to set trumps and hear enough. Partner will never cooperate in hearts.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. Bid your strength.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jill Meyers 4NT 4D 4D 3H 3C 460
Kerri Sanborn 4NT 4D 4D 3H 3C 460
Roger Lee 4NT 5NT Pass 2S 3D 460
Steve Weinstein 4NT 4D Pass 4H 3D 450
Janice Molson 4NT 4D 4D 3H 6D 450
Jeff Meckstroth 4NT 4H 4D 3H 4H 440
Daniel Korbel 5C 4S Pass 3D 3D 440
Josh Donn Dbl 4D 4D 3D 3D 440
Zachary Grossack 4NT 5NT 3S 3H 3D 430
August Boehm 5NT 4D Pass 3D 4H 420
Steve Robinson 5H 4H 4D 3H 4H 410
Larry Cohen Pass 5NT Pass 2S 3D 400
Barry Rigal 5C 6D Pass 3D 4D 380
Mel Colchamiro 5H 4S Pass 2S 6D 380

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Kai Zhou 4NT 4D Pass 3H 3C 470 126.00
2.    Brad Bart 5H 4D 4D 3D 3D 450 94.50
3.    Rod Coote 5C 4D 4D 3D 4H 440 63.00
4.    Stuart Carr Dbl 4H 4D 3H 3D 420 44.10
5.    Larry Pocock 5C 4S 4D 3D 3C 400 25.20
6.    Joel Martineau Dbl 4S 4D 3D 4H 390 19.50
6.    Sam McIlwain Dbl 4D 3S 2S 3D 390 19.50
8.    Larry Meyer 5H 6S Pass 3D 3D 360 14.88
8.    Gary Gilraine Dbl 4H 3S 2S 3D 360 14.88
10.    Pam Ottridge 5C 4D 4D 3S 4H 350 12.03
10.    Gabor Sandi 5H 4S 3S 2S 4H 350 12.03

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    John Mac Gregor (Canada) 4NT 4D 4D 3D 4H 460 101.50
2.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 4NT 4S 4D 2S 3D 440 63.44
2.    Diane Bolton (Canada) 4NT 4S Pass 3D 4H 440 63.44
4.    Earle Fergusson (Canada) 5C 5NT Pass 3D 3C 420 35.53
5.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 4NT 6S 4D 3D 3D 380 18.61
5.    Bob Todd (Canada) 5C 4S 3NT 3D 3D 380 18.61
7.    Paul McMullin (United States) 5H 4S 3S 3D 4H 360 12.82
7.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 5C 6S 4D 3D 3D 360 12.82
7.    Louk Verhees (Netherlands) 4NT 4C 4D 3H 3C 360 12.82
10.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 5C 4S Pass 3D 4NT 340 10.15
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