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TGIF November 2022: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S K   H A K J 8 5   D 6 3   C J 10 9 5 2  
West North East South  
  1C 1D 1H
2S (1) Pass Pass ?
(1) Weak.

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
3S 2 70
4C 2 70
5C 1 60
3C 1 50
3D 0 30
3H 0 20
3NT 0 20
Moderator: It's usual to use double as a flexible do-something-intelligent action here.
Steve Weinstein: 4C. I'm overbidding a little, but I don't need all that much for game and I'm red at IMPs. Sometimes they let you make when you shouldn't.
Larry Cohen: 3S. Not double, which I would be unhappy to have left in. Not 3C, because I have too much. When there are two cuebids available, bid the one in which you have a stopper, so not 3D. That leaves 3S!
Jill Meyers: Dbl. I'm forcing to game. I just don't know which game, so I am throwing the ball to partner.
Jake Grabow: Dbl. Support double, leaving maximum space for further investigation.
Christopher Diamond: 4C. 3C not enough. Cue bids would be messy.
Gabor Sandi: 3S. Pard would have doubled with 3 hearts. If I bid 3C, pard may pass.
Larry Meyer: 3C. If partner has enough values to make 5C, he will bid again.
Paul McMullin: 3C. About the ugliest 12 points and a fit hand possible.
Allan Simon: 4C. I assume we're playing support doubles through 2S. If not, change my vote to 3S.
Kf Tung: 4C. Partner will bid 4H with HQ x. With other hands he will pass or bid 5C according to my 5/5 hand in hearts and clubs.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3S. Lowest 100% forcing bid I could find.
Earle Fergusson: 3C. What's the trick? SK may not hold up.

2. IMPs. None vul.
S A K 10 6 4 3   H Q 10 7   D ---   C K 7 6 3  
West North East South  
2D 3D Pass ?

Your call?

4D 7 100
4C 6 90
3H 1 60
4S 1 50
3S 0 20
Moderator: The vast majority take a cuebid. But which one?
Amber Lin: 4C. I have a very good hand for slam if my partner doesn't have much in diamonds.
Steve Robinson: 4D. If partner is interested in slam, I will show him my diamond control. Good news is that I have good trumps and a diamond void. Bad news is that I have not much in the side suits.
Jake Grabow: 4D. Lovely, first round control.
Christopher Diamond: 4D. Make at least one try.
Gabor Sandi: 4D. 4S is a certainty. I am showing first-round control of diamonds.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Bid my cheapest 1st or 2nd round control to suggest a slam, but denying heart control.
Paul McMullin: 4D. I dunno where we are going, but I want to help get there.
Allan Simon: 4C. I'm giving partner the opportunity to show a wasted DA. If he rebids 4H, I'll bid 5D next. But if he rebids 4D, I'll sign off in 4S.
Kf Tung: 4C. Non minimum, with useful clubs.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4S. He probably will not have the magic hand.
Earle Fergusson: 4D. Will bid 4S over 4H.

3. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S ---   H K 6 5 3 2   D A K Q 6 5 3   C K J  
West North East South  
1H 2H Pass ?

Your call?

2NT 9 100
3NT 6 80
3D 0 40
3H 0 30
Moderator: The panel are split between 2NT and 3NT. The 2NT bidders concede that 3NT will be the likely contract anyway.
Josh Donn: 2NT. I might as well check on partner's minor rather than assuming it must be clubs and bidding 3NT.
Barry Rigal: 3NT. 3D for me would be a constructive 3S bid, 3C pass or correct. 2NT is a real game try somewhere. Doing that and passing 3C makes sense, but gets it played the wrong way up.
Craig T. Wilson: 2NT. What minor?
Jake Grabow: 3D. Now thinking about what to do when 3S comes back.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. Don't know responses. I hope 3D to 3C is forcing.
Gabor Sandi: 3NT. Pard is likely to have 5 clubs. I can probably make 3NT against a (likely) heart lead.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. Ask partner to show his minor, denying spade support.
Paul McMullin: 2NT. Should be asking for his minor, will bid (or raise) diamonds next.
Allan Simon: 2NT. Over the expected 3C, I'll try 3N although I wish I had better heart spots. And if he instead rebids 3D I'll fall off my chair.
Kf Tung: 3NT. Practical. With limited information West will lead a heart to your advantage.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. Better inform partner about the misfit. Diamonds most likely strain.
Earle Fergusson: 3D. Need a touch of diamond support or six clubs from pard.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K 8 2   H Q 4   D A Q   C A K J 10 7 6  
West North East South  
3H Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

4H 6 100
4NT 3 90
3NT 5 80
4S 0 50
5C 1 50
4C 0 30
Moderator: The top score goes to a nebulous cuebid, even though half the panel opt to bid NT without a firm stopper.
Daniel Korbel: 4H. I have no idea how to handle this hand. If I was weaker, I would bid 3NT, but here, that seems doubly misguided, as we may have a slam or grand slam and also we may go down in 3NT cold for 5C or 6C. Partner will assume I have spades for this 4H bid until I correct back to clubs.
August Boehm: 3NT. It is said that a stopper is as strong as it sounds. In any case, the alternatives are unappealing.
Kerri Sanborn: 4NT. The older I get, the fewer stoppers I need. Who among us would not open this hand 2NT?
Jake Grabow: 4H. Kudos to opponents for maximum pressure. Are we on our way to a Moysian fit? Slam? I am not sure I know.
Christopher Diamond: 3NT. Down 3 should be standard.
Gabor Sandi: 4C. I'd rather not play 4S with a 4-3 fit, and if pard doesn't have the SA, 5C might not make.
Larry Meyer: 5C. With such a strong hand, can't do any less; with doubleton heart, can't do any more.
Paul McMullin: 4H. Preempts are very effective today!
Allan Simon: 3NT. These days preemptor rarely has HA K J x x x x. And if he does he may not lead a top heart, expecting me to have HQ x x.
Kf Tung: 5C. Practical.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4H. Want to be in game, but spades may be better. Hope partner can read this.
Earle Fergusson: 3NT. 5C won't score and 6C won't make.

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

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
3NT 6 80
4D 0 40
4NT 0 30
Moderator: Another awkward hand with HQ x. Again the panel are split between the flexible action and notrump.
Mel Colchamiro: Dbl. Not gonna tempt the fates two hands in a row with HQ x. Even if partner helps me with HJ x x, it won't matter unless he also has the DA.
Jill Meyers: 3NT. If the vulnerability were different, I would not be so cavalier, but with the opponents being nonvulnerable, I am taking my chances that we have hearts stopped. Or maybe they will lead something else.
Jake Grabow: Dbl. Something's gotta give. With two passes, East rates to have something like an opener. The question is to move the spade response to a minor, but partner might come up with a pass.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Let him bid 3NT with a partial stopper. Don't be selfish. If he bids 3S bid 3NT; if 4S pass and pray.
Gabor Sandi: Dbl. . . to be followed by 4C if pard bids 3S and a raise to game if pard bids 4C or 4D.
Larry Meyer: 4D. Show my primary suit now so that I will have the option of bidding clubs later to complete the description of my hand.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Preempts are very effective today!
Allan Simon: Dbl. At IMPs I'm more chicken with HQ x. I think I can handle any response.
Kf Tung: Dbl. 3H may be substandard in this situation, so double is a flexible tool to show a good hand. In case partner can bid 3N you will have a big win.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4NT. Partner has already passed, so slam is unlikely. Hope clubs are not 4-3-fit, for I will pass.
Earle Fergusson: 3NT. If they run hearts on problem 4, maybe I'll have better luck here.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Daniel Korbel Dbl 4D 2NT 4H 3NT 480
Roger Lee Dbl 4D 2NT 3NT Dbl 480
Josh Donn Dbl 4C 2NT 4NT Dbl 480
Jill Meyers Dbl 4C 2NT 4H 3NT 470
Kerri Sanborn Dbl 4D 2NT 4NT 3NT 470
Zachary Grossack Dbl 4C 3NT 4H Dbl 470
Amber Lin Dbl 4C 3NT 4H Dbl 470
Janice Molson Dbl 4C 2NT 4NT 3NT 460
Jeff Meckstroth 3S 4D 2NT 3NT Dbl 450
Steve Weinstein 4C 4D 2NT 4H 3NT 450
Steve Robinson 5C 4D 3NT 4H Dbl 440
August Boehm 3C 4D 2NT 3NT Dbl 430
Larry Cohen 3S 4C 3NT 3NT Dbl 420
Mel Colchamiro 4C 4S 3NT 3NT Dbl 380
Barry Rigal Dbl 3H 3NT 5C 3NT 370

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Kai Zhou Dbl 4D 2NT 3NT 3NT 460 129.50
2.    Christopher Diamond 4C 4D 2NT 3NT Dbl 450 97.13
3.    Jake Grabow Dbl 4D 3D 4H Dbl 440 64.75
4.    Joel Martineau 3C 4D 3NT 4H Dbl 430 45.33
5.    Rod Coote 3C 4S 2NT 4H Dbl 400 23.74
5.    Jack Qi 2NT 4D 2NT 4H Dbl 400 23.74
7.    Gabor Sandi 3S 4D 3NT 4C Dbl 380 18.50
8.    Kevin Contzen 3C 3S 2NT 4H Dbl 370 16.19
9.    Brad Bart Dbl 4C 3NT 3S 3NT 350 13.67
9.    Gary Gilraine 4C 4D 3NT 3S Dbl 350 13.67

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) Dbl 4C 2NT 4NT 3NT 460 84.00
2.    John McAllister (United States) Dbl 4D 2NT 5C Dbl 450 63.00
3.    Allan Simon (Canada) 4C 4C 2NT 3NT Dbl 440 42.00
4.    Miro Kovacevic (Canada) Dbl 4D 3NT 4S Dbl 430 29.40
5.    Kf Tung (China) 4C 4C 3NT 5C Dbl 390 14.27
5.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 4C 4C 2NT 5C 3NT 390 14.27
5.    John Mac Gregor (Canada) 4C 4D 3NT 4H 4D 390 14.27
8.    Roy Bolton (Canada) Dbl 4S 3NT 4S Dbl 380 8.97
8.    Diane Bolton (Canada) 3C 4S 3NT 4H Dbl 380 8.97
8.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 3C 4D 3NT 5C Dbl 380 8.97
8.    Hendrik Sharples (Usa) 4C 4S 3NT 3NT Dbl 380 8.97
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