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TGIF December 2022: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S K Q 9 8 6   H A 9 7 6   D A J 7   C A  
West North East South  
Pass 2C Pass 2H
Pass 3C Pass ?

Your call?

3D 9 100
4NT 4 70
4C 1 60
3NT 0 40
Moderator: A majority of the panel goes low and slow with 3D.
Larry Cohen: 3D. So much still to learn. It's tempting to do something big, but let me hear one more call from partner before deciding on our future.
Steve Weinstein: 4NT. It's quantitative, because I could bid 4C if I was interested in Blackwooding in clubs. Which I kinda am! If my SK Q were the SA, I would bid 4C.
Samuel Krikler: 3D. This describes 12 of my 13 cards.
Julien Levesque: 3D. Not sure where we are going to land, but a strong hand in values. Let's force with 3D and see what partner does.
Michael Dimich: 4C. . . or 4NT. I think 4C is more forward going.
Jake Grabow: 3D. Bid what you have and I have 3 diamonds and it even leaves space for a precise description from partner. Better than just checking aces.
Christopher Diamond: 3D. Not sure where I'm going so stall. Will be harder after 3NT by pard. Maybe 4C.
Gabor Sandi: 4NT. Blackwood. Go to 6NT if he has one key card and 7NT with both.
Robert Sauve: Pass. Misfit. Play for a plus.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Bid out my shape. Don't close up shop in 3NT in case partner has a bit more than a minimum.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. This must be partial stopper first. Over 3NT, I plan on raising to 4NT. Over a simple preference, I will bid 3NT. Should show extra values.
Allan Simon: 3D. If partner bids 3N, I will raise to 4N. I don't want to be in slam unless partner's clubs are solid or he has extras.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. Let's try to maximise info as cheaply as possible. Many contracts/levels still in the realm of possibilities.
Paul McMullin: 3D. I do not know where we are going, but I CAN take my time getting there!
Earle Fergusson: 3D. Must take a serious look at slam while finding the right strain.
Hendrik Sharples: 3D. . . endplaying partner into 3NT to be followed by a quantitative 4NT.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 3NT. I envision partner has a likely entry together with CK Q J 10 x x.
Kf Tung: 3D. I have a 5431 hand, partner, and mild slam interest.
Louk Verhees: 4C. Only 2 options: 4C or support clubs through 3D. If partner has a diamond stopper he will have real good clubs, otherwise he would have bid 2NT.
Bob Todd: 3D. I intend to bid 4C over 3NT.
Plarq Liu: 3D. We have enough values for game and possibly slam, so bid 4th suit to show extra strength.

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S 5 2   H A Q 9 6   D 9   C K 10 9 7 4 2  
West North East South  
  1D Pass 1H
Pass 3D Pass ?

Your call?

3S 5 100
Pass 5 90
3NT 4 80
4C 0 40
Moderator: An impossible situation to be sure. The panel are split between bidding 3S to sort out the stopper situation, bidding 3NT without a spade stopper, or taking their likely plus in 3D.
Daniel Korbel: 3S. I think the general consensus is that this asks rather than tells. I could be wrong about this. My second choice is pass, but I doubt anyone chooses it.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3NT. Too much to pass. They don't rate to have a five-card spade suit anywhere. Surely partner could have the SA as well.
Zachary Grossack: Pass. The prospect of bidding 3NT with two low spades and a 99% chance of getting a spade lead is one I don't intend to face. I'll pass and try not to go minus.
Samuel Krikler: Pass. No prospects for game or a better spot. The D9 is the curse of Scotland!
Michael Dimich: 3S. I need partner to bid NT from their side.
Jake Grabow: Pass. I don't have to like it to bid it.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Ugly and everything is bad. 3NT will wrong side it. 4C is a road to where? So timid pass and hope a plus is good.
Gabor Sandi: 4C. 3NT too iffy, what if they run spades against you?
Larry Meyer: 3NT. We seem to have enought HCP for game, so bid the most likely game to make.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Maybe we will get a plus. Where do you want to go if partner is 3262?
Allan Simon: Pass. At matchpoints Pass is clear-cut.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Misfit. Get out.
Paul McMullin: 4C. Not a whisper of a spade stopper here, so no 3NT bid from me!
Earle Fergusson: 3NT. Could be a disaster, but must be done.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. Stoppers and a source of tricks are for children.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 3NT. Fair chances for the spades to split 4-4 if partner happens to be without a spade stopper.
Kf Tung: 3NT. I have 3 tricks. We've got enough power and 3N wins more often than 5D.
Louk Verhees: Pass. Impossible. Just completely guessing. But trying for a plus score.
Plarq Liu: 4C. Possibly a club slam?

3. IMPs. Both vul.
S A K Q 9 2   H A 3   D K 3   C 9 6 5 4  
West North East South  
2H Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

3NT 7 100
3H 5 90
3C 2 70
2NT 0 60
4C 0 30
5C 0 30
Moderator: There are many who would have opened 1NT on the first round. That would have solved our present rebid problem, but here we are. Half the panel gamble on 3NT.
Amber Lin: 3NT. It will be hard to figure out the best contract. My hand is not slow, so I think there's some chance we have nine top tricks. If not, I am worried about a heart stop because my partner rates to have shorter hearts for doubling, and the vulnerable 2H bidder is more likely to hold the card we might need to knock out. But maybe I'll find partner with HQ x or HJ x x. For what it's worth, I would have opened this hand 1NT.
Steve Robinson: 3C. If I have opened 1NT, I'd have shown my 16 points. Opposite: Sx x Hx x x DA x x x CA x x x, we belong in 3C.
Kerri Sanborn: 3H. If this draws 3S from partner, I will bid the slow-auction 3NT, suggesting doubt, which I surely have on this hand.
Samuel Krikler: 4C. I have extras. 3N is too much of a gamble with only 1 stopper and no guaranteed source of tricks.
Michael Dimich: 3C. West being vulnerable isn't bidding on garbage. A small plus is better than a minus.
Jake Grabow: 3C. It's in the system, regardless how ugly those clubs are.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Hate it. 2NT not enough. Same with 3C. Probably would have opened 1NT.
Gabor Sandi: 2NT. Partner must have clubs and diamonds.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Partner asked me to pick a minor, so show him my longer minor suit.
Perry Khakhar: 4C. I want to show the extras! This control-rich hand may easily make 6C opposite a good 11 in partner's hand.
Allan Simon: 3NT. Best to play NT from my side in case partner has HQ x or HJ x x. If he doesn't, I hope we have 9 runners. Too strong for 2N!
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. Don't like the quality of the clubs, but the rest deserves a slam try.
Paul McMullin: 3C. I almost wish I had opened 1NT instead of 1S.
Earle Fergusson: 3H. Gotta be in game with a negative double at this level.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 3H. I don't know where we belong: 3NT? 4S? 5C? Slam? Therefore the flexible cuebid.
Kf Tung: 3NT. I have 16 points, HA and 5 good spades.
Louk Verhees: 3NT. Tricky hand, also because partner doesn't even promise both minors. To me 2 choices again: 3NT/3H. But NT has to be played from my side. I do play 3 of a minor shows a non-minimum.
Plarq Liu: 3C. Bid our second suit to show strength.

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

Your call?

4C 9 100
3D 4 70
4H 1 50
4S 0 40
3H 0 30
3S 0 30
Moderator: 4C is the big winner.
Jill Meyers: 3D. Assuming partner has both majors, I am going to bid 3D, which should be invitational-plus in at least one major. I did not overcall 1D, so this is clearly not natural.
Mel Colchamiro: 4C. I've got outside aces; I've got major-suit fillers and we have two fits. SK Q x x x HA K x x x Dx x Cx gives us enough to withstand a 4-1 break in one of the majors. If they're both 4-1, too bad.
Samuel Krikler: 3D. Choose a major.
Michael Dimich: 3H. Matchpoints is about pluses.
Jake Grabow: Dbl. . . for blood. They can't play anything undoubled from now on, and partner will know we have values.
Christopher Diamond: 4C. Should be enough opposite a vul Michaels.
Robert Sauve: 4C. Pick your best major.
Larry Meyer: 3H. I may be dead flat, but I do have 3-card support for both of partner's majors, and the aces of both minor suits.
Perry Khakhar: 4C. I'd like to bid 3D. But I'm afraid that partner may misunderstand. 4C should show a good hand with no preference for either major, but 4C makes it clear. Where there are 9, there are 10?
Allan Simon: 4C. Maybe West will bid 5C? That would provide a bit of comic relief.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. Assuming 2C is not natural. Then 4X is a good spot.
Paul McMullin: 4C. Hopefully this is 'Pick your best major'!
Earle Fergusson: 4C. Let's play game in our best fit. 1 minor loser and 2 major losers.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 4C. Nice if it conveys an opening hand with fit so slam is possible opposite some forward going hands which pass on a jump to 4M. Pard is more likely to interpret it as bid your best major which may turn out to be the right thing to do anyway.
Kf Tung: 4C. Choose 4H or 4S please.
Louk Verhees: 4C. Pick a major with some interest. Could bid 4M also.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Show that we have strength.

5. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S 10 7   H 5   D J 3   C A Q J 8 7 6 4 2  
West North East South  
  1D Dbl ?

Your call?

2C 9 100
3C 2 60
4C 2 60
Rdbl 1 50
5C 0 40
Moderator: The majority bid 2C, but fully expect to bid clubs again on a future round. They do not worry about missing a game.
Larry Cohen: 4C. Shows a decent eight-card suit, especially because we're vulnerable. If this is a splinter bid or a fit-showing bid (or heaven forbid, Gerber!), I should have read the system notes.
August Boehm: 3C. A club long, but transmits the hand's character.
Barry Rigal: 2C. . . natural and nonforcing, but I'd bid it if it were forcing too. I'm not done yet!
Samuel Krikler: 5C. EW must have a major suit fit. This contract might even make.
Michael Dimich: 5C. A normal bid.
Jake Grabow: 3C. Clubs is all I got.
Christopher Diamond: 3C. Next question is do you take a hot 5C save/make.
Robert Sauve: 4C. Partner can bid game with fit and aces.
Larry Meyer: 5C. Assuming pard has no 5-card major, the opps have a double fit in the majors, so get to the 5-level immediately.
Perry Khakhar: 2C. I thought of many innovative bids, but the colours suck! So, I'll set up a lead director, and subside.
Allan Simon: 3C. Close between 2C and 3C. I prefer the latter for its preemptive value
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1NT. Limit the hand and then bid clubs at an appropriate (?) level.
Paul McMullin: 3C. Not enough values to redouble, too much shape to pass.
Earle Fergusson: 5C. Maybe they have 3 quick winners? Maybe not. Who knows what they make in a major?
Hendrik Sharples: 5C. Bidding what I think I can make.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 5C. What else? I will soon find out.
Kf Tung: 3C. Natural, 7 semi solid clubs, will partner bid 3N or 5C?
Louk Verhees: 5C. It may be matchpoints, but I'm just not smart enough for another bid.
Plarq Liu: 3C. Preempt.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Zachary Grossack 3D Pass 3NT 4C 2C 490
Jill Meyers 3D Pass 3NT 3D 2C 460
Kerri Sanborn 3D 3S 3H 3D 2C 460
Steve Weinstein 4NT 3S 3H 4C 2C 460
Daniel Korbel 4NT 3S 3H 4C 2C 460
Larry Cohen 3D Pass 3NT 4C 4C 450
Barry Rigal 3D 3NT 3NT 3D 2C 450
Janice Molson 4C 3S 3H 4C 2C 450
Jeff Meckstroth 3D 3NT 3NT 4C 4C 440
Amber Lin 3D 3NT 3NT 4C 3C 440
Steve Robinson 3D Pass 3C 3D 2C 430
August Boehm 3D Pass 3C 4C 3C 420
Mel Colchamiro 4NT 3S 3H 4C Rdbl 410
Josh Donn 4NT 3NT 3NT 4H 2C 400

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Zoran Peca 3D Pass 3C 4C 2C 460 133.00
2.    Stuart Carr 3D 3S 3H 4C 3C 450 99.75
3.    Rod Coote 3D Pass 3H 4C 4C 440 56.53
3.    Christopher Diamond 3D Pass 3H 4C 3C 440 56.53
5.    Brad Bart 4C 3NT 3C 4C 2C 410 22.59
5.    Kai Zhou 4C 3S 3H 4C 3C 410 22.59
5.    Bill Angus 3D 3NT 3C 4C 3C 410 22.59
8.    Julien Levesque 3D 3NT 3C 4H 2C 400 16.63
9.    David Schmidt 3D 3NT 2NT 4C 5C 380 14.04
9.    Dave Gabel 3D 3NT 2NT 4C 5C 380 14.04

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 3D 3NT 3H 4C 2C 470 115.50
2.    Qiang Wu (China) 3D 3S 3NT 4C 4C 460 72.19
2.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 3D 3S 2NT 4C 2C 460 72.19
4.    Allan Simon (Canada) 3D Pass 3NT 4C 3C 450 40.42
5.    Kf Tung (China) 3D 3NT 3NT 4C 3C 440 23.10
6.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 3D 4C 3H 4C 2C 430 17.88
6.    Lilly Justman (Usa) 3D 3S 3C 4C 3C 430 17.88
8.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 3D Pass 4C 4C 2C 420 12.94
8.    Hendrik Sharples (United States) 3D 3NT 3NT 4C 5C 420 12.94
8.    Steve Anderson (Canada) 3D Pass 3C 4C 3C 420 12.94
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