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TGIF October 2008: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A K 6 5   H 4   D 5   C K 8 7 6 5 4 2  
West North East South  
3H 3NT Pass ?

Your call?

4C 10 100
Pass 6 80
4H 0 50
5C 1 50
4NT 0 40
6C 1 30
Moderator: The majority of the panel bid 4C, but had different ideas about its meaning.
Barry Rigal: 6C. It's a sheer guess. We might play 3NT and go down or make slam. All I can do is close my eyes and pick a number.
Allan Falk: 4C. Playing Bulletin Standard, this must be natural and forcing. Partner can have hands that make slam, and so I have to try. With most experts, 4C would be an ask for North to describe what sort of 3NT hand is held.
Richard Freeman: 4C. .. unless that is a transfer. I almost never take out 3NT on auctions like this, but this is an extreme hand.
Jeff Meckstroth: Pass. We could easily have slam, but there is no guarantee, so I will take the plus score.
Steve Robinson: 4C. This is Stayman. I'll guess at my next turn.
Stuart Carr: 4H. 7C is a possibility, so start a slammish auction, and bail in 6C if necessary.
June Pocock: 4C. Has to be ace asking but if partner thinks it's Stayman..I'll ask for aces with my next bid.
Stephen Vincent: 4C. This should be forcing and I have to make some sort of noise.
John Hurdle: 4C. Gerber. If off 2 aces we should be safe in 4NT, even when partner is all diamonds. Otherwise I like 6C.
David Breton: 4C. I do have space to explore for a club slam, I'm not wasting any. Whatever happens we'll never land in 5C.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4C. In the absence of clear agreement this should be natural and slam seeking. If partner rebids 4S I will have to think my 4C was taken as Stayman or possibly Gerber.
Martin Henneberger: 6C. I can't create a scientific auction to find out all I need to know so I will punt 6C.
Bonny Lee: 6NT. I have 3 tricks for partner on top of his solid diamond suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5C. Invitational. Partner should bid slam with 2.5+ quick tricks.
Larry Meyer: Pass. 3NT usually means let's end the auction here.
Mike Roberts: 4C. Should be natural, and forcing. I know there are some systems to take care of this kind of problem.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Partner probably has long running diamond suit. No need to move from a good contract.
Bob Todd: 4H. 4C asking about what kind of 3N is handy here.
Janet Dunbar: 5C. Ace asking.
David Gordon: 4C. I will take one try at a slam.
Chris Buchanan: 4C. Yes, natural. Partner is allowed to have a myriad of hand types for 3NT including something like SQ x x HA DA K Q x x x x CJ x, however, if they have some sort of strong NT, 6C could be a fantastic spot.
Brian Zietman: 6C. The preempt has made it tough. 3NT may be the best spot but so may be 4S, 6S, 7S, 5C, 6C or 7C. I take a stab at 6C.
Chris Diamond: 4C. Gerber, natural or BW? Good case for 4C Gerber, 4S BW. Even if pard bids 4S here I will bid 6C.
Paul Hardy: 4C. Best forcing bid I can think of....while showing my suit.

2. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S 10 5 2   H K 5   D A Q J 10   C K Q J 3  
West North East South  
1S Pass Pass ?

Your call?

1NT 12 100
2C 0 60
2D 1 60
Dbl 4 60
Pass 1 40
2NT 0 0
Moderator: A balancing 1NT bid is often played as 11-14 HCP. Even though this hand is stronger than that, it's the majority choice. 2NT is defined as 19-21 in the Bulletin Standard system, and was scored as a 0.
Bridge Buff: Pass. These humans are too eager to bid, and they usually get into trouble. My simulations tell me that the conservative pass will work out 78.3% of the time.
The Coopers: 1NT. The lie about our points cancels the lie about our spade stopper. Everything else is worse.
Stuart Carr: 2NT. I think this is for minors. Otherwise, would start with double.
Stephen Vincent: 1NT. The extra values compensate for the slight flaw in the spade holding.
John Hurdle: 1NT. We play this up to 16 over 1 of a major passed. The only flaw is a shaky stopper. Alternative calls have greater downside.
David Breton: 1NT. The surplus in HCP is enough to compensate for the spade weakness.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Many experts believe that after 1S, a balancing 1NT can be as much as 16 HCP so this fits the bill. However, double has a better chance to elicit partner's minor which would leave us well placed for a cue bid. Will have to guess what to do over 2H.
Martin Henneberger: 1NT. The lead comming through partner is irrelevant. 1NT is right on values that this hand contains. Any other call including double will lead to big problems later.
Bonny Lee: 2D. For lead purposes.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1NT. A practical underbid. Game looks unlikely, so go for your best partscore. Partner will get the message that you don't have heart support.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Protect pard in case he has good spades.
Mike Roberts: 1NT. Clearly better than double. 2D a very close second choice, but the lure of +120 is too great.
Perry Khakhar: 2C. Best of all terrible choices.
David Gordon: Dbl. It's an imperfect world.
Roelof Van Lopik: 2NT. Unusual. And after 3C/3D I bid 3S.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I really hope partner can take a joke when I table this hand in 2H on the 4-2 fit.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. What do I do when partner bids hearts? I suppose I have no choice but to cue bid spades to find out if he has a stopper for 3NT.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Considered 1NT, but even if right opps might find hearts. The vulnerability is wrong for a 2 level 4 card overcall. Hate passing, but everything else is worse.
Paul Hardy: Dbl. If partner jumps to 4H with a 4 card suit, well he gets to play there for making a unilateral decision.

3. IMPs. E-W vul.
S K Q 8 3   H J 8 3 2   D 5   C A K 10 7  
West North East South  
  Pass 1S Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 7 100
2S 7 80
1NT 0 60
3H 3 60
2H 0 50
2NT 0 50
2C 0 40
3NT 0 40
4H 1 40
3C 0 20
Moderator: Finally, a problem that's really hard to get 0 on. 7 panelists advance with the cue-bid, while 7 panelists leave in yet another takeout double. The balance bid hearts directly in an attempt to get to game.
Steve Robinson: 2S. I plan to bid 3H at my next turn to show a good hand, but with only four hearts.
Kerri Sanborn: Pass. There's a good chance for down two, and no guarantee of a game our way.
The Sutherlins: 3H. .. the simple invitational bid. Partner should not expect a good five-card suit because we didn't overcall 2H, but are inviting game.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. It is questionable if we have a game and I can see a lot of tricks in defense here. -160 isn't the end of the world anyway.
John Hurdle: Pass. Partner didn't open so our game prospects are marginal. Minus 160 is possible, no IMP disaster, but plus 200 or 500 more likely.
David Breton: 3H. If partner wasn't a passed hand I'd just bid game.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2H. Not pushing for a non vul game opp passed hand. Perhaps they will bid more spades or try clubs in which case I will double. 2S cue gets us too high too quickly.
Martin Henneberger: 2S. .. followed by 3H over any minor pard may bid. Hope this shows a strong invitation with 4 only hearts.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. 1S x -1 scores the same as 3H making, but the upside is better if we can manage to set them 2.
Larry Meyer: 2C. Pard is a passed hand, so game is unlikely, so no need to show extra values.
Mike Roberts: Pass. Oh man....the colours....(are too attractive, and I'll pass)
Perry Khakhar: 2S. Q-bid followed by 3H should get the value of my hand across!
David Gordon: 2S. I will start by showing my trap pass.
Chris Buchanan: 2H. Even if we give pard 2 quick tricks (3 they would have opened) we still aren't beating 1S and I hate writing down -160. The SK Q are the wrong cards for game so I will play it light for now.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Partner is a passed hand so game is unlikely. 200 or even 500 looks a better prospect.
Chris Diamond: 2S. Pass is a possibility, 3H is the value bid, but I hope if I cue bid and pull 3D to 3H I am suggesting clubs and NT as possible contracts.
Paul Hardy: Pass. Yum....wish I had one more spade, but this will do.

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

Your call?

3D 13 100
3H 4 70
4H 0 50
Dbl 0 50
3NT 1 40
4C 0 40
Pass 0 10
Moderator: In spite of the questionable minor-suit holdings, the majority of the panel vote for 3D to show a limit raise.
August Boehm: 3D. Barely worth a game try because my minors appear devalued. On the other hand, if we need a heart finesse, we're a favorite.
Grant Baze: 3H. I would bid 3D at IMPs, but take the low road at matchpoints.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. Many of my values, particularly the DK, are questionable. So I'm not bidding 3D.
John Hurdle: 3H. I must support partner with 4 good trumps and 11 hcp, but 3H is enough to bid with such poor honour orientation.
David Breton: 3D. My HCP are badly placed for a leap to game but I still want to tell partner I have a good heart raise. Perhaps that's what double means, I'm not sure.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3D. Show values. Don't automatically discount the DK. Will bid 3NT over pard's 3S (last train).
Bonny Lee: Dbl. Will bid heart game next round.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. If clubs are ruffing, 4H may be a dangerous place to be. Hope partner can provide a 2nd diamond stopper.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Choosing a likely set instead of bidding on to a thin game.
Mike Roberts: 3D. It's on the way. I don't think this is worth 4H; SK x x HA Q x x x D9 x x C4 x gives little play.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. I don't see the problem! Can't imagine a hand where partner can't make 3H, where as I can imagine a lot of hands where game is cold.
Chris Buchanan: 3H. See above :-)
Brian Zietman: 4H. Don't want to miss game here and partner may pass if I bid just 3H.
Chris Diamond: 3H. A lot of wasted stuff, but I need to show my hearts. Not even close.
Paul Hardy: 3NT. Even on a 9 card heart fit, this will be easier.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S 4   H Q J 3   D K J 6 4   C A K Q J 5  
West North East South  
1S Pass 1NT Dbl
2S Pass Pass ?

Do you agree with South's double?

Yes 11 50
No 7 40

Your call?

3C 6 50
Dbl 10 45
Pass 1 25
2NT 1 15
Moderator: I thought this problem was going to be much harder to score, but it wasn't. The scorer in the Bulletin gave independent scores for the first problem and the second, which is pretty close to what I asked in this version of the contest. Part (b) scores followed the majority opinion when Dbl was the first call.
Larry Cohen: Dbl. The first double is automatic and a waste of ink. The second double is less automatic.
The Colchamiros: Dbl. It's close, but we bid 2C and then double. Double the first time works out if partner has a long heart suit and backfires if she has H10 8 6 4.
Allan Falk: Dbl. Knowing what is going to happen, it's easy. In real life, I might double and double again.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. It's IMPs: shouldn't get too aggressive competing for the part score.
John Hurdle: 3C. I would have started with 2C followed by double because most strength is in clubs, and heart support is minimal.
David Breton: Pass. Bidding again is betting that partner has a fitting shapely rubbish rather than the normal kind.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2NT. I like the first double as I would have been happy if partner left it in. At this stage, I will emphasize my minors. Too strong to give up over 2S. Too much in clubs and too few hearts for a second takeout double. 3C second choice.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. I doubled the first time as a takeout of spades. My second double is still takeout with extra values. I wouldn't dare of giving up on penalty here by bidding rather than doubling. I predict a 100% vote for double.
Bonny Lee: 3C. As I did not double the second time partner will not play me for 4-card heart suit but he knew I had a good Club suit so a moysian fit is still playable.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. The double is fine since it may allow partner to make an opportune penalty double later. I hope partner will read my 2NT as unusual.
Larry Meyer: 3C. 5a - yes, double to show values. 5b - natural, showing that dbl meant 16+.
Mike Roberts: 2NT. 2C would have worked out better on this hand, but double is clearly ok. If I bid 3C, partner could (should?) pass with 4342. Partner will bid 3C if he has equal length, so I'm happy.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Could be going down 2 but might be tougher for them to double!
Janet Dunbar: 2NT. Pick a minor.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Extra values and no clear action so dbl is flexable.
Brian Zietman: 2NT. I hope partner will understand that I want a minor now.
Leo Weniger: Dbl. In the ACBL Bulletin, the 1st question of this hand was different. In that, I would have bid 2C, so a X now would make sense. X 1st and then bidding 3C would show a better hand. Problem is that the scoring will be based on the Bulletin's Problem.
Chris Diamond: 3C. Dbl again is possible, but 3C will get us to the right spot unless pard is really short, in which case he may pull.
Paul Hardy: Pass. I would have overcalled 2C first then over 2S, I can double showing diamonds and tolerance for hearts.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total
Allan Falk 4C 1NT Pass 3D No Dbl 485
Jill Meyers 4C 1NT 2S 3D Yes 3C 480
The Coopers 4C 1NT 2S 3D Yes Dbl 475
Karen Walker Pass 1NT Pass 3D No Dbl 465
Jeff Meckstroth Pass 1NT 2S 3D Yes 3C 460
Kerri Sanborn 4C Dbl Pass 3D Yes Dbl 455
Betty Ann Kennedy 5C 1NT Pass 3D Yes 3C 450
Steve Robinson 4C 1NT 2S 3H Yes 3C 450
The Stansbys 4C 2D Pass 3D No Dbl 445
August Boehm 4C Dbl 2S 3D Yes Dbl 435
Larry Cohen 4C Dbl 2S 3D Yes Dbl 435
Richard Freeman 4C Dbl Pass 3D Yes 2NT 425
Grant Baze 4C 1NT 3H 3H No Dbl 415
The Sutherlins Pass 1NT 3H 3H Yes 3C 410
The Colchamiros Pass 1NT Pass 3NT No Dbl 405
Barry Rigal 6C 1NT 2S 3D No Dbl 395
Mike Lawrence Pass 1NT 3H 3H Yes Pass 385
Bridge Buff Pass Pass 4H 3D No 3C 350

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total
1.    John Hurdle 4C 1NT Pass 3H No 3C 460
2.    Stephen Vincent 4C 1NT Pass 3H Yes Pass 445
3.    David Breton 4C 1NT 3H 3D Yes Pass 435
4.    Barry Yamanouchi Pass Dbl 2S 3D Yes Dbl 415
5.    Brad Bart 4C Dbl 2S 3H Yes 3C 410
5.    Peg Mcshane 4C 1NT 2C 3H Yes 3C 410
7.    Martin Henneberger 6C 1NT 2S 3D Yes Dbl 405
8.    Susan Peters 6C 1NT 3H 3D Yes 3C 390
9.    Rod Coote Pass Dbl Pass 3H Yes Pass 385
10.    Joel Martineau 4C Dbl 2H 3H Yes 3C 380

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total
1.    Mike Roberts (USA) 4C 1NT Pass 3D Yes 2NT 465
2.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4C 1NT Pass 3H No Dbl 455
3.    David Gordon (Canada) 4C Dbl 2S 3D Yes 3C 440
3.    Bill Camp (Canada) Pass 1NT 1NT 3D Yes 3C 440
5.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) Pass 2C 2S 3D Yes 3C 420
6.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4H 2D 2S 3D Yes 3C 390
6.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 4C Pass 2S 3H Yes 3C 390
8.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 4C Dbl 2H 3H Yes Dbl 375
9.    Kevin Strangway (Canada) Pass Dbl 3H 3H Yes 3C 370
10.    Paul Hardy (Canada) 4C Dbl Pass 3NT No Pass 365
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