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TGIF January 2023: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S K 3   H A K Q J 10 7 6 5   D J 7 3   C ---  
West North East South  
Pass 2D Pass 3H (1)
Dbl Rdbl (2) 4C ?
(1) Hearts is the trump suit, show me controls.
(2) No agreement.

Your call?

Pass 6 100
5C 5 90
4S 2 80
4H 2 70
Moderator: One of the great mysteries about this auction is left-hand opponent's afterthought of a double, which starts all kinds of warning lights flashing. The next mystery is what partner's redouble should mean.
Barry Rigal: Pass. Of course we are in a forcing auction. I plan to pull a double to show shortness and make a slam try. Should I pull to 4H or 4S? You didn't ask, but I'll tell you anyway. 4S, I think.
Steve Robinson: 4H. The only possible meaning of redouble is no aces and good defense, such as: SQ J x x H-- DK Q x x x CK Q J x.
Kerri Sanborn: 5C. I think 5C should be exclusion, but that's because I'm looking at my hand (and also Bridge Bulletin Standard doesn't play exclusion). I'm bidding 5C anyway, then bidding 6H over a signoff. At a high level, maybe I should be bidding 5NT after signing off to show the SK.
Roger Lee: 4S. In my world, I'm showing a hand with a spade control, club control, no diamond control, and enough to force to at least the five level. I'm happy to hear keycard from partner.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Assume he denied SA so probably heading to 6H but no hurry.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Show my club control, and leave maximum room for partner to further describe his hand.
Gabor Sandi: 4NT. If partner shows 1 or 2 Aces, go to 6H.
Samuel Krikler: 5C. Pard did not bid 3S or 4D. We could be off 2 cashing Aces. This is a final attempt to get to 6.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Does partner have DA K Q and SA? If nothing else, the Rdbl has set up a forcing pass. I need to know about diamond controls, so I will pass for now and allow partner to bid his hand. If he doubles, I guess we will have to subside in 4H.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Give partner another chance to show controls.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Still forcing. I suspect the Rdbl is penalty oriented but we shall see.
Hendrik Sharples: 5C. Got to look for a grand here.
Timothy Wright: 4H. Partner could have bid 3S but didn't, so I am assuming she doesn't have it—so looking for slam is really looking for a solid diamond suit.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. In my agreements this promises first round control.
Louk Verhees: Pass. Two choices: Pass or bid 5C directly. Passing gives partner the opportunity to bid 4D. On a very bad day you belong in 4H.
Joel Forssell: Pass. Forcing pass.
Kf Tung: 6H. Offers the best chance to buy and make the contract. The more accurate you bid, the more likely outcome for them to bid 7C. Partner cannot hold SA.

2. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A 7 5   H K 9 7 3   D ---   C A Q 10 6 5 2  
West North East South  
  1S Pass 2C
Pass 2H Pass ?

Your call?

3H 8 100
2S 4 70
4D 3 70
5D 0 50
Moderator: Having discerned at least an eight-card spade fit, now we have at least an eight-card heart fit, too?
Steve Weinstein: 2S. This is a really hard problem. Suit quality will often determine which major we want to play in, and there's no way to ask partner about that. At least 2S starts us off lower. If partner shows a fifth heart, we'll know to play in hearts. Otherwise, we're just guessing. I was so torn between 3H and 4D I settled for 2S.
Jill Meyers: 3H. I want to see what partner is going to bid, although if partner raises to 4H, I might make another try. If partner bids 3S control, I will be very cooperative. If partner bids 4C, I will love my hand; if partner bids 4D, I will not love my hand.
Amber Lin: 4D. Splinter. I am pretty comfortable passing 4H and I think this call describes my hand very well.
Christopher Diamond: 3H. Another complicated hand. A case could be made for 5D exclusion but that gets messy.
Larry Meyer: 3H. We're in a game force, so lock in the trump suit, leaving room for slam investigation.
Gabor Sandi: 6H. Blackwood will do you no good, any heart or spade bid can be passed.
Samuel Krikler: 4D. Any other bid would be GF on this auction. The unnecessary jump in diamonds should be clear as a splinter in support of hearts.
Stephen Vincent: 3D. Too strong to splinter. Also hearts may not necessarily be the best strain.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. I guess we best catch up with this. Splinter! I plan to show my SA over 4H.
Paul McMullin: 4D. For 13 HCP, there is a LOT of slam potential here - maybe a splinter will help?
Chris Buchanan: 4D. Splinter seems to be the most descriptive here.
Hendrik Sharples: 4D. Seems too easy.
Timothy Wright: 4D. I hope we know how to handle voids when we ask for aces.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4D. Splinter.
Louk Verhees: 3H. Again two choices: 3H and 4D. The thing is if you bid 4D it gives partner very little room to manouevre. Do you pass his 4H? Therefore I think 3H is more practical.
Kf Tung: 3D. Let partner show his shape and then move on to the suitable slam if appropriate. You need a robust trump fit to get 12 or 13 tricks. 11 may be the maximum when partner has wasted points in diamonds.

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

Your call?

2S 11 100
2C 1 60
Pass 1 60
Dbl 2 50
2H 0 20
Moderator: Technically, sure, this is a two-suiter if, vulnerable, that heart suit can really be considered a suit. The vast majority bid Michaels regardless.
Roger Lee: Dbl. It feels like I have to do something, but the hand feels wrong for 2H or 2S.
Josh Donn: 2S. What else? I don't care that the hearts are bad because this hand is plenty good enough to fight for the contract.
Robert Sauve: 2C. Hearts are too bad to use Michaels.
Christopher Diamond: 2C. Treat it as a 5-4 and hope to find hearts later if we can. Guess you could double.
Larry Meyer: 2C. No Michaels because I really don't have a 5-card major.
Jack Aaron: 2S. Michaels.
Gabor Sandi: 2C. Too weak to bid 2S.
Samuel Krikler: 2S. Michaels.
Stephen Vincent: 2C. At least partner will get off to what is probably be the best lead.
Perry Khakhar: 2C. I think that I am going to need 4 hearts in partner's hand for a heart contract to be viable.
Paul McMullin: Pass. With partner a passed hand, why rush in to look for a misfit?
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. I dislike Michaels more than I dislike Dbl and 2C.
Hendrik Sharples: 2S. 2C to get a lead when you're the one on lead doesn't make sense to me.
Timothy Wright: Pass. Good news: only 6 losers. Bad news: only 3 cards higher than an 8-spot.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2C. Don't like it, but I won't pass.
Louk Verhees: 2C. Very cute problem. I don't like passing, but can't double. So really 2C or 2S are the options. Since partner is a passed hand passing can have some merit.
Kf Tung: Pass. Smell a misfit or bad break. You want to defend 1S if it is passed out. If West can bid, they get the hot potato. If West cannot bid and partner can enter the fray, you don't have a problem.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S J 5 2   H A K Q 10 9 4   D 3   C 9 7 2  
West North East South  

Your call?

1H 10 100
2H 5 80
3H 0 60
Pass 0 30
Moderator: A style question, mostly. Does this fit your definition of an opening bid? A vul first-seat preempt? Or neither?
August Boehm: 2H. Depends on style. Maybe I'm showing my age. The young at heart probably bid 1H.
Janice Molson: 1H. In the old days, this was a classic 2H opening. Therefore I expect the elders to open two. But I am a younger, so 1H.
Robert Sauve: 2H. Bid 3NT over 2NT to show a solid suit.
Jake Grabow: 1H. Too good to preempt.
Christopher Diamond: 2H. Likely 1H in today's world. But it fits an oldtimer 2H with a 3NT rebid so that's me.
Larry Meyer: 1H. The length and strength of my heart suit is enough to justify opening at the one level.
Gabor Sandi: 2H. Too many losers to open 1H.
Samuel Krikler: 2H. Fourth seat 2 bid should be a bit stronger with the 6 card suit but the stiff diamond makes up for it.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. I have a good suit vulnerable. No outside controls, so 1H is crazy!
Paul McMullin: 1H. Too good to preempt, too good to pass.
Chris Buchanan: 1H. Not perfect, but too good to preempt.
Hendrik Sharples: 2H. Won't be the majority choice but I don't mind having a decent hand once in awhile.
Timothy Wright: 2H. Opening 1H overstates my values.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2H. Sometimes you have a maximum.
Louk Verhees: 1H. Surely not opening 2H. So it is 1H or 3H. No strong pref.
Kf Tung: 2H. Weak two with good suit and good points.

5. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K 10 5   H J 10 7 4 2   D 7 3   C A 4 2  
West North East South  
1C 1H 2C ?

Your call?

3C 14 100
2H 0 60
4H 1 50
Moderator: An overwhelming majority choose to show a limit-raise-plus kind of hand.
Mel Colchamiro: 3C. With my defensive stuff outside of hearts, I don't feel too bad about this slight overbid. Second choice is 2H; but at matchpoints, 4H is a no-no for me.
Robert Sauve: 3C. Limit raise.
Christopher Diamond: 3C. Good enough for an invite opposite likely short clubs and eats a bit of space if we don't own the hand.
Larry Meyer: 4H. I would cue bid their suit to show a strong raise, so this has to be a bid based on fit only.
Gabor Sandi: 4H. Make your opponents guess.
Samuel Krikler: 3C. We do not need to bid game if they only have a partial. The quality of partner's overcall not known and I have indicated a mixed/limit raise.
Stephen Vincent: 3C. The hand is a bit too flat to bid 4H.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. I don't consider my hand preemptive. Let's see where we end up.
Paul McMullin: 4H. No one is doubling (yet?).
Chris Buchanan: 4H. Textbook 4H bid here.
Hendrik Sharples: 4H. Bidding what you think you can make isn't fashionable.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4H. Bid your strength.
Louk Verhees: 2NT. A good 4+ raise. Alternatively you could bid 3C (mixed).
Kf Tung: 2H. If you have only 8 tricks, you want to play 2H.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Larry Cohen Pass 3H 2S 1H 3C 500
Jill Meyers Pass 3H 2S 1H 3C 500
Zachary Grossack Pass 3H 2S 1H 3C 500
Jeff Meckstroth 5C 3H 2S 1H 3C 490
Janice Molson 5C 3H 2S 1H 3C 490
Barry Rigal Pass 3H 2S 2H 3C 480
Josh Donn Pass 2S 2S 1H 3C 470
Mel Colchamiro 5C 2S 2S 1H 3C 460
Kerri Sanborn 5C 4D 2S 2H 3C 440
Daniel Korbel Pass 3H 2S 2H 4H 430
Steve Robinson 4H 2S 2S 2H 3C 420
August Boehm 4H 3H 2C 2H 3C 410
Steve Weinstein 4S 2S Pass 1H 3C 410
Amber Lin 5C 4D Dbl 1H 3C 410
Roger Lee 4S 4D Dbl 1H 3C 400

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Brad Bart Pass 3H 2S 1H 2H 460 134.75
1.    Michael Dimich Pass 3H Pass 1H 3C 460 134.75
3.    Christopher Diamond Pass 3H 2C 2H 3C 440 53.90
3.    David Hooey Pass 3H 2C 2H 3C 440 53.90
3.    Samuel Krikler 5C 4D 2S 2H 3C 440 53.90
6.    Larry Pocock Pass 4D Pass 1H 3C 430 23.83
6.    Kevin Contzen 5C 3H 2S 2H 2H 430 23.83
8.    Kai Zhou Pass 4D Pass 2H 3C 410 18.18
8.    Robert Sauve Pass 2S 2C 2H 3C 410 18.18
10.    Zoran Peca 4H 3H 2C 3H 3C 390 13.52
10.    Stuart Carr Pass 4D 2H 1H 3C 390 13.52
10.    Gary Gilraine 5C 2S 2S 2H 4H 390 13.52
10.    Sam McIlwain 4H 4D Dbl 1H 3C 390 13.52

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) 5C 3H 2S 1H 3C 490 105.00
2.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 5C 3H 2S 2H 3C 470 78.75
3.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 4S 3H 2S 2H 3C 460 36.75
3.    Mike Tanner (Canada) Pass 3H 2S 1H 2H 460 36.75
3.    Lars Erik Bergerud (Norway) 5C 4D 2S 1H 3C 460 36.75
6.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 5C 3H 2C 2H 3C 430 17.50
7.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) Pass 4D 2S 1H 4H 420 13.26
7.    John Mac Gregor (Canada) 5C 2S 2S 3H 3C 420 13.26
7.    Shahar Zack (Israel) Pass 4D Dbl 1H 3C 420 13.26
10.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) Pass 4D 2C 2H 3C 410 10.50
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