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TGIF March 2023: Scores

1. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A Q 5   H A Q 8 7 6 2   D ---   C J 9 7 6  
West North East South  
  1C 2D 2H
4D Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

5D 7 100
5NT 3 70
5C 3 60
4H 0 50
6C 0 50
Pass 1 50
Moderator: The panel welcome Alex Kolesnik, the winner of the ACBL Online version of this contest, for the next three months. Problem 1 sees the panelists commit to a slam.
Amber Lin: 5D. With a diamond void and club fit, I want to force to slam. I expect partner has at most three diamonds on the auction, and with a few extra values, there are many hands where slam is good. I think 5D should imply a diamond void and be most helpful to partner in determining the best contract.
Josh Donn: 5NT. This depends heavily on the meaning of partner's double. The 'expert' way to play is generic extra values, which makes us worth a shot at slam.
Kerri Sanborn: 5C. We could easily be missing a slam, but partner's double warns of wasted high cards in diamonds. After all, they heard the jump as well. If the partnership is in the habit of opening 1C with 4-4 in the minors, I would give serious consideration to passing the double.
Michael Dimich: 5C. Normal action is Pass. Partner has length in the blacks --- 5C is saying we are all offence.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. I don't like it but everything is a guess and he expressed an opinion.
Gabor Sandi: 5D. If partner has the CA or CK and the HK, 6H is very likely to make.
Larry Meyer: Pass. No reason to overrule partner.
Allan Simon: Pass. Partner has a singleton heart and wasted diamond honours and they are vulnerable. Rather than look for an iffy slam, I'll take my 800.
Hendrik Sharples: 4H. I don't play this as penalty. Hoping partner has heart tolerance. 5C is too rich for me.
Paul McMullin: Pass. If we have slam, they should be down 4 or more.
Earle Fergusson: 5D. Give pard a chance to show something in hearts, otherwise 6C.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 5D. Settle for at least 6C and keep a grand in the picture. 2H is not a game force so opener has reasonable extras with a good club suit an tolerance for hearts.
Perry Khakhar: 5C. Partner is warning us that hearts is not our fit. But we need to show our club fit. I am not sure whether a slam is likely, but we can defer that decision to partner.
Kf Tung: 6C. Two slam choices are available.
Louk Verhees: 5NT. Very interesting problem. Don't even know what Dbl exactly shows here. Second choice: 6C.
Timothy Wright: 4H. Partner won't have a diamond stack on this auction.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5D. Yes, I am forcing partner to bid again. Willing to play a slam. Not sure what I'll do over 5H.

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

Your call?

3H 9 100
Pass 4 70
3S 1 50
3NT 0 30
Moderator: Partner has boomeranged your takeout double right back to you with a responsive double. Sure, partner could be 4-4 in the majors, but could also easily have 4-4 in spades and clubs. The majority conserve room with 3H.
Mel Colchamiro: Pass. Game is uncertain, and my hand is all defense --- as many as five tricks on a good day. Could easily be that opener is 4-4-3-2.
Steve Robinson: 3H. Pard's double should show two places to play. Partner could have: SA J x x Hx x Dx x CQ J x x x.
Michael Dimich: 4D. Pick a major! This hand will play well cross ruffing.
Christopher Diamond: 3S. Ugly double, ugly bid. He needs a moose to give 3NT a shot.
Gabor Sandi: 3H. Pard might have only 10 points. If he has only 3 hearts, let him bid spades.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Make a minimum bid to show a minimum hand.
Allan Simon: 3S. I'm not sure I would have doubled. Anyway, I'll play the straight man for a change and bid my stronger major.
Hendrik Sharples: 3S. Hope I didn't miss our 4-4 to play a 4-2. I'd like to cue bid to get partner to pick, but just don't have enough.
Paul McMullin: 3S. Not enough to bid game myself.
Earle Fergusson: 3H. . . and hope.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 3H. Partner shows some points but without a clear response at the moment. So without significant extras, you are supposed to bid 3H with 4-4 in the majors.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. I think we need more than a minimum responsive double to make game. If I have a choice, I'm picking my best major.
Kf Tung: 3S. Usually partner will bid 4S with enough strength for game, but 3S is alright in case he wants to pass.
Louk Verhees: 3H. This seems pretty obvious. What else can I do? I could pass --- not my style, but can certainly work.
Timothy Wright: 3S. I got lucky when my offshape double got a responsive double from partner and not a 4-2 club fit.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4D. Pick a major. Chance of making game is too big.

3. IMPs. E-W vul.
S K Q 9 4 3 2   H 10 3   D 10 5   C K Q J  
West North East South  
  1H Pass 1S
Pass 2D Pass ?

Your call?

2NT 9 100
3S 4 80
3C 1 50
3NT 0 50
2S 0 40
4S 0 30
2H 0 20
Moderator: The panel pick 2NT among an array of unpalatable choices.
Daniel Korbel: 2NT. Nothing quite fits. 2NT is right on values, and OK on direction.
Alex Kolesnik: 3S. At IMPs, I will push a little to get to the most likely game. At matchpoints, I may be tempted to go low with 2S. 2NT or 3C may work out if partner has tricks and spade shortness.
Michael Dimich: 2NT. 3S would shut out partner from patterning out their hand.
Christopher Diamond: 2NT. Ugh again. I'd still like 2NT forcing.
Gabor Sandi: 2S. Minimum hand, 6 spades.
Larry Meyer: 3S. If we are to play NT, let the lead run up to partner's red suit tenaces.
Allan Simon: 3C. No second choice. I'm going to game, partner's next bid will be crucial. Over 3D I'll bid 3N, over 3H I'll bid 4H, over 3S I'll bid 4S, over 3N I'll pass, and over 4C I'll bid good-bye.
Hendrik Sharples: 2NT. Awkward, but have to make a positive move, and playing 3S in a 6-0 fit doesn't appeal.
Paul McMullin: 2S. Six card suit should be worth a rebid. I am not optimistic enough to jump to 3S.
Earle Fergusson: 3C. May get too high but will find the right strain.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 2S. Not happy, but even less happy about the alternatives. Partner MAY have another bid, e.g., a good 3-5-4-1. But he may have an ordinary 1-5-4-3.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. I don't think that I'm willing to commit to game let alone the strain. On a day that I am feeling frisky, I might try 3NT instead of 3S as it seems to be a cheap game.
Kf Tung: 2NT. Partner will consider why I cannot bid 2H or 2S.
Louk Verhees: 2NT. Interesting one. Hand shouts 2NT in spite of the 6 spades.
Timothy Wright: 3S. If 3NT is right, perhaps partner will bid it with C10 x x x.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2NT. . . and if partner doesn't pass I will rebid 3S. Alternative is a direct 3S.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S J 5   H J 10 7   D A K J 3   C K J 9 5  
West North East South  
  1D 3H ?

Your call?

3NT 7 100
Dbl 6 90
4D 0 50
4H 1 50
5D 0 20
Moderator: The doublers are edged out by the 3NT bidders, a gutsy bid with a lot of upside.
Jill Meyers: Dbl. I am tempted to bid 3NT, but I am going to double and then bid 3NT if partner bids 3S. I hope that gets the message across that I have game values, fewer than four spades and a partial heart stopper.
Zachary Grossack: 3NT. An industry secret: Bid notrump quickly enough and you will simply manifest a stopper. Double is too likely to land us in spades, and we need to play game. A nice partner will have but just one baby heart honour, and we should be good to go.
Michael Dimich: 3NT. Matchpoint madness.
Christopher Diamond: 3NT. I'm suppose to bid a stopperless 3NT right? OK who doesn't want to be an expert?
Gabor Sandi: 5D. Pard has at least 4 diamonds, as he cannot have 4 hearts. And he has opening points.
Robert Sauve: 3NT. The devil made me do it.
Larry Meyer: 4D. Support with support.
Allan Simon: 3NT. I hope I've bid in tempo.
Hendrik Sharples: 3NT. Making or down 3 I guess. Maybe lefty or partner has a stiff honor or lefty a void.
Paul McMullin: Pass. There must be 6 WRONG bids here. This one seems least wrong.
Earle Fergusson: 3NT. If they run hearts, please change my bid.
Lars Erik Bergerud: 3NT. The alternative is double and then correct spades to diamonds if partner cannot bid 3NT. Maybe Double - 3S - 3NT can show the hand type?
Perry Khakhar: 4D. Right on values, but at matchpoints, I'd like a plus. Of course, if partner is SK Q x x HK x x DQ x x x x CQ x, I'm going to regret bypassing 3NT!
Kf Tung: Dbl. I have points!
Louk Verhees: Dbl. Need a tool for this, but I start with Dbl; kinda forced to do so.
Timothy Wright: 4H. We probably belong in either 5D or 6D, so I will give her room to explore slam if she wants.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5D. Opening + opening = game.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S K Q 6 4 3   H 5   D 9   C K 9 8 7 4 2  
West North East South  
3D Pass 3H ?

Your call?

3S 6 100
4D 3 70
4H 2 60
Pass 2 60
Dbl 1 50
4C 0 40
Moderator: The majority find their way into the auction with their shapely 8-count.
Janice Molson: Pass. Assuming 3H is forcing, I pass. Over 4H, I would double back in, and to me, that should show spades and clubs.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4D. . . a Michaels-type bid here.
Kerri Sanborn: 4H. I don't want to emphasize one suit over the other, and I don't want partner to play me for more cards than I have. I should be afforded some leeway with a shapely hand. Had my RHO passed, I would have bid 4C, showing clubs and a major. I doubt this is standard, but it is common among experienced partnerships.
Barry Rigal: 3S. Minors are for children --- but if they double me, I will run.
Michael Dimich: 3S. Diamonds and hearts outbid clubs. Partner can't bid in direct seat. Maybe I'll find 4 or 5 spades in pard's hand . . . Whoopie!
Christopher Diamond: Pass. Anything could work. Including pushing them to a makeable slam. Guessing to not expose bad breaks.
Gabor Sandi: Dbl. Probably pass any response by pard.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. 6-5 come alive.
Allan Simon: 3S. I can't pass! 6-5, come alive!
Hendrik Sharples: Dbl. −1100 is good for the soul.
Paul McMullin: Pass. Am I ALLOWED to stay preempted?
Earle Fergusson: 4H. See answer on #3.
Lars Erik Bergerud: Pass. If you want to compete with a hand without defense here, it is best to start with a Pass on the first round.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Too much shape to sit idle!
Kf Tung: Pass. Let them bid and dream. Don't cry before you are hurt.
Louk Verhees: 4D. I assume 3H is forcing. There are 2 ways to go. Pass and over the likely 4H, bid 4S in rebound (shows for me spades and clubs and obviously not strong enough to act directly). You can bid 4D right way which has the advantage you show blacks before they bid 4H.
Timothy Wright: Pass. No intervention looks remotely appealing.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Nope.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Zachary Grossack 5D 3H 2NT 3NT 3S 500
Barry Rigal 5NT 3H 2NT 3NT 3S 470
Josh Donn 5NT 3H 2NT 3NT 3S 470
Alex Kolesnik 5D 3H 3S Dbl 3S 470
Daniel Korbel 5D Pass 2NT Dbl 3S 460
August Boehm 5D 3H 2NT 3NT Dbl 450
Jill Meyers 5C 3H 2NT Dbl 3S 450
Janice Molson 5D 3H 2NT Dbl Pass 450
Amber Lin 5D 3H 3S 3NT 4D 450
Mel Colchamiro 5D Pass 2NT 3NT 4H 430
Larry Cohen 5NT Pass 2NT Dbl Pass 390
Steve Robinson 5C 3H 3C Dbl 4D 370
Jeff Meckstroth Pass 3S 3S 3NT 4D 350
Kerri Sanborn 5C Pass 3S 4H 4H 320

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Robert Sauve 5D 3H 3S 3NT Pass 440 129.50
2.    Julien Levesque 6C 3H 2NT Dbl 4D 410 97.13
3.    Anssi Rantamaa 5D Pass 2S Dbl 3S 400 64.75
4.    Stephen Vincent Pass 3H 3S 3NT Pass 390 30.94
4.    David Schmidt 4H 3S 2NT Dbl 3S 390 30.94
4.    Kai Zhou 5D 3H 2S 3NT Dbl 390 30.94
7.    David Wei 4H 3H 3S Dbl Pass 380 18.50
8.    Rod Coote 5C 3H 2S 3NT Pass 360 14.51
8.    Michael Dimich 5C 4D 2NT 3NT 3S 360 14.51
8.    Christopher Diamond Pass 3S 2NT 3NT Pass 360 14.51

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Peter Qvist (Denmark) 5D 3S 2NT 3NT 3S 450 112.00
2.    Louk Verhees (Netherlands) 5NT 3H 2NT Dbl 4D 430 84.00
3.    Earle Fergusson (Canada) 5D 3H 3C 3NT 4H 410 47.60
3.    Shahar Zack (Israel) 5C 3S 2NT 3NT 3S 410 47.60
5.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 6C 3H 2NT Dbl Pass 400 19.02
5.    Lars Erik Bergerud (Norway) 5D 3H 2S 3NT Pass 400 19.02
5.    John Mac Gregor (Canada) 5D 3H 2NT 4D Dbl 400 19.02
8.    Bob Todd (Canada) Pass 3H 3S 3NT Pass 390 13.22
8.    Qiang Wu (China) 6C 3H 2NT Dbl Dbl 390 13.22
10.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 5D 3S 2NT 4H Pass 360 10.69
10.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 6C 3S 2NT 3NT Pass 360 10.69
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