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TGIF May 2007: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S 3   H 7 3 2   D 10 7 4   C J 9 8 6 5 4  
West North East South  
    3S Pass
4S Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

5C 10 100
Pass 8 90
Moderator: When your partner doubles after an auction such as this one, you are supposed to pass unless you think you can make whatever you bid. Your hand, however, has no defense. If partner has CA K Q 3, those 9 HCP may not take any tricks.
Jill Meyers: 5C. I believe the vulnerable opponents. If partner has CA K 10 3, a lot of his points are wasted.
Karen Walker: 5C. I can't imagine risking minus 790 or 990. I have zero defense and the offensive safety of a six-card suit.
Kai Zhou: 5C. Worth a gamble.
Ben Ong: Pass. Is 5C makeable?
Loring Windblad: 5C. Torn between 5C and pass. All my senses scream 5C on this hand due to 0 trick taking ability!!!!!
Gilbert Lambert: 5C. I do not want to risk a double game swing here.
David Walker: Pass. Partner has four tricks, hopefully.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Table feel. In preemptive auctions, it often works out to when you have no points and play pard for strong defensive/transferable values. In any case pard could have forced a TO with 4NT.
Susan Peters: 5C. Might as well tell my partner that I have length in a suit otherwise would have passed.
Bonny Lee: 5C. Hope for a 2-trick set against a vul game.
Mike Roberts: Pass. H7. Yes, this may be a big loss, but at least pard's cards are sitting well.
Perry Khakhar: 4NT. Most people play this as lebensohl these days. I anticipate that I am not out of the woods yet! Pard likely has all red 2C opener. At least I tried to slow him down. Over the probable 5S cue, I will bid 6C and see what happens next.
Bj Trelford: 4NT. Relay to 5C. 5C directly shows values.
Michael Roche: Pass. 4 tricks looks like a better shot than 11 tricks.
Bob Todd: Pass. Yuck! Danger everywhere. Overtricks versus a number in 5C or higher contracts.
Paul Mcmullin: 5C. WAY too much distribution around the table to let them play 4S doubled. Suppose east holds hand #4 below? It would be work to keep them from an overtrick!

2. IMPs. None vul.
S K 10 9 7   H Q 10 9 4   D 7 6   C J 10 5  
West North East South  
  1D 2C Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Do you agree with South's pass?

Yes 11 50
No 7 40

Your call?

2H 8 50
2S 8 45
3C 2 25
2D 0 10
Pass 0 0
Moderator: If you make a negative double on the first round, you are gambling that partner has a four-card major. If partner rebids 2D or 2NT, that could be a poor contract. On the other hand, while passing has the advantage of not overstating your values, you have a nasty decision after you pass and partner reopens with a double. You could end up in the wrong suit or miss a game.
Richard Freeman: 2H. .. giving us a chance to get to either major.
Paul Soloway: 2H. Since I chose to start low (pass the first time), I will bid the same now. Partner has to bid again for us to have a game.
Karen Walker: 2S. I evaluated this hand as not worth a response (on the last round), so I'll stay low for now. I plan to compete to 3H if the opponents give me the chance.
Kai Zhou: 2S. In case you have to rebid 3H, it seems at least there is a major fit.
Ben Ong: 2H. What else could one bid?
Loring Windblad: 2H. Yes. Not strong enough for a free bid at the 2 level in a major. No stopper in clubs for a NT call.
Gilbert Lambert: 2S. Having elected not to make a negative double, therefore I am not good enough to bid 3C showing both majors.
David Walker: 3C. As I missed doubling I'll make a multipurpose bid - WesternQ or asking partner to bid a major. If he had both majors HE would have bid 3C.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2S. In case I get called upon to bid again I'll be able to economically show hearts.
Susan Peters: 2H. Would have made a negative double over 2C. Now what do I do?
Martin Henneberger: 2S. Would have made a negative double to start with now I will bid spades first to compete in hearts if necessary.
Bonny Lee: 3C. South will not have this problem if he makes a negative double in his first bid.
Mike Roberts: 2S. I'm aggressive at IMPs, so I'd double. But after a pass on my left, this isn't good enough for 3C, for example. I bid spades because I'll bid 3H over 3C.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. I am going to take 2 shots at a real fit. looks like we will need the fit to have any chance at a plus.
Bj Trelford: 2H. Bid up the line with a minimum.
Paul Mcmullin: 2S. I don't think this auction is going to end here - I can complete the picture w/3H if I'm right.
Charity Sack: 3C. *I'm* not gonna declare it. *You* declare it! And, pick your own darn level!
Leo Weniger: 2S. If they bid 3C, I could then bid 3H.
Chris Diamond: 2H. Would have negative doubled to start with and now guessing hearts since I don't intend to bid again.

3. IMPs. E-W vul.
S 10   H A K 8 4 2   D A Q 10 4 2   C J 5  
West North East South  
  Pass Pass 1H
Dbl 4H 5C ?

Your call?

5D 10 100
5H 4 40
Pass 4 30
Dbl 0 0
Moderator: You have an attractive hand with 5-5 distribution in the red suits. As usual, the opponents are being pesky. If you can make 5H or if they can make 5C, you should bid on. You hate to bid at the five level with two quick losers in the opponents' suit.
Jill Meyers: 5D. Clue partner in, in the event they bid again.
Paul Soloway: 5D. I don't know who can make what. In situations like this, I bid on.
Karen Walker: 5D. Bring partner in on the decision.
Kai Zhou: Dbl. Not likely to set 5C based on this hand but can give pard an option.
Rod Coote: 5H. Bidding diamonds would likely help opponents more than us.
Ben Ong: 5H. You already have a heart fit, slam seems unlikely.
Loring Windblad: 5H. Partner is pre-emptive. You have 1-2 tricks against 5C, partner likely has none. 5H is the best action.
Gilbert Lambert: 5H. I do not think we can beat 5C. Hoping to save a few IMPs.
David Walker: 5D. .. and await events.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Half way between defense (at least book and a doubleton club) and offense (shape with values in my suits) so I defer further opinion to pard. I would dble before bidding on.
Susan Peters: 5H. Should be a good sacrifice.
Martin Henneberger: 5D. Hope my pard's 4H is junky otherwise we need a different raising structure...I'm taking out insurance...and getting my lead in in case 5S is the next bid I hear from West.
Bonny Lee: 5D. Let partner decide which slam contract if opponents sacrifice.
Mike Roberts: 5D. Although this helps the opps, now I can hope partner will double 6C with a stiff diamond. Where are the spades?
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I don't think the auction is even over yet. I have the lead that I need to try and beat a slam.
Bj Trelford: 5H. Insurance! They may bid 6C which I have a chance to beat.
Bob Todd: 5D. I'm not sure whose hand this is yet and I may want a D lead and I want partner to have some idea what to do over further bidding.
Paul Mcmullin: 5H. If I'm down two or three, then they were making 5C. If we were setting 5C, 5H will probably fetch. Glad we're white vs red.
Charity Sack: 5H. White on Red is a beautiful thing.
Leo Weniger: 5D. Lead director. Pard has lots of hearts and spades, and is short in minors. Both 5C and 5H could make.
Chris Diamond: 5D. Who knows who owns this hand. Maybe pard if I show diamonds.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S K 10 8 7 5 4 3 2   H 2   D 6 5 4 2   C ---  
West North East South  

Your call?

4S 9 100
3S 8 80
Pass 1 10
2S 0 0
Moderator: Half of the panelists open 4S. You have an eight-card suit which argues for that. The other group bids only 3S. The arguments for that are that your suit is moth-eaten, and you are vulnerable at IMPs.
Paul Soloway: 4S. Who knows? Try to put maximum pressure on the opponents.
Karen Walker: 4S. This is pushy, but the 8-4 distribution makes the hand worth at least 3 1/2S, so I'll round up.
Kai Zhou: 3S. Looks right; worth a 4S call when non-vul.
Ben Ong: Pass. I don't open on three points ...
Loring Windblad: 4S. Standard 8-card suit pre-empt.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Could be right. Could be wrong.
Gilbert Lambert: 4S. Sock it to them!
David Walker: Pass. Planning to bid up to 3 or 4 spades later.
Patti Adams: Pass. I will most likely have a chance to bid this hand at my next turn.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. It's not a 1S, 2S, 3S, 4S, therefore... Also, it happens pard has a strong hand with long diamonds and a void spade in which case pass will get us to the right strain!
Susan Peters: Pass. Suit is so bad. Expect I can come in later if necessary. Hate to preempt on this junk before my partner has a chance to bid.
Martin Henneberger: 4S. He who guesses last loses. I'm bidding first.
Bonny Lee: 4S. Opponents are bound to have a game somewhere. Difficult to find at five level.
Mike Roberts: 3S. 4S too easy to double. I'll pull 3NT by partner; I don't know about double.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. I don't believe that they will stop to double me when there is an easy vul game+ for them. So, if it is their hand, let them start finding something at the 4 level. Partner may have some defence. 1NT is attractive, though! :-)
Bj Trelford: Pass. Any number of spades doesn't decribe this hand Vul.
Bob Todd: Pass. I hope I will have a better idea what to do next.
Alan Chapelle: 4S. In my younger days I'd have opened 1NT then shown both my 4 card spade suits.
Paul Mcmullin: 4S. Why can't we ALWAYS be white vs red? I won't be surprised if the consensus is 3S. If partner had a sense of humor, I'd open 1S and try to slow things down.
Charity Sack: 5S. Bid one more with a void?
Chris Diamond: 3S. They'll pass the X of 4S (like 1) too often and I might not like it much.

5. IMPs. N-S vul.
S ---   H A J 9   D K 10 9 8 2   C A K 9 4 2  
West North East South  
  1H Pass 2D
Pass 2H Pass 3S (1)
Pass 4H Pass ?
(1) Splinter raise of hearts (shortness in spades).

Your call?

5C 9 100
4S 1 90
6C 1 80
6H 1 60
Pass 6 50
5H 0 10
4NT 0 0
Moderator: The feeling of the panel is that the 3S splinter is ill-advised. Once you went that route, however, you should bid again. Bidding 5C helps you get to slam but still stop in 5H when that is indicated.
Jill Meyers: 5C. I am tempted to pass because I have only three trumps, and trump leads could kill slam chances, but my hand is just a little too good.
Paul Soloway: 5C. It's worth another move, but four could be the limit.
Karen Walker: 5C. This hand is worth one more try. It's important to bid 5C because 4S would sound like I need a club control. I'll pass 5H.
Kai Zhou: 4S. Showing void in spade and asking pard to reevaluate his hand.
Rod Coote: 4S. Inviting slam and showing spade void.
Joel Martineau: Pass. When I splinter I respect partner's next action.
Ben Ong: Pass. Trust your partner ...
Loring Windblad: 5C. Hearts is agreed upon trump suit. Cue bid the CA and see if partner cue bids the DA. If he does 7H is not out of the question but it looks like 6H is a reasonable contract regardless.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. You've described your hand (sort of) and partner isn't interested. If he's got something in spades as seems likely, 6H could play very awkwardly even if partner has extras and there's no indication that he does.
Gilbert Lambert: Pass. In a good disciplined partnership, 3S should not be bid without some sort of control in clubs. I have shown my hand and pard elected to signoff. With an inexperienced partner, I might try again with 5C.
David Walker: 6H. Partner would have bid 5D with the DA.
Patti Adams: 4S. Give partner one more push towards slam.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Table feel part 2. Pard opened with a light Flannery and was afraid 2S rebid was a reverse. Take a plus.
Susan Peters: 5C. One more try.
Martin Henneberger: 5C. Wish i knew our cue bidding style..did 4H deny a diamond control?
Bonny Lee: Pass. Partner is not interested to bid further.
Mike Roberts: Pass. 5 level could be in jeopardy (KQx KQxxxx xx Jx). Serious 3NT, anyone?
Perry Khakhar: 4S. If partner is worried about trump quality or wastage, I seem to still have him well covered.
Bj Trelford: 6H. Don't know how to ask for the DQ. Partner denied the ace.
Michael Roche: 5C. Tempting to just jump to 6 - but need to see what partner can say over this.
Bob Todd: 5C. We may be too high but I have too much to pass.
Paul Mcmullin: 4S. Gotta be right to take another call - I don't get 20 pts in support of partner's opening bid very often.
Charity Sack: 5C. Bid one more with a void?
Leo Weniger: Pass. I wish we could play Flannery, then I'd know how many major cards pard has (he could have 4S) and his minor shape. He prob has spade wastage.
Chris Diamond: 4S. Maybe showing the void can help partner see the usefulness of all non-spade honour cards.

Panel's Answers

  1 2a 2b 3 4 5 Total
Jill Meyers 5C No 2S 5D 4S 5C 485
Karen Walker 5C No 2S 5D 4S 5C 485
Richard Freeman 5C Yes 2H 5D 3S 5C 480
Paul Soloway Pass No 2H 5D 4S 5C 480
Kerri Sanborn 5C No 2S 5D 3S 5C 465
The Sutherlins 5C No 3C 5D 4S 5C 465
August Boehm 5C Yes 2S 5D 4S Pass 445
Betty Ann Kennedy 5C Yes 2H 5D 3S 6H 440
Randi Montin Pass Yes 2H 5D 4S Pass 440
Larry Cohen 5C Yes 2S 5D 3S Pass 425
Jeff Meckstroth Pass Yes 2S Pass 4S 5C 415
Barry Rigal 5C Yes 2H 5H 3S 4S 410
Mike Lawrence 5C No 2S 5H 3S 5C 405
Allan Falk Pass Yes 2H Pass 3S 5C 400
The Colchamiros Pass Yes 2S Pass 4S 6C 395
Bridge Baron Pass Yes 2H 5H 4S Pass 380
Steve Robinson Pass No 2H 5H 3S Pass 350
Grant Baze Pass Yes 3C Pass Pass Pass 255

Local Heroes

    1 2a 2b 3 4 5 Total
1.    Julie Smith 5C No 2S 5D 4S 5C 485
2.    Martin Henneberger Pass No 2S 5D 4S 5C 475
3.    Loring Windblad 5C Yes 2H 5H 4S 5C 440
4.    Michael Dimich 5C No 2H 5D 3S Pass 420
5.    Bonny Lee 5C No 3C 5D 4S Pass 415
6.    Rod Coote Pass No 2H 5H 4S 4S 410
6.    Sheila Sache 5C No 2H 5H 3S 5C 410
6.    Zoran Peca Pass Yes 2H 5H 3S 5C 410
9.    Joel Martineau Pass No 2S 5D 3S Pass 405
10.    Brad Bart 5C No 2S 5D Pass 4S 385
10.    Gilbert Lambert 5C Yes 2S 5H 4S Pass 385

World Leaders

    1 2a 2b 3 4 5 Total
1.    Chris Diamond (Canada) Pass No 2H 5D 3S 4S 450
2.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Pass Yes 2S 5D 4S Pass 435
3.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 5C Yes 2S 5H 4S 4S 425
4.    Lisa Csima (Canada) 5C No 2H 5D 3S Pass 420
5.    Jared Riley (Canada) Pass Yes 2S 5H 4S 4S 415
6.    Alan Chapelle (Canada) Pass Yes 2H Pass 4S 4S 410
7.    Mike Roberts (Lower Umbhopo) Pass No 2S 5D 3S Pass 405
7.    Laurie Shapka (Canada) 5C Yes 2S 5D Pass 5C 405
9.    Bob Todd (Canada) Pass No 2H 5D Pass 5C 390
10.    Judi Carter (Canada) 5C No 3C 5D Pass 5C 375
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