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TGIF February 2009: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S 10 9   H Q 6   D K Q 8 2   C Q J 8 7 6  
West North East South  
    Pass Pass
1S Pass 1NT Pass
Pass Dbl 2H ?

Your call?

2NT 6 100
2S 5 90
3C 3 70
Dbl 0 60
Pass 2 60
3H 1 40
3D 0 10
Moderator: Partner could have a strong hand with no convenient action at his first turn. Because of that, South must show some values. Bidding either 2S or 2NT does that.
Grant Baze: 3C. Too many high cards to go quietly. A 2NT bid might not be understood, so I choose 3C.
Eugene Chan: 3C. KISS principle applies here. If opponents keep bidding, I'll whack them!
Stephen Vincent: 3C. Despite the soft values, let's try and push them up a bit. LHO didn't bid over 1NT so we're likely to have a minor fit of some sort.
Stephen Ottridge: 3D. Have at least 4-4 fit in diamonds and have DK Q rather than CQ J.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2NT. Hmm. LHO is light & shapely, RHO has weak 7-shooter & couldn't open 3H. Pard is pretty loaded. Not a believable problem! 2NT ostensibly for minors, pard can play there or 3NT with good majors. Close to calling their bluff & bidding 3NT myself.
Martin Henneberger: 3C. Whats pard's double? This is usually a light takeout of spades, however looking at 2 small myself leads me to believe it's penalty. Either way I have a happy 3C bid.
Mike Hamilton: Dbl. Until a fit is found, doubles are for takeout or clarification. Since neither side has yet found a fit, this auction should suggest that I can support either unbid suit to at least the 3-level.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. A 3C bid is tempting at matchpoints. At IMPs there is more to lose and less to gain.
David Breton: 2NT. With East running, it sounds like partner made a trap pass. I hate to bid 2NT when it seems no one has a fit but I don't think I can double with only 2 trumps and I want to show strength as we might still have game.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Ask pard to pick a minor.
Mike Roberts: 2NT. I can't pass; we could be defending a 9 card fit. Partner's double is penalty; this is minors.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. Well, clearly Partner was trapped and it is our hand. They have wiggled off the hook. I think we can play this in his best minor for a potential double part score swing.
Chris Buchanan: 3C. Appears to be a good time for a Lebensohl agreement. 3C would show values here. Partner is showing a trap in spades as opposed to a takeout so doubling hearts here should be for penalty.
David Gordon: 3C. Your partner has spades and semi-balanced. 2NT is also interesting for minors.
Brian Zietman: Pass. With all due respects to partner's double, at IMPs I cannot risk a disaster at the 3-level.
Chris Diamond: 2NT. I'd like this to be takeout but even if it's not it could be right.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2NT. Partner ought to take this as both minors (it cannot be right to play 2NT as natural here).
Amiram Millet: 3C. We might have even 3NT...

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S 9   H A K 7 5 2   D A K Q 4   C Q 8 5  
West North East South  
  Pass Pass 1H
1S 4H 4S ?

Your call?

5D 10 100
5H 4 70
Dbl 2 50
4NT 1 30
Pass 0 20
6H 0 0
Moderator: It's not a question of whether to bid again, but what to bid. The majority bid 5D because they are continuing to 5H anyway.
Grant Baze: 5D. I want the diamond lead.
Eugene Chan: 4NT. RKCB. Not sure what to do afterwards. Anticipate opponents will bid 5S. At least partner will know this is our hand!
Stephen Ottridge: 5D. Cue bid slam try.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5H. At Mpts, will pass 5S and hope to beat it. 5D now will help them more than us as pard is a passed hand and unlikely to press on whatever I call. 5D is only right if we have 6D save, not good odds at Mpts.
Mike Hamilton: 5D. Pard and I have similar distribution in the majors. With a stronger hand, pard would have kept the bidding lower. Still, I have top-card sequences. Iíll show diamond control, denying club control by inference, on the way to at least 5H.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5H. The opponents have bid well. Defending 4S will not get a good score, even if it goes down. Bid 5H and hope.
David Breton: 5H. 4S is making, perhaps with an overtrick. There's no need to tell anyone I have good diamonds.
Larry Meyer: 5D. Lead directing on the way to 5H.
Mike Roberts: 5D. Depends on partner's minor shape. This might help if they bid 5S.
Perry Khakhar: 5D. Slam is out of the question and I can barely see beating them 1 if partner has a club card (which makes 5H odds on). Allows for a better lead and more informed decision by partner in case they bid 5S.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. There is no safety at the 5-level, but at the same time, we may not beat this. I still need to show my good hand so I double.
David Gordon: 5D. Get your partner off to the right lead against 5S.
Brian Zietman: 5H. We may lose a spade and 2 or 3 clubs but, in that case, they probably make 4S - just losing a couple of diamonds.
Chris Diamond: 5D. Assuming only black suit losers, either they have a double fit or pard may help our club suit.
Tim Francis-Wright: 5D. Partner should have something for the 4H call, and often enough we are making 11 tricks that I want to force to 5H, but I might as well show an alternative suit to lead.
Amiram Millet: 5D. If they go on to 5S, a diamond lead might be best, plus showing my hand if 5H is better.

3. IMPs. None vul.
S Q J 10   H K 5   D A J 10 9 2   C 9 8 7  
West North East South  
Pass Pass 1S ?

Your call?

Pass 16 100
2D 1 40
Moderator: The panel almost unanimously chose pass.
Grant Baze: Pass. It would not occur to me to bid.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Easy pass. Would not overcall 2D even at matchpoints.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Not even close. I don't see why this is included in a set of bidding problems.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Too flat to overcall, bad spade holding, and don't mind a heart lead. At Mpts, or white vs. red, more argument for 2D to suggest that lead against LHO's possible 3NT since I have the entries.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Extremely easy pass for me. Feeling a need to enter these auctions with a broken 5 card suit and defensive spade length is asking for trouble. One of my dreams is that all overcallers with these hand types go for 1100 every time.
Mike Hamilton: 2D. Modern bidding is competitive and I have just enough to make this overcall, not vulnerable. Iím risking disaster if partner is weak and East is holding a powerhouse; however, East is equally probable to be either minimum or light in third seat.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2D. . . constructive & lead-directing. 3D is also possible if you are feeling mischievous/brave.
David Breton: Pass. What am I supposed to do here, try to go for a number against a partscore?
Larry Meyer: 2D. Show a sign of life.
Mike Roberts: Pass. I have no possibility of game, poor offence, good defence. Pass is CLEAR.
Perry Khakhar: 2D. Not the best hand ever, but still worth competing!
Chris Buchanan: Pass. While I do like to bid a lot, this is not the time. Holding 3-card spade suit is bad news and a lack of a 6th diamond leads me to the green card.
David Gordon: Pass. Partner is a passed had so game unlikely. Come in later with this hand.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Can't risk a diamond stack on my left. Even NV 4 down doubled is 800 - and that is a lot of IMPs.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Too balanced/weak to bid and I rate to be on lead anyway. Maybe I'll get a second chance.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. Bidding 2D here is asking for trouble.
Amiram Millet: 2D. Better than pass.

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

Your call?

5NT 7 100
5C 5 80
5D 4 70
5S 0 60
5H 0 40
6C 0 40
Pass 1 40
6D 0 20
6NT 0 10
Moderator: Partner couldn't bid before and he can't double 4S. Now he's bidding 4NT. What's going on?
Grant Baze: 5D. Sounds like partner is trying to bring diamonds into the picture - fine with me.
Eugene Chan: 5C. 5C would be my choice over 4S so I will bid 5C here. Did South just have a senior moment?
Stephen Vincent: 5C. I just don't see, given my hand, how 4NT can be natural so we're left with RKC. Prepared to add this to a long list of bidding disasters.
Eurydice Nours: 5D. I do not believe partner wants to play 4NT, I'd answer 3 key cards.
Stephen Ottridge: 6D. Partner must have 4 good diamonds.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5C. Playing 4NT as takeout with club tolerance, I have more and better clubs than I might have. Thinking that if 5D is right, the reopening should have been 5D, not 4NT.
Martin Henneberger: 5C. 4NT is pick a place to play. Considering pard couldn't act over 2S he probably only has 5 hearts, moderate club support and no guarantee of a 4 card diamond suit. I will take the low road and bid only 5C.
Mike Hamilton: 5H. Partner has taken charge of this auction. I am lucky I have a bid that can be interpreted as showing two aces if 4NT is Blackwood or a useful heart fragment if he is looking for that. I have shown good clubs, but have more than partner expects.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5H. Who knows what partner intended with his forcing pass and subsequent 4NT rebid. Conveniently, 5H can work as both an RKCB response in clubs or a simple heart preference. If 4NT was to play then too bad.
David Breton: 5C. Pard would double or bid NT earlier with spades so 4N is not natural. He didn't bid 5D to show the reds either. So I'll suggest clubs as a place to play.
Larry Meyer: 6H. Pard doesn't want to defend, and in context, we have good heart support and a potential source of tricks.
Mike Roberts: 5NT. Partner can't have clubs, so this must be a moderate red two-suiter; say S9 x HK Q x x x DA K x x C4 x. 5NT is pick-a-slam; partner can judge best.
Perry Khakhar: 6C. Well, I can visualize S8 x HK Q x x x DA x x (x) CQ x (x) as a minimum opener and a partner that has done a superb job of evaluating and bidding. If instead he has xx of clubs and AKxx of diamonds, he should pull to 6D (I hope!).
Chris Buchanan: 5D. Partner likely has something like 2-5-4-2. They are giving me a choice of minors which leads me to believe that Diamonds will likely play better.
David Gordon: 5D. Close to a 6D bid but I fear spades are 1-1.
Brian Zietman: 5C. I don't quite understand partner's pass over 2S and then 4NT over 4S. Must repeat my solid 6 card suit.
Chris Diamond: 5S. First he passes 2S then bids over 4S, HMMM??? I'll guess HK x x x x x and DA K x x, but let him make the final choice in case he has CQ x.
Tim Francis-Wright: 5H. I can think of four different things that 4NT could be (not including, I lost my mind when I passed last round instead of bidding something). Since 5H is both a 2-ace response to Blackwood and support of hearts, I will go with that.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Partner might have: SA Q x HK Q x x x DJ x x x C3

5. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A 8   H A Q 7 6 4   D 9 4   C 10 9 8 5  
West North East South  
  1D 1H Pass
1S 2C Dbl (1) ?
(1) Three-card support.

Do you agree with South's pass?

Yes 10 50
No 7 45

Your call?

2S 6 50
Rdbl 6 45
2H 2 30
4C 0 30
5C 1 30
2NT 1 25
3C 1 25
Pass 0 10
3NT 0 5
Moderator: The vote was close between pass and 1NT on the first round of the bidding. But after pass, the majority of experts feel the need to catch up, with either 2S or Rdbl.
Grant Baze: 2H. I would have bid 1NT, and now, I have to show my power.
Eugene Chan: 2S. . . a cue bid in support of clubs. With everybody bidding, I will try to slow down the auction to show strength.
Mark Eddy: Rdbl. I'd have called 1NT initially.
Stephen Vincent: 2H. Don't agree with the first pass, especially at this vulnerability, as the intermediates are too soft. Now it's time to show some life.
Stephen Ottridge: 4C. I dare them to bid again.
Aidan Ballantyne: Rdbl. Now the fun starts. Having passed, I can really bid em up.
Martin Henneberger: 2H. I would have bid 1NT at first strike for this reason. Now I'm guessing how to catch up. Pard can never play a 3C bid as holding this much so I will trott out a 2H cue bid.
Mike Hamilton: Rdbl. I have club support, 10 working points, and a ruffing value.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Rdbl. An initial 1NT response might have helped to quiet down the opponents. Now that the damage is done, Rdbl and be ready to compete to 3C.
David Breton: Rdbl. It's time to start showing my values.
Larry Meyer: 3C. No, I would prefer to bid 1NT and describe my hand early. 3C, seems right to support and compete.
Mike Roberts: 2S. I would have just bid 1NT. 2S is the clear cuebid; 2H should be hearts.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. If we belong in 3NT, it is best played by partner. This must indicate a trapped hand that found a Club fit.
Chris Buchanan: 2H. I am looking for 3NT so I am going to show partner the suit I have controlled. I still need help from partner in the spade suit to make a try for game.
David Gordon: Rdbl. I need to slow the auction down to find out how high and if we play NT or clubs.
Brian Zietman: 4C. Can I entice E/W to bid 4H- if not then partner looks good in 5C with no losers in the majors and good ruffing power with my doubleton diamond.
Chris Diamond: 3S. I have have hearts here so maybe pard can bid 3NT with a second spade. Can I pass 4C?
Tim Francis-Wright: 2H. No trump will look better if partner has a spade stopper (even SQ x x) and can bid it, so it's more important to imply a heart stop here.
Amiram Millet: 5C. They possibly have 4S.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total
The Colchamiros 2S 5D Pass 5NT Yes 2S 490
Mike Lawrence 2S 5D Pass 5NT Yes 2S 490
Richard Freeman 2NT 5H Pass 5NT Yes Rdbl 465
Allan Falk 2NT 5D Pass 5D No Rdbl 460
Kerri Sanborn 2NT 5D Pass 5C No 5C 455
Steve Robinson 2NT 5D Pass 5D Yes 3C 445
The Coopers 2NT 5D Pass Pass Yes 2S 440
Betty Ann Kennedy 2NT 5H Pass 5D Yes Rdbl 435
Barry Rigal 2S Dbl Pass 5NT Yes Rdbl 435
Karen Walker Pass 5D Pass 5C No 2S 435
Larry Cohen 2S Dbl Pass 5NT No Rdbl 430
Jill Meyers Pass 5H Pass 5NT No 2S 425
August Boehm 3H 5D Pass 5NT Yes 2H 420
Grant Baze 3C 5D Pass 5D No 2H 415
Jeff Meckstroth 2S 4NT Pass 5C Yes Rdbl 395
The Sutherlins 3C 5D 2D 5C Yes 2S 390
Bridge Buff 3C 5H Pass 5C No 2NT 390

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total
1.    Aidan Ballantyne 2NT 5H Pass 5C Yes Rdbl 445
1.    David Breton 2NT 5H Pass 5C Yes Rdbl 445
3.    Brad Bart 2NT 5D Pass 5H No 2S 435
4.    Stephen Vincent 3C 5D Pass 5C No 2H 425
4.    Martin Henneberger 3C 5D Pass 5C No 2H 425
6.    Michael Dimich 2NT 5D Pass 6D Yes 2S 420
7.    Gilbert Lambert 3C 5H Pass 5D Yes 2S 410
7.    Norma Doucette Dbl 5D Pass 5C No 3C 410
7.    Barry Yamanouchi 2NT 5D Pass 5H No 2NT 410
10.    Eurydice Nours 2S Dbl Pass 5D No 2S 405

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total
1.    Mike Roberts (USA) 2NT 5D Pass 5NT No 2S 495
2.    David Gordon (Canada) 3C 5D Pass 5D Yes Rdbl 435
3.    Tim Francis-Wright (Usa) 2NT 5D Pass 5H Yes 2H 420
4.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 2NT 5D Pass 5S Yes 3S 410
5.    Brian Zietman (Israel) Pass 5H Pass 5C Yes 4C 390
6.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 2NT 5D 2D 6C Yes 2S 380
7.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 3C Dbl Pass 5D Yes 2H 370
8.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Pass Dbl Pass 6C Yes 2S 350
9.    Amiram Millet (Israel) 3C 5D 2D Pass Yes 5C 330
10.    Susan Julius (Canada) 3C Dbl 2D 5D No 2S 325
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