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TGIF March 2009: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 7 6 3   H K J 7 4   D 5 4   C J 10 3 2  
West North East South  
  1D 1S Pass
1NT Dbl 2S ?

Your call?

3H 9 100
2NT 7 80
Pass 2 30
3C 0 10
3S 0 0
4H 0 0
Moderator: There are many distributions that North could have, that don't include four hearts, and a 4-3 fit may not play well. 2NT was chosen by seven experts as a 'safer action' than the majority choice of 3H.
Barry Rigal: 2NT. Pick a suit partner. It clearly is not natural. If you can't bid 1NT on the first round, you can't bid 2NT now (as a natural bid). I'd expect partner to bid the longer of his clubs or hearts. If he bids 3D, I'll pass.
Steve Robinson: Pass. Partner has made a strength-showing double, but that doesn't promise four hearts. Bidding anything is too dangerous. To avoid this problem, you should make a negative double on the previous round.
The Sutherlins: 3H. We would have taken some action over 1S with most eight-point hands, so partner should play us for values about like what we have.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. Try and push them up a bit. I didn't double 1S so partner won't take me too seriously.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. I would have stretched to double first time. Having passed, will stick with conservative view. Pard's double is a takeout of spades. With a really good hand, pard can double again. Then I will have to come alive.
Martin Henneberger: 2NT. When both opponents bid using 2NT to find the right place to play is essential. I will pass 3C by pard and correct 3D to 3H. Since this contest is sayc standard I'm expecting a low score using 2NT for this purpose.
Mike Hamilton: 3H. Partner wants me to bid, but am I strong enough to join this auction at the 3-level? East is showing a playable hand in spades and -110 is never a good match-point score, so at this vulnerability, Iíll compete.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. They rate to make 2S, so down 1 doubled should be fine.
David Breton: Pass. If I was going to bid at all, it would have been a neg X on the first round.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Too weak and flat to bid at the 3-level.
Mike Roberts: 2NT. It's important to play our best fit. If double is penalty, then 2NT is takeout. If double were takeout, that would be best.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. We may make 3H. But that same hand gets us 300.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Yes, we have more points than they do. I'm not looking for a round suit fit on the three level, and I don't have any trump tricks to try doubling them.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Nope, no gun to my head...Partner can reopen with another double if they like.
Brian Zietman: 3H. Must push opponents to the 3-level.
Chris Diamond: 3H. I really want to bid 2NT for takeout as I think it's kind of useless as natural, but I'm not sure that's allowed here.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. While I know we have a heart fit, my hand is not good enough for 3H.
Amiram Millet: 3H. Even if west has: SK x H8 x x DK J T x x CK x x we may have at least 4H.

2. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A Q 8 4 3 2   H J   D A K 6 3   C 3 2  
West North East South  
Pass 2H Pass 2S
Pass 3H (1) Pass ?
(1) Not forcing.

Your call?

4H 14 100
Pass 2 40
3NT 1 10
4D 1 10
3S 0 0
Moderator: When you have a good hand and partner has shown a long suit, raising on a singleton honor is acceptable.
Kerri Sanborn: 4H. The HJ has grown pants. I have a decent hand for partner and who knows what will make?
The Coopers: Pass. At IMPs we would raise, but let's pass and try to win the board that way.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. All cards working so an easy 4H call. Give partner a perfect hand and slam might make but it's way too dangerous to investigate.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4H. No guarantees but we must be close to game which, if on, would likely be in hearts.
Martin Henneberger: 4H. I have a good enough hand to be in game so 4H seems like the game to bid. I'm certainly not guessing to pass.
Mike Hamilton: 4H. Partner is showing an offensive hand in hearts. His hearts are better than my spades. I have a trump filler and 3 or 4 side-suit tricks in a heart contract.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Aim for down 1 and beat anyone in 3NT down 2 or 3.
David Breton: 4H. NT is out because of the lack of communication. I rate to have more help for hearts than partner has for spades.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Misfit calls for a downgrade.
Mike Roberts: 4H. Putting on my big boy underwear.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. All these match point gambles! At IMPs I bid 4H and like my chances. At match points I would like a plus.
Chris Buchanan: 4H. Forcing or not, my call stays the same. I am too good to pass, but Q-bidding would be a massive overbid.
Brian Zietman: Pass. After partner's nonforcing bid I have nothing to add.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Good cards and would likely bid 4H at IMPs but will take a plus at MPs.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. If it was right not to bid 3D last round, it certainly is not right to bid 4D now.
Amiram Millet: 4H. Prefer 3D on my second bid.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S Q J 9 5 4   H 9 5 4 2   D K 7 5   C 8  
West North East South  
1D 1H Dbl (1) ?
(1) Negative.

Your call?

3H 13 100
3D 3 50
2H 2 30
4H 0 10
1S 0 0
Rdbl 0 0
Moderator: Thirteen experts made a preemptive 3H bid, even though the South hand is not that weak. What was their reasoning?
Larry Cohen: 3D. This is a flawed problem in that there are so many different methods being used by players on this auction. I won't bother bidding spades now that East has four of them.
Jill Meyers: 2H. I have too much to preempt and bid 3H, not enough for a 3D mixed raise because of the position of the DK. I will content myself with 2H and later compete to 3H.
Lynn Deas: 3H. This will put maximum pressure on the opponents, and tells partner about my fourth trump, the highlight of my hand.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3H. When in doubt, preempt. Maybe they'll lose the club suit.
Martin Henneberger: 3H. Even though this hand isn't really weak, I still choose to preempt this auction. 3H will cause a lot of problems for the opponents.
Mike Hamilton: 1S. Defensive bidding against a negative double includes a lead-directing raise of partnerís suit, and I have just enough to make that bid here. West and partner are going to slug this one out.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. 3H is tempting, but no need to show weakness when they don't have a game. If I compete over 3C, it may not be doubled.
David Breton: 3H. Preemptive, all my HCP seem wasted.
Larry Meyer: 3H. With half my HCP in opp's suit, not bidding 2D to show limit raise in support.
Mike Roberts: 3H. This might be too good for a weak raise, but the highcards are weak.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. There aren't too many 4 card trump support hands that I don't like. But this one sucks! I need to take away an easy 2 of a minor bid, so I will reluctantly make a simple raise.
Chris Buchanan: 4H. Mini-splinter anyone? OK, fine then I will preempt this to game and let the opponents do the guessing from there.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Opponents may have slam in diamonds and I will be happy to let them play game in spades.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2H. So I have spades. So what?
Amiram Millet: 3H. It might be the first step for a sacrifice.

4. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S Q 10 9 4   H A 9 6 3   D 6 5 3   C 9 3  
West North East South  
1S Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

2H 17 100
1NT 1 30
Pass 0 0
Moderator: The panel was almost unanimous in choosing to bid 2H. Only the Colchamiros disagreed.
The Colchamiros: 1NT. Partner does not guarantee four cards in hearts. The minimum high-card points for a 1NT advance to a takeout double goes down as the rank of the suit being doubled goes up. Over 1NT, if it goes 2C-Pass-Pass, we can back in with 2H.
Stephen Vincent: 2H. Even if I had a 4 card minor rather than hearts, I'd prefer to bid the minor.
Aidan Ballantyne: 1NT. You need good 7 HCP for this bid but I like my 9's and pard may not have four hearts.
Martin Henneberger: 2H. To me 2H is a stand out call. If you delay showing hearts now and the auction gets competitive you may have to introduce them at a higher level with no guarantee partner has four. I avoid torturing myself later with an immediate 2H.
Mike Hamilton: 2H. Iím being asked to bid my best suit. I should show a major in preference to notrump whenever possible. Unless his double is the first bid to showing a strong hand, my partner will have the other major when doubling a major-suit opening.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. This seems obvious. What am I missing?
David Breton: 2H. I'm betting I can take at least one more trick in hearts vs NT.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Pard asked if I had 4 hearts - tell him the good news.
Mike Roberts: 2H. Yes, 1NT is attractive. But I might be able to ruff something in my hand.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. What is the issue here? Surely no one is going to be tempted into passing!
David Gordon: 2H. What's the problem?
Chris Buchanan: 2H. Partner has asked for hearts and we have them. I can bid NT later if partner gets carried away.
Brian Zietman: 1NT. I need another spade to leave the double in.
Chris Diamond: 2H. Can't even think of another bid.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2H. I'm not supposed to bid 1NT with this if I want to keep partner happy and sane.
Amiram Millet: 2H. With partner holding: S2 HK J T x DA J x x CA K Q x there is even 4H.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S Q 10 7 5   H 10 8   D A 5   C K Q J 9 8  
West North East South  
    4H Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

4S 12 100
5C 3 70
5H 1 20
Pass 1 20
5S 1 10
4NT 0 0
5NT 0 0
6C 0 0
Moderator: Another near majority for our expert panel. This time they go for the most likely game with 4S.
Grant Baze: 5C. Trump quality versus loser count. I have so many high cards, in 5C I expect to be able to hold down the loser count.
August Boehm: 5C. I am not expecting many panel points. Both 4S and 5C risk missing slam to accommodate the balancer, but 5C looks less susceptible to bad splits. If West competes to 5H, I can bid 5S, perhaps backing into slam or the best game.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 5H. Let's let partner choose. Preempts have once again created a problem.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4S. This seems automatic to me. I expect this one to be unanimous.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Take the money. I can't safely investigate the correct strain or level. Partner's showing values primarily and doesn't guarantee four spades.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4S. Another where I would have chanced a double first time. Now I have to stay conservative. Sigh.
Martin Henneberger: 4S. Partner's hand has an extremely wide range here. I've learned to go middle of the road with these hands, especially when the 5-level isn't safe to explore. Keep balancing partner: I won't hang you!
Mike Hamilton: 5S. Partnerís optional double promises spades. He was prepared to defend 4H, so he should have minor-suit control cards. This unusual jump sets our trump suit, shows 2 losers in the opponentís suit, and invites partner to bid on if he can.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5S. This hand can make slam opposite a decent 16 pointer with a stiff heart. Not enough bidding room for science, but worth a quantitative invite.
David Breton: Pass. I'll take my plus. On a good day, east will only get 7 heart tricks for -500.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Pard asked if I had 4 spades - tell him the good news.
Mike Roberts: 4S. So much for the big boy underwear. I don't want to punish partner, and we might not beat 4H* enough.
Perry Khakhar: 5H. I hate to push for a nonvul slam, but most hands that I can visualize are a lay down if partner has 2nd round heart control. So ask!
Paul Mcmullin: 5S. Should ask partner to bid six with a heart control.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. I have good lead and we have the majority of the high card. Partner is allowed to be simply card rich and doesn't promise any suit. I will collect my plus here, whether it is bigger or smaller than bidding.
Brian Zietman: 4S. Tough choice between 4S and 5C. We may even have slam and 5H could be the best bid but what if partner then bids diamonds?
Chris Diamond: 4S. Most likely game and pard may be stretching a bit. Someone will mutter something about total tricks but there may be a double fit.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4S. Lots of black-suit calls could be right, although slam needs partner to have extras. I hope I can bid this in tempo, so partner can make a slam try with extra values.
Amiram Millet: 4S. If partner is stronger than SA K x x HK x DQ J T x x CA x, he'll go on.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Richard Freeman 3H 4H 3H 2H 4S 500
Mike Lawrence 3H 4H 3H 2H 4S 500
Karen Walker 3H 4H 3H 2H 4S 500
Lynn Deas 3H 4H 3H 2H 4S 500
Jeff Meckstroth 2NT 4H 3H 2H 4S 480
Grant Baze 3H 4H 3H 2H 5C 470
August Boehm 3H 4H 3H 2H 5C 470
Larry Cohen 3H 4H 3D 2H 4S 450
Allan Falk 2NT 4H 3H 2H 5C 450
The Sutherlins 3H Pass 3H 2H 4S 440
Kerri Sanborn 2NT 4H 3D 2H 4S 430
Betty Ann Kennedy 3H 4H 3H 2H 5H 420
The Coopers 2NT Pass 3H 2H 4S 420
The Colchamiros 2NT 4H 3H 1NT 4S 410
Jill Meyers 2NT 4H 2H 2H 4S 410
Barry Rigal 2NT 4H 3D 2H 5S 340
Steve Robinson Pass 4D 3H 2H 4S 340
Bridge Baron Pass 3NT 2H 2H Pass 190

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Martin Henneberger 2NT 4H 3H 2H 4S 480
2.    Michael Dimich 3H Pass 3H 2H 4S 440
3.    Zoran Peca 3H 4H 2H 2H 4S 430
3.    Andrew Lee 3H 4H 2H 2H 4S 430
3.    Chloe Clark Pass 4H 3H 2H 4S 430
6.    Stephen Vincent 3H 4H 3H 2H Pass 420
7.    Rod Coote Pass Pass 3H 2H 4S 370
7.    Peg Mcshane 3H Pass 2H 2H 4S 370
7.    Stuart Carr 3H Pass 2H 2H 4S 370
7.    Craig T. Wilson Pass Pass 3H 2H 4S 370
7.    Larry Meyer Pass Pass 3H 2H 4S 370

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3H 4H 3H 2H 4S 500
1.    Amiram Millet (Israel) 3H 4H 3H 2H 4S 500
3.    Mike Roberts (USA) 2NT 4H 3H 2H 4S 480
4.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 3H Pass 3H 2H 4S 440
5.    David Gordon (Canada) 3H 4H 2H 2H 4S 430
6.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 3H 4H 3H 2H 5S 410
7.    Julien Levesque (Canada) 3H 4C 3H 2H 4S 400
8.    Merv Adey (Canada) Pass 4H 3H 2H 5S 340
9.    Tim Francis-Wright (Usa) Pass Pass 2H 2H 4S 300
10.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) Pass 4H 2H 2H 5S 270
10.    Brian Zietman (Israel) 3H Pass Pass 1NT 4S 270
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