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TGIF June 2009: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S ---   H A J 9 4 3   D 8 6 5 2   C K 10 3 2  
West North East South  
1S Dbl 4S ?

Your call?

5H 9 100
4NT 6 70
Dbl 1 50
Pass 1 40
Moderator: Nine experts heard their partner double, saw they had five hearts and felt they knew what to do. Six panelists chose a route to find the best playable strain. Either way, the majority felt that 4S was likely to make, and bid on.
Bridge Baron: Pass. I am used to playing with humans who usually overbid.
Allan Falk: 4NT. Sometimes North does not have a four-card heart suit and my five-card heart suit is getting tapped early and often. North is sure to have at least one four-card minor, and now the tap does no harm.
Jeff Meckstroth: 5H. This seems clear to me. I suppose we might belong in a minor, but I don't know how to find out scientifically.
Steve Robinson: 4NT. I want to play in partner's best suit.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Take my plus. Only NV game at stake. Partner needs a huge hand for us to miss slam.
Stephen Ottridge: 4NT. Any suit you like partner.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4NT. Intended as general take-out. If pard interprets this as minors, we still have a good chance of landing on our feet.
Mike Hamilton: Dbl. We hold about half the deck, a DSIP situation. Iím asking partner to pass with a suitably defensive hand or to bid otherwise. Partner should declare hearts to protect the diamonds. Will he read all these tea leaves? A good test for the partnership.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5H. With reservations... partner's double has a wide range, so I am forced to guess. We have no sensible means to find a penalty double outside of hand signals, so defending has a limited upside. So bid on and hope we can make 5H (or they can make 4S).
Martin Henneberger: 4NT. I certainly won't sell out to 4S, and I would need a crystal ball to envision slam, so 4NT pick a place to play stands out to me.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Ask pard to decide if we should declare or defend.
Mike Roberts: 5H. It's going to go 5S - P - P, and I won't know what to do. But I can't see anything else.
Kees Schaafsma: 4NT. 5H may provoke 5S and clubs may play better than hearts.
Brian Zietman: 5S. Partner pick your slam.
David Gordon: 5H. Partner asked for your longest suit. Bid your longest suit.
Vlad Lenin: 4NT. Pick a game.
Leo Weniger: 4NT. After pard picks minor, would bid 5H to show a better hand than 5H direct.
Chris Diamond: 5H. Ok, I'll bite.
Tim Francis-Wright: 5H. *&^#! kids and their newfangled pre-empts.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. Take out on this shape, but, consulting with partner.

2. IMPs. None vul.
S K 8 3   H A 7 6   D A   C A K 8 7 5 3  
West North East South  
Pass 1D 1S ?

Your call?

2S 5 100
2NT 4 90
3NT 3 80
3C 3 70
2H 2 50
4C 0 30
2C 0 20
Moderator: A good problem is one that has at least three possible answers. This one has five. You have a six-card club suit and extra values, but there are flaws with all the possible calls.
Don Stack: 2NT. This is the same bid I would have made if right-hand opponent had passed. If I had one less club and one more diamond, this would be a picture-perfect bid. If we have a club slam, we might still get there.
The Colchamiros: 3NT. What is Hamman's Rule? Oh yes, if 3NT is a possible contract, bid it.
Richard Freeman: 2H. Let's hear what partner has to say. You are too good for 3C and it's the wrong hand for 2NT.
Jill Meyers: 2S. If partner has a spade stopper, I want the lead coming to her hand.
Eugene Chan: 1NT. With anything less I can pass.
Stephen Vincent: 3C. Premature to bid NT, particularly with a stiff ace in partner's suit.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2H. Show good hand now, allow room to explore. Try to get to 3NT from other side if pard has Qx or Jxx of spades.
Mike Hamilton: Dbl. I want a descriptive bid from a partner who didnít show a 4-card major at his first turn. Eastís spade overcall following a passed partner sounds like noise. This hand likely plays in a no-trump game, but maybe with my top cards, a club slam is on.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. The diamond suit is irrelevant. 3NT has good chances if partner has as little as xxx in spades or Qx in clubs.
Martin Henneberger: 3NT. This hand is too good for 3C. False reversing into hearts leads to nothing but trouble, so I bid the practical trick taking 3NT.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Bid the most likely game.
Mike Roberts: 3C. I considered 2H, but didn't see what it would accomplish. The stiff DA is bad.
Brian Zietman: 2NT. Partner if you have more than 6 points then bid 3NT please.
David Gordon: 3NT. Too good for 3C.
Chris Diamond: 2H. I need to know a lot more. Hope pard can tell me something.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3C. I would love to have a better suit than this, but I also want a pony from Santa this year.
Amiram Millet: 2NT. Closest to honest.

3. IMPs. Both vul.
S 8 5   H K 8 5 3   D 4   C A Q 8 7 5 3  
West North East South  
Pass Pass 3D Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

4H 5 100
4D 5 90
4C 4 80
3H 3 70
5C 0 40
Moderator: You have a nice hand, but partner is a passed hand. How hard do you push?
Barry Rigal: 4H. This is a horrible bid for a horrible problem. The heart fit might be 4-3 or splitting badly. I can envision 4H going set and 6C making. But the balance of probability is to head for the major and not the minor.
Karen Walker: 3H. I can't see game, but partner rates to be 4-4 in the majors to bounce back in at these colors, so 3H should be a decent spot.
The Coopers: 4C. Let's make the safest bid. We open aggressively, so cannot construct a passed hand where game is very good.
Eugene Chan: 4C. Despite my 9 HCPs opposite my partner's passed hand we are contracting for 10 tricks. Nasty surprises in store for heart contracts and I am retreating to the relative safety of my 6 card suit.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. The absence of any wasted values in diamonds, and the failure of West to bid 3NT with presumably a 10-11 count and 3D including a high card, suggests that partner's values are prime.
Eurydice Nours: 4H. If pard bids 4S, I can bid 5C.
Stephen Ottridge: 4H. 10 tricks easier than 11.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4C. Tough one. I choose this approach as I may bid 4H over their possible 4D.
Mike Hamilton: 4C. Two passed hands, a vulnerable pre-empt, and Iím looking at only 9 HCP? Both first and second seat sat in the weeds with near-opening bids. Itís time for the safest bid, not a search for a tenuous heart fit with the suit possibly breaking badly.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. There's something fishy here... after pass-pass-preempt, shouldn't I at least have an opening hand? Unless he has found an ace lying on the floor it looks like partner is hanging me. With limited entries to setup the clubs I'm not going to gamble on 3H.
Martin Henneberger: 4C. This problem is from another bidding contest. If I remember correctly the winning vote was 4C.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Pard did good by balancing - don't hang him.
Mike Roberts: 3H. I'm not going to punish partner for balancing, and majors first always.
Kees Schaafsma: 3H. Pard should be 4432 exactly.
Brian Zietman: 4C. Partner is a passed hand so I can't risk bidding hearts.
Bob Todd: 4C. I'll bid 4H over 4D.
David Gordon: 4C. Just looking for the safest spot.
Chris Diamond: 4D. Was just going to bid 4H but if pard bids 4S he may have only 3H, and he'll let me play 5C.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3H. 4C could be better, but partner is likely to have real hearts on this auction.
Amiram Millet: 4D. Will change 4S to 5C. Very pure.

4. IMPs. None vul.
S K 10 8   H 4   D A K J 3 2   C A Q 9 3  
West North East South  
    2H Dbl
4H 4S Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 13 100
4NT 0 60
5H 3 60
5NT 1 30
5S 0 30
5D 0 20
Moderator: Most of the panel choose to pass. You have a nice hand, but only three-card spade support. Also, partner acted under pressure, so he has a wide range of hand values. While there are dreams of slam, it's important to secure your sure game at IMPs.
Don Stack: 5H. I think this hand is worth a bid. 5H shows both minor-suit aces and a heart control. This leaves the final decision on slam up to partner who should focus on good trumps.
Kerri Sanborn: Pass. The double preempts have done their damage. I'm not sure whether partner has a good hand or bad. We could miss slam or be in danger if I bid on.
Eugene Chan: Pass. I am content if partner makes 4! Highly unlikely to miss slam.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Can't expect partner to be able to fill all the holes.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4NT. A bit agressive, but sometimes pard has a good hand and you get to a grand. Playing pard for at least a 5-cd spade suit.
Mike Hamilton: 5S. Partner will have spades for his free bid. I likely hold our sideís control in hearts, so trump quality and the filler-cards to my minor-suit holdings are the keys to slam. Iím asking partner to take another look at his trumps (and his minors?).
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Don't risk a cold game for an outside chance at slam.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Wow this is a bidding problem? Ok uh pass and hope partner makes it.
Larry Meyer: 5D. Tell pard about my strength.
Judi Carter: 5H. How come I can't double?
Mike Roberts: Pass. I don't have THAT much extra, and partner can be very wide range. Preempts work.
Kees Schaafsma: Pass. Is partner supposed to pass on Qxxxx/xx/Qxxx/Kx?
Brian Zietman: 4NT. Partner made a free bid. Slam looks on if we are not missing 2 aces.
Bob Todd: Pass. Partner may already be removing some of the pressure.
Chris Diamond: 4NT. RKC, and hope. Could be cold for 7 could go down in 5. Guessing to go.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4NT. Even if partner is joking here, a 5-level contract would still have play.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Might have more, but, it's a guess now.

5. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S J   H 7 6   D Q 10 9 8 5   C K 8 6 5 3  
West North East South  
1D 1H 1S Pass
2S Dbl 3S 4C
4S Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 11 100
5C 3 60
4NT 1 30
Dbl 2 30
Moderator: Even though you may have pushed the opponents to a game they weren't bidding, the majoriy spurn the temptation to make up for that and pass over 4S.
August Boehm: Dbl. Partner's live-seat double shows extra values, and because I have the diamonds locked up, what will they find for tricks?
Larry Cohen: 5C. I fear this may be down one and they're down one, but I'm bidding. I tried to buy it for 4C and am reconsidering. I feel like I may have pushed them into a making 4S, and now they are pushing me around!
Mike Lawrence: Pass. Didn't I bid 4C already? Partner does not promise four-card club support. He is likely to have 2-5-3-3 distribution with good values.
Lynn Deas: Pass. If I was going to bid one more, I would have done so after 3S. I've shown my hand.
Brad Bart: 5C. If partner hitched over 4S, this might not stand up in court.
Eugene Chan: Pass. It is not clear who can make what. I will take my chances defending.
Stuart Carr: Pass. If I bid 4D on last round, I could bid 5C now. Or I could bid 3NT to show both minors (as previous pass denied values).
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Having basically pushed them into game we must be consistent and defend.
Gilbert Lambert: Dbl. . . and lead spades.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Pard heard my free bid and knows I don't have heart support but could not double. No reason to go higher. I give.
Mike Hamilton: Pass. Partner asked me to bid after I had passed and I did, freely at the 4-level at that. Now he has passed quietly. Suits are breaking badly, so best to defend. I hope we pushed them one too high and we beat a borderline game for a plus score.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. It looks we have pushed the opponents into a game they would not otherwise have bid. I'm not very confident we can set 4S, but now I'm forced to double on principle.
Martin Henneberger: 5C. Tough problem at first glance, however breaking it down became easier. I envision partner's hand something like S2 HA K x x x DK x x CA J x x which has a play for 5C and when the opps have short diamonds opposite short clubs, a play for 4S. 2 way action.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Choose to defend when the deal is a misfit.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Matchpoint insanity, but I don't think I'm getting many if they make this, and I think we're plus in 4C.
Kees Schaafsma: Dbl. Lead: H7.
Brian Zietman: Pass. I have nothing to bid if partner cannot raise to 5C then maybe they go down.
David Gordon: 4NT. Enough shape to compete to the 5 level.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Could X for 200, or 790, but maybe 4C wasn't making and plus 100 is good.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. Sticking my neck out with 4C was enough, thank you.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Tempting to bid 5C but accept partner's decision.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jeff Meckstroth 5H 3NT 4H Pass Pass 480
Mike Lawrence 5H 2NT 4C Pass Pass 470
Karen Walker 5H 2NT 3H Pass Pass 460
Don Stack 5H 2NT 4H 5H Pass 450
Larry Cohen 5H 2S 4C Pass 5C 440
Richard Freeman 5H 2H 4D Pass Pass 440
Jill Meyers 4NT 2S 3H Pass Pass 440
The Colchamiros 4NT 3NT 4C Pass Pass 430
Barry Rigal 5H 3C 4H Pass 5C 430
Lynn Deas Dbl 2NT 4D Pass Pass 430
Bridge Baron Pass 3NT 4H Pass Pass 420
Kerri Sanborn 4NT 3C 4H Pass 5C 400
The Sutherlins 5H 3C 3H 5H Pass 400
August Boehm 4NT 2S 4D Pass Dbl 390
Steve Robinson 4NT 2S 4D 5NT Pass 390
The Coopers 5H 2S 4C 5H Dbl 370
Allan Falk 4NT 2H 4D Pass 4NT 340

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Stephen Vincent 5H 3C 4H Pass Pass 470
2.    Dave Gabel 5H 2NT 3H Pass Pass 460
3.    Joel Martineau 5H 3C 4C Pass Pass 450
3.    David Walker 5H 3C 4C Pass Pass 450
5.    Thomas Davis Pass 2NT 4H Pass Pass 430
6.    Michael Dimich 5H 2H 3H Pass Pass 420
7.    Brad Bart 5H 3C 4C Pass 5C 410
7.    Susan Peters 5H 3C 4C 4NT Pass 410
7.    Stuart Carr 4NT 3NT 4H 4NT Pass 410
10.    Julie Smith 5H 3C 3H Pass 5C 400
10.    Andrew Krywaniuk 5H 2NT 4C Pass Dbl 400

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) 5H 3C 4C Pass Pass 450
1.    Merv Adey (Canada) 5H 2H 4H Pass Pass 450
3.    Amiram Millet (Israel) Dbl 2NT 4D Pass Pass 430
4.    Susan Julius (Canada) 5H 2NT 3H Pass 5C 420
5.    Judi Carter (Canada) 5H 3C 3H 5H Pass 400
5.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 5H 2H 4D 4NT Pass 400
5.    Tim Francis-Wright (Usa) 5H 3C 3H 4NT Pass 400
8.    Kees Schaafsma (Netherlands) 4NT 2NT 3H Pass Dbl 360
8.    Joel Sergejevitj (Ussr) Pass 2NT 3H 4NT Pass 360
10.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4NT 2C 4H 4NT Pass 350
10.    David Gordon (Canada) 5H 3NT 4C 4NT 4NT 350
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