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TGIF June 2007: Scores

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

Your call?

4H 8 100
2S 7 90
2NT 3 60
3NT 1 50
3H 0 30
Moderator: Which strain and how high? You have a strong hand, but partner could be broke. Eight panelists take a shot at 4H anyway; seven explore with a 2S cuebid.
Grant Baze: 2S. 4H is too much and 3H is too little. 2S followed by 3H is the strongest game try I can make. Goldilocks will be proud.
Jill Meyers: 4H. Partner could have a Yarborough with five low hearts, and we could be cold for 4H, especially with the strong hand on lead.
The Coopers: 4H. This may not make, but we will bid it anyway. The possibility of a slam is too unlikely to confuse the issue with a cuebid.
Julien Levesque: 2S. Pard had to bid and could be on empty.
Eugene Chan: 2S. ... the only forcing bid available. Can't make any game if partner is broke.
Adam Melzak: 4H. Optimist: If North has the perfect six points HQ, DA then 6H good; if North has wrong yarb then 4H not so good. But the hand and position over bidder is too good to do much less than 4H. 2S possible but ..unnecessary?
Loring Windblad: 4H. If partner knows I can take him to game on a minimum forced response, he will take the next step if he has additional values.
David Walker: 3H. Hoping partner doesn't have 3 spades.
Sheila Sache: 2S. I will wait to see what partner does.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3NT. What I think I can make; play pard for some 4HCP; if pd is long in spades 4H is in danger by ruffs; if pard is short in sp then pard has some diamond length or 2 -suiter in clubs and hearts or long hearts, all of which augur well for 9 tricks in notrump.
Susan Peters: 2S. I'd like to hear if partner has more than a forced response. Over 3H will try 4C.
Martin Henneberger: 2NT. .. showing 19-21 here....other bids are problematic. 2S doesn't help...and raising hearts may get passed and bidding game is too unilateral.
Mike Roberts: 3NT. Yes, this is weird. But this has a good play opposite xxx Q9xx xxx xxx. The advantage of the spade lead, and the threat of a spade ruff, tilts the balance for me. 2S won't achieve anything.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. Need all the room I can get to figure out whether we can afford to get higher than game. This is a cheap start.
Chris Buchanan: 2S. Forcing. I need partner to tell me more.
Bob Todd: 2NT. ... more than a strong NT -If partner can't act we are high enough.
Alan Chapelle: 2S. Hope this doesn't allow West to double with a stiff spade!
Paul Mcmullin: 4H. The good news is that I'm sitting over East, so my Kings should be good. The bad news is that partner will have a hard time getting to his hand to lead toward dummy.
Chris Diamond: 2S. Pard broke or decent values? 2S agreeing hearts followed by 3NT.

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

Your call?

Dbl 11 100
2NT 5 70
3NT 1 60
Pass 2 50
2S 0 30
3C 0 30
2H 0 20
Moderator: What does double mean? When you have an awkward hand that indicates you should bid again, a double is a popular choice. In the passout seat, it is not penalty, yet 11 experts chose that bid. (Incidentally, a support double (through 2H) is part of Bridge Bulletin Standard.)
Grant Baze: Dbl. It is takeout, unfortunately. If partner bids 2D or 2S, I will bid the obvious 2NT.
Kai Zhou: Dbl. I still want to make a penalty double of 2C in IMPS??...
Julien Levesque: 3NT. Who do I want on lead , not east this is IMP's , east rates to be near empty handed on values , while P is marked to be something like 4S 2H 4/5*D 2*/3C * noting the most likely shapes, good declarer play should bring this puppy home
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Intended as penalty. Game appears unlikely opposite partner's minimum opener.
Adam Melzak: 2NT. Close between 2N and double; could be giving up on 800.
David Walker: Dbl. Waiting.
Sheila Sache: Dbl. Double says "Partner this is our hand!"
Aidan Ballantyne: 3NT. IMPS - see if you can make vul game by bidding it rather than analyzing the postmortem.
Susan Peters: Dbl. Leaves most options open.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. If pard bids anything other than 2H after my Dbl, I will follow with 2NT.
Mike Roberts: 2NT. I'd like double to be for penalty, but I don't think it is (cards, leaning towards takeout).
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Need partner to cooperate if we have a game. If partner thinks we are on a misfit, I would rather take +200. 3NT as a game choice seems too stupid.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. I will convert a pointed suit to 2NT. It would be fun if partner could pass...however unlikely. Double allows partner to support hearts with 3.
Bob Todd: Dbl. I have easy followups no matter what partner does.
Alan Chapelle: Dbl. I'm assuming that we play support doubles .. so partner should have at least 2 clubs.
Paul Mcmullin: 3C. If we played support doubles, I could know that partner doesn't have 3 hearts, and I could offer 2NT instead of the 3C probe.
Charity Sack: Dbl. I want bloooood!
Chris Diamond: Dbl. No support X available so 3 card H support still possible, follow all but 2H with 2NT.

3. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A K J 6 4 2   H A 9 5   D Q 4   C K Q  
West North East South  
    1D Dbl
2D (1) Pass 2S ?
(1) Can be bid with a weak hand.

Your call?

Pass 11 100
Dbl 4 60
2NT 1 50
3D 1 50
3S 2 50
3NT 0 20
4S 0 20
Moderator: You doubled 1D, intending to bid spades next. The bidding has taken a strange turn, however, so what do you do now?
Grant Baze: Pass. When partner is unable to bid over 2D, we are in defensive mode and not expecting to play the hand, even more so after East bids 2S.
Jill Meyers: Pass. .. and then, right or wrong, I'm going to bid 3S if they sign off in 3D.
The Coopers: Pass. If they stop in 3D, we can decide whether to bid. We would have bid 1S the first time and saved ourselves all this grief. You can overcall quite heavily at the one level because modern bidders almost never leave you there.
Kai Zhou: Pass. I think I can bid 3S later.
Julien Levesque: 3S. East is playing a pseudo psych with 2S. I am not buying it and bid to show the real suit holder and 4 1/2 losers. If I am wrong a few stiff drinks will cure my headache.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Doubling is easy. Problem begins when they run to 3D.
Adam Melzak: Pass. ... and hope to hear all pass. If not then subsequent action could be interesting.
Loring Windblad: Dbl. Looks like you and East have all the points. I double for a lead from partner or for penalty.
David Walker: Pass. Waiting.
Eurydice Nours: Pass. Hope my partner would reopen with a double.
Sheila Sache: 3S. If I double partner may not know I have all these spades; if I bid 3S partner should know I have a big hand with 6 spades.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Maybe bid spades later which should be natural after doubling here.
Susan Peters: Dbl. Not sure what 2S is but expect to bid again (likely spades) over whatever partner bids.
Martin Henneberger: 3S. I planned to Dbl then bid spades so I will! A Dbl here is too to length and or strength.
Jongseok Oh: Dbl. penalty X and remain 3S bidding space.
Mike Roberts: 3S. I don't understand the explanation. If I pass, or double, it might be too high to come back in. 3D is the cuebid.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. It appears to be their hand. Let's see if they get high enough to give us a chance!
Chris Buchanan: Pass. 2S is forcing and will likely fetch 3D. I will slide in 3S over 3D.
Bob Todd: Pass. Even if East is fooling around, partner could not bid. We aren't missing a game unless partner can bid.
Paul Mcmullin: 3S. Nice misdirector by East. Partner will figure this out when I bid 4S next.
Charity Sack: Dbl. More blooooood.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Ask East if he psyched, if he says no, pass

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S A Q   H J 10 7 4   D A 7   C J 8 6 5 3  
West North East South  
Pass 1S Pass 1NT
Pass 2C (1) Pass 2D (2)
Pass 3S Pass 4D
Pass 4H Pass ?
(1) Checkback.
(2) Minimum without spade support.

Your call?

4S 9 100
5S 7 80
4NT 2 60
6S 1 30
Moderator: Partner is bidding strongly, and we have the AQ of trumps. Bidding 4S seems like an underbid, but anything else seems like an overbid.
Grant Baze: 4S. One slam try below game is all I'm worth. If partner bids 5C, I will make my last cooperative effort by bidding 5D.
Jill Meyers: 4S. I love my spade holding, but I don't have another bid.
The Coopers: 5S. Let's show our good spades with no club control. When partner makes slam tries and you have very good trump support, you must be aggressive.
Kai Zhou: 4S. minimum, 2 spades, D control, no club control, looks like I have nothing to say.
Julien Levesque: 4S. Ok we concede these 2 spades are mighty fine as a 2 card fit goes, but the 8+ card fit is there bid it now or call Mrs. Bennett to fix things up.
Eugene Chan: 6S. Minimum without spade support? Time to catch up holding 2 keycards and the Queen of trump.
Adam Melzak: 4S. I dont like this auction. Yes pd has some stuff BUT...
Loring Windblad: 4S. Your two honors should go a long way to help Partner make 4S. If he has substantial extra values he will proceed.
David Walker: 6S. Partner has a pretty hand.
Michael Dimich: 4S. You made a good 4D Q bid in support of spades. After partner's 4H Q bid you can only bid 4S. Partner can ask if they only need SA Q and DA for a slam.
Aidan Ballantyne: 6H. Pard can go back to spades if 4H was control only. Seems like we belong in slam.
Susan Peters: 4S. Have told my story. Up to partner to go on.
Martin Henneberger: 4S. Haven't I completely described my hand?
Jongseok Oh: 4S. Slam is impossible.
Mike Roberts: 4S. Very close (5S is the only other call worth thinking about).
Perry Khakhar: 4S. Although I like my hand, I think I am all in if partner can't bid a club Q, or Blackwood. Presuming that partner GF'ed with the 3S bid, I am happy to respond to Blackwood and if he bids 5C I will bid 6S.
Chris Buchanan: 4S. I'm All in.
Bob Todd: 4S. Close between 4S and 5S. I like 5S, but not in a bidding contest.
Paul Mcmullin: 4S. I could have just bid 4S over 3S, so I've already expressed interest.
Chris Diamond: 4S. Am I missing something?

5. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A K 9 5 2   H 7   D A   C A K Q 10 7 5  
West North East South  
1H Pass Pass ?

Your call?

2H 18 100
Dbl 1 60
4H 0 30
5C 0 20
3C 0 10
2C 0 0
2S 0 0
3S 0 0
Grant Baze: 2H. If partner bids 2S over 2H, I can make two slam tries below game. If partner does not bid 2S, I will cuebid 3H and then a forcing 4C. If partner bids 4S over 4C, I will have to pass. If he raises to 5C, I will bid the slam and hope for the best.
Kai Zhou: 2H. Even too good for a 4H bid.
Julien Levesque: 4H. Gee 3 losers at most in spades or 1 in clubs. Force it to the max.
Eugene Chan: 2H. Michaels first. If partner has no preference for spades, I'll jump to 6C and pray. TGIM. (Thank God It's Matchpoints!)
Adam Melzak: Dbl. The usual 2 loser hand. Double may not elicit much useful info although obviously S bid from pard send us to 6+spades. RHO may have zero leaving pard enough for ... SQ and HA. 2H also good.
Loring Windblad: Dbl. This is the only way to begin to describe this hand and its overall strength. If partner holds as little as SQ x x you should make 6S.
David Walker: 2H. Waiting.
Eurydice Nours: 2C. Rebid the spade later to show the 6/5 hand.
Sheila Sache: 2H. Playing with a partner with an understanding we play weak and strong michaels.
Michael Dimich: 2H. Michaels Q bid first - afterwards you will find out how good your partnership is.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2H. Science! However, unless pard shows spades I am probably going to jump to 6C some time soon.
Susan Peters: 2H. Just a matter of what game or slam we will end up in.
Martin Henneberger: 2H. I hope I can find out if pd has 3 or more spades..if the auction gets cut off quickly before that happens I will bid 6C next...pd will pass or correct to 6S.
Jongseok Oh: 2H. 1S is not proper to explain hand value.
Mike Roberts: 2H. I think this is Michaels (it didn't used to be). I'll follow with 4C over 2NT/2S. Can't risk double.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. I don't have better science available to do any thing better. Club slam looks better than S, and I realize we may never get past 4S with this bid, but that is how it is sometimes!
Chris Buchanan: 2H. I wish I could bid 4C super michaels but for now this will do.
Bob Todd: 2H. I think I'll be cue-bidding again.
Alan Chapelle: 2H. Looks like my next call will be 5C.
Paul Mcmullin: 2H. ... followed by 5S over partner's 2S, or 3H over partner's 3D.
Chris Diamond: 2H. Michael the monster, RKC over spade response, 6C over anything else.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jill Meyers 4H Dbl Pass 4S 2H 500
Grant Baze 2S Dbl Pass 4S 2H 490
The Coopers 4H Dbl Pass 5S 2H 480
August Boehm 2S Dbl Pass 5S 2H 470
Kerri Sanborn 4H 2NT Pass 4S 2H 470
Karen Walker 4H 2NT Pass 4S 2H 470
Paul Soloway 2NT Dbl Pass 4S 2H 460
The Colchamiros 3NT Dbl Pass 4S 2H 450
Randi Montin 2S Dbl Dbl 4S 2H 450
Barry Rigal 4H Dbl Dbl 5S 2H 440
Richard Freeman 2NT 2NT Pass 5S 2H 410
Betty Ann Kennedy 2NT 2NT Pass 5S 2H 410
Steve Robinson 4H Pass Pass 4NT 2H 410
The Sutherlins 2S 2NT 3S 4S 2H 410
Bridge Baron 4H 3NT 3D 4S 2H 410
Mike Lawrence 4H Dbl Dbl 5S Dbl 400
Jeff Meckstroth 2S Dbl 2NT 4NT 2H 400
Larry Cohen 2S Dbl Dbl 6S 2H 380
Allan Falk 2S Pass 3S 5S 2H 370

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Kai Zhou 2S Dbl Pass 4S 2H 490
2.    Rod Coote 4H 2NT Pass 4S 2H 470
2.    Patti Adams 4H 2NT Pass 4S 2H 470
4.    Julie Smith 4H Dbl Dbl 4S 2H 460
5.    Norma Doucette 2S Dbl Dbl 4S 2H 450
5.    Zoran Peca 2S Dbl Dbl 4S 2H 450
5.    Susan Peters 2S Dbl Dbl 4S 2H 450
5.    Jongseok Oh 2S Dbl Dbl 4S 2H 450
9.    Sheila Sache 2S Dbl 3S 4S 2H 440
9.    David Hu 4H Dbl Dbl 5S 2H 440

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 2S Dbl Pass 4S 2H 490
1.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 2S Dbl Pass 4S 2H 490
1.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 2S Dbl Pass 4S 2H 490
4.    Merv Adey (Canada) 4H 2NT Pass 4S 2H 470
4.    Fred Bart (Canada) 4H 2NT Pass 4S 2H 470
6.    Bob Todd (Canada) 2NT Dbl Pass 4S 2H 460
7.    Alan Chapelle (Canada) 2S Dbl Dbl 4S 2H 450
7.    Charity Sack (Maryland) 2S Dbl Dbl 4S 2H 450
7.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 2S Dbl Dbl 4S 2H 450
10.    Judi Carter (Canada) 4H Pass Dbl 4S 2H 410
10.    Ross Jamieson (Canada) 4H 2NT Dbl 5S 2H 410
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