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TGIF January 2010: Scores

1. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A K 6 5 3   H 5   D 8 5   C A J 10 5 4  
West North East South  
2S (1) Pass 4H ?
(1) Michaels.

Your call?

Pass 16 100
Dbl 1 60
5C 1 30
4S 0 10
Moderator: The panel emphatically chooses Pass.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 5C. It sounds like they can make 4H. If so, a sacrifice is in order. Who knows? There may be a double game swing.
Mel Colchamiro: Dbl. It feels wrong to pass, but bidding 4S or 5C is unilateral. I'm hoping that partner will bid 4NT if he wants to hear my minor.
Jeff Meckstroth: Pass. I have two aces for defense
The Sutherlins: Pass. Clear-cut. A 5C save will be too expensive and 4H may be going down with suits not breaking.
Maurice Ormon: 4S. At this vul, this playing strength, virtually automatic.
Eugene Chan: 5C. More bidding is suggested by the favourable vulnerability, especially at IMPs. 5C enables partner to make a better decision in the event the opps compete to 5H.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Can't justify sacrificing on this even though we likely have some sort of club fit: LHO might even be trying to goad us into one.
David Walker: 5C. Up to you partner now.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Partner had the option of bidding 3S which here would be like a 2S raise. They didn't so I'm passing and hoping to beat it! To potentially phantom sack with a bad spade break is asking for big trouble.
Julie Smith: Pass. Finding it hard to come up with anything other than pass. Wish I could.
Mike Hamilton: 5C. When each side has a play for a high-level contract, it is usually right to bid one more at favourable vulnerability. Iíll offer a choice. We might make ours, go down by less than the value of theirs, or push them one too high.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5C. Surely the opponents have a game here. With most of my points in quick tricks, I prefer to push the opponents to 5H, even if it gives away my shape.
Craig T. Wilson: 5C. Favourable vul.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Looks like the opps have made a guess, why should I rescue them?
Mike Roberts: Pass. 5C could be very, very right, or very, very wrong. No way to tell.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. White on Red if Partner doesn't take any action already, I am all in. I hope we can beat it one with a spade ruff (uppercut?). I definitely don't want to induce a -1100 in 5D, which is likely if I double and catch partner with DK Q x x x x x and not much else.
Kees Schaafsma: Pass. Who says we won't have 4 tricks and if not how will we fare in 4S/5C?
Merv Adey: Pass. More likely we have four tricks than eleven.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. I wish I had opened 1C so I could get around this preemption.
John Gillespie: Pass. I don't mind a poor result to maintain partnership trust.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Partner could not make any noise over 2S so I will surrender this hand to the evening.
Birol GŁVenÁ: 5C. For suits in E/W... black suits maybe in ours.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Pard couldn't dbl so most likely save at 4S out. Got 2 aces maybe pard has them beat.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. Are they really going to bid 5C at the other table?
Amiram Millet: 5C. Not a hand to defend on this vul.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Over to you partner.

2. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S 9   H A Q 8   D K Q 9 8 6   C A 10 6 3  
West North East South  
Pass 1S 2S (1) ?
(1) Natural.

Your call?

3C 10 100
Dbl 5 80
Pass 3 60
3S 0 0
Moderator: Your vulnerable opponent bid 2S, a suit North has at least four of. Most of the panel trust that East is not a maniac, and so look for a fit in clubs.
The Gordons: Dbl. We had some discussion about this and decided that playing a double for penalty in this auction makes no sense.
Steve Robinson: 3C. Very little has been written on what bids mean in this auction. Because I have short spades, I'll bid 3C.
Allan Falk: Dbl. If you play double for penalty, you will wait for years for that hand. I hate to violate the BBS system, but if I get a zero, so be it.
Eugene Chan: 2NT. Double is for penalties but it is unclear that we want to defend. 2NT suggests both minors but longer diamonds than clubs. 3C should promise a 5 card suit.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Partner's still there and no doubt will do something sensible.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. If I can't double for takeout here I might give up on this contest! My partners only pass when 2S is in big trouble, else use 2NT to scramble somewhere good.
Julie Smith: 3C. Bidding my hand.
Yue Su: 3C. If pard has only 3 hearts and 4 spades, he should have enough to support a minor.
Mike Hamilton: Dbl. I expect a vulnerable East to have better spades than partner. This utility bid shows defensive values outside spades and a tolerance for the unbid suits. Partner can judge whether we should compete or defend.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Competitive - clearly not a support double.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Bid out my shape.
Mike Roberts: 3C. I think double should be a little more balanced.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. With a guaranteed 8 card fit and probably no wasted values in spades, I will bid naturally. Double is ridiculous and pass puts a lot of pressure on partner.
Kees Schaafsma: Dbl. The old-fashioned cooperative double.
Paul Mcmullin: 3C. Should be forwardgoing.
Chris Buchanan: 3C. Off shape with shortness in spades.
Birol GŁVenÁ: Pass. Listen to partner.
Chris Diamond: 3C. Too much to pass. Dbl for takeout would be perfect, but I suspect it isn't.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3C. That's actually encouraging--if East is sane, then partner's spades are weak and her values are elsewhere. (I'm assuming that partner has her bid.)
Amiram Millet: 3C. A convenient MP bid.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. Most flexible. Partner can leave it in, bid NT or a suit - all fine with me.

3. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S 5 2   H 4 2   D K J 10 3   C K 8 7 6 2  
West North East South  
    Pass Pass
1S Dbl 2H (1) ?
(1) Constructive (8-10) spade raise.

Your call?

3C 10 100
2NT 3 70
2S 2 70
Pass 2 60
Dbl 1 30
3D 0 0
Moderator: The majority bid 3C. Even though they also have diamonds, they aren't willing to chance an accident by bidding 2NT.
Larry Cohen: Pass. This isn't the way to get a high score, but I think it makes a lot of sense. If West bids higher than 2S, there is no need to compete. If he bids only 2S, I can reopen with 2NT, which is obviously for the minors.
Karen Walker: Dbl. Responsive. This is the meaning if it went 1S-Dbl-2D-Dbl, which is essentially what happened.
Allan Falk: 2NT. This surely has to be for the minors. How can I have a balanced 11-point hand?
The Joyces: 3C. Because it's unclear what our bids mean over 2H, we simply bid our longer suit. At least it can't be misunderstood.
August Boehm: 2S. Double would show hearts, so this is a minor-suit takeout.
Maurice Ormon: 2NT. Heard in postmortem: Don't we play that as takeout for the minors?
Eugene Chan: 3C. E/W may have some fancy agreements, but I am an old-fashioned bid-what-I-got type.
Martin Henneberger: 3C. What is standard nowadays? I have extensive agreements about these auctions including double as responsive and 2NT lebensohl. Guess I will settle for a standard 3C here.
Julie Smith: 2NT. Not lebensohl. Not natural. Bid a minor partner.
Yue Su: Pass. I will pass first, but if LHO next bids 2S and then pass to me, I will bid 3C.
Mike Hamilton: Dbl. Responsive, suggesting the minors since Iím not bidding hearts knowing partner has at least a 4-card suit. If partner now bids hearts, Iíll know he has extra values and a good 5-card suit or longer where doubleton-rag support is enough to compete.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. Unusual for the minors. Better than a responsive(?) double, which gives west one more possible descriptive bid.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Lead directing. Sounds like both sides have half the deck, but they have spades, so expecting to defend.
Mike Roberts: 2NT. I'm not a big fan of unusual NTs, but it's clear here. Not enough to bid 2S, and double shows hearts.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. Compete for partner's best minor before they can exchange any further information.
Kees Schaafsma: 2S. Minors as in (1S)-Dbl-(2S)-Dbl.
Bob Todd: 2NT. Minors.
Merv Adey: 3C. 2N may be many things but I doubt it is pick a minor in this sequence.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Braver people might bid 3C here.
David Gordon: 3C. Show your best suit.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Plan to bid 2NT for the minors after 2S gets passed back to me.
Birol GŁVenÁ: 2NT. Unusual for minors.
Chris Diamond: 2NT. Little bit unfair to give us undiscussed auctions. Dbl here should be responsive.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. I would love for 2NT to show the minors here, but it doesn't (and I'm not allowed to hesitate and then bid 2NT to show the minors).
Amiram Millet: 3C. Before it's too late.
Brian Zietman: 3C. Last chance to show my suit.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S Q 9 6   H Q 9   D A 10 5 2   C Q 6 5 4  
West North East South  
    1H Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

1NT 10 100
2C 4 70
2D 2 70
1S 2 60
3C 0 0
3D 0 0
Moderator: The 1NT bid defines the strength and hand pattern at a low level. Its only flaw is a lack of a stopper.
Barry Rigal: 2C. I'm planning to bid 2NT if they compete to 2H. This shows minors and competitive values. 1NT might work, but I need a little more in heart stoppers.
Don Stack: 1NT. 1NT is perfect at matchpoints for the higher-paying contract, but I would make the same bid at IMPs.
Mike Lawrence: 1S. I don't have much of a hand. I choose 1S because it is one level lower. In my heart, I suspect that 1NT is best.
Jill Meyers: 2D. I have 10 points, but they are not very chunky, nor are my honors married. If the opponents compete, I'll bid 3C next.
The Coopers: 1S. If this is a 4-3 fit, it should play well.
Maurice Ormon: 2D. Too many Quacks to get excited over a balancing dble.
Eugene Chan: 2D. With a weaker hand, I might try 1S to keep it low. However, I don't believe this auction will subside at the one level, so my strategy is to prepare for a second call in clubs.
Stephen Vincent: 1NT. The extra values compensate for the slight heart flaw.
Martin Henneberger: 2D. My hand isn't great and pard only balanced. He must know I'm leaving leeway and will bid with balancing extras...e.g. a good 14. I plan to compete with 3C should the opps bid 2H.
Mike Hamilton: 2D. I have only 8 working HCP and the only place my hand isnít soft is diamonds. I have a decent raise in either unbid suit if partner can show extra values by bidding one of them.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1NT. When no contract looks appealing, might as well go for the one that pays the best.
Larry Meyer: 2C. Bid the cheaper of my long suits.
Mike Roberts: 2D. Where are the hearts? I think pard has a weird hand. Not enough to bid 2H, and jumping in a suit is misdirected.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. I hate my HQ x, but NT should be played from Partner's hand and that is clearly a logical par contract. I will pass any bid by partner.
Kees Schaafsma: 1NT. 10-12; Lots of room to investigate the heart stopper.
Merv Adey: 1NT. Might have to scramble, but opponents are quiet so far. I may be stealing partner's rebid...on a good day.
Paul Mcmullin: 1NT. Temporizing; I'll be surprised if partner doesn't bid again... I'll try 2S if he brings out 2H.
John Gillespie: 2D. I bid 1S in midnights or a licenced club.
David Gordon: 2D. Partner could be light. Intend to follow up with a 3C bid if auction continues.
Chris Buchanan: 2D. This will allow me to get both minors in if the auction gets competitive.
Birol GŁVenÁ: 1S. If partner shows a strong hand, my hand is adequate for game, probably 3NT.
Chris Diamond: 1NT. Looks about right at MP's.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2D. 1NT could be right, but that's not a stopper where I come from.
Amiram Millet: 1S. A compromise.
Brian Zietman: 2H. If partner has a heart stopper 3NT might be the best shot.

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

Your call?

3C 10 100
3S 4 50
3D 3 40
4D 0 10
Pass 1 10
Moderator: Because you have full values for the diamond raise, the majority choose 3C, the suit where you have values.
Barry Rigal: 3C. I have shape and no defense. It's time to act in front of partner to suggest that.
Kerri Sanborn: 3S. This can't be asking for a stopper, so it must be showing shortness. I have a great hand for partner.
The Sutherlins: 3D. We want to send a message that we have at least five diamonds and more than a minimum with no intention to defend. 3NT is still in the picture.
The Coopers: Pass. Partner's redouble promises another bid. Pass to be followed by 3D shows a better hand than an immediate 3D. We have lots of offense.
Eugene Chan: 3C. Partner might think I have longer clubs than diamonds but what the heh! 3C is descriptive and should be more encouraging than 3D in any event.
Stephen Vincent: 3C. You were pretty heavy for the original 2D bid. It would be nice to cater for a 4-4-3-2 in partner's hand but it might get misinterpreted.
Martin Henneberger: 3S. Again what's redouble in knows? I will bid 3S as a triple shot: opps can make spades, we might make 3NT, or 5 or 6D.
Yue Su: 2NT. If pard did not redbl I would bid 3D. Now I think we may have 3N.
Mike Hamilton: Pass. If BBS plays inverted minors, shouldnít I have responded 3D? As a passed hand, East may be bidding under pressure, and spades arenít breaking. My clubs should be useful on defense and I have a safe lead, so Iíll pass this one around to partner.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. There is some potential for a forcing defense here. With bad diamond spots and no sure club entry, I am pessimistic (but not enough to act unilaterally).
Larry Meyer: 3D. An extra bid because I have an extra diamond.
Mike Roberts: Pass. Yeah, I'll sit for a (penalty) double, and lead a trump. Could be wrong, but the scoring and vul. is right. If partner doesn't double, I have an easy 3S bid.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. If partner doubles, I pass and lead a trump.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Usually 'redouble' says to clear the road unless you're silly weak or silly distributional; I have about what I promised, so I don't have to warn partner about anything funny happening.
David Gordon: 3C. Your partner has shown extra values but I will not let partner dbl spades. Instead I will show my club values.
Chris Buchanan: 3C. Allows me to show where all of my values are and my shape.
Birol GŁVenÁ: 3C. If we play this board like gambling, and if partner support club, playing 4-4 clubs is better than a diamond contract.
Chris Diamond: 3C. Show where you live with no desire to punish spades.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3C. We're already ahead of the game when 2D showed a single raise, so let's stay ahead by showing partner where my values are.
Amiram Millet: 3C. Fighting to 3D if needed.
Brian Zietman: 3C. Do we have a double fit?

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Don Stack Pass 3C 3C 1NT 3C 500
Jill Meyers Pass 3C 3C 2D 3C 470
Barry Rigal Pass 3C 3C 2C 3C 470
Steve Robinson Pass 3C 3C 2D 3C 470
Larry Cohen Pass 3C Pass 1NT 3C 460
Allan Falk Pass Dbl 2NT 1NT 3C 450
Jeff Meckstroth Pass 3C 3C 1NT 3S 450
The Gordons Pass Dbl 3C 2C 3C 450
The Joyces Pass 3C 3C 1NT 3S 450
The Sutherlins Pass 3C 3C 1NT 3D 440
August Boehm Pass Pass 2S 1NT 3C 430
Karen Walker Pass Dbl Dbl 1NT 3C 410
Mel Colchamiro Dbl Dbl 2NT 1NT 3C 410
Kerri Sanborn Pass 3C Pass 2C 3S 380
Betty Ann Kennedy 5C 3C 3C 1NT 3D 370
Bridge Buff Pass Pass 3C 2C 3D 370
Mike Lawrence Pass Dbl 2S 1S 3S 360
The Coopers Pass Pass 2NT 1S Pass 300

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Stuart Carr Pass Dbl 3C 1NT 3C 480 129.50
2.    Gilbert Lambert Pass 3C 2NT 1NT 3C 470 97.13
3.    Stephen Vincent Pass Pass 3C 1NT 3C 460 64.75
4.    Michael Dimich Pass 3C Pass 1S 3C 420 45.33
5.    Martin Henneberger Pass Dbl 3C 2D 3S 400 25.90
6.    Joel Martineau 5C 3C Pass 1NT 3C 390 21.58
7.    Jacky Wang Pass Dbl Pass 1NT 3D 380 16.36
7.    Ronald Kuiper Pass 3C 3C 2C Pass 380 16.36
7.    Julie Smith Pass 3C 2NT 2D 3D 380 16.36
10.    Elaine Sutton Dbl 3C 3C 2C 3D 370 12.36
10.    Peggy Lacasse Pass 3C 2NT 2H 3C 370 12.36

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Merv Adey (Canada) Pass Dbl 3C 1NT 3C 480 70.00
2.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Pass 3C 2NT 1NT 3C 470 37.33
2.    Chris Diamond (Canada) Pass 3C 2NT 1NT 3C 470 37.33
2.    John Gillespie (Canada) Pass 3C 3C 2D 3C 470 37.33
5.    Kees Schaafsma (Netherlands) Pass Dbl 2S 1NT 3C 450 14.00
6.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) Pass 3C Pass 2D 3C 430 10.14
6.    Tim Francis-Wright (Usa) Pass 3C Pass 2D 3C 430 10.14
6.    Paul Erikson (Canada) Dbl 3C 2NT 1NT 3C 430 10.14
9.    David Gordon (Canada) 5C 3C 3C 2D 3C 400 7.39
9.    Paul Janicki (Canada) 5C 3C 3C 2D 3C 400 7.39
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