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TGIF November 2010: Scores

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

Your call?

Dbl 6 100
5H 3 70
5NT 3 50
6C 1 50
6D 2 50
6H 2 50
5S 0 30
6S 1 20
Pass 0 0
Moderator: This problem was the most interesting of the set, polling 7 different calls from our panel of experts.
Don Stack: 6H. I'm hoping the power of my aces and potential tricks in spades will carry the day in slam. There is no guarantee of making six, yet we could be cold for seven.
Allan Falk: 5NT. . . pick a slam, partner. North could rebid 3H on a variety of hands where spades could be the superior trump suit, such as: SA 6 2 HA K 8 6 3 2 DK 7 4 C5. We might make a grand slam, but that's too tough. If we find any small slam that makes, I'll be satisfied.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 5H. Partner should have extra length and values because of the 3H bid, so 5H should make.
Barry Rigal: 6S. My choices are to jump to 6H, 6S, offer a choice of slams with 5NT or the pessimistic double. 6S could be right on with as little as a singleton S10 in partner's hand. I'm taking the unilateral route and bidding 6S and will apologize to partner later.
Steve Robinson: 6C. I have to make a strong bid. Your bid at this point might depend on the answer to some questions. Would 3C by North after 2NT show a strong hand with a good heart suit? Does 5NT by South offer a choice of slams?
The Coopers: 6D. They have made us guess and we are guessing that 6H is right. How to get partner to bid a grand with solid hearts and the SA? We think that we wouldn't bid 6D without at least two aces and some tricks in spades.
The Joyces: Dbl. We're not thrilled with any of our options. The five level should belong to the opponents.
Brad Bart: 6S. It feels like this is a 5 or 7 hand, but bidding 7S is not the best choice in a bidding contest. (And after seeing the scores, neither was 6S.)
Andrew Krywaniuk: 6H. The opponents' bidding has already muddled our auction. (How do I interpret partner's bid over 2NT? Would a cue bid be unusual vs. unusual? Would double be strength or support?) So let's just bid what I hope we can make.
Mark Eddy: Pass. This has to be forcing... will pull pard's double to 5H, or raise a 5H (or unlikely 5S) call to 6.
Laurence Betts: 6D. Tempted to bid 7H but that doesn't win bidding contests; just procrastinating.
Eugene Chan: 6H. Might be cold for seven but we will be happy with six. 6H rate to be better than 6S because there may be entry problems for partner's hearts in a spade slam.
Mike Hamilton: 6H. Partner made a free call facing a possible 6 points. I have a lot more than my response promised, but weíre beyond KCB and cue-bidding wonít help. With controls outside and 10-x support, Iíll try slam.
Stephen Vincent: 6D. 6 is likely and 7 possible. 6D gives us a chance of getting to 7 if it's on and getting to the right strain.
Gilbert Lambert: 6H. There are no scientific ways to get to seven at this level. Pay off to the 5D bid.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Not confident we can make 5 of a major - take sure plus.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Take the plus. Worst case is probably +300 instead of +450. LHO would have to have extreme shape and pard no aces for them to make it. Only in my nightmares.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. Another 5 level decision that is a pure guess. If there is one thing I've learned from this contest is that the panel doesn't like guessing to go down when double is available.
Mike Roberts: 5H. Pass isn't forcing, and this feels like the middle-of-the-road action.
Perry Khakhar: 6H. Should have a play! Tough to explore further at this level without mirrors. So, I take the most likely spot.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Forcing Pass. I am planning on the Pass and pull to show slam interest.
John Gillespie: 6D. Pard will do the right thing, won't they?
Chuck Arthur: 6H. Those spades are not quite strong enough to insist that they be trump.
Chris Diamond: 6C. Can't think of anything but a cue-bid, so I hope I get lucky and pard holds a diamond void with all the other cards I need and bids a grand if I show the CA.
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. Hulk not take push. Hulk smash puny minor suits.
Amiram Millet: 6H. Have too many controls for only 5H.

2. IMPs. None vul.
S 10 9   H J 4   D Q J 10 7   C A Q 8 7 3  
West North East South  
Pass 1H 4S ?

Your call?

Pass 10 100
Dbl 8 80
4NT 0 30
5C 0 0
Moderator: You can't be sure you can set them, so you pass, right? Your side has more than half the points, so you must double, right? The best action is pretty much a guess, and the votes show this.
Kerri Sanborn: Dbl. Double shows some values. If they make it, it's not the end of the world.
Karen Walker: Pass. BBS says double is penalty, but I don't know that I can beat it. Maybe if I pass, partner can reopen.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Who wants to go for 800? Any volunteers?
Mark Eddy: Dbl. Don't really care if pard takes this as negative or just cards or business.
Laurence Betts: Dbl. Minus 590, lose 5.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Partner's opener should have at least 2 Quicks and I have an ace and handling charges.
Mike Hamilton: Dbl. If partner opened light, where are the points? I want more shape before considering a call that commits our side to the 5-level.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Every time I've bid in this situation (we've got more points than them partner) I end up writing down -590 or worse.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Intended as showing cards without good trump support.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. 4NT might be take-out but I don't have enough shape, and I'm too good to pass. This double tends to show cards anyway.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. When fixed, stay fixed and yet another lesson hand. I can't even be sure I was making a part score let alone game, so I won't even consider the 5 level, and to double with no trump tricks is asking partner to go wrong. Pass.
Stuart Carr: Dbl. I'm happy if partner passes or pulls.
Mike Roberts: Pass. Pre-empts work. If double was co-operative, I'd do that, but it's 80% penalty.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I refuse to punish partner for his 3rd seat opener. He would need to hold a lot of very specific cards for us to make anything. Maybe we can beat the contract.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Too hard for partner to make a good decision on this hand unless I help them out a little.
John Gillespie: Pass. Not enough offence or defence.
Chuck Arthur: Dbl. Unfortunately, 4NT now is not for the minors.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Card showing, although I could have more cards.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. Don't punish partner here.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. Expecting 300 but will settle for 100.

3. IMPs. E-W vul.
S Q 10 5 3 2   H A 7   D 10 6   C Q 8 6 5  
West North East South  
1D 2S (1) 4H 4S
5H Pass 6H ?
(1) Weak.

Your call?

Pass 11 100
6S 7 70
Dbl 0 10
Moderator: The save in 6S should be cheap enough to be worthwhile, but can the opponents make 6H?
Mike Lawrence: 6S. Oddly, this sequence is one in which they might consider bidding seven, to their dismay.
Barry Rigal: Pass. I rate to lose 1100 in 6S doubled, but I'm not sure the opponents aren't off two aces or a slow club trick. The odds aren't right to bid.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 6S. Partner hasn't denied a side suit king, but it sure seems unlikely. Down 4 should be good sac. (On a side note, why did I bid a pusillanimous 4S in the first place? 5C, 5D, 5H, 5S, and pass would all be better choices.)
Mark Eddy: Dbl. I play dbl here as cooperative. Pard can pass with a defensive trick.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Lead a club and hope for the best. Not taking a voluntary minus holding the ace of trumps. Double is too greedy.
Mike Hamilton: Pass. Holding the master trump, I have too much defense to sacrifice. We have a reasonable chance of collecting a minor-suit trick to go with the sure trump trick, so Iíll pass quietly.
Stephen Vincent: 6S. Hate sacrificing when there's any chance of beating it but the chances of partner having a defensive trick are remote indeed.
Gilbert Lambert: 6S. Taking insurance.
Larry Meyer: Pass. I don't see their slam as a sure thing, so I'm not willing to sacrifice.
Aidan Ballantyne: 6S. Insurance, only because I am not sure what to lead: club or spade. Sounds like they are ready for spades (RHO is void?), but do I have the guts to pass, lead a club and play pard for the CK? Nope.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I have an easy rule for myself in these situations. Once we preempted and forced the opponents to guess I will not rescue. Phantom sacks are a hard post mortem to win. Pass and lead a club.
Stuart Carr: Pass. I expect a sac to go for 1100-1400. We might even set it!
David Breton: 6S. My first bid would be 5S. It seems our only realistic chance to beat this is finding partner with 6-2-(41) distribution; I'm willing to pay off to those holdings. In practice partner will often have a singleton heart and the slam will have lots of play.
Mike Roberts: Pass. As a new car owner, I can testify that insurance is expensive.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. So, you have one trick on defense! Argues against any psuedo-sacrifices. If it makes, my partners will be in it as well. 6S should be a minimum of -1100. That would suck if partners bring back -100.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Looks good to me here.
John Gillespie: 6S. Would have bid at least 5 first time, 6 if early in a long match or I don't like the opps.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Pre-empted them into a guess, now I hope they guessed wrong, although the save rates to be cheap.
Tim Francis-Wright: 6S. It sounds like someone has a spade void (probably East) so 6H rates to make.
Amiram Millet: 6S. Even minus 3 will probably be good.

4. IMPs. None vul.
S A 8 6 2   H J 9 2   D A K   C Q 8 6 2  
West North East South  
    2S Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

3NT 11 100
Pass 4 70
2NT 2 50
3C 1 50
3H 0 10
3S 0 10
Moderator: The majority feel that you won't set 2S doubled enough to make up for the possible 3NT game.
Mel Colchamiro: 3NT. Is a straight-forward 3NT bid out of style? I can hold up in spades and likely shut out East.
The Gordons: Pass. If we had the S10, we might try 3NT. With out poor spade intermediates, game is no guarantee and tilts the odds towards defending.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 2NT. Yes, it's lebensohl, but I want to hear more about my partner's hand. If partner bids 3C or 3D, I'll bid 3NT. If partner bids 3H, I'll bid 3S.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3C. Because lebensohl is on, 3C is invitational. My spade stopper is thin and I don't have a real trick source, so I'm willing to stop below game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. My hand contains 4 likely defensive tricks. Whereas my lack of tenaces sitting over the 2S bidder could spell big trouble for 3NT.
Mark Eddy: 2NT. 2NT natural (also 2NT if that's lebensohl, bidding 3S next).
Laurence Betts: 3NT. What am I missing?
Eugene Chan: 3NT. Shows exactly 1 stopper. With more stoppers, bid 2NT (Lebensohl) then 3NT.
Mike Hamilton: Pass. Not ideal and certainly not without risk. Iíd like better trumps, but where are my tricks in 2NT, 3C, or 3H? Partner has balanced to protect my values, so Iíll play him for around a 9-count and try for +300 against no game our way.
Gilbert Lambert: 2NT. I will bid 3NT over 3C, and cue bid spades over a 3H rebid by pard.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Show spade stopper and opening bid strength.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3NT. A cue bid end plays pard if pard lacks a spade piece. It's now or never. Aces are good cards in notrump as well as in suit play.
Stuart Carr: 3S. Would prefer to make partner declarer in NT. If he bids hearts, hopefully he has 5.
Kevin Strangway: 2NT. Direct denies, hope this is part of BBO std but I doubt it.
Mike Roberts: 3NT. Hopefully, I can shut out East's spades.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. Should be the consensus choice!
Chris Buchanan: Pass. At equal vul I will try my luck here.
John Gillespie: 3NT. My pard doesn't promise the world's fair but we try to balance in a suit instead of dbl with cheesy hands.
Chris Diamond: 3S. Hoping pard can bid 3NT with SQ x. Maybe I'm supposed to go through 2NT but would wrong side NT. I may be committing to 5C but I'll try 4H first over 4D.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3NT. I would love to have 2 stoppers but we may not need them.
Amiram Millet: 2NT. I'm starting Lebensohl then go to 3NT to show my hand.

5. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A K 7 4   H 8 6   D 2   C A K J 10 9 2  
West North East South  
    3D ?

Your call?

4C 10 100
Dbl 8 80
Pass 0 40
5C 0 20
3S 0 10
Moderator: A takeout double promises at least three cards in each unbid suit (or very strong values), but eight experts are willing to make that call with two low hearts. What are their reasons?
Karen Walker: 4C. When my opponents double with this hand, their partners always bid 4S. Mine bid hearts.
Jill Meyers: Dbl. . . and correct 3H to 4C. If partner jumps to 4H, I will pass.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. Bidding my shape avoids confusing partner, but an off-shape 'tweener' double would not be terrible either.
Mark Eddy: 4C. This is a pretty good hand, but it's not THAT good.
Laurence Betts: Dbl. . . and bid clubs over a heart bid. SQ J x x makes game.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. I am prepared to bid 4C if partner advances 3H to my T/O double.
Mike Hamilton: Dbl. If partner can bid 3NT, Iíll have a fine dummy for him. Otherwise, I have the option to press on in clubs with chances of finding a 4-4 spade fit.
Stephen Vincent: 4C. At least we'll probably be in the best suit.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Don't want to bypass spades or 3NT - club suit can wait.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Risky but how else do we get to 3NT or 4S if that is right? If pard bids 4H maybe it is on length (I'm bidding 4C over 3H response).
Martin Henneberger: 4C. 2 choices: 4C or double. Maybe equal level conversion doubles should also include this hand type showing longer clubs and spades. For now I'm bidding my longest suit. Partner can cue 4D to hear 4S from me.
Stuart Carr: Dbl. I'll bid 3S after 3H.
Craig T. Wilson: Dbl. Then bid clubs.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. I'll pull 3H to 4C, 4H to 4S, and pray....
Perry Khakhar: 4C. Any take out double could lead to a bigger disaster than missing 3NT, or not getting to 4S. Although, we are not past 4S yet and may be able to play in 4NT when it is right. Certainly 6C would be near impossible to reach without bidding 4C!
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Not the best shape here but it is the most flexible.
John Gillespie: Dbl. 4C over 3H next. Might get dicey though.
Chris Diamond: 4C. Keep seeing this problem. Maybe it's time to have a jump to 4 of a major show 4 of that suit with a longer minor and work around the system gap with only a major.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. If partner bids 3H, I hope we play equal level conversion and correct to 3S.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Karen Walker Dbl Pass Pass 3NT 4C 500
Mel Colchamiro Dbl Pass Pass 3NT 4C 500
August Boehm Dbl Dbl Pass 3NT 4C 480
The Coopers 6D Pass Pass 3NT 4C 450
The Joyces Dbl Pass 6S Pass 4C 440
Mike Lawrence Dbl Dbl 6S 3NT Dbl 430
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl Pass Pass 3C Dbl 430
Steve Robinson 6C Pass Pass 3NT Dbl 430
Allan Falk 5NT Pass 6S 3NT 4C 420
Bridge Baron 5H Pass Pass 2NT 4C 420
The Gordons 5H Dbl Pass Pass 4C 420
Don Stack 6H Dbl Pass 3NT Dbl 410
Kerri Sanborn 6H Dbl 6S 3NT 4C 400
The Sutherlins 6D Pass Pass Pass Dbl 400
Betty Ann Kennedy 5H Pass 6S 2NT 4C 390
Larry Cohen 5NT Dbl 6S 3NT Dbl 380
Jill Meyers 5NT Dbl 6S 3NT Dbl 380
Barry Rigal 6S Dbl Pass Pass Dbl 350

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Martin Henneberger Dbl Pass Pass 3NT 4C 500 157.50
2.    Norma Doucette Dbl Dbl Pass 3NT Dbl 460 98.44
2.    Larry Meyer Dbl Dbl Pass 3NT Dbl 460 98.44
4.    Dave Gabel Dbl Pass 6S 3NT Dbl 450 37.63
4.    Silvana Trotter 5H Pass Pass 3NT Dbl 450 37.63
4.    Huan Zhao 5NT Pass Pass 3NT 4C 450 37.63
7.    Peg McShane 6H Dbl Pass 3NT 4C 430 19.90
7.    Ted Vesak 5H Dbl Pass 3NT Dbl 430 19.90
7.    Aidan Ballantyne Dbl Dbl 6S 3NT Dbl 430 19.90
10.    Craig T. Wilson 5H Pass 6S 3NT Dbl 420 15.03
10.    Michael Dimich Dbl Pass 6S Pass Dbl 420 15.03
12.    Eurydice Nours 5NT Dbl Pass 3NT Dbl 410 12.62
12.    Eugene Chan 6H Dbl Pass 3NT Dbl 410 12.62

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Tim Francis-Wright (Usa) Dbl Pass 6S 3NT 4C 470 70.00
2.    Mike Roberts (Ohio) 5H Pass Pass 3NT Dbl 450 37.33
2.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 6H Pass Pass 3NT 4C 450 37.33
2.    Paul Hardy (Canada) 6H Pass Pass 3NT 4C 450 37.33
5.    Susan Julius (Canada) Dbl Dbl 6S 3NT Dbl 430 12.83
5.    David Gordon (Canada) 6H Dbl Pass 3NT 4C 430 12.83
7.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 6H Pass Pass Pass 4C 420 10.00
8.    John Gillespie (Canada) 6D Pass 6S 3NT Dbl 400 8.26
8.    Paul Janicki (Canada) 6H Pass 6S 3NT Dbl 400 8.26
10.    Bill Camp (Canada) 5H Pass 6S 2NT 4C 390 7.00
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