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TGIF January 2011: Scores

1. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S A Q 8 7 5 4   H 8   D 10 7 5 4   C A J  
West North East South  
Pass 2C Pass 2S
Pass 2NT Pass ?

Your call?

3C 9 100
3D 4 70
3S 3 60
3NT 2 40
4S 0 10
Moderator: If you're not sure what call to make, consider raising partner with a strong doubleton.
August Boehm: 3C. Ace-jack should be as good as a tripleton. 3D isn't where I live.
Mike Lawrence: 3S. I don't really want to play in clubs or diamonds. At least 3S will get a 4S bid from partner if he has two of them. If he, instead, bids 3NT, my CA J will be useful.
The Coopers: 3D. It could be right to show the secondary club support, but partner might be 4-4 in the minors, and we don't want to lose that fit. Bids at this point in the auction are about finding the right place to play.
Don Stack: 3NT. The spade suit is not good enough to bid a third time. The diamond suit is too anemic to bid. The clubs will be a great asset at notrump. What is left but bidding 3NT?
Stephen Vincent: Pass. We're probably too high already. No way am I going to introduce those anaemic diamonds at the 3 level.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3D. Continue bidding out the pattern as this is info responder often wants to hear after 2NT in this sequence. Try to keep captaincy with responder. Need a third club to bid 3C.
Martin Henneberger: 3C. Playing standard american for a bidding contest seems outdated. So I knew 2C promised a rebid and instead of 2D I am forced to bid 2S. Well, now I'm in a pickle. And does 2S here promise 6? I think not. Min values and no fit I will try 3C.
Larry Meyer: Pass. This hand seems like a misfit - stay low.
Eugene Chan: 3C. Partner will be expecting more clubs but shouldn't be too disappointed with 2 honours. One last chance for partner to show spade tolerance.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Unless we are playing 2/1, I see no reason to keep bidding.
Mike Roberts: 3D. First choice was 3C (which will probably win the panel vote). But partner doesn't always own the C10.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. Bob Hamman or no, this one does not feel right for 3NT. Imagine the very possible 1-3-4-5 hand that partner could hold! Diamond game (or slam even) may be there while 3NT goes down.
Chris Diamond: 3D. Is 2NT forcing in this system? NT doesn't feel right so 3D (but this sounds forcing so we will probably go down 1 more in 3NT).
Chris Buchanan: 3NT. I hate this hand already. Depending on how my day is going I may bid 3C but for now 3NT.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3C. It's close whether to bid 3D to pattern out, or to treat this hand like a 6-1-3-3 hand because of the two club honors.
Amiram Millet: 3C. 3NT is probably better by North. Looking for best MP result.
Kees Schaafsma: 3D. At least this shows my 6-4.
John Gillespie: 3C. Opposite a stiff spade, even a 5-2 club fit should play better.
Plarq Liu: 3S. Weak, sign off.

2. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 7 4 2   H J 7 5 2   D A Q J   C A K J  
West North East South  
    2S Dbl
3S Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 14 100
4H 2 40
4S 2 40
Moderator: You're supposed to have a trump stack to leave in partner's takeout double, right? In this case, the panel doesn't agree.
Barry Rigal: 4H. Partner rates to have four hearts and I'd expect only to get 300 against 3S doubled. I'm sure that 'law' advocates would insist on a pass here, knowing they could blame Larry Cohen if they were wrong.
Steve Robinson: 4S. If partner is 5-5 of longer in the minors, 3S could easily make. If, instead, partner is 4-4 in the minors, then I should pass. I'm guessing that 5C or 5D will have play.
The Joyces: Pass. Passing and leading trumps every time may be our best plan.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Nowhere really to go. To defend is probably best, particularly if opener has only 5 spades as seems fashionable these days.
Gilbert Lambert: Pass. I pass and lead a spade.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4H. Nasty. Not sure what are the Responsive Double agreements, but would pard always bid 4H with a 4-card suit and 8-11 points? I think not. They could easily make 3S so I refuse to leave it in.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I'm glad it's matchpoints. Do I want to risk partner getting tapped in a 4 bagger and going minus? Passing might get us 100-500 or -530. Let's gamble.
Anssi Rantamaa: 4H. Even down two doubled is no good if a game exists. Partner is likely to have at most one spade.
Larry Meyer: 4H. My extra HCP values are offset by my 4333 shape - not looking for slam.
Eugene Chan: Pass. I'll take my chances defending by leading trumps at every opportunity. Partner's double should deny 4 hearts.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. All my values are working, but the hands fit poorly. It looks like we can make 4 or 5 of a minor, but probably only 4.
Mike Roberts: Pass. This is too obvious. I'll lead a trump.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Lead trumps! Partner has values but not hearts, so we have no legitimate game. Let's get the +300 (or better).
Merv Adey: Pass. Why did I double 2S?? Now it's a crapshoot...I assume pard's double denies four hearts.
Chris Diamond: Pass. No guaranteed fit at the 4 level so let's try for a plus defending.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Partner's double shows values. Sometimes the best place to play is in their suit.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4C. It's tempting to leave this in, but we don't always have 5 tricks on defense here.
Amiram Millet: 6C. This is a responsive double. Partner is ready for my 4 of a minor with a minimum takeout double. I have extra and mostly in the minors. I blast into 6C before they find their double major fit.
Kees Schaafsma: 4H. Game is very likely, North should convert with S3 HA Q x DK x x x x C10 x x x
John Gillespie: Pass. . . and lead trumps.
Plarq Liu: 4H. Maybe partner has some hearts for the double.

3. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S Q 8 7 6 5   H 3   D A 9 8 7 2   C A Q  
West North East South  
1H Pass 3H (1) ?
(1) Weak.

Your call?

3S 10 100
Dbl 5 80
Pass 2 40
4H 1 20
4D 0 10
Moderator: The most likely game is 4S, but your suit is weak. The majority of the panel chooses to bid 3S.
Larry Cohen: 4H. I can't pass and I was originally thinking of bidding 3S, but then I realized that if they bid 4H, I won't be content to let them play there anyway, so I might as well get the hand off my chest now.
Allan Falk: Dbl. 3S could be right, of course, but it could get partner off to a terrible lead and if it goes all pass, I won't be thrilled. So, I choose to double and hope we land on our feet.
Kerri Sanborn: Pass. Maybe my partner can bail me out on the next round of bidding. If I overcall this ratty suit and we have no fit there, it won't be easy to scramble to a good spot. It's dangerous to bid, but I know it's also dangerous not to bid.
Karen Walker: 3S. My apologies will be ready if bidding 3S goes south - just as they would if I had meekly passed and that had been wrong.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Risky but so is crossing the street.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3S. Double is second choice, I'm not passing.
Martin Henneberger: 3S. Last time I passed with 5/5 and shortness I got only 1 vote for 20/100. I will bid 3S because I'm the one with shortness and partner's random 10 count probably can't balance.
Larry Meyer: 3S. If pard can fill in the spade suit, I trust he will raise to 4.
Eugene Chan: Pass. 3S is probably an OK contract except that partner will probably raise to 4S. Count me as glass half empty on this one.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. No qualms about pre-balancing here.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. I don't relish playing 4S on a 5-2 fit.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. MUST BID situation: MPs or IMPs. Slight edge to 3S over double. I have gone for 800 before, so not my first time. :)
Merv Adey: 3S. Ugh..not much upside to pass though.
Chris Diamond: 3S. I'd actually like to make a Michaels call but if pard lacks a spade fit 5D's really high with this hand.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. I want to keep all options open for partner. The preempt has worked.
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. The form of scoring made me do it.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. Hope we play equal level conversion. On 4C I'll bid 4D. If partner passes, I have a nice defensive hand.
Kees Schaafsma: Dbl. Delta of 4 so enough to double, I don't mind if pard passes and it's still possible to bid 4D (showing diamonds and spades) over 4C.
John Gillespie: Dbl. Maybe pard knows what to do, I don't.
Paul Hardy: Dbl. Convert 4C to 4D... pard will get the picture.
Plarq Liu: 3S. We know we likely have a fit.

4. IMPs. None vul.
S J 10 8 2   H A 2   D 9 8 7 3   C 10 8 6  
West North East South  
    1D Pass
2S (1) Dbl Pass ?
(1) Weak.

Your call?

3C 13 100
2NT 3 60
Pass 1 30
3NT 1 20
3S 0 10
Moderator: What should you do when partner doubles and you are 3-2 in the unbid suits? The majority bids the three-card suit.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 3C. My hand is not strong enough for 2NT.
Mel Colchamiro: 2NT. I presume that's lebensohl. I'm not brave enough to pass at IMPs.
Stephen Vincent: 3C. Not the most descriptive bid but the alternatives are even worse.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3C. Broken record: take out the T.O. doubles.
Martin Henneberger: 3C. Immediate take out doubles should be taken out unless clearly obvious to sit. This is an easy 3C bid for me.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. My spade stopper is probably the most useful information for pard.
Eugene Chan: 2NT. What's 2NT? Lebensohl? Both minors? Natural? I don't really care! I want to pass but too dangerous at IMPs.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. Ugh! I don't see a lot of choices here.
Mike Roberts: 3C. I've been asked. I answer. I guess Lebensohl could apply here, but I wouldn't assume it.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. Might get out for -100 on a good day. If we are playing good/bad, still 2NT and pass 3C. Pass (good way to lose partners!) just too much gamble at IMPs.
Merv Adey: 3C. If 2N = relay to 3C change my call.
Chris Diamond: 2NT. I have no idea what 2NT means but I've got something resembling stoppers and if partner bids again I hope it's a makeable spot.
Chris Buchanan: 3C. Is it reasonable to expect 4 tricks from partner? I don't think so. If I could lebensohl here I would. -470 sucks at IMPs.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3C. 2NT would be fine if it didn't promise a ton more than I have here.
Amiram Millet: 3C. Taking out the takeout double. It might be our best spot. If they go on to 3S I'll punish.
Kees Schaafsma: 2NT. If this isn't Lebensohl, I don't know what is.
John Gillespie: 3C. Looks like 3 possible tricks on offence, 2 or maybe only 1 on defence.
Plarq Liu: Pass. We don't see our contract, anywhere.

5. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A 3   H A 4   D A 5   C A J 8 6 5 4 3  
West North East South  
    Pass 1C
2C (1) Pass 4H ?
(1) At least 5-5 in the majors.

Your call?

Dbl 10 100
Pass 6 70
5C 2 40
Moderator: The majority doubles for penalty.
Larry Cohen: 5C. If I double, partner is unlikely to pass with shortish hearts and probably spade length, so why bother? Some days he might remove to 5D - a disaster. I will have play for 5C opposite a hand with very few values.
Jill Meyers: Pass. This is a tough problem. I'm concerned that if I double, my side might be playing 5D. I think pass is likely to get us a plus score and bidding may not.
The Sutherlins: Dbl. Double is penalty because we could bid 4S or 4NT for takeout. Partner should pull with extreme distribution.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5C. What else? I'm not making a takeout double with 1-suiter, especially in lowest ranking suit and I don't have enough to bid slam. I'm not passing.
Martin Henneberger: 5C. Could easily be a double game swing. Certainly appears to be within a trick for both sides.
Larry Meyer: 5C. This hand seems more useful on offense than defense.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Won't get rich doubling. 5C too unilateral. Happy if we score up +50.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. If partner has a useful king then we can set this 2 or 3. But it would be a huge disaster if I double and partner pulls.
Mike Roberts: 5C. Yes, this could work out horribly. But this could be game for both sides.
Perry Khakhar: 5C. At this vulnerability, I have to get to game with this hand. Minus scores be damned!
Chris Diamond: 5C. I suppose I could double with 4 aces but a 7-card suit should not go unbid.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Sorry, I cannot resist. It won't be the first time they make a doubled contract against me.
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. A tough one. We know partner have neither a big fit for us nor either a decent or a great hand with a ton of diamonds, so double to suggest a penalty seems prudent.
Amiram Millet: Pass. They are probably overboard, but double is too risky in IMPs.
Kees Schaafsma: 5C. Pard rates to have some clubs.
John Gillespie: Dbl. -590 at IMPs isn't the end of the world.
Plarq Liu: 6C. Be brave!

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
August Boehm 3C Pass 3S 3C Dbl 500
The Sutherlins 3C Pass 3S 3C Dbl 500
Allan Falk 3C Pass Dbl 3C Dbl 480
The Gordons 3C Pass 3S 3C Pass 470
Karen Walker 3S Pass 3S 3C Dbl 460
The Coopers 3D Pass Dbl 3C Dbl 450
The Joyces 3C Pass Dbl 3C Pass 450
Jill Meyers 3D Pass 3S 3C Pass 440
Steve Robinson 3C 4S 3S 3C Dbl 440
Don Stack 3NT Pass 3S 3C Dbl 440
Jeff Meckstroth 3C 4S Dbl 3C Dbl 420
Betty Ann Kennedy 3NT Pass 3S 3C Pass 410
Barry Rigal 3D 4H 3S 3C Dbl 410
Mel Colchamiro 3C Pass 3S 2NT 5C 400
Mike Lawrence 3S Pass Dbl Pass Pass 340
Kerri Sanborn 3D Pass Pass 2NT Pass 340
Larry Cohen 3C Pass 4H 2NT 5C 320
Bridge Buff 3S 4H Pass 3NT Dbl 260

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Yue Su 3D Pass 3S 3C Dbl 470 154.00
2.    Joel Martineau 3D Pass Dbl 3C Dbl 450 115.50
3.    Martin Henneberger 3C Pass 3S 3C 5C 440 77.00
4.    Brad Bart 3D Pass 3S 2NT Dbl 430 53.90
5.    Barry Yamanouchi 3D Pass 3S 3C 5C 410 30.80
6.    Stephen Vincent Pass Pass Dbl 3C Dbl 380 22.31
6.    Rock Yan 3D Pass Pass 3C Pass 380 22.31
6.    Ernie Dietrich 3C 4H Dbl 2NT Dbl 380 22.31
9.    Michael Dimich Pass Pass 3S 3C Pass 370 14.84
9.    Eugene Chan 3C Pass Pass 2NT Pass 370 14.84
9.    Diana Jing 3D 4H 3S 2NT Dbl 370 14.84
9.    Larry Pocock 3NT Pass 3S 2NT Pass 370 14.84

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    John Gillespie (Canada) 3C Pass Dbl 3C Dbl 480 73.50
1.    Paul Janicki (Canada) 3C Pass Dbl 3C Dbl 480 73.50
3.    Yu Wang (Taiwan) 3C 4H 3S 3C Dbl 440 42.00
4.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 3NT Pass Dbl 3C Dbl 420 29.40
5.    Janet Dunbar (Canada) 3D Pass 3S 3C 5C 410 16.80
6.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 3D Pass Dbl 3C 5C 390 14.00
7.    Tim Francis-Wright (Usa) 3C 4C Dbl 3C Dbl 380 11.25
7.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 3C 4NT Dbl 3C Dbl 380 11.25
9.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 3D Pass 3S 2NT 5C 370 7.77
9.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3C Pass 3S Pass 5C 370 7.77
9.    Merv Adey (Canada) Pass Pass 3S 3C Pass 370 7.77
9.    Chris Diamond (Thailand) 3D Pass 3S 2NT 5C 370 7.77
9.    Chuck Arthur (Canada) 3C Pass Pass Pass Dbl 370 7.77
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