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TGIF August 2007: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 6 4   H J 7 2   D A Q 6 5 2   C 8 7 4  
West North East South  
1C Dbl Pass 1D
1H 1S Pass ?

Your call?

2D 7 100
2S 4 80
2C 3 60
2H 2 60
3D 2 40
Pass 0 10
3S 0 0
Moderator: Partner doubled and bid 1S showing a good hand. You bid 1D, but that didn't promise any values, and you have a useful hand.
Kai Zhou: 2D. I still maintain the bidding since I have maximum for my 1D bid, plus pd may easily have 18+ with 6 card suit.
Eugene Chan: 2D. Rebidding 2D tells partner I have a decent hand with a decent suit. WTP?
Aidan Ballantyne: 2S. Perhaps I owe a spade but this is the straightforward and unambiguous approach to the most likely game of 4S (while not ruling out a path to 3NT).
Susan Peters: Pass. If partner's hand was that great he would have bid 2S or 2C.
Martin Henneberger: 1NT. Other bids seem flawed. Describes overall shape and strength..stopper showing is for 3NT not 1NT.
Larry Meyer: 2D. Making the bid I should have made earlier.
Mike Roberts: 3D. Second choice 2H. This is good enough to get to game, and I'll bid where I live.
Perry Khakhar: 2D. I clearly have the values, but no clear bid. The best that I can do is make a descriptive bid and keep the bidding open for partner. It feels like I have left a little in reserve, but no other bid is very appetizing.
Bj Trelford: 2D. I am not broke. I can make a free bid here to show values.
Chris Buchanan: 2D. My best choice.
Bob Todd: 2S. Partner has a good (but not too good) single suited takeout of 1H.
Ranjan Bhaduri: 2D. If partner has 17 points and a 6-carder spade, there might be a game. The 2D bid keeps things alive without giving a false impression of strength.
Jane Fyfe: 2C. ..asking for club stopper for 3NT. We have game going values.
Chris Diamond: 3D. Choosing to show values overemphasizing suit but all options flawed.
Bill Treble: 3D. It's what I have...more straightforward than a nebulous cuebid.
Brian Zietman: 2C. Showing maximum points (1D showed 0-7) and a 5-card diamond suit.

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S K 9 2   H 8 4   D K 7 5   C K Q 10 8 5  
West North East South  
1D 1H 2D ?

Your call?

6D 0 100
1NT 12 0
2C 5 0
2NT 1 0
Moderator: This problem was posed incorrectly in The Bulletin. The one faced in Vancouver was a 2D bid by East. The one faced by the panel was a Pass by East. So, nobody gets a score other than 0. For interest sake only, your comments have been included.
Kai Zhou: 3C. Other option was 2H. I think 3C bid should to some extent show tolerance in hearts.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Slightly off-shape responsive double but nothing else appeals.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. I owe that spade again but seems the least of all evils.
Susan Peters: 3C. Want to show partner that I have some values. Will pass 3H and bid 3NT if he bids 3D.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. With values I want to enter the auction but how? Bidding is too dangerous.. 2H if I must bid. Besides the auction isn't over. Pard won't let them play 2D if it's right.
Bonny Lee: Dbl. Let partner pick the black suit or rebid his heart suit.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. May need to put a club in with my spades.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. .. if responsive. 2H otherwise. Not a very good hand.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Since I am an unpassed hand, I would think that this bid is at least constructive. I would like to bid notrumps but maybe partner can ask. I do not wish to complicate the hand with a cue bid that partner may mistake for heart support.
Bj Trelford: 3C. I have a good hand. Bid naturally.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. If I bid 2NT I would have to hold my nose and hope partner doesn't pass out from the fumes from this stinker.
Bill Treble: Dbl. .. followed by 2NT if partner bids 2H or 2S.
Brian Zietman: 2NT. Inviting to game and showing a stopper in diamonds.

3. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A 9 8 7 5 4 2   H K J 4   D A 3   C 5  
West North East South  
1C Pass 1S 2S (1)
Pass 3H 3NT ?
(1) Natural.

Your call?

4H 12 100
Dbl 2 50
Pass 3 40
4C 1 10
4S 0 10
Moderator: This is a strange auction. Partner did not overcall 1H, but now bids 3H. You have a good hand, yet the opponents roll into 3NT. Many of the panelists were also confused.
Kai Zhou: 4H. Pard did not overcall 1H or 2H in the first place, and I expect him to have 7 bagger to the 10 and probably void in Spade. I still have a chance of making 4H, and 3NT looks frigid.
Eugene Chan: 5H. This hand is sure to be played at the 5 level. I will get there first. 5H either invites 6H or is pre-emptive. In either case, I don't care!!
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. I will guess that pard has long weak hearts and a spade void and they have a huge club fit. If I am wrong and 3H as stopper asking, pard should go back to 4S which should not be disastrous.
Susan Peters: 4H. Expect to make this.
Martin Henneberger: 4H. Partner's hearts must be long and weak like 10-seventh, else they would have bid the first time, so I'm a bidder. Could be a two way shot.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Hope to beat 3NT with a heart lead - afraid that 4C will make.
Mike Roberts: 4H. I suspect this came from a director's ruling. My guess is that partner's hearts aren't good enough for 2H over 1C. Whatever he meant, 4H is too obvious not to bid.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. With all of these controls and fillers for partner's not overcallable suit, I believe that we may have reached the magic spot. I do not have any wastage in my own suit that partner hates (obviously!).
Bj Trelford: 4H. I assume partner has a lot of hearts with no values. If partner has spades and this was a lead directer he will correct.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Partner bid right?
Bob Todd: 4H. I am trusting partner to have long weak hearts which is why he didn't bid.
Ranjan Bhaduri: Pass. I've shown my hand already. Let partner decide.
Chris Diamond: 4H. Can't see how 4H can be wrong, pard can't have enough for slam.
Bill Treble: 4C. This shows a value 4H, also could pave the way for a making slam if this is a freak hand.
Brian Zietman: 4H. Close call between 4H and double of 3NT.

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

Do you agree with South's pass?

Yes 16 50
No 2 10

Your call?

Pass 14 50
Dbl 3 30
4H 1 10
Moderator: The majority agrees with the pass of 3H. Once you choose that call, you shouldn't bid 4H over 3S. Doing so is letting the opponents push you to a contract that rates to fail. A minus score on this deal is surely a terrible matchpoint result.
Kai Zhou: Dbl. Despite bad 14 count with all the ugly QJs, the nature of MP cannot be changed, 140 looks good to you, but you are given a chance for 200.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Since I passed 3H, I have no reason to bid anymore.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Pard could have moved over 3S. 4H now risks a zero though I have sympathy for that bid as it sounds like they did the right thing. But I will stay fixed and perhaps get more matchpoints than expected for giving in to the power of the spade suit.
Susan Peters: 4H. I have good values for my double. Would have bid 4H over 3H.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Lebensohl is a great convention here for these types of auctions. Who can guess with accuracy whether pard has the goods or not.
Bonny Lee: 4H. Partner made a free bid: he should have some points and a reasonable suit.
Larry Meyer: Pass. 1) Yes, bidding would show 16+. With 4432, 14 HCP, and 5 quacks, this hand is nowhere near that. 2) Pass, pard knows my hand and made a decision - I am in no position to overrule him.
Mike Roberts: Pass. S3 - Is this an opening lead problem? Seriously, even these days, do I have extras? You could make a case for double to protect your +140, but if that's the case, I can blame partner.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I didn't bid the first time because, I don't believe that we can guarantee setting them in 4S. Same still applies. I don't want to push them to game!
Bj Trelford: Dbl. They are hot. Matchpoints I am trying for +200 or more. Lead a trump.
Chris Buchanan: 4H. Probably only getting spades a trick or maybe not at all. I wanted to bid 4H going in so I will do it know.
Ranjan Bhaduri: Pass. 4S MIGHT make (only have 2 defensive tricks), so don't want want to push into game.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Can't bring myself to hit it for 200 and I already chose not to bid.
Bill Treble: Pass. My defense is normal and partner had a chance to double....I'm not going to punish him for what might be a tactical 3H at favorable colors.
Brian Zietman: 4H. Partner made a free bid so with my good hearts and no wasted values in spades looks like we have good chances of making.

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

Your call?

3S 11 100
4C 2 80
3H 2 60
4H 0 60
2S 3 20
4S 0 10
2C 0 0
3C 0 0
Moderator: Even though you only have 12 high-card points, you have a nice playing hand. Should you make a minimum rebid, invite or force to game? The majority take the middle road and bid 3S.
Kai Zhou: 4C. .. a little bit aggressive but I do like my playing tricks in spades.
Eugene Chan: 2D. Temporize with an artificial reverse. Then jump to 4S to imply heart shortage.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3S. An underbid but my pard always accepts game and with the right cards she may visualize a slam (I will happily accept any slam try). 4C, 4H or 4S now will often get us too high in slam.
Susan Peters: 5S. How good are your spades?
Martin Henneberger: 4C. I would like better spades however no spade raise describes this hand nor does 3H.
Bonny Lee: 3C. I can show the strong hand in subsequent bids, but the club suit is too strong not to inform partner.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Invitational weasel bid - if pard's choice turns out wrong, it's all his fault.
Judi Carter: 3H. .. a splinter.
Mike Roberts: 3S. If, as I suspect, the opps' silence marks partner with a major 2-suiter, this hand might not be that great. A Goldilocks bid (2S too little, 4S/H/C too much, 3S is just right).
Perry Khakhar: 4S. Bidding what I think we can make opposite a scattered value minimum response. Partner is marked with 5+ Spades. But probably some wastage in Hearts as well. Partner will need significant extras for slam possibilities. I will cooperate if he continues.
Bj Trelford: 4C. This shows 6 good clubs and 4 spades.
Chris Buchanan: 4C. Shows 4-6 and a good hand. That is what I have.
Bob Todd: 3S. The spades (maybe the hand) aren't quite strong enough for 4C.
Ranjan Bhaduri: 4S. Even if partner has 6 points, game is worth a shot. If partner is strong, then he should push on.
Jane Fyfe: 3H. .. a mini splinter.
Chris Diamond: 4C. Opps' silence suggests pard has at least 4 hearts, thus 5 spades. Can't really bid 4S in S A so I'll lie this way.
Bill Treble: 3H. 4C or 4H is too rich....I'll mini-splinter and then insist on game.
Brian Zietman: 4S. Ostensibly showing 18-19 but my heart void and 4 card trump support give me a powerhouse.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4a 4b 5 Total
August Boehm 2D 2C 4H Yes Pass 3S 400
Karen Walker 2D 2C 4H Yes Pass 3S 400
Allan Falk 2D 1NT 4H Yes Dbl 3S 380
Barry Rigal 2S 1NT 4H Yes Pass 3S 380
The Sutherlins 2S 1NT 4H Yes Pass 3S 380
Richard Freeman 2C 1NT 4H Yes Pass 3S 360
Paul Soloway 2D 1NT Dbl Yes Pass 3S 350
Grant Baze 2S 2C 4H Yes Pass 3H 340
The Colchamiros 2C 1NT 4H Yes Pass 4C 340
Kerri Sanborn 3D 2C 4H Yes Pass 3S 340
Larry Cohen 2D 2NT 4C Yes Pass 3S 310
Betty Ann Kennedy 2S 1NT 4H No Pass 3H 300
Jeff Meckstroth 2C 1NT Pass Yes Pass 3S 300
The Coopers 2D 1NT 4H Yes Dbl 2S 300
Jill Meyers 2H 1NT Dbl Yes Dbl 3S 290
Mike Lawrence 2H 1NT 4H Yes Pass 2S 280
Steve Robinson 3D 1NT Pass Yes Pass 4C 260
Bridge Baron 2D 2C Pass No 4H 2S 180

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4a 4b 5 Total
1.    Kai Zhou 2D 3C 4H Yes Dbl 4C 360
1.    Mark Eddy 2S 2NT 4H Yes Pass 4C 360
1.    Dave Gabel 2D 2NT 4H Yes 4H 3S 360
1.    Norma Doucette 2D 3C 4H Yes 4H 3S 360
1.    Ronald Kuiper 2S Pass 4H Yes Dbl 3S 360
6.    Larry Meyer 2D Dbl Pass Yes Pass 3S 340
6.    P&J Cooper&Smith 2D Dbl 4H Yes Dbl 4H 340
8.    Brad Bart 3D Dbl 4H Yes Pass 4C 320
8.    Eurydice Nours 2D 2NT 4H No 4H 3S 320
8.    Michael Dimich 3D Pass 4H Yes Dbl 3S 320
8.    Zoran Peca 2S 2NT 4H Yes Dbl 4H 320
8.    Aidan Ballantyne 2S Dbl 4H Yes 4H 3S 320

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4a 4b 5 Total
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) 2S Dbl 4H Yes Pass 3S 380
2.    Bj Trelford (Canada) 2D 3C 4H Yes Dbl 4C 360
2.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 2D Pass 4H Yes Pass 4H 360
4.    Mike Roberts (British Guyana) 3D Dbl 4H Yes Pass 3S 340
4.    Janet Dunbar (Canada) 2H 2NT 4H Yes Pass 4C 340
6.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 3D Dbl 4H Yes Pass 4C 320
6.    Fred Bart (Canada) 2S 2NT 4H Yes Dbl 4H 320
8.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 2D 3C 4H Yes Pass 4S 310
9.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 2D Dbl Dbl No 4H 4C 250
9.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Usa) 2D 3C Pass Yes Pass 4S 250
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