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TGIF June 2011: Scores

1. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S 4   H Q 6 5   D K Q J 9 4   C Q 5 4 2  
West North East South  
Pass 1S Dbl ?

Your call?

Rdbl 9 100
1NT 8 90
2D 1 30
Pass 1 20
Moderator: A slight plurality of the panel sees 10 HCP and redoubles. What they will do after it goes 2H-Pass-Pass is a lose-lose situation. The other main camp chooses 1NT.
August Boehm: Pass. My goal is to double their runout but, unlike redouble, limit my hand, making the penalty double somewhat cooperative. If our partnership can't make a penalty double of a partial, I'd vote for 1NT.
Mike Lawrence: 1NT. The alternative is 2D, not forcing. This hand is too good for 2D in high cards, and the values are too soft in general for play in diamonds. Redouble is off since I have all boring values with little defense.
The Coopers: 2D. We play this forcing one round. The problem with redouble is what to do when it goes 2H back to you. Better to bid our suit.
The Gordons: Rdbl. Yes, pass is tempting, as is 1NT, but we do have a pretty good hand. The only problem is when left-hand opponent's 2H is passed around to us. Should that happen, we will try 3D and hope for the best.
Stephen Vincent: 1NT. The values are too soft for a redouble. You will feel quite unhappy if the bidding goes 2H-P-P back to you.
Aidan Ballantyne: Rdbl. Show balance of power, maybe punish opps for getting in. If it then goes 2H by LHO passed to me I am forced so I double. They may make it but that's matchpoints. Pass followed by double would be take-out.
Martin Henneberger: 1NT. Yes I know redouble shows 10+ with no fit. But I certainly cannot dream of penalizing clubs or hearts, so starting with a redouble will complicate things later.
Larry Meyer: 2D. Show my values, and help pard if he needs to make the opening lead.
Eugene Chan: 1NT. Values too soft for redouble.
Yue Su: 2D. Not enough defense to redouble.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1NT. With an offensively-oriented hand, I'm going to try to buy it cheaply.
Ian Greig: Rdbl. Opposite my opening pass, partner's pass of 2H should be non-forcing.
Mike Roberts: 1NT. Most flexible. Redouble would be ok too.
Paul Mcmullin: 2D. Rdbl a close alternate, but I'm uncomfortable bidding 3D over Rdbl-2H-P-P.
Chris Diamond: 2D. Don't like the vulnerability or my spots for defending.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2D. Yes, this is non-forcing, but I would rather be a bit strong for this bid than to redouble and overstate my strength.
Amiram Millet: Rdbl. There is probably 3NT by partner but a penalty will be better here.
John Gillespie: 1NT. I'm picking what will score best if it works and keeps the most options in play.
Brian Zietman: Rdbl. Automatic.
Beverley Candlish: Rdbl. I would Redouble showing 10+ points and no fit in spades. Hopefully my partner would bid one of my minor suits.
Bernice Gunther: Rdbl. I have a good hand, can show power this way.

2. IMPs. Both vul.
S A K Q J 8 4 3   H ---   D A 10 4 3   C 6 4  
West North East South  
Pass 2D Pass ?

Your call?

3S 9 100
3H 5 80
3D 3 20
5C 0 20
4S 1 10
5H 1 10
2S 0 0
4D 0 0
Moderator: The majority jump in spades, even though there is a huge fit in diamonds.
Allan Falk: 3H. I think any expert would understand this as a splinter. So my first desire is to see if North has lots of heart wastage.
Barry Rigal: 3S. Anything else makes our auction far too complex. I can't see why we need to play diamonds unless partner has CK x, and why would he be so mean?
Don Stack: 3D. I'm hoping to set up the auction so that partner will be able to cuebid a club control. If we can get the club cuebid, then we can bid 5NT and possibly get to an easy grand.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. It seems premature to support diamonds with a solid 7 card spade suit. It's hard to communicate all the features of this hand.
Gilbert Lambert: 5H. Exclusion Blackwood?
Aidan Ballantyne: 3D. Set trumps and save space as there may be an easy grand slam (say by some form of GSF or 5H exclusion keycard after a club cue bid by pard).
Martin Henneberger: 3S. Wow I have no clue what bids mean now if we play kiddie bridge sayc. This is why 2/1 is so superior.
Larry Meyer: 6D. Pard could make 7 with the right minimum, so 6 should have a good chance.
Eugene Chan: 4D. Forcing and slammish. Partner will cuebid aces up the line. Reason I hate Italian cuebids is 4H is either ace or king.
Yue Su: 3D. Support partner and hope we have 6D or 7D.
Kai Zhou: 4H. I truly show my sympathy to those who are in 6S if pard has S2 HA K x x DK Q x x x CK x x with club lead and CA offiside.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. The first step towards diamond slam is agreeing on the trump suit. But I don't foresee this auction getting any clearer.
Mike Roberts: 2S. I'm not in a rush yet. If I splinter, I can't insist on spades, and if I bid 3S, it will be tough to get to diamonds. I'll wait.
Chris Diamond: 3H. What's the state of the match? If we're down big I'd bid 7D or 5NT but I'll try and coax a club cue.
Yu Wang: 5H. Exclusion.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3C. I hate this call, but I don't know if 3D is forcing here. (Can *you* tell by reading the system notes?)
Amiram Millet: 3D. We have at least 5D. 4S isn't guaranteed.
Joel Forssell: 3H. Splinter agreeing diamonds.
Kees Schaafsma: 3S. Over 4C, I plan to bid 5H.
John Gillespie: 3S. How about Exclusion keycard showing a club void?
Brian Zietman: 3C. We will be in 6S or 7S or 6D or 7D so I want to deter a club lead and get another bid from partner.
Beverley Candlish: 3H. Depending on whether we are playing standard or two over one. I would jump to 3H, showing control in hearts and looking for a slam.
Bernice Gunther: 3H. Show splinter in support of diamonds.

3. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A K 8 6 5 3   H 6 4   D ---   C J 8 7 4 2  
West North East South  

Your call?

2S 10 100
1S 5 50
3S 2 20
Pass 2 20
4S 0 0
Moderator: The panel majority chooses 2S.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3S. Too much playing strength to open 2S. If we belong in clubs, it won't work well.
Jill Meyers: 2S. And I would bid clubs later if the opportunity arose.
Steve Robinson: 1S. Too strong for 2S. Don't want to open 3S, so 1S is left. I will regret this action if partner has the red suits.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. You will likely get a chance to bid later, and partner will be able to draw the appropriate negative inferences from your failure to open 2S.
Gilbert Lambert: 2S. I might wait and try to show my two-suiter later, but it might be at the five level!
Aidan Ballantyne: 2S. Going with the field. If I miss a cold grand in clubs I'll have company.
Martin Henneberger: 1S. This is an easy 1S opener for me. Bidding a weak 2S or even 3S with a great suit 6-5 shape and a void is closing one's eyes and rolling the dice. 4S is also an unecessary crap shoot.
Larry Meyer: 2S. Tell pard about the most useful feature of my hand.
Eugene Chan: 2S. Bidding could be at the five level if you pass hoping to back in later.
Yue Su: 2S. I would pass if this were IMPs. For matchpoints, I less worry missing 5C or 6C.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. Yes, I will preempt with a void if the situation is right. Next question...
Mike Roberts: 2S. Yes, this could be a huge underbid.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Luckily, my long suit is spades... I can always have the last say later.
Chris Diamond: Pass. I've got the spades and I'll be ashamed of my defence if pard doubles a high red suit contract especially as the club length may remain undisclosed.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. The cool kids are bidding 2S with this, which might work out fine. But I think I'll get to show at least one of my suits next round.
Amiram Millet: 2S. Almost an opening (and a void) but I prefer first strike here.
John Gillespie: 1S. Substandard but close enough for Matchpoints.
Brian Zietman: 1S. Lousy points but great distribution, I believe it is worth an opening. A trap pass could work well if we sacrifice in spades against opponents' heart game.
Beverley Candlish: 2S. I would either open with 2S or pass hoping I could show both suits on the second round.
Bernice Gunther: 2S. First position. Good suit. Both vul.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K Q 9 2   H Q 10 7 6 5   D Q 6   C 8 4  
West North East South  
  1C Pass 1H
Pass 2H Pass Pass
2S Pass Pass ?

Your call?

3H 9 100
Dbl 9 100
Pass 1 20
2NT 0 0
Moderator: The doublers - who might be right, but who also might be right only to the tune of plus 100 when plus 140 is available - tie the bidders - who might go minus 50 when a plus was available on defense.
Karen Walker: Dbl. The fifth heart argues for offense, but my spades are just too good to let this one go. I'm expecting at least plus 300. West probably has a good four-card suit.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. LHO has chosen the wrong time to balance.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3H. 5th heart. What's the problem? Since we were probably making at least +110 and I'm surely not getting +300 against 2S doubled, I have to hope for +140 or that -50 in 3H is a save against 2S making and that others their way will contest in spades.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. A couple of interesting points here. West couldn't bid 1S but can now balance? Partner if short in spades doesn't care to compete to 3H? Well I will double as 'cooperative' (optional) and will be happy to defend or play 3H should partner pull.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Down 2 undoubled won't compensate for our partscore, so need to double.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. I would not have passed to begin with (2S game try!). We now have a self-created problem. DSI (Do Something Intelligent) double time!
Kai Zhou: Dbl. I hate to violate the law, but this might be a real exception?
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Action double. I'm prepared to compete to 3H, but the panel loves it when you ask partner's opinion.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. I have to do something; down 2 undoubled is less than our partscore.
Paul Mcmullin: 3H. Law of total tricks?
Chris Diamond: Dbl. I fully expect pard to pull but if he does 3H should be ok.
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. This is a Spike Lee double--do the right thing. If partner has a spade singleton, pulling might be right.
Amiram Millet: 3H. Am not thrilled to punish sitting under the spades. 3H will usually be better.
John Gillespie: 3H. Double puts pard in a bind too often while this should be with the field.
Brian Zietman: 3H. At matchpoints we have to push them up to the 3 level.
Beverley Candlish: 3H. I would compete to 3H having 5 hearts and stoppers in spades. My partner must have something in the minor suits.
Bernice Gunther: 3H. Pard has a minimum, but I don't want to sell out.

5. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 9 8 7 3 2   H J 7 6 5   D J 8 3 2   C ---  
West North East South  
  2C (1) 4C Dbl (2)
5C Pass Pass ?
(1) Strong.
(2) Poor hand: less than two queens.

Your call?

5S 8 100
6C 7 90
5NT 2 20
Dbl 1 10
Pass 1 0
Moderator: Another close vote. Surely opener would bid something over 5C with an unbalanced hand, therefore, he most likely holds a huge balanced hand with no club values. The majority sign off in 5S, while the other camp commit to the slam holding the vast majority of a 30 point deck.
Mike Lawrence: Dbl. If North is short in clubs, very possible given his pass of 5C, then my void won't be worth much. Give him: SA K Q J HA K x x DA Q 10 x C2, for example. Slam is no bargain. Having no way to find our best five-level contract, if one exists, I double.
Steve Robinson: 6C. Partner has no wasted values in clubs. Might as well play in partner's best suit.
The Sutherlins: 5S. This is a forcing auction. Partner should be prepared for us to bid a bad five-card suit. If not, he should have doubled or bid his own six-card suit if he has one. He passed on his chance to double and collect a sure plus.
Stephen Vincent: 6C. This will ensure that you are in the right strain. Whether you will be at the right level is another matter.
Aidan Ballantyne: 6C. Pard's pass encourages a take-out so I stretch a bit to find our best fit expecting a good play for slam opposite a 2C opener with no club wastage. I predict the meek 5S will win the vote however.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. I cannot pass because the 2C opener followed by 5 level competition creates a force in my world. Double seems the only solution to allow pard to pass with a flat balanced moose or pick a place to play.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Expecting pard to pass with trump tricks, else he will take out.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Still bad hand. Still less than 2 queens!
Yue Su: Pass. This one took me the longest time. I bid 5S then changed it to pass.
Stuart Carr: Dbl. I assume this is takeout, after the previous double showing weakness.
Kai Zhou: 6C. Didn't I tell you I have less than two queens and you still make a forcing pass? :)
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Based on the auction, this double is surely for takeout. I will spring this bid on my infallible bidding contest partner, though I wouldn't risk it with any of my human ones.
Mike Roberts: 5S. Partner asked; I answer. 6C is tempting, and seems to fit the auction, but I can't bring myself to do it.
Chris Diamond: 5S. The easy answer's double but it just doesn't feel right with a void.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. Maybe we're winning IMPs simply by not doubling them here.
Amiram Millet: 5D. Partner is looking for my advice. Punish will not be enough here.
John Gillespie: Dbl. If pard bids over this, I will raise.
Brian Zietman: 5S. Partner has made a forcing pass and my club void will be useful.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. I have nowhere to go. I can't take the chance that my partner will have spades or even if we can make 5S, so I will double for penalty.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
The Sutherlins Rdbl 3S 2S 3H 5S 500
Karen Walker 1NT 3S 2S Dbl 5S 490
The Joyces 1NT 3S 2S 3H 5S 490
Betty Ann Kennedy 1NT 3S 2S Dbl 6C 480
Allan Falk 1NT 3H 2S Dbl 5S 470
Jill Meyers 1NT 3H 2S Dbl 6C 460
Larry Cohen Rdbl 3S 1S Dbl 5S 450
Steve Robinson 1NT 3S 1S 3H 6C 430
Mel Colchamiro 1NT 3S 1S Dbl 6C 430
Barry Rigal Rdbl 3S 2S 3H 5NT 420
Don Stack Rdbl 3D 2S 3H 6C 410
Kerri Sanborn Rdbl 3H 3S 3H 5S 400
Mike Lawrence 1NT 3H 2S Dbl Dbl 380
The Coopers 2D 3H 1S Dbl 5S 360
Bob Giragosian Rdbl 3S Pass 3H 5NT 340
August Boehm Pass 3D 2S Dbl 6C 330
Jeff Meckstroth Rdbl 5H 3S 3H 5S 330
The Gordons Rdbl 3D 1S Pass 6C 280
Bridge Buff Rdbl 4S Pass 3H Pass 230

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Michael Dimich Rdbl 3H 2S Dbl 6C 470 157.50
2.    Susan Peters Rdbl 3S 1S 3H 5S 450 118.13
3.    Larry Pocock Rdbl 3D 2S Dbl 5S 420 78.75
4.    Joel Martineau 2D 3H 2S 3H 5S 410 37.63
4.    Aidan Ballantyne Rdbl 3D 2S 3H 6C 410 37.63
4.    Ernie Dietrich 1NT 3D 2S Dbl 5S 410 37.63
7.    Stephen Vincent 1NT 3S Pass Dbl 6C 400 17.95
7.    Maurice Ormon Rdbl 3S 2S Dbl Pass 400 17.95
7.    Ronald Kuiper Rdbl 4S 2S 3H 6C 400 17.95
7.    Peggy Lacasse 1NT 3S 2S 3H Dbl 400 17.95
7.    Rock Yan 1NT 3S 2S Dbl Dbl 400 17.95
12.    David Walker Rdbl 3H 2S 3H Dbl 390 11.75
12.    Stuart Carr Rdbl 3H 2S 3H Dbl 390 11.75
12.    Robin Hart Rdbl 3H 2S Dbl Dbl 390 11.75
12.    David Breton Rdbl 3H 2S Dbl Dbl 390 11.75

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Dave Vestal (Usa) Rdbl 3S 2S 3H 5S 500 94.50
2.    Bernice Gunther (Usa) Rdbl 3H 2S 3H 5S 480 70.88
3.    Linda Drapkin (Canada) 2D 3S 2S 3H 5S 430 47.25
4.    Bob Todd (Canada) Rdbl 3S 2S 3H Dbl 410 33.08
5.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 1NT 3D 2S 3H 6C 400 17.33
5.    Chuck Arthur (Canada) Rdbl 3S 2S 3H Pass 400 17.33
7.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 1NT 2S 2S Dbl 5S 390 11.94
7.    Susan Julius (Canada) Rdbl 3H 2S Dbl Dbl 390 11.94
7.    Beverley Candlish (Canada) Rdbl 3H 2S 3H Dbl 390 11.94
10.    John Gillespie (Canada) 1NT 3S 1S 3H Dbl 350 9.02
10.    Brian Zietman (Israel) Rdbl 3C 1S 3H 5S 350 9.02
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