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TGIF July 2011: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S J 7   H A 6 3   D 9 6 5 4 3   C A 8 2  
West North East South  
Pass 1S 2H Pass
3H 4D 4H ?

Your call?

6D 6 100
5C 5 90
5D 3 50
5H 2 40
4NT 1 30
Pass 1 10
Moderator: There was support for a variety of calls with this hand - most of them an attempt to tell partner that their 4D bid has us thinking about slam.
August Boehm: 5C. Advance control bid implying diamond support: it can't be clubs, having passed twice, and spade support would have been shown a round earlier. If I thought partner would be confused, I'd try 6D, but a grand is within reach.
Larry Cohen: 5H. I suppose I could just blast to 6D, but it can't hurt to try for seven on the way.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4NT. This should be a good 5D bid, not Blackwood. Having passed twice, it can't be Blackwood. I don't want to bid slam on my own because the HA may be opposite a void and that's not that good.
Jill Meyers: 6D. If I thought my 4NT bid would be interpreted as Blackwood for diamonds, that would be my bid. But I don't want to create confusion, so I am bidding a straightaway 6D.
The Sutherlins: 5D. . . walking the dog. If the opponents don't push us to 6D like we hope, plus 620 may be more than their minus 500 save in 6H.
Mel Colchamiro: 5D. I can't believe the conditions of this auction. Pass over 2H? No way! My choice would have been 2S - Marshall Miles style. I have had good success with such tactics.
Stephen Vincent: 5H. Hard to describe how big this hand has become.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5D. The aces and fifth diamond are nice for slam but I don't have strength in our suits and finesses there would expect to lose. Pard was under pressure. Vul opps rate to have at least something.
Martin Henneberger: 5D. Well at first glance I wanted to bid 6D, but in my old age when forced to guess at a high level taking the low road and ensuring a plus take priority. I also must allow partner leeway to compete here with shape rather than controls.
Larry Meyer: 5D. If pard can freely bid his diamonds at the 4-level, I can raise him to 5.
Eugene Chan: 5D. Taking insurance. Might get a chance to double 5H!
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5H. This hand is just too perfect. Surely someone has prearranged it with a 5-0 spade break or some other nasty trap.
Mike Roberts: 6D. Because it will make. If I cuebid, I'll bid 5C.
Perry Khakhar: 6D. Tough call! I will bid what I think will make. RKC will not help me locate the SK or SQ!
Paul Mcmullin: 5D. With an imaginative partner, I might try 5C.
Chris Diamond: 4NT. Considered cuebidding 5C then 5H over 5D hoping pard would bid 7 with SA K and DA K but he can ruin that plan with a 5H cuebid so I'll ask KC and hope I get the right answers for 7. I'm bidding a small slam regardless and will pay off if pard has no top spade.
Chris Buchanan: 6D. Partner has a good 5-5 or better and I have aces.
Tim Francis-Wright: 5H. At IMPs, I'm willing to risk being one level too high because the reward for being right is so great.
Amiram Millet: 5C. Suggesting more than 5D.
Kees Schaafsma: 4NT. If North has two keys, I'll bid 5S.
John Gillespie: 6D. Might miss the grand. Pard is often 6-5 for this big 4D bid.
Brian Zietman: 5D. We may have 6D on but a double of 5H should rake in some IMPs too- just biding time.
Plarq Liu: 5D. Simply bid what we have.
Nate Vestal: 5D. 5D is a two-edged sword of taking a good chance at +600, while goading opps into bidding 5H for a good chance of +500 or +800.
Bob Todd: 5D. Tempted to bid 6D but partner could have KQJxxx - KJ10xxx x
Beverley Candlish: 5D. I would compete to 5D. Bidding by partner indicates 5/5 and a stronger hand.
Kf Tung: 5D. Game before slam.

2. IMPs. None vul.
S A 9 8 6 5   H Q 8 4   D K 7 2   C Q 4  
West North East South  
  1D Pass 1S
Pass 2S 2NT (1) ?
(1) Clubs and hearts.

Your call?

Dbl 12 100
3H 3 60
3C 1 40
3D 1 30
4S 1 20
3S 0 10
Moderator: An overwhelming majority of the panel favors doubling 2NT primarily as a way to solicit partner's involvement.
Betty Ann Kennedy: Dbl. I need to let my partner know that I have a good hand.
Mike Lawrence: 3C. 3D is passable and 3S is competitive. I'm not doubling since they rate to have a good fit, perhaps nine cards in one of their two suits.
Kerri Sanborn: 3H. It's a game try that shows the fifth spade. It also preempts the opponents a little.
The Joyces: 3D. We have too much not to make a try, even though our values are soft in the opponent's suit.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Seems most flexible. If LHO bids 3C or 3H and this comes back to me, I'll bid 3S which completes the picture.
Martin Henneberger: 3H. A game try is certainly required, the question being which suit to bid as a try. Normally I like 3C as it allows the most room for partner to re-cooperate. However on this hand what I really need is heart help so I will bid 3H as a help suit game try.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Counting on pard to have 4 spades, so we are safe at the 3-level. My 2 queens in their suits argue against bidding 4.
Ivy Pye: Pass. Partner and I will both have another opportunity to bid so I'll wait and see.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Double first sets the stage for an invitational 3S later. An immediate 3S suggests a weaker hand and less defense against a minor suit contract.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Double to show balance of power, then bid 3S unless partner doubles their run-out.
Mike Roberts: 3D. I'm never doubling 3 of a round suit at IMPs, so I'll start with my normal game try.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Showing extras; looking for help with the decision from partner! 3NT is not yet out of the question. Remember that this is a belated call by them (bad suits!). Also our trumps might not break well.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. I'll pretend I've got defence but will pull pard's double of 3C to 3S, showing extras in a NT setup.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Shows good values and willingness to defend. My cards are better for defense than offense.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3S. It's tempting to cue bid, but we might not have game on power and I want to keep West out of this auction.
Amiram Millet: 3S. Discounting the 2 queens.
John Gillespie: Dbl. Usually followed by 3S as a game invite.
Brian Zietman: 3S. Very soft values in opps' suit. Have to tread carefully.
Plarq Liu: 3S. Bid what we have.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. I would double showing extra values. My partner can choose to either bid 3S or 4S.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Invite game. Partner may seek penalty if cards are desirable.

3. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S 10 3   H A 10 9 2   D 4   C A Q 9 8 7 5  
West North East South  
  1D Pass 1H
Pass 1NT Pass ?

Your call?

3NT 11 100
Pass 3 70
3C 2 40
2NT 1 30
2C 1 20
Moderator: The club suit has a decided majority of the panel brimming over with optimism.
Barry Rigal: Pass. This may not be our best possible spot, but it rates to be our best spot possible. Game could be anywhere between laydown and no-play. At pairs, try to go plus, and in notrump when possible, not in the minors.
Steve Robinson: 3NT. If I could invite in clubs, I would. If the clubs come in, we could easily make 3NT. When in doubt, go for the brass ring.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. 2C on the first round might have been a happier choice.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3NT. I'm surely not taking out to a suit so it's Pass, 2NT or 3NT. I'm the one looking at all the tricks. Inviting is somewhat pointless. I make this bid at any form of bridge.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. This is exactly the reason why 2-way new minor and XYZ were developed. Playing SAYC this is an unsolvable problem. Pass.
Larry Meyer: 2C. Must tell pard about those clubs - will accept his decision on where we should play.
Ivy Pye: 2C. If partner has anything in clubs there could be a game here.
Eugene Chan: 2C. Specialized partnership agreements would be useful here but this is a bidding contest without agreements. I am prepared to play an eventual moysian heart contract.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. The right contract depends on how many spades partner has. If he has something like SK x x (likely since no one has overcalled) then 1NT could make 2 while 3C (wrong-sided) makes only 3.
Mike Roberts: 3C. With 5 hearts, I'd New Minor. I do think this is invitational.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. If you are playing XYZ, 3C will show this invitational hand with long clubs. Without XYZ, this probably is to play. I may be a little rich for that but I want a plus at matchpoints.
Merv Adey: 2C. Need clear methods. I believe 2C then 3C should be invitational with longer clubs.
Paul Mcmullin: 3NT. I have a source of tricks partner doesn't know about.
Chris Diamond: 3C. Need to know the system, but should show long clubs and 4 hearts invitational.
Chris Buchanan: 2C. Followed by 3C.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3C. I know we have a big club fit, but it's silly to blast to 3NT if spades aren't really stopped.
Amiram Millet: 3C. Inviting 3NT. 2C is New Minor Forcing.
Kees Schaafsma: 3NT. I just can't resist the temptation.
John Gillespie: 3C. A help suit 3NT try?
Brian Zietman: 3C. I presume 2C would be checkback and hopefully this bid will convey my distribution.
Richmond Williams: Pass. . . and if they compete where are the tricks outside of spades? Even a 3C call may be safe over 2S.
Beverley Candlish: 3C. I would bid a non-forcing 3C showing a club suit. Bidding 2C would be NMF.
Kf Tung: 2C. Pave way to safest part score before committing to game.

4. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A K 7 4 3   H Q J 8 2   D ---   C A 10 6 3  
West North East South  
  1H Pass ?

Your call?

2NT 8 100
2S 6 70
1S 2 60
4D 2 50
Moderator: With so many good things to show partner and so many things to ask him, where do you start?
Larry Cohen: 1S. There is no right or wrong answer: it's just a matter of what you're in the mood for today. If playing Soloway jump shifts, you could bid 2S, then show shortness and heart support. Jacoby 2NT is also possible.
Allan Falk: 2NT. If I don't make a forcing heart raise now, I may not be able to clarify my hand later. Of course, I play that with a minimum, partner must rebid 3C, not 4H. In SAYC, a 4H rebid will be annoying, but I think I have five-level safety.
Karen Walker: 2S. The strong jump shift is not dead! If partner rebids 2NT or 3D, I'll follow with a club rebid (in the Soloway style) showing diamond shortness and hope he can Blackwood, which will allow me to show everything.
The Coopers: 4D. . . splinter, followed by 5D and then followed by 5S. We are not stopping short of slam.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. Too good for an immediate splinter.
Aidan Ballantyne: 1S. How much we make (6 or 7) seems contingent on partner's spade holding. I set the foundation for subsequent information exchange or judgment on that question. 2NT second choice. Splinter is ridiculous.
Martin Henneberger: 2NT. If you start with 1S and partner rebids 2D you will have to 4th suit force with 3C and still haven't told partner about the 4 card heart support. Make it easy on yourself by bidding Jacoby 2NT to begin.
Larry Meyer: 4D. Splinter to tell pard about great fit, game force, with diamond shortness. If pard signs off in 4H, will cue bid 4S to show slam interest.
Ivy Pye: 1S. Lots of time on way to a possible slam in hearts.
Eugene Chan: 2S. Modern preference seems to favour weak jump shifts but I like old fashioned strong.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. It will be impossible to describe my hand to partner, so better to have partner describe his hand to me.
Mike Roberts: 2S. I shouldn't splinter - partner can't cue back. There's much to show here; this will get us started.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. Splinter may work, but it takes up too much space. Wouldn't it be spectacular if partner showed shortness in clubs!
Merv Adey: 2NT. Going to control this hand..first set trumps via Jacoby 2N. A stiff club opposite would be fabulous.
Ranjan Bhaduri: 1S. Why waste space?
Chris Diamond: 2S. If I start with 1S and pard bids 2D I have to bid 3C, the ugliest sequence in bridge. So a strong jump shift and then support hearts hoping to get all my messages across that way.
Chris Buchanan: 4D. Well since I can't use the perfectly good 3D for a splinter I will preempt the auction even more and bid 4D.
Tim Francis-Wright: 1S. I thought about 4D, but over 4H, I'm endplayed into bidding 5D. I would rather bid 4D next round in case we make slam on a double fit.
Amiram Millet: 1S. Am I missing something? Have time to show my big hand.
Joel Forssell: 5D. Voidwood.
Kees Schaafsma: 2S. Too strong to splinter here and Jacoby 2NT provokes a weak 4H more often than not.
John Gillespie: 2NT. Go looking for a black singleton before a splinter when you own all of pards cue-bids.
Brian Zietman: 1S. Slowly . . . slowly . . .
Plarq Liu: 1S. Begin our exploration of slam.
Bob Todd: 1S. Definitely not Jacoby!!!
Beverley Candlish: 2NT. I would bid Jacoby 2NT showing 4 hearts and an opening bid or better. I would not bid a splinter as my hand is too strong.
Kf Tung: 1S. Good controls, enough tricks, but we have to find the best trumps!

5. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A 3   H A Q 3 2   D Q 6 3   C A K 7 4  
West North East South  
3D 3S Pass ?

Your call?

3NT 9 100
4D 5 70
4NT 2 50
5S 2 40
Moderator: The majority of panelists choose to underbid 3NT and they aren't happy about it. The minority go for the ambiguous 4D cuebid.
Don Stack: 3NT. Great hand, but what to bid? To cuebid without a diamond control and trump support does not appeal, so we will take the low road.
The Gordons: 4D. We need to tell partner our hand has potential without getting to the five level. The only way to do this is 4D: an ambiguous cuebid. If partner signs off, we'll give up. We are not concerned about spades: partner must have great strength there.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4D. Only way to show my strength. If pard bids 4S I will be happy to pass. That's the theory. Then there's practice. I would settle for 3NT at the table.
Martin Henneberger: 4D. A simple raise to 4S is a gross underbid. 3NT is also an underbid and a gamble. What I'm left with is a 4D forcing call. Where this will lead I'm unsure, but I'm just too good for any other action.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Pard showed strength, denied club support, denied diamond stopper, denied heart suit, so trusting him to have good spades.
Eugene Chan: 4H. I bid 4H, the same as if I did not have the DQ. In any event, 4H should suggest reverse values for opener (notwithstanding only 4-4 in opener's primary suits).
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4D. There are no good options, but 3NT seems like an underbid (and probably riskier than 4S anyway).
Mike Roberts: 5S. This pretty clearly asks for diamonds.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. I am willing to pass 4S (last plus?). I must however make at least a mild try to reach 6NT.
Chris Diamond: 3NT. A natural 4NT would be about right, but it sounds like RKC. No way of finding out if slam's good if pard's bidding under pressure. It's MPs and he isn't necessarily finished yet.
Chris Buchanan: 4D. Strong spade raise. Not the best hand for this but my choices have been truncated by the preempt.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4C. Too strong for just 3NT.
Amiram Millet: 3NT. We might have a slam, but there is no space to check it now.
Kees Schaafsma: 4C. Over 4D I'll bid 4H: a mild slam try as 4NT is also available.
John Gillespie: 4S. Tempting to bid 4D as our only slam try but 3NT is nowhere.
Brian Zietman: 3NT. At IMPs 4S is probably best, but at matchpoints. . .
Plarq Liu: 3NT. Bid what we have.
Bob Todd: 4S. Every time I bid 3NT, they run the first 6 diamonds.
Beverley Candlish: 4D. . . showing support in spades and a very good hand. My partner should have at least 6 spades. After my bid of 4D, my partner can either cue bid or bid 4NT asking for controls.
Kf Tung: 4S. Game hand. Spades better than No Trumps in MP.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Allan Falk 6D Dbl 3NT 2NT 3NT 500
Karen Walker 6D Dbl 3NT 2S 3NT 470
Mel Colchamiro 5D Dbl 3NT 2NT 3NT 450
Mike Lawrence 6D 3C 3NT 2NT 3NT 440
Steve Robinson 6D Dbl 3NT 2S 4D 440
The Gordons 5C Dbl 3NT 2S 4D 430
Jill Meyers 6D Dbl 3NT 4D 4D 420
Don Stack 5D 3H 3NT 2NT 3NT 410
August Boehm 5C Dbl 3C 2S 3NT 400
The Sutherlins 5D Dbl 3NT 2NT 5S 390
The Joyces 5C 3D Pass 2NT 3NT 390
Betty Ann Kennedy 5C Dbl 2C 2NT 4D 380
Barry Rigal 6D Dbl Pass 1S 4NT 380
Kerri Sanborn 5H 3H 3NT 2S 3NT 370
Larry Cohen 5H Dbl 3NT 1S 4NT 350
The Coopers 5C Dbl 3C 4D 5S 320
Jeff Meckstroth 4NT 3H 2NT 2NT 4D 290
Bridge Baron Pass 4S Pass 2S 3NT 270

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Susan Peters 6D 3S 3NT 2NT 3NT 410 147.00
2.    Aidan Ballantyne 5D Dbl 3NT 1S 4D 380 91.88
2.    Andrew Krywaniuk 5H Dbl Pass 2NT 4D 380 91.88
4.    Mike Foster 5D 3S 3NT 2NT 3NT 360 51.45
5.    Joel Martineau 6D 3H 2NT 1S 3NT 350 24.97
5.    Martin Henneberger 5D 3H Pass 2NT 4D 350 24.97
5.    Stuart Carr 6D 3H Pass 4D 4D 350 24.97
8.    Stephen Vincent 5H Dbl 2NT 2NT 4D 340 18.38
9.    Michael Dimich 6D 3S 3C 1S 3NT 310 15.52
9.    Larry Pocock 5D 3H 2NT 2NT 4D 310 15.52
11.    Norma Doucette 5D Dbl 2C 4D 4D 290 12.81
11.    Zoran Peca 6D 3S 2C 1S 3NT 290 12.81

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Richmond Williams (Canada) 6D 3H Pass 2NT 4NT 380 112.00
2.    Beverley Candlish (Canada) 5D Dbl 3C 2NT 4D 360 84.00
3.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 6D 3C 3C 2NT 4D 350 56.00
4.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 4NT Dbl 3C 2S 3NT 340 26.76
4.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 6D Dbl 2C 4D 4D 340 26.76
4.    John Gillespie (Canada) 6D Dbl 3C 2NT 4S 340 26.76
7.    Birol GüVenç (Turkey) 5D 3S 3NT 1S 3NT 320 15.00
7.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 5C Pass 3NT 1S 4D 320 15.00
9.    Janet Dunbar (Ca-Na-Da) 5D 3S 3C 2NT 3NT 300 11.82
9.    Amiram Millet (Israel) 5C 3S 3C 1S 3NT 300 11.82
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