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TGIF October 2011: Scores

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

Your call?

2NT 6 100
3D 4 80
Pass 4 70
3C 3 50
3NT 0 10
Moderator: With a spade misfit and a questionable notrump stopper - but maybe two places to play and maybe enough values for the vulnerable game, this hand splintered the panelists into four factions. If only one could responsive dbl partner's bid!
Larry Cohen: Pass. Very wimpy and very dangerous to miss a vulnerable game at IMPs. However, my heart holding is very bad and the only alternative (3D) feels like it will usually lead to a minus score.
Allan Falk: 3C. The economy of 3C allows partner room to bid 3D, raise clubs, bid notrump or do something else that might lead to me place the contract. Of course 3C is forcing.
Mike Lawrence: 2NT. Right on values, wrong on shape. Other bids are an even bigger lie.
The Sutherlins: 3D. We plan to continue with 4C unless partner bids 3NT. It's IMPs and we are vulnerable, so we can't afford to miss game.
Adam Melzak: 3C. Ouch - least of evils? How about a negative double?
Stephen Vincent: Pass. The points to bid but where can we go? 3NT is a possibility but hands where you have a stiff ace opposite a long suit don't play well. Even if partner has a heart stopper.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3C. Too good to pass. The advantage of bidding clubs instead of diamonds is partner might introduce diamonds next (even a fragment) to progress the auction. Other alternatives (3H, 3S) are unappealing. 2NT has something going for it so it's my second choice.
Martin Henneberger: 3D. I would rather guess to bid than mastermind a pass. With values I will try 3D and proceed depending on partner's next action.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Want to cheaply bid diamonds, then clubs.
Eugene Chan: 2NT. 3NT is to play. 2NT is pick a minor.
Ronald Kuiper: 3C. Don't think we have game, but think playing in a minor is a better place than spades. Intend to pass pard's next bid, hopefully 3D.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. I am not prepared to reverse at the 4-level, so I must bid diamonds first.
Mike Roberts: 3D. When all else fails, bid your suit. I'll bid 4S over 3S.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. It's IMPs and Hot! Partner is marked with heart cards (no competition). Hopefully, he bids 3NT. If he rebids spades, I am done.
Ranjan Bhaduri: 3H. Western cue bid.
Chris Diamond: 3C. There's no answer to this. Pard could have a good hand so vul at IMPs I'll try to use as much of the 3-level as possible to find out. Can't see any point in 3D since I'm not bidding 4C.
David Gordon: 3D. Bid naturally. I'll pass 3NT or bid 4C over anything else.
Amiram Millet: 3H. Probing for the best game.
John Gillespie: 3D. I doubt if I'm going to like pard's next call.
Brian Zietman: 3D. Have to investigate if we have a minor suit fit.
Plarq Liu: Pass. If that doesn't buy it, I will try bidding one of my minors.
Beverley Candlish: 3C. I would bid 3C which is forcing and see how partner responds.
Kf Tung: Pass. 2N will win when pard has 5=3=1/4 and then you find your minor suit part score. More often you will find partner with 63 or 64 in the majors and he will scramble 8 tricks with 2S. Pass is the best protection for the plus score.

2. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 9   H A K Q 10 9 8   D Q J 8 3   C 6 3  
West North East South  
Pass Pass Pass ?

Your call?

1H 7 100
3H 5 80
2H 4 70
4H 1 30
Pass 0 10
Moderator: The easy answer is 'Bid hearts!' The question is 'How many?'
Jeff Meckstroth: 1H. I would open 1H in any other seat, so I see no reason to do differently here.
Steve Robinson: 4H. Partner has nine points and sometimes his points are in diamonds. By starting lower, I might allow the opponents to find a spade fit.
Kerri Sanborn: 3H. . . should be constructive in fourth seat. I count my hand as seven winners, and I want to make the spade speculation expensive.
The Sutherlins: 2H. This allows partner to get involved in an intelligent way.
Stephen Vincent: 1H. Seems just a touch too good for 2H, even in 4th position.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2H. Probably the majority vote as popular theory has it that a 4th suit weak two can be an opening bid. I would bid 1H at the table.
Martin Henneberger: 4H. I think opening 1H leaves the door wide open for the opponents. 2H and 3H are possible, but plenty of working 7 counts will make game and partner won't be able to raise. 4H allows many good results to happen via making or shutting the door.
Anssi Rantamaa: 2H. Pass is tempting.
Larry Meyer: 2H. 4th seat 2-bid should show an opener with a good 6-card suit.
Eugene Chan: 1H. Panelists will probably vote for 2H, but 2H in the passout seat traditionally shows a better hand.
Ronald Kuiper: 4H. Shuts out opppnents from finding their spade fit. If pard has DA K, 4H is pretty cold. Since both opps passed pard should have 8-10 HCP and 4H should have play.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. It's very tempting to pass, but mastermind bids don't usually win the contest.
Mike Roberts: 3H. I'd hate this at IMPs. But at pairs, the plus of shutting them out (I hope) is greater than the odds of missing game, or overbidding.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. It feels like we should open this hand high enough to make it somewhat more difficult for the opponents to get involved. Playing tricks wise it seems to be an intermediate hand as well.
David Gordon: 2H. Seems standard here.
Amiram Millet: 2H. Showing an opening with a sound suit in 4th seat.
John Gillespie: 3H. Upgrading 1 level on the shape and suit quality.
Brian Zietman: Pass. In 4th position this shows an intermediate hand. If the opponents make a partial or even game in spades I will regret not passing (as per the law of 15).
Plarq Liu: 4H. If you're gonna bid this anyway, do it earlier.
Beverley Candlish: 2H. Bidding at the 2-level in fourth seat shows an opener, so therefore I would open with 2H.
Kf Tung: 1H. You should have a plus score and a game is possible. Bid 1H to keep all paths open.

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

Your call?

2H 13 100
2S 2 40
3H 2 30
4H 0 10
Moderator: Although it is unclear whether the 2H rebid is forcing in this sequence, a clear majority choose that option.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 2H. Is there any reason not to rebid my suit?
Jill Meyers: 2S. . . to set up the game force. Then I'll bid some more hearts.
Karen Walker: 3H. I can't bid a passable 2H with a five-loser hand.
Stephen Vincent: 2H. A little early to be thinking about a nasty misfit but the potential is definitely there.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2H. Not good enough for anything else.
Martin Henneberger: 2H. 2D is forcing to 2NT or 3 of a suit. For that reason I can bid 2H without fear of being passed as pard promises another bid over 2H.
Craig T. Wilson: 3H. Partner does not have four spades otherwise would have doubled 2C.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Tell pard about my extra length.
Eugene Chan: 2H. Saving space in case partner has 4 spades.
Ronald Kuiper: 2H. I'm liking this hand less with every bid: clubs are over me, pard bids my void. Making minimum bid showing my long hearts.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. In light of the bidding, this is still a minimum hand.
Mike Roberts: 2H. I don't get it.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. We had a weak opener that just lost some more of its luster. I am going to minimize my hand and see what develops.
Ranjan Bhaduri: 4H. Partner probably would have done a negative double if he had four spades.
Chris Diamond: 2H. Is pard just competing or does he have a good hand? Slow it down and find out.
David Gordon: 2H. Pard did not dbl. Could be a misfit. Go slow.
Amiram Millet: 2S. Best description of my hand.
John Gillespie: 2H. Downgrading 1 level on the shape and suit quality?
Brian Zietman: 2H. Partner did not double so I don't believe we have a fit in spades.
Plarq Liu: 2S. Reverse, game forcing, this hand deserves this.
Beverley Candlish: 3H. I would compete to 3H as I don't know where my partner's values are located. My partner may be void in hearts!
Kf Tung: 2H. You are not going to play in spades or clubs. 2H is safe if pard passes, and you will go to 3N or 4H if pard makes one more bid.
Bob Todd: 2S. I think 2H forcing is the correct answer but I'm not sure partner agrees!

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

Your call?

2S 7 100
Dbl 7 100
2H 2 30
Pass 1 20
2D 0 10
Moderator: If you were hoping to find out whether a double or a Michaels 2S bid was the experts' choice, you are going to be disappointed.
Barry Rigal: 2H. I don't like the Michaels action with all those tricks on the side. If this goes pass-pass-double, I will remove to 3D. Nothing is close to perfect, but this looks as good as anything.
The Gordons: Dbl. The hearts are too weak for Michaels, even if you upgrade the hand. 2H will often buy the wrong strain.
The Joyces: 2S. 2H is wrong on suit quality, and a double might bury a 5-3 heart fit.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Too much in the short suit for Michaels.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. They have the master suit so we are likely to be outbid, even if we have hearts. Showing interest in all the other suits is the safest way to compete.
Martin Henneberger: 2S. This hand is good enough to take a second call. I will Michaels now and follow up with a double or another bid later.
Larry Meyer: 2S. Showing hearts and a minor, my next bid will show my extra strength.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Heart suit is too anemic to overcall. Have no preference for a heart lead if we end up defending.
Ronald Kuiper: 2H. 3 choices: 2S, 2H or double. Michaels no good, red suits weak with too much defence in short suit. Double might put you in 4-3 club fit, missing 5-3 heart or diamond fit. Bid 2H and second round bid diamonds.
Stuart Carr: 2H. Over 2S, I plan to bid 3D.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. Even if you play mini-maxi Michaels, surely this is worth a strong bid.
Mike Roberts: 2S. I'll show a powerful 2-suiter; I'm just not sure if that's what I have.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. I am going to treat this 4 LTC hand as a strong Michaels.
Chris Diamond: 2S. A horrible Michaels but everything else leads to more complications.
David Gordon: 2H. Follow up with a diamond bid over any interference.
John Gillespie: 2H. Cue bid may lose a club fit and double doesn't appeal with the need to bid a crummy red suit after a club response.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. With a void this is strong enough for a double and then a bid of hearts.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. I can support any suit.
Beverley Candlish: 2S. Bidding 2S would best describe my shape and is also forcing for one round. If I double showing tolerance for all unbid suits, it doesn't show my shape.
Kf Tung: Dbl. You can play in all 3 suits and your hand is strong.
Bob Todd: 2H. This hand is not strong enough to Michaels and bid again.

5. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S K Q 9   H 6   D A K Q J 8 5 4   C K 2  
West North East South  
    2H Dbl
3H 3NT Pass ?

Your call?

4D 7 100
4NT 4 70
4H 1 60
5C 1 60
Pass 4 50
5D 0 10
6D 0 10
Moderator: 13 of the panelists chose to explore for slam, however, while there is a strong desire among the panelists to inquire about aces, some don't feel they have the tools.
August Boehm: 4NT. Invitational, of course! 5C (super Gerber) is a possibility, but two aces may not be enough for slam.
Jeff Meckstroth: Pass. Even if I should catch both major suit aces, we may still have only 11 tricks. 3NT at matchpoints should be okay.
Don Stack: 4D. I must make a move toward slam even though partner's hand might contain only one ace. If partner bids 5C, we will subside in 5D and wish we had passed 3NT.
Adam Melzak: 4D. HK and a so-so hand? or HA K - A ? I don't think you can give up yet.
Aidan Ballantyne: 6D. What I think I can make. Hard to imagine we'd be off two aces. 4H cue or 4NT quantitative would not solve that particular problem.
Martin Henneberger: 4D. 4D natural and forcing comes to mind. If partner signs off with 4NT, the way I like 4NT to be played in this sequence, then I will pass and hope to collect a good matchpoint result. Any other move by pard other than 4NT will get us to 6D or 6NT.
Craig T. Wilson: 4C. Gerber, explore slam.
Larry Meyer: 4NT. Looks like it's all about how many aces pard has.
Eugene Chan: 5NT. If partner can figure out to bid 7NT with 3 bare aces, he/she is a genius!!
Ronald Kuiper: 4NT. Want to try for slam. Blackwood or cuebid? If pard has 3 aces 7NT is cold, so I go with the simple ace asking.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4D. All I really want to do is ask for aces. Since it is not clear how to do that, I'll settle for a forcing bid.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. Should be slammish to pull 3NT. If we hear any cue bids, we will be in 6NT. Partner's 3NT pretty much guarantees a reasonable club suit.
Ranjan Bhaduri: 4NT. Partner will most likely have at least one ace. If only one, pass 5D, otherwise go to 6D (and if by chance, partner has 3 aces (unlikely), then bid 7NT).
Chris Diamond: 4C. Stupid question. If 4C is ace asking it's easy: find 2 bid 6D otherwise play 4NT. But if there is no systemic way to ask for aces there's no real answer.
David Gordon: 4D. If pard bids 4H or 4S then keycard with 4NT. If pard bids 4NT then pass.
Amiram Millet: Pass. We might have more but . . .
John Gillespie: 4D. Followed by 4NT natural but if pard has only the CA and shows it, I'm doomed.
Brian Zietman: 4NT. We are getting to 5D, 6D or 7D depending on how many aces partner has.
Paul Hardy: 4D. I know I won't get a good score for this... because this for us is RKB for diamonds.
Plarq Liu: 6D. Hope for the best.
Beverley Candlish: 4NT. I would bid 4NT rather than 4C as my partner may think my bid of clubs is my suit and not ace asking.
Kf Tung: 4NT. Usually pard holds one Ace and he will pass. When he happens to have AAQ or AAK, he bids 5H to search for a slam and you bid 6D. Occasionally he has AAA and he bids 6H and you bid 7N.
Bob Todd: Pass. Duh...nobody can really be thinking about bidding more can they?

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
The Gordons 2NT 1H 2H Dbl 4D 500
Mike Lawrence 2NT 3H 2H Dbl 4D 480
The Joyces 3D 1H 2H 2S 4D 480
Don Stack Pass 2H 2H 2S 4D 440
Betty Ann Kennedy 2NT 2H 2H Dbl 4H 430
Mel Colchamiro 3C 3H 2H 2S 4D 430
Allan Falk 3C 1H 2H Dbl 4NT 420
Jill Meyers Pass 1H 2S Dbl 4D 410
August Boehm 2NT 1H 2H 2H 4NT 400
Larry Cohen Pass 2H 2H Dbl 5C 400
The Sutherlins 3D 2H 2H Dbl Pass 400
Barry Rigal 2NT 3H 2H 2H 4NT 380
Karen Walker 2NT 3H 3H 2S 4NT 380
Kerri Sanborn 3C 3H 2S 2S 4D 370
Jeff Meckstroth 3D 1H 3H 2S Pass 360
Steve Robinson 3D 4H 2H 2S Pass 360
Bridge Buff Pass 1H 2H Pass Pass 340

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Barry Yamanouchi 3D 1H 2H 2S 4D 480 161.00
2.    Stephen Vincent Pass 1H 2H Dbl 4D 470 120.75
3.    Rod Coote 3D 2H 2H Dbl 4D 450 48.97
3.    Michael Dimich 3D 2H 2H 2S 4D 450 48.97
3.    Andrew Krywaniuk 3D 2H 2H 2S 4D 450 48.97
3.    Ernie Dietrich 3D 2H 2H Dbl 4D 450 48.97
7.    Joel Martineau Pass 1H 2H Dbl Pass 420 17.53
7.    Susan Peters 3D 2H 2H 2S 4NT 420 17.53
7.    Anssi Rantamaa 3D 2H 2H 2S 4NT 420 17.53
7.    Steve Ottridge 3D 2H 2H 2S 4NT 420 17.53
7.    David Schmidt 3D 2H 2H 2S 4NT 420 17.53
7.    Larry Meyer 3D 2H 2H 2S 4NT 420 17.53

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 3D 2H 2H 2S 4D 450 91.00
2.    Kf Tung (China) Pass 1H 2H Dbl 4NT 440 68.25
3.    Mike Roberts (????) 3D 3H 2H 2S 4NT 430 45.50
4.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 3C 2H 2H 2S 4D 420 25.03
4.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 3C 2H 2H Dbl 4D 420 25.03
6.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 3D 3H 2H 2S Pass 410 14.08
6.    Paul Hardy (Canada) 3D 1H 2H 2H 4D 410 14.08
8.    John Gillespie (Canada) 3D 3H 2H 2H 4D 390 11.38
9.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 3D 2H 2H 2H 4D 380 9.61
9.    David Gordon (Canada) 3D 2H 2H 2H 4D 380 9.61
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