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TGIF January 2012: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A 10 5 2   H 9 8   D A J 7   C A 8 6 2  
West North East South  
Pass Pass 1S Pass
2S Dbl Pass 2NT
Pass 3D 3S ?

Your call?

Pass 9 100
Dbl 6 80
3NT 2 50
4D 1 50
5D 1 20
Moderator: The choice between pass and double seems to be about partnership style. The passers seem to be allowing for the possibility that an aggressive partner is stretching, while the doublers are counting on him to have a near opener.
August Boehm: Pass. The opponents are probably down one, so I'd double at matchpoints, but at IMPs it's risky - maybe at the end of a tight Swiss match.
Larry Cohen: Dbl. Breaking all my normal rules: I don't like to punish partner for pre-balancing, and I don't like to double partscores at IMPs. However, partner was vul vs non - he cannot be totally broke. I plan to lead the H9 and expect to set them several tricks.
Allan Falk: 5D. Give partner something like HK J 10 x DQ 10 x x x x CK J x. 3NT will be quite iffy, while 5D requires only the DK or HQ onside.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. If you never double them into game, you're not doubling often enough.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Do I think I'm beating this? Yes. Should I do anything except pass? No. Thank you partner for being a passed hand and pre-balancing with shortness. I will not ruin our rapport by taking drastic measures. Pass.
Craig T. Wilson: 5D. Partner should have a strong hand and I have three aces.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Pard pushed them one level higher - don't undo his good work.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Trump spots not good enough for a penalty double.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Does partner have a red two-suiter? There may be chances for 3NT if the spade position is favourable, but I'd rather take our sure plus.
Larry Pocock: Pass. It's not that hard to construct a hand where 3S makes. Double is probably more popular.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4S. Can't hurt to cue bid on the way to 5D. Pard could be 6-4 or even 7-4 in diamonds and hearts.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. Any bets that partner is S3 HA x x x DK Q x x x x C4 x? Could be that I am on some fine drugs, but that is the minimum that I am betting partner has.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Ok, ok. My NY resolution was to never to go -530. This lasted longer than the others.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Tempting to double, but pard rates to be light and spade void and they just might make it. SA might be worthless on offence.
David Gordon: Pass. Dbl at matchpoints for sure. Pard is probably 1-4-5-3 or 0-4-5-4 and could be prebalancing on shape.
Amiram Millet: 3NT. What I think we can make. Partner has almost an opening with hearts and long diamonds.
John Gillespie: 3NT. +600 beats -530 and with a likely spade void opposite, longer running diamonds are in play.
Brian Zietman: Pass. At IMPs I am not bidding anymore. There is no guarantee that we have 4D so let them go down quietly.
Beverley Candlish: 4D. My partner passed first time round, which indicates she doesnít have a strong hand and by her 3D bid after my 2NT bid, she doesnít have hearts but rather a long diamond suit. If I double, I may not get a trick in diamonds.
Kf Tung: Dbl. If you pass, the opponents will bully you again and again. Double will give you 2, 5 or 8 IMPs more for about 3 in 4 hands. You will lose 10 IMPs when they make 3S-X, and that will keep them doing the same thing again.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 10 3 2   H A K Q 10 2   D Q 10 5 2   C 8  
West North East South  
Pass 2D Pass 2H
Pass 2S Pass 3D
Pass 3NT Pass ?

Your call?

4D 10 100
Pass 4 70
4C 4 60
5D 1 50
Moderator: The majority of the panel chooses 4D, to show belatedly the diamond fit that many insist they would have shown earlier in the auction.
Steve Weinstein: 4C. I expect to make 4H or 5D with a shot at 6D. Partner might have a hand like: SA K x x H3 DA K x x x CQ 10 x. I cuebid clubs since that is what partner might need to hear.
Karen Walker: Pass. Partner knows he's getting a club lead. I don't have enough undisclosed values to overrule him.
The Coopers: 4D. On this auction, partner has some concern about clubs. We do too. Why didn't we raise diamonds or splinter over 2D? We do not understand the 2H bid.
Mark Eddy: 5D. Why didn't south raise diamonds immediately? Silly 2H rebid.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. I shall be writing to my MP over the conditions of the problem: why the failure to bid 3D on the first round? Meanwhile, you haven't implied a club stopper so maybe just leave things in 3NT.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I have shown a desire to play a suit contract and partner chose 3NT. I will honour that decision by passing.
Anssi Rantamaa: 4S. Safer and possibly an extra trick from ruff despite Moysian fit.
Larry Meyer: Pass. I have already told my story.
Eugene Chan: 6D. An immediate raise of 3D over 2D would be my choice. Now we are relegated to bidding by guess or by golly. By golly I am going to try 6D!
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4D. Having failed to bid 3D originally, should I make a conservative pass or attempt to catch up with a risky 4D bid? Playing 2/1 I would surely pass, but in BBS I don't think partner has denied 3 keycards for his 3NT bid.
Larry Pocock: Pass. 5D could be right but you have to pass.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4D. Cooperate towards 6D. Pard has extras. Tempted to cue 4C but that might be Gerber as 4NT would be quantitatve.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Other than opening a crappy hand Hot in 1st, there don't appear to be any issues.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Why didn't I bid 3D directly?
Mike Roberts: 4D. This feels right - partner's bid it slowly enough that I have doubts about 3NT. Why no 3D the first time?
Chris Diamond: Pass. No real idea of pard's shape other than short hearts and I've pretty much shown my hand.
David Gordon: Pass. If pard has slow black suit values and DA K then 3NT is the spot. If pard is missing the DA or DK and has quick black suit values then you want to be in 5D.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Can't see a better contract.
John Gillespie: 5D. I've jobbed us out of slam tries by not raising diamonds immediately, the fit that gives me a + strength opening.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Not going anywhere with this minmum.
Beverley Candlish: 4D. With my light opening and singleton club, NT may be a disaster, but I could pass the NT and take a leap of faith.
Kf Tung: Pass. Pard has a good hand and wants to play 3NT after you show your bikini. Pass and get ready for a big win when 3NT is the only game to make, from North.
Bob Todd: 4D. Pretty good hand but 4C won't help partner evaluate.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A 8 5 3   H 7   D J 6 5 3 2   C A 4 2  
West North East South  
1H Pass Pass Dbl
Rdbl Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 14 100
2D 3 40
1S 2 30
Moderator: An overwhelming majority of the panel chooses to make what they believe to be the second and final penalty pass of the opponent's 1H opening.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 2D. Partner's failure to bid 1S leads me to believe that he not only has hearts, but he does not hold four spades.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. Either you have an agreement that your partner's pass is penalty or you don't. Most players do have it, so they pass. South has nothing to be afraid of with his two aces. Two sure defensive winners is as much as a passed hand rates to contribute.
Stephen Vincent: 1S. While we'll probably end up in 2D, it costs little to keep alternatives open.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Hasn't everyone discussed this auction? I have, and come up with the conclussion that the pass is the same as if it had gone 1H - P - P - X - P - P - P. How else to sit for a hand that was passing a back in double?
Larry Meyer: Pass. My double was to protect pard - if he didn't have good hearts, he would have bid a suit at his second turn.
Eugene Chan: Pass. I could have worse hands for this sequence. If partner is happy defending 1H-XX, so be it.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Looks like a high stakes game of chicken. If partner thinks we can beat this then I have no reason to disagree.
Larry Pocock: Pass. Assuming partner HAS to bid unless he is willing to sit, you pass with your 2 aces.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. I have some defense and presumably pard is making a penalty pass.
Perry Khakhar: 1S. Uh oh! Most likely partner is 3-4-3-3 or some such garbage. Let's start here and end in 2D!
Mike Roberts: Pass. Many players have this rule: that a pass of a redouble says I would have passed the double. I think that applies here.
Chris Diamond: 1S. Can still try 2D if there's a double.
David Gordon: Pass. Partner knows I am a passed hand so partner's pass is for business.
Amiram Millet: 2D. Have to hide some place.
John Gillespie: Pass. Last (only) time I pulled 1 of these pard ended up in 3H making.
Brian Zietman: 2D. There is no re-redouble is there? So just have to try to escape with 2D.
Beverley Candlish: 2D. The mere fact my partner could not bid 1S over 1H, indicates we donít have a fit in spades and she may have quite a few hearts. Leaving the double in for penalty at the 1-level is out of the question.
Kf Tung: Pass. Pard has passed to defend 1H-XX for a top. Do not bid and then chicken.
Bob Todd: 1S. The pass was not for penalties.

4. IMPs. E-W vul.
S K 9 7   H K   D Q J 8 7   C A K J 8 6  
West North East South  
3H Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Dbl 12 100
3NT 7 60
Moderator: This problem split the panel into two camps.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. Sigh. I should probably bid 3NT instead.
Barry Rigal: 3NT. I could double and decide what to do over a 3S response or gamble that they won't lead the HA against me. Not that we'll make the game when I win the HK at once, but if I can't make 3NT after that start, no contract was any better.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. 3NT might work on a good day.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. Looks like a takeout double to me. Don't see any alternatives. Needing 4 spades to double here is so 1970's. Double describes your hand and gives you so many options to go right.
Anssi Rantamaa: Dbl. Pretend one of the clubs is a spade.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Leaving 3NT open as a possible contract.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Whilst 3NT is tempting, takeout double is more mainstream.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. The stopperless 3NT meme went viral sometime last year. (Partner usually has a half stopper anyway, or the suit will block.)
Larry Pocock: Dbl. You reluctantly bid because you have shortness.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. The heroic 3NT is antipercentage without a second ace. RHO might be able to lead to RHO for a heart through and even if I get a heart lead and score the HK, I may be short of 9 tricks with 4S cold.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. I don't much care for my hand, but this is a reasonable minimum action in balancing seat.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Fortunately, I have 5 clubs, one of which I can slip into my spades as I put dummy down.
Chris Diamond: 3NT. I've got to do something, might as well try for a good score.
David Gordon: Dbl. Ugly but I prefer double to 4C.
Amiram Millet: Pass. If I double, we might be in deep trouble.
John Gillespie: Dbl. West doesn't have nothing at these colours but east might.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. Partner, up to you.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. My partner could not say anything and my hand is not strong enough to play at the 4 level in any suit. It is unlikely that West will make 3H and with the vulnerability, I hope we can set her down two for 200.
Kf Tung: Dbl. You have 14 points and 12 cards outside hearts. The HK probably does not play a role for this hand.

5. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A J 8 4 2   H K   D Q 6 5 2   C K 10 7  
West North East South  
  1H Dbl Rdbl
3D 3H Pass ?

Do you agree with the redouble?

Yes 11 50
No 8 45

Your call?

4H 17 50
3S 1 20
4D 1 20
Moderator: The panel was almost split on whether to redouble - surprising given the unfavorable colours and the tendency to bid long majors naturally at the 1-level. Regardless, the vast majority bid 4H on their second turn.
Martin Henneberger: 4H. I don't care for redouble at first strike when I can't penalize at least 2 places to play. I would prefer to ignore doubles with this type of hand and bid a forcing 1S. Now I have to chose between 3S hoping that's forcing or 4H.
Larry Meyer: 3S. No, would prefer to show my decent 5-card spade suit / 3S, I need to tell pard about my spades.
Eugene Chan: 3S. New suit after a redouble is forcing. Partner has shown extra length, time to show your extra strength.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4H. West must have a good suit for his aggressive bid over redouble. 3NT could be down 2 off the top.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4H. Keeping it simple. 3NT and 3S are also choices given pard can always pull to 4H.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. Partner's bid shows extreme distribution (1-7-1-4?) and weakness. If the hearts and clubs are each headed by A-Q, I am going to have to apologize to partner. But most likely, one of those cards is missing for partner's bid.
Paul Mcmullin: 4H. When partner refuses to leave 3D for me to double, he has a distributional hand without much defense. Hopefully he has the fillers for the heart suit.
Mike Roberts: 3S. If redouble is the right call with this hand, then this is natural and forcing.
Chris Diamond: 4H. I usually prefer descriptive forcing bids rather than trying to hit them low, especially at this vulnerability.
David Gordon: 4H. My DQ x x x opposite an expected singleton or void does not look good for 3NT.
Amiram Millet: 4H. I prefer 1S to XX.
John Gillespie: 4H. Redouble sucks. 4H is probably where we land but 1S would help with the clues.
Brian Zietman: 4H. I only have one heart but it is a perfect complement to partner's long suit. I imagine that even if I would bid 3NT, partner would takeout to 4H. The redouble is classic - showing 10+ points and implying no fit.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. I am not sure I would redouble in Southís position. I would likely bid 1S which is forcing. I would bid 4H. Yes I have 4 diamonds to the Q but it is unlikely my partner has more than one or two. I may lose 5 or 6 tricks in Diamonds before I get started.
Kf Tung: 3S. Now you can be comfortable with 4S, 4H or 3NT from North.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total
Kerri Sanborn Pass 4D Pass Dbl Yes 4H 500
The Coopers Pass 4D Pass Dbl Yes 4H 500
August Boehm Pass 4D Pass Dbl No 4H 495
The Gordons Pass 4D Pass Dbl No 4H 495
Steve Robinson Dbl 4D Pass Dbl Yes 4H 480
Karen Walker Pass Pass Pass Dbl No 4H 465
Jill Meyers Pass 4D Pass 3NT Yes 4H 460
Mike Lawrence Pass 4D Pass 3NT No 4H 455
The Sutherlins 3NT 4D Pass Dbl Yes 4H 450
Betty Ann Kennedy Dbl 4D 2D Dbl No 4H 415
Mel Colchamiro Pass 4C Pass 3NT No 4H 415
Jeff Meckstroth 3NT 4C Pass Dbl Yes 4H 410
Barry Rigal Dbl 4C Pass 3NT Yes 4H 400
Larry Cohen Dbl Pass Pass 3NT Yes 4D 380
Don Stack Dbl Pass 1S Dbl Yes 4H 380
Allan Falk 5D 5D Pass Dbl Yes 4H 370
The Joyces Dbl 4D 1S 3NT Yes 4H 370
Steve Weinstein Pass 4C 2D 3NT No 4H 355
Bridge Baron 4D Pass 2D Dbl No 3S 325

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total Points
1.    Brad Bart Pass 4D Pass Dbl Yes 4H 500 131.69
1.    Michael Dimich Pass 4D Pass Dbl Yes 4H 500 131.69
3.    Gilbert Lambert Dbl 4D Pass Dbl No 4H 475 75.25
4.    Martin Henneberger Pass Pass Pass Dbl No 4H 465 41.39
4.    Larry Pocock Pass Pass Pass Dbl No 4H 465 41.39
6.    Peggy Lacasse Dbl Pass Pass Dbl Yes 4H 450 25.08
7.    Sania Begovic Dbl Pass Pass Dbl No 4H 445 21.50
8.    Andrew Krywaniuk Dbl 4D Pass 3NT Yes 4H 440 18.81
9.    Larry Meyer Pass Pass Pass Dbl No 3S 435 16.72
10.    Susan Peters Dbl 4D Pass Dbl No 3NT 425 14.37
10.    Diana Jing Dbl 5D Pass Dbl No 4H 425 14.37

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total Points
1.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) Pass Pass Pass Dbl Yes 4H 470 87.50
2.    David Gordon (Canada) Pass Pass Pass Dbl No 4H 465 65.63
3.    Merv Adey (Canada) Dbl Pass Pass Dbl Yes 4H 450 37.19
3.    Janet Galbraith (Canada) Dbl Pass Pass Dbl Yes 4H 450 37.19
5.    Mike Roberts (Usa) Dbl 4D Pass Dbl No 3S 445 16.04
5.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) Dbl 4D Pass Dbl No 3S 445 16.04
7.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) Dbl 4C Pass Dbl Yes 4H 440 12.50
8.    Paul Janicki (Canada) Dbl 4C Pass Dbl No 4H 435 10.33
8.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Dbl 4C Pass Dbl No 4H 435 10.33
10.    Kf Tung (China) Dbl Pass Pass Dbl Yes 3S 420 8.75
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