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TGIF April 2012: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S A 3   H Q 7 6 4   D 10 7 2   C K Q 6 5  
West North East South  
  1C 1S Dbl (1)
Pass 2D 2S ?
(1) Negative.

Your call?

3C 12 100
3S 4 70
4C 2 60
2NT 1 50
3NT 0 20
Dbl 0 20
Pass 0 20
Moderator: The gist of this problem seems to be ascertaining whether partner's 2D bid is a true reverse. All but one of the 3C bidders say no, or express some uncertainty.
Allan Falk: 3C. No, 2D was not a reverse and did not show extra values - that's how partner bids with 4-5 in the minors or even 4-4 with better clubs. Missing a non-vul game is the same as bidding game and going down when it's our hand for a partscore.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4C. I don't think 3NT will make with only one spade stopper.
The Sutherlins: 3S. Slam is certainly possible. 3S feels like the best bid to move forward.
Don Stack: 3C. . . forcing. This is an excellent hand after a reverse and we plan to cuebid 3S after partner bids 3S or 3H, and will pass 3NT if partner bids that.
Paul Sontag: Dbl. Jumping to 4C doesn't feel right. A second double followed by an appropriate club raise seems accurate.
Stephen Vincent: 3C. Even if we are in rather murky waters, this can't be too far off the mark.
Martin Henneberger: 3S. The consensus at the top is that 2D is not a reverse, a concept I have never understood. I feel I need to force this auction with a spade control and club support, so I will try a 3S cue and have another decision next round.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Asking pard to bid 3NT with half a spade stopper (e.g. SQ x x).
Eugene Chan: 3S. 3NT might play better from the other side.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3C. 3S is too aggressive in my book. The auction suggests partner will not have both spade and heart stoppers.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4C. Pard's bidding shows extras so surely this is forcing. We have enough for game (or slam). A 3S cue will never allow a description of the essence of my hand which is superb support for first bid suit. Happy to answer BlackWood or cue bid 4S over pard's 4H cue.
Bob Kuz: 3S. This should be a reverse from partner.
Mike Roberts: 3C. I don't know if 2D is a reverse for us or not (I say yes), but 3C seems easy.
Chris Diamond: 3C. Freely bid 3C should show about this much. Nonvul, so not pushing too hard.
David Gordon: 2NT. The standard bid with this hand. I play that 2D by partner in this sequence is nonforcing.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3C. Partner does not need extra values for the 2D bid, so I can only get so excited.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. Competitive. On 3S by partner I will go to 3NT.
John Gillespie: 3C. All I'm worth if pard doesn't move.
Brian Zietman: 3S. I need more information. Are we headed for game in NT or game or even slam in clubs?
Perry Khakhar: 3S. We may have a skimpy 9 trick game! Risking a part score negative swing for a game bonus.
Plarq Liu: 3C. Keep the bidding going.
Beverley Candlish: 3C. I don't know where to go. I could bid 2NT but it is dangerous. It appears we don't have a long suit to run so bidding 3C seems to be the bid.
Kf Tung: 3C. If pard is minimum, 3C is your last plus score. If pard has extra he would move towards 3N or 5C.

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

Your call?

2NT 17 100
2S 1 60
Dbl 1 50
3NT 0 30
Moderator: All but two of the panelist opt for 2NT.
Barry Rigal: 2S. Marshall Miles would have no trouble with this one. We expect heart ruffs in dummy even facing a 3-1-4-5 pattern. I could even imagine making 4S on a 4-2 fit here!
The Coopers: 2NT. What else?
Mel Colchamiro: Dbl. If partner bids 2S, I'll bid 3S. If 3C or 3D, I'll bid 3NT. If 2NT, then I'll bid 3C (though pass could be the winner). If 3S then 4S. And if 4S, then 5S.
Paul Sontag: 2S. 2NT a close second. 2S isn't perfect but points to the most likely game.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. About right in values, if a little skewed in shape.
Martin Henneberger: 2NT. This hand although a bit off-shape looks like a 2NT overcall to me. Pard can still Stayman to find spades. Starting with double will lead to a misdescription later.
Craig T Wilson: Dbl. Prepared to bid NT if partner bids clubs.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Too strong to overcall, plus I want to keep the spade option open.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. With possession of 4 spades, double is far superior to bidding some number of NTs.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. East can't reasonably have both AK of hearts and an entry.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Find our spade fit if we have one. If pard bids a minor it's sure to be a long one given presumed shortness in hearts. Need to show points. Trapping is out at this vulnerability.
Bob Kuz: Dbl. Good enough for game if partner bids anything else but 2NT. I hope he has 5 or 6 card suit if he is weak.
Paul Mcmullin: 2NT. Double is too likely to get us to a 4-2 minor suit partial.
Mike Roberts: 2NT. A 4-3 spade fit could play VERY well, but I'll just be boring.
Chris Diamond: 2NT. About right on values and we can still get to spades.
David Gordon: 2NT. I am downgrading this hand.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2NT. Yes, it's an 18-count, but it's not a fully healthy 18-count. I would rather show 15 to 18 here, which does not shut out spades if partner has spades and a decent hand.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. . . to show later a strong hand. Even a spade slam is possible.
John Gillespie: 2NT. Pard likely has the shape to remove this but do they have any values?
Brian Zietman: Dbl. If partner bids a minor I bid NT. Too dangerous to pass - it may be passed out.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. Don't want to miss any vulnerable games!
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Hope we find spade game or slam.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. Where can I go? I can't dbl and bid. I don't have a long suit. I don't have tolerance for all three unbid suits. I would pass and see what West does.
Kf Tung: 3NT. You have the best hand round the table. 3NT is the likely game for you. 4S may or may not be the correct spot, but you cannot arrive at 4S played by you.

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

Your call?

2H 13 100
3C 4 70
4C 1 60
2D 1 50
3S 0 50
4D 0 50
4S 0 30
2NT 0 20
3NT 0 20
Moderator: The weight of the panel fakes a reverse with 2H. The danger is minimal - if partner can raise hearts, then they must have a 5-card spade suit which you can correct to.
Larry Cohen: 4C. Reversing into my singleton or doubleton scares me. This jump is forcing and shows good long clubs, enough for game, and four-card spade support. If you slide the club deuce into the spades, I've described my hand.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 3C. Certainly, I have extra values. But I cannot bring myself to splinter, which shows four spades, or to commit this hand to spades ignoring my 7-card suit.
Mike Lawrence: 2D. Perhaps it's better to bid 2H. Whatever the winning bid is, it rates to be one of these two since it creates a force which will gain you enough time to straighten things out.
Kerri Sanborn: 2H. A vile bid, to be sure. But if partner has hearts, she will also have 5+ spades, and we are safe.
Paul Sontag: 4C. Not perfect but gets the general nature of the hand across.
Stephen Vincent: 3C. No doubt 2H will get the most votes.
Martin Henneberger: 2H. Classic false reverse. This hand is way too good for 3C, and raising spades now is just a pure guess. I can safely reverse into hearts knowing if partner raises they must have longer spades and can correct at any level.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Tell pard about my length and strength.
Eugene Chan: 2H. Temporize with an artificial reverse to extract more information from partner.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. It would be nice to have a 4th spade for a fit-showing jump, but no other bid makes sense.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2H. Been der dun dat. Got to reverse to show strength. If pard has hearts he has 5 or more spades and I can keep correcting.
Bob Kuz: 4C. Essentially a strong 6-4 (close enough).
Mike Roberts: 4C. Sneak a club into the spades.
Chris Diamond: 4S. Same problem, no right answer in Standard American. Pard rates to have 5 spades, hoping he'll take the push, but should probably bid it myself.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4D. If I'm ever going to do this with 3 pieces, it's here. I really don't want to reverse into my 2-card heart suit.
Amiram Millet: 2S. Better than 3NT or any rebid of clubs.
John Gillespie: 2H. If pard raises they have 5 spades. If they pass I'll declare an emergency and let a sub play it.
Brian Zietman: 2D. This looks strange but I am too strong for 3C. If partner supports diamonds I will return him to spades.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. If partner raises hearts, he has at least 5 spades! If partner bids NT, I may let him play 3NT. I am not happy to take our first tap in moysian spade contract with an honor.
Plarq Liu: 4D. Splinter Happy Bid.
Beverley Candlish: 4D. Splinter.
Kf Tung: 3C. If pard bids 3NT so be it. If pard bids a new suit then support spades. If pard bids 4C then cuebid 4D.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S J 9 2   H K Q 3   D A K 6 5 3   C A K  
West North East South  
    1S Dbl
Pass 2C 2H ?

Your call?

Dbl 7 100
3D 4 80
2NT 3 70
Pass 3 70
2S 2 50
Moderator: You started with a 20-count, but do you have 20 any more? Several panelists are still optimistic and double a second time.
Jill Meyers: Pass. I forced partner to bid. I have what looks like six tricks in my own hand. I don't see where we could have game so I am going to pass and take my plus score.
Mel Colchamiro: Dbl. It shows extras without 4 cards in clubs, which is what I have. Though 2NT is certainly possible here, I don't like that I lack the heart ace. So I'll try to beat 2H should partner pass, and I'll make the obvious trump lead.
The Joyces: 3D. The diamond suit is deplorable, but at least we are showing a good hand.
Paul Sontag: 2NT. Despite the warning signs (blocked, inflexible clubs, poor diamond spots, as yet unstopped spades) this looks right. I want pard to count on 4 hearts for a second dbl.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Fixed. For all its 20 points, where are you going on this hand?
Martin Henneberger: 2NT. I think double followed by 2NT shows this strength and shape. Spade stopper? Who cares?
Larry Meyer: 3D. Following through on my plan to double and then bid diamonds.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Double again provides more partnership options. Anything else has serious flaws.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. How else am I going to show my strength?
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Show strength, for starters, with a re-take out that implies transferable values.
Bob Kuz: Dbl. High card double.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Hate this, but hate everything else more.
Chris Diamond: 2S. Don't really like the double and I don't have an answer now. I could double again, but I'm worried that shows more in hearts, not less.
David Gordon: 2NT. The quantitative rebid.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3D. I hope that my plan was to double and bid diamonds.
Amiram Millet: 3D. Showing a big double. NT will be best by partner.
John Gillespie: 2NT. Big flaw in spades but right on points. If RHO is 5-5 double = -470.
Brian Zietman: 2S. We could play in NT or a minor. This is the best bid to show our strength.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. If getting a plus is your objective, PASS! Of course, partner might still get you, but at least the opponents won't.
Plarq Liu: 2NT. 20 HCP, balanced hand.
Beverley Candlish: 2S. It is quite likely pard will have a spade stopper as west did not raise east's opening spade bid and east did not bid the suit twice. We could possibly reach a nice 3NT contract.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Show your extras with a double. Pard will know that you have ~20 points, no spade guard and strength in the red suits.

5. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S J 5   H K Q 3   D Q 7 2   C A K Q 10 6  
West North East South  
  1NT (1) 2S (2) ?
(1) 15-17.
(2) Natural.

Your call?

3C 8 100
4NT 7 90
3S 1 60
2NT 2 50
4C 0 30
6NT 1 30
6C 0 20
Moderator: While the top score is awarded for a forcing 3C, the secondmost popular choice was 4NT, following the same principles as a Lebensohl 3NT, but one level higher.
Steve Weinstein: 3S. I assume this is Stayman without a stopper. Over 3NT, I am bidding 6NT. Over 4H, I will bid 5H, asking for spade control and guess to convert 6H to 6NT. If partner passes 5H, at least I'm not doubled!
August Boehm: 4NT. I suppose partner might accept with 16HCP and a good 5-card suit, off the SA-K. That's life.
Mike Lawrence: 4NT. Invitational with no spade stopper. A first time for everything.
Steve Robinson: 3C. There is a chance that partner does not have a spade stopper and we belong in 5C.
The Sutherlins: 2NT. . . an ugly value bid. We may not have many minor-suit tricks on defense.
Paul Sontag: 6NT. Playing east for precisely AK of spades is losing bridge.
Martin Henneberger: 3C. . . natural and forcing. This will find out if partner has a spade stopper, although they might have only the SQ which will lead to disaster when I raise to 6NT.
Anssi Rantamaa: 3S. Western cue.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Since pard can see my jump to 4C after he opened 1NT, this should be Gerber.
Eugene Chan: 5NT. 4NT is quantitative inviting slam. Hence 5NT is uber quantitative, inviting a grand slam.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3C. Playing Lebensohl, this is forcing and less ambiguous than 4NT.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3C. Forcing, right? Bid out my hand. We may not have a spade stopper so need to explore other possible games as well as slam.
Bob Kuz: 3S. Willing to play in 4H.
Mike Roberts: 3C. Dunno if there is bid that asks for spade control, but 3C has got to start the ball rolling.
Chris Diamond: 3S. I'd like to bid 4NT invitational with no stopper. I could try 4C, but is that Gerber? Transfers would work, but we're not playing them.
David Gordon: 3C. Natural and forcing.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3C. Double is unlikely to be profitable here. It's best to show the long clubs; fortunately, 3C is forcing.
Amiram Millet: 3C. A game going hand with clubs. Slam is possible.
John Gillespie: 3C. Forcing and hoping pard can bid a red suit or NT to right side my slam try.
Brian Zietman: 5C. East cannot have more or less than the AK spades for his bid. It stands to reason that we have 2 losers in spades so despite all our points there is no slam.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Natural and forcing! What's the problem? No lebensohl available?
Plarq Liu: 3C. It's forcing to game, we can explore slams later.
Kf Tung: 3NT. 3N is your MP choice for 9-12 tricks. Otherwise you will have to gamble for 6C or settle for a 5C with +600 and a poor score.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Steve Robinson 3C 2NT 2H Dbl 3C 500
The Gordons 3C 2NT 2H Dbl 3C 500
Allan Falk 3C 2NT 2H 3D 4NT 470
Jill Meyers 3C 2NT 2H Pass 3C 470
August Boehm 3S 2NT 2H Dbl 4NT 460
Betty Ann Kennedy 3C 2NT 3C Dbl 4NT 460
Barry Rigal 3C 2S 2H Dbl 3C 460
The Coopers 3C 2NT 2H 2S 3C 450
Mel Colchamiro 3C Dbl 2H Dbl 3C 450
Jeff Meckstroth 4C 2NT 2H 3D 3C 440
Karen Walker 3S 2NT 2H Pass 3C 440
The Joyces 3C 2NT 3C 3D 4NT 440
Don Stack 3C 2NT 3C 2NT 4NT 430
Kerri Sanborn 3C 2NT 2H 2NT 2NT 420
Steve Weinstein 4C 2NT 2H Dbl 3S 420
Mike Lawrence 3C 2NT 2D Pass 4NT 410
The Sutherlins 3S 2NT 2H 2NT 2NT 390
Bridge Baron 2NT 2NT 3C 3D 4NT 390
Larry Cohen 3S 2NT 4C 2S 6NT 310

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Gilbert Lambert 3C 2NT 2H Dbl 3C 500 140.00
2.    Joel Martineau 3C 2NT 3C Dbl 3C 470 74.67
2.    Michael Dimich 3C 2NT 2H Pass 3C 470 74.67
2.    Ernie Dietrich 3C 2NT 3C Dbl 3C 470 74.67
5.    Andrew Krywaniuk 3C 2NT 4C Dbl 3C 460 25.67
5.    Maurice Ormon 3C 2NT 3C Dbl 4NT 460 25.67
7.    Brad Bart 3C 2NT 3C 3D 3C 450 20.00
8.    Martin Henneberger 3S 2NT 2H 2NT 3C 440 17.50
9.    Stephen Vincent 3C 2NT 3C Pass 4NT 430 15.56
10.    Aidan Ballantyne 4C Dbl 2H Dbl 3C 410 14.00

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Merv Adey (Canada) 3C 2NT 2H Dbl 3C 500 98.00
2.    John Gillespie (Canada) 3C 2NT 2H 2NT 3C 470 73.50
3.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 3C 2NT 4C Dbl 3C 460 49.00
4.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 3S 2NT 2H Pass 3C 440 34.30
5.    Tim Francis-Wright (Usa) 3C 2NT 4D 3D 3C 430 19.60
6.    Paul Janicki (Canada) 3S 2NT 4C 3D 3C 410 16.33
7.    Dave Vestal (Usa) 3C 2S 3C Pass 3C 400 14.00
8.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Dbl 2NT 2H Pass 3C 390 11.57
8.    Bob Todd (Canada) 2NT 2NT 2H 2S 4NT 390 11.57
10.    Susan Julius (Canada) 3S 2NT 4C 3D 3S 370 8.96
10.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 3C Pass 3C Dbl 3C 370 8.96
10.    Plarq Liu (Usa) 3C Dbl 4D 2NT 3C 370 8.96
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