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TGIF August 2012: Scores

1. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A 10 9 6 4   H ---   D Q J 6 3   C K 9 5 2  
West North East South  
1S Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 7 100
2D 6 90
1NT 5 80
2C 0 60
3D 1 50
2NT 0 40
3C 0 40
Moderator: As Lawrence predicts, the panel is all over the place with this hand.
Jill Meyers: 2D. I hate this problem! I think it is close between 1NT (appealing at matchpoints) and 2D, but I would bid 2D.
Kerri Sanborn: 1NT. We are unlikely to miss a game if partner cannot bid, and this might leave me well placed if there is another round of the auction.
The Sutherlins: Pass. The opponents probably have an eight- to 10-card heart fit, which they may or may not find. If West passes, we will probably be able to collect +300 at a minimum. Because game is far from certain, this should be an okay result.
Stephen Vincent: 3D. 2NT is about right on values but I can't bring myself to bid it with a void.
Martin Henneberger: 2S. Takeout doubles are meant to be taken out, especially at the 1 level. We could be cold for a minor suit grand slam so passing 1S seems ridiculous.
Chris Diamond: Pass. A misfit and not enough to guarantee game. Might as well try for a plus; the heart void is worrisome.
Larry Meyer: 1NT. Showing spade stopper, at least 8 HCP, and no 5-card suit of my own.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Take my plus. It won't be a zero. It won't be a top.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2D. With no easy way to locate our best fit, it is safer to start slow.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Not sure how much to bid and how to find best strain, so for once I will pass a takeout double and go for it. Hope pard has reasonably good hearts and that pard leads a minor. If wrong, it's only a bad board.
Bob Kuz: Pass. Hoping for +100 vs +90 or +300 vs. +120.
Mike Roberts: 3C. Pass is weird; I doubt I can beat this two, as their heart fit will act as trump substitutes.
Paul Mcmullin: 2D. . . and then 2N over 2H by partner.
David Gordon: 2D. I need a better suit to pass the double. I think I will start slow and take more bids later.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2D. Ugh. At these colors, passing is taking a big position. 2S is an overbid and probably implies hearts. I would rather have something in reserve so I can bid clubs next round, so I'm going for 2D over 3D.
Amiram Millet: 3D. Intending to show also my clubs. We might belong (at least) in 6 of a minor.
Joel Forssell: Pass. Minors too weak; better wait for E/W to run and then catch them.
John Gillespie: 1NT. I prefer to be wrong in the highest scoring strain.
Brian Zietman: Pass. 4 down for 800 looks good.
Plarq Liu: 1NT. We have a good hand, it is better to be the declarer of notrump to hide heart void.
Beverley Candlish: 2NT. . . denying hearts and showing at least 9 points and tolerance for the other three suits.
Kf Tung: 1NT. Get ready for +120. The subsequent development will tell you about the game prospect.

2. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K 9 6 5   H K 9 3   D A 4   C K Q 8 4  
West North East South  
    1D Dbl
1S 2H Pass Pass
3D Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
Pass 9 90
3H 1 60
Moderator: Nine panelists pass and nine double. All have strong opinions.
August Boehm: Dbl. Close to maximum defense plus minimal heart length. It's more of an action double than pure penalty or takeout.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 3H. 3D may make so I'll take my chances on getting a plus score in 3H.
Barry Rigal: Pass. You have got to be kidding me! Even thinking of bidding is an overbid. I strongly suggest a typo [in the problem].
Stephen Vincent: Pass. We've pushed them to the 3 level: I think that's enough on this rather average collection.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. Anybody can bid 3H here, but I prefer to double. Double to me is co-operative takeout with extras and acts as a game try. Pard bid a free 2H so me competing to 3H wouldn't show extras.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Shortish hearts and extra values double.
Anssi Rantamaa: 3H. Down one doubled is better than 110 their way.
Larry Meyer: Pass. I have no reason to bid further.
Eugene Chan: 3H. Looks like partner just has long hearts. Is down one good bridge?
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. I think the last 3 times I doubled in this situation the opponents made it.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Too many hard cards (ace-kings) to give up.
Bob Kuz: Pass. DA on the table.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. I guess this could be down 2, so I have to protect our 110. Stupid matchpoints.
Paul Mcmullin: Dbl. We apparently have over 1/2 the deck, and the hand SHOULD be ours (even though the SK seems poorly placed).
David Gordon: Dbl. This should suggest extra values with 3 hearts.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3H. We might well have a 4-4 spade fit, but there's no way to get there.
Amiram Millet: 3H. Partner will go on if we have a game.
John Gillespie: Pass. Don't punish pard for doing their job.
Brian Zietman: 3H. Partner made a free bid over 1S - I take him for some values.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Optional double.
Beverley Candlish: 3H. Partner must have at least a 5 card suit. She can decide whether she wants to compete to 4H.
Kf Tung: 3H. You want to play 3H instead of doubling 3D. Do not double and watch pard pulling his hair!

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

Your call?

3S 10 100
4C 4 80
2NT 2 60
3C 2 60
3NT 1 50
5C 0 50
Moderator: The 3S bidders outweigh everyone else combined.
Mike Lawrence: 4C. Partner is interested in something, and my hand has just grown for the first time in the auction. 3S is also acceptable, but only if it is agreed that I will not sit for 3NT.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3S. This should describe my shape perfectly.
Don Stack: 3C. It is tempting to bid notrump or suggest playing a Moysian fit by raising to 3S.
The Gordons: 2NT. . . the middle road. Diamonds are wasted in a suit. It isn't 100% that partner has four spades, and if he does, it isn't 100% that spades are the right strain.
Stephen Vincent: 3NT. The hand's getting better. Tempting to bid 3S but it's not clear partner will interpret it 'correctly'.
Martin Henneberger: 3S. Pard is making a game try and I will co-operate. This cannot be misunderstood as I've denied 4 spades already. This pattern bid allows pard to pick a 4S moysian, 3NT, or 5C.
Chris Diamond: 2NT. Not quite sure where we're going. I'm tempted to raise to 3S since I can think of hands where 4S is the best game.
Anssi Rantamaa: 2NT. Fourth suit forcing?
Larry Meyer: 3NT. No guarantees, but worth a chance, especially vulnerable.
Eugene Chan: 2NT. Don't know where partner is going. Show my spade stopper.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. Whether to bid 2NT or 3NT probably depends on how light the 1D response could be.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2NT. Close to a 3NT bid but will go easy. Hopefully partner will play me for about this much as I would have bid 3C instead if weak.
Mike Roberts: 4S. Assuming 2S is natural, partner can read my whole hand. Even if it isn't, he should be able to judge for clubs.
Paul Mcmullin: 3C. Even with partner's apparent diamond shortage, I'm just not envisioning 11 tricks at clubs, and can't find 9 at NT.
David Gordon: 2NT. I might have wasted diamond values opposite shortness.
Amiram Millet: 2NT. For partner's decision if it's 3C or 3NT.
John Gillespie: 4C. 3-4-1-5 is typical for pard with 16-ish. An invite with this shape is typical for me.
Brian Zietman: 3C. Seems like partner is 4-4-1-4, but I cannot see game on here.
Plarq Liu: 3C. We're facing a strong 3-4-1-5 hand. I'll rebid clubs to show our weakness.
Beverley Candlish: 2NT. Partner did not reverse. I would show my stopper in spades and minimum hand.
Kf Tung: 2NT. You have a spade stopper. Pard can choose 3NT, but 5 of a minor is still possible. Will pard take you for 3154 if you bid 3S?

4. IMPs. None vul.
S 10 9 2   H K 4   D J 7 6 3   C 10 8 6 3  
West North East South  
    1H Pass
Pass Dbl Rdbl ?

Your call?

2C 5 100
1S 4 90
1NT 2 80
2D 2 70
Pass 6 60
Moderator: Does passing constitute a conversion of the redouble to business? 13 panelists think so.
Larry Cohen: Pass. If partnership agreement dictates that passing is for business, I'd better do something else. I'd like to play that pass here means 'You got us in - you get us out.'
Steve Robinson: 1NT. I hope I get doubled in 1NT so I can redouble to find partner's best minor. I don't bid three-card majors if there is a reasonable alternative.
Karen Walker: 2C. Pass is for penalty when sitting directly over the redoubler.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. You got us into this partner: you get us out of it. I can't see how the alternative interpretation: that pass should be for penalties, can be useful here.
Gilbert Lambert: Pass. I am passing if it is not for penalty. 2C otherwise.
Martin Henneberger: 1S. Since pass to me here is penalty, I will bid the cheapest bid available, 1S.
Chris Diamond: 2D. Not quite enough for 1NT.
Anssi Rantamaa: Pass. You pick, partner!
Larry Meyer: Pass. Too weak to show my heart stopper, let pard describe his hand.
Eugene Chan: 2D. Partner asked for my best suit and that suit is diamonds.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1NT. The rare unusual 1NT.
Laurence Betts: 2D. In my world pass = a desire to defend.
Aidan Ballantyne: 1S. Would like to pass to show weakness but pard may think I had a trap pass of 1H. Keeping it low. Wouldn't know which minor to bid. Good excuse to bid a three card suit.
Bob Kuz: 2D. Announcing weakness. Playing with my favorite partner, pass is for penalty.
Mike Roberts: 2C. An odd hand to hold here, but I think too many people play pass as penalty to risk it.
Paul Mcmullin: 2D. . . and I'll pull partner's expected 2H cuebid to 3C.
Tim Francis-Wright: 1S. Get out low. I don't know if 1NT shows minors, but it definitely would after another double by West or East.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Better than guessing.
John Gillespie: 2D. Yuk. Pass is to play and spades might be a 3-3 fit or lure pard into competing.
Brian Zietman: Pass. I am quite happy to let partner decide which suit he prefers.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Let our partner escape.
Beverley Candlish: 2C. Keep it low and let partner bid his suit if necessary.
Kf Tung: 1S. You do not want to defend 1H so you must bid over the redouble. 1N is overbid, 2C / 2D is a disaster if pard has only two. 1S will not be the last bid when pard has 3 spades, so 1S is probably the safest choice.

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

Your call?

2D 10 100
2NT 7 80
2C 1 60
Dbl 1 60
3D 0 50
Pass 0 30
Moderator: Unable to bid diamonds naturally over RHO's 1D opener, most of the panelists simply waited a round, then bid 2D. Unimaginative, perhaps, but unambiguous.
Mike Lawrence: 2NT. Normally 2NT would show hearts and clubs. However, if I had a good enough hand to show hearts and clubs now, I would have bid something the round earlier. This sequence should show the minors with emphasis on diamonds.
Bob Giragosian: 2D. I think this is our hand and I want to give us the best chance to find the right spot. If partner bids, I will be able to show both suits.
Stephen Vincent: 2D. You could have a game here but as yet there's no evidence of a fit: partner probably has quite a number of spades.
Gilbert Lambert: 1NT. Why did I not bid 2C the first time?
Martin Henneberger: 2S. An impossible fancy 2S cue bid cannot be mistaken to show any hand that includes hearts as I passed 1D. The only meaning that makes sense is a good hand with both minors.
Chris Diamond: 2D. I can't figure out who's got what but I'm pretty sure the auction isn't over after 2D and I might still get my clubs in.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. . . protecting partner.
Eugene Chan: 2D. We might be missing game. We might have a huge misfit. Bid what I (hope) can make.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2C. It would be nice to play 1NT as a generic 2-suited bid here. I don't think we play that.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Maybe we make game, but then again perhaps they do (4S). I believe RHO's bidding so I'll go quietly. Too much could go wrong if I bid.
Bob Kuz: 2D. . . followed by clubs at any level. Why wasn't I bidding earlier?
Mike Roberts: 2NT. Beats me? I would have bid 2C the first time.
Paul Mcmullin: 2D. This BETTER be natural here.
David Gordon: 2C. The first bid is easy.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2D. Ideally, we would have a bid to show minors (and 2NT may be it) but 2D is natural here.
Amiram Millet: 2C. We might have 5C or more. Partner is very close to an opening.
Joel Forssell: 2D. If partner bids or opps double, I can bid clubs.
John Gillespie: 2D. I'll bid clubs next if I can but this has major mis-fit possibilities.
Brian Zietman: 2D. . . intending to bid clubs on the next round. Then partner will understand that I have diamonds as I passed the 1D opening.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Take out, this is unusual but it seems East psyched.
Beverley Candlish: 2C. I would bid 2C and see if East or West will rebid their suits. If so, I will double.
Kf Tung: 2D. Your safest bid. If required you can bid 3C later to compete over 2S.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
August Boehm Pass Dbl 3S 1S 2D 490
Karen Walker Pass Dbl 3S 2C 2NT 480
The Sutherlins Pass Dbl 3S 1S 2NT 470
Barry Rigal 2D Pass 4C 2C 2D 460
Steve Robinson 2D Pass 3S 1NT 2D 460
The Coopers Pass Dbl 4C 2C 2NT 460
The Joyces 2D Dbl 3S Pass 2D 450
Mike Lawrence Pass Pass 4C 1S 2NT 440
Jeff Meckstroth 2D Pass 3S Pass 2D 440
Kerri Sanborn 1NT Pass 3S 1S 2NT 440
Don Stack 1NT Dbl 3C 2C 2D 440
The Gordons 1NT Dbl 2NT 2C 2D 440
Mel Colchamiro 2D Dbl 3S 2D Dbl 420
Allan Falk 1NT Pass 3C 1NT 2D 410
Betty Ann Kennedy 1NT 3H 3S Pass 2D 400
Bob Giragosian 3D Pass 3S Pass 2D 400
Larry Cohen Pass Pass 2NT Pass 2NT 390
Jill Meyers 2D Dbl 3NT 2D 2NT 390
Bridge Buff Pass Pass 4C Pass 2C 390

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Michael Dimich Pass Dbl 3S 1S 2NT 470 125.56
1.    Kai Zhou 1NT Dbl 3S 1S 2D 470 125.56
3.    Zoran Peca Pass Dbl 3S Pass 2D 460 71.75
4.    Chris Diamond Pass Dbl 2NT 2D 2D 430 50.23
5.    Brad Bart 1NT Pass 2NT 1S 2D 420 26.31
5.    Stuart Carr Pass 3H 3S Pass 2D 420 26.31
7.    Yue Su 1NT Dbl 5C 1S 2NT 400 17.18
7.    Ronald Kuiper Pass 3H 2NT 1NT 2D 400 17.18
7.    Larry Pocock 1NT 3H 2NT 2C 2D 400 17.18
7.    Laurence Betts Pass Dbl 3NT 2D 2NT 400 17.18
11.    Eugene Chan Pass 3H 2NT 2D 2D 390 12.50
11.    Diana Jing 1NT Dbl 3C 2D 2NT 390 12.50

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Paul Janicki (Canada) Pass 3H 4C 2C 2D 440 98.00
2.    Merv Adey (Canada) 1NT Pass 2NT 2C 2D 430 73.50
3.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 2D Dbl 3C 2D 2D 420 34.30
3.    John Gillespie (Canada) 1NT Pass 4C 2D 2D 420 34.30
3.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Pass Pass 3C 2D 2D 420 34.30
6.    Bob Todd (Canada) 1NT Pass 3NT 1S 2D 410 15.17
6.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Pass 3H 3C 1S 2D 410 15.17
8.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) Pass Dbl 5C 1S Dbl 400 10.00
8.    Susan Julius (Canada) Pass 3H 2NT 2C 2NT 400 10.00
8.    Tim Francis-Wright (Usa) 2D 3H 2NT 1S 2D 400 10.00
8.    Paul Hardy (Canada) 2D Pass 3C 2C 2C 400 10.00
8.    Sevgi Calis (Turkey) 1NT 3H 3S Pass 2D 400 10.00
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