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TGIF September 2012: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S K Q 10   H 6 3   D A 6 4   C K J 9 8 2  
West North East South  
Pass 1H Pass 1NT
Pass 3C (1) Pass ?
(1) Invitational.

Your call?

3S 10 100
3NT 8 80
Pass 1 50
3D 1 40
4C 0 40
5C 0 30
Moderator: The panelists are inclined to move forward once partner has shown a club fit. The favored mode of transportation is 3S, which carries multiple meanings.
August Boehm: 3S. Show a maximum with a spade concentration and keep clubs and notrump in play.
The Coopers: 3D. If partner has two black bullets and a heart stop, we can make 3NT. If partner has nothing in hearts, then 5C is a possibility.
Don Stack: 3NT. It is IMPs, we are vulnerable and we are max with a good club suit and solid stoppers in the unbid suits, so 3NT seems to standout.
Stephen Vincent: 3NT. Vulnerable at IMPS, you've got to go for these thin vulnerable games.
Martin Henneberger: 3NT. Not accepting this invite would be pessimistic vul at IMPs. How could I ask for more? A good 13 with a 5 card club suit that partner can fill is more than enough.
Chris Diamond: 3NT. Originally bid 3S to show concentration, clever bid will probably win but they often lead spades if I don't tell them not to.
Larry Meyer: Pass. If pard is 10-12, 3NT is more likely to fail than to make.
Michael Dimich: 3D. A very delicate bidding problem. Partner with good hearts will bid 3H, the bonus holding will be mediocre hearts and the SA.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Eugene's first rule: If partner can't bid game, neither can Eugene.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. 3NT is not clearly better than 5C, but on a spade lead it could be the only makeable game.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3S. These days of light openers this asks for a full opener. I like my hand so I show where I live.
Bob Kuz: 3S. Happy with 3NT if partner can bid it.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. With an expected spade lead, game should be a 50%+ proposition! It's IMPs and we are hot, AND I have a reputation to protect! ;)
Paul Mcmullin: 3NT. 5th club should help get to 9 tricks.
Amiram Millet: Pass. . . even vulnerable at IMPs.
John Gillespie: 3NT. I'm expecting a spade lead as often as a diamond.
Brian Zietman: 3NT. Accept the invitation. You have a 5-card suit and good intermediates.
Plarq Liu: 3NT. IMP Vulnerable Game . . . gamble.
Richmond Williams: 3NT. We cannot miss a vul game.
Kf Tung: 3NT. 3N will be playable with your 5-card club suit. You know it, you go for it.

2. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S A 9   H A Q 8   D 6   C A Q J 10 9 8 3  
West North East South  
3S Dbl (1) Pass ?
(1) Negative.

Your call?

6C 8 100
4S 5 90
4NT 4 70
3NT 3 60
5C 0 50
4H 0 40
Moderator: All but 3 of the panelists envision slam with this offensive blockbuster. Getting there with minimum mishap is, of course, the challenge.
Steve Weinstein: 4S. I would love to bid 4C forcing, but I am not confident that it won't go all pass. I think if I bid 4S followed by 6C, I have an outside chance of getting to seven when it is cold. I don't see a smart way to get to hearts if he has five good ones.
Mike Lawrence: 3NT. Easiest game available. I can see where nine tricks might come from and if I bid 4H or aim for a club contract, there are visible worries.
Barry Rigal: 6C. 4S should be setting hearts, so I'll bid what I think I can make. Rightly or wrongly.
Bob Giragosian: 4NT. I hope this is Key Card Blackwood with clubs as the agreed suit. If I had hearts, I could bid 4S to show a big hand.
Martin Henneberger: 6C. I don't know how to explore for a grand, or a 5-3 heart contract, so I will bid a reasonable 6C.
Chris Diamond: 4NT. If he's got enough for the 4 level I have enough for slam and blackwood will work as well as anything else. (RKC for hearts?)
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Show my spade stopper, deny holding 4 hearts.
Michael Dimich: 4NT. Punters bid 6C. Fallout shelter residents bid 3NT or 5C. Waffle makers bid 4NT.
Eugene Chan: 6C. Who knows what's best? This is a bidding contest, so I bid!
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. I will insist on slam in either clubs or hearts.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4NT. It's a bidder's game. KC, presumably in clubs (last bid suit). Go through BW in case grand makes.
Bob Kuz: 6C. Sometimes you're the bug; sometimes you're the windshield.
Perry Khakhar: 6C. I don't know whether 5 is too high or whether 7 makes! But with 4S (yechhhh!) as the only forcing bid available, I will bid what I hope makes. Pre-empts work!
Paul Mcmullin: 4S. No convenient way to convey strength of hand.
Amiram Millet: 4S. Aiming at 6NT by partner while checking 6C or 6H.
Leonid Bossis: 4S. Shows independent club suit with extras; with minimal negative double North should sign off in 5C, otherwise he can bid 4NT - RKCB for clubs.
John Gillespie: 6NT. Avoiding a lead directing double for diamonds and hoping for the best.
Brian Zietman: 4S. Heading for slam.
Plarq Liu: 4S. Slam try.
Beverley Candlish: 4NT. There is a good possibility for a slam in clubs. Cue bidding is out.
Kf Tung: 3NT. 3N is a reasonable spot for +400 or +430. Give up on trying for +500 with a pass, but partner may still show extras and then you will have a slam.
Bob Todd: 6C. Partner should have enough to give me a play.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S Q 10 5 3   H 7 3   D A K 10 8 7 3   C A  
West North East South  
Pass 1H Pass 1S
Pass 1NT Pass ?

Your call?

2D 14 100
Pass 4 70
2NT 0 50
3D 1 50
3NT 1 40
Moderator: The majority of the panel completes the 6-4 shape description of this hand by bidding 2D, determining that the minor suit contract will pull more tricks than notrump. 2D is also more forward-going than passing.
Larry Cohen: 2D. I love notrump at matchpoints, but still, 130 beats 120.
Betty Ann Kennedy: Pass. At IMPs, I would bid 2D, but at matchpoints, I'm going for the bigger score.
Kerri Sanborn: 3D. . . not forcing, but inviting 3NT. I show a pretty good 6-4 with some doubt.
Stephen Vincent: 2D. Having a little in reserve.
Martin Henneberger: 2D. I have a 6-4 13 count. It seems right to pattern out here.
Chris Diamond: 2D. Just doesn't look no trumpy, even at MP's.
Larry Meyer: 2D. Bid out my shape.
Michael Dimich: 2D. Club lead kills one entry to the diamonds. 6 - 2/3 diamond fit with no DQ means you need to duck one diamond. Defense is now an open book.
Eugene Chan: 2D. Not much particular reason to get overly excited.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. 2D is probably safer. This is just a matchpoint greed decision.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2D. Might not be so good in NT if they lead a club.
Bob Kuz: 3D. Pattern out where possible.
Perry Khakhar: 2D. A plus would be nice! Passing 1NT can't be right even at matchpoints.
Paul Mcmullin: 3NT. The 10s should be helpful if they lead spades and partner lacks a diamond honor.
Amiram Millet: 2D. Partner will help to decide between 3NT, 4S, 5D or a partial.
John Gillespie: 2D. If we have game, it's pard to move.
Brian Zietman: 2D. Even at matchpoints this seems more prudent.
Plarq Liu: 2D. Sign off.
Beverley Candlish: 2D. I don't like my singleton CA and what appears to be a misfit in hearts and spades.
Kf Tung: 2D. Show your 6-4 shape and tell partner that 2D is better than 1NT, if he has nothing more to say.
Bob Todd: 3D. . . invitational I hope. Wrong for 2N and wrong for 2C.

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

Your call?

4NT 14 100
4C 3 60
5NT 2 60
Pass 1 50
Moderator: Most of the panel go for the natural 4NT.
The Sutherlins: 4C. We have enough extras and 4C describes our hand perfectly: good five to six-card club suit with four spades, three hearts and short diamonds.
The Gordons: 4NT. Close to committing to slam, but no fit and poor club spots make us go low.
The Joyces: 5NT. Pick a slam.
Stephen Vincent: 4NT. One more try.
Martin Henneberger: 4NT. Well I have patterned out nicely. All that is left is to show extras. 4NT quantatative will get that message across.
Chris Diamond: 4NT. I have to show extras sometime don't I?
Anssi Rantamaa: 4C. Showing interest in slam.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Since pard did not support either my clubs or my spades, I see no slam.
Michael Dimich: 6NT. DJ is a lovely card to elicit matchpoint drool.
Eugene Chan: 4NT. Almost impossible to recover from failure to jump shift 2S at first rebid. 4NT = I found another ace!
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. We have slam values and partner hasn't denied a club fit.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4NT. Quantitative. Have to show my points, pard will judge the fit. Would like to bid 4C to show length but this may be Gerber.
Bob Kuz: Pass. Not a good fitter- 3H already implied extras.
Perry Khakhar: 4C. Most likely slam is in clubs or NT. 4C is clearly forward going and significantly better than 4NT (non-descriptive). Some of my partners play either minorwood or kickback here.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. No fits with partner - do not see tricks for slam.
Amiram Millet: 4S. Going slowly to check for a grand slam.
Leonid Bossis: 4C. Slam try with extra values and 4:3:1:5 or 4:3:0:6 shape.
John Gillespie: Pass. I've shown everything I have.
Brian Zietman: Pass. I would have preferred 2S on the 2nd round rather than 1S.
Plarq Liu: 4C. Slam try.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. I described my hand with my reverse bid. It is up to my partner to investigate slam if her has the points.
Kf Tung: Pass. Of course 3N will make, and let partner be happy when slams go down on other tables.

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

Your call?

4D 12 100
5S 4 70
4S 1 60
Dbl 2 60
5NT 1 50
4H 0 40
Moderator: Another monster hand heading towards the slam zone. Once again, you face a 3S preempt.
Betty Ann Kennedy: Dbl. I hope partner doesn't pass.
Karen Walker: 4D. . . followed by 6H to force partner to choose at the seven level. It's barely possible that he doesn't have both red aces, but that's a chance I'm willing to take.
Don Stack: 5S. Exclusion Key Card for clubs seems fairly clear.
Martin Henneberger: 4D. Since 4H would be non forcing as an offer to play in game, I will start with 4D forcing, as a new suit below game is forcing. The real problem will come next.
Chris Diamond: 4D. Who knows where we're going but forcing in your best suit can't be all bad.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Expecting to play in 6 of a red suit - asking pard for his preference.
Michael Dimich: 4D. They stuck it to us. Exclusion doesn't help divining partner's distribution.
Eugene Chan: 4D. FORCING! Try to ignore partner's anguish over a rebid!
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. A negative double is too risky, since down 3 or 4 doesn't compensate for our slam.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Only way to get both suits in economically. Take a chance this isn't left in.
Bob Kuz: 4D. Forcing, I hope. :)
Perry Khakhar: 4D. 4D followed by 5H over 4NT or 5C! 6/5 come alive!
Paul Mcmullin: Dbl. Maybe partner has support for a red suit.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. Hope it's not converted into a penalty.
John Gillespie: 4D. Forcing. Maybe I'll know what slam to bid next time but I'm not risking double - float.
Brian Zietman: 4S. We could have any slam here - hearts, diamonds or even clubs.
Plarq Liu: 4S. Michaels Cuebid.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. If partner bids either of my two suits, I will investigate slam.
Kf Tung: 4S. Raise to six if partner can bid 5D or 5H. If partner bids 5C you bid 5D to ask for pass or correct.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Allan Falk 3S 6C 2D 4NT 4D 500
Jeff Meckstroth 3S 6C 2D 4NT 4D 500
Barry Rigal 3S 6C 2D 4NT 4D 500
Steve Robinson 3NT 6C 2D 4NT 4D 480
Jill Meyers 3NT 4S 2D 4NT 4D 470
The Gordons 3S 4NT 2D 4NT 4D 470
August Boehm 3S 4S Pass 4NT 4D 460
Karen Walker 3S 6C 2D 5NT 4D 460
Don Stack 3NT 6C 2D 4NT 5S 450
Mel Colchamiro Pass 6C 2D 4NT 4D 450
Larry Cohen 3S 4S 2D 4NT 5NT 440
The Sutherlins 3NT 6C 2D 4C 4D 440
Steve Weinstein 3NT 4S 2D 4NT 5S 440
The Joyces 3S 4S Pass 5NT 4D 420
Betty Ann Kennedy 3S 4NT Pass 4NT Dbl 400
Mike Lawrence 3NT 3NT Pass 4NT 5S 380
Kerri Sanborn 3S 3NT 3D 4NT 5S 380
The Coopers 3D 4NT 2D 4C 4D 370
Bob Giragosian 3NT 4NT 2D 4C 4S 370
Bridge Buff 3NT 3NT 3NT Pass Dbl 290

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Kai Zhou 3S 6C 2D 4NT 4D 500 150.50
2.    Martin Henneberger 3NT 6C 2D 4NT 4D 480 112.88
3.    Chris Diamond 3NT 4NT 2D 4NT 4D 450 63.96
3.    Eugene Chan Pass 6C 2D 4NT 4D 450 63.96
5.    Barry Yamanouchi 3NT 3NT 2D 4NT 4D 440 30.10
6.    Stephen Vincent 3NT 4S 2D 4NT 4S 430 23.29
6.    Aidan Ballantyne 3S 4NT 2D 4NT Dbl 430 23.29
8.    Norma Doucette 3NT 6C Pass 4NT Dbl 410 18.81
9.    Brad Bart 3NT 5C Pass 4NT 4D 400 15.89
9.    Jacky Wang 3S 4H 2D 4NT Dbl 400 15.89
11.    Diana Jing 3NT 5C 2D 4NT 4S 390 13.68

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 3NT 6C 2D 4C 4D 440 80.50
2.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 3NT 6C 2D 4NT 5NT 430 50.31
2.    Paul Janicki (Canada) 3NT 6C 3D 4NT 4D 430 50.31
4.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 3NT 6C Pass 4NT 4S 410 28.18
5.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 3S 6C 3D Pass 4D 400 14.76
5.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 3NT 3NT 2D 4C 4D 400 14.76
7.    Plarq Liu (Us) 3NT 4S 2D 4C 4S 390 10.78
7.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 3NT 4S 2D 4C Dbl 390 10.78
9.    Brian Zietman (Israel) 3NT 4S 2D Pass 4S 380 8.94
10.    Susan Julius (Canada) Pass 6C 2D 4C Dbl 370 7.36
10.    Yu Wang (Taiwan) 3NT 3NT Pass 4NT 4S 370 7.36
10.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3NT 6C 3D 4NT 4H 370 7.36
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