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TGIF October 2012: Scores

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

Your call?

4S 8 100
Dbl 6 90
Pass 5 80
Moderator: The 4S bidders are relieved they're playing matchpoints. The doublers are relieved they're playing matchpoints. And the passers add a stroke of sanity.
Jill Meyers: Dbl. I just can't pass. If partner bids 5D, I sure hope she has seven of them, or at least six good ones. She shouldn't be bidding 5D otherwise.
Steve Robinson: 4S. Isn't 4H a transfer to 4S? Partner figures to be short in hearts and should have some spades, so how bad can 4S be? This way, I don't have to worry about partner bidding 5D over a takeout double. I just hope partner's spades are higher than East's.
Don Stack: Dbl. There are a number of bad things that could happen if I double, so I'm looking for the plus score. Overcalling 4S will have it supporters, but isn't that a little bit kamikaze?
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. 4S, while tempting, is too unilateral. Hopefully partner will strain to bid spades in preference to diamonds.
Martin Henneberger: 4S. Well I can't see defending 4H being a good matchpoint result. I am vulnerable and will go for the gusto with 4S. Pard rates to have support since they should be short in hearts.
Chris Diamond: 4S. If there's a time for this I think this is it.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Trusting pard to bid 4S if he has 4 spades in his hand.
Michael Dimich: 4S. Out of the airlock if you bid anything else.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Partners will not pull out of weakness. Am prepared to pass 5D. Partner should have a good suit to bid 5D.
Robin Hart: Dbl. Pard's call will clarify the spade situation.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Picture a hand that you would like partner to hold. It is equally likely for RHO to have this hand.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4S. Good bet to catch support.
Mike Roberts: 4S. This is far easier than it looks.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you! We may belong elsewhere and at a lower level, but there is no way to find out.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Sometimes, you STAY preempted!
David Gordon: 4S. Your partner will bid long diamonds if you dbl.
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. Partner will strive to bid spades, so I'm only worried about a few hand shapes. If partner is 3=1=6=3, 5D might work, so it's only 3=1=5=4 that's truly a problem.
Amiram Millet: 4S. A sound balancing call.
John Gillespie: 4S. . . with fingers crossed. Pard has a lot of cards that are not hearts but so does RHO.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. What a vicious preempt! Am I a man (dbl or bid) or a mouse (pass)? I am a man so I double. I hope my partner does not bid 5D - though he surely will.
Plarq Liu: 4S. Last effort for game.
Beverley Candlish: 4S. I can't double as that is for takeout and my partner may bid 5D.

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A 10 5 4   H 8 6   D K J 9 7   C Q 4 3  
West North East South  
    2D (1) Pass
Pass Dbl Pass Pass
2H Pass Pass ?
(1) Weak.

Your call?

2S 16 100
3S 1 60
Dbl 1 60
2NT 0 50
4S 1 40
3D 0 30
3H 0 30
Pass 0 30
Moderator: All but three of the panel agree that 2S is the right call.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 2S. Partner knows I have values because of my pass of 2D doubled. I don't want to punish partner's double in fourth position by jumping to 3S.
Kerri Sanborn: 3S. I am likely to have only four trumps considering I passed diamonds for penalty. If 3NT is the right spot, partner will know I have diamonds stopped.
Karen Walker: Dbl. After the trap pass, a double of their runout doesn't promise a stack in that suit too. It shows defensive strength and at least a doubleton heart. Partner's failure to double isn't relevant. All he knows is that I have a diamond stack.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Partner, with nothing in diamonds and unable to double hearts, should have plenty of stuff in the black suits.
Martin Henneberger: 2S. In a diamond contract I had at least 4 defensive tricks. Now I have 1 defensive trick. I guess they have escaped.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. They may well have an 8 card heart fit but going for a greedy 200 still seems right.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Showing cards to let pard know that it is our hand.
Michael Dimich: 2S. Partner is limited so 2S shows your plus value hand.
Eugene Chan: 2S. I passed 2D-X but doubling 2H is unappealing. Take the middle road.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. 3S or 4S could be down off the top with a heart-diamond cross-ruff. I'd rather pursue the magic 200. Wish I knew what partner's pass meant.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2S. Slight underbid but jump in spades too aggressive.
Mike Roberts: 2S. I don't want to punish partner too much for balancing, and they might have a defensive ruff.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Partner is giving us a cooperative green light to take intelligent action. I think that with trump leads, we should still get 500+.
David Gordon: 3S. Partner could not whip 2H, so invite game in spades.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3D. My lack of double should make it clear that I have spades and not hearts; it's partner's call to pick spades or no-trump.
Amiram Millet: 3NT. Better than 2S or 3S.
John Gillespie: Pass. Pard doesn't always have enough for game and they only have 3 trump winners that I know about.
Brian Zietman: 2S. I think my partner is waiting for me to tell him something.
Plarq Liu: Pass. I don't think we can make anything serious.
Beverley Candlish: 4S. Both diamonds and hearts are weak so partner must have both spades and clubs plus points.

3. IMPs. None vul.
S Q 7 6 3   H Q J 10 8 3   D ---   C K J 9 8  
West North East South  
  1S 3C ?

Your call?

4S 16 100
4C 1 70
4D 2 70
3H 0 50
3S 0 40
Pass 0 40
Moderator: Most of the panelists deem their hand too good to bid only 3S, but, with the suspect club values, not good enough for a cuebid. So they settle on 4S.
Steve Robinson: 4D. I don't know what my void in diamonds is worth, but my hand could be valuable opposite hearts and spades. This gives partner a chance to bid 4H (last train), which gives me a chance to get out, since I have no other first-round controls.
The Sutherlins: 4S. . . enough for game, not enough to make a move toward slam. A 4D splinter is flawed in that we are void and have none of the five key cards. Also, it might let the opponents find a good diamond save.
The Coopers: 4S. Lots of offense, and we don't want to make it easy for the opponents to find their diamond fit.
Martin Henneberger: 4S. My gut feeling on this hand is to splinter with 4D. However with wasted club cards and a lack of aces and kings elsewhere not to mention defensive ruff potential I will bid a reasonable middle of the road 4S.
Chris Diamond: 4D. Pard could have a magic hand opposite diamond shortness.
Larry Meyer: 4C. This hand has useful features in all 4 suits - if pard has A-K in both majors, slam looks cold.
Michael Dimich: 3H. Slam hogs searching for truffles.
Eugene Chan: 4S. Same action as if clubs were 4 dead.
Robin Hart: 4S. No aces...signoff is best.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. The shape is lovely, but the HCP are largely wasted. I'm bidding only 3S at matchpoints.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4S. With something in reserve.
Mike Roberts: 4S. Enough to get to game, bad controls for a cuebid. This feels about right.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. Even with these Quacks, I think that we have enough for game. It is IMPs, so bid game.
David Gordon: 4D. Club values in position.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4D. Normally, I'd be worried about a club lead, but preempter coiuld easily have 6 clubs (or they could be 2-2).
Amiram Millet: 3NT. West might ruff clubs in a spade contract.
John Gillespie: 3S. The risk of pard passing this out is so small I think I'm keeping slam in play by not leaping to 4S.
Brian Zietman: 4S. 4S looks like a good spot. I wonder if the opps will sacrifice with 5C - wouldn't that be nice?
Plarq Liu: 4S. Sign off.
Beverley Candlish: 4S. I cannot cue bid and what would be the point of bidding hearts since we've found a fit in spades.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S 2   H J 9 7 6   D A J 9 2   C A 10 8 3  
West North East South  
Pass 1D Pass 1H
Pass 4H Pass ?

Your call?

4NT 8 100
Pass 6 80
5H 3 70
4S 2 60
5C 0 50
5D 0 50
5NT 0 20
6D 0 20
6H 0 20
Moderator: The majority of the panel make a move toward slam.
August Boehm: 4NT. SA x HK Q x x DK Q x x x CK x provides an excellent play for slam, and partner could hardly hold less.
Mike Lawrence: 4S. Assuming it is not asking for aces, 4S lets partner ask for aces if he can. He won't know I have a singleton spade, but I hope that won't be a problem. I do not like bidding 4NT myself since I am missing so many important cards.
Jeff Meckstroth: Pass. Just depends on how much partner has in spades.
Mel Colchamiro: 5H. If I cuebid 5D, do I deny other controls? So maybe I should control bid 4S. Since I didn't cuebid any of them, doesn't 5H show all of them?
The Gordons: 5H. Key card doesn't help us. It is all about the trump suit. We have too much to pass.
Craig T. Wilson: 4NT. Couldn't hurt to check for key cards, can always sign off at 5H.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. With partner showing 18-19 balanced prospects for slam are mild. That combined with the fact that the 5 level isn't safe leads me to think plus score.
Chris Diamond: 5C. I have to make some kind of try with all these controls but I suspect 4S is a better bid letting pard use Blackwood.
Larry Meyer: 4NT. With the double fit, slam is only a matter of controls.
Michael Dimich: 4S. Cheapest slam interest bid.
Eugene Chan: 6H. Minimal likelihood of a grand. Partner should have great trumps missing big diamond honours.
Robin Hart: 4NT. Auction infers pard has 18-19 pts and five diamonds. If he has 2 KC, I'll bid the heart slam.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4NT. The biggest worry for slam is the trump suit quality.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4NT. After Blackwood, can give pard choice between diamonds and hearts.
Perry Khakhar: 4NT. Blackwood! Keycard was invented for this hand!
David Gordon: 4NT. If (3 or 2 keycards with HQ) then bid 6H. Otherwise sign off in 5H.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4NT. I have to try for slam here; partner could be an Ace short for her bid and we'd need a finesse and normal breaks to make 6H.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Partner's jump may block a save in hearts.
John Gillespie: 4NT. My next bid will probably be 6D.
Brian Zietman: 4S. Cue bid.
Plarq Liu: 4NT. Blackwood for slam.
Beverley Candlish: 4NT. With a fit in diamonds and my singleton spade, there is a possibility for slam.
Bob Todd: 6D. Partner should be in a position to pick which slam to play in.

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

Your call?

Pass 6 100
Dbl 5 90
5D 5 80
5H 3 60
Moderator: While there is much uncertainty, the consensus seems to be that a pass in this situation is not forcing. The panelists electing to pass are allowing partner a little leeway.
Steve Weinstein: 5D. If pass was forcing, I would try it. Here, partner bids game under duress, so in my methods, we are not in a forcing pass. Both sides might be making, and on what looks like a double-fit hand, I am going to try to buy it in 5 of a red suit.
Larry Cohen: Pass. Brutally difficult. I'm not sure of this at all, but I hope I did it in tempo so as not to bar partner.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. This is a tough one. I would like a pass to be forcing, but it isn't, so I feel the need to do something. I don't want to get stampeded to the five level.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Trusting that partner will interpret it in the sense that it is meant, i.e., forcing.
Martin Henneberger: 5H. Great problem hand. 4H could be bid on shape or high cards or could be a stretch. This brings into doubt any forcing pass as it isn't clear whose hand it is. For that reason I bid 1 more time as possible double fits are looming.
Chris Diamond: Pass. I'm open to any suggestion pard has.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Not going to the 5-level with such a flat hand.
Michael Dimich: Pass. Time to see how good our forcing pass agreements are.
Eugene Chan: 5D. Taking insurance. Have every expectation partner will correct to 5H.
Robin Hart: Dbl. Pesky opps! I'd bid 5H with better shape.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Pass is not forcing, and 5H is too unilateral with only an 8-card fit.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5H. We have a double fit which I will hide. They have a lot of black cards so I bid on.
Mike Roberts: 5H. Partner was under some pressure, but this could very well be a double game swing.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Forcing pass sequence. I believe we may have a good shot at a red suit slam. I will pull partner's double to 5D, and respect whatever partner does.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. I could have doubled or bid more myself - this SHOULD invite partner to take another bid.
David Gordon: Dbl. A suggestion to defend. Balanced hand.
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. We have a double fit but that doesn't mean we make 11 tricks.
Amiram Millet: 5H. To make or to punish 5S.
John Gillespie: 5D. They may have a double fit too and a bad heart break is lurking.
Brian Zietman: 5H. Slam may be on here but those clubs look pretty poor.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Nothing more to say.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. My hand is too balanced to bid 5H.
Bob Todd: 5H. Yuch!

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Larry Cohen 4S 2S 4S 4NT Pass 500
The Sutherlins 4S 2S 4S 4NT Pass 500
The Joyces 4S 2S 4S 4NT Dbl 490
Jill Meyers Dbl 2S 4S 4NT Dbl 480
Barry Rigal Dbl 2S 4S 4NT Dbl 480
Steve Weinstein Dbl 2S 4S 4NT 5D 470
August Boehm Pass 2S 4S 4NT 5D 460
Allan Falk 4S 2S 4S Pass 5D 460
Mike Lawrence 4S 2S 4S 4S Pass 460
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl 2S 4S Pass Dbl 460
Steve Robinson 4S 2S 4D Pass Pass 450
Mel Colchamiro 4S 2S 4S 5H 5D 450
Karen Walker Pass Dbl 4S 4NT Dbl 430
Don Stack Dbl 2S 4S Pass 5H 430
The Gordons Pass 2S 4S 5H 5D 430
The Coopers Dbl 2S 4S 4S 5H 410
Betty Ann Kennedy 4S 2S 4D 5H 5H 400
Bridge Buff Pass 4S 4S Pass Pass 400
Kerri Sanborn Pass 3S 4C Pass Pass 390

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Joel Martineau Dbl 2S 4S 4NT Pass 490 154.00
2.    Brad Bart 4S 2S 4D 4NT Pass 470 54.14
2.    Peggy Lacasse Dbl 2S 4S Pass Pass 470 54.14
2.    Barry Yamanouchi Pass 2S 4S 4NT Dbl 470 54.14
2.    Laurence Betts Pass 2S 4S 4NT Dbl 470 54.14
2.    Peg Mcshane Dbl 2S 4S Pass Pass 470 54.14
2.    Paul Sontag Dbl 2S 4S Pass Pass 470 54.14
8.    Larry Pocock Dbl 2S 4S Pass Dbl 460 18.18
8.    Aidan Ballantyne 4S 2S 4S 4NT 5H 460 18.18
10.    David Walker Dbl 2S 4S 4S Pass 450 14.70
10.    Jack Qi Dbl 2S 4S 4NT 5H 450 14.70

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) Dbl 2S 4S 4NT Pass 490 84.00
2.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) Pass 2S 4S 4NT Pass 480 63.00
3.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 4S 2S 4S 4NT 5H 460 35.70
3.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 4S Dbl 4S 4NT Pass 460 35.70
5.    Merv Adey (Canada) Pass Dbl 4S 4NT Pass 440 15.40
5.    Susan Julius (Canada) Dbl 3S 4S 4NT Dbl 440 15.40
7.    Plarq Liu (Us) 4S Pass 4S 4NT Pass 430 10.61
7.    Beverley Candlish (Canada) 4S 4S 4S 4NT Dbl 430 10.61
7.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Dbl Dbl 4S Pass Pass 430 10.61
10.    David Gordon (Canada) 4S 3S 4D 4NT Dbl 420 7.37
10.    Paul Janicki (Canada) Pass 2S 4S Pass 5H 420 7.37
10.    Paul Hardy (Canada) Dbl Dbl 4S Pass Dbl 420 7.37
10.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Dbl 2S 3H 4NT 5D 420 7.37
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