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TGIF December 2012: Scores

1. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S 9 7   H K 10 3 2   D A 9 8 6   C A 6 3  
West North East South  
  Pass Pass ?

Your call?

1D 13 100
1H 4 70
Pass 2 60
Moderator: Both the bidders and the passers express a great deal of conviction about their action. Most, however, see an opening bid and open.
Steve Weinstein: 1D. Basically, always open the bidding when you have an opening bid and sometimes even if you don't in third seat. This hand is an opening bid. I have two aces and I am fine rebidding 1NT over partner's 1S response.
Steve Robinson: 1H. If I open 1D and partner responds 1S, I can't pass. Opening 1H gives me two chances to find a fit. If I open 1D, I will have no chance to find a seven-card heart fit if that's our best possible fit.
Kerri Sanborn: Pass. Why open up the hornet's nest? I don't have spades or a rebid or a lead director. If the opponents open, maybe I can show red suits next time.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Your opening won't stop them finding a spade fit should they have one and may even make it easier for them.
Norm Tucker: 1D. Why not?
Martin Henneberger: 1D. It's the year 2012 and I have an opening bid.
Chris Diamond: 1D. There's something about 2 1/2 quicks white against red.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Since pard has already passed, they will probably buy the contract regardless, I have no suit I really want to direct pard to lead, and no desire to tell declarer where the aces are.
Ivy Pye: Pass. Using Cansino points, I wouldn't open this.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Generally, I will follow the rule of 15 and pass although favourable vulnerability, 2.5 quick tricks provide reasonable grounds for a light 3rd seat opener.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1D. Every once in a while I make a normal bid in 3rd seat NV.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. It could go all pass which should be OK for us on the Cansino count. If they open and get to 1NT, we score 100 for taking 7 tricks rather than 90 in our 1NT if I open and pard bids 1S (if they have spades, opening light won't help us).
Bob Kuz: Pass. Not preared for a 1S response; no rule of 20.
Mike Roberts: 1H. I've always liked this. It makes it very tough for the opps to get to 3NT with 3 opposite 3 in hearts. The downsides here are the bad suit and the problem over 1S.
David Gordon: 1D. Marginal opener.
Amiram Millet: 1D. With 2.5 quick tricks it's always an opening.
John Gillespie: 1D. 1H if I'm in a swinging mood or with softer defense.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Sometimes it is good to defend. A bid of 1D or 1H is not going to stop the opponents bidding spades.
Perry Khakhar: 1D. I may not have the correct number of spades for this, but I have enough defense (2.5 QTs).
Plarq Liu: 1D. I'd rather bid before the fourth seat bids.
Richmond Williams: 1D. Hate this if they have the diamonds.
Beverley Candlish: 1D. I have tolerance for hearts, diamonds or clubs. If partner bids 1S, I will bid 1NT.
Kf Tung: 1D. With 5 controls you have a better chance for a plus score than the opponents but you may forfeit the chance if you pass.

2. Matchpoints. None vul.
S J 2   H A Q 6   D A K   C K J 9 6 3 2  
West North East South  
Pass Pass Pass 1C
1S Pass 3D (1) ?
(1) Fit-showing jump.

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
Pass 9 90
4C 1 60
3S 0 20
Moderator: Double gets the edge because 4C breaks the tie between bidding on and passing.
Allan Falk: Dbl. All panelists would view this double as takeout, so that's not really an issue. The issue is pass or double. I'd like to have another heart, but unless LHO passes or redoubles, partner will not have to do anything unless he wants to.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4C. I'm not going to pass, and double sounds like I have diamonds. Perhaps I should bid 3H, but that might work out very badly.
Mel Colchamiro: Pass. Partner's pass over 1S is a huge warning. I can't bring myself to bid 4C. With the diamond fit bid in front of me, clubs could easily be stacked behind me.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. A very nice hand has turned unpromising: the doubleton spade doesn't look good. Partner was unable to say anything over 1S, not even a token raise to 2C.
Norm Tucker: Dbl. Neither opponent has opening points and I can't quit yet.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Although I'm not happy about it, I just don't have anything to do but pass. Bidding 4C with this many holes seems suicidal, and double as takeout with extras doesn't match what I hold.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. . . extras with goodish hearts. I don't hold much hope of buying it when they have the big suits but maybe we can raise them a level.
Larry Meyer: Pass. No desire to double for a diamond lead.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Can't let opponents push me around with the best hand at the table.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Double might work as a 2-way shot (lead-directing or take-out) depending on how partner interprets it. But the opps are stretching, and it's not clear to act.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Outbid for now, maybe double or bid 4C if they stop in 3S. Tough when they have the master suit.
Bob Kuz: Dbl. It seems pretty clear- partner must have hearts or clubs and I don't need much.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. How convenient - I can show a good hand, deny 4H, and stay below 3NT. Thanks, opps!
David Gordon: Dbl. Invite partner to the party.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. Indicating a wish to punish any contract.
John Gillespie: Pass. Lots of losers (pard passed with short(ish) spades) and I don't want a diamond lead or to play it here.
Brian Zietman: Pass. We may be able to defeat 4S. Partner has obviously got nothing and 5C could be disastrous.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Bidding would be nothing short of fielder's choice. I may have too much defense or not enough offense. The only clear thing is that pard is broke.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Show extra strength.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. If I bid 4C, I may force my opponents to 4S or I may get doubled. It all depends on where are the CA Q and the HK. I will likely lose 2 spades. I can't count on my partner for any tricks.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Tell partner that you have the strongest hand on the table. It probably will end in 3S but partner will lead a heart.

3. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S 10   H A Q 9 8   D A K 8 4 2   C Q 9 5  
West North East South  
    1S Dbl
2NT (1) Pass 3S ?
(1) Limit raise or better, four or more spades.

Your call?

Pass 18 100
Dbl 1 50
4D 0 10
Moderator: Acutely aware of the vulnerability, the panel is nearly unanimous in choosing to pass.
Barry Rigal: Pass. The vulnerability is wrong for action, and who knows what LHO will be doing? Partner had an opportunity to act and a safe position to get a call in. And he didn't.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. The auction says partner could well be broke. The hand is just not good enough to double again.
Norm Tucker: Pass. Can't play them all.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. I think I have enough to double a second time, although a bit frisky. The opps' 2NT may have been just enough so partner was shy to compete. So many ways to win by doubling again and only 1 way to lose really.
Larry Meyer: Pass. It's their hand, so without great shape, I don't want to make a bid at the 4-level vulnerable.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Time to give up and hope they don't bid 4S.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Adding up the HCP, partner has 0-3. Not a good time for a vulnerable sac.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Have to bow to the master suit (why do they always have spades?). Bidding is dangerous at this vul opposite a pard who could not act over 2NT.
Bob Kuz: Pass. Bidding again can only give the opponents a second chance.
Mike Roberts: Pass. Even at matchpoints.
David Gordon: Dbl. I little light but should be fine at the 4 level.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. It's MP!!! Have to protect at least 110 on our side.
John Gillespie: Pass. Bidding is a one way ticket to the partnership desk.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. I would like partner to bid a suit.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. They are NOT playing at the 9-trick level! I have 3 places to play, pick one pard! This is MP not IMPs.
Plarq Liu: Pass. No extra strength.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. With my 15 HCP's I can't bid to the 4 level without knowing what my partner has.
Kf Tung: Pass. Not much extra. You are happy to defend 3S for +100, -140 or -170.
Bob Todd: Pass. Partner has very little. It's a guess if he has good shape/fit. 3325 or worse is bad.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A K 9   H Q 10 8 5   D J 4   C Q 10 8 5  
West North East South  
2S (1) Dbl 3S Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?
(1) Weak.

Your call?

Pass 10 100
4H 9 90
3NT 0 30
Moderator: The expert panel is evenly split between passing or bidding.
Larry Cohen: Pass. Let's teach them a lesson so they don't keep bidding so much against us. After partner's marked spade lead and three rounds of spades, let's see them take any tricks.
Karen Walker: 4H. I wouldn't pass unless I expected to beat them two tricks. With this hand, I can't even be sure of a one-trick set.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. 5 tricks will be easier than 10 here.
Martin Henneberger: 4H. The 1st double was negative showing hearts. The 2nd was announcing ownership of the hand. I will oblige now by bidding a normal 4H. This isn't the time to mastermind a pass or 3NT.
Chris Diamond: 4H. Takeout the take outs, even with wasted spades.
Larry Meyer: 4H. Pard's double is clearly for takeout, so take it out.
Eugene Chan: 4H. Easy choice. No source of tricks for 3NT. 3S-X won't get you rich.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4H. I'd probably need to duck one round of spades in 3NT, so might as well just play 4H.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Losing trick count and law of total tricks suggest defending.
Bob Kuz: Pass. A sure plus vs a thin game - the Law says pass.
Mike Roberts: 4H. Following orders.
David Gordon: 4H. Partner has a hand interested in playing 4H if you have 4 hearts.
Amiram Millet: 4H. Even one round before.
John Gillespie: Pass. Positionally wrong for offence opposite spade shortness.
Brian Zietman: 4H. Ready to double the opponents if they sacrifice in 4S.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. I play pard's double as DSIP which requests permission to bid. It isn't clear that we can get 7 tricks on defence. 10 tricks our way seems more likely.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Take a plus.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. It is unlikely partner is doubling because she has anything in spades.
Kf Tung: 4H. 4H must be playable and 3S-X cannot get you a good score.

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

Your call?

3H 11 100
2H 5 70
2D 1 50
3C 1 50
4H 1 40
3D 0 30
Moderator: Opposite a partner who may or may not have four hearts, most of the panel take what they believe to be the low road.
Mike Lawrence: 4H. My partner won't know what is working if I bid just 3H, and bidding less is feeble. If he has some kind of spade hand, I will end up in 5D.
Steve Robinson: 3C. I have to find out if partner has four hearts. If he doesn't, then I'll play in diamonds.
The Sutherlins: 3H. We are taking the low road and only inviting since we are playing matchpoints. Spade values in partner's hand are wasted values. If he doesn't have extras, then 4H is probably a poor contract.
Mel Colchamiro: 2D. Partner is about to bid 2S, so I go low. I'll follow up with 2NT (two places to play) and correct 3C to 3D to bring hearts into the picture.
The Joyces: 2H. On the surface, 2H seems like an underbid, but it is worrisome that RHO didn't raise clubs. Partner might have a significant portion of his resources in spades.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. After 4 passes, it is nice to have a hand where pass is clearly incorrect.
Norm Tucker: 2D. We need a fit.
Martin Henneberger: 2H. Need to be careful here as the negative double could be many hand types including spades only without forcing values. That combined with not knowing if my void is useful leads me to stay low.
Chris Diamond: 3H. Great playing hand if he has decent hearts.
Larry Meyer: 2H. My 3-card holding in opp's suit, plus my void in pard's other suit, both indicate that caution is called for.
Eugene Chan: 2H. Unless partner has a diamond honour, the hand won't play that well.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. If partner doesn't have 4 hearts then this is wrong, but my hand is too good for a simple 2H rebid.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3H. Pretty good playing hand, but jump to 4H is overdoing it. 2H is too conservative.
Bob Kuz: 2H. Too many clubs to jump- should be some wasted values.
Mike Roberts: 3H. I suspect partner is looking at something too weak to bid 2S. If I knew he had a classic negative double, I'd bid 4H.
David Gordon: 3H. The club length gives me pause to just invite.
Amiram Millet: 2H. Holding 8 playing tricks.
John Gillespie: 3H. My pard doesn't promise hearts but 2 places to play. Diamonds or even a heart moyse could do well.
Brian Zietman: 2H. This looks interesting- maybe we have a slam in hearts if partner is short in clubs.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. The thing that stops me from bidding 4H is that I have the wrong number of clubs. How about you, pard?
Plarq Liu: 2H. Bid our hearts to show at least 5-4 in diamonds and hearts.
Beverley Candlish: 3D. If we play 2 over 1, my partner is showing an opening bid and we possibly have a 3NT contract.
Kf Tung: 2H. If partner has a strong hand he will continue the bidding. If partner has no extras then there will be wasted spade values and 2H will be enough.

Panel's Answers

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

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Dave Gabel 1D Dbl Pass 4H 3H 490 150.50
2.    Andrew Krywaniuk 1D Pass Pass 4H 3H 480 94.06
2.    Craig T. Wilson 1D Pass Pass 4H 3H 480 94.06
4.    Peg Mcshane 1D Dbl Pass Pass 2H 470 52.68
5.    Norma Doucette 1D Dbl Pass 4H 2H 460 27.59
5.    Barry Yamanouchi 1D Pass Pass Pass 2H 460 27.59
7.    Brad Bart 1D Dbl Dbl Pass 3H 450 16.38
7.    Stephen Vincent Pass Pass Pass Pass 3H 450 16.38
7.    Eurydice Nours 1D Pass Pass 4H 2H 450 16.38
7.    Michael Dimich 1D Pass Pass 4H 2H 450 16.38
7.    Aidan Ballantyne Pass Pass Pass Pass 3H 450 16.38
7.    Jean La Borie 1D Pass Pass 4H 2H 450 16.38

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    John Gillespie (Canada) 1D Pass Pass Pass 3H 490 91.00
2.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 1D Pass Pass 4H 3H 480 68.25
3.    Plarq Liu (Us) 1D Dbl Pass Pass 2H 470 45.50
4.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 1H Dbl Pass 4H 3H 460 19.55
4.    Kf Tung (China) 1D Dbl Pass 4H 2H 460 19.55
4.    Bob Todd (Canada) Pass Dbl Pass Pass 3H 460 19.55
4.    Marilyn Knipp (Canada) 1D Dbl Pass 4H 2H 460 19.55
8.    David Gordon (Canada) 1D Dbl Dbl 4H 3H 440 10.20
8.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 1H Dbl Pass Pass 2H 440 10.20
8.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Pass Pass Pass 4H 3H 440 10.20
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