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TGIF January 2013: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S A Q 8 4   H J 5   D Q   C A Q 10 9 7 6  
West North East South  
    3D ?

Your call?

4C 11 100
Dbl 8 80
Pass 1 50
Moderator: Yet again, an opponent's disruptive preempt has mucked up what surely should have been our auction. More than half the field opts to bid 4C as the lesser evil.
Steve Robinson: 4C. When in doubt, bid your longest suit. If I doubled, partner would probably bid hearts, even with a diamond stopper.
Don Stack: Dbl. Because we must take action with this hand, a 4C bid caters only to clubs. If partner jumps to 4H, who's to say we won't make it?
Stephen Vincent: 4C. You won't feel happy about putting down this hand if you double and partner inevitably bids hearts, while some sort of bid is called for.
Craig T. Wilson: Dbl. Will bid 4C if partner bids hearts.
Norm Tucker: Dbl. Perhaps partner has spades. I can bid clubs later.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. This is the most flexible action. It allows us to find a penalty pass, spades or 3NT. 4C doesn't cater to those luxuries.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. 4C will probably miss too many good things, pass is out with shortness so I may be passing a heart bid.
Dave Waterman: Dbl. Preserves the greatest number of good results, and raises the spectre of only one bad result - the 4-2 heart fit.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Need to downgrade those honours in my red suits. If pard can't balance, then we are not missing much.
Ivy Pye: Pass. I'll count on my partner here.
Eugene Chan: 4C. Not too concerned about loss of potential 4-4 spade fit as bad trump breaks are more likely due to opening 3D pre-empt.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. The best of a bad lot (though off-shape takeout doubles seem to be gaining momentum within the panel). I think I would pass at MPs.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. If pard bids 3H, I will bid 4C (slight overbid). If pard jumps to 4H I will live with it.
Julien Levesque: Dbl. Not the most elegant hand, but double is the only option, as I hold both black suits with a rebid in clubs should pard bid hearts.
Bob Kuz: 4C. Not good enough for a dbl then 5C over 4H.
Mike Roberts: 3S. Obviously, this is silly. But 4C gets us by our two most likely games.
Brian Zietman: 4C. This bid shows a good suit and values and describes my hand accurately.
David Gordon: 4C. I just can not bring myself to dbl without a 3rd heart.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4C. I feel I have to do something. Double is a huge gamble here.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. Only if we play equal level conversions, otherwise: Pass.
John Gillespie: Dbl. Only a 3H response concerns me, worth it to keep 3NT in play.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Only way to find spade fit.
Beverley Candlish: 4C. I am not vulnerable. I may be missing a game in spades but how can we find it?
Kf Tung: Pass. Be content with +100, +50 or -110 if passed out. If pard doubles bid 4S. If pard bids 3H or 3N, pass. If pard bids 3S raise to 4S.

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

Your call?

5C 9 100
3S 6 80
3NT 2 50
4C 0 50
4D 3 50
4H 0 20
Moderator: Partner has shown a 5-3-0-5 or a 5-3-1-4 pattern, or something like that, and a solid to maximum opening. Now, what do you do with that information?
Steve Weinstein: 4D. This is the only way to make a slam try, and my hand got very good. 4H would be an offer to play, and there are plenty of hands where slam is excellent. This hand is worth more than 5C.
August Boehm: 5C. Diamonds are too weak for notrump facing shortness. 4H is apt to be interpreted as to play, backing into a 5-3 fit.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 3S. I'll let partner know I have a doubleton spade. 4C would be an underbid. Partner seems to be short in diamonds, so 3NT is out of the picture.
Geoff Hampson: 3NT. Although there is still some slam potential, I expect DQ 8 6 2 facing a presumed smallish singleton to be worth a stopper when in the closed hand.
Stephen Vincent: 5C. I'd like to cuebid hearts on the way but partner might get imaginative and think we have a 4-3 heart fit which would play well. Meanwhile the diamond stopper is too fragile for 3NT.
Craig T. Wilson: 3NT. Partner has a good hand with 5-5-3-0 or 5-4-4-0.
Norm Tucker: 3NT. Clubs should help me declare as partner is inviting. Isn't 3NT always best?
Martin Henneberger: 3S. I will show my doubleton spade now. It's not clear where we belong yet. This bid will pave the way.
Chris Diamond: 3NT. I'd like to have better diamonds and the HA is a huge card that I would like to cue bid, but it's MP's not bridge.
Dave Waterman: 4H. Maybe the opponents' hearts will break 4-4.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Given partner's minimum rebid, I think 3NT with a tenuous diamond stopper has a better chance than 5C.
Eugene Chan: 3NT. 9 tricks are usually easier than 11.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5C. I can't see us making overtricks in 3NT, so the relative safety of 5C seems more prudent. But my good spots make 4S a tempting alternative. I don't think 3S/4C would be forcing here (playing Bart would have helped).
Aidan Ballantyne: 3NT. Take my chances that we can stop diamonds.
Mike Roberts: 4C. I want to wait here - now over 4D, 4H is a clear cue (4H first is to play).
Brian Zietman: 3NT. I take the 3H as an asking bid and since I have a stopper plus a maximum for my 1NT, I am happy to bid 3NT. Game in clubs is out of the question in matchpoints.
David Gordon: 3S. The 98 adds body to the spade suit.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4C. I've seen this movie before--I bid 3NT, partner has a singleton, and they take the first 5 or 6 tricks.
Amiram Millet: 4C. Cooling for now.
John Gillespie: 3S. My pard is showing short diamonds here and I don't know where to land yet.
Plarq Liu: 3NT. No other possible choice, 3H is asking stopper.
Beverley Candlish: 3NT. I don't want to bid diamonds and encourage partner to bid higher.
Kf Tung: 3NT. If pard bids again, go to 5C.

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

Your call?

Dbl 14 100
3C 5 70
4C 0 40
5C 1 40
3D 0 30
3H 0 30
3S 0 20
Pass 0 20
Moderator: Most of the panelists jump in with a second takeout double.
Allan Falk: 3C. Partner might be broke, and another double would leave him with no idea what to do. At matchpoints, I need to get us in the auction responsibly. At IMPs, the fear of missing game would possibly force me to double again, but not here.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. I could be bid 3C, but I want to keep hearts in the picture.
Norm Tucker: Dbl. Talk to me partner; I have a super hand.
Chris Diamond: 3C. Could double again but I might end up having to show clubs a level higher if they compete.
Dave Waterman: 3C. 4C is possible, but that is wishing cards into partner's hand.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Sounds like pard and I have a double fit, so let's ask pard for his favourite suit.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Partner will sweat a little but I am confident he/she will make a good decision.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3C. Partner had a chance to show hearts before and didn't. If he does have a spade stack, it is in front of the spade bidder (plus, their auction probably didn't deny a spade fit).
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. HCP and 4th heart sway from bidding 3C at this stage. Pard may have hearts but may be too weak to bid over 2C. Will bid 3C over a scrambling type 2NT response.
Julien Levesque: 3C. I only need partner with cards, values would be a bonus, the auction leads itself to pard holding 3+ in both my suits without values. Fitted hand from pard ensures the contract.
Bob Kuz: Dbl. Good partners have 5 hearts to an eight and the CJ.
Mike Roberts: 3C. A 4-4 fit here is not the solution to all our problems.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. Showing the other 2 suits and good values.
David Gordon: 3C. Make your natural bid showing a hand too good to bid 2C initially.
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. It's tempting to bid clubs or cue bid here, but I need to keep hearts in play. If partner is short in hearts and passes, defending could be right.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. Showing extra.
John Gillespie: 3C. Sounds like pard has the pointed suits and may be broke or close to it.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Nice two suiter.
Beverley Candlish: 4C. Hopefully with my jump showing 18+ points, partner will be able to raise me to 5C.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Strong hand with hearts and clubs, but pard can accept 2S-X with a suitable hand.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S A K Q   H 9 8 5 4 3   D 8 6   C 10 6 4  
West North East South  
1S 2D Pass ?

Your call?

2NT 15 100
2H 3 60
Pass 2 50
3D 0 30
3NT 0 30
Moderator: The vast majority of the panel try 2NT with the South hand.
Larry Cohen: 2NT. At least they won't beat me in the spade suit. Opposite DA Q J x x x and out (and partner's vulnerable two-level overcall surely shows more than that), I have play for 3NT on a spade lead.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. It is close to being worth 2NT. I would like one more useful something to bid that.
The Coopers: 2H. After partner leads the HK from HK x, we'll explain that game in hearts was still a remote possibility.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. An overbid but the lure of a vulnerable game at IMP's is too strong.
Norm Tucker: 2H. I must tell partner I have 5 hearts.
Martin Henneberger: 2H. 2D has a wide range. I have enough to keep the auction alive and will do so by bidding 2H.
Chris Diamond: 2NT. Hearts seem a bit weak to suggest as trump and I am good enough to take a call.
Dave Waterman: Pass. Smooth pass is best. Of course 2H could work out.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Not bidding those heart shrimps. Partner didn't double, so likely no game our way.
Eugene Chan: 2NT. Sometimes 3 stoppers are not enough but nevertheless NT appears to be the right strain.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. The suit quality is bad, but this is still our best chance to find a game. LHO won't be leading a spade vs. NT.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3D. 2H will endplay pard into 3D unless he happens to have heart support (unlikely that 4H is the spot) and then it's a guess whether to go on. Too good to pass. This is safest advance (will bid 3NT over 3S cue).
Bob Kuz: 3D. Only happy to bid NT if partner asks for a spade stopper.
Brian Zietman: Pass. I would rather be on defense here. No guarantee that we have a heart fit.
David Gordon: 2H. Gotta make a college try. If you play Raptor then I prefer 2NT.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. I don't care if it's IMPs. We're not making 3NT or 4H unless partner has 6 tricks off the top.
Amiram Millet: Pass. I think it's better than 2H.
John Gillespie: Pass. This 1 (suit) trick pony in THEIR suit is no reason to encourage pard.
Plarq Liu: Pass. No support for partner, heart suit is too weak to bid.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. I only have 9 points. I have no suit of my own so I will keep quiet and see what E/W bids.
Kf Tung: 2H. A lesser evil than pass.

5. IMPs. Both vul.
S A K 6   H J 10 9 8 3   D K Q 9 5 4   C ---  
West North East South  
    4S ?

Your call?

4NT 11 100
Pass 7 90
Dbl 2 60
Moderator: How surprising that the enemy's opening salvo is 4S rather than a club preempt!
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. Too much to pass; too much in spades to bid 4NT.
Jill Meyers: Pass. I have a reasonable chance to beat 4S and no reason to think we can make something at the five level.
Mel Colchamiro: 4NT. . . showing any two suits. Passing could be right, but there's more ways to win by bidding. Double and correct 5C to 5D is sort of the same thing, but 4NT tells partner the two-suited nature of my hand right away.
Stephen Vincent: 4NT. Trusting that partner will interpret it in the sense that it is meant: i.e. forcing.
Craig T. Wilson: 4NT. Take-out. Will bid 5D if partner bids 5C.
Norm Tucker: 5D. Up the line seems sensible.
Martin Henneberger: 4NT. Guessing at a high level is always a risk. When faced with a guess here I like to bid. 4NT suggests 2 places to play.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Wimpy but there are a lot of bad things that can happen to any call.
Dave Waterman: 4NT. The intermediates convince me.
Larry Meyer: 4NT. Hoping pard reads me for a 2-suited hand.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Anyone who takes action is a lunatic or has unauthorized information.
Robin Hart: Dbl. It is 2 places to play.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. It looks like RHO may have taken a flyer on 4S with e.g. 74 in the blacks. Nevertheless, I would rather take our sure plus than gamble on a 5-level contract with ruffs looming.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4NT. Best chance to find our fit. Odds favor bidding.
Julien Levesque: 4NT. Pass or bid, I opt to show off shape hand 4NT takeout.
Bob Kuz: 4NT. Roll the dice.
Brian Zietman: 4NT. 4NT shows a 2 suiter. If partner bids 5C I can bid 5D. If he bids hearts or diamonds I will go to slam.
David Gordon: 4NT. Pull a 5C bid to 5D.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. 4NT is too unilateral. The better problem is what to do if partner balances with a double.
Amiram Millet: 4NT. Ready to compete in 2 suits.
Joel Forssell: 4NT. 2-suiter.
John Gillespie: Dbl. Really dangerous, but so is passing. I'll correct clubs to diamonds and pray.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Can't believe East bid 4S with only QJxxxxxx. I'd rather see partner bidding red suits.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. I don't have a good suit of my own. I can't double as I don't have clubs. Pass seems to be the logical bid.
Kf Tung: Pass. You have a defensive hand. Pass and wait for pard to double.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
August Boehm 4C 5C Dbl 2NT 4NT 500
The Joyces 4C 5C Dbl 2NT 4NT 500
Karen Walker 4C 5C Dbl 2NT Pass 490
Larry Cohen Dbl 5C Dbl 2NT 4NT 480
Betty Ann Kennedy 4C 3S Dbl 2NT 4NT 480
The Sutherlins 4C 3S Dbl 2NT 4NT 480
The Gordons Dbl 5C Dbl 2NT 4NT 480
Barry Rigal Dbl 3S Dbl 2NT 4NT 460
Steve Robinson 4C 5C 3C 2NT Pass 460
Kerri Sanborn 4C 5C 3C 2NT Pass 460
Jill Meyers Dbl 3S Dbl 2NT Pass 450
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl 5C Dbl 2NT Dbl 440
Steve Weinstein Dbl 4D Dbl 2NT 4NT 430
The Coopers 4C 5C Dbl 2H Dbl 420
Mel Colchamiro 4C 4D 3C 2NT 4NT 420
Geoff Hampson Dbl 3NT Dbl 2NT Pass 420
Don Stack Dbl 3S 3C 2H 4NT 390
Allan Falk 4C 4D 3C Pass 4NT 370
Mike Lawrence Pass 3S Dbl Pass Pass 370
Bridge Baron 4C 3NT 5C 2H Pass 340

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Stephen Vincent 4C 5C Dbl 2NT 4NT 500 164.50
2.    Susan Peters 4C 5C Dbl 2NT Pass 490 102.81
2.    Larry Pocock 4C 5C Dbl 2NT Pass 490 102.81
4.    Lucy Zhong 4C 5C Dbl 2H Pass 450 57.58
5.    Eugene Chan 4C 3NT Dbl 2NT Pass 440 32.90
6.    Joel Martineau Dbl 3S 3C 2NT 4NT 430 27.42
7.    Andrew Krywaniuk 4C 5C 3C 2H Pass 420 22.03
7.    Paul Sontag 4C 5C 3C Pass 4NT 420 22.03
9.    Gilbert Lambert 4C 3NT Dbl 2H 4NT 410 18.28
10.    Conny Rosen Dbl 5C Dbl 2H Dbl 400 15.70
10.    Brian Stone Dbl 5C Dbl 2H Dbl 400 15.70
12.    Brad Bart Dbl 3NT Dbl 2H 4NT 390 11.17
12.    Martin Henneberger Dbl 3S 3C 2H 4NT 390 11.17
12.    Chris Diamond Dbl 3NT 3C 2NT Pass 390 11.17
12.    Peggy Lacasse 4C 3NT Dbl Pass Pass 390 11.17
12.    Kai Zhou 4C 4H 3C 2NT 4NT 390 11.17
12.    Alan Kemp-Gee Dbl 3NT Dbl 2NT Dbl 390 11.17
12.    Zoran Peca Dbl 3NT Dbl 2NT Dbl 390 11.17

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Dennis Caswell (Canada) 4C 3NT Dbl 2NT Pass 440 91.00
2.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Usa) Dbl 5C Dbl 2H Pass 430 68.25
3.    David Gordon (Canada) 4C 3S 3C 2H 4NT 410 31.85
3.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 4C 3S Dbl 3D 4NT 410 31.85
3.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 4C 3S 3C 2H 4NT 410 31.85
6.    Brian Zietman (Israel) 4C 3NT Dbl Pass 4NT 400 15.17
7.    Merv Adey (Canada) Pass 3NT Dbl 2NT Pass 390 11.50
7.    Tim Francis-Wright (Usa) 4C 4C Dbl Pass Pass 390 11.50
7.    Paul Hardy (Canada) Dbl 3NT Dbl 2H 4NT 390 11.50
10.    Amiram Millet (Israel) Dbl 4C Dbl Pass 4NT 380 8.32
10.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 4C 3NT 3C 2H 4NT 380 8.32
10.    Richmond Williams (Canada) 4C 3NT 3C 2H 4NT 380 8.32
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