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TGIF February 2013: Scores

1. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S K 8 7 6 4 3   H 9 7   D 4   C Q J 10 2  
West North East South  
  1H Pass 1S
Pass 3NT Pass ?

Your call?

4H 13 100
Pass 6 70
4S 1 40
4C 0 30
Moderator: It seems that partner's 3NT is based on a long running suit. With a ruffing value and no real love for notrump, most of the panelists opt for 4H.
The Sutherlins: Pass. Partner has almost a 2NT strength hand with a running heart suit. He has chosen to take a shot at 3NT rather than 4H. We should not override that decision.
Geoff Hampson: 4H. I am assuming that 3NT shows lots of tricks based on a running heart suit and some side stoppers. I have a low singleton and a fit for partner's presumed six (or more) hearts, so I place us in 4H.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. Partner presumably has long solid hearts and some holdings in the minors. Unless partner can run 9 tricks or has a double diamond stop, hearts rates to play better.
Chris Diamond: Pass. A bit high to be guessing better spots.
Bill Angus: 4H. Because it's MPs.
Dave Waterman: Pass. Should be unanimous. 4H could be better than 3NT, but no guarantees. Partner could have a stiff spade, of course.
Larry Meyer: Pass. 3NT should have a good chance, but not slam, so why bid over 3NT?
Eugene Chan: Pass. Easy pass. My best results usually come when I am dummy.
Yue Su: 4H. I would pass if opening bid was 1D.
Stuart Carr: 4H. If partner has 1 or 2 low spades, heart game looks easier / safer, with diamond ruffs.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4H. This could go either way, but my singleton diamond is worth both a ruff and an entry.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4S. If pard had opened a minor then there could be 1 spade opposite, but after 1H, I expect at least two spades.
Mike Roberts: 4H. I don't know exactly what 3NT is, but I know it has something to do with hearts.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. 3NT ends all auctions! Clearly pard isn't interested in any other contracts. 4H is a consideration but it may be inferior at matchpoints.
Brian Zietman: 4S. Despite the fact that it is matchpoints my hand is not suited to NT. I take partner for 19-20 points and a doubleton spade.
David Gordon: Pass. Your partner is not necessarily promising 2 spades.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4S. 10 tricks look easier then 9, unless partner decided to bid 3NT on a 1=5=4=3 or 1=5=3=4 hand.
Amiram Millet: 4H. This will usually play better.
John Gillespie: Pass. Everyone leads a trump against 4H don't they? My pard has 1 or 0 spades.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Usually 3NT is the best unless I can envision a slam.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. It is obvious that North has a big hand and needs to hear only that South has spades in order to bid 3NT. I have nowhere else to go.
Kf Tung: Pass. Pard has a choice with 2N, 3H or 4H but he opts for 3N. You have only one control and no honor in heart, so refrain from 4H.
Bob Todd: Pass. Sounds like he wants to play there!

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

Your call?

1S 6 100
2H 6 100
2NT 5 90
1NT 2 60
2C 1 50
3NT 0 50
3H 0 30
Moderator: So many choices, and not a single one feels like it fits properly.
August Boehm: 1S. Perhaps partner's next bid will help. Perhaps this will inhibit a damaging lead. Perhaps I should do something else.
Steve Robinson: 2H. I know you're not supposed to raise partner's second suit with only three-card support. I've gotten good results playing the 4-3 fit. Without the CA, I would pass 1H.
Kerri Sanborn: 1NT. With no real spade stopper, I prefer the low road with 1NT rather than the point-showing 2NT. It rates to work more often than not.
Karen Walker: 2NT. Not enough for 2S (artificial game force denying four spades) so I'll have to call SJ 10 x a stopper. A 1S punt rates to create a worse problem than the one I already have.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. You've got a semi-stopper in the unbid suit. Good enough. I hope.
Martin Henneberger: 2S. I would open this hand so to me opener vs opener makes game ergo 2S (4th suit forcing).
Chris Diamond: 1S. Tell me some more pard.
Dave Waterman: 1NT. This would be tougher if I was vulnerable - the consequences of missing a game would be greater. I refuse to fool around with major suits.
Jacky Wang: 2NT. The best is for XYZ 2C forcing to 2D, and then 2NT.
Larry Meyer: 2NT. With an invitational hand, offer an invitation.
Eugene Chan: 1S. Both 1NT and 2NT are flawed so 1S (forcing 1 round) is perfect for this situation.
Stuart Carr: 1S. A lie, but partner's next bid should point the path to the final strain.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. Although there are reasons for pessimism, downgrading to 1NT doesn't describe what I have. At least partner won't stretch to accept nonvulnerable at IMPs.
Aidan Ballantyne: 1S. Artificial, at least invitational values, not game forcing.
Mike Roberts: 1S. I think the only bid I can't handle is 3S/4S by partner.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. Would pard bypass a 4 card major? Depends on system. I would have bid 2NT the first time.
Bob Zeller: 2NT. I would have bid 2NT over 1C originally.
Brian Zietman: 2NT. Showing 10-11 points. The poor diamond suit rules out a bid of 3D.
David Gordon: 2NT. No overcall and SJ 10 x is almost a stopper. Make your natural rebid.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2NT. We play fourth suit forcing to game, so bidding the fourth suit (with 2S) is an overbid.
Amiram Millet: 4H. A more secure contract.
John Gillespie: 2NT. The value bid I would have made the first time.
Plarq Liu: 1S. Force one round, I have no more info.
Beverley Candlish: 2H. I can't bid NT as I don't have a spade stopper. I can't bid the fourth suit as I don't have an opening bid. We will play in a 4/3 fit.
Kf Tung: 1S. Your hand may play better in hearts, diamonds or even clubs. Bid 1S to show an invitational hand, and then decide on the strain.

3. IMPs. None vul.
S A J 9 6 4   H A J 10 5 3   D Q 7   C 10  
West North East South  
2C Dbl 2D ?

Your call?

3H 10 100
2H 7 80
4H 3 60
3C 0 30
3D 0 30
4C 0 30
Moderator: Everyone's pulling heart cards out of their bidding box, but there's a big difference of opinion of how many hearts to bid.
Jill Meyers: 2H. Not quite good enough for 3H, although the fifth heart is a pretty card.
Barry Rigal: 3H. There will surely be more bidding, so I don't want to tell partner I have a great hand when, I've no idea who can make what. 4H should show more shape and fewer HCP (a 6-5 10-11 count, maybe). A jump to 4C/4D or a cuebid deals will all the really good hands.
Mel Colchamiro: 4H. Opposite an ace and a king, I can make 4H. Besides, who knows what the opponents can make? This would be more difficult at matchpoints where going minus could be terrible.
Chris Diamond: 2H. I'd like to play 3H as shape without many HCP, just not sure the rest of the world sees it that way so I'll have to get pushed there.
Dave Waterman: 4H. I don't need to be clever, trying to walk up to 4H. I have two Aces, so if the opponents bid to the 5 level I can live with partner's decision.
Larry Meyer: 2H. No need to show more than minimum opening values.
Eugene Chan: 3H. Despite barebones HCPs, worth a game invite. Alternatively, good save against opp's 3 level minor suit partial.
Stuart Carr: 3H. I hope partner will go to 4 with HK Q and SK.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. The choice between 4C and 4H depends on the opponents' style. If they are timid then 4H will shut them out. If they are aggressive then 4C allows partner to compete at the 5 level.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2H. Almost a 3H bid but I do have a minimum with suspect DQ, just the extra heart.
Mike Roberts: 2H. The 5th heart is nice, and we may miss a perfecto, but I don't want to overstate my high card in a competitive auction.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. I think I may have a good hand in context of the auction but a free 2H is all it is worth for now.
Brian Zietman: 4H. Hopefully this will prevent E/W from sacrificing in a minor.
David Gordon: 4H. Big upgrade. If I had a high card 4H bid I would start with a cuebid to tell partner it is our hand.
Amiram Millet: 3H. A strong invitation.
John Gillespie: 3H. An underbid on different vul.
Plarq Liu: 4H. We found our game.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. North is showing hearts and diamonds by his double. I would jump to 4H without a heart beat.
Kf Tung: 2H. If pard has shape and 4 card hearts, 4H would be playable.

4. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A K 8 7 6 5 2   H A 10 9 2   D ---   C A 2  
West North East South  
      1S (1)
Pass 2S Pass ?
(1) Note: Exclusion Key Card Blackwood is not part of the Bridge Bulletin Standard system.

Your call?

3H 13 100
4D 4 70
3C 1 60
4S 1 50
3D 0 40
6S 1 40
4NT 0 20
Moderator: Thirteen of the panelists believe 3H is their lucky call.
Steve Weinstein: 4D. I hope 4D is a splinter. I have very good prospects for slam and showing short diamonds is the best way to get partner involved in the decision. I'm planning on following with 5D over 4S, or 5C over 4H to find out about partner's round-suit help.
Larry Cohen: 3C. I want to see if partner bids (or doesn't bid) 3D. If he shows diamond cards, I will content myself with 4S. If he does something else, like bid hearts, I'll think about slam.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 3H. If I hear 4H from partner, I will cuebid 5C. A diamond splinter bid would not bring needed information from partner.
Mel Colchamiro: 6S. I'm torn between 6S and a 4D splinter. Even if I try 3H or 4D, there are so many hands where partner, holding HQ x (or x x) would not show enthusiasm. I'd rather blast and conceal than be scientific.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. To be followed up with 4C over a 3S response.
Martin Henneberger: 3H. A 3H game try will find out some info, but a 4D splinter tells info. And I want to know.
Chris Diamond: 3H. Probably just jumping to 6S gives you the best chance of making it when pard doesn't have exactly what you need. But there may be a way to avoid a bad slam or even find a magic grand.
Bill Angus: 4D. Pard is most likely going to bid 4S. This gives him a mild invite to bid 6 with extras. The main benefit is splinter induces opps to try to cash DA which I ruff. Pard's DK is then available to pitch my little club on. :-)
Dave Waterman: 4D. Partner should bid 4H with a control and some interest. Not perfect, but best of the available options.
Anssi Rantamaa: 3H. Partner with little, will bid 3S but may re-evaluate after I next bid 4C.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Ask pard if he can offer some help in hearts.
Eugene Chan: 4S. Happy to buy the contract in game. Slam explorations may open the door for a nonvul save by opps.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4D. I guess the special note is giving us license to bid 5D as a void splinter? That's just as flawed as exclusion, since the DA could be a very valuable card.
Laurence Betts: 3H. Help suit slam try.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4D. I don't mind 3H help suit game try either but 4D should say, if you have a minimum with no wasted diamonds, we probably have a slam. Should help pard evaluate.
Mike Roberts: 3H. Who would use blackwood holding all the aces? 4D is useless, even if a splinter - what can partner cue?
Perry Khakhar: 4D. If partner doesn't have the HK, I think we are high enough in 4S. Splinter in diamonds should elicit that cue bid.
Brian Zietman: 4S. This is the time for scientific bidding. :-)
David Gordon: 3H. Natural and forcing 1 round.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3H. . . natural game try (I hope!) that will become a slam try. This reminds me. The Yellow Card has defined game tries, but BBS doesn't?
Amiram Millet: 3C. On the slightest cooperation, I will drive to slam.
John Gillespie: 3H. Help suit but at the table, 3D. If pard bids game, I pass (wasted HCPs). If they sign off, I bid at least 6 with grand slam tries available.
Plarq Liu: 4C. Start cuebidding sequence.
Beverley Candlish: 4S. It is unlikely that North has the cards I am looking for with his 2S bid. How can I call for key cards with a void in diamonds?
Kf Tung: 3H. Pard will bid 3S with a weak hand and you still go to 4S. With 3 controls he will cooperate with a cue bid and then you can envisage a slam.

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

Your call?

4H 15 100
3NT 3 60
Pass 2 50
4C 0 10
4D 0 10
Moderator: Even with just a singleton in partner's suit, all but two panelists accept partner's invitation to game.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4H. I like my hand. The H10 might be just right.
The Coopers: Pass. Pass is easy at matchpoints, although with a second heart, we would bid game. At IMPs, we would bid game if vulnerable. Three quick tricks and two possible sources of tricks are very good.
Geoff Hampson: 3NT. I have a pretty good hand and prime cards plus the spot help in clubs, but I have no real heart fit. So I will try for nine tricks and the game bonus. If partner continues to 4H, then DA K, CA should be of help.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. Easy raise to game with AK-A in the minors. The H10 may even come into its own.
Chris Diamond: 3NT. H10 and C9 -- 10s aren't accidents in this problem, nor the 3 quicks. Is 4H better?
Bill Angus: 3NT. Pard can bid 4H if s/he has to.
Dave Waterman: 4H. H10 is a big card.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Suggest the most likely game.
Eugene Chan: 4H. Major suit game appears more likely despite limited trump support.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. No need to stretch for a marginal game with a misfit at MPs.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4H. Accepting the invite with my extras. Looks like a suit contract hand.
Mike Roberts: 4H. If partner has no club card, 3NT is not good, probably. H10 is a nice card.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. If 3NT is a possible contract then 3NT is the right contract!
Brian Zietman: 3NT. I do not like to bid 4H with a singleton in matchpoints. Clubs look vulnerable, maybe partner has a stopper.
David Gordon: 3NT. Accept the invite to game.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3NT. This is really a guess--partner's Qxx in either minor suit make 3NT the place to be.
Amiram Millet: 4H. Even in MP it should be better.
John Gillespie: Pass. MP chicken. The 3rd bid this set that I would not make at the table.
Plarq Liu: 3NT. 3NT looks like the best game we can have.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. It is obvious that North wants to play in hearts and has a strong suit and points. With the jump in hearts and not another suit, it is unlikely he is looking for slam.
Kf Tung: 3NT. Usually you will have a laydown 3N, but pard may correct to 4H with suitable cards.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Allan Falk 4H 2H 3H 3H 4H 500
Barry Rigal 4H 1S 3H 3H 4H 500
Betty Ann Kennedy 4H 1S 2H 3H 4H 480
Mike Lawrence 4H 2H 2H 3H 4H 480
Jill Meyers 4H 1S 2H 3H 4H 480
Jeff Meckstroth 4H 1S 3H 4D 4H 470
Steve Weinstein 4H 2H 3H 4D 4H 470
August Boehm 4H 1S 3H 3H 3NT 460
Karen Walker 4H 2NT 3H 4D 4H 460
Larry Cohen 4H 2NT 3H 3C 4H 450
The Gordons Pass 2H 2H 3H 4H 450
The Joyces Pass 1S 2H 3H 4H 450
Don Stack Pass 2NT 2H 3H 4H 440
Steve Robinson 4H 2H 4H 3H 3NT 420
The Sutherlins Pass 2NT 4H 3H 4H 420
Geoff Hampson 4H 1NT 3H 3H 3NT 420
The Coopers Pass 2NT 3H 3H Pass 410
Mel Colchamiro 4H 2H 4H 6S 4H 400
Kerri Sanborn Pass 1NT 2H 4D 4H 380
Bridge Buff 4S 2C 3H 4S Pass 290

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Stephen Vincent 4H 2NT 3H 3H 4H 490 154.00
2.    Gilbert Lambert Pass 1S 3H 3H 4H 470 115.50
3.    Larry Pocock Pass 2NT 3H 3H 4H 460 77.00
4.    Stuart Carr 4H 1S 3H 4D 3NT 430 53.90
5.    Anssi Rantamaa Pass 2NT 3H 3H 3NT 420 22.97
5.    Eugene Chan Pass 1S 3H 4S 4H 420 22.97
5.    Laurence Betts Pass 2NT 3H 3H 3NT 420 22.97
5.    Jack Qi Pass 2NT 3H 3H 3NT 420 22.97
5.    Lucy Zhong Pass 2NT 3H 3H 3NT 420 22.97
10.    Brad Bart Pass 2NT 2H 4D 4H 410 14.08
10.    Chris Diamond Pass 1S 2H 3H 3NT 410 14.08
10.    David Schmidt Pass 1NT 2H 3H 4H 410 14.08

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Mike Roberts (USA) 4H 1S 2H 3H 4H 480 98.00
2.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Pass 2H 3H 3H 4H 470 61.25
2.    Claude Vogel (United States) 4H 1S 3H 4D 4H 470 61.25
4.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) Pass 2NT 2H 3H 4H 440 26.95
4.    Richmond Williams (Canada) Pass 2NT 2H 3H 4H 440 26.95
6.    Chuck Arthur (Canada) Pass 2NT 3H 4D 4H 430 16.33
7.    Bob Zeller (Canada) Pass 2NT 3H 3H 3NT 420 14.00
8.    John Gillespie (Canada) Pass 2NT 3H 3H Pass 410 10.98
8.    Kf Tung (China) Pass 1S 2H 3H 3NT 410 10.98
8.    Bob Todd (Canada) Pass 2H 2H 3H 3NT 410 10.98
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