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TGIF March 2013: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A K 8 6 5 4   H A K 9 7   D ---   C A K 2  
West North East South  
    5D ?

Your call?

Dbl 12 100
5NT 3 70
6D 3 70
5S 1 60
6S 0 30
7NT 1 0
Moderator: The panelists uniformly despise this problem. The vast majority enter the proceedings with a double.
Steve Weinstein: 5NT. . . intending to pull 6C to 6D. This should emphasize spades, since we would bid 6D directly with equal length in the majors, or pull to 6H to emphasize hearts. This problem gave me a headache.
Larry Cohen: Dbl. Unfortunately, partner rates to leave this double in. He removes only with good shape. It's tempting to take a shot, but I'd probably have to insist on spades, with bad breaks likely looming.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 6D. 5S could easily be correct, but that would not disclose the full value of my hand. A double is more likely to be left in at the five level.
Stephen Vincent: 5NT. Followed by 6D over the likely 6C, hopefully describing a major 2 suitor with longer spades.
Martin Henneberger: 5NT. Doubling for down 2 or 3 seems like I'm getting robbed blind. Guessing what else to do is just that; a pure guess. 5NT pick a slam gives our side the greatest chance to land on our feet. I am willing to pass 6C by pard or glad to hear 6D pick a major.
Chris Diamond: 5NT. The master plan..convert 6C to 6D then 6H to 6S showng, I hope, massive hand with a diamond void and emphasizing spades. All perfectly clear to me, probably as clear as mud to pard.
Anssi Rantamaa: 6S. Who could stay away from slam with this hand?
Larry Meyer: 6S. Bidding what I think I can make opposite an average hand.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. I don't like it, but a plus is a plus. Of course, raise any bid by partner to slam. Congratulate opponents on their timely pre-empt.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Bid 5NT if you need a swing, but double is the percentage play (5S is the worst of both worlds). RHO didn't open 3NT, so partner could even have a trump trick.
Aidan Ballantyne: 6D. All bad choices. Pard will think majors and may bid hearts with 3-3 in majors. I will pass and hope. 5NT is a 2-suiter. Avoid playing in clubs as a diamond lead may dummy lock and prevent drawing trumps. Dbl likely ends the bidding which may lose many IMPs.
Judi Carter: 5NT. Unusual!!!
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Glass half full or glass half empty? I am hoping 6H (or 6C) makes and 5S doesn't. 30 point deck and only 9 to split between Pard and the opps. Hope Pard has a round queen and 5+ hearts or 6+ clubs.
Brian Zietman: 6D. I could try a 6D cue bid but this would rule out the possibility of a small slam in clubs. But what if partner passes a double? Yuck, I have changed my mind and will bid 6D after all.
David Gordon: Dbl. 6 quick tricks. Start with a hack and see what happens.
Tim Francis-Wright: 5S. Stay fixed. If North has a raise, she'll raise. The other South has the same problem.
Amiram Millet: 6S. No space for science.
John Gillespie: 6D. Only my first guess, next one is just nasty.
Plarq Liu: 5S. Just right.
Beverley Candlish: 6D. 6NT is looking like the bid, however, I would bid 6D, simply because I don't know the strength of the diamond suit and/or I may not be able to get to North's hand to play the diamonds.
Kf Tung: 5S. Spades are your best strain. You will not pass with 9+ tricks and pard will give you 6S with 2+ tricks.

2. IMPs. E-W vul.
S 6 5   H Q J 8 7   D Q   C A Q 10 8 5 2  
West North East South  
1D 4S 5D ?

Your call?

Pass 13 100
5S 5 80
Dbl 1 60
6C 0 20
7NT 1 0
Moderator: Another guessing game, also with the opponents bidding up to 5D.
Barry Rigal: Dbl. Passing can hardly be right. I'll gamble that we can find a way to three tricks.
The Coopers: Pass. Our hand is pretty defensively oriented. Partner made the enemy guess, and they may have guessed wrong.
Geoff Hampson: 5S. When it could be anyone's hand, I tend to continue bidding.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. The 5 level belongs to the opponents.
Norm Tucker: 5S. 10 hcp will help; don't want to bid another suit.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I am not sure who can make what. What I am sure of is that the opps are well placed since they opened the bidding. I will pass and hope to set it. Phantom sacks are a hard post-mortem to win.
Chris Diamond: 5S. They might make it, we might make it. Nobody might make it.
Larry Meyer: 5S. My values outside of diamonds should be helpful to partner.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Partner did not invite me to bid. Hope I have enough to set 5D.
Yue Su: Pass. Partner is preempting, and they did not bid slam. No reason for me to take action.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5S. There is a good case for bidding 5 over 5 here. We may escape for 300 or even push them into a marginal slam.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5S. Not enough room for anything else. Expect this will be nearly unanimous.
Bob Kuz: Pass. If I knew partner had SA, I would chance a dbl.
Perry Khakhar: 5S. -500 or at worst -800. Against that we may push them into an unmanageable slam. Split honours in hearts or well placed CK will beat that slam. I don't see us beating this contract.
Paul Mcmullin: 5S. THEY don't know whose hand it is either.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. How can they make when I have the hearts and clubs covered? At IMPs I will be happy with 2 down.
David Gordon: Pass. I see no reason to bid here.
Tim Francis-Wright: 5S. Normally, the five level belongs to the opponents, but not today.
Amiram Millet: 5S. Aiming at our best.
John Gillespie: 5S. I'm not liking east so far.
Plarq Liu: Pass. No suggestion in defense.
Beverley Candlish: 5S. With E/W going straight to game being vulnerable, they must either be sure they can make game or believe that N/S has a slam. With N/S not being vulnerable, I would bid 5S and leave it up to my partner.
Kf Tung: Pass. They want to try 5D instead of doubling 4S. Defend, and do not spoil pard's brilliance.

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

Your call?

4D 13 100
Pass 3 70
5D 2 60
Dbl 2 60
3NT 0 20
Moderator: This time we have an excellent fit with partner AND an excellent fit with the opponents.
Steve Weinstein: Dbl. 3NT could be going down on club problems and it seems like I'll be doing well to go plus 200 (or more). They didn't make a game try, and I've got a tap suit, some stuff on the side and reasonable trumps. It won't be the last time I go minus 1130.
Jill Meyers: 5D. It's close between 4D and 5D. My fourth diamond and ruffing value are too much to bid only 4D.
Don Stack: 4D. We must raise our partner with four trumps. Let's hope the opponents will press on with 4H, in which case we will spring our trap with a double.
Mel Colchamiro: Pass. Partner has pre-balanced on who knows what. Repeated diamond plays against 3H should produce a plus, and it is no lock that we can make 10 tricks in diamonds.
Martin Henneberger: 4D. Partner is clearly acting with shortness. This could very well be a pre-balance and as such I will not undo what appears to be a partscore battle.
Chris Diamond: 4D. Trying to eke out a plus. Not sure we're beating 3H but will hit 4H.
Anssi Rantamaa: 4D. Waiting to double 4H.
Larry Meyer: Pass. No reason to tell East about the split in trumps.
Eugene Chan: 3NT. Despite our heart stack, we might not be able to beat 3H. Take a gamble on 3NT game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. I've got my 2 tricks. If partner can provide 7 more then we're golden.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5D. Take my chances for vul game. Certainly not doubling 3H with my diamond fit. A slight bit too much for 4D and this is not a hand for NT.
Bob Kuz: 4D. Placing the bidding card with a straight face and hoping for a momentum auction.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. Should have some play.
Paul Mcmullin: 3NT. Partner would have started with double if my hand was enough for slam.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Despite my heart holding, I am afraid that the opponents have a double fit in clubs and hearts and with no diamond losers they may make 4H.
David Gordon: Dbl. Start by showing the spades then support diamonds if no spade fit.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3NT. At IMPs, I'd be worried but I expect (1) a heart lead and (2) club cards in dummy.
Amiram Millet: 5D. I'll punish if they go on.
Joel Forssell: 4D. Planning to double 4H.
John Gillespie: 4D. Pard is obliged to come in with short hearts lighter than usual. I won't hang her at matchpoints.
Plarq Liu: 4D. Let them bid 4H, and double.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. My partner didn't double the 2H bid, so can't have a big hand.
Kf Tung: Dbl. West has the weakest hand. Lead club, and you can get 5 tricks more often than not.

4. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S K J 8 6   H A Q   D 10 9 8 7 4   C Q 4  
West North East South  
    1NT (1) Pass
2D (2) Pass 2H Pass
Pass 2S 3H 3S
4C Pass 4H ?
(1) 15-17.
(2) Transfer to hearts.

Your call?

Pass 12 100
Dbl 8 90
4S 0 60
Moderator: We've pushed them up! So now what?
August Boehm: Pass. It seems that 4H may be a lucky make, so I won't double and bar partner. Maybe he can sniff a double fit for our side and bid a lucky 4S.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. It will probably be a lousy board if they are making this.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Try and avoid the reflex double when they bid game after your side has balanced.
Norm Tucker: Dbl. Opps will have difficulty making game with half the hcp.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Once again partner has only balanced, and I am unsure who can make what. The broken record of phantom sacks resonates in my head. I will pass and hope to set it.
Chris Diamond: Pass. You pushed them to 3H then 4H. If you don't think you have a shot at a plus here you should have shut up a long time ago. At the same time there might not be a lot to gain by doubling.
Anssi Rantamaa: 4S. I don't think 4H can be beat.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Seems like they are too high, so accept the plus.
Eugene Chan: Pass. I try not to guess on these auctions. We balanced them to game. We hope that will prove profitable. No need to double.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Maybe they make it; maybe +100 was already a top. It doesn't matter. Anyone who takes two pushes at my table is getting doubled.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. The essential point is we likely make 3S and in a sense have done the right thing. I have to double to beat the 140s in 3S. If they make it, we had a bad board anyway. Passing 4H around to pard will not help as he does not know that we probably make 3S.
Bob Kuz: Pass. Opponents are both minimums but a plus should be good. Don't punish partner for balancing.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Hope to beat it! Partner couldn't do anything but balance and we already pushed the action once. Enough already!
Paul Mcmullin: Dbl. If they can make 4H after settling for 2H, we probably have zero already.
Brian Zietman: 4S. No heart losers as partner surely has a singleton.
David Gordon: Pass. They felt they could not proceed over 2H then bid to 4H. Good job pard getting them to 4H. Let's see if we can beat it.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4S. I've found that when we balance and they then bid game, it's bad for us if we defend.
Amiram Millet: 4S. To make or push them overboard.
John Gillespie: Dbl. Turning 10% into a zero isn't tragic and I don't trust the field to bid this.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. 4 tricks are easier than 10.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. I don't know where the HK is located or if my partner has the SA. I don't have much to offer in the other suits and it might be suicide to go on.
Kf Tung: Pass. 4H is likely to go down but this is not a field contract. There is not much to gain by double.

5. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A Q J 9 3   H 10 8   D Q 8 3   C K 8 2  
West North East South  
1NT (1) Pass 2D (2) ?
(1) 15-17.
(2) Transfer to hearts.

Your call?

2S 10 100
Pass 10 100
Moderator: A good bridge player anticipates partner's opening lead dilemma. Here's a chance to suggest a safe lead. Is it wise to do so? Is it safe? The panel is split right down the middle.
Allan Falk: Pass. Chiming in with 2S on a flat hand is just an insult to partner. If it goes 2H-Pass-Pass, I can balance with 2S.
The Joyces: 2S. We have a good lead director and it may be our hand.
Stephen Vincent: 2S. Get in there at matchpoints.
Norm Tucker: 2S. Love to interfere with transfer.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. To enter a live auction with 5-2-3-3 shape is asking for trouble. It provides the opps with fielders' choice. If the transfer gets passed around to me I will balance with 2S, but wouldn't ever consider acting directly.
Chris Diamond: Pass. It's live. Can bid 2S next round if it dies.
Larry Meyer: Pass. If 2H gets passed around to me, then I will bid 2S.
Eugene Chan: 2S. I would have overcalled 2S in direct seat. So no reason not to bid 2S in 4th seat.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. There are lots of good arguments for bidding vs. keeping silent here. When in doubt, just bid it.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Too many losers to bid. Too risky, especially vs good opps. If RHO next bids 3NT I may wish I had overcalled but pard may find spade lead and I can stand other leads too.
Bob Kuz: 2S. Sooner better than later.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. I will bid this but it is without any conviction of being the correct action. I must show this hand and suit right away, just in case! See the example above!
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. I will venture 2S if 2H passes back to me.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Too dangerous to bid 2S at this stage, but if the bidding continues 2H, pass, pass then I can bid 2S.
David Gordon: Pass. Not enough for a 2 level overcall. I will balance with 2S in passout.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. Sitting in front of 15-17? Check. Lots of finessable honors? Check. Want to avoid -300? Check.
Amiram Millet: 2S. To protect if East is weak.
John Gillespie: 2S. Pressure LHO if they have some hearts and avoid a blind lead from pard against 2 or 3 notrump.
Plarq Liu: 2S. Try to find a spade save.
Beverley Candlish: 2S. I have a nice 12 count. I would bid 2S for a lead and see what happens. It is a bit risky as partner can't have too much in the way of points.
Kf Tung: Pass. Prepare to bid 2S on the next round if possible. If they move on to other contracts, let them guess the missing cards.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
August Boehm Dbl Pass 4D Pass 2S 500
Mike Lawrence Dbl Pass 4D Pass Pass 500
The Sutherlins Dbl Pass 4D Pass Pass 500
The Gordons Dbl Pass 4D Pass Pass 500
Steve Robinson Dbl Pass 4D Dbl Pass 490
The Coopers Dbl Pass 4D Dbl 2S 490
Geoff Hampson Dbl 5S 4D Pass 2S 480
Larry Cohen Dbl Pass Pass Pass 2S 470
Kerri Sanborn Dbl 5S 4D Dbl Pass 470
Don Stack 5NT Pass 4D Pass 2S 470
Allan Falk 6D Pass 4D Dbl Pass 460
Bridge Baron Dbl Pass 5D Pass Pass 460
Betty Ann Kennedy 6D 5S 4D Pass 2S 450
Mel Colchamiro Dbl 5S Pass Pass Pass 450
The Joyces Dbl Pass Dbl Dbl 2S 450
Karen Walker 5S Pass Pass Pass 2S 430
Steve Weinstein 5NT Pass Dbl Pass Pass 430
Barry Rigal 6D Dbl 4D Dbl 2S 420
Jill Meyers 5NT 5S 5D Dbl Pass 400
Jeff Meckstroth 7NT 7NT 4D Dbl 2S 290

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Brad Bart Dbl Pass 4D Dbl Pass 490 143.50
2.    Dave Gabel Dbl 5S 4D Pass Pass 480 107.63
3.    Martin Henneberger 5NT Pass 4D Pass Pass 470 71.75
4.    Chris Diamond 5NT 5S 4D Pass Pass 450 50.23
5.    Norma Doucette Dbl 5S Dbl Pass 2S 440 21.40
5.    Diana Jing Dbl 5S 4D 4S 2S 440 21.40
5.    Sania Begovic 5S 5S 4D Pass Pass 440 21.40
5.    Alan Kemp-Gee 5S 5S 4D Pass 2S 440 21.40
5.    Jack Qi Dbl 5S 5D Pass 2S 440 21.40
10.    Zoran Peca 6S Pass 4D Pass Pass 430 13.70
10.    Norm Tucker 5S 5S 4D Dbl 2S 430 13.70

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Dbl Pass 4D Pass 2S 500 88.81
1.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Dbl Pass 4D Pass Pass 500 88.81
3.    Linda Drapkin (Canada) Dbl 5S 4D Pass 2S 480 50.75
4.    David Gordon (Canada) Dbl Pass Dbl Pass Pass 460 27.91
4.    Claude Vogel (United States) 5NT Pass 4D Dbl 2S 460 27.91
6.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Usa) Dbl 5S Pass Pass Pass 450 14.70
6.    Plarq Liu (Us) 5S Pass 4D Dbl 2S 450 14.70
6.    Chuck Arthur (Canada) Dbl Pass 5D Dbl 2S 450 14.70
9.    John Gillespie (Canada) 6D 5S 4D Dbl 2S 440 10.71
9.    Richmond Williams (Canada) Dbl 5S 4D 4S Pass 440 10.71
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