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TGIF June 2013: Scores

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

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
3D 5 80
2S 4 70
3NT 2 60
3H 0 50
4D 0 30
Moderator: Having overcalled diamonds on their first go-round, the doublers hope now to invite partner (and his spades) into the proceedings.
Jill Meyers: 3NT. This is piggy, and if they run a black suit, so be it. No one has bid clubs, so I imagine partner has that suit stopped.
Geoff Hampson: 2S. Although they are anemic, I do have four spades and our most likely game is in 4S as opposed to 3NT or 5D.
The Gordons: Dbl. . . to take a shot at 3NT over 3C, raise spades to game and pass 3D.
The Joyces: 3D. Repeating our diamonds seems about right for offensive potential. We are wary of a 4-4 spade fit when both of us may have poor spades.
Stephen Vincent: 3D. The odds are against partner holding the specific cards you need for 3NT.
Gilbert Lambert: Dbl. . . in case pard has a weak hand with long spades. Over 3C, I will bid 3NT.
Martin Henneberger: 2S. Partner could easily have spades without the values to introduce them at first. I can see no reason to not introduce them now, for if we have a fit a spade game looks promising. Bidding 3D takes away that possibility and 3NT now is just being wild.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Could take a flyer on 3NT but want to get spades into the picture.
Larry Meyer: 3D. 3NT will probably need pard to hold the SA, which is not very likely.
Ivy Pye: Dbl. If my partner bids clubs I'll bid 3D.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Would have made takeout double over 1H. Not too late to test the waters with a belated double.
Stuart Carr: Dbl. If partner bids clubs, I'll correct to diamonds.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Blasting to 3NT is effectively asking partner to hold specifically the SA. A gentler invite begins with a takeout double.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. This hand has the peculiar feel of a big minus number. Where are all the black suits? With great trepidation, I will rebid my solid suit and hold my breath!
Paul Mcmullin: 3D. Why didn't I double the first time? Not enough defense for a double now!
Norm Tucker: 3D. Game out so be safe; other calls could cost us.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. I think that when I convert 3C to 3D, that shows a better hand than 2S right now.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. Partner may have a 4 card spade suit and if he bids clubs then I will repeat my diamonds ad nauseum.
Timothy Wright: 2S. I don't need much from partner--I'm hoping for 3C next round so I can try 3NT.
David Gordon: Dbl. Look for a major fit and then try 3NT if partner bids clubs. Inference of no negative dbl from West.
Amiram Millet: 3NT. Need just one trick from partner.
John Gillespie: 3NT. Risk vs reward. I would rather go down in this than in 3D.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. If partner has good spades we can have a spade slam.
Beverley Candlish: 3D. With both West and North passing, I am hesitant to jump to 4D.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Double and then bid 3D if available, to show good hand with long diamonds.
Bob Todd: Dbl. Where are all the spades?

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 10 8 6 4   H K Q   D J   C A K Q 10 8 7  
West North East South  
3D Pass 4D ?

Your call?

Dbl 12 100
Pass 5 80
4NT 1 50
4S 1 50
5C 1 50
Moderator: With good values and no convenient suit to bid, most of the panel muster up a double.
Steve Weinstein: Dbl. Passing is too big a position when we hold strong notrump values, shortness in their suit and six solid clubs. Besides, double always works for the Europeans.
The Sutherlins: Pass. Entering the auction now seems antipercentage. Partner does not rate to have four or five good spades. Our hand is probably not good enough to make 5C.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Fixed.
Gilbert Lambert: Dbl. Same as above. If pard bids hearts, I will correct to 5C.
Martin Henneberger: 4S. With my club length and the opps' diamond length, partner rates to have 4 or more spades very often. If they do then a 4S contract may be the only game we make. In order to play there I must bid it now. This bid is not as crazy as it appears.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. All options are disgusting, including pass. I suppose I might have to pass 4H and hope.
Larry Meyer: Pass. If pard couldn't bid 3S, we don't belong in 4S, and 5C is too far.
Eugene Chan: Pass. This hand does not belong to us. Pass quickly (that is, don't agonize before passing).
Stuart Carr: Dbl. Cross my fingers and hope we have a game in whatever suit partner bids!
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5C. The panel has generally been aggressive at bidding over preempts with shape. It is worrisome that partner is marked with shortness but didn't act originally.
Bob Kuz: 5C. . . unless I have special agreement about equal level conversion.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. If partner can't balance, I am letting them play this. It isn't very clear where we should be playing this if at all. Maybe partner can tell.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Sometimes preempts work!
Norm Tucker: Dbl. . . for takeout. Perhaps partner has spades and some good cards.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. I'll convert 4H to 5C.
Brian Zietman: Pass. If partner bids hearts, I will bid clubs.
Timothy Wright: Pass. It's a trap!
Amiram Millet: Pass. Stuck.
John Gillespie: Dbl. Pard can make 2 bids I like and 1 that only might hurt a lot.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Don't risk.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. Both East and West are weak according to their bidding. My suit is a minor suit. My partner didn't double or bid. Let them play it in 4D.
Kf Tung: Pass. You want to bid 4C but it is not available. If pard cannot bid on his next turn, probably you do not have a game your side.

3. IMPs. None vul.
S A K   H K J 7 6 5   D A 8 4   C Q 8 7  
West North East South  
  1NT Pass 2D (1)
Pass 2H Pass ?
(1) Transfer to hearts.

Your call?

5NT 13 100
4NT 6 80
3C 1 40
3D 0 40
Moderator: By a 2-1 ratio, the panel commit to slam in favour of inviting slam.
The Coopers: 5NT. . . pick a slam. We would bid Texas and then 5NT to make a grand slam force.
Mel Colchamiro: 4NT. 5NT force or 4NT invite? I'm devaluing the spade doubleton ace-king and going low with 4NT.
Stephen Vincent: 4NT. The prime values say bid 6: the heart intermediates say give partner a little leeway.
Gilbert Lambert: 4NT. If pard has 15 HCP with only two hearts, I don't want to force to slam.
Martin Henneberger: 3C. This hand is worth anywhere from a quantitative invite to a must bid slam depending on whether we have a heart fit and a source of tricks. To find that out I will temporize with 3C to uncover pard's heart holding.
Chris Diamond: 6NT. Don't know the systemic follow ups. Maybe pard can figure out to bid 7 with good hearts and a suitable hand.
Larry Meyer: 5NT. Pard, we belong in slam, with 3 hearts, bid 6H, else bid 6NT.
Ivy Pye: 6NT. Why fool around?
Eugene Chan: 3C. Would never transfer with this hand in the first place. Try forcing 3C to elicit more info from opener.
Yue Su: 5NT. Is 5NT=Pick a slam?
Stuart Carr: 4NT. Quantitative. Perhaps I should bid 5NT to force a slam.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4NT. Slam is odds-on if we possess a heart fit and unlikely if we don't. Hence the perversity of the 4NT bid.
Alan Kemp-Gee: 4C. Gerber.
Bob Kuz: 5NT. I was once told this is a pick-em bid not the GSF.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. This is a systemic fix. Unless we are missing both CA K, I am ready to commit this hand to slam. However I can see the unsolvable 2S-3S auction developing so I am left with the ugly 3D-3NT-4S auction! Hopefully, partner can cue bid the club card.
Paul Mcmullin: 2S. Is 4C Gerber? Better to force awhile.
Norm Tucker: 4NT. Slam available if system finds key cards.
Mike Roberts: 4NT. This seems like a bad 17 to me (no spots, no tens), so I'll issue a quantitative raise.
Brian Zietman: 3S. Cue bid.
Timothy Wright: 5NT. Keeps 6C and 6D as real possibilities. This is not without risk--but there are lots of 15-point hands with good play for a small slam somewhere.
David Gordon: 3S. Partner will bid 3NT with something unsuitable for hearts which you will raise to 6NT. Otherwise partner should cuebid the CA then you can keycard.
Amiram Millet: 5NT. Pick a slam partner.
John Gillespie: 3C. Fishing for 6H before 6NT. Pard's non super accept (we do that with 3 pieces) may well be softish values.
Plarq Liu: 4NT. Ask for aces, we'll decide between 6NT and 7NT.
Beverley Candlish: 4C. . . asking for Aces. We should be in a heart or NT slam.
Kf Tung: 3C. Let pard describe his hand more to settle for the best slam.
Chuck Arthur: 4NT. Not Blackwood.
Bob Todd: 5NT. Pick a slam.

4. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S ---   H A K Q 9 5   D A K 9 8 3 2   C 6 5  
West North East South  
1S Pass Pass 2S
3S Pass Pass ?

Your call?

4D 9 100
Dbl 8 90
4H 2 60
5D 1 40
Moderator: There are several approaches to take with this red-headed monster.
Mike Lawrence: Dbl. . . takeout. If partner bids 4C, I can still bid 4D, which shows this hand. If he bids 5C, unexpected, I will bid 5D and wonder if I should not be bidding more. While a sane choice, 4D gives up getting a penalty against 3S.
Steve Robinson: 4H. Partner shouldn't pass with a singleton heart. I don't want to double and have partner pass it because he didn't have anything clear to bid. 4H will play opposite a doubleton.
Don Stack: 4D. I'm not sure we are bidding enough. But to take this hand to the four level without input from partner must show great playing strength.
Stephen Vincent: 4D. The vulnerability and extra shape suggest bidding on rather than doubling.
Craig T. Wilson: Dbl. Partner, BID damn it!
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. I like double here to show this hand; a michaels bid with extras. Pard could still have hearts without the values to act and we belong in a heart game. 4D isn't forcing and 5D bypasses hearts. Also, who am I to judge that spades aren't 7-6-0-0?
Chris Diamond: 4D. Any help at all pard?
Larry Meyer: 4D. Asking pard to choose between diamonds and hearts.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Once again, would have doubled in balance chair initially. Hope partner does something intelligent.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Holding convertible values, there is no problem if partner passes for penalty.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. S10 x x x x H2 DQ x x x CA x x will make an easy grand-slam. I cannot double and have partner logically pass with that hand where we beat them one!
Paul Mcmullin: Dbl. I have THAT Michaels!
Norm Tucker: 4H. Will bid diamonds if required.
Mike Roberts: 4D. Was 2S intended as Michaels? I don't know if that's standard.
Brian Zietman: 4H. 2S? No! I would have preferred a balancing 4D as leaping Michaels here showing a strong hand with 6 in a minor and 5 in the other major.
Timothy Wright: 4D. Should show 5=6 in the red suits. Even if partner ought to leave it in, double leads to +300 at best. The very best.
David Gordon: Dbl. . . just in case partner has a trap pass.
Amiram Millet: 4D. Partner: please pass or correct. Am not punishing 3S with a void.
John Gillespie: 4D. Tells pard I'm all red with extras.
Plarq Liu: 4D. Pass or correct.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. I don't have clubs and can't be in NT. I don't want to be in diamonds so must bid my heart suit.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Get a top when pard has spades stacked behind West. Otherwise you can still bid 4D over the expected 4C.

5. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S K 10 8 5 4 3 2   H K 9 6 5   D 10   C 2  
West North East South  
    2C ?

Your call?

7C 0 100
2S 7 0
3S 10 0
4S 1 0
Pass 2 0
Moderator: This problem is a scratch because the problem published in the June Bulletin (strong 2C) differs from the one published in the July Bulletin (precision 2C).

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Larry Cohen Dbl Dbl 5NT 4D 2S 400
The Gordons Dbl Dbl 5NT 4D 3S 400
August Boehm Dbl Dbl 5NT Dbl 3S 390
Mike Lawrence Dbl Dbl 5NT Dbl 2S 390
Allan Falk Dbl Dbl 4NT 4D Pass 380
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl Dbl 4NT Dbl 2S 370
Barry Rigal Dbl Pass 5NT Dbl 3S 370
The Sutherlins Dbl Pass 5NT Dbl 2S 370
Geoff Hampson 2S Dbl 5NT 4D 3S 370
Jill Meyers 3NT Dbl 5NT 4D 3S 360
Karen Walker 3D Pass 5NT 4D 3S 360
The Joyces 3D Pass 5NT 4D 3S 360
The Coopers 3NT Dbl 5NT Dbl 4S 350
Mel Colchamiro 3D Dbl 4NT Dbl 2S 350
Steve Robinson Dbl Dbl 4NT 4H 2S 340
Steve Weinstein 2S Dbl 5NT 4H 3S 330
Kerri Sanborn 2S 4NT 5NT 4D Pass 320
Don Stack 3D 5C 4NT 4D 2S 310
Bridge Buff 3D Pass 4NT 5D 3S 280
Dianne Isfeld and Martin Henneberger 2S 4S 3C Dbl 3S 250

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Gilbert Lambert Dbl Dbl 4NT 4D 3S 380 112.88
1.    David Walker Dbl Dbl 4NT 4D 2S 380 112.88
1.    Stuart Carr Dbl Dbl 4NT 4D 3S 380 112.88
4.    Eurydice Nours 3D Pass 5NT 4D 3S 360 35.95
4.    Larry Meyer 3D Pass 5NT 4D 3S 360 35.95
4.    Jack Qi 3D Dbl 4NT 4D Pass 360 35.95
7.    Brad Bart 2S Dbl 4NT 4D 3S 350 16.38
7.    Jim Bodner 3D Dbl 4NT Dbl 3S 350 16.38
7.    David Schmidt 2S Dbl 4NT 4D 4S 350 16.38
7.    Michael Dimich 2S Dbl 4NT 4D 3S 350 16.38
7.    Ernie Dietrich 2S Pass 5NT 4D 3S 350 16.38
7.    Craig T. Wilson 3D Pass 5NT Dbl 3S 350 16.38

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) Dbl Dbl 5NT 4D 3S 400 112.00
2.    Mike Roberts (USA) Dbl Dbl 4NT 4D 3S 380 70.00
2.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 3D Dbl 5NT 4D 3S 380 70.00
4.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 2S Dbl 5NT 4D 2S 370 39.20
5.    Paul Hardy (Canada) Dbl Pass 4NT 4D 3S 360 20.53
5.    Plarq Liu (Usa) Dbl Pass 4NT 4D 4S 360 20.53
7.    Timothy Wright (Usa) 2S Pass 5NT 4D 3S 350 15.00
7.    Nate Vestal (Usa) 2S Pass 5NT 4D 3S 350 15.00
9.    Amiram Millet (Israel) 3NT Pass 5NT 4D 3S 340 12.44
10.    Richmond Williams (Canada) 2S Pass 4NT 4D 2S 330 11.20
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