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TGIF July 2013: Scores

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

Your call?

3H 11 100
4D 3 70
4H 2 60
Dbl 1 60
4S 0 50
2S 1 40
Moderator: Most of the panelists favor moving forward with a cuebid holding this pointed collection.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3H. I think I need better defense to double. I would prefer to double, but I think that can be left in, so I'll gamble we can make something and cuebid 3H.
Jill Meyers: 4D. I have to choose between forcing to game and inviting (in which case I would bid 3S). Because my diamonds are so good, I am taking the high road. Partner has already denied three spades, but if I bid 4D, she might bid 4S on ace or jack doubleton.
Mel Colchamiro: 4H. The splinter leaves room for 4S from partner on SA x or SJ x, or a high-level contract in diamonds. I would prefer to have a club card, but life is like that sometimes.
Stephen Vincent: 4D. Partner no doubt is sitting there with four hearts and is hoping for some bid other than this but 3NT looks a highly unattractive contract.
Martin Henneberger: 4H. Inviting with 3S is ultra conservative. Game will make often when pard passes, not to mention my agony should they choose 3NT. Pard who has denied 3 spades can now show an offer to play 4S or 5D.
Chris Diamond: 3D. 3H will probably win but I don't want to crowd a complicated auction.
Larry Meyer: 3S. If pard has as little as SA x and a minor suit trick, 4S should make.
Eugene Chan: 3S. At IMPs 4S, but this is matchpoints. If my partner is known to open all 12 point hands, then for sure only 3S.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. If I double and partner leaves it in, he will surely be disappointed by my lack of defense. Besides, I'd rather defend 3H-x.
Mike Roberts: 3S. I'm not very happy about this, and think that diamonds may play far better.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. Pessimistically, the worst possible hand for partner is a 0454 11 count. But I am NOT a pessimist!
Brian Zietman: 3H. We have to show partner we are headed for slam.
Timothy Wright: 3H. Partner may well try 3NT here, but I'll have to pull to 4D. Fortunately, that will show this kind of hand.
David Gordon: 4H. If initial negative dbl shows 4 spades then 1S shows 5 of them. Therefore partner's pass denies 3 spades. If partner always opens 1C with 3-3 in minors then partner is now marked with at least 4 diamonds. So I hope this is a belated splinter supporting diamonds.
Amiram Millet: 3H. 6D or 6S is a possibility.
John Gillespie: 3S. Pard will discount heart values and 5D is a long way off.
Plarq Liu: 3H. Show support by cuebidding.
Kf Tung: 3H. Hope for 3S (SA x) response from pard and then 4S. Hope pard can make 3N if he bids it, otherwise you will end up in 5D.
Bob Todd: 3S. This hand is not as good as it looks.

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

Your call?

Dbl 11 100
Pass 5 80
1H 1 60
1NT 1 60
Moderator: We're taught from day one that a takeout double shows support for the unbid suits. Here, not so much. Yet it's the call most of our experts make.
August Boehm: 1NT. If partner insists on notrump or diamonds, we'll see if the lone jack serves as well as two low diamonds. Meanwhile, a number of good things can happen.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. I have bid Michaels on this hand more than a few times, and I usually get stuffed by the moderator for this. So in my heart, I would bid 2C but recognize that it is not mainstream enough. This time I am passing for the score, not the result.
Don Stack: Dbl. We must choose between two flawed options, which are double and 1NT. I double. If partner has a major, we will hit the jackpot. If partner bids 1D, then I will have to decide whether to bid 1NT or one of the majors.
Stephen Vincent: 1H. The club texture, not to mention the diamond singleton, is inappropriate for 1NT while if you double and partner bids diamonds you are badly placed.
Gilbert Lambert: 2C. 1H puts all my eggs in the same basket. Double risks having pard bid too many diamonds. I am left with an imperfect Michaels, but I have extras.
Martin Henneberger: 1NT. I have had success bidding 1NT with these hands. The alternative of dbl will be sweet when pard competes in diamonds, and I don't have enough to correct to NT (showing 19 or more).
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Can't stand passing these hands just because I'm missing diamonds. Might have to decide which lie to tell next.
Larry Meyer: 2C. Michaels for the majors - my lack of length is compensated by my extra strength.
Eugene Chan: 1NT. Not necessarily the best bid but defenders usually under defend 1NT.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. If this is a part-score hand then we need to find our major suit fit. I'm willing to rebid NT over a possible diamond response.
Mike Roberts: 1NT. WWJD? (J = Joe Grue)
Perry Khakhar: 1NT. Stoppers are overrated. Dbl is an option but 4-card overcalls suck. I prefer the value bid.
Paul Mcmullin: Dbl. The offshape 1NT is equally unattractive.
Norm Tucker: 1NT. Makes partner aware of strength and puts systems on.
Bob Zeller: Dbl. If partner bids diamonds I will bid NT.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. If partner bids diamonds we bid NT.
Timothy Wright: 1H. I can understand 1NT here, but the ACBL won't let you agree to overcall 1NT with this shape. Double is just wrong.
David Gordon: 1S. A 1NT overcall could work as well. My intention is to rebid 2H and then maybe 2NT after that. Since I only overcalled initally, partner cannot play me for more values than this.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. Hope partner isn't going to call 2D. With my regular partner I'd bid 1H.
John Gillespie: 1NT. Brings both majors into play via Stayman but this never works for me at the table.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Don't want to bid 1NT with singleton.
Beverley Candlish: 2C. Hope my partner has a 4 card major. I shouldn't double with my singleton diamond and my Ace empty club suit.
Kf Tung: Dbl. If the hand is yours you can find the contract starting with the double. If the hand is theirs your takeout double will be the safest way to avoid a penalty.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 9 6 4 3   H K 8   D 7 2   C Q 9 7 6 3  
West North East South  
  1C 1H ?

Your call?

Dbl 10 100
2C 4 70
3C 4 70
Moderator: Ten panelists make a negative double to get spades in the picture. The minority raise clubs.
Allan Falk: 2C. . . limiting my hand. If the auction returns to me at 2H, I can bid 2S showing (a) four terrible spades and (b) a fifth club.
Kerri Sanborn: 3C. I like 3C better than pass or a negative double. It puts the most pressure on the opponents and might be the right landing spot.
The Coopers: Dbl. We don't really like it, but at matchpoints we don't really have a choice. There's no reason partner can't have four good spades and three low clubs.
Stephen Vincent: 3C. Not interested in showing a bad spade suit in a bad hand when there's an attractive alternative.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. I believe in the get-in, get-out principle. This is a 1-level negative dbl in my standards, albeit a dead minimum.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. There's a problem?
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Showing a sign of life with 4 spades.
Eugene Chan: 2C. I would rather pass than make a mangy takeout double. Nothing wrong with raising partner on 5 trumps headed by an honour. Too balanced for 3C pre-empt raise.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3C. My hand seems somewhat preemptive. But I honestly have totally no idea what the panel will choose.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. All this says is that I would have responded 1S. Which I would have.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. It is matchpoints. Can't miss out on the 4/4 spade fit.
Norm Tucker: Dbl. Minimum response gives opener options.
Brian Zietman: 3C. Simply weak.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. Pass is too wimpy, even for me.
Ivy Pye: 3C. Inverted minor with the HK onside?
David Gordon: Pass. I have to draw the pass line somewhere. Without interference I would have bid 1S.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. The time to show spades. Clubs - maybe later.
John Gillespie: Dbl. I never give up on spades at matchpoints.
Plarq Liu: Pass. I can't support partner's clubs since it is 3+ clubs, and I can't double because of my crappy spade holdings.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. . . a negative double to show my 4 lousy spades. I have to protect my partner who may have a huge hand.
Kf Tung: 2C. Show your club support. Partner will be grateful for it.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S A J 7 5 3   H K 4   D 10   C K 8 6 5 4  
West North East South  
Pass 2H 3D Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

3H 8 100
4C 5 80
Pass 5 80
Moderator: This problem has the panelists fairly knotted up. Three reasonable calls emerge, all justified.
Larry Cohen: Pass. This is a pure penalty double (since we are in a game force). Hopefully, partner knows what he is doing. I have reasonable defense. I would pull with a diamond void, but in that case, I likely would have bid directly over 3D.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4C. I definitely need to pull this double with a stiff. It might very well be right to bid 3H, but I think I should show my other five-card suit before showing the doubleton heart.
The Joyces: 3H. We could have shown three-card support immediately, so 3H now should show a doubleton honor in support.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Partner will probably expect me to have a flat minimum but there's nowhere really to go: the hand looks like a misfit.
Martin Henneberger: 3H. I can bid 3H now without distorting what I hold, while keeping the auction low to explore further.
Chris Diamond: 3H. Try for the most likely game first. Tempted to bid more right now.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Pard should know that this is good 2-card support, because with 3-card support, I would have supported earlier.
Eugene Chan: 3H. Partner knows I opened and partner should also know I don't have 3 hearts. The rest is up to partner.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. It's easier to deal with this kind of interference when you're in a game force already.
Mike Roberts: 4C. Yeah, it's a nice hand. But I'm still not sure where we belong, so take it slow.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. There is no way that I open that hand! I suppose that leaves me making weak little mewling noises now!
Paul Mcmullin: 3H. Why didn't I open this 1C?
Norm Tucker: Pass. Trust partner; your high cards should be well placed.
Brian Zietman: 4C. Looking better after our weak opening.
Timothy Wright: 4C. 5-5: come back from the dead.
David Gordon: 3H. Partner has less then 3 spades, less then 6 hearts. This feels like a penalty dbl. Your pass showed fewer than 3 hearts.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Looks better than 4C.
John Gillespie: 4C. I'll play a 5-2 major suit game but we might even have slam in clubs.
Plarq Liu: 3S. Absolute minimum, I just rebid because I can't support partner's hearts.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. No point in introducing a K-empty club suit with my weak opener.
Kf Tung: 4C. Your hand improves after this auction. The 4C bid shows clubs and you can welcome 4H.

5. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S 8 7 2   H K J 9 7 6 5   D A 4   C A K  
West North East South  
2C 2H Pass ?

Your call?

2S 7 100
2NT 4 90
3C 3 80
3NT 2 70
3H 1 60
4H 1 50
Moderator: The vast majority of the panel make some sort of game try.
Geoff Hampson: 3NT. Hopefully the same number of tricks as in a heart contract.
Don Stack: 2S. Why not bring partner into the picture and let him know we need help in spades to make game?
The Gordons: 3H. We are not fond of any alternative.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. The prospect of 3NT is quite alluring, particularly if LHO is the sort who will dutifully lead partner's suit without thinking too much.
Martin Henneberger: 2NT. This hand is certainly worth a game try, and as such I will try 2NT now. I dislike 2S, 3D or 3H as game try alternatives.
Chris Diamond: 3H. I'd bid 4H at IMPs but a general invite good at MPs. Likely any help he has is outside clubs and therefore useful.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Willing to compete to 3H, but do not want to invite game.
Eugene Chan: 4H. Most of the field is likely there so why should I be any different?
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. Quantitative game try? BBS doesn't specify a game try method, which is unhelpful.
Mike Roberts: 3NT. Notrump feels right if partner has, say, SA x x HQ x x D6 x x x C4 x x, isn't this cold?
Perry Khakhar: 3H. To play, only because the Law is on my side! Where is the spade suit? I don't want to defend against the opps backing in to 2S.
Norm Tucker: 3H. Simple invitation with 16+ hcp.
Brian Zietman: 3H. Invitational.
Timothy Wright: 2S. Oh boy, another big hole in Bridge Bulletin Standard. Game tries! I'll guess we're playing help-suit.
David Gordon: 3H. Invite game.
Amiram Millet: 2S. To play at least 3H.
John Gillespie: 2S. A bit of help here and a winning finesse = game.
Plarq Liu: 4H. With partner's limit raise, slam is unlikely.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. I like the shape of my hand.
Kf Tung: 4H. 4H makes more frequently than 3N.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Steve Robinson 3H Dbl Dbl 3H 2S 500
The Joyces 3H Dbl Dbl 3H 2NT 490
The Coopers 3H Dbl Dbl Pass 2S 480
Don Stack 3H Dbl Dbl 4C 2S 480
Kerri Sanborn 3H Dbl 3C 3H 2S 470
Larry Cohen 3H Dbl Dbl Pass 3C 460
The Sutherlins 3H Dbl 2C 3H 3C 450
Geoff Hampson 3H Dbl Dbl 4C 3NT 450
Barry Rigal 4D Dbl Dbl Pass 2NT 440
Jill Meyers 4D Dbl 3C 3H 2NT 430
Allan Falk 4D Dbl 2C 4C 2S 420
August Boehm 3H 1NT 2C 3H 3C 410
Mike Lawrence 4H Pass Dbl 3H 3NT 410
Jeff Meckstroth 3H 1H 3C 4C 2S 410
Karen Walker Dbl Pass Dbl Pass 2NT 410
Bridge Buff 2S Pass Dbl Pass 2S 400
The Gordons 3H Pass 2C 4C 3H 390
Mel Colchamiro 4H Pass 3C 3H 4H 360

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    David Schmidt 3H Dbl Dbl 3H 2S 500 128.63
1.    Joel Martineau 3H Dbl Dbl 3H 2S 500 128.63
3.    Ernie Dietrich 3H Dbl Dbl 3H 3H 460 73.50
4.    Dave Gabel 3H Dbl Dbl 3H 4H 450 51.45
5.    Andrew Lee 3H Dbl 3C 4C 2NT 440 26.95
5.    Stuart Carr 3H Dbl Dbl Pass 3H 440 26.95
7.    Diana Jing 3H Pass Dbl Pass 3H 420 21.00
8.    Brad Bart 4D Dbl Dbl Pass 3H 410 15.69
8.    David Walker Dbl Dbl Dbl 3H 4H 410 15.69
8.    Martin Henneberger 4H 1NT Dbl 3H 2NT 410 15.69
8.    Brian Stone 3H Dbl 2C Pass 3H 410 15.69

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Amiram Millet (Israel) 3H Dbl Dbl Pass 2S 480 91.00
2.    Susan Julius (Canada) 3H Dbl Dbl 4C 3C 460 56.88
2.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 3H 1H Dbl 3H 2S 460 56.88
4.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 3H Dbl Dbl 3H 4H 450 31.85
5.    Claude Vogel (United States) 3H 1NT Dbl 4C 2S 440 16.68
5.    Timothy Wright (Usa) 3H 1H Dbl 4C 2S 440 16.68
7.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 3H 1H 2C Pass 2S 410 12.19
7.    Brian Zietman (Israel) 3H Dbl 3C 4C 3H 410 12.19
9.    Kf Tung (China) 3H Dbl 2C 4C 4H 400 9.16
9.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3S Dbl Dbl 3H 2S 400 9.16
9.    Ivy Pye (Canada) 3H Dbl 3C Pass 4H 400 9.16
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