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TGIF August 2013: Scores

1. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S Q 6   H A Q 7 5 3   D Q 10 2   C K J 5  
West North East South  
  Pass 1S ?

Your call?

2H 10 100
Dbl 7 90
Pass 3 70
1NT 0 30
Moderator: Opposite a passed partner, 10 panelists find a vulnerable 2H overcall with this hand and, predictably, blame it on matchpoints.
Steve Weinstein: Dbl. If partner was an unpassed hand, we might have game and I would be more likely to bid 2H. Double gets all suits in play and makes it more likely that partner will be right when he competes. If I bid 2H, partner could easily raise, for -200 undoubled.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. It is nothing like a 2H bid and it is even less like a double. Anyone who bids with the hand is playing with fire. It is a style conducive to winning at matchpoints, but it is not bridge. If I bid 2H and partner passes, I am officially terrified.
The Sutherlins: 2H. It is safer to compete now rather than later, and our most likely fit is in hearts, making 2H better than a double.
The Joyces: 2H. We'd never dream of being at the two level at IMPs on such a poor suit and porous hand, but matchpoint scoring dictates playing in the major.
Dan Jacob: Dbl. The heart suit is not suitable for a 2-level overcall.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. An ugly double: just trying to get in at matchpoints.
Martin Henneberger: 2H. Even though I am greatly opposed to 2-level overcalls on a broken 5-card suit and flat hand, this appears to be one of those times. The risk of passing or doubling to find a 3-3 minor fit vs a 5-3 heart fit are equally dangerous.
Chris Diamond: 2H. Theoretically pass but when a pre-emptive 3S comes back are you balancing? Times change.
David Waterman: 2H. We can't risk losing the 5-2 or 5-3 fit. Double is very poor.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Not really sure why this is a problem - I don't see a good second choice.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. With a defense-oriented hand, I'm torn between getting in now or balancing later.
Bob Kuz: Dbl. This won't be popular but with those spots I'd rather put 3 suits in play.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. I know, I'm supposed to bid 2H. But I get to make my SQ on defence this way.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. I am not enamoured with my hand, but it meets the criteria for an overcall (barely).
Brian Zietman: 2H. At IMPs I could consider a double but no way at matchpoints.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. With a better suit, 2H would be a better call.
Nader Hanna: Dbl. I know that we may miss a 5-3 heart fit but the hearts are so anemic to overcall.
David Gordon: Dbl. I prefer 6 card suits when overcalling at the 2 level.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. 1NT by partner can be the par score here.
John Gillespie: 2H. Double can lose a 5-3 heart fit and a lot of 5-2 fits score well at matchpoints too.
Plarq Liu: 2H. It looks so natural to overcall.
Beverley Candlish: 2H. I have 14 HCP's and 5 hearts. I don't see any other bid than 2H.
Kf Tung: Pass. You have not enough offensive tricks for a takeout or overcall. There is a better chance to get a plus score if you pass and wait for the auction to develop.
Bob Todd: 2H. Yuch!

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S Q 4   H A K 8   D A K 10 7 6   C 9 6 3  
West North East South  
  1S Pass 2D
Pass 3D Pass 3H
Pass 3S Pass ?

Your call?

4S 10 100
4D 4 80
4H 6 80
5D 0 50
Moderator: The panelists apply the rule 'game before slam'.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 4D. If partner's 3S bid shows extra values, I am willing to explore for slam in diamonds. The bidding does not sound like we should be in 3NT.
Steve Robinson: 4H. . . to learn if the partnership has a club control. I don't think we do. If partner bids 5D, I'll pass. Over 5C, I'll bid 6D. I hope partner doesn't think I have six diamonds and 5 hearts.
Don Stack: 4S. Partner's 3S probably indicates a good 5-card suit, so we can raise with the excellent 2-card support. If partner is cuebidding for diamonds and follows up with 5C, then we have the values to bid a slam in diamonds.
Dan Jacob: 4S. We could be off 3 quick club tricks so 4S could be the game. Partner should not expect much better than honour-doubleton.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. . . pinpointing the club weakness for the opponents' benefit.
Martin Henneberger: 4S. Partner's 3S is probably a probe to get me to bid 3NT. Being wide open in clubs rules out that possibility. I can't see going any higher than game and 10 tricks in spades looks like my best chance. Anyone want to be in 5D when pard has SA K J x x H2 DQ J x x CJ x x?
Chris Diamond: 4S. A little heavy, but that's allowed. Not muddying everything with 4C.
David Waterman: 5D. When I bid this, he will know 3H was a slam try, not a NT probe. He can bid 6 with a perfect hand.
Larry Meyer: 4S. I can't bid 3NT with clubs open - hopefully my extra strength will offset my lack of 3-card trump support.
Stuart Carr: 5S. Ask for club control.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. Game before slam. Partner is leaving room to bid 3NT, suggesting that he doesn't have a singleton club.
Bob Kuz: 4S. Showing my doubleton and no club card.
Mike Roberts: 4D. Auction is going well - this should fixate on the club suit.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. Games before slams and all that! It should be obvious to partner with club shortness that the hands may fit well for a diamond slam, with my last bid. Over to you pard.
Norm Tucker: 4S. Hope partner has club stopped. We can't miss game with 3/4 of the HCP.
Brian Zietman: 4C. How can I find out if we are missing the CA CK (and maybe even the CQ)? Maybe a bid of 4C will put the opponents off the scent.
Bill Treble: 4H. Think I have to repeat cue in hearts to advertise the slam interest. 4S at this point would sound like a choice of games.
Gerard Laquerriere: 4H. It would help to know if 3D promises 4 or extras.
David Gordon: 4H. Deny club control.
Amiram Millet: 4S. Without a club control I let partner pick the final contract.
John Gillespie: 4H. 3NT is out. Now pard can pick a game, cue clubs or just bid slam.
Plarq Liu: 3NT. I think this is a serious 3NT showing slam interest.
Beverley Candlish: 4D. I take it that partner has a stopper in clubs and is asking for a stopper in spades to bid 3NT. I don't, so 4D is the bid.
Kf Tung: 4S. 4S is more likely than 6D because pard has not bid 4C.

3. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A Q J   H A J 6   D A K 8 6 5 4   C 7  
West North East South  
  Pass Pass 1D
Pass 1H Pass ?

Your call?

2S 15 100
2NT 0 60
3D 2 60
1S 1 50
3C 1 50
3H 1 50
4C 0 40
4H 0 40
3NT 0 30
Moderator: A convincing majority on this problem - a common bidding contest problem.
Mike Lawrence: 2S. How about a one-year abstention from this hand?
Dan Jacob: 2S. Not perfect but if partner bids 2NT or 3D I can show the heart support.
Stephen Vincent: 2S. A 4-3 spade fit will be likely playable if partner gets too literal-minded.
Martin Henneberger: 1S. These hand types are a classic bidding contest problem playing SAYC with no real right answer. Let's try 1S. If partner passes it might not be a bad result. Any other call should allow us to land better.
Chris Diamond: 2S. Could bid 1S but I may never be able to talk my way out of that suit. 2S may be accepted as an arranged force.
Joel Martineau: 2S. Nasty problem! 5 bids come to mind, all with major flaws.
David Waterman: 3C. This will work out fine, trust me.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Show my extra strength and my extra length.
Stuart Carr: 2S. A slight distortion.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. This is truly the hand from hell. 2NT is a distortion, but it leaves us room for checkback or Wolff sign-off.
Bob Kuz: 2S. This is an age old problem with no clear cut solution. I've picked my poison.
Mike Roberts: 3H. Too weak for 3D, and I can't recover from either spade bid (1 or 2) if partner has 4. I'll lie this way.
Perry Khakhar: 1S. It is forcing! No need for me to commit this hand to a strain or a level just yet!
Norm Tucker: 4H. Keep it simple.
Brian Zietman: 2S. Showing 19-21 points. Even though partner is a passed hand, we could still have a slam in hearts.
Timothy Wright: 2S. Ah, the Bridge World Death Hand. Who knows what to do?
David Gordon: 2S. Next bid is 3H.
Amiram Millet: 2S. Forcing one more bid to check for 4H.
John Gillespie: 2S. Works well in my partnership methods. Bidding contest???
Plarq Liu: 3D. Solid 18.
Beverley Candlish: 2S. It is a reverse and I need to find out what partner bids next. Perhaps a slam in hearts.
Kf Tung: 2S. 2S will pave the way to the best contract. It does not matter if someone cannot figure out your shape.

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

Your call?

5NT 9 100
Rdbl 9 100
6C 0 50
6H 1 50
Pass 1 50
6D 0 40
6NT 0 20
Moderator: Most of the panel are quite surprised to hear a cue-bid from a passed partner and hold this good a hand.
Geoff Hampson: Rdbl. This problem is from the Twilight Zone. What does partner have that he couldn't bid now? No idea, but I suppose I will follow 5S with 5NT and raise six of a minor to seven.
Dan Jacob: Rdbl. Should show a first round control and high aspirations; I cannot see playing anything bellow 6; over 5S, 5NT should ask for another suit, otherwise bid 6S.
Stephen Vincent: Rdbl. Thank you East for letting me show the HA.
Craig T. Wilson: 5NT. Minors.
Martin Henneberger: Rdbl. I really don't want to dismiss a grand, but what hand could pard have to pass over 3H and now bid 5H? 5NT might shut us out directly as I don't know their intentions. Rdbl leaves room to hear why they bid 5H.
Chris Diamond: Rdbl. Thanks opps, I wasn't sure what I was bidding.
David Waterman: 5NT. I will raise 6 of a minor to 7. He could have just bid 4NT, so surely he has the 3 key cards.
Larry Meyer: 6C. Now is the time for someone in this partnership to make a natural bid.
Stuart Carr: Rdbl. I think partner has both aces, but may need spade finesse for 7.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5NT. It's tempting to blast our way to a grand, but partner didn't act over 3H with a void, so let's settle for 6 of something.
Bob Kuz: Rdbl. I believe I have extras and need to confirm HA. A fit will come later.
Mike Roberts: Rdbl. I can show cheap 1st round control? Thanks, East!!!
Perry Khakhar: Rdbl. Probably one of the minors is the correct small slam. Partner must show values and probably 2 places to play with his cue bid. I plan on bidding 6C over the 5S rebid by partner.
Norm Tucker: 6C. Just guessing Michaels.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Back to you partner.
Timothy Wright: Rdbl. I wasn't expecting partner's 5H, but the double solves the problem of how to show my cheapest control.
Bill Treble: Rdbl. . . and then 5NT to show both minors if partner bids 5S.
Nader Hanna: 5NT. Denies four spades (otherwise I would pass). I'll pass any bid by partner as I don't think that partner has short hearts, both minor suit aces and the SK and passed 3H. Partner is likely to have something like J10xxx - AJxxx Axx.
David Gordon: Rdbl. First round control in hearts.
Amiram Millet: 6C. Even 7NT is possible here.
John Gillespie: 5NT. Pard has a weakish freak (2-suiter) with poor suit quality so 6 is enough. Let her pick.
Plarq Liu: 5NT. Pick a minor.
Beverley Candlish: 6S. Partner must have a good hand to cue bid hearts. I have 19 points and would rather bid the slam than miss it. I would bid 6S.
Kf Tung: Rdbl. Tell pard you have HA. He will choose the contract accordingly.
Bob Todd: 5NT. This should be pick a minor. I will raise. 6H focuses too much on spades.

5. IMPs. Both vul.
S J 10 4   H Q J 4   D K 10 7 3   C J 8 7  
West North East South  
Pass 1H 4S Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 12 100
5H 5 70
4NT 3 50
Moderator: Where does the panel go at such a lofty level?
August Boehm: Pass. Partner isn't doubling on spade tricks, but my hand is too flat to bid, and bad splits are likely. Partner could have balanced with 4NT if he couldn't tolerate defending.
Allan Falk: 4NT. Defending 4S doubled is a good way to end up with a double, doubled game swing.
Jeff Meckstroth: 5H. I don't think I should sit with a fit and no spade tricks.
Dan Jacob: 5H. Pass could be right but I suspect that partner is very short in spades and my values are not wasted.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Law of Total Tricks.
David Waterman: 5H. There is no second choice.
Larry Meyer: Pass. 4333 is the wrong distribution to have when bidding at the 5-level.
Stuart Carr: 4NT. I'll bid 5H over 5C.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5H. This seems clear cut. We might make 5H and they might make 4S.
Bob Kuz: 4NT. Another unpopular choice. Shows 2 places to play. If pard bids clubs, I bid diamonds showing only 4 and 3 hearts. We might beat 4S only 1 or 2.
Mike Roberts: 4NT. No points. But when I pull 5 of a minor to 5H, this should show a good 5H bid, as opposed to running from weakness.
Perry Khakhar: 5H. Assuming 5 tricks on defence (+500), it still isn't as good as +650. 6D may be possible but 6H is very unlikely. I will take the odds on bet.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Good defensive values and no guarantee of making 5H.
Timothy Wright: Pass. . . and lead a trump.
Bill Treble: Pass. . . without any great conviction. I'll lead trumps and hope declarer won't have ten off the top.
David Gordon: Pass. I'm too flat for action.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Too flat to bid 5H.
John Gillespie: Pass. . . the most likely plus. If they make it we were going for a medium to large number anyway.
Plarq Liu: Pass. With a flat hand I don't think I can pull.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. Partner must have a great hand to double. I would treat it as a penalty double.
Kf Tung: Pass. You have a balanced hand. 4S must go down two, may be three. 5D/5H may or may not make.
Bob Todd: 5H. This hand could easily be a make for both sides.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
August Boehm 2H 4S 2S 5NT Pass 500
Larry Cohen 2H 4S 2S Rdbl Pass 500
Don Stack 2H 4S 2S Rdbl Pass 500
Barry Rigal Dbl 4S 2S 5NT Pass 490
Karen Walker Dbl 4S 2S Rdbl Pass 490
Betty Ann Kennedy 2H 4D 2S 5NT Pass 480
Mel Colchamiro 2H 4H 2S 5NT Pass 480
Mike Lawrence Pass 4S 2S 5NT Pass 470
Jill Meyers Dbl 4H 2S Rdbl Pass 470
The Joyces 2H 4S 2S Rdbl 5H 470
The Gordons 2H 4D 2S 5NT 5H 450
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl 4D 2S Rdbl 5H 440
Steve Weinstein Dbl 4H 2S Rdbl 5H 440
The Coopers 2H 4D 2S 6H Pass 430
The Sutherlins 2H 4S 3H Rdbl 5H 420
Geoff Hampson Dbl 4H 2S Rdbl 4NT 420
Kerri Sanborn Pass 4H 3D 5NT Pass 410
Bridge Buff 2H 4S 3D Pass Pass 410
Allan Falk Pass 4S 1S 5NT 4NT 370
Steve Robinson Dbl 4H 3C 5NT 4NT 370

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Chris Diamond 2H 4S 2S Rdbl Pass 500 133.00
2.    Gilbert Lambert 2H 4D 2S 5NT Pass 480 83.13
2.    Joel Martineau 2H 4D 2S Rdbl Pass 480 83.13
4.    Stephen Vincent Dbl 4H 2S Rdbl Pass 470 36.58
4.    Michael Dimich Pass 4S 2S Rdbl Pass 470 36.58
6.    Dan Jacob Dbl 4S 2S Rdbl 5H 460 19.26
6.    Peggy Lacasse 2H 4S 3D 5NT Pass 460 19.26
6.    Larry Pocock Dbl 4S 2S 5NT 5H 460 19.26
9.    Rod Coote 2H 5D 2S 5NT Pass 450 12.30
9.    Eurydice Nours 2H 4H 2S 5NT 5H 450 12.30
9.    Martin Henneberger 2H 4S 1S Rdbl Pass 450 12.30
9.    David Schmidt 2H 4S 3C 5NT Pass 450 12.30
9.    Zoran Peca Pass 4H 2S Rdbl Pass 450 12.30

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    John Gillespie (Canada) 2H 4H 2S 5NT Pass 480 98.00
1.    Carol Frank (Usa) 2H 4H 2S Rdbl Pass 480 98.00
3.    Bill Treble (Canada) Dbl 4H 2S Rdbl Pass 470 25.53
3.    David Gordon (Canada) Dbl 4H 2S Rdbl Pass 470 25.53
3.    Kf Tung (China) Pass 4S 2S Rdbl Pass 470 25.53
3.    Bob Todd (Canada) 2H 4S 2S 5NT 5H 470 25.53
3.    Claude Vogel (United States) Dbl 4H 2S Rdbl Pass 470 25.53
3.    Timothy Wright (Usa) Dbl 4D 2S Rdbl Pass 470 25.53
3.    Gerard Laquerriere (Usa) Dbl 4H 2S 5NT Pass 470 25.53
10.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Dbl 4S 2S 5NT 5H 460 11.20
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