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TGIF October 2013: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S Q 4 3   H K J 9 8 4   D K 5   C K 10 7  
West North East South  
  1C 1S 2H
2S 4H 4S ?

Your call?

Dbl 12 100
Pass 6 80
5H 2 60
5C 0 30
Moderator: Agree or disagree: Partner's jump to 4H establishes a force.
The Sutherlins: 5H. Our hands should fit nicely. We expect to have a play for 5H even though we have the wasted SQ and no aces.
The Coopers: Pass. We assume this is forcing --- partner jumped to 4H, albeit without cuebidding, and it is doubtful that he did so because he feared 4S. If partner is short in spades, as seems likely, slam is possible opposite some near-minimum hands.
Don Stack: Dbl. With no assurance that we have a plus at the five level, we cannot let the opponents push us there. Partner is allowed to override my double with a freak hand.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. The secondary club support suggests letting partner make the decision.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. What to do? Double might allow the opponents to pick up trumps, but I feel with a flat hand I need to discourage partner from bidding on. If they are distributional for the raise to 4H they very well might override me.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Thought it was an auto-double? Requires discussion (no cue or splinter) but I suspect pard may be something like 6-4 clubs and hearts with no slam ambitions which will leave them with a double fit also. So, I'll let pard make the last mistake.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Too balanced to bid at the 5 level, too much strength to pass.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Double suggests preference to defend rather than to play at the five level.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. This is not necessarily a forcing pass situation, but we need to show the opponents we won't be pushed around.
Bob Kuz: Dbl. The lead is the real problem if 4H was a minimum raise in a 2/1 system.
Perry Khakhar: 5C. void HA Q x x DA x x CA Q J x x x might likely be Partner's hand! Let us cooperate to get to the right size and strain slam. Blackwood won't help.
Norm Tucker: 5H. I'll double 5S.
Bob Zeller: Dbl. Showing a minimum with 2 spade losers.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. We have no aces so I don't fancy going down in 5H. Partner opened and I have good defensive values.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. I want to suggest defending with spade length and minimum length in hearts for my previous bid.
David Gordon: Dbl. Looks like a standard take your plus dbl. Your hand as no reason to bid 5 of anything here.
Amiram Millet: 5H. Hope we have 450.
John Gillespie: 5C. Double fit chances = we may have a ton of offence and/or no defence.
Plarq Liu: Pass. This is forcing. My hand is null in defense values.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. I don't know if 5H makes. It is unlikely that E/W will make 4S with North opening and South having 12 pts.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Your DK and SQ are defensive tricks. If you accept the push you will lose 350 or win 150 points.

2. IMPs. None vul.
S 8 7 3   H K 9 8 3   D K 6 5 4   C K 2  
West North East South  
Pass 1D Pass 1H
Dbl Rdbl (1) 3S ?
(1) Three-card heart support.

Your call?

4D 14 100
Pass 4 70
Dbl 2 60
Moderator: The majority of the panel agree about 4D: it's now or never.
Mike Lawrence: Dbl. A nice problem. East did not bid over 1D so his auction clearly shows a weak hand, and West did not open, either. I am leading a spade and hoping my CK is useful on defense. 4D is a very close second, but the possibility of +300 makes dbl my choice.
Barry Rigal: Pass. I might act at pairs, but at teams, I need partner to have extras before it is clearly right to bid. He is in better shape than I am to diagnose the answer to that question.
Kerri Sanborn: 4D. The opponents' bidding has tipped off short spades in partner's hand, ergo length in diamonds. All of my cards are golden.
Stephen Vincent: 4D. I like my three small spades. With likely only one spade and three hearts partner must have at least five diamonds.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I have less than an invitational hand and the opponents have the boss suit. They might even be cold for 4S. Am I really supposed to do something here?
Chris Diamond: 4D. Another reason I hate support doubles: we're at the 3 level and I have no idea how strong pard is. I suppose I could pass and he'd do something with extras. BUT I guess he's 1-3-5 or better so I guess I'll bid 4D and let him guess how strong I am.
Larry Meyer: Pass. If partner is strong enough for us to be at the 4 level, he will bid again.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Nothing so far says we can beat 3S or play at the four level.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Let's not hang partner for psyching.
Bob Kuz: Pass. I don't play support doubles and this auction tells me why. Trump leads at all opportunities.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. Not scared of Moysian 4H (correct side), but maybe there is a chance for a diamond slam with this 30 point deck! Let us bring partner into the picture.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Up to you partner.
Timothy Wright: Pass. At matchpoints, double might make sense, but playing in an IMPs game is not a suicide pact.
David Gordon: Pass. Not quite enough to take action.
John Gillespie: Pass. I hate support dbls/rdbls. Maybe pard knows something. I don't.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. We have extra values but no space to bid. Double to give partner a choice.
Kf Tung: Pass. You do not know whether they can make 3S or not, but you do not want to be in 4D.

3. IMPs. Both vul.
S 10 2   H A Q J 9   D A K 7 6 5 3   C 7  
West North East South  
    4S ?

Your call?

Dbl 13 100
4NT 5 80
Pass 2 60
5D 0 40
Moderator: Although unsure how high takeout doubles apply in BBS, the majority of the panelists take that action. They also hope 5D will be taken as equal level conversion.
Larry Cohen: 4NT. I have found that vulnerable four-of-a-major preempters always seem to have the goods. If opener has clubs on the side, this could be a deal where both sides make tons of tricks.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. No guarantee that this will work, but I have too much not to get involved.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Converting clubs as necessary.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. Double allows us to equal level convert if pard picks clubs without overstating heart length. It also allows for pard to pass with a certain hand. 5D is unilateral and 4NT (2 places to play) could be ugly when we end up in a 4-3 fit.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Almost a corollary to problem 5 but a death holding in spades, vulnerable says don't bid in direct seat. If you do pard will raise you way too often.
Larry Meyer: 4NT. Treating my hand as a 2-suiter. When pard bids 5C, I will bid 5D to let him know I have the red suits.
Eugene Chan: 5D. Holding my breath that I will not be doubled.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4NT. I can't decide between double and 4NT here.
Bob Kuz: 5D. What's 800 between friends?
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. We may or not beat it, but it is nearly a free double. Should partner take it outwith 4NT or 5C, we may be ok in 5D.
Brian Zietman: 4NT. If partner bids 5C, I will bid 5D.
Timothy Wright: 4NT. Two-suited takeout; this hand barely qualifies.
Roy Bolton: Dbl. The 4NT option might get you into a bad 5H after 5C-5D-5H. Also 4S-X might be the best spot.
David Gordon: 5D. 6 - 4 bid some more.
Amiram Millet: Pass. . . at least for now.
John Gillespie: Dbl. Ugly. Will pull 5C to 5D and hope for the best.
Plarq Liu: 5D. Most possible game.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. Too risky, not knowing what my partner has and the possiblity that West has points.
Kf Tung: Pass. Pard will think that you have a better hand than this if you make any bid.
Bob Todd: 5D. This hand is too weak for double followed by 5D over 5C and I don't really want to show a 2 suiter and have partner take a heart preference with 3-2 in the reds.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S 4 3   H K J 9 6 4   D A   C A K 9 8 7  
West North East South  
Pass 1C Pass 1H
1S 2H 3S 4C
Pass 4D Pass ?

Your call?

5H 14 100
5D 3 70
4H 1 50
4NT 2 50
5C 0 50
Moderator: 5H has a precise meaning in this auction: looking for a spade control.
August Boehm: 5D. Partner is trying hard for slam, likely cuebidding a second-round control.
Steve Robinson: 4NT. I think 4D must show a spade control. If partner bids 5D showing only one keycard, I'll gamble on slam.
Geoff Hampson: 5H. I need to hear about second-round spade control to have slam. If partner bids 5S (first-round spade control), I will settle for 6H. Partner can't have enough for 7H to be good.
Stephen Vincent: 5D. Partner: I insist you bid slam with a spade control.
Martin Henneberger: 5H. This should bring the spade suit into question and allow partner to bid slam facing 1 loser.
Chris Diamond: 4H. Lots of valid arguments but I just can't get over 2H and I can't hang him for trying to co-operate.
Larry Meyer: 4H. Quite likely that we have 2 fast spade losers.
Eugene Chan: 6C. Partner invited a slam so I am showing my preference.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5H. When one partner knows what is needed for slam, they should take control of the auction.
Bob Kuz: 5D. We have cuebid everything but spades, I hope partner gets the message.
Perry Khakhar: 5H. 2 quick spade losers! Can you do something, pard?
Norm Tucker: 4H. Perhaps they will force a slam.
Brian Zietman: 4H. We can make a slam provided the opponents don't take the top 2 spade tricks. Partner has to decide now.
Timothy Wright: 4H. Unless partner can make another move, we probably have 2 spade losers.
Roy Bolton: 5H. Asking partner to pass with 2 spade losers and bid slam with 1 or less.
David Gordon: 4H. The 4H bid strongly suggests a doubleton spade.
Amiram Millet: 5D. Showing control in diamonds.
John Gillespie: 4NT. Implied spade control and 6C next (after 1 keycard) may protect against the suit they are more likely to ruff at trick one.
Plarq Liu: 4NT. Blackwood.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. It appears there could be two spade losers. If partner has the SA, a void or singleton, he can investigate slam.
Kf Tung: 5D. You have DA, not the SA! Pard can still bid 5H with 2 spade losers, and he will bid 6C or 6H with a stiff spade.
Chuck Arthur: 4H. I assume that you are playing support doubles here, since you were playing them above.
Bob Todd: 5H. Do we have a spade control?

5. IMPs. None vul.
S 3   H K 8 7   D A 10 2   C K Q 10 7 5 4  
West North East South  
4S Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 10 100
Dbl 8 90
5C 2 50
Moderator: To act or not to act? The panel is perfectly divided on this problem.
Allan Falk: Dbl. Not happy about this, but six losers is too many to bid my suit at the 5-level. Partner might guess wrong, but there's not enough information for me to think 5C is not wrong.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 5C. I'm a little leery of doubling and having partner respond in a four-card heart suit at the five-level.
Karen Walker: Pass. No need for heroics white at IMPs. This doesn't look like a deal where we could suffer a double game swing.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. The hand just isn't good enough to bid.
Martin Henneberger: 5C. Pure guess. I dislike selling out to 4S with shortness. I will gamble with 5C and hold my breath.
Chris Diamond: 5C. Since I don't bid in problem 3, I have to bid here.
Larry Meyer: Pass. I would rather have them live with their shot in the dark, than take my own shot in the dark.
Eugene Chan: 5C. Should probably pass but they say this is a bidder's game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Insufficient shape or quick tricks to be a hero on this one.
Bob Kuz: Pass. Trying to hold going for a number to once a session. :)
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. 2.5 QTs. Let's give partner an option to pass or play in hearts.
Norm Tucker: 5C. Sacrificing is fun and often scores well.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Too dangerous to enter - too many losers for 5C.
Timothy Wright: 5C. While this is a decidedly worse hand than we had in 3), in balancing seat we should probably act anyway.
Roy Bolton: Dbl. At IMPs it's not terrible if they make 4S-X (compared to just 4S) but we might have a vul game if partner bids.
David Gordon: 5C. I need a little more for dbl.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Fixed.
John Gillespie: Dbl. Yuk. Maybe pard has a long suit too (symmetry) and -500 isn't the end of the world but -3 for 500 could be for them.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Not good enough to compete.
Kf Tung: Dbl. There is no guarantee for 11 tricks for your side but they are not likely to get 10 tricks either.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl 4D Dbl 5H Pass 500
Mel Colchamiro Dbl 4D Dbl 5H Pass 500
The Gordons Dbl 4D Dbl 5H Pass 500
Geoff Hampson Dbl 4D Dbl 5H Pass 500
Jill Meyers Dbl 4D Dbl 5H Dbl 490
Larry Cohen Dbl 4D 4NT 5H Pass 480
The Coopers Pass 4D Dbl 5H Pass 480
Karen Walker Dbl Pass Dbl 5H Pass 470
Don Stack Dbl 4D 4NT 5H Dbl 470
The Joyces Pass 4D 4NT 5H Pass 460
The Sutherlins 5H 4D Dbl 5H Dbl 450
Steve Weinstein Pass 4D 4NT 5H Dbl 450
Steve Robinson Dbl 4D Dbl 4NT Dbl 440
August Boehm Dbl 4D Dbl 5D 5C 420
Allan Falk Pass Pass 4NT 5H Dbl 420
Barry Rigal Dbl Pass Dbl 4H Dbl 410
Kerri Sanborn Pass 4D Pass 5D Dbl 400
Bridge Buff Dbl Pass Pass 5D Pass 400
Mike Lawrence Pass Dbl Dbl 4NT Pass 390
Betty Ann Kennedy 5H Dbl Dbl 5H 5C 370

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Kai Zhou Dbl Pass Dbl 5H Pass 470 128.63
1.    Jim Garnier Dbl Pass Dbl 5H Pass 470 128.63
3.    David Walker Pass 4D 4NT 5H Pass 460 73.50
4.    Stephen Vincent Pass 4D Dbl 5D Pass 450 40.43
4.    Andrew Krywaniuk Dbl Pass 4NT 5H Pass 450 40.43
6.    Eurydice Nours Dbl 4D 4NT 4NT Pass 430 24.50
7.    Mark Eddy Pass Pass 4NT 5H Dbl 420 18.57
7.    Martin Henneberger Dbl Pass Dbl 5H 5C 420 18.57
7.    Norma Doucette Dbl Pass Pass 5H Dbl 420 18.57
10.    Zoran Peca Dbl Pass Dbl 4NT Dbl 410 14.70
11.    Brad Bart Dbl Dbl Dbl 5C Dbl 400 11.07
11.    Rod Coote Pass Pass Dbl 4H Pass 400 11.07
11.    Larry Meyer Dbl Pass 4NT 4H Pass 400 11.07
11.    Michael Dimich Pass 4D Dbl 5D 5C 400 11.07
11.    Paul Sontag Pass Pass Dbl 5H 5C 400 11.07
11.    Joel Martineau Dbl Pass 4NT 4H Pass 400 11.07

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Pass 4D Dbl 5H Dbl 470 105.00
2.    Roy Bolton (Canada) Dbl Pass Dbl 5H Dbl 460 78.75
3.    Paul Hardy (Canada) Dbl Dbl 4NT 5H Dbl 430 44.63
3.    Claude Vogel (United States) Dbl 4D 5D 5H Dbl 430 44.63
5.    Perry Khakhar (Ca) 5C 4D Dbl 5H Dbl 420 16.66
5.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Usa) Dbl Pass Dbl 5C Pass 420 16.66
5.    Janet Galbraith (Canada) Dbl 4D 4NT 4H Dbl 420 16.66
5.    Dennis Caswell (Canada) Dbl Pass Dbl 4H Pass 420 16.66
9.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) Dbl Pass Dbl 5C Dbl 410 11.08
9.    Nader Hanna (Canada) Dbl 4D Pass 5H 5C 410 11.08
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