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TGIF November 2007: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K Q   H J   D J 6 5 4 3   C A K Q 5 4  
West North East South  
1H Pass Pass Dbl
Pass 1S 2H ?

Do you agree with South's double?

Yes 9 50
No 8 30

Your call?

3C 11 50
Dbl 5 40
3D 0 20
Pass 1 10
2S 0 0
3H 0 0
Moderator: Should you double when it's likely partner will bid your doubleton? Perhaps yes because you had a good hand and were not sure what to bid. The problem with this is that it's your second turn to bid, and you still aren't able to make a call that describes your hand.
Paul Soloway: 3C. I would have balanced with 2C. This hand is not strong enough for double followed by 3C, but that's what I'm stuck bidding now.
Julien Levesque: 2NT. ... showing an offshape in the minors over 2H. As the auction bears this cannot be showing a NT type hand but values + minor suits.
Stuart Carr: Pass. I should have bid 2NT or 2D the first time.
Adam Melzak: Pass. Not happy. 3C reasonable. Is 2N unusual? or downright weird?
Eugene Chan: Pass. Hand was not good enough to double in most partnership methods. Now too dangerous to introduce club suit. Next question: What to do if partner balances with 2S?
Stephen Vincent: 3C. ... the best way of extricating yourself from the mess you've got yourself into.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Re-take out; will correct partner's 2S bid to 3C implying good hand with both minors.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Any bid now will be a gross misdescription of what I hold. That's why I voted no to the original double.
Bonny Lee: Dbl. I pray partner can decode it as minors; if not I still have decent spade support.
Jongseok Oh: 3C. ... showing strong clubs and 16 HCP.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Agree because sufficient strength to dbl and then bid; 3C to show my main suit.
Aloke Paul: 2S. North may not have many points, if he bids 3S I will go to 4S.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. I hate this. But I can't commit to one minor, and 2H* might be luscious.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Lucky for me that my D and C aren't the other way! At least, we will be off to a good start defensively.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. In balancing seat, the initial double is necessary as you often have a much weaker hand in this position. The second double is still takeout but shows more minor suit concentration (3-1-4-5 or 2-2-4-5 or 2-1-5-5).
Bob Todd: Dbl. Since I doubled the first time I may as well follow through and double again to show extra values no primary spade fit. I'll bet most partners have not discussed how strong the second double should be in balancing chair!
Paul Mcmullin: 3C. Wouldn't 2NT or 3C on the first turn have shown this hand?
Chris Diamond: 2NT. Since Dbl shoud be a big balanced hand then 2NT has to be minors. Disparity is so great I feel like bidding 3C.
Susan Julius: 2NT. Double leaves you with having to bid clubs at the next opportunity. 2N gets across the shape of the hand right away.
Brian Zietman: 3C. The doubleton spade makes me unhappy to double but with a singleton heart and so many points, I must now bid again to show partner that I have the strongest hand at the table.

2. IMPs. None vul.
S ---   H A J 10 8 3   D 6 5 4 2   C Q J 9 2  
West North East South  
  1S Dbl ?

Your call?

Pass 10 100
Rdbl 3 60
2H 2 30
1NT 2 20
Moderator: You may be nervous about passing 1S doubled because it may be passed out. But because you don't have a descriptive bid, the panel majority pass, and plan to double at their next turn.
Richard Freeman: Pass. I pass because I don't know what to bid.
Paul Soloway: Pass. Let's see what happens.
Julien Levesque: Pass. It's either pass or find a lesser evil.
Stuart Carr: Rdbl. A little light, but can pass any new suit by partner.
Eugene Chan: 1NT. Best to bid at lower levels. Eliminates potential disaster of 1S X going down several tricks.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Await further developments. Opps may be headed for trouble. If LHO leaves the double in, partner can judge whether to rescue herself.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I prefer to defend with a misfit. If pard reenters the auction in a new suit I will come alive, otherwise I will allow the opponents to get into trouble.
Bonny Lee: Pass. Pass the problem to west.
Larry Meyer: 1NT. Too strong to pass, too weak to bid at 2-level.
Aloke Paul: 2H. Although weak, I let partner know that I don't like playing in spades.
Mike Roberts: 1NT. I tend to ignore the double.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Feels like we own the hand, but it is extremely unsafe to bid 1NT. Centre Hand Opponent is likely to bury us! Let's see what happens!
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Let's see what develops. This is likely getting passed out but I have some tickets for partner. I also have good defensive value to start tickling the opponents.
Bob Todd: Pass. Transfer responses would work out better here.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Not quite a redouble.
Chris Diamond: Rdbl. XX-P-P-P would be amusing, but unlikely.

3. IMPs. Both vul.
S A J 3 2   H ---   D A K 9 3   C A Q 8 7 5  
West North East South  
    1S ?

Your call?

2C 10 100
Pass 4 70
2NT 2 30
2D 0 20
1NT 1 10
Dbl 0 0
Moderator: Because your other choices are flawed, the majority make a 2C overcall, even with so much strength. Some may be tempted to double with this strong hand. Note, however, that none of the panelists chose that---to double with a void in the other major is too dangerous.
Julien Levesque: Dbl. Ok we expect a heart response, but with 0 to 8 1/2 hcp floating about the question becomes who has them? On a limited 2H, plan to rebid 3C.
Adam Melzak: Dbl. 2NT playing weak/strong might work, passing and 2C are also possible but...suffer the heart jump.
Eugene Chan: 2C. Eternal optimists never lose sight of possible slams. So I will start with 2C and perhaps follow-up with unusual NT to show diamonds as well.
Stephen Vincent: 2C. What tends to happen to me if I pass is that partner is unable to compete with a random 8 count and we miss game.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2NT. Just too strong to pass as we may be making a minor slam. If partner bypasses clubs to bid diamonds, there is some chance she will have at least a 4-cd suit. Also, 2NT will warn partner from showing hearts. 2NT is less attractive with 5 diamonds and 4 clubs.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Yes I'm aware I have a good hand. This auction isnt over and acting now seems like a need to do something when I really don't.
Bonny Lee: 2C. I would not like to hear the heart transfer if I bid NT.
Jongseok Oh: Dbl. 18 HCP!
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Too strong for any other action.
Aloke Paul: Dbl. Got to find out partner's suit.
Mike Roberts: 2C. If I double, and as expected it goes P-2H-P, I'm stuck. Here, after 2C-P-P-2H/X, I have an easy back in. Yes, I'm gambling a little. 2NT, followed by 3S, has some appeal.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. Trying to stay within my character, I am going to put on my rose colored IMPs/Vul glasses, and ignore the likely misfit. Maybe, we can get to a wrong sided NT game. I am not yet willing to give up on (an extremely unlikely) minor suit slam! :-)
Chris Buchanan: 2C. I know, it is 18, but I do not like double because partner always jumps to 4H and then what? The fact of the matter is, if you can make game on these cards, partner will bid over 2C.
Bob Todd: 2NT. Tough problem for a bidding contest. Double, pass, 2C and 2N are all flawed.
Brian Zietman: Pass. I trust partner to balance and then I leap to game in 3NT or a minor (depending on partner's bid). If I double partner may insist on hearts and I am in deep waters. If LHO jumps to 4S I am laughing.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 9   H J   D K Q 8 4 3   C Q J 8 7 4 3  
West North East South  
  1S 2S (1) ?
(1) Hearts and a minor.

Your call?

Pass 12 100
Dbl 1 30
3C 2 20
2NT 1 10
3D 1 10
3H 0 0
Moderator: You have two suits and 9 HCP, and nothing to bid---or do you? A few of the panelists make a bid to try and keep their side in the auction. The majority pass---sometimes you don't have a good bid.
Julien Levesque: Pass. We need to know more, a bear trap or a gold mine? But bidding on for now is against the odds.
Adam Melzak: Dbl. Ability to penalize one or both of opponents' suits. Nothing else seems viable.
Eugene Chan: 2NT. This shows the minors as I would double if I really had heart values.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. The real problem will come on the next round.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Values plus defense to at least one of opponents' suits. Prefer speaking early rather than waiting.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. My 4th pass this contest: I'm so proud! (lol) Again pass doesn't say I'm broke, and this auction isn't over.
Bonny Lee: Dbl. West needs to have long trumps to ruff the minor suit losers.
Jongseok Oh: Pass. Just 9 HCP.. no bid.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Sounds like a misfit, prefer to defend.
Aloke Paul: 3D. If partner doesn't like will go to 4C and keep bidding lower.
Mike Roberts: Pass. If 3m was non-forcing, then great. But it's not. Give up on this hand, and hope partner leads a trump. They might be the ones in trouble. If lefty SINGS 4H, I might back in with 4NT!
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. We are playing this hand in a minor at what ever level! 2NT followed by cheapest possible Club bid should get us there.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. I know this is coming back to me at 4H or 4S. Over 4H, I choose 4NT; over 4S, I pass again.
Paul Mcmullin: Dbl. I can double one of their suits; unless pard is weak-distributional, I'd rather defend.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Very close to passing. Very tough hand.. X says I can hit one or more of their suits. I hope pard can take a chop at hearts. But wouldn't surprise me if we're cold for a minor game or slam.
Susan Julius: Pass. Deferring the decision until more is heard from the opponents.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Have to wait and see developments - I have time here.

5. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A Q 5 4   H A K 8 6 4 3   D 7 6   C A  
West North East South  
Pass 1NT Pass 2S
Pass 3D Pass 3NT
Pass 4D Pass ?

Your call?

5D 9 100
5C 4 60
4H 3 20
6D 1 10
4NT 0 0
Moderator: Your hand is rich in controls and you have some trump support. Because it's not clear what partner's hand is, the majority make the practical bid and raise to 5D.
Richard Freeman: 5D. I would have bid 3H over 3D---3NT was a terrible bid.
Paul Soloway: 5D. Should have some play.
Stuart Carr: 5D. Afraid to risk a bad heart break in 4H.
Adam Melzak: 4NT. 4D over 3N scares me. Pard's hand could be ugly, but the question is, will this be RKC? And what about MP and heart contracts?
Eugene Chan: 4H. Can't imagine 6D making so at matchpoints I will suggest game in hearts.
Stephen Vincent: 5C. Let partner make the final mistake. The first one came when I didn't bid 3H over 3D.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5D. Envisage partner has very long diamonds missing A and possibly K. Will nevertheless attempt what looks to be our most likely game.
Martin Henneberger: 5C. Lebensohl is ideal over reverses to allow responder to describe their overall responding strength. Not having that agreement I will bid 5C on the way to 5D in case pard has the right hand.
Bonny Lee: 5C. What level partner bids (5D or 6D) depend on his trump holding.
Larry Meyer: 5D. Hoping pard can produce 6 diamond tricks, and that I can provide 5 more.
Aloke Paul: 5D. Hoping partner has long diamond suit and doesn't need my diamond support.
Mike Roberts: 5C. 4NT is to play. How will 6D play opposite xx x KQJxxxx xxx? Not too badly. But partner could be worse. I'll just cuebid what partner needs to hear; if we stop in 5D making 6 we should get a decent MP score because 3NT is unlikely to make.
Perry Khakhar: 6D. Since partner wouldn't pull 3NT from fear, I am going to bid the most likely slam. I would like to Q-bid, but that may be misconstrued. If I am playing with Ray Grace, I simply answer Key cards, but that isn't available, so I give up on the unlikely grand.
Chris Buchanan: 4H. This is NOT to play. Let's cooperate with partner and Q-bid for them. If partner can show us the SK then they do not require solid diamonds, but without the SK then they need solid diamonds for slam. If partner has solid diamonds and the SK then the grand is easy.
Bob Todd: 5C. Must try for slam.. the only straight forward problem in this set.
Paul Mcmullin: 4H. I'd have preferred 3H/3D.
Chris Diamond: 5D. Hope he makes it.
Brian Zietman: 5D. Partner is weak and showing a 6 card suit. I have support and a gorgeous single CA---worth a game try.

Panel's Answers

  1a 1b 2 3 4 5 Total
Richard Freeman Yes 3C Pass 2C Pass 5D 500
Paul Soloway No 3C Pass 2C Pass 5D 480
Allan Falk Yes Dbl Pass Pass Pass 5D 460
Jill Meyers Yes 3C Rdbl 2C Pass 5D 460
Kerri Sanborn No 3C Rdbl 2C Pass 5D 440
Larry Cohen Yes Dbl Pass Pass Pass 5C 420
The Sutherlins Yes 3C 1NT 2C Pass 5D 420
Bridge Baron Yes 3C Pass 2C Pass 4H 420
The Colchamiros No Dbl 2H 2C Pass 5D 400
Betty Ann Kennedy No 3C Pass Pass 2NT 5D 360
Steve Robinson No 3C Rdbl 2C 3C 5D 360
Barry Rigal Yes 3C 1NT Pass Pass 5C 350
August Boehm Yes Dbl Pass 2NT Pass 4H 340
The Coopers Yes Dbl Pass 2C Dbl 6D 330
Grant Baze No 3C 2H 2NT Pass 5C 300
Karen Walker No Pass Pass 2C 3C 4H 280
Jeff Meckstroth No 3C Pass 1NT 3D 5C 260

Local Heroes

    1a 1b 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Brad Bart No Dbl Pass Pass Pass 5D 440
1.    Stephen Vincent No 3C Pass 2C Pass 5C 440
3.    Eurydice Nours Yes 3C Pass 2C Dbl 5D 430
4.    Zoran Peca No 3C Pass 2NT Pass 5D 410
5.    Peter Cooper No Dbl Pass 2NT Pass 5D 400
6.    Michael Dimich No Dbl Pass Pass Dbl 5D 370
6.    Martin Henneberger No Pass Pass Pass Pass 5C 370
8.    Bonny Lee No Dbl Pass 2C Dbl 5C 360
9.    Julien Levesque Yes 2NT Pass Dbl Pass 5D 350
9.    Aidan Ballantyne Yes Dbl Pass 2NT Dbl 5D 350

World Leaders

    1a 1b 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Yes 3C Pass Pass Pass 5D 470
2.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) Yes Dbl Pass 2C Pass 4H 410
3.    Paul Hardy (Canada) No 3C Pass 2C Pass 4H 400
4.    Brian Zietman (Israel) Yes 3C 2S Pass Pass 5D 370
5.    Bob Todd (Canada) No Dbl Pass 2NT Pass 5C 360
6.    Mike Roberts (Not For Old Men) No Dbl 1NT 2C Pass 5C 350
6.    Bj Trelford (Canada) No Pass Pass 2C Pass 6D 350
8.    Susan Julius (Canada) No 2NT Pass Pass Pass 4H 320
9.    Ross Jamieson (Canada) No 3C Pass Dbl Pass 4H 300
10.    Janet Dunbar (Utopia) No 3H 2H 2C Dbl 5D 290
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