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TGIF November 2013: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S J 10 9 6   H A 8 7 4 3   D 4 3   C A 6  
West North East South  
3D Dbl 5D ?

Your call?

Dbl 13 100
5H 6 60
6D 0 20
Moderator: Holding a good passed hand, do you take the money with a double, or bid on to a contract of your own?
Allan Falk: 5H. I could not possibly have a better hand for partner, and we might have a grand slam, so I have to take the slight risk we could be down on a spade ruff. It's far more likely we belong in at least 6H than that 5H is going down.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. . . hoping to get 500. We could have a slam here, but there is no guarantee we even have 11 tricks. So I'll take the plus score.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. I am almost guaranteed a plus score by doubling. Guessing to play a potential 5-3 heart contract seems unattractive.
Chris Diamond: 5H. Bidding in case pard has a slamming hand.
David Waterman: 5H. 6D gets us to the right strain, but my hand is just not quite good enough.
Steve Ottridge: 6H. Partner's void in diamonds.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. My aces will be useful for offense or defense, so whatever pard bids will be fine with me.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Expect this to be near unanimous choice.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. The opponents appear to have made either a good preempt vs. our slam or an expensive sac vs. our game. I don't know whether to double or bid 6D, but I'm not going to let them off the hook with 5H.
Rob Foster: 5H. Looking for the major; we have the bulk of points.
Bob Kuz: 5H. Bidding to make.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. What strain? Our best chance for a plus is Double and if partner thinks we have a slam he is free to bid. I have 2 Aces!
Paul Mcmullin: 5H. Passing for the plus score could be right at IMPs.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. I hope partner chooses a major though 5D-x will go down a lot if partner decides to pass.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. Even if we belong in 5H, double is not unilateral, and we might have company here anyway.
Roy Bolton: Dbl. Bidding a suit at the 5 level is guessing. Double and take a sure profit.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. Expecting at least 500 for us.
John Gillespie: Dbl. I can live with whatever pard does next.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. We have good defensive values, double conveys this. Also our unbid major is suitable for a responsive double.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. My partner must have something in order to make a takeout double. If I pass, I will be telling her I have nothing.
Kf Tung: Dbl. +500 is possible if you double, while -50 is possible if you bid 5H/5S.

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S 4   H A 10 9 4   D A K 7 4   C 10 9 3 2  
West North East South  
1NT Pass (1) Pass ?
(1) Bridge Bulletin Standard vs 1NT opener: D.O.N.T.

Your call?

2D 7 100
Pass 7 90
2C 5 80
Moderator: Do you act over the opponent's notrump, and if so, which two suits do you lay claim to? The tie between diamonds and pass was broken in favour of bidding.
Kerri Sanborn: 2D. Over 2S I can try 3C and pray. I know what lead is hitting the table if I don't bid.
Mel Colchamiro: 2C. To pass is inconceivable, and to exclude clubs is not smart.
The Gordons: Pass. Where are the spades? If partner has them, he probably has a bad hand. If the opponents have them, they have a better spot to play.
Stephen Vincent: 2D. The apparent greater flexibility offered by 2C is an illusion: if you bid 2C and start running if doubled the auction will get very confusing.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Something doesn't add up. The spade suit is missing, so either pard has spades or the opponents do. If pard has 5+ spades the chances are less that I find an 8 card fit if I bid. If the opps have spades then acting will invite a takeout double to uncover them.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Either pard has 5 spades or the opps have 8. Neither is good for us.
David Waterman: 2D. Yes, spades is partner's longest suit, but unfortunately he is going to lead one. I will show my freak red two suiter.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Opener's honours lie behind my A/AK. Using DONT may park us in a 4-3 fit at the two level, and we are vulnerable.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Vulnerability and lack of a long suit do not suggest competing.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2D. Facing a possible trump lead, it is preferable to play in a suit where we can maintain control.
Bob Kuz: 2C. Hope we play DONT in the passout seat.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Screwed by the system! I will pass although the inevitable spade lead will put us behind the 8 ball. I want my double back!
Brian Zietman: Pass. Why bid?
Timothy Wright: Pass. Intervening over 1NT with no long suit is unwise.
Roy Bolton: Dbl. Partner won't bid 2S will he?
Amiram Millet: 2D. Aiming at 2D or 2H. Very close to pass.
John Gillespie: 2C. Avoiding the low spade lead against 1NT at all costs.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Takeout, since the D.O.N.T does not apply to the balancing seat.
Beverley Candlish: 2H. I have hearts and two minor suits. If my partner does not have any support in hearts, she can ask what my minor is?
Kf Tung: Dbl. If you find pard with 9+ points you will have a top. If you find pard with 6-8 points you will try 2D over his 2C.

3. IMPs. None vul.
S Q 7   H K 8 7   D K 10   C A J 10 8 5 3  
West North East South  
1H 2H (1) 3H Pass
Pass 4H Pass ?
(1) Michaels cuebid.

Your call?

4S 6 100
5NT 4 80
4NT 3 70
5H 3 70
5D 1 60
5C 0 50
6D 1 50
Pass 1 0
Moderator: The calls are all over the map in this bidding problem!
August Boehm: 4S. Partner's extras are apt to be primarily distributional (6-5) since he could have doubled. My HK will prevent forces. Slam is possible, but speculative.
Larry Cohen: 5NT. Pinochle deck! Partner is driving to game and I have all this? I won't be a pig about a grand, but surely owe partner something to get us to six. He'll likely pick diamonds, and I'll accept 920 or 940 at this form of scoring.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 6D. Obviously partner has six diamonds, five spades, a doubleton club and a heart void.
Barry Rigal: 5H. Far too good for 4S, but 5S and 4NT commit the hand to spades and eventually diamonds. I want to convert 5S to 5NT to offer a choice of slams while a direct 5NT is to play partner's minor at the six level.
The Sutherlins: 5D. Partner has lots of distribution -- at least 6-5 with five spades. So he has at least six diamonds. The HK is wrong-sided. We may make 6D, but we'll settle for a plus.
The Coopers: 4NT. Once we learn what partner's minor is, we'll cuebid 6C, looking for a grand. Partner has a huge hand, almost surely with 12 cards in spades and diamonds. We have three enormous cover cards -- the SQ, the DK and the CA.
Stephen Vincent: 5NT. Hard to imagine where everyone is getting their bids. Partner must have extreme shape with a longer minor: I expect to play 6D but leave open the possibility of 7.
David Walker: 6C. Should have bid 4C first round.
Eurydice Nours: 4NT. To play.
Martin Henneberger: 5C. My plan is to bid 5C here --- a pass or correct bid that will almost certainly be corrected to diamonds to then torture pard with 5S as some sort of distorted ambiguous invite.
Chris Diamond: 4NT. Pulling 5D to 5S to show slam interest I hope.
Bill Angus: 4S. It just seems too weak a hand from me to bid 5H! Opps portray an opener plus likely more than 4 HCP in the 3H response.
David Waterman: 5NT. This may not be unanimous, but I am worth slam in partner's best suit.
Larry Meyer: 4S. West had enough to open, so unlikely we have a slam.
Eugene Chan: 5C. This hand was good enough to double 3H. Now we have an insoluble problem. Continue wimpiness for consistency.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 6S. I would have doubled originally. Now it's time to catch up in a serious way.
Bob Kuz: 6C. I like to bid lots so with a choice between an underbid 4S and the overbid .......
Perry Khakhar: 5C. 5062 Pard? (No DBL so shape rather than values)! Probably makes 6C or 6D. However I am not going to push too hard (I am ahead in the match right?).
Paul Mcmullin: 4S. I hope partner would have started with a double if he has strength for a slam opposite my hand.
Norm Tucker: 5C. Even if pard has diamonds it seems to be our contract; doubling 5H.
Bob Zeller: 4NT. Asking for the minor suit and then bid 5S over expected 5D.
Brian Zietman: 5C. Maybe I will be able to ruff the opening HA lead in dummy. :-)
Timothy Wright: 4S. Partner does not have clubs, so it's better to try for the 10-trick game.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5C. Why did I not bid over 3H? Now I've forced myself into an impossible guess.
Roy Bolton: 6NT. Partner is forcing to game by himself. If we can make 6D or 6S then we can make 6NT from our side.
Maurice Ormon: 5C. Really? I passed over 3H?
Gareth Birdsall: 5H. Pass was absurd.
David Gordon: 4NT. Ask which minor. If clubs raise to 6. If diamonds then pass to protect partner's king.
Amiram Millet: 6S. My diamond holding, the SQ and CA are strong indicators for the slam.
John Gillespie: 4S. I'm guessing 6-5 or 6-6 in the pointed suits with enough to gamble game now that I'm marked with a little something.
Plarq Liu: 4S. I'd rather take 4S over 5D. What, you mean partner has 5 clubs?!
Kf Tung: 4S. 4S will be a good contract. If you bid 5C you will give your partnership a tough test.
Bob Todd: 5H. I will bid 5N over 5S rather than bid 4N then convert to 5S.

4. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S ---   H Q J 9 8 4   D A 9 8 4   C K 10 4 3  
West North East South  
  1S Pass 1NT (1)
Pass 2C Pass ?
(1) Forcing.

Your call?

2H 7 100
2NT 4 80
3C 4 80
Pass 4 70
Moderator: This hand is a classic advertisement for the Bart convention.
Steve Robinson: 3C. Shows a good hand with club support.
Kerri Sanborn: 2NT. Bart anyone? It's potentially right to pass, bid 2H, 2NT or raise. I like my intermediate cards, so I'll go pushy.
Geoff Hampson: Pass. Maybe they will balance into trouble.
The Joyces: 2H. This is an excellent advertisement for the Bart convention which is not included in IYC standard. We would bid 2H because we may be playing in a 4-3 club fit. We have a good hand, and we should do really well if partner has enough to bid again.
Mark Eddy: Pass. This is one reason Forcing NTs are so frustrating. I have to Pass, I suppose. 2NT or 2H seems just silly.
Gilbert Lambert: 2NT. This hand makes me wish I was playing Standard! Some ammunition for Frank Stewart here.
Martin Henneberger: 3C. All bids in SAYC are flawed. Playing Bart would help significantly on this deal. I'm settling on 3C as a default action.
Chris Diamond: 2H. There's probably a convention for this hand.
David Waterman: 3NT. I ran this through my random hand generator - 3NT is the big winner.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Pard may have only 3 clubs, so take it easy.
Eugene Chan: 2H. 2NT is a possibility. But not opposite partner's white vs red opener.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. This hand is just an impossible guess. Time to add Bart to our system notes.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. No BART or similar gadgets so we are left with this silly bid or drop dead 2H. If we are going to game, hopefully partner will shape out and bid his 3 card heart suit.
Norm Tucker: 3C. 3NT is possible.
Brian Zietman: 3H. Now we have a fit, we have game in 5C. But in matchpoints maybe 4H is better so bid 3H on the way.
Timothy Wright: 3C. Alas, in this auction, there is no simple way to show the good club raise versus the ordinary club raise.
Roy Bolton: 3C. 3C is conservative but partner could have a 3 card club holding. If he bids again we will go on to game.
David Gordon: 3C. One club short, but pass is absurd.
Amiram Millet: 2H. Offering a better place with a club tolerance. 4H is still possible.
John Gillespie: 2NT. Balanced shape, shame about the spades.
Plarq Liu: 2H. Sign off.
Beverley Candlish: 2NT. I have 10 HCP's with points in the other three suits and void in spades. The club bid could be a 3 card suit. I feel NT would be the better contract.
Kf Tung: 3C. Bid 4H in case pard can come up with 3 hearts!

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

Your call?

Pass 14 100
2D 2 60
Dbl 3 60
1S 0 50
1H 0 30
1NT 0 30
Moderator: Vulnerable with 4-4 in the majors, do you take immediate action? Or do you play the waiting game?
Mike Lawrence: 2D. Do I finally have a hand where more than one voter chooses Michaels with 4-4 in the majors?
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. I could overcall 1NT but want to try and find a major-suit fit. If partner bids clubs, I'll overbid and bid notrump.
Jill Meyers: Pass. The animal bid would be to bid Michaels.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Michaels is a temptation but let discipline prevail.
Gilbert Lambert: Pass. I will have a better chance to describe my hand at my next turn depending how the bidding will go.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I always lose bidding contests on problems like these as the general concensus is to double. I refuse to act with this hand directly, and have never had an issue catching up later. For me double is ridiculous.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Squirming over 2C by pard is no fun.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Looking for the majors, but if pard responds in clubs, I can rebid NT.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Wimpiness is this month's theme. Remaining consistent!
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1H. I've seen this hand before. I would overcall 1H and make a game try over 2H, whether or not partner tanks.
Perry Khakhar: 1NT. Best lie because I can't pass partner in 2C even if he has a 5 or 6 card suit. This is the best description of my values. Pass is possible but at this vulnerability, partner is unlikely to balance.
Norm Tucker: Dbl. Got to hear from pard.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. If partner bids Clubs I will be able to bid NT and if he bids a major then we are in business.
Timothy Wright: 1S. I would much prefer to pretend that I have a spade suit than to make a so-called takeout double here.
Roy Bolton: Pass. Partner will never know you have this distribution if you make any other bid than pass.
David Gordon: 1S. One spade short. Follow up with a heart bid and then a NT 3rd bid if you can.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Awaiting further bidding.
John Gillespie: 1S. If there is a rest of this auction it will get interesting and my apology is at the ready.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Trap pass, hope I can bid again.
Beverley Candlish: 2D. My bid isn't the conventional bid, however I have 16 HCP's with a void in clubs. I have a huge hand. I would bid 2D and encourage my partner to bid their best major suit.
Kf Tung: 1S. 1S is safe enough while it keeps the path to find your game open.
Bob Todd: 1H. Not expecting a lot of company here.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Don Stack Dbl Pass 4S 2H Pass 490
Jill Meyers Dbl 2C 4S 2H Pass 480
The Joyces Dbl 2D 5NT 2H Pass 480
Barry Rigal Dbl 2D 5H 2H Pass 470
Karen Walker Dbl Pass 4S 2NT Pass 470
Larry Cohen Dbl 2C 5NT 2H Pass 460
The Sutherlins Dbl Pass 5D 2H Pass 450
August Boehm 5H 2D 4S 3C Pass 440
Mel Colchamiro Dbl 2C 5H 3C Pass 430
Geoff Hampson Dbl 2D 4S Pass 2D 430
The Gordons 5H Pass 4S Pass Pass 420
Betty Ann Kennedy 5H 2D 6D 2H Pass 410
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl 2D 5NT Pass Dbl 410
Steve Robinson Dbl Pass 5NT 3C Dbl 410
Kerri Sanborn 5H 2D 5H 2NT Pass 410
Allan Falk 5H 2C 4NT 2NT Pass 390
Mike Lawrence Dbl 2C 4NT 2NT 2D 390
Bridge Baron Dbl Pass Pass 3C Pass 370
The Coopers 5H Pass 4NT Pass Dbl 350

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Michael Dimich Dbl 2D 4S 2H Pass 500 143.50
2.    Paul Sontag Dbl 2C 4S 2H Pass 480 107.63
3.    Norma Doucette Dbl Pass 4S 3C Pass 470 60.99
3.    Ian Greig Dbl Pass 5NT 2H Pass 470 60.99
5.    Mark Eddy Dbl Pass 4S Pass Pass 460 22.76
5.    Stephen Vincent Dbl 2D 5NT 3C Pass 460 22.76
5.    Zoran Peca Dbl 2C 4S 3C Pass 460 22.76
5.    Jim Garnier Dbl 2D 4S 2H 2D 460 22.76
9.    Rod Coote Dbl 2C 4NT 2H Pass 450 15.94
10.    Brad Bart Dbl 2D 4S 2NT Dbl 440 13.70
10.    Eugene Chan Dbl Pass 5C 2H Pass 440 13.70

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Dbl 2C 4S Pass Pass 450 84.00
1.    Claude Vogel (United States) Dbl 2D 5H 3C Pass 450 84.00
1.    Nader Hanna (Canada) Dbl 2C 5H 2H Pass 450 84.00
4.    Chuck Arthur (Canada) Dbl Pass 4NT 2NT Pass 440 26.76
4.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Dbl Pass 5NT Pass Pass 440 26.76
4.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) Dbl Pass 5H 3C Pass 440 26.76
7.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Usa) Dbl Pass 4S 3C Dbl 430 16.00
8.    Timothy Wright (Usa) Dbl Pass 4S 3C 1S 420 13.22
8.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) Dbl Pass 5C 2NT Pass 420 13.22
10.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 5H Pass 4S 2H Dbl 410 10.69
10.    John Gillespie (Canada) Dbl 2C 4S 2NT 1S 410 10.69
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