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TGIF December 2013: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 9 6 5 3   H A 8 7 6 5 3   D A J   C A  
West North East South  
    4C (1) ?
(1) Natural.

Your call?

4H 9 100
Dbl 9 100
Pass 1 50
Moderator: Vulnerable at IMPs, the panel thought it imperative to act with this hand.
August Boehm: Dbl. It's dangerous to act, but it seems more dangerous to pass. Double misses some heart fits but retains flexibility: playing spades or diamonds may be best. So might defending.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 4H. The power of preempts strikes again! This could be costly, but it could be worse if I didn't bid.
Karen Walker: Pass. 4H needs a loaded dummy, and my partners never seem to have those.
Mark Eddy: Pass. Pass is risky; acting seems riskier still. Only the telepathic can act confidently on these cards. Seems like a state-of-the-match action is warranted.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. . . with misgivings.
Martin Henneberger: 4H. 4H has risk but it's not in my blood to pass. Double will become problematic if pard bids diamonds and we correct to hearts to then have them correct to a spade fragment with 3-2-5-3 shape.
Chris Diamond: 4H. This could get ugly but I'm guessing first to bid and second to eliminate spades as a suit.
Bill Angus: 4H. I hate those hands where all courses of action stink. I want to bid here as my hand may hold 3/4 of a vul game (most likely 4H) . It gets pretty ugly when RHO holds HK Q J T and pard holds a 5-card spade suit.
David Waterman: 4H. No other call, surely.
Larry Meyer: 4H. Unless pard feels the need to pull to spades, hearts should be the right strain.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Fortunately my shape is suitable for equal level conversion. With the major suits reversed I would pass.
Bob Kuz: 4H. Obviously any bid including pass could be right. Toss the coin.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Spades may easily be the better spot to play. Somewhat questionable to take action with this defensive hand, but the payoff is significant.
Brian Zietman: 4H. This may be dangerous as the hearts are so poor but I would not like to miss the vulnerable game. I don't like double as partner will invariably take out to diamonds.
Amiram Millet: 4H. It's IMPs and we're vulnerable.
John Gillespie: 4H. I don't want the pointed suits in play with a double and bad breaks likely unless partner bids over this.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Not enough for direct action. Wait for partner.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. East may make the contract but I will leave it up to my partner to takeout with either major suit or leave the double in.
Kf Tung: 4H. You cannot pass, and 4H is better than double.

2. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A J 8 2   H K J 4 3   D 9   C K Q 5 4  
West North East South  
3D Dbl 4D ?

Your call?

Dbl 12 100
4H 7 90
Pass 0 40
4S 0 20
5D 0 20
Moderator: The panel elect to double, but are lukewarm about how it will be taken.
Steve Weinstein: 4H. Can I bid 4D, too? No? OK, I'll try 4H. I'd like to double showing both majors but I think that shows something more like a 2NT rebid. Hopefully partner pulls to 4S on his way to 5C when he doesn't have hearts.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. Want to make sure we get to the right suit. (If by some chance this is a penalty double, then I bid 4H.)
Stephen Vincent: 4H. Not sure how high negative doubles are played here.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. Partner's negative double did not promise both majors and as such I need to express equal length in the majors via a responsive dbl. If I bid 4H, will they know to bid spades with 4-3-2-4 shape?
Chris Diamond: 4H. I'd like to have agreements like they can't play 4D undoubled (and so double is responsive) but I don't think we have, so I'm guessing again.
Bill Angus: 4H. Not good enough for 5D.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Responsive double asking pard to bid his better major.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. I like to bid 4S in these situations, leaving 5H in reserve. Also, 4H could be awkward when partner has spades and clubs, if playing kickback.
Bob Kuz: Dbl. Partner will bid a major or pass with some diamond cards.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. Partner has shown a decent 10+ hand under pressure, with two places to play. A free bid in the lowest suit is all that I am worth here. I am afraid that dbl may not be responsive.
Brian Zietman: 4H. Without the 3D bid, I could have shown both majors with 4D. If he hasn't got hearts maybe partner will bid spades?
Roy Bolton: Dbl. Double should be for the majors, not penalty.
David Gordon: Dbl. North's dbl does not promise both majors therefore South's dbl is responsive.
Amiram Millet: 4S. 5S might be the par score.
John Gillespie: 4H. 4H or 4S is where I expect the field to be and this will get us there.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Responsive double. Let partner choose the major.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. My partner is asking me to pick a major suit. I would bid the lowest suit.
Kf Tung: 4H. Pard may have 4 spades and 5 hearts.

3. IMPs. None vul.
S A J 8 4 2   H Q 7   D A 10 8 4 3   C 8  
West North East South  
5C 5S 6C ?

Your call?

Pass 11 100
Dbl 7 90
6D 1 50
6S 0 40
Moderator: Is pass forcing? Or is it showing no clear action? Regardless, it feels like passing the buck.
Allan Falk: Pass. It is not clear what's going on, but my two aces may be only one defensive trick, so I'm not going to step in front of partner.
Don Stack: Dbl. This hand has plenty of losers, so 6S is remote. It is possible that 6C is making, but I cannot pass with two aces in hand and no interest in 6S except as a sacrifice.
The Gordons: 6D. Partner needs a lead against 7C.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Let partner make the final mistake.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. We are guessing at a high level. Pass is not forcing as it's unclear if pard bid 5S to make, as a distributional 2-way shot, or as a sack our way. They could be cold for 6 or 7 with a club-heart fit, but I'm still doubling. A non forcing pass is probably right.
Chris Diamond: Pass. A forcing pass, I hope. The shape isn't quite enough to bid slam and it seems the opponents wouldn't mind it.
Bill Angus: Pass. I have neither more nor less info than pard can infer from my opener and opps bidding. Pard still has captaincy of the auction.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Tell pard I have no extras, expecting pard to bid on or double.
Michael Dimich: 6D. East has some clubs, excellent hearts and a spade void. A 6D lead director is mandatory.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. This is not clear cut, but with shape and aces it is usually best not to discourage partner.
Bob Kuz: Dbl. I will be happy to beat it 1 or 2, voids can mess things up. Heck we could be sacking.
Perry Khakhar: 6D. We are in a forcing pass sequence, so in order to not have to pass and pull, we need to take action.
Paul Mcmullin: 6S. Outside source of tricks in diamonds.
Brian Zietman: 6S. Uncharted territory here. Who knows what to do in these situations?
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. This should be forcing.
Roy Bolton: Dbl. A pass would suggest more than you have.
David Gordon: Dbl. Dbl should show 1 or more club losers here.
Amiram Millet: 6S. Partner can decide if 7S is feasible.
John Gillespie: Dbl. I've been -1090 before.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Guessing game: I pass. Forcing.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. I would leave it up to my partner to make the decision.
Kf Tung: Dbl. You would have passed 5S. Tell pard that you prefer to defend 6C doubled rather than bid more.

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

Your call?

4S 11 100
Dbl 8 90
5C 0 40
4NT 0 20
Moderator: When in doubt, bid 4S over 4H.
Mike Lawrence: Dbl. If partner bids spades (a miracle), I raise to 6S. If he bids 5D, I bid 6C. If he bids 5C, I bid 6C. If he passes, it probably means he has two hearts, in which case defending may be best.
Steve Robinson: 4S. Isn't 4H a transfer to 4S? Hopefully partner knows that this is an average spade holding in this auction and won't pass with a singleton.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. I feel we have a slam here but how to find it?
Martin Henneberger: 4S. I will bid what looks to be the lowest level game. I can't predict 5C will be better or that we have some makeable slam.
Chris Diamond: 4S. Bid the cheapest game. It doesn't have to end the auction.
Larry Meyer: 4S. The auction seems to suggest that pard has an opener with at least 3 spades.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4NT. Bidding 4NT on the way to 5S implies better tolerance for the other suits.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. The suit is good enough to play opposite K-x so I should suggest it. New suit freely bid will get us to the slam if we have one. My two hearts say NO!
Brian Zietman: Dbl. Leaving all options open.
Roy Bolton: 4S. Partner can always go back to 5C.
David Gordon: Dbl. Responsive.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. The best way to find if we have a slam.
John Gillespie: 5H. My guess of 6 choices as the best one to backdoor a spade slam if it is better.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Strength showing.
Kf Tung: 4S. . . a better contract than 5C. You will find partner with a good opening hand with club suit and spade support.

5. IMPs. Both vul.
S A Q   H A J 6 5 2   D 10 8 5 4   C J 2  
West North East South  
Pass Pass 1S Pass
1NT Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 14 100
2H 2 60
Dbl 3 60
Moderator: The panel felt that the risks of bidding outweigh the rewards.
Kerri Sanborn: Pass. Too much risk for too little reward. Who is to say we can't beat 1NT anyway?
The Coopers: Dbl. We have a tad too much playing strength to pass. We do not have to go gently into that good night.
Don Stack: 2H. If the heart suit had been A-J-10-9-x, we probably would have overcalled originally. The actual hand is reasonably close, so now, nothing ventured nothing gained. Balancing is not without risk, but it is a reasonable bid.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Any bid is like putting your head on a chopping block.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Some fights aren't worth fighting. The risk reward ratio is massively one sided. Bidding here is suicidal and will knock you down a flight looking for new teammates.
Chris Diamond: Pass. IMPs hot with a passed pard: not really conducive for risking a big number.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Pard could not open, half of my 12 HCP are in their suit, so pass this misfit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. If partner is renowned for his opening leads then maybe I should leave this be. There is no particular expectation of a heart fit here.
Bob Kuz: Pass. If we can make game then we should get 300 or 400 for a small possible loss.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. At this vulnerability, I wish to be in the safest place to play (equal level conversions). There may be no safe place but this hand is the minimum for a balance.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. Hopefully partner will bid hearts. And if not then diamonds. And if clubs, well, too bad.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. . . since I passed first time around. 2H immediately would probably have been safer.
Roy Bolton: Pass. It's not matchpoints and partner is a passed hand.
Amiram Millet: Pass. It's not the right time for any other act.
John Gillespie: 2H. Will likely shut LHO up but that may be a bad thing.
Paul Hardy: Dbl. This week's poll looks like dbl trouble with a pass for good measure.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Reopening, hope partner has something to bid.
Kf Tung: Pass. You have a chance for +100 by passing so why do you want to stick your neck out?

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Betty Ann Kennedy 4H Dbl Pass 4S Pass 500
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl Dbl Pass 4S Pass 500
Mel Colchamiro 4H Dbl Pass 4S Pass 500
August Boehm Dbl Dbl Pass Dbl Pass 490
Jill Meyers 4H Dbl Dbl 4S Pass 490
The Sutherlins 4H Dbl Pass Dbl Pass 490
Larry Cohen 4H 4H Dbl 4S Pass 480
Barry Rigal 4H 4H Pass Dbl Pass 480
Kerri Sanborn Dbl Dbl Dbl Dbl Pass 480
The Joyces 4H 4H Dbl 4S Pass 480
Steve Weinstein Dbl 4H Pass Dbl Pass 480
Geoff Hampson Dbl Dbl Dbl Dbl Pass 480
Allan Falk 4H Dbl Pass 4S Dbl 460
Steve Robinson Dbl 4H Pass 4S 2H 450
The Coopers Dbl Dbl Pass Dbl Dbl 450
The Gordons 4H Dbl 6D 4S Pass 450
Mike Lawrence Dbl Dbl Dbl Dbl Dbl 440
Karen Walker Pass 4H Pass 4S Pass 440
Don Stack Dbl 4H Dbl 4S 2H 440

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Gilbert Lambert 4H Dbl Pass 4S Pass 500 110.25
1.    Norma Doucette Dbl Dbl Pass 4S Pass 500 110.25
1.    Larry Meyer 4H Dbl Pass 4S Pass 500 110.25
4.    Martin Henneberger 4H Dbl Dbl 4S Pass 490 25.11
4.    Chris Diamond 4H 4H Pass 4S Pass 490 25.11
4.    Diana Jing Dbl Dbl Dbl 4S Pass 490 25.11
4.    Alan Kemp-Gee Dbl 4H Pass 4S Pass 490 25.11
4.    Brian Stone Dbl Dbl Dbl 4S Pass 490 25.11
4.    Paul Sontag 4H Dbl Dbl 4S Pass 490 25.11
4.    Joel Martineau Dbl 4H Pass 4S Pass 490 25.11
11.    Stephen Vincent Dbl 4H Pass Dbl Pass 480 12.81
11.    David Schmidt Dbl 4H Dbl 4S Pass 480 12.81

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Dbl Dbl Pass 4S Pass 500 76.13
1.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 4H Dbl Pass 4S Pass 500 76.13
1.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 4H Dbl Pass 4S Pass 500 76.13
4.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 4H Dbl Dbl 4S Pass 490 27.91
4.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 4H Dbl Dbl 4S Pass 490 27.91
6.    Kf Tung (China) 4H 4H Dbl 4S Pass 480 13.85
6.    Janet Galbraith (Canada) Dbl 4H Dbl 4S Pass 480 13.85
6.    Claude Vogel (United States) 4H 4H Dbl 4S Pass 480 13.85
6.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) 4H Dbl Dbl Dbl Pass 480 13.85
10.    Susan Julius (Canada) Dbl Dbl Dbl 4S 2H 450 8.91
10.    Paul Janicki (Canada) 4H Dbl Dbl 4S 2H 450 8.91
10.    Paul Hardy (Canada) Dbl Dbl Pass Dbl Dbl 450 8.91
10.    Li Zhaow (China) Dbl Dbl Dbl 4S 2H 450 8.91
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