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TGIF February 2014: Scores

1. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S 4   H A 5   D A 10 8 7 3   C A K 10 8 3  
West North East South  
2H (1) Pass 3H ?
(1) Weak two-bid.

Your call?

4NT 10 100
3NT 3 60
4C 3 60
4D 1 50
Pass 0 30
Moderator: On this problem, the panel were faced with a minor dilemma.
Steve Weinstein: 4NT. . . not happily. If they had raised to 4H, I would feel like 4NT was automatic. In this auction, I am less certain, but I don't want to be minus 140 when we're cold for slam.
Larry Cohen: 3NT. Hopefully, partner won't get us to spades (he should have at least 6 if he does). Good partners will have enough for me to run one of the minors. Great partners will have enough for me to make nine or more tricks.
Kerri Sanborn: 4C. I would like to bid an unusual 4NT, but the five-level is too high - too many losers. 3NT could work, but it is 'out there'.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Maybe partner will be able to reopen. You can be sure that anything you say will elicit a spade call from partner.
Craig T. Wilson: Dbl. Will bid 4C when partner bids 3S.
Anssi Rantamaa: Dbl. When partner bids spades, correct to 4D and hope partner figures it out.
Monica Angus: Pass. Hope we can beat this but not sure enough of that to dbl. Don't think we can make a game and pard might be enticed to bid game if I bid 4C.
Jake Grabow: 4NT. For either minor.
Brooke Wheelan: 4D. . . followed by 5C if I get a chance.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Try for the most likely game.
Stuart Carr: 4NT. I hope 4NT shows the minors.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Take our plus, maybe even +200. Any bid now could easily get us overboard.
Bob Kuz: 4NT. Since 3NT is to play, I have no convienient way to show my hand, might as well get to the right strain even if the wrong level.
Norm Tucker: 3NT. What's your best minor partner?
Mike Roberts: 4NT. Hopefully worth overbidding to get to the right strain.
Brian Zietman: 4NT. No point in doubling as partner will bid spades.
Timothy Wright: 4NT. While partner could have long but poor spades, it is more likely that she has 2 hearts and 5 or fewer spades.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4NT. Both minors. Maybe too high, but probably better than defending.
Maurice Ormon: 4NT. Of COURSE partner knows I have the minors!
Gareth Birdsall: Pass. If we can make something then we have a good chance of going +200 on defence.
Chris Diamond: 4NT. Nobody likes minors but bidding 3N here is too tough.
David Gordon: 4NT. Minors.
Amiram Millet: 4NT. Asking for a minor. They might have a spade fit and we may have a minor slam.
Joel Forssell: 4NT. Minors.
John Gillespie: Pass. The only plus I'm confident in is right here.
Plarq Liu: 4NT. I don't really want to double, how about unusual notrump?
Beverley Candlish: 4C. If I double and partner bids spades, what will I do?
Kf Tung: Pass. You may collect +100 so why stick your neck out?
Bob Todd: 3NT. Pass, 3N and 4N are reasonable. Further bidding is a problem over 3N.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 9   H Q 5   D Q 10 8 6 4 3   C K 6 5 3  
West North East South  
  1H 2C Pass
3C Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

4D 10 100
4C 3 70
5D 1 70
3D 3 60
3H 0 50
4H 0 50
Pass 0 40
3NT 0 30
Moderator: Most of the panel strive for the vulnerable game on this deal.
Geoff Hampson: 3D. I have a pretty good hand, but need too much to leap in diamonds. Hopefully partner has a 3H correction that I can raise.
Daniel Korbel: 4C. What a hand we have! It's close for me between 4C and 5D, offering partner a choice. Partner will bid any suit in which he has extra length (4D for 4+ diamonds, 4H with 6+ hearts, 4S with 4 spades). I will pass 4H but convert 4S to 5D.
Mel Colchamiro: 4D. I have three big assets: the two red queens and the singleton spade. But it's really a guess as to how many aces partner has. We're vulnerable at IMPs, so I push slightly.
Stephen Vincent: 4D. Time to show some signs of life.
Jake Grabow: 3D. Pass and lead HQ is tempting - bidding our long suits gives partner the possibility to advance or describe the hand further or sign off in 3H.
Brooke Wheelan: 3D. Partner likely 6-4-3 or similiar great playing potential.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Tell pard about my long suit and weak hand.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. Partner is pre-balancing on 4540 or 4531, so he didn't guarantee a monster. We definitely have some chance of game if the diamonds behave. Unfortunately my original pass is a big red flag, meaning the opps won't be afraid to double if 4H is wrong.
Bob Kuz: Pass. The LAW says they should be 1 or 2 down, depending if we can make 10 or 11 tricks so I will take a plus.
Norm Tucker: 3D. The only sensible bid.
Mike Roberts: 4D. Not really sure how hearts is going to play, but diamonds should just be top losers.
Brian Zietman: 3D. Partner probably has 4-5-4-0 so we are headed for 5D or 6D.
Timothy Wright: 4D. Leaving the double in is not an option.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4D. Partner can raise with a max or invite slam with a supermax.
Gareth Birdsall: 4D. If partner is void in diamonds we could easily have game so 3D is too pessimistic.
Chris Diamond: 3H. HQ makes hearts better than an open ended 4D call.
David Gordon: 3D. Partner has extra values and short clubs. You have enough to bid 3D in response.
Amiram Millet: 5D. A good fit and it's IMPs and Vul.
Beverley Candlish: 4D. . . to let my partner know I have around 9 points and 6 diamonds.
Kf Tung: 3D. You have good diamonds. 3D will make if pard passes, and if he bids 3S then you can propose 3N.

3. IMPs. Both vul.
S A K J 10 7 6   H K Q 8 3   D K 4   C 3  
West North East South  
Pass 1NT (1) Pass ?
(1) One-round force..

Your call?

2H 11 100
3H 3 80
3S 2 80
4S 1 70
2S 0 40
Moderator: The age-old choice of rebidding the 6-card spade suit or the 4-card heart suit. The panel tries to survive one round of the auction.
Jill Meyers: 3S. I hate bypassing my four-card heart suit, but I don't have enough to jump shift, and I am concerned that if I bid at the two level, it will go all pass.
Steve Robinson: 3H. Vulnerable at IMPs, you can overbid in order to get to a bad game. 3H does not promise five hearts, and partner can bid 3S to find out how many hearts I have.
The Sutherlins: 2H. Not good enough to jump shift. A 3S bid misses a good vulnerable game when partner has one or no spades and four hearts.
Stephen Vincent: 2H. Hoping partner will strain to keep the bidding open.
Jake Grabow: 3H. . . game forcing, bringing the second suit into play - aiming for major or NT game.
Brooke Wheelan: 3H. . . if forcing; if not 4S.
Larry Meyer: 3H. This hand is worth an upgrade to jump-shift strength.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. Just make your normal bid. Sure this loses when partner passes with 13(54), but it gains when partner can raise hearts.
Bob Kuz: 3H. A bad hand for standard bidding.
Norm Tucker: 2S. Such a lovely suit.
Mike Roberts: 3H. Ugh. 3S is the right value bid, but I can't ignore the heart(s) in February.
Brian Zietman: 3H. Not missing game with this beauty.
Timothy Wright: 2H. 3H is a gross overbid here. If partner runs to 3C, rebidding 3S should be all right, but 2H might be the last making contract.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2H. . . and I'll go on with this hand over any answer but pass, selling it as a max 6-4 majors.
Chris Diamond: 3H. Saw this or very similar before. The arguments for a strong jump shift are good.
Amiram Millet: 3H. The hand is stronger than its HCP.
John Gillespie: 3S. Best on values. 2H and 3H are under- and over-bids.
Plarq Liu: 3S. Strength showing.
Beverley Candlish: 3S. With my singleton club, a 6 card spade suit and 16 HCP's, I would jump to 3S.
Kf Tung: 3H. Very good if pard bids 4H, otherwise you will end up in 4S.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A   H K J 6 5 4 3   D 10 4 2   C J 8 7  
West North East South  
  1C 1D 1H
1S Pass Pass 2H
2S Pass Pass ?

Your call?

3C 10 100
Dbl 5 80
Pass 1 60
2NT 1 50
Moderator: The panel balance a second time with these cards: the majority with 3C; the minority with double.
August Boehm: 3C. We should have an eight-card fit in either hearts or clubs. If partner has one heart, he holds five clubs, assuming that with 1-4-4-4, he opens 1D.
Roger Lee: Dbl. If partner sits this out, he'll probably be 4-1-3-5 with decent spades, and we'll have reasonable chances on defense. If he pulls to 3C or 3H, I'm not unhappy.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. I've described my hand and feel I've done enough. The diamond holding in particular is suspect.
Jake Grabow: Dbl. Takeout.
Brooke Wheelan: 3C. No defence, some offence.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. It is our hand - protect pard in case he has good defense for spades.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Doubling them for down 1 doesn't protect our plus. I'm not bidding 3H on this pile of trash, so hopefully we can't make 2H either.
Bob Kuz: Dbl. The modern day 'do something intelligent partner' because I can't.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Extras, competitive.
Brian Zietman: 3H. Hello partner. Are you there? Wake up please.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. This is a Spike Lee double--do the right thing, partner.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3C. Partner should correct to hearts on a doubleton (preferably with an honour).
Maurice Ormon: Dbl. Do the right thing partner.
Chris Diamond: 2NT. Not quite sure what this means except I want to compete more.
David Gordon: 3C. North is now marked for a minimum of 4 clubs.
Amiram Millet: 3C. I hope to punish 3S.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. We want partner to bid something.
Beverley Candlish: 3C. No one is vulnerable. My partner opened the bidding, I have 3 clubs so will compete to 3C. It could be that partner is sitting with 4 or 5 spades.
Kf Tung: 3C. Give me +110!

5. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S Q 8 5 3   H K 5   D K 5 3   C A J 10 5  
West North East South  
    1C Pass
Pass Dbl Pass 2NT
Pass 3H Pass ?

Your call?

3S 7 100
3NT 5 90
4C 5 80
4H 0 50
Moderator: What does partner have for this auction?
Betty Ann Kennedy: 3S. I've already said I have a balanced hand with opening points, so 3S is forcing.
Mike Lawrence: 3NT. This auction should show a good hand from North. If he has a weak double, he just passes 2NT.
Barry Rigal: 4C. Finally, an easy one! If we cannot cuebid here, when can we? We showed up to a minimum opening and partner is unlimited. By the way, spades can't be our trump suit. Partner would cuebid 3C with both majors, even if he was 4-5 in spades and hearts.
Stephen Vincent: 3NT. 3NT is so often the right contract.
Jake Grabow: 3NT. 3S would make a notrump game unlikely.
Brooke Wheelan: Pass. Partner has already bid my hand, no need to punish him/her.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Pard's hearts will still take tricks in notrump.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. Seriously... what else?
Bob Kuz: 3NT. At both 3 level contracts the same tricks will be taken.
Norm Tucker: 3NT. Should be do-able; my hearts not enough for heart game.
Mike Roberts: 3S. Can't partner still have 4 spades?
Brian Zietman: 3NT. Not missing 3NT at matchpoints.
Timothy Wright: 4H. Why did I bury my spade suit by bidding 2NT? Now we're almost out of room, and I have to guess--3S or 3NT could be right.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3NT. Probably best contract.
Chris Diamond: 3NT. Still looks NTish.
David Gordon: 3S. Pard's 3H bid should be forcing. Since you forgot to show your spades on the first round you can show them now.
Amiram Millet: 4C. Showing a club control for hearts. Looking for a slam.
Plarq Liu: 3S. Describe my hand naturally.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. I described my hand. Partner doubled and bid 3H. It is obvious she wants to play in hearts.
Kf Tung: 3S. You have 4 spades, and you pass the buck back for pard to decide on 3N, 4H or 4S.
Bob Todd: 3S. . . in case partner is 6-4 and slammish.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Betty Ann Kennedy 4NT 4D 2H Dbl 3S 480
Steve Robinson 4NT 4D 3H 3C 3S 480
Don Stack 4NT 4D 3H 3C 3NT 470
Larry Cohen 3NT 4D 2H 3C 3S 460
Mike Lawrence 4NT 4D 2H Pass 3NT 450
Jeff Meckstroth 4C 4D 2H 3C 3NT 450
Steve Weinstein 4NT 4C 2H Dbl 3S 450
Allan Falk 4NT 3D 2H Dbl 3S 440
Daniel Korbel 4NT 4C 3H 3C 3NT 440
August Boehm 4D 4D 2H 3C 4C 430
Jill Meyers 4C 4D 3S 3C 3NT 430
Barry Rigal 4NT 4D 2H 2NT 4C 430
Roger Lee 4NT 4C 2H Dbl 4C 430
The Sutherlins 3NT 3D 2H 3C 3S 420
Geoff Hampson 4NT 3D 2H Dbl 4C 420
Kerri Sanborn 4C 5D 3S 3C 3S 410
Mel Colchamiro 3NT 4D 4S 3C 4C 410

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Jacky Wang 4NT 3D 2H 3C 3NT 450 137.81
1.    Jack Qi 4NT 3D 2H 3C 3NT 450 137.81
3.    Brad Bart 4NT 5D 2H Dbl 3NT 440 47.91
3.    Steve Ottridge 4NT 5D 3H 3C 3NT 440 47.91
3.    Yue Su 4NT 3D 2H Dbl 3S 440 47.91
3.    Kai Zhou 4NT 4D 2H Pass 4C 440 47.91
7.    Dave Gabel 4NT 3D 3H 3C 3NT 430 22.50
8.    Stuart Carr 4NT 5D 2H 2NT 3NT 410 18.59
8.    Jake Grabow 4NT 3D 3H Dbl 3NT 410 18.59
10.    Rod Coote 4NT 3H 3S Dbl 3NT 400 14.40
10.    Michael Dimich 3NT 4D 3S Pass 3S 400 14.40
10.    Joel Martineau 4D 3D 2H 3C 3NT 400 14.40

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 4NT 4D 2H 3C 3NT 490 119.00
2.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 4NT 4D 3S 3C 3NT 470 89.25
3.    Mike Roberts (United States) 4NT 4D 3H Dbl 3S 460 41.65
3.    Janet Galbraith (Canada) 4NT 4D 2H Pass 3S 460 41.65
3.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4NT 3D 2H 3C 3S 460 41.65
6.    David Gordon (Canada) 4NT 3D 3H 3C 3S 440 16.23
6.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 4NT 3D 2H Dbl 3S 440 16.23
6.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 4NT 3D 2H Dbl 3S 440 16.23
6.    Claude Vogel (United States) 4NT 4D 3H Dbl 4C 440 16.23
10.    Amiram Millet (Israel) 4NT 5D 3H 3C 4C 430 10.06
10.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 4NT 3D 3S 3C 3NT 430 10.06
10.    Timothy Wright (Usa) 4NT 4D 2H Dbl 4H 430 10.06
10.    Jj Choi (Korea) 4NT 3D 2H Dbl 3NT 430 10.06
10.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) Pass 4D 2H 3C 3S 430 10.06
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