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TGIF May 2014: Scores

1. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S K 9   H K Q J 6 2   D K 7 5   C K J 4  
West North East South  
  Pass 2S (1) ?
(1) Weak.

Your call?

3H 12 100
Dbl 4 80
2NT 2 60
Pass 0 50
Moderator: While several of the panelists have flitting thoughts of a takeout double, most go with the mainstream 3H.
Larry Cohen: 3H. I don't like this hand for notrump because of the inability to hold up in spades. I'd need a tad more to double and then bid 3H. So, by process of elimination, it's 3H.
Mike Lawrence: 2NT. Slightly more descriptive than double or 3H. It might be right to pass. Really an awkward hand!
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. With only SK x, it feels like we belong in a suit contract.
Roger Lee: 3H. Normally I would double with this shape and strength since it works well with lebensohl, but the hearts are good enough to just bid them.
Adam Melzak: Dbl. 3H seems both unilateral and understrength while an aceless 2N is fraught. I don't like double that much either.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. You pretty much have to say something at pairs and double is most flexible. NT requires very specific cards from a passed partner and 3H is too unilateral.
Jongseok Oh: 3H. We have the high cards for 2NT, but no aces.
Larry Meyer: Pass. No aces or 10s, 3 quacks, no source of tricks, and inability to hold up in NT when spades are led.
Yue Su: 3H. Say partner has 2 aces, 3N cannot be made but 4H has some chance.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. The least ugly bid. I want the lead coming into my hand.
Ian Greig: 3H. Should get me to game when one is available and feels like the best way to avoid getting doubled when our three-level contracts are one off.
Bob Kuz: Dbl. If partner bids 2NT I will pass 3 of a minor. If partner bids a minor then I get hearts in and when he then bids 3S, I get my stopper in.
Mike Roberts: 3H. Too good a suit to bid 2NT, not good enough for double then 3H.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. 2NT and 3H are both good bids as well. Difficult to choose between the 3.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. . . better than 3H here, because we play Lebensohl. Over a constructive 3-of-a-minor response, I can try for 3NT.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3H. Need help anyway. The point count is deceptive here.
David Gordon: 3H. It's ok to be maximum once in a while.
Amiram Millet: 3H. Usually, hearts will be better than NT.
Joel Forssell: 2NT. . . 16-18; 3H too one-way and nondescriptive; diamonds remains an option.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. I want to try my luck in bidding.
Beverley Candlish: 3H. I don't want to touch NT with only one possible stopper in spades.
Kf Tung: 3H. RHO has given you some pressure. Tell everyone that you want -100, +140 or +620. Pass the pressure onto your LHO!

2. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S A 8 4 2   H A Q 4 3   D 8   C A K 9 6  
West North East South  
Pass 1D Pass 1H
Pass 2C Pass ?

Your call?

2S 14 100
Pass 4 70
2NT 0 50
3NT 0 40
Moderator: Most of the panel inch towards game with the pattern bid of 2S.
Allan Falk: Pass. This hand is on the cusp of being worth another bid, but at matchpoints, stretching for a thin game is wrong. Even at IMPs, without some spade and heart texture, another bid is probably going to lead to a minus score.
Barry Rigal: 2S. I don't know where we are going, so I cannot commit our side to a strain, but I'll let partner make that decision for us. Rebidding 2NT is fine also - but curiously, this might play better from partner's side. Funny how often partners tell me that.
Adam Melzak: Pass. Partner didn't bid 3C at either turn so I would guess game is unlikely, while not impossible.
Stephen Vincent: 2S. Bidding out your pattern.
Jongseok Oh: 2NT. Invitational.
David Waterman: 2S. Why not 2S? It is a perfect description.
Larry Meyer: Pass. No source of tricks, unlikely I can make use of pard's diamonds, so just take the plus.
Yue Su: 2S. Tell my partner my shape/strength and let him decide. 3NT is better played from his side anyways.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. Partner can now bid NT with a half-stopper (or we may find our Moysian).
Bob Kuz: Pass. Hope my opponents know how to balance.
Norm Tucker: Pass. Partner's choice.
Mike Roberts: 2S. I almost passed, but it's too pure.
Brian Zietman: 2S. I need a stopper from partner in spades before I can safely continue to 3NT.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. One more try for a non-absolute minimum.
David Gordon: 2NT. The 2C bid suggests that responder does not have 4 spades. With 4 spades and longer diamonds and a weak hand you might have heard an initial 1S response.
Amiram Millet: 2S. 3NT or 5C is still possible.
Joel Forssell: 3NT. Bid what you think you can make.
Plarq Liu: 2S. 4th suit GF.
Beverley Candlish: 2NT. Partner's hand is not that strong and I don't know the strength of her diamonds.

3. IMPs. Both vul.
S K Q 4 2   H A K Q 9 7 6   D J 10   C 9  
West North East South  
Pass 1S 2D ?

Your call?

4S 11 100
4C 5 90
3S 2 70
3D 0 50
Moderator: How do we love partner's 1S? With unbounded enthusiasm.
The Sutherlins: 4S. . . because it sends the message that we have game values but no diamond control. We expect partner to make a move with two aces, including a diamond control.
Geoff Hampson: 4S. I would hate to miss game by bidding only 3S when just the SA makes game pretty good.
Wafik Abdou: 4C. I will use Blackwood over a diamond cuebid and respect 4S if partner bids it.
Adam Melzak: 3D. Is 4C a splinter here? And, if so, would I bid it? A little too heavy and space wasting.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Let pard know that we have at least a game, maybe slam.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. Slam could make opposite a hand such as SA x x x H3 x DK x CA x x x x.
Norm Tucker: 2S. Easy does it.
Mike Roberts: 4C. Boy, I hope the hearts run.
Brian Zietman: 4S. Losing two diamonds and one club. Hopefully this will prevent a minor suit sacrifice.
Timothy Wright: 3D. If we have slam, it would be more likely to be in spades (with hearts providing discards).
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. Wouldn't a diamond cue from partner be nice?
David Gordon: 4C. 4S has good play with as little as SA x x x and out. Show your club shortness along the way. You have a 3D bid for a spade raise with more high cards.
Amiram Millet: 4C. They might have a good save of 5D.
Joel Forssell: 4S. Bid what you think you can make.
Plarq Liu: 4C. Splinter.
Beverley Candlish: 3S. Invitational.
Kf Tung: 4S. You like 4S even when partner gives you a minimum hand.
Chuck Arthur: 4H. Showing 4-6 in the majors.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S ---   H 9 4   D A K J 5 4   C A K J 10 9 2  
West North East South  
Pass Pass Pass ?

Your call?

1C 18 100
1D 0 40
2C 0 30
Moderator: A completely unanimous poll among the panel. They take the natural approach.
Adam Melzak: 1D. And then clubs and more clubs.
Stephen Vincent: 1C. Someone's bound to find a call over this.
Jongseok Oh: 1C. . . and then reverse.
Monica Angus: 4NT. Game forcing in the minors.
Larry Meyer: 1C. Just like I would open this hand in any other seat.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. Hope partner can provide a trick and a half.
Norm Tucker: 1C. I can show this powerhouse by bidding diamonds next.
Mike Roberts: 1C. I wouldn't mind an offbeat action like 5C, but why not describe my hand?
Brian Zietman: 2C. Where have all the spades and hearts gone? Have to create the impression of a very strong hand with a view to game in a minor.
Timothy Wright: 1C. . . followed by 2 rounds of diamond bids.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1C. I am willing to bid even 4D over interference.
David Gordon: 1C. You can follow up with a few diamond bids to show your hand.
Amiram Millet: 1C. Too strong for anything else.
Joel Forssell: 1C. Pass is an option I guess. :)
Plarq Liu: 1C. Bid my long suit first.
Beverley Candlish: 2C. I want to scare off the opposition from finding a major.
Kf Tung: 1C. No one wants to go quickly and starting with 1C will give you the best pacing.

5. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S K Q 7 4 2   H A 9 8 7 3   D K Q   C 6  
West North East South  
Pass 1D Pass 1S
Pass 2D Pass ?

Your call?

2H 17 100
3H 1 80
4H 0 40
Moderator: Once again, too easy.
Adam Melzak: 2H. A new suit is foring is it not? If so, why distort?
Jongseok Oh: 3H. Forcing with 5/5.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Bid out my shape.
Yue Su: 2H. 3H=Splinter, 4H=keycard, 5H=exclusion, so I guess 6H is natural?
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. If partner thinks this is a splinter bid then at least he won't pass.
Bob Kuz: 2H. This is forcing. Period.
Norm Tucker: 3H. Partner can bid any game he chooses.
Mike Roberts: 2H. Still forcing (isn't it?).
Brian Zietman: 3H. I want to play in game - preferably in a major but if not then 5D.
Timothy Wright: 2H. I don't want to jump here because I can raise 3D to 4D next round.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3H. Game forcing!
David Gordon: 2H. Which ever heart bid (2H or 3H) is forcing in your system is the bid you should make.
Amiram Millet: 3H. 4H might be the par score.
Joel Forssell: 3H. 5-5? Forcing I hope.
Plarq Liu: 3H. 5-5 in major.
Beverley Candlish: 3H. If partner bids 4D, I will go to 5D.
Kf Tung: 2H. Step carefully to find the correct strain.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
August Boehm 3H 2S 4S 1C 2H 500
Betty Ann Kennedy 3H 2S 4S 1C 2H 500
Steve Robinson 3H 2S 4S 1C 2H 500
Mel Colchamiro 3H 2S 4S 1C 2H 500
Steve Weinstein 3H 2S 4S 1C 2H 500
Geoff Hampson 3H 2S 4S 1C 2H 500
Daniel Korbel 3H 2S 4S 1C 2H 500
Roger Lee 3H 2S 4S 1C 2H 500
Jill Meyers 3H 2S 4C 1C 2H 490
Don Stack 3H 2S 4C 1C 2H 490
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl 2S 4S 1C 2H 480
Larry Cohen 3H 2S 3S 1C 2H 470
Allan Falk 3H Pass 4S 1C 2H 470
Mike Lawrence 2NT 2S 4C 1C 2H 450
Barry Rigal Dbl 2S 3S 1C 2H 450
The Sutherlins Dbl Pass 4S 1C 2H 450
Kerri Sanborn 2NT Pass 4C 1C 2H 420
Wafik Abdou Dbl Pass 4C 1C 3H 420

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Brad Bart Dbl 2S 4S 1C 2H 480 134.75
1.    Laurence Betts 3H 2S 4S 1C 3H 480 134.75
3.    Stephen Vincent Dbl 2S 4C 1C 2H 470 41.87
3.    David Walker 3H 2S 4C 1C 3H 470 41.87
3.    David Schmidt 3H 2S 3S 1C 2H 470 41.87
3.    Yue Su 3H 2S 3S 1C 2H 470 41.87
3.    Ian Greig 3H Pass 4S 1C 2H 470 41.87
8.    Rod Coote Dbl 2S 3S 1C 2H 450 17.25
8.    Gilbert Lambert 3H 2S 3S 1C 3H 450 17.25
8.    Silvana Trotter Dbl 2S 3S 1C 2H 450 17.25
11.    Michael Dimich 3H Pass 3S 1C 2H 440 13.42
11.    Peggy Lacasse 3H 3NT 4S 1C 2H 440 13.42

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Kf Tung (China) 3H 2S 4S 1C 2H 500 101.06
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3H 2S 4S 1C 2H 500 101.06
3.    Mike Roberts (Ohio) 3H 2S 4C 1C 2H 490 49.09
3.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 3H 2S 4C 1C 2H 490 49.09
5.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 3H 2S 3S 1C 2H 470 17.22
5.    Amiram Millet (Israel) 3H 2S 4C 1C 3H 470 17.22
5.    Janet Galbraith (Canada) 3H 2S 3S 1C 2H 470 17.22
5.    Claude Vogel (United States) Dbl 2S 4C 1C 2H 470 17.22
5.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (The Netherlands) 3H 2S 4C 1C 3H 470 17.22
10.    Plarq Liu (United States) Dbl 2S 4C 1C 3H 450 10.14
10.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Dbl Pass 4S 1C 2H 450 10.14
10.    Carol Frank (Usa) 2NT 2S 4C 1C 2H 450 10.14
10.    Chris Diamond (Thailand) 2NT 2S 4C 1C 2H 450 10.14
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