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TGIF June 2014: Scores

1. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A Q 10 7   H A 8 6 4   D ---   C K J 10 9 2  
West North East South  
    1C ?

Your call?

Pass 15 100
1S 0 60
2C 1 60
1NT 1 50
Dbl 1 50
1H 0 40
Moderator: You're ready to open 1C, eager to hear partner bid a major when your right-hand opponent steals your thunder. Most of the panel bide their time with pass.
August Boehm: Pass. If they keep bidding my suits, I'll keep passing, licking my lips in anticipation. If they branch out into diamonds or notrump, I'll double.
The Sutherlins: Dbl. Partner is a favorite to have a four-card major.
Geoff Hampson: 2C. I'm probably going to be in the minority, but I have a good offensive hand that I won't be able to describe on the second round if I pass. So I will try showing the correct two suits - albeit one card fewer in each than advertised.
Daniel Korbel: Pass. Can't double with a diamond void. You may survive on any given deal, but in the future, your partner will be worried whether that loony across the table from him has a side-suit void for his takeout double.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I don't get and will never get the turning trend of doubling with this hand. I have never had a problem starting with a pass when the opponents open my best suit and I have imperfect shape to act.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Tell pard that I have both majors at the expense of lying about my diamonds.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. The panel chose to pass when a similar question was posed a few months ago.
Norm Tucker: Dbl. Must hear from partner to rebid.
Mike Roberts: Pass. Not clear, but nothing else really appeals.
Timothy Wright: Pass. 1S here is not awful, but it risks going minus when E-W are fated to go down.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. . . and possibly come in later if my methods allow.
Chris Diamond: Pass. I am tempted to bid 2C but passing will probably let me back in if it's right.
David Gordon: 1S. Will rebid 2H next.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Nothing to say for now.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Trap pass, we can always wait for action. Double would be troublesome if partner responds diamonds (a high probability).
Beverley Candlish: Pass. As much as I would love to bid 2C, I will pass and wait and see what West bids. I can always come into the bidding later.
Kf Tung: Pass. Too risky to bid anything now.

2. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K 10 8 6   H A 10 8 4 2   D 4   C 9 7 2  
West North East South  
1D 1S Dbl (1) ?
(1) Negative.

Your call?

2D 8 100
3D 4 90
3H 4 80
4S 2 60
2NT 0 50
2S 0 50
3S 0 40
Moderator: With this much support, the real question was in what way to show partner this type of hand.
Allan Falk: 3D. Isn't this the prototype of the mixed raise? I have one, I make one.
Barry Rigal: 3H. I'd rather beat our opponents to the four level if they want to get the minors into play. By a passed hand, jumps in new suits facing overcalls can't be natural and single-suited.
Steve Robinson: 4S. Hopefully my singleton diamond will be worth a lot. If I wanted to describe my hand to my partners, I could jump to 2NT, which shows a four-card limit raise.
Mel Colchamiro: 2D. I love, love, love this hand for spades! 4S is a close second choice. That's what I would bid at IMPs.
Martin Henneberger: 3D. . . mixed raise. This should be considered standard if it isn't.
Jongseok Oh: 3S. Weak jump.
Larry Meyer: 2D. Show my limit raise in spades.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. Regardless of how many hearts RHO has, this still looks like a mixed raise.
Leonid Bossis: 3D. Mixed raise.
Norm Tucker: 2S. Partner may be light.
Mike Roberts: 3D. I don't care whether this is a mixed raise or a limit raise. I want to get to the 3 level now, and show power.
Timothy Wright: 3S. I don't want them finding 3-of-a-minor.
Nader Hanna: 3D. . . assuming it is a mixed raise, otherwise 2D.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2D. A good spade raise.
Chris Diamond: 3S. Almost anything could be right. The ace makes it a sort of mixed raise.
David Gordon: 2S. Worth a mixed raise if on the card.
Amiram Millet: 3S. Preempting to the limit.
Plarq Liu: 3S. Good support, jump bid as preemptive.
Kf Tung: 3S. If this is your hand pard will go to 4S. If this is a part score 3S will give the opponents maximum pressure.
Dennis Caswell: 3S. Law of total tricks.

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

Your call?

Dbl 15 100
Pass 1 70
4S 1 60
5D 1 50
Moderator: The vast majority of the panel double, but they aren't happy about it.
Steve Weinstein: Dbl. This is a tough problem. I think 4S should show a fifth spade (or at least a much better four-card suit). 5D eliminates spades and pass I just can't do.
Kerri Sanborn: 4S. Scary, eh? Hopefully partner doesn't play me for five. It is easy to visualize a spade game even with a passing partner, and not so easy to see us defending 4H.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Potentially disastrous but so is passing.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. Double allows our side to find spades. If/when partner bids clubs I will correct to diamonds and live with it.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Even if pard has as little as SA K x x and a stiff heart, 4S would have a decent play.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. An aggressive action, but East is a passed hand, so who is going to double us?
Norm Tucker: 5D. I can double any opposition bid; hate to pass even though it might cost us.
Mike Roberts: 5D. This might not work. But even if spades gets us to a 4-4 fit, it's not a panacea.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. If partner has DQ x, I'm a genius.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. . . and correct (if necessary) 5C to 5D.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. This looks almost automatic.
David Gordon: Dbl. Will pull 5C to 5D.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Am not sure that punishing will be better.
Plarq Liu: Pass. . . and surrender.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. We are vulnerable and I have too many losers.
Kf Tung: 4S. Tell everyone that you want +620 or +600 and you are not interested in defending 4H.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S 9   H J 3   D Q 7 6   C K J 8 7 4 3 2  
West North East South  
    2S (1) Pass
4S 5H Pass Pass
5S Dbl Pass ?
(1) Weak.

Your call?

Pass 11 100
6C 7 80
6H 0 70
Moderator: Another high-level decision that makes bridge look like poker.
August Boehm: 6C. I might regret it if both contracts are down one, but 6C could be laydown. Or the opponents may push on to 6S, which I expect to beat.
Roger Lee: Pass. I'm not happy about this, but it's too easy to make up hands where we're off two tricks.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. No reason for action surely.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. We are guessing, but the panel likes to go plus and so do I. I am not certain we can make anything at the 6 level as partner's double can be many different hand types, but I am quite confident they aren't making 5S with my minor suit defense.
Larry Meyer: Pass. My lack of controls argue against bidding slam.
Stuart Carr: Pass. Expect to at least go plus.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Partner knew I didn't have a trump stack when he doubled.
Norm Tucker: Pass. Plan to lead HJ.
Mike Roberts: Pass. I didn't think I could take 12 tricks a moment ago. Why change my mind?
Timothy Wright: Pass. I don't have much defense but I don't want to bid 6H or (ugh) 6C either.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. This should be weaker (but still strong) than double followed by hearts or a repeated double. My values are worth more in defense than offense.
Chris Diamond: 5NT. Passing is just cowardly. I have a ton opposite a very strong partner. 6H over 6D.
David Gordon: Pass. Unfriendly spade holding.
Amiram Millet: Pass. They're probably go down at least two.
Plarq Liu: Pass. I would have liked to bid 3C in the first run. Now I don't have the chance.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. It is too risky to go to 6H even though partner must have a wonderful hand. I would rather leave the double in and get a plus score.
Kf Tung: Pass. 6C or 6H is not obvious at all.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S 10 4 3   H A 7 5 4   D 10 4   C Q 10 4 3  
West North East South  
2S (1) Dbl Pass 2NT (2)
Pass 3NT Dbl ?
(1) Weak.
(2) Relay to 3C, typically showing a weak hand.

Your call?

Pass 12 100
Rdbl 5 80
4H 1 60
Moderator: The auction has left the panelists wondering about the nature of partner's hand.
Mike Lawrence: Rdbl. I may have had nothing at all. Instead, I have an ace and a queen. If I pass, North may talk himself into running. He could have asked me if I had a spade stopper. He has one. My redouble might even cause East to run.
Geoff Hampson: 4H. I think partner would not have started with a double if he wasn't prepared to hear 4H. We could easily be off the entire diamond suit and have an easy game in 4H.
Don Stack: Pass. I never claimed to have a spade stopper, so it's partner's duty to run without one. If partner runs to 4D, then I will convert to 4H. I actually have way more than I could have, so I expect us to make it. The S10 could be helpful if partner stays put.
Stephen Vincent: Rdbl. With an ace and a queen more than promised I want partner, with a presumed running diamond suit, to know there is no need for second thoughts.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Well I got a 6 count more than I promised. Why would I ever think of doing anything other than pass?
Larry Meyer: Pass. Trust partner to know what he is doing.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. East could be bluffing, and there is no guarantee a suit contract will play better for us.
Norm Tucker: Pass. Weak is weak.
Mike Roberts: 4H. I have a lot of points for this auction, but I'm still scared.
Timothy Wright: Pass. I'm not quite good enough (both in cards and declaring ability) to redouble.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. I will bid 4H if partner redoubles, but he's promising a 19+ NT-hand. This should make.
Mark Eddy: Pass. Interesting that you can make some arguments for passing every one of these hands. Naturally, I can't bring myself to do that.
Chris Diamond: Pass. I'd like to make a business redouble but I strongly suspect that's not what it is.
David Gordon: Pass. You have more then expected and are balanced.
Amiram Millet: 6C. Hoping to find at least SA HK x x DA Q J x x CA K x x
Plarq Liu: Pass. Why partner pulled my Lebonsohl?! Now I have no convention to fall back on.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. Partner must have 4 hearts. Cannot leave her in 3NT as I have no stopper in spades.
Kf Tung: Rdbl. Tell pard that you love his bid, and now a fortune is coming your way.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Betty Ann Kennedy Pass 2D Dbl Pass Pass 500
Jill Meyers Pass 2D Dbl Pass Pass 500
Don Stack Pass 2D Dbl Pass Pass 500
Mel Colchamiro Pass 2D Dbl Pass Pass 500
Larry Cohen Pass 2D Dbl 6C Pass 480
Roger Lee Pass 3H Dbl Pass Pass 480
August Boehm Pass 3D Dbl 6C Pass 470
Allan Falk Pass 3D Dbl 6C Pass 470
Barry Rigal Pass 3H Dbl Pass Rdbl 460
Wafik Abdou Pass 3H Dbl 6C Pass 460
Jeff Meckstroth 1NT 2D Dbl Pass Pass 450
Mike Lawrence Pass 3D Pass Pass Rdbl 440
Steve Robinson Pass 4S Dbl Pass Rdbl 440
Steve Weinstein Pass 3H Dbl 6C Rdbl 440
Kerri Sanborn Pass 3D 4S Pass Rdbl 430
The Sutherlins Dbl 2D Dbl 6C Pass 430
Daniel Korbel Pass 2D 5D 6C Pass 430
Geoff Hampson 2C 4S Dbl Pass 4H 380

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Gilbert Lambert Pass 2D Dbl Pass Pass 500 112.88
1.    Norma Doucette Pass 2D Dbl Pass Pass 500 112.88
1.    Diana Jing Pass 2D Dbl Pass Pass 500 112.88
4.    Martin Henneberger Pass 3D Dbl Pass Pass 490 35.95
4.    Michael Dimich Pass 3D Dbl Pass Pass 490 35.95
4.    Andrew Krywaniuk Pass 3D Dbl Pass Pass 490 35.95
7.    Stephen Vincent Pass 3D Dbl Pass Rdbl 470 19.01
7.    Kai Zhou Pass 2D Dbl 6H Pass 470 19.01
7.    Ian Greig Pass 3D Dbl 6C Pass 470 19.01
10.    David Walker Pass 2D Dbl Pass 4H 460 14.37
10.    Laurence Betts Pass 3D Pass Pass Pass 460 14.37

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (The Netherlands) Pass 2D Dbl Pass Pass 500 105.00
2.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Pass 3D Dbl Pass Pass 490 78.75
3.    Nader Hanna (Canada) Pass 3D Dbl 6C Pass 470 44.63
3.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) Pass 3D Dbl Pass Rdbl 470 44.63
5.    Claude Vogel (United States) Pass 3D Pass Pass Pass 460 21.00
6.    Timothy Wright (Usa) Pass 3S Dbl Pass Pass 440 17.50
7.    Joy Scher (Usa) Pass 3D Dbl 6C 4H 430 15.00
8.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) Pass 2S Pass Pass Pass 420 12.40
8.    Zhaowen Li (China) Pass 2S Pass Pass Pass 420 12.40
10.    David Gordon (Canada) 1S 2S Dbl Pass Pass 410 8.01
10.    John Gillespie (Canada) 1S 2S Dbl Pass Pass 410 8.01
10.    Plarq Liu (United States) Pass 3S Pass Pass Pass 410 8.01
10.    Chuck Arthur (Canada) Pass 4S 5D Pass Pass 410 8.01
10.    Janet Galbraith (Canada) Dbl 2D Dbl Pass 4H 410 8.01
10.    Dennis Caswell (Canada) Pass 3S Pass Pass Pass 410 8.01
10.    Bob Todd (Canada) 1S 3D Dbl 6C Rdbl 410 8.01
10.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Pass 4S 5D Pass Pass 410 8.01
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