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TGIF July 2014: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S Q 4   H 10 9 8   D A K 6 2   C A K J 5  
West North East South  
  Pass 2H ?

Your call?

Pass 13 100
Dbl 3 70
3C 1 50
2NT 0 40
3D 0 40
Moderator: On this problem, the panel choose to stay fixed.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3C. This is a first for me - overcalling at the three level on a four-card suit. It seems like the lesser of evils here. We have far too good a hand not to take some kind of action.
Daniel Korbel: Pass. A nightmare problem! I refuse to bid 2NT without a stopper, and double doesn't really appeal with this disastrous distribution. Much of the time that we have game, partner will be able to take a call, although we could lose a partscore battle this way.
Mel Colchamiro: Dbl. I can't believe I'm doing this with SQ 4, but my gut tells me to. The Italians and the club players all seem to land on their feet.
Adam Melzak: 2NT. H10 9 8 isn't really a stopper is it? I think you have to gamble it is. Pass is only other viable option I can see.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Fixed.
Craig T. Wilson: 2NT. Take out for minors.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I don't have a bid to describe my hand other than pass. Yes, sure 2NT could work out but it's a complete crap shoot. If 2H gets passed around to partner they should strive to balance with heart shortness. Defending could well be our last plus position.
Larry Meyer: Pass. All the other possible bids are just too flawed.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Bad shape and my stopper is weak.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. . . because it's flexible! If partner bids 3NT, I will pull to 4D (and 5C over 4NT if necessary). I am hoping to hear a Texas transfer to 4S.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Sometimes, when you have nothing to say, it is best to say it.
Norm Tucker: 3C. Unless partner bids freely, I like defending with these cards.
Mike Roberts: Pass. When all bids and double feel wrong, maybe pass is right.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Partner please please please balance.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. I have to do something. This is the least evil.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Not doubling to deal with the inevitable spade bid. So stay pre-empted for now.
David Gordon: Dbl. Too many values to pass.
Louk Verhees: Pass. Terrible problem of course, anything could be right.
Uday Maitra: Pass. Every call is flawed here. Don't like to double without 3 spades, 2NT without heart control, and suit overcall at 3 level without 5 cards. If partner has something to say, hopefully he will do so in the pass-out seat.
Amiram Millet: Pass. No other (sane) bid for now.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Bad shape, but I have to compete. Hope partner doesn't bid spades.
Beverley Candlish: 3C. I have no way of showing clubs and diamonds. I hope partner has some club support!
Kf Tung: 2NT. Pass cannot get you rich. Bid 2N, welcome and solve any problems that would arise, and bring back a good result with skill and luck.

2. IMPs. Both vul.
S A 10 7   H A 6   D K   C A K J 10 8 6 5  
West North East South  
    Pass 1C
Pass 1H Pass 2S
Pass 3H Pass ?

Do you agree with 2S?

Yes 10 50
No 7 45

Your call?

4D 9 50
4H 5 45
4C 3 40
3NT 0 30
4NT 0 20
5NT 0 0
Moderator: The panel are almost split on whether they approve of 2S. Many see 2D as an alternative. On this turn, the panel move forward with 4D.
Mike Lawrence: 4H. The auction would have been easier if I reversed with 2D instead. I hate the position I am in now. Because I have to bid something, on this turn I choose 4H. No pride in this.
Roger Lee: 4D. The alternatives of 2D and 3NT do not appeal to me. On this turn, 4C puts too much focus on the club suit, and 4H isn't enough. 4D tells partner I have a maximum with 2-3 hearts and (probably) short diamonds, and I can live with that.
Adam Melzak: 4NT. Two keys with the queen and gamble that clubs will provide the 13th trick.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. Prefer 3NT on the second round.
Martin Henneberger: 4H. I don't like 2S as lying about spade length is likely to get in trouble when partner has 4 and doesn't get the joke, insisting on a spade contract. I suppose I'm endplayed into bidding 4H now, as 3NT may be poor and 4C may vault us past 4H.
Larry Meyer: 4H. No, it's not even a good 3-card major / Partner had the chance to raise one of my suits or bid NT, and didn't, so he must have good heart length.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. I would bid any of 3C, 2NT, or 3NT before 2S. Now 3NT is too risky.
Perry Khakhar: 4NT. Things have certainly worked out with our well planned reverse. Let's find out about the keycards.
Paul Mcmullin: 4NT. . . if it is RKC for hearts, 5H otherwise.
Norm Tucker: 5C. I want to bid 4H but trump lead might kill us.
Mike Roberts: 4H. I agree with it, but I think I've done enough.
Brian Zietman: 4C. Partner may be 4-4 in the majors so I cannot agree with 2S - we may get to 6S or 7S.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4NT. I would have preferred 2D. Now I bid 6C over 1 ace (assume 5C = 0); and 6H opposite 2; 7H opposite 2+Q.
Chris Diamond: 4NT. HK Q x x x x isn't too much to ask for.
David Gordon: 4NT. If 2 keycards without queen then bid 6C.
Louk Verhees: 4H. Close between 4H and 4D.
Amiram Millet: 4H. Partner will go on if there is more.
Plarq Liu: 4C. 2S is artificial reverse, right? Rebid clubs to show our club strength.
Beverley Candlish: 4D. I am looking for NT so yes, I agree with the spade bid. Partner bid hearts twice showing 6, I can't bid NT with a singleton diamond, so I would bid 4H.
Kf Tung: 4H. You cannot afford to bid 4C now and 'hope' that pard will bid 4H.

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

Your call?

3H 8 100
2H 4 80
4D 4 70
4H 1 60
3S 0 40
4C 0 40
Moderator: The panel choose the Goldilocks raise to 3H - 2H is too little, 4D is too much, but 3H is 'just right'.
August Boehm: 4D. This way, we don't have to guess which splinter to acknowledge.
Steve Robinson: 2H. I don't want to get too high if partner has bad trumps and no aces. I'm guessing that 2H will not end the auction.
Kerri Sanborn: 3H. If partner passes, we are unlikely to miss game. If one of my black queens were in hearts, I would bid 4D, but partner needs a lot of cover cards to make slam, so I'll let her decide about that.
Stephen Vincent: 4D. Ostensibly showing 4H and 6D.
Martin Henneberger: 4D. Neat problem. I need to overbid my values to show playing strength, and will do so by showing my greatest feature via a 4D bid. Since game is likely opposite as little as HK Q 10 x, I feel the need to make a move.
Larry Meyer: 4H. Losing Trick Count - my 5 losers plus partner's presumed 9 losers, subtracted from 18 says bid to the 4-level.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. This is right on values and it doesn't force me to over-emphasize any one feature of my hand.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. Goldilocks bid. Just right.
Paul Mcmullin: 3S. Hard to splinter in two suits, but if partner DOES bid 4C, I am following with 4D.
Norm Tucker: 3H. Seems honest.
Judi Carter: 3S. Splinter.
Mike Roberts: 4D. Showing a good 6-4. I can't intelligently judge if game is bad.
Brian Zietman: 4H. A bit of an overbid but I don't want partner to pass my 3H.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3H. If partner cues I will investigate slam. If he raises I pass.
Chris Diamond: 4D. The spades have disappeared. Getting to 4H before they come back.
David Gordon: 4D. Poor trumps (hearts) but correct on diamonds.
Uday Maitra: 4D. Showing running 6+ carder Diamond suit and 4 card Heart support, enough for a game, with at least one known black suit singleton/void.
Amiram Millet: 4H. This will make it difficult to find the spade sacrifice.
Plarq Liu: 3S. Splinter, right?
Beverley Candlish: 3H. There is a slam possibility.
Kf Tung: 4D. Four hearts and a good diamond suit.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S J   H A Q 7 6 4   D A Q 5 3   C 7 5 4  
West North East South  
Pass 1S Pass 2D
Pass 3C (1) Dbl Pass
Pass Rdbl Pass ?
(1) Fourth suit forcing.

Your call?

Pass 9 100
3D 7 90
3H 1 80
Moderator: Over half of the panel see partner's redouble to indicate that the opponents have made a mistake.
Barry Rigal: Pass. We rate to score a lot of tricks on the crossruff, and one way or the other, we're going to register a number we don't see that often - and maybe own East till our next idiocy. Plus it's only pairs.
The Sutherlins: 3D. We have no secondary spade support and no club stopper. After 3C doubled, we would have patterned out. A 3H bid would show better hearts.
Adam Melzak: Pass. It's MP! Shooting for 100 or 0, I guess.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Partner clearly has 4 or more clubs. We have no fit: partner should have an excellent chance of scrambling 9 tricks.
Craig T. Wilson: 3H. I'm assuming the Rdbl is an SOS.
Martin Henneberger: 3D. Pard many be offering a choice to play this redoubled, but a more likely scenario is to find out about 2-card spade support after having denied 3. This would be the sequence needed to find out this info without committing to spades or 3NT. 3D leaves the maximum room.
Larry Meyer: Pass. If I can make 3NT, then likely that pard can make his 3C with the lead running up to him.
Yue Su: Pass. It is only one board for matchpoints. For IMPs, I'll bid 3H and partner can bid 3N.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Hopefully partner wasn't kidding this time.
Ian Greig: 3D. I don't have half a stop so I make my cheapest bid.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. If someone needs to bid 3NT, it is partner.
Paul Mcmullin: 3H. Got to have SOME additional out for a minimal hand.
Norm Tucker: Pass. Partner could have bid 3NT if it fit; the singleton should help big time.
Mike Roberts: Pass. Could I have a more suitable hand?
Brian Zietman: 3H. Nothing more to add.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Will be interesting to see if panel agrees with district 8.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Partner chose to describe. He described clubs and I couldn't have a better hand for that suit.
David Gordon: Pass. Partner has less then three hearts, less then four diamonds, and less then six spades. We have arrived.
Amiram Millet: 3NT. The smallest lie here.
Plarq Liu: 3H. No more info, pard.
Beverley Candlish: 3D. Partner, please choose between 3D or 3H.
Kf Tung: Pass. 3C-XX is the best choice from partner and you have no better alternative.

5. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S K 5 4   H A 2   D A 9 8 7 5 4 3   C A  
West North East South  
    4H ?

Your call?

Dbl 10 100
5D 6 80
Pass 1 70
Moderator: As usual, the panelists choose the flexible takeout double, even with an awkwardly shaped hand.
Larry Cohen: 5D. If my diamonds were better, you wouldn't be posing this problem.
Don Stack: Dbl. If partner bids 4S, let's gut it out. If 5C emerges, then we are out to 5D. If partner passes and they make it, then that's another great hand for discussion at the bar.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. The usual bridge contest answer.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Who knows who can make what. I have a lot of defense and feel acting directly is premature and based on assumptions that aren't evident.
Larry Meyer: 5D. Partner does not have to contribute much for us to take 11 tricks.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Any hand we wish partner to have could just as easily be held by LHO. Just take our plus.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. No reason to bid that suit at the 5 level when partner may have 5 or 6 spades! A Moysian may play quite well depending on Partner's hand.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. The DA may not cash on defense - I will wait to hear what partner does.
Norm Tucker: 5D. I'm set to double 5H.
Mike Roberts: 5D. A simple bid for a simple soul.
Brian Zietman: 5D. Stab in the dark.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5D. It's risky to pass, double or bid, but playing strength is just too high.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. The follow up would have been more interesting.
David Gordon: 5D. Who knows what is right.
Amiram Millet: 5D. Too much offense to roll over.
Plarq Liu: 5D. Have to compete.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. . . the only option. If partner has a good spade suit, he can go to 4S.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Pard will choose to get an easy +300 / 500 if it is too difficult for him to get +600 / 620.

Panel's Answers

  1 2a 2b 3 4 5 Total
Jill Meyers Pass Yes 4D 3H Pass Dbl 500
Daniel Korbel Pass No 4D 3H Pass Dbl 495
Kerri Sanborn Pass Yes 4D 3H 3D Dbl 490
Steve Weinstein Pass Yes 4D 3H 3D Dbl 490
Roger Lee Pass Yes 4D 3H 3D Dbl 490
Barry Rigal Pass Yes 4H 3H Pass 5D 475
Steve Robinson Pass No 4D 2H 3D Dbl 465
Don Stack Pass Yes 4H 4D Pass Dbl 465
Allan Falk Pass No 4H 3H Pass Pass 460
The Sutherlins Dbl No 4D 3H 3D Dbl 455
Larry Cohen Pass Yes 4C 2H Pass 5D 450
Mike Lawrence Pass No 4H 2H Pass 5D 450
Geoff Hampson Dbl Yes 4H 2H Pass Dbl 445
August Boehm Pass No 4C 4D Pass 5D 435
Betty Ann Kennedy Pass Yes 4C 4H 3H 5D 410
Jeff Meckstroth 3C Yes 4D 4D 3D Dbl 410
Mel Colchamiro Dbl No 4D 4D 3D 5D 405

Local Heroes

    1 2a 2b 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Joel Martineau Pass No 4H 3H Pass Dbl 490 147.00
2.    Laurence Betts Pass No 4H 3H 3D Dbl 480 110.25
3.    Diana Jing Pass Yes 4H 3H 3H Dbl 475 51.45
3.    Larry Pocock Pass Yes 4H 3H Pass 5D 475 51.45
3.    Ernie Dietrich Pass Yes 4H 3H Pass 5D 475 51.45
6.    Ian Greig Pass Yes 4H 3H 3D 5D 465 24.50
7.    Stephen Vincent Pass No 4H 4D Pass Dbl 460 18.57
7.    Yue Su Pass Yes 4C 3H Pass Pass 460 18.57
7.    Lucy Zhong Pass No 4H 3H Pass Pass 460 18.57
10.    Andrew Krywaniuk Pass No 4C 3H Pass Pass 455 14.03
10.    Alan Kemp-Gee Dbl No 4C 3H Pass Dbl 455 14.03

World Leaders

    1 2a 2b 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Pass Yes 4C 3H 3D Dbl 480 122.50
2.    Bob Todd (Canada) Pass Yes 4C 2H Pass Dbl 470 91.88
3.    Claude Vogel (United States) Dbl Yes 4H 3H 3D Dbl 455 61.25
4.    Nader Hanna (Canada) Pass No 4H 2H Pass 5D 450 33.69
4.    Mark Eddy (Canada) Pass Yes 4D 4D 3H Dbl 450 33.69
6.    Mike Roberts (Usa) Pass Yes 4H 4D Pass 5D 445 20.42
7.    Beverley Candlish (Canada) 3C Yes 4D 3H 3D Dbl 440 14.67
7.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Dbl Yes 4C 3H Pass 5D 440 14.67
7.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Pass Yes 4C 4D 3H Dbl 440 14.67
7.    Chris Diamond (Thailand) Pass Yes 4NT 4D Pass Dbl 440 14.67
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