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TGIF August 2014: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S A K 8 2   H A 7 3   D A   C 10 7 6 5 4  
West North East South  
Pass 1H 2C (1) Dbl (2)
Pass 2H Pass ?
(1) Natural.
(2) Three-card heart support.

Your call?

2S 14 100
Pass 1 60
3C 1 50
3H 0 50
4H 0 40
Moderator: When this problem was posed in the District 8 Problem Solvers forum, there was a dead tie between 2S and pass. Votes were also cast for 3H and 4H. Nearly all of our panelists, however, chose 2S.
Larry Cohen: 2S. Aside from patterning out and showing a good hand, the best reason for bidding 4S is that we might have a 4-4 spade fit - much better than a 4-3 heart fit. If I didn't have extras, I'd reluctantly pass 2H.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. Tough. If you wish to bid, 2S is the way. But only if it is not forcing. If East had passed, I wouldn't voluntarily get us to 3H because I have only 3-card heart support. I choose pass because I am not in a position to guarantee safety at the 3-level.
Rose Marie Clermont: 4H. Does bidding hearts twice promise 6 hearts???
Stephen Vincent: 2S. Worth another call. Hope partner will be able to figure out I don't have much of a club holding.
Martin Henneberger: 2S. With nothing wasted in clubs I think my hand is worth another call. Partner could still have 4 spades. I will try a 2S bid now and see what develops.
Larry Meyer: 2S. I have a little extra, so I should bid a little extra.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. I'm torn here since 4S might be dead on a trump lead, but I don't see the panel selling out at the 2-level.
Ian Greig: 2S. Regret not opening this 1NT.
Mike Roberts: 2S. So descriptive I can't pass it up.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. This hand has plenty of playing strength. Must make a try! Even a minimum Moysian fit will produce well unless they lead a trump.
Paul Mcmullin: 3H. I'd LIKE to bid game here, but partner may have rotten hearts and a minimum.
Brian Zietman: 3H. Partner sounds weak but maybe I can nudge him to game.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. I owe partner a try, especially if he is 4-4 in the majors. We might lose some IMPs opposite a 3433, but with the natural 2C that is highly unlikely.
David Gordon: 2S. Make a natural game try. Clubs are sitting well.
Uday Maitra: Pass. We could be missing a 4-4 spade fit and playing in a 4-3 heart fit. But on trump leads this may be the limit.
Amiram Millet: 3H. 4H is a good possibility. Otherwise - a sound save against 3D by E/W.
Plarq Liu: 3H. Invite to game. We have cross ruff potential in the minors.
Beverley Candlish: 3H. I have described my heart support to partner, now I would invite with 3H.
Kf Tung: 2NT. Pard can choose 3H, 3N or 4H.
Bob Todd: 2S. This should show my shape with extras and no wasted values in clubs. At IMPs it is worth a bid.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S K 10   H 7 4   D J 9 8 7 4   C A J 6 3  
West North East South  
    4H Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

4NT 13 100
Pass 3 70
5D 0 50
Moderator: There's no mistaking 4NT in this auction as showing anything but the minors, and most of the panelists lean that way.
Daniel Korbel: 4NT. Takeout doubles are for takeout when you have the values to hope to make your contract. I will let partner choose between the minors.
Mel Colchamiro: Pass. . . and lead the SK. The five level is no lock: two low hearts - eek! My downside is losing 8 IMPs vs a making 5C or 5D. The upside could be even more if we go plus 300 instead of minus 100.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. The major suit holdings suggest defending.
Craig T. Wilson: 4NT. Take out for minors.
Martin Henneberger: 4NT. I have a reasonable expectation of making 5 of a minor, and since 6 isn't out of the question opposite a super hand from pard, making a speculative pass red vs white is unattractive.
Monica Angus: 4NT. Minors.
Brooke Wheelan: 4NT. I hope this is for the minors.
Larry Meyer: 4NT. Ask pard to bid his better minor.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5D. We won't get rich defending at this vulnerability. It is seems automatic to bid 4NT, but here I have a definite preference. (What if we need to pitch club losers on spades?)
Mike Roberts: 4NT. Almost passed, but I think we'll make 5 of a minor.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Decent gamble. No guarantee that we can make a 5 level game, and I know what to lead!
Paul Mcmullin: 4NT. Should be pick-a-minor; partner can bid 5H with a monster.
Brian Zietman: 4NT. Unusual.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4NT. Since I can pass with hearts and bid 4S this must be both minors.
David Gordon: 4NT. Not enough difference in minors to insist on 1 over the other.
Uday Maitra: 4NT. Pick your 4 card minor.
Louk Verhees: Pass. Very much a matter of style. You either pass or bid 4NT.
Amiram Millet: 5D. Will be better than pass. All my assets are working.
Plarq Liu: 4NT. Minors. Double for take out up to 4H and we're distributional.
Beverley Candlish: 5D. I don't have a heart stopper and diamonds is my longest suit. Partner has to have a very strong hand.
Kf Tung: Pass. A sure plus is more important than a dubious minor suit game.

3. IMPs. Both vul.
S Q 2   H 10 8 6 2   D K J 7 4 3 2   C J  
West North East South  
    Pass Pass
1S 2C Pass 2D
Pass 2NT Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 11 100
3D 4 80
3NT 1 60
Moderator: We could back up and debate the 2D call, but what's done is done. Teetering on the dangerous upper edge of the two level, most of the panelists pass.
Geoff Hampson: Pass. I have no certain fit. My hand is weak for this bidding so I get out now.
Roger Lee: 3D. If partner has diamond shortness, I likely should have passed 2NT. But I will take our best chance at a plus when partner has two diamonds and a fair hand.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. I do not like the direction in which this hand is going.
Martin Henneberger: 3D. The 2D bid was ill-advised and put us in this ugly predicament.
Larry Meyer: 3D. My diamonds will only be useful if they are trump.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Pass and hope the opps don't double.
Laurence Betts: Pass. 2D is absurd.
Mike Roberts: Pass. I would never have bid 2D. Now I'm getting out while the getting is good.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. Our hand is useless unless diamonds are trumps. I will pass 3NT if Pard bids it, expecting DA x x.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. I'll pull to 3D if we're doubled; doesn't seem like a 7-or-9 hand.
Brian Zietman: Pass. If we get doubled I would be inclined to escape to 3D.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. Safety first: partner: I have diamonds and a minimum.
David Gordon: 3D. 2NT denies 4 hearts. Your diamond suit is not good for notrump.
Louk Verhees: Pass. Very shaky diamonds to rebid. Partner looks like having at least 9 black cards. So either pass or 3D.
Amiram Millet: Pass. I'd open 2D here.
Plarq Liu: 3D. Prefer trump contract.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. It seems that partner must have the other suits covered and is comfortable with NT. I cannot bid 3NT with my 7 points and poor holding.
Kf Tung: 3D. Ask pard to pass.
Bob Todd: Pass. I think I have done enough. Guessing to bid 3D can only make things worse.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S 10 5 4   H A Q 9 4 2   D Q 2   C 6 4 2  
West North East South  
    Pass Pass
1H Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

1NT 14 100
Pass 2 70
Moderator: The panel make the "book bid" of 1NT.
August Boehm: 1NT. . . semi-constructive. The heart spots are not good enough for a one-level conversion.
The Sutherlins: Pass. When partner has 12 points, 1NT and 1H are photo finishes. When partner has 14-16, we become a big favorite to beat 1H.
Martin Henneberger: 1NT. This looks right on values. My spots in hearts aren't good enough to hope to penalize. I will make a normal value showing bid, and avoid any attempt at heroics.
Larry Meyer: 1NT. The main thing about my hand is that I have hearts well stopped.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Our best chance to go plus. If West sends it back then I will reconsider.
Mike Roberts: 1NT. Heart spots feel wrong for pass.
Perry Khakhar: 1NT. Pass may be the best option, but I am not that brave. Uptricks would be 200 each!
Paul Mcmullin: 1S. Lesser of unpleasant choices.
Brian Zietman: 1NT. Too dangerous to convert to penalty.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1NT. I'd rather have a heart less as that would give more trick-taking power, but passing is too dangerous.
David Gordon: 1NT. I prefer a better heart suit to pass the take out dbl.
Louk Verhees: Pass. 2 choices: Pass or 1NT. If pard passes 1NT I probably wished I had passed the double.
Plarq Liu: Pass. No suit to bid.
Beverley Candlish: 1NT. I have a nice heart suit and nothing else to bid.
Kf Tung: 1NT. You have enough to play 1N and pard can bid more if he has better cards.

5. IMPs. Both vul.
S Q 8 5 4   H K   D ---   C K J 9 8 7 6 4 2  
West North East South  

Your call?

4C 6 100
Pass 4 90
1C 4 80
3C 2 70
Moderator: The panel provide a wide variety of options on this distributional hand.
Mike Lawrence: 3C. An unusual start. If partner bids 3NT, I can if I wish, bid 4S. Can't do that if I open 4C. This is not a hand I am familiar with.
Barry Rigal: 4C. We don't play this as Gerber, do we? My opening bid may be restricted by my spot cards. 2C and 6C seem slight overstatements, so it's 4C or pass. I tried the latter once and didn't like it.
Steve Robinson: 1C. Because I don't know how many clubs to bid, I might as well go constructive with 1C.
Kerri Sanborn: 4C. Gotta bid 'em up! 5C would be too much - except at favorable vulnerability.
Don Stack: Pass. I refuse to preempt us out of our spades if there is indeed a fit there. This is a great hand to pass and then bid a lot later.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. There'll be plenty of opportunity to bid later.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I am interested to see what the panel does but for me this is a clear pass. Opening 1C is my only other consideration. Preempting any number of clubs with 4 spades, a void, broken suit, and defense is just not in my repertoire.
Monica Angus: Pass. Will await developments. I'm not going to pre-empt clubs when spades may be where we should be.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Give pard the opportunity to bid spades.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. This hand just has too many strikes against it for a preempt, and a couple of surprises on defense that I'd rather not give away.
Laurence Betts: Pass. I'll still be 4108 at my next opportunity to bid.
Mike Roberts: 1C. Misdescriptive, but so is everything.
Perry Khakhar: 4C. What do you call an 8 card suit? Trumps! Just find the right level and bid it! This level is my choice. Plus I may be able to contribute a little to the defense.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. WAY too much potential to preempt - let's see how the auction goes.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Despite the rule of 20 I don't know the value of my HK. If I bid any number of clubs we will miss our possible spade fit. Wait and see how the bidding develops.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3C. What else? Ok 4C, but this 8-card-suit feels like only 7.
David Gordon: Pass. Against better players I might blast out 4C or 5C. But since I have a healthy ego...
Louk Verhees: 4C. Nasty one where anything can be right.
Amiram Millet: 1C. This hand isn't a preempt.
Plarq Liu: 4C. Best preemptive.
Richmond Williams: Pass. This hand is not going anywhere but the auction will.
Beverley Candlish: 4C. I can't describe my hand any better: an 8 card suit and a weak hand. If partner has a good hand, she can bid game, otherwise the contract belongs to the enemy.
Kf Tung: Pass. Wait. Your side needs more room to bid than the opponents!
Bob Todd: Pass. This is a wait and see hand.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Larry Cohen 2S 4NT Pass 1NT 4C 500
Barry Rigal 2S 4NT Pass 1NT 4C 500
Kerri Sanborn 2S 4NT Pass 1NT 4C 500
Jill Meyers 2S 4NT Pass 1NT Pass 490
Jeff Meckstroth 2S 4NT 3D 1NT 4C 480
Geoff Hampson 2S 4NT Pass 1NT 1C 480
Daniel Korbel 2S 4NT Pass 1NT 1C 480
August Boehm 2S 4NT 3D 1NT Pass 470
Allan Falk 2S 4NT Pass 1NT 3C 470
The Sutherlins 2S 4NT Pass Pass 4C 470
Don Stack 2S Pass Pass 1NT Pass 460
Mel Colchamiro 2S Pass Pass 1NT Pass 460
Roger Lee 2S 4NT 3D 1NT 1C 460
Betty Ann Kennedy 3C 4NT Pass 1NT 4C 450
Steve Robinson 2S Pass 3D 1NT 1C 430
Mike Lawrence Pass 4NT 3NT Pass 3C 360

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Michael Dimich 2S 4NT Pass 1NT Pass 490 122.50
1.    Monica Angus 2S 4NT Pass 1NT Pass 490 122.50
3.    Rod Coote 2S 4NT Pass 1NT 1C 480 70.00
4.    Brad Bart 2S 4NT 3D 1NT Pass 470 25.56
4.    David Walker 2S 4NT 3D 1NT Pass 470 25.56
4.    Martin Henneberger 2S 4NT 3D 1NT Pass 470 25.56
4.    Larry Meyer 2S 4NT 3D 1NT Pass 470 25.56
4.    Diana Jing 2S 4NT 3D 1NT Pass 470 25.56
4.    Dave Gabel 2S 4NT 3D 1NT Pass 470 25.56
10.    Stephen Vincent 2S Pass Pass 1NT Pass 460 12.29
10.    David Schmidt 2S 4NT 3D 1NT 1C 460 12.29
10.    Laurence Betts 2S Pass Pass 1NT Pass 460 12.29
10.    Zoran Peca 2S Pass Pass 1NT Pass 460 12.29

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) 2S 4NT Pass 1NT Pass 490 112.00
2.    Mike Roberts (Ohio) 2S 4NT Pass 1NT 1C 480 84.00
3.    David Gordon (Canada) 2S 4NT 3D 1NT Pass 470 34.07
3.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 2S 4NT 3D 1NT Pass 470 34.07
3.    Claude Vogel (Usa) 2S 4NT 3D 1NT Pass 470 34.07
3.    Carol Frank (Usa) 2S 4NT 3D 1NT Pass 470 34.07
7.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 2S Pass Pass 1NT Pass 460 16.00
8.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 2S Pass 3D 1NT 4C 450 11.96
8.    Alex Wang (Taiwan) 2S 4NT 3NT 1NT Pass 450 11.96
8.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 2S 4NT 3D 1NT 3C 450 11.96
8.    Trevor Hart (Canada) Pass 4NT Pass 1NT Pass 450 11.96
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