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TGIF October 2014: Scores

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

Your call?

1NT 15 100
2D 1 60
2NT 1 60
2C 0 50
Moderator: The first problem must not be too much of a problem for the expert community, because all but two of the panelists settle on 1NT.
Jill Meyers: 1NT. I have the values for a 2NT bid, but I don't have any source of tricks and it is matchpoints, so I am going low.
Steve Robinson: 2D. I don't want notrump played from my side.
Stephen Vincent: 1NT. I can rationalize devaluing this unwieldy collection.
Larry Meyer: 2C. Deny the majors and show the 10+ HCP. Notrump will probably play better if pard declares.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. It's an ugly 11, but the panel is loathe to split hairs.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. Probably wrong-siding the contract, but I do have the values for this bid. Can't really bid my 5 card suit and the 3 card Major if raised will also be an issue.
Mike Roberts: 2NT. Yes, a small distortion. But everything else is worse.
Alex Wang: 2NT. = 11-12 HCPs.
Timothy Wright: 2C. 1NT is better than 2NT despite the 11-count, but it is better to show the long clubs.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2NT. Adequate strength, but a horrible hand.
Chris Diamond: 2NT. . . or 1NT are both reasonable. But the possibility of hitting length in diamonds is encouraging.
David Gordon: 2NT. Make your standard invitational bid.
Amiram Millet: 2C. On 2NT by partner I'll pass.
Plarq Liu: 2C. Typical bad bid, but accordingly follow the bidding convention.
Beverley Candlish: 2NT. I have 11 points and no 4 card major. 2NT is my bid.
Kf Tung: 1NT. . . a slight underbid but it can lead to the correct part score in many cases.

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S K Q 9 7 4   H K 10 6   D ---   C J 9 8 5 4  
West North East South  
Pass 1C 1NT ?

Your call?

2S 9 100
2NT 4 80
Dbl 3 80
2C 1 70
3C 0 40
Moderator: Frustrated not to have a tool in the BBS toolkit to describe a hand like this, a couple of grumpy panelists just bid 2S.
Barry Rigal: 2S. We shouldn't have to play natural here. There are better methods that more long-winded panelists than I (if there are any?) will expound upon. I hate doubling, so I will bid my longer major suit first and see what happens next.
Kerri Sanborn: 2NT. This bid is typically used to show a good two-suiter, which for one reason or another, doesn't fit into a penalty double. It is really unusual to have partner's first-bid suit be one of these, but it seems appropriate here.
Geoff Hampson: Dbl. I plan on introducing spades after they run to diamonds, or leading a high spade if it goes all pass.
Daniel Korbel: 2C. It seems likely that the opponents will compete in their 10 (or more)-diamond fit, and then I can bid spades.
Stephen Vincent: 2S. Very awkward. 2S doesn't lose the spade suit and on the next round, if there is one, I will have the opportunity to support clubs. It seems quite plausible that RHO has long diamonds.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Tell pard that it is our hand.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2C. Preparing to balance 2S over a 2D signoff.
Laurence Betts: 2C. Can then comfortably bid 2S over 2D.
Bob Kuz: 2S. Where are the diamonds?
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Oh well, -180 vs. +200/500. Too bad, I can't transfer to spades, bid 3C and thus try for a spade game. But it's matchpoints.
Mike Roberts: 2S. Very close, but I'm poorly placed after double if it's at 3D back to me.
Alex Wang: Dbl. Maybe we have 2S, but 1NT-x down 1 is better, not to mention down 2.
Timothy Wright: 2S. Doubling would make sense if they didn't have an obvious place to run to.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2C. . . and maybe/probably bid spades later, as opps seem to have a LOT of diamonds.
Gareth Birdsall: 3S. No point in doubling as EW clearly have an escape in diamonds. A fit jump leaves partner best placed.
Chris Diamond: 2S. I can't double because they're way to likely to make it if it's passed. A short club lead through will likely get them a ruff. So at MPs go low.
David Gordon: Dbl. Start by showing values.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. Punishing will be best. If they run to diamonds, I'll bid spades.
Plarq Liu: 2S. We hope we can compete aggressively. Spades are good and we can always fall back on clubs.
Beverley Candlish: 2S. If partner cannot tolerate spades, she can bid something else, and I will bid clubs. I can't double as East may have a long running diamond suit.
Kf Tung: 2S. Make it clear at this stage that spades are likely to be your strain.

3. IMPs. E-W vul.
S Q 7 3 2   H A J 9 7 6   D 7   C A Q 9  
West North East South  
3C Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 7 100
Dbl 6 90
3H 4 80
Moderator: Interesting. Given nine major-suit cards, there sure are a lot of passing panelists. Interesting, too, that while a majority of the panel chooses to act with these cards, it's the passers who nab the top score.
August Boehm: Dbl. I can live with correcting 3D to 3H. Good luck to the 3NT buccaneers and the timid (wise?) passers.
Larry Cohen: 3H. While I love the appeal of the sexy 3NT, there's no reason to take such a big position. Pass could work, but it just doesn't feel right.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. We could have a fit, but finding it and not getting too high is hard. If I bid 3H, we may miss spades. If I double, partner will bid diamonds, and if I now bid 3H, partner will expect another ace. West is vulnerable, which hints that he has something.
Adam Melzak: Pass. 3H? Double? Pass? I take the coward's way out.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Partner, at favourable vulnerability and with short clubs was unable to act: it seems unlikely we have a game.
Larry Meyer: Pass. With half my HCPs in opp's suit, I would rather defend.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. A complete toss-up between double, 3H, and pass.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Absolutely dreading this bid. But it's IMPs and I suppose I must balance. Even with only 11 points. Good partners don't bid diamonds.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Please don't bid 4D, pard.
Alex Wang: Pass. Both partner and East are short in clubs, why didn't partner dbl? And why didn't East bid?
Timothy Wright: 3H. Yes, 3NT could be right. Yes, it's nuts to bid it here.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3H. I prefer double, but only with the agreement that a correction promises two places to play.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Ugly if 3D comes back. I will guess 3NT then and hope.
David Gordon: Pass. Club length suggests partner is light.
Amiram Millet: 3H. 4H+1 might be best if partner has SK 10 x HK x x x DK 10 x x x C2
Derek Nurse: 3D. Pick a major partner.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. We have some spots to rest. If partner bids diamonds we bid 3NT.
Richmond Williams: Pass. . . and hope we can come to a plus knowing East has either a moderate diamond hand or a moderate major holding and/or both. And partner could not overcall diamonds or a takeout double.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. If partner bids diamonds I will bid 3NT.
Kf Tung: Pass. No fit is obvious so it is better to defend at the 3 level.

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

Your call?

3S 9 100
Pass 6 80
3H 2 60
4D 0 40
Moderator: The majority of the panel optimistically commit to game.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3S. I'm going to get to some game here. Over 3NT, I will bid 4H.
Mel Colchamiro: Pass. Although I would have raised 1S to 2S, now I pass. Partner is sure to have at least three or four clubs, given the opponents' silence, so he's got at most one heart. If my hearts were headed by the ace, I would move forward.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. Bid out the pattern as far as you are able.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Show pard my 6-4 shape.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. In search of the elusive 20-point game.
Ian Greig: Pass. We may have already won IMPs by rebidding 2D (rather than 2H or raising to 2S). Taking another action feels like punishing partner for making the courtesy raise.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. I would like to try for a major suit game. Can't imagine 3NT is a good contract. Even a spade Moysian will be better.
Paul Mcmullin: 3H. I probably would have bid 2H instead of 2D.
Mike Roberts: 3S. Unlikely to have the stuff in 3 suits to make 4H, but 4S is possible.
Alex Wang: Pass. Nice to find a diamond fit, but partner does not have a hand great enough to bid 2H.
Timothy Wright: 3S. Time to pattern out.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3S. Still looking for the best fit but this can also be an advance cue (clear that up after 4m by bidding 4H).
Chris Diamond: 3S. Could bid 3H but spades could be a decent game and I can pass 4H if it comes back.
David Gordon: 3S. Pull 3NT to 4H.
Amiram Millet: 3H. Checking on the way to 5D.
Plarq Liu: 3H. Let's just show our 6-4 in reds.
Kf Tung: 3H. Still hope for reaching a game!

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

Your call?

4C 5 100
4H 5 90
Pass 4 70
4NT 0 60
4S 2 60
6C 1 60
5C 0 50
Dbl 0 40
Moderator: There are all sorts of calls to shop from on this one. The scorer looked more kindly on 4C than 4H - which tied for the most votes - because 4C unequivocally moves forward in clubs.
Steve Weinstein: 4C. I want to try for a slam, and I don't need much from partner.
August Boehm: 4S. . . implies both red-suit, first-round controls.
Jill Meyers: 4H. Partner could have four hearts on this hand.
The Sutherlins: Pass. We are in a forcing auction. There is no need to zoom past 3NT. We are probably going to clubs, but partner may be able to bid 3NT with something like SA 10 8.
Don Stack: 4H. Partner has raised our six-card suit and we are rich in controls. Let's see if we can induce a 4S cuebid, in which case we have an easy 6C bid. Is there possibly even a grand slam? Yes, there may be, but how would you get there?
Mel Colchamiro: 6C. . . a bit inelegant, but I'm bidding what I think I can make. Besides, 4S here accomplishes nothing because we have both red aces. And exactly how do we ask for key cards? 4H? 4NT? I'm not sure, so as I said, I'm bidding what I think I can make!
Stephen Vincent: 6C. Two good things may happen: it might make or they might sacrifice.
Larry Meyer: 4C. My extra length justifies an extra bid.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. 4S seems too pushy, while 4C at least confirms a real suit.
Laurence Betts: 6C. This is never right in a bidding contest, but . . .
Perry Khakhar: 4D. Since we are not stopping short of 5C, I would like to try for 6. This may bring a heart cue or Blackwood from partner.
Paul Mcmullin: 4H. Do we have a 4S = RKC for clubs agreement? I would use that if we did.
Mike Roberts: Pass. I want to hear 4C, then 4D is a clear cuebid. If I bid 4D here, I think it's support. I need help to bid 6C.
Alex Wang: 4H. Although SQ was wasted, slam still possible if pard: S3 2 H2 DK Q x x x CA (Q) x x x
Timothy Wright: 5C. If I bid 3NT, I deserve S10 x x in spades in partner's hand.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5C. . . where I want to play. I never play partner for the magic hand. Though he could have: S3 2 HK x DK Q x x x CA x x x.
Chris Diamond: 4S. Good hand for this auction. Any other cue bid will force partner to make a tough bid without controls.
David Gordon: Pass. Assuming 2/1, pass and see what partner does.
Amiram Millet: 5C. We might have 6C, but I wish to discourage a spade sacrifice.
Det Ladewig: 4NT. If 2C is GF then would have cued 4D.
Joel Forssell: 5C. Bid what you think you can make!
Plarq Liu: 4C. Have to compete here with strong hand, and we haven't established a forcing pass sequence.
Kf Tung: 4H. Game is certain, you have HA, and slam is on the horizon. Will pard cooperate?

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Steve Weinstein 1NT 2S Pass 3S 4C 500
Mike Lawrence 1NT 2S Pass Pass 4C 480
Jeff Meckstroth 1NT 2S Dbl 3S 4H 480
Jill Meyers 1NT 2S 3H 3S 4H 470
Kerri Sanborn 1NT 2NT 3H 3S 4C 460
Daniel Korbel 1NT 2C Dbl 3S 4C 460
Barry Rigal 1NT 2S Dbl 3S 4S 450
The Sutherlins 1NT 2S 3H 3S Pass 450
Don Stack 1NT 2S Pass 3H 4H 450
Roger Lee 1NT 2S Pass Pass Pass 450
Larry Cohen 1NT Dbl 3H Pass 4C 440
August Boehm 1NT 2NT Dbl 3S 4S 430
Betty Ann Kennedy 1NT Dbl Pass 3H 4H 430
Geoff Hampson 1NT Dbl Pass Pass Pass 430
Steve Robinson 2D 2S Dbl 3S Pass 420
Allan Falk 2NT 2NT Pass Pass 4H 410
Mel Colchamiro 1NT 2NT Dbl Pass 6C 410

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    David Walker 1NT 2S Dbl 3S 4H 480 143.50
2.    Stephen Vincent 1NT 2S Pass 3S 6C 460 64.58
2.    Michael Dimich 1NT 2S Pass 3S 4S 460 64.58
2.    Yue Su 1NT 2S 3H Pass 4C 460 64.58
2.    Conny Rosen 1NT 2S 3H Pass 4C 460 64.58
6.    Jim Garnier 1NT 2S Dbl 3S 4S 450 23.92
7.    David Schmidt 2NT 2S Dbl 3S 4H 440 16.36
7.    Jacky Wang 1NT 2S Dbl 3H 4H 440 16.36
7.    Craig T. Wilson 2NT 2S 3H 3S 4C 440 16.36
7.    Dave Gabel 1NT 2S Dbl 3S 5C 440 16.36
7.    Keith Lee 1NT 2S Dbl 3S 5C 440 16.36

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 1NT 2S Dbl 3S Pass 460 129.50
2.    Kf Tung (China) 1NT 2S Pass 3H 4H 450 69.07
2.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 1NT 2S Dbl 3S 4S 450 69.07
2.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 1NT Dbl Dbl Pass 4C 450 69.07
5.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 1NT 2S 3H 3S 5C 430 21.99
5.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 1NT 2C Pass 3S 4S 430 21.99
5.    Carol Frank (Usa) 1NT 2S 3H 3S 5C 430 21.99
8.    Mike Roberts (United States) 2NT 2S Dbl 3S Pass 420 13.82
8.    John Gillespie (Canada) 1NT 2S 3H Pass 4S 420 13.82
8.    Richmond Williams (Canada) 2NT 2S Pass 3H 4C 420 13.82
8.    Gerard Laquerriere (France) 1NT Dbl Dbl 3S 5C 420 13.82
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