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TGIF November 2014: Scores

1. IMPs. E-W vul.
S 8 6 3   H A J 5   D A K 8   C A K 6 4  
West North East South  
3S Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Dbl 13 100
Pass 4 70
Moderator: Most of the panel refuse to go quietly with their big hand.
Jill Meyers: Pass. This is likely our last plus score, and we might get 200 if partner has a trick.
Don Stack: Dbl. Can't pass with this hand, even if there is a disaster looming. It is possible that pass will produce the only plus we have coming, but you cannot be a Gloomy Gus on these hands.
Monica Angus: Pass. Let them go down instead of us.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Showing extras, tolerance for both unbid suits, and denying a spade stopper.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Probably trading +50 for -100. I always second guess the panel on these hands.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. I may consider a pass at matchpoints. But any 6 card suit and a scattering of points in partner's hand will make game a lay down in one of the suits. So, I must reopen with this hand.
Mike Roberts: Pass. Riskier than it looks, but I'll stay fixed.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. We can easily make 4 of something--and partner is likely to pass with defense.
Bill Treble: Dbl. Only because of the colors, where the price for being wrong is not going to be too steep. I have a feeling that pass is the winner at the table more often than not, but I'll allow myself to be seduced by the prime values.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. Don't like it, but too strong not to. Could easily be trading a plus for a minus.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Pass is probably right but honour long in hearts gives us a play for game.
David Gordon: Dbl. Too much to pass.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. I think this is the time when in doubt, double the opps.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. For takeout.
Kf Tung: Dbl. You have a strong hand for your 1C opening bid. You can expect to defeat 3S if pard passes, and you can expect a playable contract if pard bids.
Amiram Millet: Pass. We might have 5 of a minor but I can't be sure we find it.
Dennis Caswell: Dbl. Most flexible action.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S K 5   H A 10 3   D K J 7 4   C Q 8 7 3  
West North East South  
    Pass 1D
1S Dbl 3S Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

3NT 11 100
4C 3 70
4H 2 60
Pass 1 50
Moderator: Another case of Hamman's Rule?
Mike Lawrence: Pass. Partner has 11 or more points, but making something our way is not certain. In fact, if we reach a 4-3 fit, we might be in trouble. I just hope that my SK is not a total waste.
Barry Rigal: 4C. TAKEOUT DOUBLES SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT! If partner corrects to 4D, I bid 4H. Passing the double might work at pairs, but not at teams.
Steve Robinson: 3NT. Partner shows a good hand, so I'm bidding the cheapest game.
Daniel Korbel: 4H. At any other colours, I would certainly pass. But here I will try 4H and hope to make it. 3NT is possible, but we will probably have to run nine tricks off the top, which seems unlikely with my hand.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. Pard has extras, I have a spade stopper, and we don't have an 8-card heart suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. The double should imply clubs with diamond tolerance.
Ian Greig: 4C. This should not preclude us getting to 4H when it's right.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. Probably a reasonable Moysian contract and from the proper side. 3NT will need 9 aces, so I will try the heart game.
Mike Roberts: 3NT. Auction isn't over yet, but I think I want to slow this down.
Timothy Wright: 3NT. Anything could work here, or be disastrous. At least 3NT is a likely result at the other table.
Bill Treble: 3NT. I've been down one before, but I'm not fond of shooting out a pass in their 9-card fit. 4C is my second choice, but if that makes, 3NT could also. Partner rates to be 1=4=3=5, 2=4=3=4 or 2=4=2=5 shape.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3NT. Partner must be max in values and I have a spade-stop (be it just the one).
Chris Diamond: 3NT. Last chance to bid the cheapest game.
David Gordon: 3NT. With a more significant spade holding I would have passed the dbl.
Plarq Liu: 3NT. North has strength but no clear landing. I think 3NT is a good choice since the spade stopper works from my side.
Beverley Candlish: 4C. Partner has hearts and clubs. Possibly just 4 of each.
Kf Tung: 3NT. Try your vulnerable game in NT instead of bidding the dubious 4C.
Amiram Millet: 4C. On the way, at least, to game.

3. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 9 4   H J 8 6 5 2   D Q 5   C A K Q J  
West North East South  
3D Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

4C 13 100
3NT 4 80
Pass 0 50
3H 0 40
Moderator: Contrary to the previous problem, the panel seems reluctant to bid 3NT.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4C. It is tempting to try 3NT, but far from clear.
Geoff Hampson: 3NT. If partner has anything in diamonds, then this will be as good a spot as any. 4C propels us beyond our target game and 3H is just awful.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Deny spades, show my second suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. Ick! Hopefully partner had a backup plan if I didn't bid spades.
Perry Khakhar: 4C. Such a terrible hand. But, I don't mind bidding this suit! Hope partner has several cover cards and knows what to do.
Mike Roberts: 4C. At pairs, I might risk a pass.
Timothy Wright: 4C. I don't have the 8 tricks outside diamonds to make 3NT a decent gamble.
Bill Treble: 4C. Anything else is rolling dice. No guarantee of 3NT making even if partner has a diamond card.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4C. Again not happy, but least likely to get us into trouble. Messages sent: no spades, two colors, non-repeatable hearts. My next bid will probably not be ideal as well.
Chris Diamond: 4C. He made a take out and I have decent support.
David Gordon: 4C. Looks natural.
Plarq Liu: 3H. A waiting bid, I don't want to miss 3NT.
Beverley Candlish: 4C. I have no choice.
Kf Tung: 4C. Tell pard about your strains. You need a better diamond guard to bid 3N.
Amiram Millet: 4C. 4D* minus 1, by EW, may be the par score here.

4. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S Q   H Q J 10 8 3   D J 10 5   C Q 9 7 3  
West North East South  
    Pass Pass
1C 1S Pass ?

Your call?

1NT 11 100
Pass 4 80
2H 2 60
Moderator: The panel are optimistic about this hand full of quacks.
Allan Falk: 1NT. I hate to bid on the controlless hand, but we could so easily have game or a partscore in hearts. It's not like 1S is a guaranteed plus score, so I will keep the ball in the air.
Betty Ann Kennedy: Pass. With so few high cards and a misfit with partner, it seems prudent to stay out of the auction.
Steve Robinson: 2H. I'm a passed hand, so my hearts can't be that good.
Larry Meyer: Pass. No ace, no king, at least I have the SQ for pard. We have no game, so take the plus.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. A good hand for transfer advances.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I see no future in this hand. I would rather that they bid 1NT than me.
Mike Roberts: 1NT. Too much to pass, to slow to bid 2H.
Timothy Wright: 1NT. I'm not wild about my club stopper, but passing is too timid here.
Bill Treble: Pass. 2H isn't in the picture with such a quacky hand. The only way I can see 1NT working out is if everyone passes. At matchpoints, it's unlikely that opener will sell out and now you can choose between defending and mentioning the hearts.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. If a second round comes back I'll be much better placed to value this hand without raising partner's expectations too high.
Chris Diamond: 1NT. Making a noise. May get to show hearts or the SQ later.
David Gordon: Pass. Too quacky.
Plarq Liu: Pass. I have no top honors so I won't suggest hearts.
Kf Tung: 1NT. 1N is a playable spot and pard is welcome to explore for better things if he has extra strength.
Amiram Millet: 2H. It's MP and hearts may be better than spades.
Bob Todd: 1NT. Preventing the double early.

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

Your call?

3D 6 100
3S 4 90
4D 3 80
5D 3 80
2D 1 50
Dbl 0 30
Moderator: A variety of calls for this problem. The majority choose their system bid.
August Boehm: 5D. Double might work better if partner is all majors, but in case the opponents passed out a major-suit game, the big leap gives us a classic two-way shot.
Larry Cohen: 3D. I am on the heavy side (this balancing jump shows an intermediate hand), but I prefer this to double, which might get left in. I would be much more in range if the D2 were the H2.
Roger Lee: 3S. 3D doesn't do this hand justice, so I will go big and just ask for a spade stopper.
Mel Colchamiro: 4D. Sometimes having a little in reserve isn't so bad. By the way, I'm going to 5D over 4S.
Larry Meyer: 4D. Asking pard to bid 5D if he can provide a trick or two.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. This could easily make slam opposite a trap pass.
Perry Khakhar: 5D. It isn't clear whose hand it is. But, it is best played in my suit. If partner was trapped, he only has to look at his Aces to know what to do.
Mike Roberts: 3D. Too good to just bid 2D, and double will just lead to trouble. This is intermediate, right?
Timothy Wright: 3D. This is about right on strength and lets partner explore for 3NT.
Bill Treble: 4D. I'm not too concerned about going past 3NT, as 5D will also make on several layouts. This shows the eighth piece in my long suit and most likely an outside card.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3S. Opposite even a singleton diamond I have a probable 9 tricks. If I sell this like a solid long suit with values, best chance is that we can make NT.
Chris Diamond: 5D. If they have a big heart fit I don't want them to find it. I kind of like 3S too.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. I want to establish a sequence for slams.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. . . and then bid diamonds.
Kf Tung: 3D. Tell pard that you have an offensive hand with long diamonds. Tell your opponents to back off at the same time.
Amiram Millet: 3D. 3NT by partner may be best.
Bob Todd: 3D. Isn't this still kind of standard?

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Larry Cohen Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 3D 500
Don Stack Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 3D 500
August Boehm Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 5D 480
Betty Ann Kennedy Dbl 3NT 4C Pass 3D 480
The Sutherlins Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 5D 480
Mel Colchamiro Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 4D 480
Geoff Hampson Dbl 3NT 3NT 1NT 3D 480
Allan Falk Dbl 4C 4C 1NT 4D 450
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl 3NT 4C 2H 3S 450
Roger Lee Dbl 3NT 3NT Pass 3S 450
Barry Rigal Dbl 4C 4C Pass 3S 440
Kerri Sanborn Pass 4C 4C 1NT 3D 440
Steve Weinstein Pass 3NT 3NT 1NT 3S 440
Jill Meyers Pass 4H 4C 1NT 3D 430
Steve Robinson Dbl 3NT 3NT 2H 5D 420
Daniel Korbel Dbl 4H 4C 1NT 2D 410
Mike Lawrence Pass Pass 4C Pass 4D 380

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Joel Martineau Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 3S 490 143.50
2.    Michael Dimich Dbl 3NT 4C Pass 3D 480 64.58
2.    Zoran Peca Dbl 3NT 4C Pass 3D 480 64.58
2.    Lucy Zhong Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 4D 480 64.58
2.    Keith Lee Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 4D 480 64.58
6.    Larry Pocock Dbl 4C 4C 1NT 3D 470 22.21
6.    Ian Greig Dbl 4C 4C 1NT 3D 470 22.21
8.    Jim Bodner Dbl 3NT 4C 2H 3D 460 14.65
8.    Norma Doucette Dbl 3NT 4C Pass 5D 460 14.65
8.    David Schmidt Dbl 3NT 4C Pass 5D 460 14.65
8.    Larry Meyer Dbl 3NT 4C Pass 4D 460 14.65
8.    Yue Su Dbl 3NT 4C Pass 5D 460 14.65

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Kf Tung (China) Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 3D 500 89.25
1.    Claude Vogel (United States) Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 3D 500 89.25
1.    Timothy Wright (Usa) Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 3D 500 89.25
4.    Carol Frank (Usa) Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 3S 490 41.65
5.    Susan Julius (Canada) Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 5D 480 17.75
5.    David Gordon (Canada) Dbl 3NT 4C Pass 3D 480 17.75
5.    Nader Hanna (Canada) Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 5D 480 17.75
5.    Chris Diamond (Thailand) Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 5D 480 17.75
5.    Zhaowen Li (China) Dbl 3NT 4C 1NT 4D 480 17.75
10.    Mike Roberts (United States) Pass 3NT 4C 1NT 3D 470 10.88
10.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Dbl 4C 4C 1NT 3D 470 10.88
10.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) Dbl 3NT 4C Pass 3S 470 10.88
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