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TGIF January 2015: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S Q J 8 4 3   H K 9   D 6   C A K J 10 5  
West North East South  
2D (1) Pass 5D ?
(1) Weak.

Your call?

Pass 8 100
Dbl 8 90
5S 0 20
Moderator: Opponents' preempts are designed to drive you a little mad, as a few of the panelists prove.
Larry Cohen: Pass. I liked bridge better in 1980 when the opponents left us alone.
Jill Meyers: Dbl. I am not passing. I think partner's most likely bid over my double will be pass. He won't pull unless he has a one- or two-suited hand. When I correct 5H to 5S, partner should suspect I have clubs and spades.
Roger Lee: Pass. This seems meek, but I don't have any reason to think we can make anything, or that they are down.
Larry Meyer: Pass. The 5-level belongs to the opponents. Pard's inability to bid over 2D makes it unlikely that we have a slam.
James Harris: Pass. I presume that East's raise to game is based on some quick tricks in his hand. Hence, my partner is not liable to have very much and we are vulnerable. The five level belongs to the opponents.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Does not appear to be our hand.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Equal-level conversion applies in high level auctions.
Bob Kuz: 5S. Let's start the year with -800.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Sometimes it is best to stay fixed! Preempts work!
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Sometimes you just stay preempted.
Mike Roberts: Pass. If 5S is right, partner will raise it to 6.
Bill Treble: Dbl. Hate it. But I'm not a passer, although taking action is risky. I try double and then figure out what to do if partner bids the expected 5H.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Preempts work.
David Gordon: Dbl. Best you can do here.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. . . then, correcting 5H to 5S. I don't mind punishing if partner passes.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Looking for black fits.
Beverley Candlish: 5S. I can't double and hopefully partner has something in spades.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Usually pard will pass and defeat 5D. If he chooses to bid 5H, you bid 5S for pass or correct.

2. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 10 5 3 2   H Q J 6   D 10 8   C 7 5 4 2  
West North East South  
  1D Pass Pass
1S Pass 2C Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

2H 9 100
2D 7 90
Pass 0 30
2S 0 0
Moderator: Partner's double is clearly takeout, but the real question is whether to duck and cover in the 4-3 fit or to try for the 5-2.
Mike Lawrence: 2H. I expect partner's double was takeout. He might have doubled 1S for takeout. Doubling 2C for penalty doesn't feel likely. He probably has four hearts and five diamonds and three or four spades. I don't expect this to be a triumph.
Geoff Hampson: 2D. I have no tricks, so I can't possibly pass a takeout double. I hope partner has a fifth diamond.
Larry Meyer: 2D. Pard just doesn't want to sell out to 2C, so remove cheaply.
James Harris: 2H. Partner's initial bid and double promises four but no more than four hearts. Given that partner may only have opened with four diamonds, I will bid hearts even though I only have three.
Eugene Chan: 2D. Pass is not an option. 2D is the least of evils.
Yue Su: 2D. It seems North has 4-3-5-1, 17+ hcp.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. Torn between 2H and 2D. I'm not brave enough to try 2S, though it could be right.
Perry Khakhar: 2D. Imagine a 3451 hand for partner with 17 points! He feels like he can't sell out to 2C. Fair enough! We can try this and see what happens. Moysian hearts will not play well.
Paul Mcmullin: 2D. Cheapest disaster - maybe they will bid again.
Mike Roberts: 2H. I have sneaking admiration for 2S.
Bill Treble: 2D. As Alvin Roth said many times, what's the problem? Diamonds rates to be the same seven-card fit that hearts is, and this will slow partner down whereas 2H may not.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2D. Pass is too dangerous.
Roy Bolton: 2H. Partner must have a strong 4441 or 4450 and couldn't bid over 1S.
David Gordon: 2H. This should be a takeout of clubs. Partner is either 4-4-4-1 or 3-4-5-1. West should have at least tolerance for clubs to pass so leaving in the dbl is not appealing.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Looking to punish.
Beverley Candlish: 2H. Partner has a strong hand and wants to hear either diamonds or clubs. With my 3 points, I would only compete to the 2 level.
Kf Tung: 2D. . . a better contract than defending 2C-X.
Bob Todd: 2H. Partner has a good hand with spades, diamonds and hearts. There is no guarantee of a 5th diamond.

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

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
Pass 6 80
4NT 1 50
Moderator: Another annoying preempt.
Steve Weinstein: Pass. I will take my plus score. I don't think making a takeout double will work often enough to warrant it here. I am also unhappy with my three low hearts, which is the suit partner is most likely to bid.
Daniel Korbel: Dbl. Sure, we could pass or bid 4NT, but doubling gives partner a chance to pass with a weak balanced hand, which will be our only plus score.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. You can't go far wrong in this bidding competition by doubling opponents' preempts.
Gilbert Lambert: Pass. I wish I could double for penalty!
Larry Meyer: Dbl. I have no suit of my own, but support for all the others. With so much of my strength in opp's suit, I don't plan on looking for slam.
James Harris: Dbl. . . for takeout, hoping partner has four spades, five clubs or five hearts and some points.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Gotta do something with best hand at the table. Expecting similar action at the other table.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. It's only a NV game, but +100 doesn't look great on the score sheet either.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. If partner had a good, long suit he would have bid it already. Dbl is going to cause a real problem for our side. Staying fixed (again)!
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Feels like this could be our last plus score.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. . . not smoothly.
Bill Treble: Dbl. I haven't converted a plus into a minus for awhile. Good partners will bid spades or have a five-card heart suit.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. We probably make a game.
Roy Bolton: Dbl. Perhaps partner can pass?
David Gordon: Dbl. What's the problem?
Amiram Millet: Dbl. Even 6NT is a possibility.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. We can support any suit.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. . . my only option. I may be able to take 4 tricks and possibly more.
Kf Tung: Pass. You do not want to be in any other contract, so PASS!

4. IMPs. None vul.
S A   H A 9 7 4 3   D A 10 2   C A K Q 7  
West North East South  
    1C Dbl
3C Pass Pass ?

Your call?

3H 11 100
3NT 1 60
4H 1 60
Dbl 2 60
Pass 1 60
Moderator: Although they could book a sure plus against 3C, the panel elect to press on with 3H.
Steve Robinson: 4H. I hope to make 4H opposite 5-3-4-1 nothing. If I double, partner will bid spades since he has at least five of them.
The Sutherlins: Dbl. Partner may have hearts. Over 3S, we'll bid 3NT. If partner jumps to 4S, he should have a reasonable six-card suit.
Geoff Hampson: Pass. I think we might make game in 3NT or 4H, but partner is already marked with long spades and club shortness and didn't bid, so he seems quite weak. If I don't find a heart fit or get back to diamonds if pard is 5-2-5-1, then we'll go minus.
Roger Lee: 3H. It's tempting to take the sure plus, but I think 3H will usually make, and we don't need much for game. Opposite a 4-4-4-1 yarborough, we are almost cold for 4H.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. Overstates the quality of the heart suit, but partner needs very little in the right place to produce a heart game.
Joel Martineau: 3H. Strange initial double.
Larry Meyer: 3H. If pard sees a couple of heart honours in his hand, he should know to bid 4H. And if he doesn't have them, I don't want to be there.
James Harris: Dbl. . . for penalty, assuming my partner has very little, but I stand a good chance of scoring all my aces and all my trumps as tricks for down 3 and +500.
Eugene Chan: 4H. Don't need much from partner to make game.
Stuart Carr: Pass. Don't want to hear spades from partner.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. Partner did not act in spite of marked club shortness, and yet game is cold if he can muster as little as HK x x.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. With partner's known 3-5 points, we probably need to play this in a suit. Maybe partner has points and length in hearts and gives us a raise.
Paul Mcmullin: 3H. Where would tricks come from at 3NT?
Mike Roberts: 3H. I have to bid here - 4H will be very playable opposite a 4441 yarborough.
Bill Treble: 3H. Don't the opponents ever get to be vulnerable? I suspect opener might have 4-4 in the majors. The real problem arises if partner bids 3S, then do you pass or bid game in spades?
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3NT. The hearts aren't good enough, but the points may be.
Roy Bolton: Pass. 4H might be cold but let's take a sure plus. Any other call is dangerous.
David Gordon: 3H. Maximum 3H bid on values, balanced by terrible suit.
Amiram Millet: 3NT. I'm not going quietly here.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Double would not be penalty, so I pass silently.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. I believe partner is asking me to pick a major. With my 20 HCP's I would jump in hearts and leave it up to partner to choose the level.
Kf Tung: 3H. You want to play in hearts if possible. Pard will pass or bid 4H. If pard bids 3S, you will bid 3N to offer one more chance.
Bob Todd: 3H. Pass is probably best, but all partner needs is 3 or 4 hearts on a good day.

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

Your call?

3D 11 100
3S 2 60
4S 3 60
Moderator: You have a big hand, but only one of the majors. The panel express their values with a cue-bid and worry about the strain on a later round.
August Boehm: 3S. Seems like the value bid. If partner doubled with short spades, he should have a runout, either to clubs or notrump. At least that's what I would have.
Allan Falk: 4S. What's the problem? If partner does not have four or more spades, he has to have club support. North ought never make a negative double with just hearts. If my partner does not know this, he will after this hand.
Mel Colchamiro: 3D. An easy one. I'll bid 3NT over 3H - implying four spades; 4D over 4C; 4S over 4H; and raise 3S to 4S.
Gilbert Lambert: 3D. You did not think I would pass again did you?
Larry Meyer: 3S. Showing my 4 spades and some extra values.
James Harris: 3S. Partner's negative double shows the majors. My 3S bid shows both my preference for spades and that I have extra values.
Eugene Chan: 4S. Bid what you can make is a good recipe for success.
Yue Su: 3D. . . to tell partner we are in game. If pard bids 3H, I will bid 3N, showing spades and a diamond stopper.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. With a source of tricks and a stopper, I don't want to commit to spades prematurely.
Ian Greig: 3D. Prepared to force to game after partner's two-level double, 3D (to be followed by 3NT over partner's 3H) seems to be the best way to keep partner involved in the choice of games.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. Value bid. If we have more, it will take a move by partner. Too many specific cards needed for us to try 3D.
Paul Mcmullin: 3D. . . followed by 4S over 3H.
Mike Roberts: 3D. Followed by spades, this should be game forcing, and a decent way to get to slam.
Bill Treble: 4S. Close between this and a 3D cuebid, but I think I'm the Jack of spades short of the latter course of action.
Roy Bolton: 3D. Show our hand strength first and then bid spades.
David Gordon: 3D. Partner may not have both majors. Plan = Game forcing cuebid, then bid spades later.
Amiram Millet: 4S. A black slam is still a possibility.
Joel Forssell: 3D. If partner bids 3H I'll bid 3S.
Plarq Liu: 3S. Showing my strength in spades.
Beverley Candlish: 3S. I would invite game.
Kf Tung: 3S. You have an extra Ace as compared to bidding 2S. Pard will carry on with this information.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Larry Cohen Pass 2D Dbl 3H 3D 490
Barry Rigal Pass 2D Dbl 3H 3D 490
Daniel Korbel Dbl 2H Dbl 3H 3D 490
Roger Lee Pass 2D Dbl 3H 3D 490
Mel Colchamiro Pass 2H Pass 3H 3D 480
Steve Weinstein Pass 2H Pass 3H 3D 480
August Boehm Dbl 2H Dbl 3H 3S 450
Jeff Meckstroth Pass 2D Dbl 3H 3S 450
The Sutherlins Pass 2D Dbl Dbl 3D 450
Don Stack Dbl 2H Dbl Dbl 3D 450
Kerri Sanborn Dbl 2H 4NT 3H 3D 440
Mike Lawrence Dbl 2H Pass 3H 4S 430
Jill Meyers Dbl 2H Pass 3NT 3D 430
Geoff Hampson Pass 2D Pass Pass 3D 430
Allan Falk Dbl 2D Pass 3H 4S 420
Steve Robinson Dbl 2H Dbl 4H 4S 410

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Stephen Vincent Dbl 2H Dbl 3H 3D 490 118.13
1.    Yue Su Pass 2D Dbl 3H 3D 490 118.13
1.    Andrew Krywaniuk Dbl 2H Dbl 3H 3D 490 118.13
4.    Eurydice Nours Pass 2H Dbl 3H 4S 460 43.31
4.    Larry Pocock Pass 2H Dbl 3H 3S 460 43.31
6.    Rod Coote Pass 2D Dbl 3H 4S 450 21.48
6.    Larry Meyer Pass 2D Dbl 3H 3S 450 21.48
6.    Joel Martineau Dbl 2H Dbl 3H 3S 450 21.48
6.    Dave Gabel Pass 2D Dbl 3H 3S 450 21.48
10.    Marco Paladino Dbl 2D Dbl 3H 4S 440 15.75
11.    Brad Bart Pass 2H Dbl 4H 3S 420 11.86
11.    Michael Dimich Pass 2H Dbl Pass 3S 420 11.86
11.    Laurence Betts Pass 2H Dbl Pass 4S 420 11.86
11.    Lucy Zhong Pass 2H Dbl Dbl 4S 420 11.86
11.    Brooke Wheelan Dbl 2D Pass 3H 4S 420 11.86
11.    James Harris Pass 2H Dbl Dbl 3S 420 11.86

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Mike Roberts (Usa) Pass 2H Dbl 3H 3D 500 119.00
2.    David Gordon (Canada) Dbl 2H Dbl 3H 3D 490 63.47
2.    Bob Todd (Canada) Dbl 2H Dbl 3H 3D 490 63.47
2.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Dbl 2H Dbl 3H 3D 490 63.47
5.    Carol Frank (Usa) Dbl 2D Dbl 3H 3D 480 23.80
6.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) Pass 2D Pass 3H 3D 470 19.83
7.    Nader Hanna (Canada) Pass 2H Dbl 3NT 3D 460 17.00
8.    Dennis Caswell (Canada) Dbl 2H Dbl 3H 3S 450 13.33
8.    Bob Zeller (Canada) Dbl 2H Dbl 3H 3S 450 13.33
8.    Roy Bolton (Canada) Dbl 2H Dbl Pass 3D 450 13.33
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