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TGIF March 2015: Scores

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

Your call?

Pass 9 100
4NT 7 90
Dbl 0 50
5D 0 40
Moderator: Do you wrest control of the auction or rest - forcefully - and let partner make the next move?
Steve Robinson: Pass. See what partner does. If partner bids 5C, I'll bid 5H, which will be a cuebid.
Daniel Korbel: 4NT. Pass may be the panel's answer, but holding the HA K, I just want to take control of the auction, as it will be too hard for partner ever to envision a grand slam. 3S agreed diamonds, so 4NT is keycard for diamonds.
Stephen Vincent: 6D. There's the uneasy feeling of perhaps missing a grand but there's no room to investigate. 5S and 5NT could easily be misconstrued.
Bill Angus: 5H. I hate the 3S call by pard, but given that call I will show my heart support.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. It's our hand, but not enough shape or strength to go to the 5-level.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. I don't want to discourage partner from bidding on with a spade void.
Ian Greig: Pass. Just about conceivable that we have two spade losers, with E(W) pulling our leg. I pass (forcing) intending to sit partner's double (defensive).
Norm Tucker: 5H. HA K is like 3 card heart support. Partner has clubs. Should be our board.
Timothy Wright: 5D. It seems right to bid on - 5D rates to play better because we can ruff spades with partner's low diamonds.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Should be forcing. It is interesting to learn where partner thinks we are going.
Roy Bolton: 5D. We wouldn't know what to do if we pass and partner bids 5D so let's bid it first.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Over 5C I'll try 5H, pass 5D.
David Gordon: Dbl. Double with spade length and minimum.
Amiram Millet: 5H. Showing heart support. No wasted spade value.
John Gillespie: 4NT. A good partner has 2 with a void.
Plarq Liu: 5D. Clubs might be our nemesis.
Beverley Candlish: 5D. I am not sure whether partner was bidding 3S to ask for a spade stopper or was showing support in diamonds. With the 4S bid, I am bidding 5D.
Kf Tung: Pass. Forcing pass and then bid 5D if pard chooses to double on his turn. If pard bids 5D then you bid 6D. If pard bids 5H then you bid 6H.

2. Matchpoints. None vul.
S J 5 4 3   H K 9   D 6   C Q J 10 7 6 3  
West North East South  
  1D Dbl ?

Your call?

2C 13 100
1S 2 80
3C 1 70
1NT 0 60
Pass 0 50
Moderator: The vast majority bid 2C, nonforcing, in preference to the weakish 4-card major.
The Sutherlins: 3C. Shows a hand equivalent to a weak two in clubs and takes up some room on a deal that's up for grabs. Bidding 1S would be better only when we have a 4-4 spade fit and trumps split 3-2.
Geoff Hampson: 1S. Finding an eight-card spade fit is our best chance to out-compete the opposition in their likely heart fit. I will find myself uncomfortable opposite a 2D rebid, but it is not certain that clubs would have been a better trump suit.
Roger Lee: 2C. It's a bit of a stretch, but I'm not bidding spades, and passing is too meek for me with reasonable clubs and good shape.
Monica Angus: 3C. Pre-emptive.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Not so anxious to bid that ragged spade suit, with such a weak hand and 4 spades likely in East.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2C. Bidding 1S loses the club suit, whereas I may be able to balance 2S later.
Norm Tucker: 1S. Too weak to bid otherwise.
Timothy Wright: 2C. . . to show my club length and my (lack of) values; 1S overrates my moth-eaten suit and hides the clubs to boot.
Roy Bolton: 2C. Perhaps we will be able to bid 2S if they bid 2H.
Chris Diamond: 2C. The double makes bidding spades seem even worse.
David Gordon: 1S. Bid 2C if you play it as nonforcing.
Amiram Millet: 2C. If partner continues 2NT I'll pass.
Plarq Liu: 2C. Weak, free bid.
Kf Tung: 2C. Show length in clubs but not good enough to redouble.

3. IMPs. E-W vul.
S J 7 5 4   H Q J 7   D Q 5 4   C J 8 7  
West North East South  
  1D 1S 1NT
2S 3NT 4S ?

Your call?

Pass 9 100
5D 4 70
Dbl 3 70
Moderator: The panel were given the option of abstaining if they hated the 1NT call. Strangely, no one abstained.
Jill Meyers: 5D. I do not think my pass would be forcing at this vulnerability. I think the opponents have a good chance of making 4S, and I also think that partner has long diamonds and that 3NT is a bit gambling. I think I am saving.
Kerri Sanborn: Dbl. I don't want partner to bid on, hoping that I have good cards. It is possible that the opponents might make 4S, and RHO is likely 5-5 or so. I don't picure my partner with a void, though, so maybe declarer will not be able to handle a 4-1 trump break.
Don Stack: Pass. I cannot double with this hand holding zero aces or kings. Partner was surely expecting to take many diamond tricks in 3NT. I would not be surprised if the opponents made 4S or went down only one. But my hand is not going to be taking the sac.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. I said all I intended to say with this piece of rubbish on the first round.
Bill Angus: Dbl. I'll gamble for +500 here. Pard knows she can pull to 5D if the 3NT call is short in spades, long in diamonds, and lacking in high-card points.
Larry Meyer: Pass. This hand does not have anything more to say.
Yue Su: Pass. I'll pass but expect partner to bid 5D.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. I have no more or less than I have shown. Partner is free to double if he wishes.
Laurence Betts: 5D. I would never bid 1NT in the first place.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. . . and lead a trump. Where are their tricks coming from?
Roy Bolton: Pass. We have already bid a lot on our quacks.
Chris Diamond: Pass. There is nothing about this hand that makes me want to bid anything.
David Gordon: Dbl. . . to take your plus with minimum balanced hand.
John Gillespie: 5D. 1NT was not my style so I'm pinning the tail on the donkey and hoping it's not me.
Plarq Liu: Pass. I'm not in a position to compete. I will pass if partner doubles.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. Partner must have a strong hand and I have 4 spades.
Kf Tung: Pass. 4S is a make-or-save bid. Tell pard that you cannot double 4S and cannot bid 5D. Let pard decide.

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

Your call?

Dbl 9 100
2C 5 80
Pass 2 70
Moderator: It's not an obvious reopening double, but over half the panel take that call.
August Boehm: 2C. Double leaves me unprepared for diamonds. Passing, with full defensive values, seems wimpy, although they might back into a making game. Still, we may be able to compete effectively in clubs. Conceding 4-6 IMPs on partials is no way to win.
Jeff Meckstroth: Dbl. I'll be happy if partner leaves it in.
Roger Lee: Pass. I have a balanced minimum, and I'm not going to double or bid 2C.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Even if partner does have a penalty double, they may well have a better fit in one of the red suits.
Larry Meyer: 2C. If I double, even if pard has spades, not sure we can set 1S, and I don't want to hear pard bid 2D.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Barring a psyche, it's almost impossible for partner not to have trap passed.
Norm Tucker: 2C. Non vulnerable, tells shape.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. My hand is so weak that the chances that partner has a penalty pass is quite good. I'm happy to oblige.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. It is likely that partner is sitting on a spade stack or a bunch of diamonds.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Although I like to reopen, there are limits.
Roy Bolton: Pass. Partner must have spades. At matchpoints I would bid 2C or double.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. You're sort of obligated.
David Gordon: 2C. Turn a club into a diamond and Dbl is clear.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. Protecting.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Standard method: reopen double.
Beverley Candlish: 2C. I think 2C is safer than 1NT.
Kf Tung: 2C. Your long club suit must be described but your hand is not good enough for a double or 3C bid.

5. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A 9 7 4   H Q 9 8 6 3   D ---   C A 8 6 2  
West North East South  
1D 1NT 3D (1) ?
(1) Preemptive.

Your call?

Dbl 10 100
4D 4 80
3H 2 50
3NT 0 50
4H 0 50
Moderator: The scorer points out that the standard, aka 'dinosaur' meaning for double here is penalty. The modern consensus, however, seems to be that double here is for takeout.
Steve Weinstein: Dbl. . . has the advantage of allowing us to reach the right strain, including 3D doubled and 3NT. I might bid 4D if I were 5-5 in the majors or had less defense.
Larry Cohen: 3H. I expect this is forcing and gives partner a chance to show a four-card spade suit, raise or bid 3NT (which I would reluctantly Pass).
Barry Rigal: 4D. . . is not a Texas transfer. A skip bid, e.g., 4D over 3C, would be hearts. But this sequence is just two- or three-suited with a void in diamonds. I don't think I should double for takeout.
Bill Angus: Dbl. Toss-up between 4D and Dbl.
Monica Angus: 4D. Majors.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Tell pard that it is our hand, while leaving him maximum room to further describe his hand.
Stuart Carr: Dbl. Takeout.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4D. Partner will bid hearts with equal length.
Norm Tucker: 3H. What else?
Timothy Wright: 4D. I would love to claim that 'of course' double is negative here, but it's undefined. At least 4D is clearly forcing!
Roy Bolton: 4D. Double would be for penalty.
Chris Diamond: 4D. I can't really see any alternative.
David Gordon: Dbl. . . should be negative here.
Amiram Millet: 4D. No Dbl with a void. At least one of them is psyching.
John Gillespie: Dbl. We belong in 4 games or right here. I'm transferring responsibility.
Plarq Liu: 4D. My cuebid conveys majors.
Beverley Candlish: 4D. . . pick a major??
Kf Tung: 3NT. No need to make partner guess. Your hand is good enough to play for 3N.
Janet Galbraith: Dbl. Negative double.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jeff Meckstroth 4NT 2C Pass Dbl Dbl 490
Daniel Korbel 4NT 2C Pass Dbl Dbl 490
August Boehm Pass 2C Pass 2C Dbl 480
Allan Falk Pass 2C Pass 2C Dbl 480
Jill Meyers Pass 2C 5D Dbl Dbl 470
Kerri Sanborn Pass 2C Dbl Dbl Dbl 470
Don Stack 4NT 2C Pass Dbl 4D 470
Geoff Hampson 4NT 1S Pass Dbl Dbl 470
Steve Weinstein 4NT 2C 5D Dbl Dbl 460
Roger Lee 4NT 2C Pass Pass Dbl 460
Betty Ann Kennedy Pass 2C 5D Dbl 4D 450
Mel Colchamiro Pass 2C Pass Dbl 3H 450
Steve Robinson Pass 1S Pass 2C 4D 440
Barry Rigal Pass 2C Dbl Pass 4D 420
The Sutherlins 4NT 3C 5D 2C Dbl 410
Larry Cohen Pass 2C Dbl 2C 3H 400

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Michael Dimich 4NT 2C Pass Dbl Dbl 490 161.00
2.    Andrew Krywaniuk Pass 2C Pass Dbl 4D 480 100.63
2.    Tom Anderson Pass 2C Pass Dbl 4D 480 100.63
4.    Conny Rosen Pass 1S Pass 2C Dbl 460 56.35
5.    Stuart Carr Pass 2C Dbl 2C Dbl 450 29.52
5.    Lucy Zhong Pass 2C Dbl 2C Dbl 450 29.52
7.    Diana Jing Pass 1S Pass 2C 4D 440 23.00
8.    Brad Bart Dbl 2C Pass Dbl 4D 430 19.01
8.    Gilbert Lambert Dbl 2C Pass Dbl 4D 430 19.01
10.    Laurence Betts Pass 2C 5D Pass 4D 420 15.37
10.    James Harris 4NT 1S Dbl 2C Dbl 420 15.37
12.    Eurydice Nours Dbl 2C Pass 2C 4D 410 12.01
12.    Peggy Lacasse Dbl 1S Pass 2C Dbl 410 12.01
12.    Silvana Trotter Pass 1S Pass 2C 3H 410 12.01
12.    Zoran Peca Pass 1S Dbl 2C 4D 410 12.01

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Pass 2C Pass 2C Dbl 480 89.25
1.    Nader Hanna (Canada) Pass 2C Pass 2C Dbl 480 89.25
1.    Chris Diamond (Thailand) Pass 2C Pass Dbl 4D 480 89.25
4.    Mike Roberts (Usa) Pass 1S Pass Dbl 4D 460 41.65
5.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 4NT 1S Pass Dbl 4D 450 20.21
5.    Bob Todd (Canada) Dbl 2C Pass Dbl Dbl 450 20.21
5.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) Pass 1S Pass Pass Dbl 450 20.21
8.    John Gillespie (Canada) 4NT 2C 5D 2C Dbl 440 14.05
8.    Claude Vogel (United States) 4NT 2C Dbl Dbl 4D 440 14.05
10.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) Pass Pass Pass Dbl 4D 430 11.36
10.    Kf Tung (China) Pass 2C Pass 2C 3NT 430 11.36
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