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TGIF May 2015: Scores

1. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S A 10 7 6 5 4   H A K Q 9 6   D 5   C 6  
West North East South  
Pass 1D Pass 1S
Pass 3D Pass 3H
Pass 3NT Pass ?

Your call?

4NT 4 100
4C 3 90
5H 3 90
5NT 2 80
4H 2 70
4D 1 50
6H 1 50
Pass 2 50
4S 0 30
Moderator: This problem may have set a record for the number of different calls by the panelists, a reminder that bridge is not a black-or-white proposition.
Steve Weinstein: 4C. I'm not willing to force to slam or pass 3NT, so I'll make a general force and see what partner does.
Mike Lawrence: 5NT. Not easy. Slam is likely, but not guaranteed at all. If there is a slam, it's probably in hearts or diamonds. Or even notrump. 4H wouldn't be forcing, so if I am looking for slam, it will be something of a grope. So, I grope with 5NT, pick a slam.
Jill Meyers: 4D. My hand is too strong not to make a forcing call. I have a lot of high-card points in the majors, and to jump to 3D, partner has to have a good suit. We could easily have a slam.
Steve Robinson: Pass. I have enough to make a forward-going call, but what should I bid? 4D on a singleton? 4H? I'm not sure that's forcing and partner might not have three hearts. Pass has the advantage of going plus.
The Sutherlins: 6H. The only forcing bid we can make is 4C. This is likely to lead to confusion. We think this hand is a favorite to make six of a major, so we take a shot with 6H. If partner is short in both majors, he can convert to 6NT.
Geoff Hampson: 4H. 3H might have been perceived as an attempt to get to 3NT facing a club stopper. I still need to convey that I have big majors.
Mel Colchamiro: 4NT. Pass is my 2nd choice. At first I thought that the obvious 4H would be my conservative choice, but opposite so many North hands that contain a one-loser diamond suit (as is likely), plus the CA, slam is highly likely. So I'll give him one poke.
Cynthia Handley: 5H. The controls are too good to bid just 4H. If partner's diamonds are solid, the hand has to be cold for at least 12 tricks. And if they aren't, hearts may be our best trump suit.
Stephen Vincent: 4NT. The most flexible forward-going move.
Larry Meyer: 4H. Bid out my shape.
Eugene Chan: 5S. Best slam probably in spades if partner has doubleton SK. Making a slam try despite a risk of potential minus.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. Bid something ambiguous and forcing to see if partner can give a preference.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. If we have a slam, it's in diamonds. I will make a move towards slam and see what we get.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Tempting to bid 6D on partner's apparently running suit.
Timothy Wright: 4S. I have sympathy for 4H here--it would show the 5th heart--but I want partner to upgrade a spade holding like SQ J.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4H. The misfit makes me cautious. Slam could be on (we probably have the points).
Roy Bolton: 4H. Slam chances are slim with this misfit.
Chris Diamond: 4H. Still looking for a major suit.
David Gordon: 4D. Probing for more.
Amiram Millet: 5NT. Inviting slam.
John Gillespie: Pass. No spades over there feels like 2 club stoppers and a 0-1 loser diamond suit.
Bob Todd: 5NT. . . pick a slam. I think 6D is the clear winner but at matchpoints the HJ x is huge.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. NT is not an option in my mind. With two singletons, it spells disaster.
Kf Tung: 5NT. If pard wants to play in a game, choose 5N. If pard wants to be in a slam, it can be 6D, 6H or 6S up to his choice.

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

Your call?

2C 12 100
1S 4 80
2D 0 60
2S 1 60
3D 1 60
1NT 0 40
2NT 0 30
Moderator: With 20 HCP, the majority of the panel bust out the cue-bid.
Roger Lee: 1S. If we belong in spades, someone has to bid them.
Don Stack: 2C. What about subsequent rounds? If partner bids 2D, we will raise to 3D, and if partner bids 2NT, we will raise to 3NT. Somehow, bidding 1S on this wretched suit after the double has no appeal.
David Waterman: 2C. I will not introduce my spades - partner may bid a 3-carder next.
Larry Meyer: 1S. Maybe our most likely game is 4S - someone has to make a move in that direction.
Eugene Chan: 1S. Not perfect, but maybe opps will balance or partner is able to take another call. I would be very surprised if auction dies in 1S.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2C. Allow partner to pattern out, though it may be difficult to identify any spade wastage. Suddenly slam (and 3NT) are back in the picture.
Ian Greig: 3D. I don't need much more than a fifth diamond and the HK (or SA) to make 3NT reasonable. I don't think that 2D (or 1NT or 2NT) will encourage partner sufficiently.
Perry Khakhar: 1S. Yes, I would also like a more robust suit! 5D is a long way off and 3NT may have communication issues. More likely game is in spades.
Timothy Wright: 1S. 3D could be very right, but if partner has spade support, we want to play in some number of spades.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2C. Cue tells the strong hand. I'll pass 2D if partner bids that (signifying an absolute minimum).
Chris Diamond: 1S. This could end the auction, but that might be right. If not I'll have a better idea where we are headed.
David Gordon: 2S. Fit bid?
Amiram Millet: 2C. A strong diamond support and checking for NT.
John Gillespie: 2C. I only have 4 spades don't I?
Bob Todd: 2C. 1S is non forcing and misdirected. Time to show strength first.
Beverley Candlish: 1S. I trust partner will not pass after I double and bid. I would like to play the contract in 4S, however I need a little boost.
Kf Tung: 1S. No regrets if pard passes your 1S.

3. IMPs. None vul.
S 6 4 2   H ---   D Q J 8 4 3   C A Q 7 4 3  
West North East South  
1H 1S 2H ?

Your call?

3H 10 100
4S 4 80
Dbl 3 70
2S 1 50
3C 0 30
3D 0 20
Moderator: Again, the panel cue-bid, this time showing "support".
Barry Rigal: Dbl. Minors and cards, planning to compete in spades unless partner lowers the boom on 4H, and even then, maybe.
Steve Robinson: 4S. . . bidding what I hope to make. The void in hearts makes it likely that West might bid 5H, which will make 4S the next-to-last bad bid.
Kerri Sanborn: 3H. I could have a very useful hand for partner. It would be nice to be playing a lead-directing transfer, but I need to get the raise in now.
David Waterman: 4S. This will be the winner in the long run - if he has only 4 spades, not in the short run.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Invite pard to game.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Classic textbook responsive double followed by raise to 3S adequately describes this hand.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4H. Stretching all the way to a splinter with 2 potential sources of tricks. A logical alternative is to responsive double and then support.
Ian Greig: 3H. Prepared to leave it up to partner over a 4H bid by West.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. They may not lead a trump. Or, we may be able to set up a side minor. What the heck it's IMPs: just in case it makes.
Paul Mcmullin: 3S. I'd splinter to 4H if I had a fourth spade.
Timothy Wright: Dbl. This is why they make responsive doubles, right?
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. With probably 5(+)-4(+) in the majors in partner's hand and three little spades this hand goes low.
Roy Bolton: Dbl. Covers the bases. Will bid spades next time to bid.
Chris Diamond: 3H. Tough hand. I'd like a 4th spade. If I double intending to bid spades next time it might have to come after 4H, or higher.
David Gordon: Dbl. . . followed by competing to 4S.
Amiram Millet: 3H. A strong raise to at least 3S.
John Gillespie: Dbl. . . followed by spades will show a heart shortness invite, just not this short.
Beverley Candlish: 3H. Cue bid opponents suit to show a limit raise or better in partner's suit.
Kf Tung: 2S. 2S is enough if pard cannot invite you for a game.

4. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S J 9 7 3   H J 9 7 3   D 9 7 5 4 3   C ---  
West North East South  
    Pass Pass
1C Dbl 1H Pass
2C Dbl 3C ?

Your call?

3D 6 100
3S 4 80
4C 3 70
Pass 3 60
3H 1 50
Dbl 1 50
Moderator: While some of the panelists cue-bid again, the most common bid was the straightforward 3D.
August Boehm: Pass. I'm close to bidding, but the vulnerability is even more daunting than the 2 HCP. Trading on the good distributional fit, I would have bid 1S initially - the get-in, get-out philosophy. At this stage, I feel I'm guessing.
Allan Falk: 3D. Partner just has a really good hand. Because I have a club void, he is a favorite to have at least two, so he could have any of a number of flat hands with 19+ HCP. The only thing of which I can be certain is that diamonds is a fit of some sort.
Geoff Hampson: 3S. I won't keep silent, and no action is clear, so I opt for the most rewarding suit.
Daniel Korbel: 4C. . . which should imply two places to play and a weak, shapely hand. Partner should be able to infer that I have spades and diamonds.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Doubtless we have a fit somewhere but it may not be easy to find.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Looks like our hands will fit well.
Eugene Chan: 4C. Would have bid 2D over 1H initially instead of wimpy pass. Now time to play catch up.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. It sounds like East may be jerking us around. If for no reason other than that, I'm going to overbid.
Ian Greig: 3D. A takeout double risks pass from partner and +100 might be insufficient (if we can beat it). Prefer 3D to 3S as I can run to 3S if 3D is doubled (even though West might hold long diamonds but unlikely long spades, and partner is more likely to hold 4 spades).
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Clearly, they have a massive club fit and probably RHO has fewer hearts than he showed. Knowing all this, you are still Vulnerable and broke, so pass for now.
Timothy Wright: Pass. I know it's a 30-point deck for us, but my hand leaves it as (almost) a 30-point deck.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. For the nothing I offered last round this hand has become quite nice. Let's tell partner we have a fit and let him choose the best suit.
Roy Bolton: 3D. I know it's matchpoints but this is safer.
Chris Diamond: 3S. Not much but the void makes it worth a call.
David Gordon: 3D. Play the safer contract.
Amiram Millet: 4H. To play at least 4 of a major.
Beverley Candlish: 3S. Partner is insisting on a bid from me.
Kf Tung: Pass. Sorry, pard, I am not excited.

5. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S A K Q 4   H A 4   D J   C K J 10 9 6 2  
West North East South  
3D Pass Pass Dbl
Pass 4D Pass ?

Your call?

5D 7 100
4S 5 90
4NT 4 80
5NT 2 70
5C 0 40
6C 0 30
6S 0 30
Moderator: Another another cue-bid. To slam, and beyond!
Larry Cohen: 5NT. Partner is driving to game opposite a possible 10 count. He must have a very good hand and at least one of the missing aces. In case partner chooses clubs, I bid 5NT on the way to 6S (if he doesn't pick clubs).
Betty Ann Kennedy: 5D. This will take up room, but it will force partner to bid a suit. After his expected 5H, we will continue with 6C. This should imply that we can stand a correction to 6S if partner holds a doubleton club. This seems the best plan to get to 6C or 6S.
Mike Lawrence: 4NT. Simple aces. Will bid 6S if partner has one ace. Will consider more if he has two.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4S. I'm not going to be greedy. I'm happy to get to spades. We might be missing slam, but I'll settle for a plus score.
Stephen Vincent: 4S. First duty is to show my better major.
David Waterman: 5D. . . and 6C over 5H; 6S over 5S.
Larry Meyer: 5D. Pard wanted to force to game even if I was a minimum takeout double, and I am much stronger than that.
Eugene Chan: 6C. Weirdest set of problems ever. Can't be wrong to bid what you think you can make.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4NT. . . 2 places to play (including clubs) with slam aspirations.
Ian Greig: 5D. Willing to risk the five level - partner may only have fairly minimum values and be striving for the correct major suit game. Will correct 5H to 5S and pass 5S.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. Sometimes preempts work! We may have more if partner has perfect hand. But 5 may not be safe, so a plus is a plus.
Timothy Wright: 6S. I was not expecting that. Over a balancing double, 4D has to show real values.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4S. I may miss 6S (or 6C) but I will take the certain plus.
Chris Diamond: 4S. Pick your major first. If pard's interested in slam we might be able to catch up.
David Gordon: 4S. Partner usually has both majors.
Amiram Millet: 5S. Inviting a slam.
John Gillespie: 4NT. Should be for straight aces (I hope) on the way to spades.
Beverley Candlish: 4S. I believe partner's 4D bid is asking me to pick a major suit.
Kf Tung: 6S. 6S is easier than 7C. West has opened 3D vulnerable, after all.

Panel's Answers

  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Allan Falk 4NT 1S 3H 3D 5D 480
Jeff Meckstroth 4C 2C 3H 3D 4S 480
Daniel Korbel 4NT 2C 3H 4C 5D 470
Kerri Sanborn 5NT 2C 3H 3D 4NT 460
Don Stack 4NT 2C 3H 3S 4NT 460
August Boehm 5H 2C 3H Pass 5D 450
Larry Cohen 4H 2C 3H 3D 5NT 440
Geoff Hampson 4H 2C 3H 3S 4S 440
Roger Lee 4C 1S 4S 3D 4S 440
Jill Meyers 4D 2C 4S 3D 5D 430
Steve Weinstein 4C 2C 3H Pass 4NT 430
Cynthia Handley 5H 2S 3H 3S 4S 420
Mel Colchamiro 4NT 3D 4S 4C 5D 410
Barry Rigal 5H 1S Dbl 3S 5NT 390
Steve Robinson Pass 2C 4S 4C 4S 390
The Sutherlins 6H 2C Dbl Dbl 5D 370
Betty Ann Kennedy Pass 2C 2S Pass 5D 360
Mike Lawrence 5NT 1S Dbl 3H 4NT 360

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    David Waterman 4NT 2C 4S 3S 5D 460 161.00
2.    Dave Gabel 5H 2C 3H 4C 4S 450 120.75
3.    David Schmidt 5H 1S 3H 3S 4S 440 68.43
3.    Kai Zhou 4H 2C 3H 4C 5D 440 68.43
5.    Gilbert Lambert 4H 2C Dbl 3D 4S 430 27.34
5.    Ian Greig 4H 3D 3H 3D 5D 430 27.34
5.    Zoran Peca 4H 2C 3H 3S 4NT 430 27.34
8.    Stephen Vincent 4NT 2C Dbl Pass 4S 420 19.01
8.    Michael Dimich 4H 2C 3H Pass 4S 420 19.01
10.    Rod Coote 4H 2C 2S 3D 4S 410 14.72
10.    June Pocock 4C 2C Dbl 4C 4NT 410 14.72
10.    Joel Martineau 4NT 2C 3H 3S 6S 410 14.72

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 4NT 2C 3H Pass 4NT 440 108.50
2.    Susan Julius (Canada) 4H 2C Dbl 3D 4S 430 67.81
2.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 4H 2C Dbl 3D 4S 430 67.81
4.    Beverley Candlish (Canada) 4H 1S 3H 3S 4S 420 29.84
4.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 4H 1S 3H 3S 4S 420 29.84
6.    Judi Carter (Canada) 4H 1S 3H 4C 4S 410 15.72
6.    Paul Janicki (Canada) 4H 2C 3H 3D 5C 410 15.72
6.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4D 2C 3H 4C 4S 410 15.72
9.    John Gillespie (Canada) Pass 2C Dbl 3D 4NT 400 11.45
9.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 5H 3D 2S 3D 5D 400 11.45
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