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TGIF June 2015: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A Q   H 7 4   D K Q 9 6   C A Q 8 7 5  
West North East South  
3H Pass 4H ?

Your call?

Dbl 13 100
Pass 3 70
4NT 2 60
5C 0 30
Moderator: This set leads off with a classic problem: do you make a takeout double over a preempt with imperfect shape? The panel resoundingly say yes, once again.
Jeff Meckstroth: 4NT. What a nightmare of a bidding problem. If I double, partner will bid 4S most of the time. It's very dangerous to bid. It's equally dangerous not to bid.
Barry Rigal: Dbl. Who knows? Partner may have more than five spades or a two-suiter. I'll say the devil made me do it. Passing is like landing on the head of a needle, I think. Will I sit for 4S if it is doubled? Glad you didn't ask!
Geoff Hampson: Pass. I have no appealing bid and there's that dreaded second heart.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Lots of points, but this is insufficient shape to come in at the 5-level. Even double would be better than 4NT here.
Eugene Chan: Pass. I will be happy if we go plus. Opps could be stealing us blind but we could just as easily be minus big time by competing.
Anssi Rantamaa: Dbl. . . for penalty expecting partner to lead trumps.
David Waterman: Dbl. Very close between Dbl and 4NT. 4S should play ok even opposite SJ x x x x.
Gilbert Lambert: Pass. Dble for penalty! Just kidding. I don't see a plus for us on offense, so I am passing.
Jake Grabow: Pass. To double will result in 4S, 4NT to minor but partner can be broke - in any case it comes back to partner again.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. 4NT is too unilateral. In a perfect world partner balances, possibly with 4S.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. I will put a small club in with my spades when I put my hand down as dummy in 4S.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Partner rarely has enough to let us make while we will probably get a plus defending.
Roy Bolton: Pass. East may have a big hand. Bidding could lead to disaster.
Plarq Liu: 4NT. Unusual NT, try my luck in the minors.
Beverley Candlish: 4NT. It is a toss up between double and 4NT asking partner to bid a minor suit. The danger is in doubling, if partner doesn't take it for penalty, she may bid spades.
Bob Todd: Dbl. I don't think a panel will pass and take their plus.
Chris Diamond: Pass. . . unlikely to be the winner in a bidding contest, but it's essentially a balanced hand looking for a 5-level contract if I bid.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Pre-empts work. They work better if we have 7+ tricks and let them get away.
Timothy Wright: Pass. It would be great to play optional (or penalty) doubles here. But we don't. Stay fixed, collect +50 and hope the other South gets too high.
Amiram Millet: Pass. I hope we can set them.

2. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S K 6   H 10   D A Q 9 6 2   C K Q 8 6 4  
West North East South  
1H 1S 4H ?

Your call?

Pass 9 100
Dbl 6 80
4S 1 60
4NT 1 50
5C 1 50
Moderator: This time the panel is split right down the middle: to pass or to lurch onward in search of . . . ?
Larry Cohen: 5C. I am persuaded by my singleton heart and fitting SK.
Mike Lawrence: 4S. I have a liking for 4S because (1) if partner has decent spades, it may be our only game; (2) the vul is right for the opponents to save, and (3) it's the cheapest available game. But a lot can go wrong with 4S, too. Glad it's matchpoints.
Jill Meyers: 4NT. . . which I think should be interpreted as both minors unless I correct to 5S, which I play with most partners as a slam try in spades.
Kerri Sanborn: Pass. I always want to bid, but I can't demand the five level with these suits.
The Sutherlins: Dbl. We have extra strength and distribution, including moderate support in spades. Let's hear from partner. Perhaps he has a six-card spade suit, perhaps even longer, and he will be able to bid spades again.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. This is a nice hand, but still not worthy of unilateral action.
Eugene Chan: Pass. If partner has a real hand, he will not sell out to 4H.
David Waterman: 5C. What else can you possibly do? This is why people preempt.
Gilbert Lambert: Pass. If partner can't act again, we can't go plus on offense. I have too many losers.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5C. It's a bidder's game.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Ask pard for his advice - rebid his suit, bid a minor, or pass for penalty.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5C. Don't need much to make this.
Roy Bolton: 5C. Pass is the safe bid, but this is matchpoints.
Plarq Liu: 4NT. I have something in the minors. Since we have not agreed on trumps, this is the unusual notrump.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. I doubt East can make 4H. North South appears to have the other suits nicely covered.
Chris Diamond: Pass. If a double was a sort of snapdragon I might try it since it would be fairly descriptive, but I don't think it is.
Kf Tung: Pass. Pard, I don't have much extra. Can you take care of us?
Timothy Wright: 4S. I see votes for 4NT or 5C, but since partner has 5+ spades, 4S rates to be the best matchpoint gamble.
Amiram Millet: 4S. I'll punish 5H.

3. IMPs. None vul.
S 6 3   H A K Q 8 7 4   D A 10 8 6   C 7  
West North East South  
Pass 1NT (1) Pass ?
(1) Forcing one round.

Your call?

2D 7 100
3H 7 100
2H 4 80
2NT 0 50
3NT 0 40
4H 0 40
3D 0 30
Moderator: The panel are evenly split between the shape-showing 2D and the value-showing 3H.
Don Stack: 2D. A 2H rebid is more likely to end the auction than 2D. If we can get partner to bid over 2D, then we can follow up with 3H.
Roger Lee: 3H. Bit of an overbid, but 2H is just as big of an underbid. I normally bid my side four-card suit in this situation, but here the hearts are good enough that I'll just hide my hand.
Geoff Hampson: 2H. My texture is wrong to try and start with 2D and I think 3H is too much.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2D. I'm prepared to treat this as a *good* 6-4.
Eugene Chan: 3H. A slight overbid. Partner has denied spades so this is multi-purpose. Simultaneously invitational and pre-emptive!
Anssi Rantamaa: 2D. If partner can eke out 2N were going to 3N.
Gilbert Lambert: 2D. It has always worked well for me to show my second suit on minimum hands.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3H. Keeps the spades out and is about right on values.
Larry Meyer: 2D. Bid out my shape.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2D. . . and 3H after pard's rebid, a constructive maximum is what I'll show.
Roy Bolton: 3H. Good enough to jump to the 3-level. Also shutting out the E-W spade suit.
Plarq Liu: 3H. I prefer emphasis on hearts.
Beverley Candlish: 2H. I don't know where partner's points are. I will wait for partner's next bid (hopefully).
David Gordon: 2D. Bid 6-4-6.
Chris Diamond: 3H. I like the hand and I'd like to make invitations in both hearts and NT, but I can only do one.
Kf Tung: 3D. I have 7+ tricks.
Timothy Wright: 2D. With a worse hand, I would rebid 2H, but I will happily bid 3H here over either a 2H preference or a 3C runout.
Amiram Millet: 2D. Too strong for 2H.

4. IMPs. None vul.
S 5   H A K J 10 7 2   D K J 10 7   C A Q  
West North East South  
2C Pass Pass ?

Your call?

3H 11 100
2D 2 60
Dbl 2 60
2NT 1 50
4H 2 50
2H 0 40
3D 0 30
Moderator: LHO didn't make a Michaels call, nor did he make a takeout double. Partner couldn't muster up a negative double and so far, right has nothing to say. Where are the spades?
Mel Colchamiro: 2NT. Partner must have 'a million' spades, so for me, it's 'what, me worry?'
Cynthia Handley: 2D. With two viable trump suits, I'd like to get both of them into the auction.
Daniel Korbel: 4H. I need basically nothing to make 4H: Either red queen should be more than enough. I don't want to give anyone a chance to bid spades. It's just too bad if partner has a bunch of diamonds headed by the ace.
Steve Robinson: 3H. Do I pass just because I have a singleton spade? Partner needs to hold very little for me to make 4H.
August Boehm: Dbl. With much ground to cover, a space-saving start seems in order.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. Hopefully this is high enough to keep them out of spades.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. All good hands start with double. Will correct partner's probable 2S to 3H. Failure to reopen with double should suggest a club void.
Gilbert Lambert: 2D. I do have a good hand, but LHO has cards over me. I should be careful here.
Stuart Carr: 3D. 2NT may work better if partner has spade stoppers.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4H. Take my chances.
Larry Meyer: 2D. Bid out my shape.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2H. . . and later (if necessary) I'll introduce diamonds.
Roy Bolton: Dbl. A dble and a re-bid of hearts should show my strength.
Plarq Liu: 2D. Offer a choice to partner.
Beverley Candlish: 2H. With my singleton spade I am going to need lots of trumping power.
Chris Diamond: 2H. No negative double and I don't think he has a penalty pass, so he has very little. I'll probably overbid 3D over their next bid since we likely have a fit. The real danger is that they have a spade fit and might find it.
Kf Tung: 2D. My hand is good for another bid and I have diamonds too. I may bid again if there is one more chance.
Timothy Wright: 3H. The lack of spade bids calls for caution, but needing only xxx=Qxx in the reds from partner for game to be worth bidding calls for bravery.
Amiram Millet: Pass. . . before they find spades.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S A 9   H 7 6 5 3   D Q 4   C Q 10 8 5 2  
West North East South  
1H 1S Pass Pass
2H 3C Pass ?

Your call?

3H 13 100
4C 2 70
4S 1 60
5C 1 60
4H 1 50
3S 0 30
Moderator: With all this, the panel feel they need to catch up.
Steve Weinstein: 3H. I want to show a great hand and offer a choice of strains. A direct 4S wouldn't suggest anything more than a hand that got much better because of club fillers. The 2-step approach of cuebid then 4S suggests honor-doubleton and a good club fit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. BBS does not give us any concrete inference from partner's failure to Michaels. There is still the risk of 4S suffering an immediate trump promotion.
Eugene Chan: 3H. We are not sure why partner did not Michaels. The 3H cue bid should provide clarity.
David Waterman: 3H. I would have bid 2S right away. Not sure how that would have worked.
Gilbert Lambert: 4C. Partner could have a shapely minimum. I will give him a chance to pass if we don't have game.
Yue Su: 3H. Game forcing.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3H. Got some catching up to do since I forgot to bid over 1S.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Support with support.
Roy Bolton: 4C. Have to raise but 5C would be too much.
Plarq Liu: 5C. We can make it, I guess.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. I would like to bid 3S, however, partner will be forced to trump hearts seriously depleting his stash. Clubs looks like a better bet.
Chris Diamond: 3H. This hand just got gigantic.
Kf Tung: 4C. You will love my cards, pard, and go to game if you want.
Timothy Wright: 5C. I think my hand got a lot better.
Amiram Millet: Pass. This may be our best score.

Panel's Answers

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

Local Heroes

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Andrew Krywaniuk Pass Pass 2D 3H 3H 470 133.00
2.    Joel Martineau Dbl Pass 2D Dbl 3H 460 83.13
2.    James Harris Dbl Dbl 2H 3H 3H 460 83.13
4.    David Waterman Dbl 5C 2D 3H 3H 450 46.55
5.    Brad Bart Dbl Dbl 2D 3H 5C 440 24.38
5.    Diana Jing 4NT Pass 2H 3H 3H 440 24.38
7.    Michael Dimich Dbl Pass 3H 3D 3H 430 16.80
7.    Eugene Chan Pass Pass 3H Dbl 3H 430 16.80
7.    Yue Su Pass Pass 2D Dbl 3H 430 16.80
10.    Jim Bodner Dbl 4S 3H 3H 5C 420 11.68
10.    Anssi Rantamaa Dbl 5C 2D 3H 4C 420 11.68
10.    Kai Zhou 4NT Pass 2D Dbl 3H 420 11.68
10.    Jack Qi Pass Pass 2H 3H 4C 420 11.68

World Leaders

    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    John Gillespie (Canada) Dbl Pass 2D 3H 3H 500 101.50
2.    Nader Hanna (Canada) Pass Pass 3H 3H 3H 470 76.13
3.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Dbl Pass 2D Dbl 3H 460 43.14
3.    Bob Todd (Canada) Dbl Pass 2D Dbl 3H 460 43.14
5.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) Dbl Dbl 3H 3H 5C 440 17.24
5.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Dbl Dbl 2D 2D 3H 440 17.24
5.    Claude Vogel (Usa) Dbl Dbl 2D 2D 3H 440 17.24
8.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Dbl Pass 2D Dbl 4C 430 12.69
9.    Mike Tanner (Canada) 4NT Pass 2D 2D 3H 420 11.28
10.    Chris Diamond (Canada) Pass Pass 3H 2H 3H 410 10.15
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