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Overtime April 2007: Scores

1. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A Q 10 9 4 2   H ---   D Q J 10 7 3   C A 10  
West North East South  
2H Pass 3H ?

Your call?

Bid A B C Total Points Award
4H 6 3 1 10 57 100
3S 3 2 0 5 36 63
4S 4 1 3 8 30 53
Dbl 1 3 0 4 15 26
Pass 0 0 2 2 2 4
Moderator: A hand too strong to bid 3S, too distributional to double, and while two-suited for Michaels, the good spade suit might favour the direct jump to 4S.
Julien Levesque: 4H. Call it crazy, but sometimes to let partner know about a dual suited hand Spades and minor, of that nature it would seem right to let partner have an option. Should partner prefer the minor he has 4NT available and possibly more.
Eugene Chan: 3S. No problem now. Could get interesting as auction develops.
Mike Roberts: 4S. You gave me the S9 for a reason, right?
Bj Trelford: Dbl. If partner passes I am happy. If partner bids clubs I will bid diamonds showing a two suiter.
Chris Buchanan: 4S. Shows a good hand. The problem with double is partner will likely convert and I do not like this hand for defense.
Bob Todd: 4S. Hopefully partner does not play me for too much. Wrong for 3S and 4H and double.
Gilbert Lambert: 3S. If partner has what I need to make game, he will (should) raise to four.
Martin Henneberger: 4H. Hope this shows this hand.
Chris Diamond: 4H. Hate it but everything else looks worse.
Adam Melzak: 4S. I can't imagine much else here...which probably means that correct bid is south african cuebid stayman 4H.
Paul Mcmullin: 4H. I will correct 5C to 5D, will raise 4S to 5S. Blackwood doesn't do me much good when all I need is a couple-o-kings for slam.
Loring Windblad: 3S. A quandary here. Your hand just about lays down at 3S. You also have outstanding support for diamonds. In either suit it would not take much on Partner's part to produce a game or a slam in either suit. So Doubling for takeout is likely the preferred option.
Susan Peters: Dbl. Then bid spades if partner bids clubs. If pard bids D then cue bid 4H.
David Breton: Dbl. Better than 4H. If partner passes they'll think twice before getting in our auction at those colors next time.
Kai Zhou: 4S. The natural bid with a 4 loser hand.
Peg Mcshane: 4S. Hopefully my partner has something.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A J 9 7   H 4   D Q 5 4 3   C 8 6 4 2  
West North East South  
  1NT Pass ?

Your call?

Bid A B C Total Points Award
Pass 12 8 4 24 115 100
2C 2 1 2 5 25 22
2H 0 0 0 0 0 0
Moderator: I guess this wasn't as interesting a problem as I originally thought...
Julien Levesque: 2C. after a 2H response, rebid 2S indicates =Spades + 1 or both minors 4+ each
Eugene Chan: Pass. Lack of intermediate spots favours PASS.
Mike Roberts: Pass. Yes it's IMPs, and yes we're vul, and we might make 4S. It feels like it's almost better to transfer (then pass) than Stayman.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. What is the issue?
Bj Trelford: Pass. If I bid stayman partner will bid hearts. Some might take a chance and get lucky. I am not lucky.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Need the perfect hand from partner for game.
Gilbert Lambert: 2C. According to wisdom, you should try for 40% vulnerable games. Here goes!
Martin Henneberger: Pass. No safety in any other action. If the opps have hearts and enter the auction I'll make a negative double.
Adam Melzak: Pass. Lousy spots, no heart suit... hmmm Stayman anyone? I think not.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Change all the '4's to 'T's, and I'll consider stayman/inviting.
Susan Peters: Pass. If hearts is partner's only 4 card suit then we should be ok. Don't really want to be forced to play in a 4-3 or 4-2 spade fit. Don't have a MSS stayman bid in SAYC.
David Breton: Pass. Seriously behind in the match, I'd try 2H and raise to game if partner super-accept.
Kai Zhou: 2C. It seems we can receive more benefits than passing.
Peg Mcshane: 2C. He might like spades but if he likes hearts I go to 2S.

3. IMPs. None vul.
S 8 7 6 3   H A K 6   D K 9 4   C J 7 4  
West North East South  
    3C Pass
Pass 3D Pass ?

Your call?

Bid A B C Total Points Award
3H 3 3 1 7 32 100
3NT 3 2 0 5 28 88
5D 3 0 0 3 22 69
4D 2 0 1 3 21 66
Pass 1 2 2 5 17 53
3S 1 2 1 4 13 41
4C 1 0 1 2 7 22
Moderator: Although the majority make up a 3H bid as trying for 3NT, I doubt partner would field it as anything but a 5-card major. On the deal this came from, partner would raise to 4H. ?Now what? If partner has stiff Q or xx in clubs, our Jxx rates to be a stopper. 3NT gets my vote at IMPs; Pass at Matchpoints.
Eugene Chan: 4D. Too good to pass. Anemic spades not worth bidding.
Mike Roberts: 5D. Can't pass, can't bid a major. Not quite strong enough for 4C (I'd bid that with the SK as well). 3NT is a good gamble, but still a gamble. AKx xxx AQxxxx x can claim on the criss-cross squeeze.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. Out of space and time to get to the most likely game. Hope Partner has at least Qx of C! I would hate to play a 3-3 H fit at the 4 level or higher.
Bj Trelford: 3S. Hope partner raises or bids 3NT. If partner rebids diamonds I pass.
Chris Buchanan: 4C. Not going to hang partner for balancing. Bidding 3H is tempting but could lead to trouble.
Bob Todd: 3H. I owe partner a bid. I will know what to do over 3S, 3N, 4D and can decide what to do over 4H. I don't expect any other 3H biddiers but I think it is the best choice unless it goes pass.
Gilbert Lambert: Pass. Enough is enough.
Martin Henneberger: 3NT. I'm going for 9 tricks with a game bonus...good pards have the CQ.
Adam Melzak: 3H. 3NT anyone?
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Might have more to think about if vul.
Loring Windblad: 3H. Temporizing call showing the stoppers to allow Partner a 3NT game if he holds a club and spade stopper. Expect to be able to correct to D at the next bid if NT is not an option.
Susan Peters: 3NT. And hope partner has a partial club stopper.
David Breton: 3NT. Stoppers schmoppers, I've learned my lesson.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S 2   H A 9 8 6 4 2   D 9 8 2   C A 9 8  
West North East South  
Pass 1D 1S 2H
3D 4C Pass ?

Your call?

Bid A B C Total Points Award
4D 4 4 0 8 39 100
5D 4 2 0 6 38 97
4S 3 0 1 4 27 69
5C 2 1 0 3 19 49
4H 1 1 2 4 11 28
4NT 0 1 0 1 3 8
Pass 0 0 3 3 3 8
Moderator: 2H was aggressive, but after partner's free 4-level action, did your hand get even better than you promised?
Julien Levesque: 4S. Not the best option , but we have a big fit in C/D. I tell them about the stiff spade.
Eugene Chan: 5C. Partner should have minor 2 suiter asking for preference. I prefer clubs!
Mike Roberts: 4D. A wonderful 8 count, but still an 8 count. The middle of the road action feels right - if partner tries for slam, I'm there. 4S agrees clubs, so that's out.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. Might be a temporizing bid if Partner has a huge minor 2 suiter. Over 5 of a minor, I bid 6C. Typically, with a lesser hand, Partner would have some thing like HK x and SA. So play him for it first.
Bj Trelford: 4D. I prefer diamonds to clubs. 4C could be a q-bid in support of hearts. I don't want to jump to 5D in case P has hearts. I will find out.
Chris Buchanan: 5D. Partner is 5-5 or 6-5 in the minors. Partner is also likely 2-0 or 2-1 in the majors so rebidding my anemic heart suit is out. It never hurts to support partner.
Bob Todd: 5D. Good hand for partner - but I did bid 2H. Pd must be at least 5-5 or 6-4.
Gilbert Lambert: 5D. With Peter Morse, I bid 5D. With Brad Bart...I don't know. Is there a bid that ask pard to bid 5 of his best minor? What is 4S? Cue for clubs? Tough hand.
Martin Henneberger: 4D. If i had started with neg dbl and pd bid 4C..then 4S stands out. Here I've already overstated my values so 4S seems like overkill....
Adam Melzak: 5C. What's west got for his cuebid? Is pard 6-5 in the minors? I hope so; prefer this action to 4D or 5D.
Paul Mcmullin: 4D. I'll follow with 5C if west bids 4S, which is where I THINK he was going with his 3D call.
Loring Windblad: 4NT. Blackwood asking for Aces, with Diamonds the intended trump. With 1 ace you can stop in 5D; with both you can likely safely proceed to 6D.
David Breton: 4D. Rule: When you can't figure out what's going on, make the cheapest bid.
Kai Zhou: 4S. Now need to consider slam.
Ranjan Bhaduri: 4H. Not really sure what West's 3D bid meant. Are North's bids natural - showing both diamonds and clubs? Or does North's 4C bid imply a heart fit?
Peg Mcshane: Pass. I think we have 8 clubs and 26 points.

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

Your call?

Bid A B C Total Points Award
Dbl 5 3 1 9 51 100
4C 2 4 2 8 26 51
4NT 2 0 0 2 20 39
Pass 2 2 1 5 19 37
4D 2 0 1 3 17 33
3NT 1 0 1 2 7 14
Moderator: The passed-hand opps have hijacked your auction. Is it too risky to bid vul, or is the lure of a vulnerable game worth the risk?
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Wouldn't 3NT unusual be nice here? But it isn't. 4C feels too committal, and partner has to trust me to pass balanced 18 counts here.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. There is no reason to expect that this is your hand. On a good day, you may be able to beat 4S. You have a Partner at the table, the next move if any, is his. If partner passes, you can chalk up win 5 on your card.
Bj Trelford: 3NT. Minor take out bid. 3NT can not be to play.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Simply too much to pass. Over 4H by partner I am pulling to 5C.
Bob Todd: 4C. 3N is too dangerous.
Adam Melzak: Pass. double? 4C? 4D? Valium anyone? ok.. 4C is tempting.
Paul Mcmullin: Dbl. I would have strongly considered opening 2C, so it doesn't seem right not to bid SOMETHING here.
Loring Windblad: 4C. Your partner likely has 2C and the opponents have 5C hopefully split 3 and 2. There is a good chance you can set the opponents at the 4S level but 4C is also likely a very safe contract.
Patti Adams: Dbl. Partner will bid hearts, and I can correct to clubs.
David Breton: 4C. It should be clear to pard that there's a lot of shape around the table. He'll know what to do (or not do).
Kai Zhou: 4C. Need HA and CQ from pd to make game, not a bad gamble by bidding 4C.
Peg Mcshane: 4D. We have the minors.

Flight A

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Martin Henneberger (Canada) 4H Pass 3NT 4D Dbl 488
2.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 4S Pass 5D 4D Dbl 422
3.    Merv Adey (Canada) 4H Pass 3NT 4D 4D 421
4.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4S Pass 3H 5D 4C 401

Flight B

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 4H Pass Pass 4D Dbl 453
2.    Stuart Carr (Canada) 4H Pass 3S 5D Dbl 438
3.    Mark Eddy (Canada) 4H Pass 3H 4D Pass 437

Flight C

    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Zoran Peca (Canada) 4H Pass Pass 4H 4C 332
2.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Usa) 4S Pass 4D 4H Pass 284
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