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TGIF April 2007: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S J 7 2   H Q   D A Q 9 6   C A K J 10 8  
West North East South  
  1D 1H 2C
2H Pass Pass 3H
Pass 3S Pass ?

Your call?

4D 12 100
4H 3 70
4NT 0 60
6D 1 60
5D 1 30
4C 0 20
5NT 1 20
4S 0 10
Moderator: After the 3H rebid, is 4D forcing? Most think so, but some take action to remove partner from the decision: they worry partner may pass 4D.
Barry Rigal: 4D. My 3H call set up a game-force. Although there are some auctions where four of a minor can be passed, this is not one. I would have bid 4H on the previous round to set diamonds as trump and show short hearts.
Paul Soloway: 4D. I'm looking for slam, so let's set trump.
Brad Bart: 4D. The 3H bid setup 4D as a force.
Kai Zhou: 4D. slam interest in D.
Julien Levesque: 4D. A forcing bid looking at a slam, as 3NT and 5D would be signoffs and 4H would muddy the water.
Eugene Chan: 5D. At IMPs, I choose the safest game which is 5D. Possible to make 6D. Would like to temporize 4D forcing, but opener will probably pass.
Dan Jacob: 4D. 3H was forcing to game.
Ben Ong: 4NT. bidding 6D with 2 aces, 5D otherwise.
Adam Melzak: 4NT. 4D seems like buckpassing, although nice to confirm fit. His pass at 2nd opportunity would tend to deny club fit so... I wouldn't totally sneer on 6D.
Richard Syrnyk: 5D. Hope I haven't missed slam!
Loring Windblad: 6D. Partner should have at least 2-2 1/2 quick tricks and they should come in the form of DK J and SA Q or SA K. 6D should be a laydown. Safe bidding? 5D.
Stephen Vincent: 4NT. Must be RKC in D after the cue bid.
Stuart Carr: 4H. I don't want to give up on the possibility of slam yet. Figure partner 4-2-5-2.
Gilbert Lambert: 4NT. KJ of diamonds and AK of spades makes this a sound diamond slam, and pard is allowed to have opened with more than eleven HCP.
David Walker: 4D. We're in a forcing to game situation after two control bids. Want partner to use key-card blackwood.
Patti Adams: 6D. It might be a stretch, but 5D sounds so wimpy, and 4D isn't forcing.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4H. Tough problem as not sure 4D is forcing. I'll bid 4H and if pard bids 4NT I will answer KC in clubs; if pard bids 5C I will correct to 5D and give an out; if pard bids the likely 5D I will have to guess to pass or raise diamonds.
Susan Peters: 5D. 4S at matchpoints, but 5D looks safer at imps.
Martin Henneberger: 4D. Natural and game forcing.
Mike Roberts: 4D. Given that partner has no heart stopper, 6D must have a decent play...unless partner is 4432. I don't know how to cater to that.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. The worst hand that I can imagine partner to hold, AKxx xxxx KJTx x, would still make 5D. So slam investigation should be safe.
Jared Riley: 4S. Partner knows by my failure to use a negative double or bid 2S that I have only 3S. Since you have a guaranteed heart loser, pd would need the strong nt he doesn't have to make slam good.
Bj Trelford: 5D. Did 3H set diamonds or ask for a stopper? Partner showed a minimum by passing 2H. 5D is high enough.
Chris Buchanan: 6D. We have a rule in Edmonton: bid what you think you can make. Partner has at most KJ of Diamonds and Q of Clubs and J of Hearts. Playing them for at least AQ of spades.
Bob Todd: 4H. Since splinters don't appear to be part of sayc, my first Q was GF. 2nd one should be control showing slam try in support of S or D . Over 4S I will bid 5D.
Paul Mcmullin: 4NT. Make sure we're not missing two aces in this auction that sounded like it might have been showing stoppers toward 3NT.
Kevin Strangway: 4D. Jump Q splintering immediately over 1H would have made life easier.
Ranjan Bhaduri: 4NT. Keycard. I'm probably going to 6D.
Fred & Barb Bart: 4S. 6D might be there but take the sure Spade game on a 4-3 fit.
Dan Cecchelli: 4D. Slam is still possible - will await developments. I sure hope partner doesn't pass 4D!!

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S 5 4   H K 9 7 5 4 3   D 10 3 2   C Q 5  
West North East South  
  1D 1S Pass
Pass 2NT Pass ?

Your call?

3NT 10 100
3H 4 90
4D 1 50
4H 1 50
3D 2 30
3S 0 0
Moderator: What's partner doing with 2NT? It can't be 18-19 because that's 1NT. Some think it's 20+; some a solid minor; some both minors. Most respondents want to introduce hearts.
Paul Soloway: 3NT. How to introduce hearts and create a force is not clear, so I bid a simple 3NT.
Brad Bart: Pass. Will my tickets be enough to make 3NT opposite a solid diamond suit and a spade stopper? I take my plus.
Kai Zhou: 3H. To play.
Julien Levesque: 3NT. It's a "lesser evil" bid with North as the declarer to right side the contract.
Eugene Chan: 3H. I'm not broke. Partner can still carry on to 3NT.
Dan Jacob: 3D. Transfer, system on over 2N. Should be clear since I didn't raise diamonds the first time.
Ben Ong: 3H. Tough to evaluate how precious the sixth heart is. Torn between a 3H or 4H bid, but caution is probably warranted here.
Richard Syrnyk: 3D. Transfer bid to hearts then raise to 4H.
Loring Windblad: 3H. Depending upon Partner, I might bid 4H.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. 3 of a major after partner's rebid of 2NT is much more usefully played as forcing rather an attempt to land in the best part score.
Stuart Carr: 4H. Not sure what partner is showing: 20+ HCP?
Peg Mcshane: 3D. transfer
David Walker: 3NT. I didn't double, so she bid NT alone and must have three hearts.
Patti Adams: 3NT. Partner likes their hand, I have 3 diamonds, which will help run his suit, and the HK must be working, too.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3H. Pard could be offshape with longish minor so I will go slow.
Mike Roberts: 3NT. Points are there for game. 3H is not forcing, and 2NT is not 18-19. 4H is too risky, and the D10 will be an entry to my HK. Positionality is key on this hand.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. In the hope that it is the only making game!
Jared Riley: Pass. 1N by N in this auction shows 18-19, so this must be good diamonds and a spade stopper. Hope the limit is 3D, and 2N.
Bj Trelford: 3D. 2NT must be both minors.
Michael Roche: 3D. 2NT can't be natural - must be 6-4 in the minors
Chris Buchanan: 3H. I would have started with a negative double, but it is now time to get the heart suit in.
Bob Todd: 3NT. This is sayc right? Partner likely has length in D+S or he would have doubled with strength.
Kevin Strangway: 3H. Is 2NT 18-19 balanced as 1NT would have been?
Ranjan Bhaduri: 3H. Give partner the choice of 3NT or 4H.
Fred & Barb Bart: 4H. Partner has 18-19 and we have at least an 8 card fit. My 5 HCPs just went up in value.
Jane Fyfe: 4H. Assuming no texas transfer.
Leo Weniger: 3NT. Pard probably has long diamonds, and could easily have a singleton heart (hopefully an honor).
Dan Cecchelli: 4H. I bid what I think I can make!!

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A 6 4 3   H J 5   D A 10 9 3   C J 9 3  
West North East South  
1S 2H Pass ?

Your call?

2S 7 100
3H 6 90
2NT 3 70
Pass 2 40
4H 0 10
3NT 0 0
Moderator: Play in hearts? Notrump? Game? Partscore? How do you keep all options in the picture?
Jill Meyers: 2S. It's close between 2S and 3H, but I like my aces.
Barry Rigal: 3H. It's not perfect---we might miss 3NT.
Paul Soloway: 3H. This hand looks suit oriented, and the spade spots make 2NT unattractive.
Kai Zhou: 2NT. Has some risk but too good to pass.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Nice hand but I don't believe we have a game.
Dan Jacob: 2NT. Not pretty but I got to do something.
Ben Ong: Pass. A 3NT game is unlikely...
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. A little more stuffing in spades would be nice but you can't have everything. It could be one of those hands where partner has a running heart suit and 3NT will make but not 4H.
David Walker: Pass. Wait for developments. 4H is in the cards.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2S. Overcalling 2H over 1S requires something extra in my theory (either extra good suit or strength). Cue bid will tell me more and allow proper exploration of both the level and the strain.
Martin Henneberger: 2S. 2NT seems right on values..but 2 trump and aces doesnt want to discourage a suit contract ...since I dont have enough info as to where we should play..I will start with 2S.
Judi Carter: 2S. Planning to bid 3NT or 4H depending on pard's spade holding.
Mike Roberts: 2S. While 2H might easily be on 5, I still think 4H is a much more likely game than 3NT, given my spade interiors. I like my aces.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. Let's see if partner can provide some further input. 2N, 3H, 3N or 4H are all possible.
Bj Trelford: Pass. Matchpoints so I am going for a plus.
Chris Buchanan: 2NT. I don't like it, but I do not like my other options.
Bob Todd: 3H. Pass may be right but positionally this is a good hand.
Paul Mcmullin: 2S. Tell me more? At least I almost have honor-doubleton in partner's suit.
Ranjan Bhaduri: 2NT. Show my spade stopper and some values (my original pass should give partner a clear indication of my points).
Fred & Barb Bart: 2S. If partner has 6 hearts and a solid overcall, 4 hearts might be there but we'll settle for 3.

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

Your call?

3NT 6 100
4NT 4 90
5NT 1 80
6NT 5 70
Pass 1 70
4S 1 20
6D 0 10
5D 0 0
Moderator: Is it time for another 3NT or is it time to try for greater things?
Jill Meyers: 3NT. If 4NT was quantitative, that would be my choice, but I am afraid 4NT is either minors or Blackwood. Good thing to discuss with partner.
Barry Rigal: 3NT. I play 4NT as minors with no slam interest, and 4S shows minors with slam interest. I have no way to invite, so I'll guess that we can't make slam.
Kai Zhou: 6NT. Can hardly see 7.
Eugene Chan: 4NT. Quantitative 4NT. Hope partner does not think this is pick a minor.
Larry Meyer: 4NT. Hoping to show spades stopped, and more than enough for 3NT.
Dan Jacob: 6NT. The practical bid. Could be wrong if pard is 5-4-4. I could start with 4S but I will have the same problem over 5C: 5D should show a different hand, just too good to bid 5 the first time.
Ben Ong: 4S. Planning on bidding slam in whatever suit partner bids. 4NT to check for aces is a close second choice, but a suit contract seems better than NT.
Adam Melzak: 4S. I think you can risk bypassing 3N looking for 6N/6D, if he replies 5C then 5D and maybe pard raises to 6. If 5H then wing 6D.
Richard Syrnyk: 6NT. I expect partner to have 16+ points.
Loring Windblad: 3NT. I'd settle for the relatively sure 3N with the flat hand. 6 may be there and may not....but if I show my solid stoppers and commitment to 3N and partner has extra values they will carry on.
Stephen Vincent: 4NT. Tough. Want to keep slam options open without punishing partner.
Stuart Carr: 3NT. I'd like to bid 4NT as invitational to 6NT.
Gilbert Lambert: 4NT. Natural, quantitative.
David Walker: 6NT. Risky, but what the hell. 3S is one hell of an interference.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Especially if LHO is under 30. We may get only 800 if we make small slam but I'm taking a plus since there is not good way to investigate slam.
Martin Henneberger: 4NT. Quantitative. I hope pd and I are on the same page!
Mike Roberts: Pass. Most likely +800 vs. a slam, or +500 vs. a game. It's the +500 vs -50 that sways me at IMPS. Slam isn't cold - wouldn't we all double on x KQxx KQxx Axxx? I'll take the money.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. 6N seems to be solid, but if partner has a source of tricks, maybe 7N could make. My bid tends to show the minors, so wait to see what partner does, before committing the hand.
Bj Trelford: Pass. Either pass or 6NT. Not sure 6NT will make so pass wins my vote.
Michael Roche: 3NT. Most partners would play 4NT as showing minors.
Chris Buchanan: 4NT. Quantitative.
Ross Jamieson: 6NT. I'd like to ask aces, but then I can't naturally bid 5NT if we're missing values.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. It may be hard to find 9 tricks with this flat hand at 3NT; we may even score up down 3 (or 4?). Am I missing slam?
Ranjan Bhaduri: 4NT. Going to go to 6NT but need to make sure that partner has at least one ace.
Jane Fyfe: 4NT. Quantitative.
Dan Cecchelli: 4S. We may be on for a grand!!

5. Matchpoints. None vul.
S A 5 4   H 7 6   D K 9 8 3   C A Q 8 3  
West North East South  
2H Pass 2S Pass
Pass 2NT Pass ?

Your call?

3D 13 100
Pass 3 40
3C 1 30
3NT 1 10
Moderator: What's partner's intention? One possibility is a trap pass of 2H doubled. The other is a takeout for the minors.
Paul Soloway: 3D. If you have a trap pass of 2H, Dbl is the traditional way of announcing that hand. It would not be a penalty double. When you get stuck with 9 or 10 HCP with five diamonds and three clubs, you need a way to compete.
Kai Zhou: 3D. Pard should have 5D and 4C, but why would I open 1C?
Eugene Chan: 3D. All good North hands should double. Hence 2NT is for minors. Opening 1D would have been a better choice.
Dan Jacob: 3D. 2NT should be TO for minors; we should have at least a 4-4 fit.
Ben Ong: Pass. Good luck partner!
Adam Melzak: Pass. So is 2N a takeout for minors or showing stoppers? Based on your heart holding, I'd go with the latter and pass.
Loring Windblad: 3D. I'm not sure whether this is the impossible 2NT or natural. If Natural the D stopper should come in handy to let partner know 3NT is a possibility.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. This started out as a flat minimum and nothing much has changed about it.
David Walker: 3NT. Partner has hearts and diamonds and 10+ points.
Patti Adams: Pass. I think partner's just competing.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3D. I shoulda opened 1D. Perhaps pard is trying to show long diamonds and club support so I will try 3D. If pard's bid is natural we may bid and make 3NT.
Mike Roberts: 3D. I think partner has a light heart trap, but maybe it's minors, although that gives the opps way too many major cards. If partner does have the heart trap, we'll play 3NT - it's only one more, partner!
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Pard had a heart trap. They wiggled off the hook though. I will try to get a plus!
Bj Trelford: 3NT. Partner has a trap pass of 2H and a partial spade stopper. I have one also.
Michael Roche: 3D. Thanks Partner - good bid! Shows 5(+) Diamonds and 3 Clubs
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Partner likey has a trap pass for hearts. I am going to try and take a plus.
Bob Todd: 3D. I assume if partner was trapping in hearts with values he would double. I think he has diamonds with club support.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. No extras, flat hand. Sounds like partner wanted to hit 2H. [By the way, why didn't this hand open 1D?]
Ranjan Bhaduri: Pass. I've shown my opening hand - partner is competing - no reason to bid again.
Leo Weniger: 3D. Pard has a heart trap, short spades and diamonds. With clubs he would have bid 3C.
Dan Cecchelli: Pass. Partner had a trap pass over 2H. With my minimum, that is all!!

Panel's Answers
  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jill Meyers 4D 3NT 2S 3NT 3D 500
Barry Rigal 4D 3NT 3H 3NT 3D 490
Paul Soloway 4D 3NT 3H 4NT 3D 480
Betty Ann Kennedy 4D 3H 2S 6NT 3D 460
Kerri Sanborn 4D 3NT 2NT 4NT 3D 460
Karen Walker 4H 3NT 3H 3NT 3D 460
Richard Freeman 6D 3NT 2S 5NT 3D 440
The Colchamiros 5NT 3NT 2S 3NT 3D 420
Allan Falk 4D 3H Pass 4NT 3D 420
Randi Montin 4D 3D 2S 4NT 3D 420
Steve Robinson 4D 3H 3H 3NT Pass 420
Larry Cohen 4D 4D 3H 6NT 3D 410
August Boehm 4H 3H 2NT 6NT 3D 400
Jeff Meckstroth 4D 3NT 2S 6NT 3C 400
The Sutherlins 4D 3NT 3H Pass Pass 400
Mike Lawrence 4D 3D 2NT 6NT 3D 370
Grant Baze 4H 3NT 2S 4S Pass 330
Bridge Buff 5D 4H Pass 3NT 3NT 230

Local Heroes
    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Kai Zhou 4D 3H 2NT 6NT 3D 430
1.    Aidan Ballantyne 4H 3H 2S Pass 3D 430
3.    Loring Windblad 6D 3H 2NT 3NT 3D 420
4.    Rod Coote 4D 3H 2NT 3NT Pass 400
4.    Michael Dimich 4D 3NT 2NT 4NT Pass 400
6.    Julien Levesque 4D 3NT 2NT 6NT Pass 380
6.    Eurydice Nours 4D 3H 2NT 4NT 3C 380
6.    Martin Henneberger 4D 3H 2S 4NT 3S 380
9.    Dan Jacob 4D 3D 2NT 6NT 3D 370
9.    Sheila Sache 4NT 3H 3H 4NT Pass 370
9.    Patti Adams 6D 3NT 2NT 3NT Pass 370
9.    Norma Doucette 4D 3H 2NT Pass Pass 370

World Leaders
    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4D 3NT 2S 4NT 3D 490
2.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 4D 3NT 2S Pass 3D 470
3.    Lea Gaboury (Canada) 4D 3H 2NT 3NT 3D 460
4.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4H 3NT 3H 6NT 3D 430
5.    Michael Roche (Canada) 4D 3D 2NT 3NT 3D 400
5.    Kevin Strangway (Canada) 4D 3H 2S 6NT Pass 400
7.    Merv Adey (Canada) 4D 3H 3H Pass Pass 390
7.    Al Chapelle (Canada) 4D 3H 3H 6NT Pass 390
9.    Laurie Shapka (Canada) 4D 3NT 2NT 6NT Pass 380
10.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 4D 3NT 2S 4S Pass 360


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