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TGIF March 2017: Scores

1. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A 10 7 6 4 3   H A 8   D A J 9   C K J  
West North East South  
  1H Pass 1S
Pass 2C Pass 2D (1)
Pass 2H Pass ?
(1) Establishes game force.

Your call?

2S 9 100
2NT 4 80
3H 1 60
3NT 0 40
3S 0 30
4H 0 30
4NT 0 20
Moderator: Having established a game force, most of the panelists get serious about the search for strain and level by rebidding their six-card suit. Even though partner doesn't figure to have much in the way of support, it's an economical call.
Larry Cohen: 2S. For now, I might as well show my long spades and keep the bidding low. It's not like I expect to play in spades, but this leaves the most room for partner to continue the dialogue. Partner doesn't have to have 6 hearts: he might be stuck.
Roger Lee: 2NT. Because it will complicate the auction, I don't want to rebid spades, and I suspect that spades is not a likely home unless partner can bid them over 2NT anyway. 2NT allows us to make a slam try next, without overstating our support.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3H. Partner should be short in spades, so I want to set hearts as trump.
Eugene Chan: 2NT. We are in a game forcing auction. Try to elicit more info about partner's hand. Partner should try to tell us more info about his shape.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. Hearts looks like the most likely strain.
Hk Ho: 2S. Bidding can go slow in a game forcing situation. 2S tells North 5+ spades, hoping to extract a 3-card support. If North rebids 3S, investigate for slam. If North rebids anything else, there is enough information to select the final contract, 3NT or 4H.
David Waterman: 2NT. We need to find the right strain before we figure out the level.
Eurydice Nours: 4NT. Key card in hearts.
Christopher Diamond: 2S. No real idea where we are going yet. So I might as well slow it down and get some idea of his shape.
Larry Meyer: 2S. Show my six-card suit, leaving lots of room to explore for our best spot.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. SK x HK J x x x Dx x CA Q x x would bid like this, where 6S has a good chance and 6H sucks. So, I am going to go slow.
Chris Buchanan: 2S. Lots of room yet. I will bid hearts at my next opportunity.
David Gordon: 2NT. 2H bid denies 3 spades. Our spade suit needs 2 honours from partner for a slam.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. Tell me more partner. If he doesn't support spades now on honour-doubleton we probably belong in 3NT; but since SK x HK x x x x DK x CA x x x is still possible, I will ask for information one more time.
Kf Tung: 2S. Tell partner that you have 6 spades before showing the 2-card heart support.
Allan Simon: 3H. Setting trumps for now. Let's not get carried away. Opposite Sx x HK Q x x x Dx x CA Q x x, slam is no bargain.

2. IMPs. None vul.
S A K J 9 7 6   H ---   D A K 7 3   C A 9 5  
West North East South  
1H Pass 1S ?

Your call?

Dbl 6 100
Pass 5 90
3S 2 60
2S 1 50
Moderator: Everyone on the panel cites the great strength of the hand, as well as the danger. Most choose to get in immediately.
Daniel Korbel: Pass. My plan is to jump to 3S on the next round, if possible, to convey a very strong hand with spades. Although 2S and 3S would be natural now, neither would do this hand justice.
Jill Meyers: 3S. . . natural and invites a game. This hand is much too good for 2S.
Josh Donn: Dbl. I will probably bid spades a few times next and find out the hard way if partner thinks it's natural or not. But I kind of have the minors anyway, so how bad can double be?
Eugene Chan: 2S. Standard natural call. I am prepared to play in spades!
Stephen Vincent: Pass. 2S, while natural, doesn't begin to express the values.
Hk Ho: Pass. Dbl might induce North to take out in my 3-card suit. It is pretty remote for N/S to make a game. Hence, better wait until West has bid again. Then, bid 2S over West's 2H or Dbl East's 2S/3D/3C.
David Waterman: Pass. If the 1H bid was a psych I may be sorry, but otherwise this should work out well.
Gilbert Lambert: 2S. I hope two spades is natural here.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. 2S would be natural but this is too much. Something like 6 small diamonds and out makes slam.
Larry Meyer: Pass. This hand looks like a misfit, and pard must be close to broke.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Classic trap pass! Best I can do is pass for now and try to back in as high as 2S.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Trap pass.
Chris Buchanan: 2S. Natural.
David Gordon: Dbl. I am one club light for normal takeout double shape.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 2S. Natural in my agreements.
Kf Tung: Pass. Don't tell them they are in trouble.
Allan Simon: 2S. I smell a rat.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 9 8 4   H A Q J 8 6 5 4 2   D 8   C A  
West North East South  
Dbl Rdbl 2C ?

Your call?

4H 7 100
3C 3 70
4C 2 70
3H 1 60
Pass 1 50
2H 0 30
Moderator: You were dealt tricks, but not a lot of values. After partner's strong redouble, which option shows your hand?
Mike Lawrence: 4H. . . not a strong bid. It describes this sort of hand. The main problem with this bid is that partner will expect more.
Kerri Sanborn: 3C. . . then 4H. I want to establish the control in clubs and the strength of my suit.
Geoff Hampson: 4C. I have a great playing hand with self-sufficient hearts, so I will attempt to describe that with my second bid.
Eugene Chan: 4H. It is what I would have opened without the CA. This tells partner exactly what I have, a hand too good to pre-empt. A hand that does not wish to defend.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. The practical bid.
Hk Ho: 4H. I have only 5 losers. North's Rdbl should provide 2+ winning tricks, enough for game.
David Waterman: 3H. 2H would be hearts and a weak hand, so 3H should show this hand.
Christopher Diamond: 2H. Just short of 3H.
Larry Meyer: 4H. Take the direct route to our most likely contract.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. Bid what I maybe should have the first time! Sx x x says get there, don't look for more.
Plarq Liu: 4H. We need to set trump, fast.
Chris Buchanan: 4H. To play.
David Gordon: 4H. This should be a minimum offensive hand.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4H. Distributional hand, don't want to defend. Opposite 10+ this should make.
Kf Tung: 4H. Forget about a lucky slam. Your job is to buy the contract for 4H.

4. IMPs. None vul.
S A K 9 8 3 2   H 10 2   D 3   C K Q 10 2  
West North East South  
    3S Pass
Pass 4NT (1) Pass ?
(1) Club-diamond two-suiter.

Your call?

5C 8 100
6C 6 90
Moderator: Given the known club connection and lack of bidding space, there are only two viable options, making this a lackluster problem. By a slender margin, the panelists choose to bid minimally.
Sylvia Shi: 5C. Partner may have done well to bid originally. I will not bury him.
Jill Meyers: 6C. This is a very hard problem because I have no way to find out if partner has heart control, but I will take my chances.
Eugene Chan: 5C. Partner asked me to choose. So I prefer clubs. Partner is almost guaranteed to be void in spades.
Stephen Vincent: 6C. A guess but there's just no room to explore. I'd really like to arrange things so that it's played from the other side.
Hk Ho: 5C. My hand is poor when North's 4NT is takeout. West and North should be void of spades. If pard has 4 clubs and long diamonds, very likely, I'll have to use my clubs to ruff some diamonds and could not clear trumps to enjoy the SA K. Besides, North might lose 2 hearts. 5C is the limit. Slam? Very remote.
David Waterman: 5C. 4S would be Humpty Dumpty bidding.
Christopher Diamond: 5C. Could be a grand, or the limit might be 5.
Larry Meyer: 6C. Remember to ruff the spade lead high at trick one.
Perry Khakhar: 5C. Hope we make it!
Plarq Liu: 5C. Spade is not very useful, resign to club.
Chris Buchanan: 6C. This should be interesting but partner isn't preempting here and should have good values.
David Gordon: 5C. Spade values might be wasted.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5C. Conservative, but probably best chance for a plus (especially if partner stretched in 4th position influenced by his short spades).
Kf Tung: 5C. Avoid an unsure slam.
Allan Simon: 5C. Spade honours are ballast.
Bob Todd: 5C. Who knows how good this hand is?

5. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S A Q 10 9 7 5 2   H K Q 8 4   D 3   C 5  
West North East South  
    1D 1S
1NT Pass 2C ?

Your call?

2S 9 100
3S 2 60
Dbl 2 60
2D 1 50
2H 0 40
Moderator: The mix of the majors lean the panel towards stressing only the spades.
August Boehm: Dbl. 2H doesn't begin to suggest my major-suit discrepancy and commits me to rebidding spades at what might be an uncomfortable level.
Mike Lawrence: 2D. Given the opponents' bidding and my partner seeing a lot of diamonds in his hand, he won't think this natural. He should default to a hand like this one: really long spades and a good four-card suit.
Barry Rigal: 2S. There will be more bidding in the minors and maybe I'll get hearts in next time?
Josh Donn: 3S. I would have bid 4S over 1D, putting the most pressure on the opponents earlier. I have had huge success with that strategy. But because we have let them figure out what they hold and we're being given a chance to get out, I will take it.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. I am warned off about spades so I will tell partner I also have hearts.
Stephen Vincent: 2H. There are indications from the auction so far that partner has some heart length: this may be our last chance to find a heart fit.
Hk Ho: 2H. Hope to strike a 4-4 fit. If North has a doubleton spade and fewer than 4 hearts, we should be happy if North puts us back to spades.
David Waterman: 2H. Why not? 3S at my next turn, unless partner raises hearts or doubles 3 of a minor.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. Yeah 7 baggers play better yaba, yaba, yaba. But it seems very unlikely that pard will be able to bid 2H so we can bid 2S. More likely that we face a 4C preempt on the way back and I'd like to bring hearts into the equation.
Larry Meyer: 2S. Even with 4-4 hearts, after they attack the minors, those spades may not be useful unless they are trump.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. I am playing this hand if at all possible. I may bring in hearts at the 3-level but not before.
Plarq Liu: 2S. Hope partner has two spades.
Chris Buchanan: 2S. 7-card suits = trump.
David Gordon: 2S. Show hearts later to complete the minimum 6-4 echo.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Dbl. Since I bid 1S I must have intended to use the room provided to introduce hearts. I'll follow through. But 1S would not have been my choice on this hand.
Kf Tung: 3S. You don't want to defend 3D or 3C, and you don't want to be doubled in 4S on this round.
Allan Simon: 2S. . . and 3H at my next turn.

Panel's Answers
  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Mel Colchamiro 2S Dbl 4H 5C 2S 500
Larry Cohen 2S Dbl 4H 6C 2S 490
Sylvia Shi 2S Pass 4H 5C 2S 490
Barry Rigal 2S Pass 4H 6C 2S 480
Daniel Korbel 2S Pass 4H 5C 3S 450
Steve Robinson 2S Pass Pass 5C 2S 440
Jill Meyers 2NT 3S 4H 6C 2S 430
Josh Donn 2S Dbl 3C 5C 3S 430
August Boehm 2S Dbl 3H 5C Dbl 420
Mike Lawrence 2NT Pass 4H 5C 2D 420
Jeff Meckstroth 3H Dbl 3C 6C 2S 420
Kerri Sanborn 2S 2S 3C 6C 2S 410
Geoff Hampson 2NT Dbl 4C 5C Dbl 410
Roger Lee 2NT 3S 4C 6C 2S 400

Local Heroes
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Jack Aaron 2S Dbl 4H 5C 2S 500 107.63
1.    Norma Doucette 2S Dbl 4H 5C 2S 500 107.63
1.    Elliott Burnell 2S Dbl 4H 5C 2S 500 107.63
4.    Anssi Rantamaa 2S Pass 4H 5C 2S 490 39.46
4.    David Schmidt 2S Dbl 4H 6C 2S 490 39.46
6.    Larry Meyer 2S Pass 4H 6C 2S 480 23.92
7.    Yue Su 2NT Pass 4H 6C 2S 460 19.22
7.    Jack Qi 3H Dbl 4H 5C 2S 460 19.22
9.    David Walker 2S Dbl 3H 6C 2S 450 14.45
9.    Brian Stone 2S Pass 4H 5C Dbl 450 14.45
9.    Gustav Axen 2S 2S 4H 5C 2S 450 14.45

World Leaders
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Sam Aaron (England) 2S Dbl 4H 5C 2S 500 105.00
2.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 2S Pass 4H 5C 2S 490 47.25
2.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Canada) 2S Dbl 4H 6C 2S 490 47.25
2.    Plarq Liu (Us) 2S Pass 4H 5C 2S 490 47.25
2.    Roy Bolton (Canada) 2S Pass 4H 5C 2S 490 47.25
6.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 2S Pass 4H 6C 2S 480 15.21
6.    David Gordon (Canada) 2NT Dbl 4H 5C 2S 480 15.21
6.    Diane Bolton (Canada) 2S Pass 4H 6C 2S 480 15.21
9.    John Gillespie (Canada) 2S 2S 4H 5C 2S 450 10.57
9.    Kf Tung (China) 2S Pass 4H 5C 3S 450 10.57
9.    Peter Qvist (Danmark) 2S Pass 3C 6C 2S 450 10.57


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