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TGIF December 2017: Scores

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

Your call?

1NT 11 100
2C 1 70
2D 3 70
2NT 0 30
3C 0 30
3D 0 30
Moderator: In August, Brad Theurer posted this problem on Bridge Winners, where it generated a lot of conversation. 1NT didn't get much love, but here, it's the experts' preferred call.
Mike Lawrence: 2C. This is a tough hand. Funny how some problems get under your skin. I will bid 2C. Why? I don't want to bid 1NT. If partner has some values and if he has heart help, it should play from his side. If there is more bidding, I should be well placed.
Barry Rigal: 1NT. I could guess which minor to bid, but I think 1NT covers most bases. This is the sort of hand where, even if the opponents lead hearts and set up the suit, I can pitch losers on the run of the hearts and come to seven or eight tricks.
Sylvia Shi: 2D. I don't think I have enough to cuebid, so I'll just bid my higher minor. Then I can bid again if the auction gets competitive. I don't like jumping in a minor with only four. In my experience, 1NT is right only when it helps us get to 3NT. Otherwise, partner likes to hear me respond in a suit when they make a takeout double.
Adam Melzak: 1NT. Minor suits are distortions and 2NT (or 2H) are overbids.
Christopher Diamond: 1NT. Good hand for this bid. Should be unanimous.
Larry Meyer: 1NT. Showing 5-10 HCP with a heart stopper, and denying 4 spades.
Eugene Chan: 1NT. Slight underbid. No need to push for marginal games at matchpoints.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1NT. No particular reason to guess on a minor or invite game here.
Hk Ho: 1NT. Tell pard that you have 9-10 HCP and a heart stopper.
Perry Khakhar: 1NT. Notrump pays best at matchpoints!
Chris Buchanan: 1NT. Not a fan of leaping in a minor here.
David Gordon: 2D. Preparing to bid 3C later, if given the chance.
Mike Roberts: 2C. This sort of depends if you play equal level conversion. If not, I'd choose 2D.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1NT. One stopper and no spades: go low.
Allan Simon: 1NT. Admittedly anti-positional, but otherwise descriptive and therefore the least of evils.
Kf Tung: 1NT. If partner cannot make another bid then you will have a good score for 1N.

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

Your call?

3S 8 100
3NT 4 70
Pass 3 60
4C 0 50
5C 0 30
Moderator: A convention called two-way checkback makes this hand more manageable, but, unfortunately, Bridge Bulletin Standard plays plain old new-minor forcing. So the question is, what is 3C? Weak? Invitational? Strong? Your call depends on the answer.
Jill Meyers: 3S. I don't know if 3C is forcing in Bridge Bulletin Standard, but regardless, I am bidding 3S. If partner has a singleton heart, I don't want to be bidding 3NT.
Kerri Sanborn: Pass. There being no other way to sign off in clubs, I am guessing that this is it.
Roger Lee: 3NT. 3S is temping, but we might just rip nine tricks opposite the SA and running clubs, so I will go for the most likely game without telling the opponents much.
Christopher Diamond: Pass. At IMPs I'd probably bid 3NT and hope for some heart help and a good lie.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Show heart control, deny diamond control, while leaving 3NT as a possible contract.
Eugene Chan: 3NT. Two tens, two nines, and a five card club suit should produce 9 cashers.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. I'm close to maximum for my previous bidding. 5C could be better if partner has heart shortness but the opps' silence suggests the opposite.
Hk Ho: 3NT. In matchpoints, a minor suit contract is least preferable. Hope North is showing 12+ HCP.
Perry Khakhar: 3NT. Source of tricks and stoppers. Giddy-up!
Chris Buchanan: 3NT. Great playing strength.
David Gordon: 3NT. Close to a max so will try game. The S10, H9 and 5th club suggest NT.
Joel Forssell: 3NT. Hoping for a spade lead.
Mike Roberts: 3NT. While 3S is a technically better bid, it telegraphs the lead to the opponents.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3NT. If trying for 9 tricks, I might as well try for the game-bonus.
Allan Simon: 3S. Most descriptive bid, best to involve partner in the choice of contracts.
Kf Tung: Pass. Partner invites, you cannot be sure of a game, and you want to have a plus.

3. IMPs. N-S vul.
S Q J 2   H A J 6 2   D A K Q 6 4   C J  
West North East South  
  1NT (1) 3S ?
(1) 15-17.

Your call?

5S 0 100
6NT 6 100
5NT 2 70
Dbl 4 70
4D 1 60
4NT 1 60
4S 0 40
3NT 1 30
Moderator: Karen Walker explains 5S as the perfect solution for this problem. 'I'm a bit surprised that no panelist chose it, but it's still worth 100 points.'
Barry Rigal: 5NT. . . pick-a-slam, planning to convert 6C to 6D and play six of a red suit. Note this may put the void spade on lead, which could be a very good idea.
Daniel Korbel: 6NT. If we are missing specifically the SA K, that's life in the big city. It would be nice if 5S asked partner to bid 5NT with no spade control and bid on with one.
Josh Donn: Dbl. I believe I can handle pretty much anything partner does, and usually find out if spades are controlled or not.
Adam Melzak: 3NT. Those pesky SA K will score in any contract unless you play and LHO is out. 3NT or 6D (or 4S or whatever you advance with)? I chicken out.
David Waterman: 4S. . . and 6H over 5H, 6NT over anything else. If he has a 15 count missing the SA K - too bad.
Christopher Diamond: 4D. No clue. If this is taken as a transfer, I'll raise 4H to 5H and convert a reraise to 6NT.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Even if partner bids clubs, we are strong enough to bid again.
Eugene Chan: 4S. Have to make some sort of slam try. Where we will end up is anybody's guess.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4NT. . . quantitative invite. If partner is better than minimum then he must have a spade control.
Hk Ho: 4S. South's 18 HCP should be sufficient for a slam. The only question is whether North has the SK. If he bids 4NT with SK x, go 6NT. If he bids 5C with 2 spade losers, correct to 5D.
Perry Khakhar: 5NT. Hopefully partner can read this as 2 quick spade losers.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. What is Bridge Bulletin Standard here for double? I hope it is takeout.
Rina Rosenberg: 4C. . . Gerber?
David Gordon: Dbl. Should be negative here.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. So either partner has a spade honour (bid 6NT) - or he doesn''t. I'll guess not.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3NT. 3S will probably not go 4 down. 4NT would imply a better spade stop (but is still tempting).
Allan Simon: 4D. It is possible we're off the SA K. I hope partner can cue bid 4S, over which I will trot out Old Black.
Kf Tung: 6NT. Trust partner, or trust the opponent?

4. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A   H J 8 3   D A Q 7 2   C A K Q 10 5  
West North East South  
2H (1) 2S 4H ?
(1) Weak.

Your call?

5D 5 100
5NT 5 90
Dbl 4 90
6C 0 50
Pass 1 40
Moderator: The panel are fairly evenly split between 5D, 5NT and Dbl.
Steve Weinstein: Dbl. Not enough shape for 5D. 4NT would be Roman key card Blackwood for spades. I will drive to slam if partner bids anything but 4S.
Larry Cohen: 5NT. If pass were forcing, that would be my choice instead. Here, I will gamble that partner doesn't have two low hearts (so unlikely!).
Steve Robinson: 5D. Let partner guess which slam we belong in.
Adam Melzak: 5D. Partner should be void in hearts, but what strain is best and how to get there?
David Waterman: 5S. This won't score very high, but I think it is the right bid.
Christopher Diamond: Dbl. . . extras. The real question is what to bid over 4S.
Larry Meyer: 4NT. Deny spades and ask partner to choose a minor.
Eugene Chan: 5D. Was planning to reverse at lower levels. Although auction has accelerated, our slam prospects have improved.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 5NT. Hamman's law of bidding polls: If 5NT (pick a slam) is a possible choice then bid it.
Hk Ho: 6S. North must be short in hearts. Hope his free 2S response is made on SK Q x x x x and DK x. An optimistic gamble.
Perry Khakhar: 5D. This is as clear as we can make it for partner.
Chris Buchanan: 4NT. . . pick a minor with longer clubs than diamonds. Would like to be 6-4, but . . .
David Gordon: 5D. Reverse into slam as partner is short in hearts.
Mike Roberts: Pass. . . must be forcing. 5NT (pick a slam) over double, 4NT (RKC, I hope) over 4S.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 5D. Will bid 6C over 5S.
Allan Simon: Dbl. This should go for a big ride if partner sits for it, else I'll go slamming. My second choice of 5D is ambiguous and might be misconstrued as a cue bid in support of spades.
Kf Tung: 5H. . . slam interest, and then you will end up in a minor suit small slam.

5. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A J 7 4   H 10 9 6 3   D K 7 2   C 8 6  
West North East South  
  1D 1H Dbl
Pass 2S 3H ?

Your call?

4S 6 100
3S 4 90
Pass 3 70
Dbl 2 60
Moderator: There's also no universal understanding about partner's 2S - minimum or extras?
Jeff Meckstroth: 4S. Seems like I have just the right stuff if spades don't split too badly.
Geoff Hampson: Dbl. . . a game try. I expect this shows a good 3S bid, which I have - assuming 2S shows some extras.
Mel Colchamiro: 3S. Despite being a Law violation, my DK x x suggests this could be a two-suit fit all the way around. I presume that 2S is just a minimum 13-15 raise - as if I had responded 1S. I also presume that double would be a game try, so that leaves only pass and 3S.
Sylvia Shi: Pass. Modern style for me is that 2S shows a minimum with four spades. If partner has a balanced hand, I'm not thrilled about competing when suits might be breaking poorly, and we are vulnerable at matchpoints.
David Waterman: 4S. If I had K x x of the other minor I might double to show this hand - but I have too much offence.
Christopher Diamond: 4S. . . old fashioned. 2S still shows extras, not just 4 spade cards.
Larry Meyer: 3S. With an invitational hand, make an invitational bid.
Eugene Chan: 3S. A competitive 3S seems automatic. But if it is late in the session and I need a top, I will swing for the fences and double.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. Only 8 points, but what I have is pure.
Hk Ho: 4S. North should not have many heart losers. If he has opened on a minimum, he should take out in 1S only. Help him to go game with 9 points.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. I like my DK!
Chris Buchanan: 4S. Easy call here: all my values in all the right places.
David Gordon: Dbl. Pard has a little extra for 2S.
Mike Roberts: 4S. I've got to go on. Partner could have SK Q x x Hx DA Q J x x Cx x x, and can't bid 4S over 3S.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3S. 4S might make, but it might not.
Allan Simon: 4S. Bid what's under your nose. Happy Holidays everyone!
Kf Tung: 3S. You have to beat +110. It is easier to get +140 than +200.

Panel's Answers
  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Larry Cohen 1NT 3S 6NT 5NT 4S 490
Jeff Meckstroth 1NT 3S 6NT 5NT 4S 490
Steve Weinstein 1NT 3NT 6NT Dbl 4S 460
Daniel Korbel 1NT 3S 6NT 5NT Pass 460
August Boehm 1NT 3S Dbl Dbl 3S 450
Geoff Hampson 1NT 3S 6NT Dbl Dbl 450
Jill Meyers 2D 3S Dbl 5NT 4S 430
Josh Donn 1NT 3S Dbl 5D Dbl 430
Steve Robinson 2D Pass 6NT 5D 3S 420
Kerri Sanborn 1NT Pass 4NT 5D 4S 420
Roger Lee 1NT 3NT 4D 5D 3S 420
Mike Lawrence 2C 3NT 5NT 5D 4S 410
Sylvia Shi 2D 3S Dbl 5NT Pass 400
Mel Colchamiro 1NT 3NT 3NT Dbl 3S 380
Barry Rigal 1NT Pass 5NT Pass Pass 340

Local Heroes
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Dave Gabel 1NT 3NT 5S 5D 4S 470 154.00
2.    Stephen Vincent 1NT 3S Dbl 5D 3S 460 115.50
3.    Robert Sauve 1NT Pass 6NT Dbl 4S 450 77.00
4.    Norma Doucette 1NT 3NT Dbl 5D 4S 440 53.90
5.    Rod Coote 1NT 3NT Dbl 5NT 4S 430 28.23
5.    Anssi Rantamaa 2C 3NT 6NT Dbl 4S 430 28.23
7.    Martin Henneberger 1NT Pass 6NT Dbl Pass 420 19.45
7.    James Harris 1NT 3NT 6NT 6C 4S 420 19.45
7.    Ernie Dietrich 1NT Pass 4D 5D 4S 420 19.45
10.    Eurydice Nours 1NT 3NT 6NT 6C 3S 410 14.08
10.    Andrew Krywaniuk 1NT 3NT 4NT 5NT 3S 410 14.08
10.    Christopher Diamond 1NT Pass 4D Dbl 4S 410 14.08

World Leaders
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Janet Galbraith (Canada) 1NT 3S Dbl 5D 4S 470 133.00
2.    Franco Masoero (Italy) 1NT 3NT 6NT Dbl 4S 460 99.75
3.    Qiang Wu (China) 1NT 3S 4NT 5D 3S 450 56.53
3.    Allan Simon (Canada) 1NT 3S 4D Dbl 4S 450 56.53
5.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 1NT 3NT 5NT 5D 4S 440 21.10
5.    Susan Julius (Canada) 1NT Pass 6NT Dbl 3S 440 21.10
5.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 1NT 3NT 5NT 5D 4S 440 21.10
5.    Bob Zeller (Canada) 1NT 3NT Dbl 5D 4S 440 21.10
9.    Diane Bolton (Canada) 1NT 3NT 6NT Dbl Pass 430 14.78
10.    John Gillespie (Canada) 1NT Pass Dbl Dbl 4S 420 12.16
10.    Uday Maitra (Canada) 1NT 3NT 4D 5NT 4S 420 12.16
10.    Bjarne Andersen (Denmark) 1NT 3NT 4NT 5D 3S 420 12.16


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