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TGIF April 2008: Scores

1. IMPs. E-W vul.
S Q 6 4 3   H A J 5 3   D A J 9   C 8 7  
West North East South  
Pass 1H Pass 2H
Pass 3S (1) Pass ?
(1) Splinter.

Your call?

4D 9 100
4H 8 90
4NT 1 20
3NT 0 0
Moderator: After North's 3S splinter bid, your hand has decreased in value because the SQ is no longer useful. Eight panelists decide, therefore, to sign off in 4H. However, half the experts disagree with signing off in 4H---they feel a cuebid is justified.
Kai Zhou: 4D. Not sure if 3NT would be serious here, otherwise I would wait with 3NT first.
June Pocock: 4D. Hand not great but I do have a cuebid.
Eugene Chan: 4H. My marginal opener just got worse. Splinter is the weakest of slam tries. 4H might even fail.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. 3S doesn't improve my hand. If all partner's interested in is aces, he can bid RKC.
David Walker: 4D. Slam's possible, but I have nothing in clubs, only the DA.
John Hurdle: 4H. My hand is a minimum opener, even before I subtract the SQ.
David Breton: 4D. I owe partner a courtesy cue-bid because he could still have a big hand.
Noah Stewart: 4H. At matchpoints I might try 4D; at IMPs, it's up to partner to go beyond 4H.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4D. Cue bid - I have a good hand, probably enough for slam.
Martin Henneberger: 4D. It is my belief that when one hand is unlimited and unknown the other must cooperate below game. 4D denies a club control and cooperates.
Bonny Lee: 4H. I have nothing of interest if that is what partner likes to know.
Ronald Kuiper: 4D. Don't like my spade holding opposite singleton, but will show my DA on way to game.
Larry Meyer: 4D. Deny club control, show diamond control.
Mike Roberts: 4H. Yeah, I have 2 aces. SQ is garbage, hand is min, and I'd like a fourth diamond. Not enough for me.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. Minimum bid for a minimum hand hand that seems to be staying minimum.
Chris Buchanan: 4D. Let's give partner some co-operation. We have already described a minimum.
Bob Todd: 4H. You're kidding, right??
Merv Adey: 4D. Never give up on a hand.
Ranjan Bhaduri: 4H. I've shown my hand - if there's more to be had, partner is better positioned to find it.
Yu Wang: 4D. Pard has a hand better than just 4H, maybe x KQxxx Kx AKxx. My DA and doubleton club will be helpful.
David Gordon: 4D. Wasted queen of spades. I will give a courtesy cuebid.
Chris Diamond: 4H. No reason to encourage slam with this minimum.
Birol Guvenc: 4D. No club control, yes diamond key-card.
Brian Zietman: 3NT. Showing my semi-stopper and my shape. Partner can stop in 4H or continue to slam.

2. IMPs. Both vul.
S Q J 8 5 4 3 2   H A 10   D A J   C 6 5  
West North East South  
  1NT Pass 2H (1)
Pass 2S Pass 4S (2)
Pass 5C Pass ?
(1) Transfer.
(2) Slam try, no shortness.

Your call?

6S 14 100
5D 2 40
5H 1 30
5S 1 20
Moderator: The majority bid 6S. They made a slam try, and partner cooperated. Why fool around?
Larry Cohen: 6S. Seven could make opposite the perfect dummy, but bidding and making six is plenty. Control bidding 5D is pointless unless you plan to pass 5S.
Kai Zhou: 5NT. Pard must have long good clubs and max primary value to cooperate, and I do have some assets for 7.
Joel Martineau: 5D. I think the panel will vote for 5D, although 6S may prove more effective by denying the opps a lead-directing double.
June Pocock: 6S. I don't think 7S is there.
Anssi Rantamaa: 5D. No rush, we might be missing the ace and king of trump (although unlikely).
Eugene Chan: 6S. Without grandslam ambitions, I try 6S immediately. No purpose to further cuebidding.
Stephen Vincent: 6S. You're heading there anyway: don't give LHO a chance to make a lead-directing double.
David Walker: 5NT. Grand slam force.
John Hurdle: 6S. Once partner bids 5C, I'm going to slam. Cuebidding in search of the magic grand will possibly help the opponents to infer or direct and unwelcome lead.
David Breton: 5D. Partner has no void and didn't Blackwood, my guess is that he's open in a red suit and has the king in the other plus a source of tricks somewhere. 7S is probably cold. My next bid is 6H.
Noah Stewart: 5D. Planning to follow up with 6H and let partner decide where to play it.
Aidan Ballantyne: 6S. ... consistent with my previous underbid of 4S.
Martin Henneberger: 6S. I don't think cue bidding will allow me to stop in 5 or bid 7, so enough information has been exchanged and I will bid the practical small slam.
Bonny Lee: 5D. Partner knew my shape, it's time to tell the control.
Ronald Kuiper: 6S. Place I want to be, pard can't have enough for a grand and with club stopper 6S is odds on.
Larry Meyer: 6S. Since pard is 15-17 balanced, the grand seems unlikely.
Aloke Paul: 6S. Together 28-30 points with long spade suit and 3-aces, should be close.
Mike Roberts: 6S. Ok. Partner is clearly worried about at least one of the reds. Don't give the opps any hints.
Perry Khakhar: 6S. It's the case of the dog that didn't bark! Why did partner not blackwood? Must be 2 quick losers in a red suit. Well, I have that covered. Tough to construct a max for partner that makes 7, so...
Chris Buchanan: 5D. Partner has 2 rags in a red suit. Looks like I have them covered. I will show both of them, just in case.
Bob Todd: 5D. 7 is cold opposite CA SA K and DK Q x x OR HK Q J x, but it is hard to ask for that!!
Merv Adey: 5D. Never give up on a hand. I like 6H if it means what I hope it means (both red aces), but we haven't discussed it and I just made that up anyway.
Yu Wang: 5S. Why pard not bidding 4NT to check keycards? 5C probably showed worries and concern, so we have 2 quick losers on clubs.
David Gordon: 6S. Looks dicey but we have arrived.
Chris Diamond: 6S. If pard can cue-bid this should be enough for slam.

3. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S 7   H K 9   D Q J 10 9 8 7   C A J 10 3  
West North East South  
    4D (1) ?
(1) Eight playing tricks in spades.

Your call?

Pass 12 100
Dbl 4 50
5D 2 40
4S 0 10
Moderator: Bid now or wait and perhaps bid later? The majority of the panel feels that you should pass because bidding directly will overstate your hand. You know you will have a second chance to act.
Larry Cohen: Pass. It is popular to play double as a light takeout. It is 'on the house', as they say, because the opponents can't play here. I have the wrong hand for double with only two hearts.
The Stansbys: Pass. We plan to bid 5D over 4S.
Kai Zhou: Dbl. I want to show diamonds first to suggest a possible save. I really need guts to bid 4NT over 4S again to show 6-4 type.
Joel Martineau: 4S. Let's see what marvelous adventures it creates. This partner has been looking for an excuse to move on.
June Pocock: 4NT. Pass might be a better option but I like bidding.
Anssi Rantamaa: 5D. The hand's better suited to offense. 5D also discourages partner from venturing in hearts.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. If partner holds DA K, my double will show those values more suited for offense than defence.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Fixed.
David Walker: 4NT. If partner's 5C gets doubled I'll run to 5D.
John Hurdle: Pass. Double is not an option (that would show a light/noncommital takeout of 4S). A direct 5D overstates my hand.
Patti Adams: 4NT. ... takeout for the minors.
David Breton: Pass. I don't know what double means but whatever it does mean, I pass.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Not sure what double would mean. See what happens.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. Double here at fav vulnerability suggests a sack in my partnerships. I can't insist on a 5-level bid alone here so I would like partner's input. I also am happy to defend 4S if partner passes.
Bonny Lee: 4NT. Down 3 should be a good score.
Jongseok Oh: Dbl. To show diamonds.
Ronald Kuiper: Dbl. With 5-5 in minors, I would bid 4S, but being 6-4 I'll double showing diamonds and bid 5C over 4S. I don't want to sell out to 4S at this vulnerability.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. ... lead directing.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. ... followed by 4NT after 4S-P(?)-P. I'm not selling out with the minor suit tens.
Perry Khakhar: 5D. For me, pass is not an option. So that leaves double and 5D. Well, this could easily go for -800, but it may get out for -300 opposite a game. At least they have to guess at the 5 level.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Double here should be takeout of spades. There is no need to take action right now, let's see what develops.
Bob Todd: Pass. I think dbl should be diamonds and not a takeout of spades. I think the partner will play me for a takeout of spades. I will wait and see what partner does and will bid 5D later.
Yu Wang: 4NT. Showing both minors.
David Gordon: Pass. I have to limit my hand with a pass if I want to compete after 4S.
Jane Fyfe: 4NT. Choose a minor!
Chris Diamond: Dbl. The trickier question is whether to bid 4NT over 4S if partner passes.
Birol Guvenc: 4NT. Unusual NT: (minors, defense, sacrifice)
Brian Zietman: 4NT. At this vulnerability I must suggest a good minor sacrifice.

4. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S J 10 8 7 3 2   H K 7 5 2   D K 5 4   C ---  
West North East South  
Pass 1S 2D 4S
Dbl Pass 5C ?

Your call?

5S 12 100
Pass 4 50
5D 2 20
5H 0 0
Moderator: After you push the opps to the 5-level, you usually pass or double them versus bidding on. Bidding 5-over-5 is usually avoided by expert players. With this hand, however, you have extreme distribution (a void) and a sixth spade.
Larry Cohen: 5S. With six-card support and a void, I'm taking the push. Sure, this could be wrong.
The Stansbys: 5S. This hand has more offense and also more defense than a typical 4S bid. Partner can hardly expect a void and two second-round controls. We would have preferred to have bid 3D on the previous round, planning to bid game over a signoff.
Kai Zhou: 5S. A tough decision. Double by west showed general strength, we might take two hearts and DK to set 5C. In Teams I would buy the insurance, but at MP, I'll take a shot.
June Pocock: 5S. This is hard, as pass is not forcing and partner may have clubs.
Anssi Rantamaa: Pass. This should be forcing on partner indicating some defensive values.
Eugene Chan: Pass. A no-brainer. Partner did not redouble 4S. Red kings are good defensive cards.
Stephen Vincent: 5S. I believe the opponents.
David Walker: 5S. Both sides may be okay at the 5 level.
John Hurdle: 5S. Partner won't be happy if her stuff is in clubs, but far more often we will be cold for 5S and she won't dream of bidding.
David Breton: Dbl. I wish I had shown more strength on the previous round, perhaps with a splinter. Bidding 5S in front of pard is poor.
Noah Stewart: 5S. I want partner to play this hand at this vulnerability, although I'm nervous -- where are the hearts?
Aidan Ballantyne: 5S. In for a penny...I have two offensive surprises - a sixth spade and void club.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I really am a big advocate of predicting a 5-level auction therefore I would have bid 4C at my first opportunity. By a passed hand I have enough to splinter with a well placed DK. Now I don't know who can make what and neither does partner. Sweet.
Robin Hart: Dbl. Just for fun! My partner will decide...I can stand whatever!
Bonny Lee: 5H. With a trick in diamond needs to establish a second trick if opps sacrifice at 6-level.
Jongseok Oh: Dbl. The diamond and heart kings will be key cards.
Ronald Kuiper: Pass. Partner could have been light third seat opener, the 5 level belongs to the opponents, I have a semblance of defence with my 2 red kings: all reasons to leave this up to pard.
Larry Meyer: 5S. 11 trumps suggest bidding up to the 5-level.
Mike Roberts: Pass. Discipline. I wouldn't have bid 4S last time (I'd bid 4C), but I'd be masterminding to bid here.
Perry Khakhar: 5S. The hand is way too good (offensively) for the initial jump! We almost got lucky when the opponents doubled. I have a hand that may contribute 2 tricks on defense, but I need compensation for +420. So 5-level it is!
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. I really wish I had not backed myself into this corner by not giving a splinter raise. I think I am going to double because I have 2-Kings more than advertized and they look to be situated well. I hope partner can take a joke.
Bob Todd: 5D. This is a very good hand! All suits controlled.
Merv Adey: Pass. When I bid 4S, I promised not to unilaterally bid 5, didn't I?
Paul Hardy: 5H. I really had to bid 4S the first time? That would not have been my first choice.
Yu Wang: 5S. Can we defeat 5C without any spade tricks? I think we better sacrifice.
David Gordon: 5D. I have to make up for the first underbid as I would have bid 4C right away.
Chris Diamond: 5S. Clueless. Double or pass could be right. At least this way I stop their spade cuebid.
Birol Guvenc: Dbl. Negative, showing shortness.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Up to you partner - double or return to 5S.

5. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K Q 5   H Q J 7 6 5 2   D A   C K J 5  
West North East South  
  Pass Pass 1H
Pass 1S Pass ?

Your call?

2C 10 100
2S 3 80
2H 2 50
3H 2 30
3S 1 30
Pass 0 0
Moderator: Your hand can play in either major, but it's difficult to show your strength. A 3S bid should contain a fourth trump and a 3H bid should deliver a better suit. Because of this, the majority made the mark-time bid of 2C.
Larry Cohen: 2C. If you answer enough bidding-panel questions, you see this type of problem frequently. You have the wrong majors for 3H or 3S. If Al Roth were still with us, he'd consider this automatic.
Kai Zhou: 2C. A typical rebid question. I think 2C looks like the best lie and gives pard the most flexibility.
Eugene Chan: 2S. Tough choice between 2H or 2S. When in doubt, I defer to partner.
Stephen Vincent: 2C. Least of evils. If partner drops it there we're probably getting a bad score but that's life.
David Walker: 2C. On the way to game. Will correct to a major later.
John Hurdle: 2C. Too many high card points for 2H or 2S, inadequate trump for 3H or 3S.
David Breton: 1NT. If I bid 2H they'll break 5-1. If I bid 2S, they'll tap pard in a Moysian. So I'll take my zero in NT like a matchpoint player.
Noah Stewart: 3C. I think I'm worth 3C here to hear one more informative bid from partner; a number of contracts could be correct here.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2C. Follow up with spade raise.
Martin Henneberger: 2C. I'm probably outnumbered in the voting here, but I will take my chances with 2C. 2H is an underbid and 3H hides spades and overstates suit quality. Raising spades is a guess to what level. Any continuation here over 2C leaves me well placed.
Bonny Lee: 2C. Will like to hear partner's second bid before committing to a contract.
Jongseok Oh: 3H. 16 HCP and 6 card suit.
Ronald Kuiper: 3H. I got 6 of them and a nice hand. I don't really see the problem here.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Prefer to show spade support and extra values instead of rebidding weak 6-card suit.
Aloke Paul: 3S. Jump shift to show muscle and to force to game.
Mike Roberts: 3S. Classic problem, with no clear solution. The suit isn't good enough for 3H, 2C risks pass, and it's too strong for 2S.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. In spades my hand would play like a bad 12 count, not a bad 16 that it is. If partner can find a belated raise with honour-doubleton, we probably can make 4. But I need to let partner know of my length if nothing else. At IMPs, I bid 2C.
Chris Buchanan: 3S. Where is my 2.5S option? Oh well, do the best I can.
Bob Todd: 2C. The standard bidding contest problem.
Merv Adey: 2S. When the going gets tough, put partner on play. Which way is the bar??
Yu Wang: 2C. It is one card less than I promised in clubs, but I want to know: does he have a fifth spade or 2 card heart support?
David Gordon: 2C. I will move a heart over to the club suit and bid.
Chris Diamond: 2C. How's that go? If I get by this round I'll know more.
Brian Zietman: 3S. I don't like to support with only 3 cards but this is the exception. Good points in spades, single outside ace - we will maybe play in a Moysian but that also works sometimes.

Panel's Answers
  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Larry Cohen 4D 6S Pass 5S 2C 500
The Stansbys 4D 6S Pass 5S 2C 500
The Colchamiros 4H 6S Pass 5S 2C 490
Allan Falk 4H 6S Pass 5S 2C 490
Kerri Sanborn 4H 6S Pass 5S 2C 490
Jill Meyers 4D 6S Pass 5S 2S 480
Barry Rigal 4H 6S Pass 5S 2S 470
The Coopers 4D 6S Dbl 5S 2C 450
Richard Freeman 4D 6S 5D 5S 2C 440
Grant Baze 4H 6S Pass 5D 2C 410
August Boehm 4H 6S Dbl Pass 2C 390
Karen Walker 4H 6S Pass Pass 2H 390
Jeff Meckstroth 4H 6S Dbl 5S 3H 370
The Sutherlins 4D 5D Pass Pass 2S 370
Mike Lawrence 4D 6S 5D 5D 2C 360
Bridge Buff 4D 5D Pass Pass 2H 340
Betty Ann Kennedy 4D 5H Dbl 5S 3H 310
Steve Robinson 4NT 5S Pass 5S 3S 270

Local Heroes
    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Aidan Ballantyne 4D 6S Pass 5S 2C 500
2.    Rod Coote 4H 6S Pass 5S 2C 490
2.    Stephen Vincent 4H 6S Pass 5S 2C 490
2.    Susan Peters 4H 6S Pass 5S 2C 490
2.    John Hurdle 4H 6S Pass 5S 2C 490
6.    Brad Bart 4D 5D Pass 5S 2S 420
7.    Martin Henneberger 4D 6S Dbl Pass 2C 400
8.    Jim Bodner 4H 6S Pass 5S 4S 390
8.    Julie Smith 4H 6S Dbl Pass 2C 390
10.    Mark Eddy 4D 6S Dbl 5S 3H 380
10.    Larry Meyer 4D 6S Dbl 5S 3S 380

World Leaders
    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 4H 6S Dbl 5S 2C 440
2.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4H 6S 5D 5S 2C 430
3.    David Gordon (Canada) 4D 6S Pass 5D 2C 420
4.    Janet Dunbar (Canada) 4H 6S Pass 5S 3C 390
5.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 4H 6S 5D 5S 2H 380
6.    Merv Adey (Canada) 4D 5D Pass Pass 2S 370
7.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Usa) 4H 5D Pass 5S 3H 360
8.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4H 5D Pass 5D 2C 350
9.    Chris Galbraith (Usa) 4D 5D Pass Pass 2H 340
10.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 4H 6S Dbl Pass 3S 320
10.    Ross Jamieson (Canada) 4D 5D Pass Pass 3H 320
10.    Yu Wang (Taiwan) 4D 5S 4NT 5S 2C 320


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