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Overtime Pre-Penticton Poll: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 10 4   H 3   D Q J 9 7 5   C K Q 10 4 3  
West North East South  
  1H Pass 1NT (1)
2S Pass Pass ?
(1) Forcing.

Your call?

Bid A B C Total Points Award
Dbl 12 7 10 29 127 100
2NT 9 2 1 12 80 63
Pass 5 3 6 14 60 47
3C 6 1 2 9 57 45
3NT 1 1 1 3 10 8
Moderator: A total of 67 people participated in this poll. Thank you! This set starts off with controversy. Some feel double should be takeout, except when it's penalty. Some feel 2NT can't be anything but minors, except when it's invitational. Because of the shaky ground, many go the safe route and pass, or try 3C, a likely playable spot.
David Gordon: Dbl. Since I denied 4 spades with my 1NT bid, this should be for the minors. I would like 1 of my spades to be a heart but life is short.
Brian Zietman: 3NT. Are we going anywhere else?
Bob Todd: 3C. Not vul at MPs I take my shot. 2N and dbl are out of the picture.
Dan Jacob: 3C. Anything could be right: Pass, or Dbl.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Obviously for takeout, since 1NT denied having four spades.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. In my /humble/ opinion, double here can't be penalty as I've already denied spades with 1NT. This must be take out for the minors. The problem with 2NT here for the minors is it could be construed as natural and probably should be.
Mike Roberts: 2NT. Can't be natural; I'd double with that hand. So unusual.
John Gillespier: Dbl. I've denied much in spades so this should be take out but pard can convert.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3C. 2NT isn't for the minors, as far as I know.
Ji Liu: 2NT. Minors.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. By South not bidding 3H, he is showing he doesn't have support in hearts. South should double and trust that North will realize he is asking North to bid his best minor suit.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. You might THINK we probably have a minor fit, but MY partners are always 3-6-2-2.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Double under the bidder = takeout. Bid 2NT if SK 4 instead of ST 4.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Don't want to wind up playing either of my minors at the 3-level.
Stuart Carr: Dbl. It can't be penalty, so partner could picture a hand with the minors.
Ranjan Bhaduri: Dbl. Take-out double ... shows the two unbid suits.
Joel Forssell: 2NT. Minors.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. This has to be competitive for the minors, since I have denied heart or spade length.

2. IMPs. None vul.
S K Q   H A Q 10 4   D K 10 8 5   C 9 8 3  
West North East South  
    Pass 1D
2C 2S (1) Pass ?
(1) Invitational or better.

Your call?

Bid A B C Total Points Award
3S 16 4 3 23 142 100
3C 9 6 5 20 102 72
3H 5 2 7 14 54 38
3D 2 0 0 2 20 14
2NT 1 2 3 6 14 10
Pass 0 0 2 2 2 1
Moderator: Partner's 2S is forcing for 1 round, so Pass would be quite a position to take. Do we bid 3C without a stopper? Do we raise spades with only two? Do we punt with a cue-bid? Or do we pattern out?
David Gordon: 3H. Natural and forward going.
Brian Zietman: 2NT. I think this descibes our hand accurately.
Bob Todd: 3S. KQ is better than xxx. While the hearts are good, spades should be a sensible contract.
Dan Jacob: 3S. Not a lot of choices.
Eugene Chan: 3S. Partner will expect another trump but shouldn't be too disappointed.
Martin Henneberger: 3C. The ambiguous cue bid, used to force with no clear direction and no other proper rebid. Why guess to raise spades now when pard could also have hearts?
Mike Roberts: 3S. Seems like a good middle of the road action.
John Gillespier: 3S. I don't get how partner may be better than an invite but 3S just in case they are.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3S. This is the best of an awful set of choices, I think.
Ji Liu: 2NT. Continue the bidding.
Beverley Candlish: 3C. . . asking for a club stopper. If partner doesn't have a club stopper, he can set the contract.
Paul Mcmullin: 3C. I assume Invitational or better means forcing 1 round - this should be an all-around tell-me-more cue-bid.
Kf Tung: 3S. If pard has extra strength he will bid game in 3NT or 4S.
Larry Meyer: 3S. SK Q is as good as 3-card support.
Ranjan Bhaduri: 3H. Show the solid heart stoppers, to see if game is in NT or spades.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3C. I am not strong enough for a game-forcing 3H. The club weakness is a big worry.

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

Your call?

Bid A B C Total Points Award
4H 18 7 3 28 169 100
4S 6 1 7 14 66 39
4NT 3 1 2 6 26 15
5D 1 1 1 3 14 8
7D 1 1 0 2 13 8
5NT 2 0 0 2 12 7
6S 1 1 0 2 12 7
6D 1 0 0 1 10 6
3NT 0 1 3 4 6 4
3S 0 0 1 1 1 1
4C 0 1 0 1 2 1
4D 0 0 1 1 1 1
5S 0 0 1 1 1 1
Dbl 0 0 1 1 1 0
Moderator: Many respondents complained that they would have doubled on the first round. While their point is well taken, the posed auction leaves you better placed. Partner is showing spade tolerance with good diamonds. While many simply place the contract in 4S, the majority can visualize the slam and start with a 4H bid.
David Gordon: 4NT. Keycard for diamonds. If zero then 6D. If 1 then ask for the queen.
Brian Zietman: 4H. If partner has the SQ and/or the DA Q then we are in business.
Dan Jacob: 4H. For starters I think that South should start with dbl. xx, xx, AQxxxx, xxx and 6D is a good proposition.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. Too strong to overcall: this hand should double then bid spades.
Eugene Chan: 6D. Impossible to recover from wimpy 1S overcall. Might be cold for 7D!
Susan Peters: 4S. Would have dbl'd rather than overcall 1S.
Martin Henneberger: 4H. Wow I have a huge hand for partner but I need more info. A 4H bid will get that info with regards to their spade holding or a club bid. I will have to decide next whether we belong in 6D, 6S, or even a grand slam!
Mike Roberts: 5NT. I need to know if a 2D opener would be weak, but 7D is good opp. xx xx AQxxxx xxx. I would have started with a double.
John Gillespier: 4S. I'll make this opposite no spades and good diamonds.
Laurence Betts: 7D. I checked my calendar, its not April 1.
Ji Liu: 6S. Push it.
Beverley Candlish: 4NT. South has 19 points and North has freely bid 3D. South should investigate for a slam in spades.
Paul Mcmullin: 4H. Advance cue bid - I'll show 5C over 4S and bid 6D over 5D.
Kf Tung: 4C. 7NT is palpable. If you make 7S then 7NT will be there. A very good chance to set up the spades for 7D to make. Bid 4C, trying to get as much room for exploration as possible.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Would prefer to double their 1H instead of overcalling 1S. Now must bid game myself because pard doesn't know about my strength.
Stuart Carr: 7D. Would like to do key card in diamonds. Is 5H exclusion key card?
Ranjan Bhaduri: 4H. Fishing for slam.
Craig T. Wilson: 4D. If North bids spades next, I would explore for slam.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4NT. Partner's delayed diamond bid ought to be fit showing. Blackwood or cue-bidding would both be effective here.

4. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S K Q 9 2   H Q 10 8 3   D J   C 6 4 3 2  
West North East South  
1D Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

Bid A B C Total Points Award
1S 14 3 5 22 138 100
2D 13 7 4 24 127 92
1H 1 3 8 12 25 18
2S 3 0 2 5 24 17
2H 2 1 0 3 19 14
1NT 0 0 1 1 1 1
Moderator: The respondents are split between 1S and 2D. 1S is right on values, and then 2H if the bidding continues. 2D will find you the right strain, but may get you to the wrong level.
David Gordon: 1S. A slight underbid but I will vigorously bid hearts and clubs. Where is the diamond pre-empt from East? Perhaps partner has a big NT?
Brian Zietman: 2D. Back to you partner.
Bob Todd: 2D. 2D or 4D are both reasonable and get both majors in play.
Dan Jacob: 1S. I will have a chance to bid hearts later unless it goes all pass in which case I didn't miss much. 2D is a bit of an overbid at MP.
Eugene Chan: 1S. Borderline 2D advance but no necessity for an aggressive advance.
Susan Peters: 1S. Would like to bid 2D but don't think I have enough to force to game opposite a min dbl.
Martin Henneberger: 2D. I think this hand is worth 2 bids and an invite in a major, therefore I will start with 2D. This promises another bid, so I will raise 2 of partner's major to 3 next round.
Mike Roberts: 2S. Where are the diamonds? It's essential to find a 4-4 fit; if the auction continues 3D-P-P, I'd be badly placed if I had bid 2H.
John Gillespier: 2S. 4H next if pard sneezes or 3H if they don't.
Tim Francis-Wright: 1S. I must be missing something here. I'm not strong enough to bid 2D, so I'll just plan to bid 2H next round if I can.
Laurence Betts: 1S. Pard may be strong, balanced or off shape given the lack of diamond raise so this is a flexible underbid.
Beverley Candlish: 2D. . . asking North to bid his best major suit.
Paul Mcmullin: 2D. Good spot cards in majors and singleton make this worth an invitation.
Kf Tung: 2D. Pard will bid his suit and you raise one more.
Larry Meyer: 2H. I have too much to bid only 1H.
Stuart Carr: 2D. A bit of an overbid, but gets the hand off my chest.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1S. Partner doesn't appear to have a takeout of diamonds. I'm not going to stretch to 2D, since I don't expect the bidding to die in 1S.

5. IMPs. N-S vul.
S ---   H A K 9 8 5 3   D J 10 6 3   C 7 6 2  
West North East South  
  1NT Pass 4H (1)
4S Pass Pass ?
(1) Not from Texas.

Your call?

Bid A B C Total Points Award
Dbl 13 4 8 25 136 100
5H 10 4 7 21 89 65
5D 6 2 1 9 59 43
4NT 3 1 0 4 28 21
Pass 1 3 4 8 22 16
Moderator: We don't play Texas transfers, but evidently the opponents do! Partner passed, didn't double, so what does that mean?
David Gordon: 4NT. If partner cannot whack 4S then make a responsive 4NT bid.
Brian Zietman: 5H. If partner can't double then this looks like a good spot.
Bob Todd: 5H. Partner has no wasted values but 5H is still enough.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. May be the only available plus. Partner has a last chance to pass or correct.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. Double is my pick but won't be a popular choice. When I bid 4H partner was in the dark as to why. Double now should express the why. Partner should never play this as penalty as I am under the bidder and is now well placed to bid or pass.
Mike Roberts: 5H. Not liking this. Short spades good, but weak hand and short hearts bad.
John Gillespier: Dbl. The sure plus (I hope) vs a real chance of a minus.
Tim Francis-Wright: 5D. Doubling can't be right here.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. If North cannot tolerate the double he can bid 5H.
Paul Mcmullin: 5H. Even if partner has 4 hearts and all primes, where is our 'source of tricks' for the 12th trick??
Kf Tung: Dbl. You have a 6-card suit and strength to make 4H, not 5H. Pard can still bid on if he wants to do so.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Tell pard that it is our hand, and ask for his advice on how to proceed.
Stuart Carr: 5D. Hope to make 5 in a red suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Our system did not help us here. Partner's pass is not forcing, so I need to show some values.

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

Your call?

Bid A B C Total Points Award
3H 19 9 10 38 184 100
4H 8 3 6 17 86 47
Pass 6 2 4 12 64 35
Moderator: You offered up two suits to partner, and they chose their own suit. The question is: how many hearts do you want to play? The Pass-ers are happy to have found safe haven; the 3H bidders are raising based on values; the 4H bidders are raising based on tricks.
David Gordon: 3H. Stretch for a raise.
Brian Zietman: 3H. Interested in 4H partner?
Dan Jacob: 3H. Good enough for a raise and if nothing else it takes away the level from opps.
Eugene Chan: 4H. Jump to game identifies spade shortage in my hand. I'll take my chances that opp's won't decide to save.
Martin Henneberger: 4H. With all these controls and ruffing value this hand is just too good to do anything else. Yes there will be a lot of 3H bidders who will miss their cold 22 point game too often.
Mike Roberts: 4H. Slam is unlikely, and game certain. Why horse around?
John Gillespier: 3H. Shows short spades or 2-3 more hcp's with shortish spades. Pards can work it out.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3H. I'm a bit worried that no one bid spades here, but I worry more that West will balance with 2S if I don't shut her out.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. South's hand is not that strong. North has shown no extra values other than hearts.
Paul Mcmullin: 3H. Partner should be able to picture the singleton spade and re-evaluate.
Kf Tung: 3H. Invite, and usually pard will oblige with 4H. If he finds 3NT, pass!
Larry Meyer: 3H. Looks like my hand will take care of pard's cards in the minors, and he can ruff out his losing spades.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. My hand just keeps getting better. I might have bid 2H originally.

Flight A
    1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Points
1.    Paul Janicki (Canada) Dbl 3S 4H 1S Dbl 3H 600 115.50
2.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 2NT 3S 4H 2D Dbl 3H 555 86.63
3.    Ernie Dietrich (Canada) Pass 3S 4H 2D Dbl 3H 539 57.75
4.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 2NT 3S 4H 2D 5H 3H 520 40.42
5.    Martin Henneberger (Canada) Dbl 3C 4H 2D Dbl 4H 511 23.10
6.    Larry Pocock (Canada) Dbl 3C 4H 2D 5D 3H 507 19.25
7.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3C 3S 4H 2D 5H 3H 502 16.50
8.    Stephen Vincent (Canada) Pass 3S 4H 1S Dbl 4H 494 14.44
9.    Tim Francis-Wright (Usa) 3C 3S 4H 1S 5D 3H 488 12.83
10.    Gilbert Lambert (Canada) Pass 3S 4S 1S Dbl 3H 486 11.55

Flight B
    1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Points
1.    Zoran Peca (Canada) 2NT 3C 4H 1S Dbl 3H 535 49.00
2.    Kf Tung (China) Dbl 3S 4C 2D Dbl 3H 493 36.75
3.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) Pass 3C 4H 2D 5H 3H 476 24.50
4.    Rod Coote (Canada) Dbl 3S 3NT 1S 5H 3H 469 17.15
5.    Jacky Wang (Canada) Dbl 3C 4H 1H 5D 3H 433 9.80
6.    Susan Julius (Canada) Dbl 3H 4H 2D 5H Pass 430 8.17
7.    Beverley Candlish (Canada) Dbl 3C 4NT 2D Dbl 4H 426 7.00
8.    Stuart Carr (Canada) Dbl 3C 7D 2D 5D 3H 415 6.13
9.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) Dbl 3C 4H 1H 4NT 3H 411 5.44
10.    Larry Meyer (Canada) Pass 3S 4S 2H Dbl 3H 400 4.90

Flight C
    1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Points
1.    Andrew Krywaniuk (Canada) Dbl 3C 4NT 1S Dbl 3H 487 70.00
2.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Usa) Dbl 3H 4H 1S 5H 4H 450 52.50
3.    Dave Gabel (Canada) Dbl 3S 4S 2D Pass 3H 447 35.00
4.    Ewa Gutman (Canada) Dbl 2NT 4H 1S Dbl Pass 445 24.50
5.    Maurice Ormon (Canada) Dbl 3C 5D 2D Dbl 4H 419 14.00
6.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 2NT 3C 4S 1S 5D 3H 417 11.67
7.    Jean La Borie (Canada) Pass 3C 3NT 2D Dbl 3H 415 10.00
8.    Norma Doucette (Canada) Dbl 3H 4H 2S Dbl 4H 402 8.75
9.    Betty Foster (Canada) 3C 3H 4NT 1S Dbl 3H 398 7.78
10.    Dave Vestal (Usa) Dbl 3H 4S 1H Dbl 3H 395 7.00


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