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TGIF April 2009: Scores

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

Your call?

BidVotesAward
4D 7 100
3D 5 80
5D 0 50
Dbl 3 40
4C 2 20
6D 1 10
3S 0 0
Pass 0 0
Moderator: There's a reason why players preempt. The opponents often want to compete, but have less room to describe their hands. Seven panelists felt strongly that 4D, showing diamonds and a major, was the best description, even though it's not part of BBS.
Jill Meyers: 4D. I play that 4D is diamonds and a major, but I doubt that is BBS.
Allan Falk: 3D. What's the problem? It's almost impossible for the bidding to die here. 4D is not leaping Michael's in BBS.
Richard Freeman: 4C. That should show a strong two-suiter. Although unlikely, if partner bids 4D, I'll bid six. Over 4H, I'll bid 4S showing spades and diamonds, although it doesn't show the disparity in length.
Eugene Chan: 3D. Without prior discussion with partner about the meaning of a jump to 4D, I will start with 3D to allow maximum opportunity to follow up with a spade rebid.
Stuart Carr: 4C. After partner's expected 4H bid, I'll bid 5D and hope partner gets the picture!
Stephen Vincent: 3D. Perhaps I will have a chance to complete the hand description later. Perhaps not.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5NT. Pick a slam. Will correct clubs to diamonds. Extra shape, bid 'em up. Glad to hear weakness by my opps, improves odds of making slam. If nothing else, the meaning will be clear.
Martin Henneberger: 4C. This hand isn't as much a first round bidding problem as a second round issue. I believe most experts cue bid 3 level preempts to show any good 2 suiter. Over the expected 4H response by partner I will risk a 5D bid to invite slam in diamonds or spades.
Mike Hamilton: 3NT. Showing an unspecified two-suiter. Over a heart response by partner, I can correct to spades, and he will know I have spades and diamonds. I have enough strength to push either suit contract to at least game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. My swiss cheese is not going to make slam without some spade support from partner. Let's check that first. I am ready to compete with 5D later.
Craig T. Wilson: Dbl. .. then diamonds if partner bids hearts.
David Breton: 6D. The scientists will try to convince you *their* system will get *you* to the right spot. Well, I ain't no scientist.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Bid my longest suit first.
Mike Roberts: 3D. I hate this, but double acheives nothing, and any other number of diamonds gives up on spades. Pray for a chance to rebid.
Bob Todd: 4C. Strong 2 suited hand!!! I hope he doesn't think it's just the majors.
Paul Mcmullin: 3D. SOMEBODY will bid again, and I'll show the spades.
David Gordon: 3D. Is 4D diamonds and a major? I do not think it will go all pass so I will bid naturally.
Chris Buchanan: 4C. I want to bid 4D showing a strong hand with diamonds and a major but that is hardly standard. I will bid 4C for lack of anything better and correct hearts to spades. Partner should get the idea.
Chris Diamond: 3D. I don't think (hope?) that this will end the bidding, in which case I hope to try and get my whole hand in.
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. Yes, this is the hand featured in the ad for top and bottom cuebids. At least I'm strong enough to move over 3H or 4H.
Amiram Millet: 3D. .. intending to call 4S later.
Brian Zietman: 4NT. If partner bids 5H I will bid 5S and he will know my 2 suiter is spades and diamonds.
 

2. IMPs. None vul.
S K 5   H A K J 10   D Q J 10 7   C 8 7 5  
West North East South  
    Pass 1D
1S 2C 2S ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
2NT 11 100
3C 4 80
Pass 3 40
Dbl 0 0
Moderator: Although you can raise partner or Pass to see what develops, most of the panelists choose 2NT.
Larry Cohen: 2NT. With a guarded king in the opponents' suit, I go out of my way to get notrump whenever possible. It's sort of a variation on Hamman's Rule (when in doubt, bid 3NT). Hamman told me about this adjunct, so if it's wrong, I'll blame him.
The Colchamiros: 3C. We would have opened 1NT, not 1D, treating the connected 10s as an upgrade to 15 points. Bidding 2NT now is too narrow a target, especially with no club honor. 3C doesn't preclude 3NT.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Minimum opener. Weak trump support. Dubious spade king. Hand getting worse with each bid! Partner's next action will aid re-evaluation.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. If we end up in 3NT as is quite likely, it's important to play it from the right side.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3C. Can always get to 3NT if pard bids 3S. No hurry to show my stopper. Show fit first, particulary as they may carry on in spades.
Martin Henneberger: 2NT. 2NT describes my hand entirely so this is an easy problem for me.
Mike Hamilton: 3C. By not making a negative double, partner can bid a feature. Lacking the top diamonds, Iím not sure a no-trump contract could survive a second spade lead. I donít yet know how partner can help, so Iíll temporize by raising his clubs.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2NT. Show the spade stopper now. If partner has SQ x x then 3NT may be the best spot.
David Breton: Dbl. With no long suit and just one ace, I'm in no hurry to bid NT.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Need more shape or strength to bid at the 3-level.
Mike Roberts: Pass. Nothing exciting to say. Don't want to encourage partner without a club honor. He promises another bid.
Bob Todd: Pass. No need to rush in.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. No rush to rebid this minimum.
David Gordon: 3C. Better show support straight away. If partner bids 3H I will raise to 4H. If partner bids 3S I have an easy 3NT bid.
Chris Buchanan: 3C. Show support first, the bid NT later if asked to.
Chris Diamond: 2NT. Is this the time where 2NT never natural in competition gets you? Probably going to get to 3NT anyway.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3C. I really need help from partner for no trump to make sense.
Amiram Millet: 3C. My hand is weaker now.
Brian Zietman: 2NT. Is the 2C forcing? We may have a heart fit but I do not want partner to bid NT if we don't. If partner is not strong he can happily land in 3C.
 

3. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S K   H Q J 10 8 7 3 2   D K   C J 6 5 3  
West North East South  
      ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
3H 12 100
Pass 3 80
2H 2 60
4H 1 40
1H 0 0
Moderator: The distribution of this hand looks like a preempt. But holding two singleton kings argues against that.
Barry Rigal: Pass. I'm not sure I can beat 7S or 7D on my assets, and I don't have the boss suit (spades), so I'm done. I'll collect my 33% score and try to persuade partner, but he won't be listening.
Allan Falk: 2H. Vulnerable against not, this is not a 3H bid. Because it is not a 3H bid, I choose 2H, which is a much better description than pass. I predict that most will bid 3H and I'll be one of either one or two 2H bidders.
Steve Robinson: 4H. With 7-4, bid more. Let's make everyone guess.
Eugene Chan: 3H. Textbook pre-empt at unfavourable vulnerability.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Neither fish nor fowl.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Second choice 2H. Odds are with them if they have spades, no matter what I do.
Martin Henneberger: 3H. Wow another easy problem for my bidding requirements. 3H stands out so clear I wouldn't even consider any other action and probably couldn't be convinced of one either.
Mike Hamilton: 3H. Maybe half a trick on defense. Give partner his mathematical expectation of 10 HCP and I judge enough support to collect 5 trump tricks and 2 or 3 outside tricks, enough for a 3-level pre-empt at this vulnerability.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. Wrong vulnerability, mediocre suit, wasted values in 2 suits. Nonetheless, it looks a 2-level preempt won't disturb the opponents one whit. Luckily it's MPs so the worst I can get is a 0.
David Breton: 3H. Not enough defense for a 1H opening.
Larry Meyer: 3H. With 2 stiff kings, not upgrading this hand to be a 1-level opener.
Mike Roberts: 3H. It doesn't feel right for defence, but feels about right for offence.
David Gordon: Pass. I like to have a better suit to pre-empt in front of partner. Not good enough to open 1H.
Chris Buchanan: 3H. Is this a trick question? What am I missing?
Chris Diamond: 3H. Pre-empt with hearts, with spades I'd think twice.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. Partner will expect at least one of the kings to be in my suit for a red-on-white preempt. No thanks.
Amiram Millet: 1H. Too strong to preempt in this seat.
Brian Zietman: 1H. In first position I do not want to preempt partner.
 

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

Your call?

BidVotesAward
3NT 13 100
3D 4 80
4D 1 40
Pass 0 0
Moderator: Experts realize that if the opponents preempt, 3NT is often a good contract. Because of the auction, declarer can often play along double-dummy lines. Furthermore, the preempting hand can usually be isolated.
Don Stack: 3NT. With the trick potential of diamonds, I will go for the biggest payoff. Hamman's rule is in effect.
The Colchamiros: 3D. No DA, no 3NT.
Karen Walker: 3NT. The third club gives me the ability to hold up twice, and that talks me into it.
Eugene Chan: 3D. At matchpoints I will KISS. 4D at IMPs. KISSing makes partners happy!
Stephen Vincent: 3NT. If partner has neither red ace, this could go down a lot but 3D will be passed too often when game is cold.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3NT. Percentage shot as I can control the club suit and pard likely to have a red suit ace to allow me to enjoy the diamonds after club leads knock out my ace. 3D is too conservative.
Martin Henneberger: 3NT. Hamman's rule if 3NT appears to be in the picture bid it. Ok I will. Guessing to bid a non forcing 3D certainly has to be worse than guessing to bid game.
Mike Hamilton: 3NT. Partner has values, maybe no suit, and another bid. I have 7 tricks in a no-trump contract giving up the lead once. If partner has the diamond ace, I have 8 running tricks and a chance for a 9th in the majors before they can take 5. Worth a shot.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. Partner needs to have the DA or the HA or we're screwed (but that's pretty likely given the bidding). An easier choice at IMPs.
David Breton: 3NT. In tempo. This could be really bad but at least if I go down, I go down like a man.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. No guarantees, but seems like a worthwhile gamble.
Mike Roberts: 3NT. If I bid 3D, how can partner ask for a club stopper?
Paul Mcmullin: 3D. 7 cards worth rebidding.
David Gordon: 3NT. It's all about the ace of diamonds.
Chris Buchanan: 3NT. This should have an above average chance of coming home.
Chris Diamond: 3D. Can't really think of another call at MPs. Maybe 3NT but I could get a shot at this later.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3D. Sure, 3NT could be right here, but 3D is not a drop-dead call. If partner has a dead minimum, we're not making 3NT.
Amiram Millet: 3NT. Intending to make it.
Brian Zietman: 3D. Just have to show my hand. They will go down but that is not worth a vul game or slam for us.
 

5. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S J 9   H Q   D A Q J 10 6   C A 10 7 3 2  
West North East South  
    Pass 1D
4H 4S 5H ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
Pass 12 100
Dbl 5 90
5S 1 50
6C 0 10
Moderator: Once again preempts have given you a problem. The majority of the panel Pass the decision to partner, and no panelist believes that Pass is forcing.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. This is not forcing because 4S was bid under pressure.
The Sutherlins: Dbl. Partner should know that double is not based on trump tricks. He can pass or pull to 5S with a seven- or eight-card suit. Partner was under pressure over 4H, so we need to give him some slack.
Andrew Nalos: Pass. Forcing pass ... over to partner.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. More KISSing! Hope for a plus. 3 tricks appear more likely than 11 (or 12).
Stuart Carr: Pass. Forcing.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Partner may have stretched a bit: let's not hang him.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Encouraging pard to bid on without committing to that. You need some discpiline and partnership in these auctions or you just get pushed around.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I truly believe that I don't have a call to make here, why would I feel I need to do something?
Mike Hamilton: 5S. The opponents are risking a number, so they must think we have at least game. The 5H raise is problematic, but my J-x is adequate spade support in this auction, so I'll tell partner and let the clubs go. Pre-empts preclude more delicate bidding.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. There is no guarantee we can make 6S. 5H x-2 won't be very profitable, but we will beat anyone who goes down in spades (or defends 4H).
David Breton: 5NT. A two-way bid. Partner: pick a slam, Opps: it's your turn to guess.
Larry Meyer: 5S. In context, we have good trump support, plus we have controls.
Mike Roberts: Pass. An 'in between' hand. Partner can be very wide for 4S. Forcing!!!
Bob Todd: Pass. I don't want to prevent partner from bidding should that be his inclination.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. I don't know what to bid; this should be forcing.
David Gordon: 5S. Lets take the pressure off partner.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. Good old fashioned forcing pass! I like partner to make the decisions!
Chris Diamond: 5S. Good hand for spades, in fact I could be seriously underbidding, but pard may be stretching.
Tim Francis-Wright: 5S. This is a pretty good hand for partner.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. Taking the best route to a plus score.
Brian Zietman: 5S. Tough decision we may have a slam on here.
 

Panel's Answers
  1 2 3 4 5 Total
August Boehm 4D 2NT 3H 3NT Pass 500
Kerri Sanborn 4D 2NT 3H 3NT Pass 500
Karen Walker 4D 2NT 3H 3NT Dbl 490
Larry Cohen 4D 2NT 3H 3D Pass 480
Bridge Buff 4D 2NT Pass 3NT Pass 480
Jill Meyers 4D 2NT Pass 3NT Dbl 470
Don Stack 3D 2NT 3H 3NT Dbl 470
Mike Lawrence 3D 2NT 3H 3D Pass 460
The Colchamiros 3D 3C 3H 3D Pass 440
Barry Rigal 4D Pass Pass 3NT Pass 420
The Coopers 4C 2NT 3H 3NT Dbl 410
Richard Freeman 4C 3C 3H 3NT Pass 400
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl 2NT 2H 3NT Pass 400
The Sutherlins 6D 2NT 3H 3NT Dbl 400
Betty Ann Kennedy 3D 3C 3H 3D 5S 390
Allan Falk 3D Pass 2H 3NT Pass 380
Lynn Deas Dbl Pass 3H 3NT Pass 380
Steve Robinson Dbl 3C 4H 4D Pass 300
 

Local Heroes
    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Stephen Vincent 3D 2NT Pass 3NT Dbl 450
2.    Martin Henneberger 4C 2NT 3H 3NT Pass 420
3.    Susan Peters 4D 3C 2H 3D Dbl 410
4.    Eugene Chan 3D Pass 3H 3D Dbl 390
4.    David Schmidt Dbl 2NT 3H 3NT 5S 390
4.    Andrew Krywaniuk 3S 2NT 3H 3NT Dbl 390
7.    Larry Meyer 3D Pass 3H 3NT 5S 370
8.    Aidan Ballantyne 5NT 3C Pass 3NT Pass 360
8.    Stuart Carr 4C 2NT 2H 3D Pass 360
10.    Brad Bart 3D 3C 3H 5D Dbl 350
10.    Ted Vesak 3S 3C 3H 3D Dbl 350
 

World Leaders
    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Bill Camp (Canada) 3D 3C 3H 3D Dbl 430
1.    Kevin Strangway (Canada) Dbl 2NT 3H 3NT Dbl 430
3.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 3D Pass 3H 3NT Pass 420
4.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 3D 2NT 3H 3D 5S 410
5.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 3D Pass 3H 3D Pass 400
5.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) 4C 3C 3H 3NT Pass 400
7.    David Gordon (Canada) 3D 3C Pass 3NT 5S 390
8.    Merv Adey (Canada) 4C 3C 3H 3D Pass 380
9.    Susan Julius (Canada) 4C 2NT 3H 3NT 5S 370
10.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4C Pass 3H 3NT Pass 360
10.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 4C 3C Pass 3D Pass 360
 

 

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