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TGIF July 2009: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S K 10 2   H A 3   D K Q J 7 5   C K Q J  
West North East South  
    1S Dbl
Pass 2H 3S ?

Do you agree with South's double?

Yes 14 50
No 2 20

Your call?

Pass 14 50
Dbl 2 20
3NT 0 0
4D 0 0
Moderator: Dick Freeman died recently. To honor him and his regular contribution to this panel, only his comments are included.
Richard Freeman: Pass. No reason to think you can make anything at the four level.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Both doubles should be routine.
Ewa Gwiazda: 4S. Dbl only makes sense if followed by a cue-bid.
Anssi Rantamaa: Pass. Tempted to double but partner may pull it to hearts (a disaster).
Stephen Vincent: Pass. For all its 19 points, this hand isn't going anywhere.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. At the table I would pass taking the view that we don't have game, ergo I should just go for a plus. But pass will not be common in this contest, so I choose what I think will be a more popular call. Pard should pull w/ shape (possibly to a cold 4H).
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. One of the tougher problems this year. I suppose south doubled planning to bid some number of NT next round, however 3NT seems a little rich on tricks now. Some souths may have downgraded the club holding to make an 18 point 1NT overcall originally. I will double now.
Mike Hamilton: 3NT. A Hamman’s Rule gamble, but I think this contract will be on the VuGraph in the other room. Holding only one ace, I might have to give up the lead once too often to make 3NT against repeated spade leads, but my chances improve if partner has one.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. To make 3NT, I need partner to have a spade honour and an outside ace. Not likely on this bidding.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Yes, too strong to overcall. Double to ask for pard's opinion on where to play.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Extra values, denies 4H. I have much admiration for pass, anything else is sick.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. We don't have game anywhere. Any action by us will precipitate in disaster for our side.
Kees Schaafsma: 4D. Non-forcing but keeping 4H in the picture.
Bob Todd: Pass. After this turn of events a heavy 1NT might have been prudent!
Maurice Ormon: 3NT. 1NT first is better. Yes I know it's too heavy, but better than double.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. We're close to setting him; this is IMPs, and I'm not going to make this the 'match hand'.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Maximal values and no heart fit.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. The X put you in this position. Since you were likely to be forced to bid 2NT, start with 2D or a heavy 1NT.
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. Double is fine. The 3S call from opener is unexpected, but not unwelcome. They're in trouble and we might not make any game.
Brian Zietman: 4D. Good big double - too strong for 1NT. A bit wimpish to bid 4D but cannot risk 3NT at IMPs.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Not enough Aces to go on. No real chance for 3NT.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S A Q 5 4   H A Q 8   D 10 7 2   C K 6 4  
West North East South  
1D Pass Pass Dbl
1S 3C Pass ?

Your call?

3S 8 100
3NT 4 50
Pass 1 30
3D 2 20
4C 1 10
Richard Freeman: 3NT. I'm willing to gamble on a diamond stopper from partner.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Does not appear partner has a diamond stopper. He knows I have spades.
Stuart Carr: 3D. I should go for the gusto and bid 3NT, but I'm worried about the diamonds.
Anssi Rantamaa: 3NT. My tenaces seem well placed.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. 3NT will be thin at best.
Martin Henneberger: 3S. I have an ace and a king more than I promised in balancing seat. Pard is showing values so I will try for 3NT by bidding 3S here, inferring a diamond problem.
Sharene Jansen: Pass. Odds are you'll get another chance to bid.
Mike Hamilton: 3NT. When one hand holds most of the opponents’ strength, a no-trump contract often plays one trick better. My major-suit tenaces are protected from the opening lead, and I’ll chance on this auction that they can’t run diamonds and I can run clubs.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. Tough hand. I don't want to bid 3NT w/o a diamond stopper, but partner may worry about hearts & spades.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Not enough shape or strength to bid further.
Mike Roberts: 3S. When they've shown two suits, cuebids show, not ask.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I think that we need partner to hold CA Q x x x x and the DK to make game. If he had that he would have overcalled already.
Kees Schaafsma: 3S. Showing the spade stopper.
Maurice Ormon: Pass. Where are the hearts?
Paul Mcmullin: 3D. Should be 'western cue' asking for diamond stopper.
Chris Buchanan: 3S. Showing my stoppers. Partner should bid 3NT with diamond cards.
David Gordon: 3S. There are 2 cuebids available. I believe this should be showing.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3S. The only problem with getting partner to bid 3NT is that everyone will see what I deemed to be a takeout double.
Brian Zietman: 3NT. If they double I escape to 4C.
Amiram Millet: Pass. If partner has: S7 x x H7 x D6 x CA Q 10 9 x x this is our top score here.

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

Your call?

Dbl 15 100
Pass 1 50
2NT 0 20
Richard Freeman: Dbl. Let's try for 800.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Standard Stayman response in interference denying a 4 card major.
Anssi Rantamaa: Pass. Partner is in charge and will know I don't have a four card major.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. I have good defense against diamonds partner.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Top of range with 3 trump tricks. What more do I need? Pard can always pull. And please don't tell me this is take-out!
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. Neat problem for agreements here. Even though I never play doubles as penalty here, I suppose this should be 1 of those rare exceptions.
Mike Hamilton: Pass. I rule out a penalty double against experts at this vulnerability. With no 4-card major, that leaves a pass, a one-round force. I have almost everything except aces, so if partner has HCP for his response, he rates to hold two and we’ll find a game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Penalty oriented, but probably safe even if partner takes it out.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Penalty - show the defensive nature of my hand.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Do I need to wait for a 5th diamond?
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. What is the issue?
Paul Mcmullin: Dbl. If partner was on a 'comic' hand, he should pull.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Partner can look at the vulnerability and bid 3NT if it is right.
David Gordon: Dbl. 2 ways to deny a 4 card major: Dble shows good diamonds; pass does not.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Suggest a penalty to pard with a defensive hand.
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. Oh, please do keep overcalling 2D on DA J x x x x and out.
Brian Zietman: 3NT. Can't miss a vulnerable game. Hope we don't play garbage Stayman.
Amiram Millet: Dbl. For penalty with 4 cards in the enemy suit. No 4 card major.

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

Your call?

Pass 16 100
2NT 0 20
2D 0 0
2H 0 0
2S 0 0
3C 0 0
Richard Freeman: Pass. A good hand for 2H over 1D to show 5-4 in majors.
Eugene Chan: 2S. Too good to pass but no better rebid available.
Stephen Vincent: 2D. The least of evils.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Pass and go for plus at this vulnerability. Hope that pard doesn't have extra or has manufactured a rebid in clubs with something like: S2 HA K J x DA J x x x CQ 10 x. I've seen that one before.
Martin Henneberger: 2NT. To underbid or overbid that's the million dollar question. Pard's 2C has a very wide range here: 11 to a non game forcing 18. For that reason I strive to keep these auctions open. I will try 2NT because of the H9 and club fit. 3C is my 2nd choice.
Mike Hamilton: Pass. I can’t rebid these spades and a heart bid would be the 4th suit. That leaves pass or a club raise. Partner has a minimum with at least 9 minor-suit cards and I have 9 major-suit cards. We’re in the best fit we have right here. I’ll bid 3C if pushed.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. The least of all evils.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Set the trump suit, let pard make the next move.
Mike Roberts: 2NT. There's a common convention (Meckwell) for this type of hand. This is why.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Need miracles for a non-vul game. This is not the hand to push!
Kees Schaafsma: 3C. Pard has plus values or 5-5 in the minors most of the time, a 0454 would be unlucky. A minimum 5D/4C should rebid 1NT.
Bob Todd: Pass. Yuch!! This why I play an initial 2S = 5S, 4H and 9-11 HCP.
Maurice Ormon: 2H. What's the problem?
Paul Mcmullin: 2H. I may surprise partner by passing his next bid, but 2C was a minimal rebid, wasn't it?
Chris Buchanan: 3C. I am not a huge fan of this decision but what else can I do?
David Gordon: 2S. Pass is not an option with 9pts.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Very close to bidding since pard can have a good hand, but NV, missing game isn't tragic.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3C. At matchpoints, I'm passing, but at IMPs it pays to see if partner has extra values.
Brian Zietman: 2NT. Maybe we have 3NT. I am too strong to pass or bid 2S or 3C.
Amiram Millet: 3C. It's IMPs and game is still possible.

5. Matchpoints. None vul.
S ---   H K Q J 10 7 6   D A K 6   C K Q J 9  
West North East South  
    4S 5H
5S Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

5NT 6 100
Pass 5 80
6H 4 30
6C 1 10
Richard Freeman: Pass. No reason to play partner for a rounded ace.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Take our plus. Would be a tougher problem at IMPs.
Stuart Carr: 6C. A somewhat greedy bid, as we may well collect 1100+ on defense.
Anssi Rantamaa: Pass. Take the plus and hope partner doesn't have either of the aces I need.
Stephen Vincent: 5NT. Hope partner has an ace and it isn't in spades.
Stephen Ottridge: 6H. North better have one of the CA or HA.
Aidan Ballantyne: 5NT. Pick a slam (the double is card showing). Got to bid out the hand. Pass is ridiculously chicken.
Martin Henneberger: 6H. I'm betting we have a slam somewhere if pard can double to show some values. My hearts are so good even opposite a void I will risk a matchpoint 6H contract.
Mike Hamilton: 6H. Partner is warning against bidding on. However, I have a powerful 3-loser hand, and the pre-emptive nature of the opponents’ bidding should preclude them from holding two aces. Therefore, partner must hold two, and that reduces my losers to one.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 6H. Would East bid 4S with two outside aces? Would West bid 5S with an outside ace? I'm going to guess no.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Respect pard's opinion and take the sure plus.
Mike Roberts: 5NT. Pick a slam. I'll pull 6D to 6H.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. It would appear that partner has warned us off bidding. I pass and wait for a plus rather than bid for a minus! Funny set of hands, I passed 4 out of 5! Who is going to believe that!
Kees Schaafsma: 6H. 6H has too many chances, I don't know how to try for the grand.
Bob Todd: 6H. Hopefully partner has cards and not the SA.
Paul Mcmullin: Pass. Sometimes I listen when partner warns me off.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. This was a forcing pass situation and partner has told me what to do. I do not like it but I must be content to sit for the double.
David Gordon: 6C. Partner should hopefully be doubling with an ace. If partner has an ace then 6H is cold.
Leo Weniger: 5NT. And then convert 6D to 6H, but pass 6C.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Can pard have an ace? He doubled in front of you suggesting a non-offensive hand, so pass.
Tim Francis-Wright: 5NT. Do something smart, partner.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Is this double a variation of DOPI? Well if the pass does not work I can always blame partner.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Partner suggests penalty. I'm done.

Panel's Answers
  1a 1b 2 3 4 5 Total
Jill Meyers Yes Pass 3S Dbl Pass 5NT 500
Mel Colchamiro Yes Pass 3S Dbl Pass 5NT 500
Barry Rigal Yes Pass 3S Dbl Pass Pass 480
Kerri Sanborn Yes Pass 3S Dbl Pass Pass 480
Karen Walker Yes Pass 3S Dbl Pass Pass 480
August Boehm Yes Dbl 3S Dbl Pass 5NT 470
The Sutherlins Yes Dbl 3S Dbl Pass 5NT 470
Larry Cohen Yes Pass 3S Dbl Pass 6H 430
Richard Freeman Yes Pass 3NT Dbl Pass Pass 430
Jeff Meckstroth Yes Pass 3D Dbl Pass 5NT 420
Allan Falk No Pass Pass Dbl Pass 5NT 400
Don Stack Yes Pass 3NT Dbl Pass 6H 380
Mike Lawrence Yes Pass 3NT Dbl Pass 6C 360
Betty Ann Kennedy Yes Pass 3D Dbl Pass 6H 350
Steve Robinson No Pass 3NT Dbl Pass 6H 350
Bridge Baron Yes Pass 4C Pass Pass Pass 340

Local Heroes
    1a 1b 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Michael Dimich Yes Pass 3S Dbl Pass Pass 480
2.    Brad Bart Yes Pass 3NT Dbl Pass 5NT 450
2.    David Breton Yes Dbl 3S Dbl Pass Pass 450
4.    Aidan Ballantyne Yes Dbl 3D Dbl Pass 5NT 390
5.    Joel Martineau No Pass 3D Dbl Pass Pass 370
5.    Julie Smith No Dbl 3NT Dbl Pass Pass 370
5.    Barry Yamanouchi Yes Dbl 3S 3NT Pass 5NT 370
8.    Ronald Kuiper Yes 3NT 3S Dbl Pass 6C 360
9.    Stephen Vincent Yes Pass Pass Dbl 2D 5NT 330
9.    Gilbert Lambert Yes 3NT 3S 3NT Pass Pass 330
9.    David Walker Yes Pass Pass 2NT Pass Pass 330

World Leaders
    1a 1b 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Merv Adey (Canada) Yes Pass 3S Dbl Pass 5NT 500
2.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Yes Pass Pass Dbl Pass 5NT 430
3.    Chris Diamond (Canada) No Dbl 3S Dbl Pass Pass 420
4.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) Yes Pass Pass Dbl Pass Pass 410
5.    Mike Roberts (USA) Yes Dbl 3S Dbl 2NT 5NT 390
6.    Bob Todd (Canada) Yes Pass 3NT Dbl Pass 6H 380
7.    Tim Francis-Wright (Usa) Yes Dbl 3S Dbl 3C 5NT 370
8.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) Yes Dbl 3S Dbl 3C Pass 350
9.    Amiram Millet (Israel) Yes Pass Pass Dbl 3C Pass 310
10.    David Gordon (Canada) Yes Dbl 3S Dbl 2S 6C 280


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