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TGIF September 2009: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S A Q 7 3   H A Q 5 4   D K 7 5 4   C 6  
West North East South  
1D Pass Pass ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
Dbl 9 100
1NT 4 60
1S 2 50
2D 2 30
Pass 0 20
1H 0 10
Moderator: The majority votes for double. There are several good things that can happen, particularly when partner bids a major. There are bad things too. Partner may bid clubs, or the opponents may bid clubs and bid to a better contract.
Larry Cohen: 1NT. I am heavy and off-shape, but desperately want to play from my side. I hope partner can use Stayman and get us to a major-suit fit.
Mike Lawrence: 2D. This is one of my favorite themes. I hope I have a sympathetic moderator.
The Sutherlins: Dbl. By doubling, we'll immediately discover we have a major suit fit. We will be poorly placed over 2C, however, and will overbid by continuing with 2NT, if that happens.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. If partner responds 2C, I will correct to 2NT.
Stephen Vincent: 1NT. Not ideal, but partner can still Stayman in which case a major suit contract will be played from the right hand.
Ivy Pye: 1H. If my partner bids 1S I'm happy; if she bids clubs I'll rebid notrump.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Playing the percentages and looking at the upside rather than the downside. Older I get, more off shape doubles I make. Seems to work.
Martin Henneberger: 1NT. Stiff club what stiff club? Who cares partner has them. If the opps have clubs they will bid them and I will thank them with a takeout double. Partner can still Stayman to find a major etc.. Balancing with double leaves you endplayed when pard bids clubs.
Mike Hamilton: 1S. I balance by showing my higher-ranking suit. Even in 4th seat, I canít double and then bid only a 4-card suit over a possible club response.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Two ways to win vs. one to lose.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. 2 chances of finding major suit fit, but only 1 chance of club disaster.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Sucks if partner bids 2C but such is life.
Mike Roberts: 1NT. Pass is clearly out; we could have a game. I'll underbid slightly, with no spots, rather than overbid with double, then 2NT over 2C.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. My partners always pick a Major! I suppose, I have to bid 2NT over 2C if partner is not cooperative. Better to overbid than leave a vul game on the table.
Kees Schaafsma: 1NT. Does not promise a club stop.
Bob Todd: 1S. 1N and double are both too wrong. I will double 2C.
Maurice Ormon: Dbl. Most flexible. Partner will bypass his 5-card club suit for his 4 card major right?
David Gordon: 1S. Intending to continue with hearts for a second bid and 2NT over a spade preference.
Leo Weniger: 1S. . . then 2H if pard bids 2C.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Can't sell out so I guess I'm stuck with 2NT over pard's 2C.
Tim Francis-Wright: 1NT. Yuck. Double is almost demanding a club advance. At least if partner shows clubs now, she promises 6 of them.
Amiram Millet: 1H. A game is still possible. If it's MP - pass is better.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. If partner bids clubs, I bid NT.
 

2. IMPs. Both vul.
S A Q J 10 7 5   H A K Q 9   D J 4   C J  
West North East South  
1D Pass 1S ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
2S 10 100
Pass 3 50
4S 0 30
Dbl 2 30
3S 2 20
2H 0 10
Moderator: The panel acknowledges that the hand is stronger than most 2S bids would be, but it's close enough. When you have a good hand and a good suit, bid it.
Bridge Buff: Pass. No call describes this hand well, so I choose to pass and listen to my human opponents. My simulations will be more accurate with more data to input.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 2S. If I have another opportunity, I'll follow with 3H. Partner rates to be broke.
Barry Rigal: Pass. Stay fixed this round and then balance over 1NT or 2D. Any delayed double of diamonds should show spades and another suit, because I didn't act on the first round.
Eugene Chan: 2S. My spades are better than their spades.
Stuart Carr: 3S. Bid what I think I can make.
Ivy Pye: Pass. Wait and see and hope my partner doubles.
David Walker: Pass. Waiting for the action.
Stephen Ottridge: Dbl. Will bid hearts if pard bids clubs.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2S. Natural. I have a good hand but both opps bidding vul so pard is probably bereft and we probably don't have game. Will double next for TO if auction stays low. Other actions are ambiguous.
Martin Henneberger: 2S. Natural and showing this hand..good hand good suit.
Mike Hamilton: Dbl. This plus a suit bid will show a strong hand with playing strength. I may have to bid spades twice to convince partner on this auction that I have 9 playing tricks with spades as trumps.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. This risks losing the hearts, but I don't know how to handle a 2C response if I double.
Craig T. Wilson: Dbl. I'll bid spades if north does not bid hearts or passes after an intervening bid.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Good suit strength compensates for weak suit length.
Chris Buchanan: 2S. This shows spades. I have no idea if this is standard or not, but it should be.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. To be followed by 3S, after the expected (2m)-P-(p/3m). This way I can blame partner.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. When you are trapped, you are trapped! Besides, the auction isn't dead.
Bob Todd: Pass. I will bid some number of spades later.
David Gordon: Pass. No sensible action to take at the moment.
Chris Diamond: 2S. This should be natural, with 1NT, 2NT and X available as take-out, but I wouldn't use this with some people. Almost too good.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2S. Spades is likely to be our best denomination, but I still hope to bid 3H next round.
Joel Forssell: 2S. Natural, if it's allowed; otherwise PASS.
Amiram Millet: 2S. Better than pass and hoping for a later call.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Maybe east is psyching, and maybe I can make 4S even if he isn't. Have to wait and see how the bidding develops.
 

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

Your call?

BidVotesAward
1NT 7 100
2C 6 90
2H 4 60
Moderator: The panel was split into three camps. Rebidding 1NT shows a balanced minimum, but doing it with two low spades can be dicey. Rebidding 2C is awkward for responder to bid over, and usually shows nine or more cards in the minors. The heart support is weak for a 2H raise.
Jill Meyers: 2H. I would like to have better hearts, but I like 2H better than 1NT.
Steve Robinson: 2C. While this sequence shows nine cards in the minors, this hand is an exception.
Karen Walker: 1NT. 1NT is not ideal, but the hearts are too weak for a raise, and 2C is just asking to play a 4-2 diamond fit. Stoppers or not, 4-4-3-2 patterns should be described as balanced hands, not two-suited.
Brad Bart: 2C. I don't think I'm at all going with the field here.
Eugene Chan: 1NT. So what if I don't have a spade stopper. I didn't promise any!
Stephen Vincent: 1NT. Just bid 1NT without getting too imaginative. Neither opponent has bid spades when both had the opportunity to do so.
Ivy Pye: 1NT. . . leaving partner room to bid new minor forcing.
Aidan Ballantyne: 1NT. 1NT shows balanced hand and often pard is 4-4 in majors. Length before strength. No length so I bid NT. Raise to 2H needs better hearts; purist 2C is ridiculous.
Martin Henneberger: 2H. Well I will not bid 1NT. That leaves 2C or a 2H call. It's matchpoints so I like 2H for many reasons. If I bid 2C and pard takes preference to diamonds, I risk missing a 5-3 heart fit to play a 4-2 diamond fit. Seems risk/reward is in my favour.
Mike Hamilton: 2C. A quiet auction so far. Nobody has bid spades. Since partner has yet to promise more than 6 HCP or so, I bid out my hand and show him where my values are. His next bid should tell us where this hand should be played.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. It would be nice to have a heart honour for this bid, but at least this keeps the likely spade lead under control.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Choosing not to bid 1NT with 3-card support and a ruffing value.
Chris Buchanan: 1NT. This hand will get too awkward if I rebid 2C. 1NT shows a balanced 11-14 and that is what I have.
Mike Roberts: 2H. Matter of style. I don't agree with 2C, but 1NT is ok with me.
Perry Khakhar: 1NT. I am not convinced that partner doesn't have spades or that (s)he can even play in a moysian!
Merv Adey: 1NT. Oink, but seriously, there's lots of time in the quiet auction to get back to a suit if need be.
David Gordon: 1NT. No spade overcall on your right. If they have a spade fit then maybe they can make 2S. Not quite good enough to bid clubs then hearts.
Roelof Van Lopik: 2C. Huh? Why 1D as first bid?
Chris Diamond: 2C. If pard corrects to 2D, I'll bid 2H and raise 2H to 3.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2H. 2C could be right, but it implies 5-4 in the minors, and if partner has a weak hand with 5 hearts, this is the only way to get to 2H.
Amiram Millet: 2C. Otherwise, why didn't I open 1C?
Brian Zietman: 1NT. I hope partner plays checkback Stayman.
 

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 7   H J 9 4 3   D K J 9 7 6   C K Q J  
West North East South  
  1C Dbl ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
1D 10 100
Rdbl 4 70
1H 3 60
Moderator: The majority see a five-card suit and bid it.
Larry Cohen: Rdbl. Maybe I can scare them from bidding too many spades.
Jeff Meckstroth: 1D. Starting with redouble will create a lot of headaches when they bid some number of spades.
Lynn Deas: 1H. I would bid 1H if my RHO passed, so why not do the same thing over a double?
Eugene Chan: 1D. Redouble should promise defensive values, This is an aceless wonder.
Stephen Vincent: 1D. What I'd have bid without the double.
Aidan Ballantyne: 1D. No palatable choices so I bid my best suit and will follow up with a double of their low level spade contract (dbl in that context is TO). If I redouble, what do I do if 1S or 2S comes back to me?
Martin Henneberger: 1D. Normally in competitive auctions I ignore the opps double and bid as if they hadn't. However here my hearts are so crummy compared to my diamonds. I will start with 1D and hopefully table feel my way on my next decision.
Mike Hamilton: Rdbl. This shows nothing more than 10+ HCP facing an opening bid. I have offensive support in three suits and any suit the opponents declare will break badly. My hand will take a couple of 2nd-round tricks on defense.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Rdbl. The bidding suggests that partner has a real club suit. There are several bids available, but first I want to clarify where the HCP are.
Larry Meyer: Rdbl. Let pard know that it is our hand.
Chris Buchanan: Rdbl. 10+ and implies no fit; exactly what I have is it not?
Mike Roberts: 1H. Nobody redoubles with a stiff spade anymore.
Perry Khakhar: Rdbl. Is a different answer even possible?
David Gordon: 1D. Get your bid in before possibly being shut out in spades.
Chris Diamond: 1D. This may lose the heart suit but I want to show where I live with a club bid later.
Tim Francis-Wright: 1H. If I redouble and they bid spades, am I really better off?
Amiram Millet: 1D. Might help later if they find spade.
Brian Zietman: Rdbl. With 10+ I ALWAYS redouble whatever the distribution.
 

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

Your call?

BidVotesAward
Pass 13 100
3NT 2 60
4D 1 50
4C 1 40
4H 0 0
4S 0 0
Dbl 0 0
Moderator: East has shown extreme distribution. Your side has more high-card values, yet East bid 3S on his own. Although it's tempting to rebid something else, the majority pass.
Kerri Sanborn: Pass. I don't want to bypass 3NT, but I can't really bid it myself. I will let partner make the next decision.
Eugene Chan: Pass. My pass is forcing. If partner doubles, I will try 3NT.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. I'd quite like to show my 6th club but the hand's not good enough to justify bidding again. Partner's still there and will no doubt make a sensible decision.
David Walker: 4C. Don't want 3S to get passed out.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. When they have the majors and big shape, sometimes you are outbid despite holding all the HCP. They are going higher and nothing I could offer now would solve our future problem. Meanwhile, I pretty much already described by suit and points.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I described my hand nicely with 2C, have nothing extra or special I haven't shown, and so pass for me is easy here. This auction is far from over.
Mike Hamilton: 3NT. East didnít double to show strength, didnít cue-bid to show majors, yet is freely reverse-bidding them, vulnerable, after hearing our bidding. We might not get +500, so win the 2nd or 3rd trick and run the minors. They wonít bid again, will they?
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4C. Partner may need all 4 aces to make 3NT, whereas 5C could make with only 2.
Larry Meyer: Pass. I've already bid my hand - let pard place the contract.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. This would be forcing! Let's give partner a chance to put the hammer down.
Mike Roberts: 4C. This might be trusting East a little too much. Does 2NT deny 4S (I say no)? I intend this as non-forcing.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Pass for now! We may have to sacrifice over 4S if partner doesn't double. But we will cross that bridge when we get there!
Merv Adey: Pass. Sorry...is it my turn?
David Gordon: 4D. Take the spade tap in the short trump holding. Followup with a 5C bid if possible.
Chris Diamond: Pass. I hope pass is forcing. Maybe pard can show hidden club support and I can raise to game.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3NT. If partner really has major-suit stoppers, we are basically gambling that she has a club honour.
Amiram Millet: 3NT. A Double is very tempting.
Brian Zietman: Pass. Let partner decide what to do.
 

Panel's Answers
  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Mel Colchamiro Dbl 2S 1NT 1D Pass 500
Allan Falk 1NT 2S 1NT 1D Pass 460
Jeff Meckstroth Dbl 2S 1NT 1D 3NT 460
Jill Meyers Dbl 2S 2H 1D Pass 460
The Sutherlins Dbl 2S 2C Rdbl Pass 460
The Coopers Dbl 2S 2C Rdbl Pass 460
Betty Ann Kennedy 1NT 2S 2C 1D Pass 450
Don Stack 1NT 2S 2H 1D Pass 420
Barry Rigal Dbl Pass 2H 1D Pass 410
Kerri Sanborn Dbl 3S 2C 1D Pass 410
Karen Walker Dbl 2S 1NT 1H 4C 400
Steve Robinson 1S Pass 2C 1D Pass 390
Lynn Deas Dbl 3S 1NT 1H Pass 380
Larry Cohen 1NT Dbl 1NT Rdbl Pass 360
Mike Lawrence 2D 2S 2H 1H Pass 350
Bridge Buff 1S Pass 1NT Rdbl 4D 320
August Boehm 2D Dbl 2C 1D 3NT 310
 

Local Heroes
    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Joel Martineau Dbl 2S 1NT 1D Pass 500
1.    Aidan Ballantyne Dbl 2S 1NT 1D Pass 500
1.    Eugene Chan Dbl 2S 1NT 1D Pass 500
4.    Ronald Kuiper Dbl 2S 1NT Rdbl Pass 470
5.    Stephen Vincent 1NT 2S 1NT 1D Pass 460
6.    Brad Bart Dbl 2S 2C 1H Pass 450
7.    Mark Eddy Pass 2S 1NT 1D Pass 420
7.    Martin Henneberger 1NT 2S 2H 1D Pass 420
7.    Michael Dimich 1NT 2S 2H 1D Pass 420
10.    Julie Smith Dbl 2S 1NT Rdbl 4C 410
 

World Leaders
    1 2 3 4 5 Total
1.    Chris Diamond (Canada) Dbl 2S 2C 1D Pass 490
2.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) Dbl 2S 1NT Rdbl Pass 470
3.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) Dbl Pass 1NT 1D Pass 450
3.    Bill Camp (Canada) Dbl Pass 1NT 1D Pass 450
5.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) Dbl Pass 1NT Rdbl Pass 420
5.    Merv Adey (Canada) Pass 2S 1NT 1D Pass 420
5.    Brian Zietman (Israel) Dbl Pass 1NT Rdbl Pass 420
8.    Ben Ong (Usa) Dbl Pass 1NT 1D 3NT 410
9.    Bob Todd (Canada) 1S Pass 1NT 1D Pass 400
9.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) Dbl 2S 1NT 1H 4C 400
 

 

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