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TGIF February 2010: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S J 9 6   H K Q J 9 7 6   D Q 3   C 10 2  
West North East South  
  1S 1NT ?

Your call?

2H 11 100
Dbl 4 60
2S 2 50
2NT 1 30
3H 0 30
Pass 0 30
Moderator: Most of the panel bid 2H, assessing trick-taking potential rather than just to count high-card points. When your hand is weaker than your partner's, consider playing in your suit rather than his.
Mike Lawrence: 2S. I'm guessing they have a home in a minor, so I'm giving up on penalties. One reason against bidding 2H is that they may lead a spade and get some ruffs.
Jeff Meckstroth: 2H. Doubling 1NT could get a big dividend, but could also be a disaster. If we go minus 180 instead of plus 140, that's an 8-IMP loss. Also, we could have a game, and bidding hearts gives us our best chance to get there.
The Sutherlins: Dbl. Dummy has virtually nothing, which makes double more appealing. Declarer will have to lead everything from his hand. We will probably be collecting a big number.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Going for the jugular. Expecting a big number.
Stephen Vincent: 2H. The chances of setting up and running the heart suit aren't good enough to justify a double and the hand contains too many losers to look for game.
David Walker: 2H. Must also be happy with spades.
Martin Henneberger: 2S. My ideology on these hand types are to support 1st penalize 2nd. I would have bid 2S had East not bid, and will do the same now. To double for penalty here is a gamble I don't take, and 2H hides spade support.
Julie Smith: Dbl. I don't think they can make it. I lead a heart.
Mike Hamilton: 2S. Our best partscore is in spades, and the first priority is to confirm a fit. Ignoring the DQ, I have only 7 working HCP, not worth more than a simple raise in competition. If West bids and itís passed around to me, I might try 3H.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. East has a spade stopper and probably the HA. I don't like our chances of game. OTOH, my SJ could be useful as an entry to the heart suit on defense.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Even though we have an 8-card spade fit, we probably belong in hearts.
Mike Roberts: 2S. I doubt there's a game, and I doubt that they'll play 1NT doubled. I bid 2S so I can compete with 3H afterwards.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. I would like to transfer to hearts and bid spades as a game try. But since no tools are available, I will settle for 200 or 500. Hope partner can double the run out.
Kees Schaafsma: 3H. Pity about the spades, yet South's hand shouldn't be dummy.
Merv Adey: 2H. Probably no game...might need the lead.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. A heart lead will destroy East for a big penalty. West has a maximum of 3 points if east is lucky.
David Gordon: Dbl. Start with a dbl to show values.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. 2H a close second here, but with a good lead and spade support I will risk a double.
Birol GŁVenÁ: 2H. 8+hcp and least 5 cards suit enough for my 2H bid.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Got a lead and probably not enough for game opposite a minimum opening bid so try for what might be a substantial penalty.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2H. An immediate raise could work here, but it looks right to mention this suit.
Paul Janicki: 2S. When I double these contracts, they take the SA and 6 club tricks; when I get doubled, it is -800!
Amiram Millet: 2H. Not good enough for a double which might also help them find a better spot in a minor.

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

Your call?

3H 10 100
Pass 7 80
Dbl 1 40
Moderator: There are two schools of thought on this deal. One is to pass with your meagre collection. The other is to bid 3H: as a passed hand you cannot overstate your values.
Mel Colchamiro: 3H. The preempt improved my hand. Being a passed hand makes 3H an easy bid. Being short in clubs, partner likely has some hearts.
Don Stack: 3H. My 10 points are all prime, and I'm a passed hand, so I must bid, even though the heart suit is not robust. Partner rates to be short in clubs so I should find some heart length in dummy.
Karen Walker: Pass. I can't find any reason to be stampeded into a huge overbid with this sparse hand. If we have game, partner will reopen. If he passes it out, I'll be glad I didn't hang him for opening in third seat.
The Joyces: Pass. A 3H bid could find partner with a doubleton club and a doubleton heart - yuck! If partner reopens with a double, then we can bid 4H.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Will try 4H if partner reopens with a double. Otherwise will be content with any plus score.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. Horrible. Double leaves you fixed over the inevitable spade response and the hand is too good to pass although that could well be right. Hearts should play well on crossruff lines if partner can produce three of them: the failure to open 2H limits the suit length.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. With no guaranteed fit I don't feel the need to bid 3H. Pard is almost surely short in clubs and will reopen with double, 3D or 3S. Let's hear from them before bidding.
Julie Smith: 3H. I call the director. I don't like the opp's bid. :)
Mike Hamilton: 4H. My jump-bid in competition shows a maximum passed hand. The bidding and vulnerability mark partner with a good hand. Being short in clubs, he is odds on to hold 3+ hearts. With no waste in clubs, all my values are working in a heart contract.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. A little bit of a stretch, but all my points are working. Hope partner doesn't have a doubleton club.
Larry Meyer: 3H. Show my longest suit and a few values.
Mike Roberts: 3H. Hate this, but if I double, what over 3S? At least it's not forcing....
Perry Khakhar: 3H. Opposite most 3rd seat openers we may have game if it's a 30 point deck. I am a passed hand already, so I need to bid immediately or there will be too much pressure on partner.
Kees Schaafsma: 3H. At least this is NF, clubs to weak to pass.
Bob Todd: 3H. Yuch!
Merv Adey: 3H. Please don't be 4252 pard..
Brian Zietman: 3H. Natural and forcing.
John Gillespie: Pass. The real problem is how many hearts to bid IF pard reopens with double. Four for me.
David Gordon: Pass. If partner can't make a move over 3C then probably no game.
Chris Buchanan: 3H. Dbl is problematic as partner may leap to 4S with 4-3-5-1. Too much to pass so 3H has to be the most reasonable action.
Chris Diamond: Pass. UGH! passing only delays the problem. If pard re-opens with a dbl, I'll guess 4H.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. We know partner is short in clubs--if she can't double or bid 3D, we don't want to bid here.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Partner opened in 3rd seat and I have nothing better to suggest here.

3. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S Q J 6 3   H ---   D K Q J 6 5   C A Q J 10  
West North East South  
    1S ?

Your call?

2D 13 100
2NT 3 60
Pass 1 50
Dbl 1 30
1NT 0 20
Moderator: You have values, but no convenient bid.
Jill Meyers: 2D. This violates my general principle by overcalling at the two level with only a five-card suit. I have so many high-card points and such good suit quality in the minors that I don't feel I can pass.
August Boehm: 2NT. After bidding 2NT, I'm going to follow with 3S to try and picture this awkward hand.
Eugene Chan: 1NT. Overcalling 1NT is right on values and promises spade stopper. If partner transfers, will bid 2NT!!
David Walker: Pass. Ready for anything but Pass from partner.
Martin Henneberger: 2D. I'm always in the minority with these hand types but my style is to pass. That being said I believe 2D will be the bidding contest winner so 2D it is.
Julie Smith: 2D. My biddable five card suit. Maybe more later.
Mike Hamilton: 2D. This hand is not quite shapely enough and has too much in the opponentsí suit for a 2-suited bid. Fortunately, Iím strong enough to show both minors in separate bids. I will need that second bid over a heart response by partner.
Jacky Wang: 2D. . . then 3C.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2D. I'm not a fan of trap-passing with hands this strong. 2D is more constructive than 2NT, which would shut out our likely 3NT game.
Larry Meyer: 2D. Show my best suit and a few values - wrong distribution for double.
Mike Roberts: 2D. This actually makes it easier for them to get to hearts, but it's too rich to pass.
Perry Khakhar: 2NT. I may be a little strong for this gadget, but the very real possibility of misfit suggests that I get all of my bids in at once.
Brian Zietman: 2NT. Strong unusual. Wonder who has the hearts?
John Gillespie: 2D. Somebody will bid hearts. If pard, some number of notrump on my balanced hand.
David Gordon: 2D. Overcall your best suit. Not quite good enough to dbl and bid.
Birol GŁVenÁ: Dbl. Take-out.. 16 hcp. and four losers are sufficient for T-O double.
Chris Diamond: 2D. Ugly, but pard may not have enough to reopen if it gets to him. May make it harder for opps to find a heart fit if they can't bid 1NT forcing.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2D. Nothing else looks appealing. At all.
Amiram Millet: 2S. I prefer Michaels to a Dbl.

4. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 8 6 4   H A J 7 2   D 7 5 4   C A Q 8  
West North East South  
  1C Pass 1H
Pass 1S Pass ?

Your call?

1NT 8 100
2NT 2 60
3C 5 60
2D 1 50
2S 2 50
2C 0 40
Moderator: Bidding 1NT understates your strength. Jumping to 2NT with three low in the unbid suit is unappealing. Raising partner with three-card support could be a disaster. When the experts vote for five different calls, it means it's a tough problem.
The Gordons: 3C. This hand is an advertisement for playing 2D as forcing only to 2NT. We'll settle for 3C.
Mike Lawrence: 2D. I am upgrading this hand and bidding 2D. I'm hoping my club suit will provide us with notrump tricks.
Kerri Sanborn: 1NT. All bids are flawed. We don't really have trick-taking potential, so will go the low road with 1NT.
The Coopers: 2S. We raise freely with three-card support to solve this type of problem. We deduct one point for 4-3-3-3 distribution and only three trumps and call it 10. A simple raise, therefore, is fine. If partner passes, this is usually a good matchpoint result.
Eugene Chan: 1NT. Slight underbid but unlikely to miss game. Maybe the opps will balance!
Stephen Vincent: 1NT. No intermediates and no diamond stop outweigh the two aces and nice holding in partner's first suit.
Martin Henneberger: 2NT. Right or wrong I'm bidding my shape and strength with 2NT. Guessing to underbid with 2S or jumping to 3C has to be equally as flawed if not worse. Who said pard cant have DK Q x?
Julie Smith: 2NT. Invitational to 3NT.
Mike Hamilton: 2D. A flat hand, no diamond stopper, and not quite enough to force game. Partner could be 5-5 but I canít be sure, so how good are my 3-card supports? A least-of-evils 4th suit forces another bid which Iím hoping will help.
Jacky Wang: 2D. . . forcing to game.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1NT. I have 11 points, but no enthusiasm to invite game.
Larry Meyer: 2C. Not willing to commit to game unless pard can bid again.
Mike Roberts: 1NT. Assuming 2D is game forcing, and that 1S doesn't promise four clubs (I'll bid 3C if it did).
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Notrump should be played by partner. I am not willing to raise spades with xxx. So, I will try to reach game if partner has the right hand (bidding 4333 this way is insane). Going down in 3NT from that hand may be the same score as any 2 level bid.
Kees Schaafsma: 2S. The 9 losers are in the way of bidding stronger.
Bob Todd: 2S. Argh!!!
Brian Zietman: 2NT. 10-12 points no fit.
David Gordon: 3C. Not quite enough to game force.
Chris Buchanan: 1NT. Not a big fan of four ripple three's and I downgrade this hand at matchpoints.
Birol GŁVenÁ: 2D. Fourth suit forcing. Try to get to 3NT from the other side.
Chris Diamond: 1NT. Spades too weak to raise and clubs too short to jump. So heavy 1NT with no diamond stopper seems like the best MP lie.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2D. If 2D is game-forcing, then hopefully partner has a sense of humor.
Amiram Millet: 1NT. A little heavy but a flat hand and nothing in diamonds.

5. IMPs. Both vul.
S A Q 10 6 4 3 2   H K J 8 6 3   D ---   C Q  
West North East South  
    1D 2D (1)
Pass 2H Pass ?
(1) Michaels cuebid..

Do you agree with South's 2D?

Yes 14 50
No 4 30

Your call?

3S 10 50
2S 7 40
3D 0 25
3H 1 20
Moderator: Bidding either 2S or 3S shows a strong hand with longer spades. Which you choose depends on how aggressive you want to be.
Larry Cohen: 3S. My plan after bidding 2D was to bid spades next, so it is just a question of how many. Because we are vulnerable at IMPs, I will do more than bid 2S by bidding 3S.
Jeff Meckstroth: 2S. By bidding 2S, I am trying for game with at least six spades and five hearts. This gives partner a chance to keep us low if he has 1-2 in the majors.
Eugene Chan: 3S. Diamond tap could create problems in hearts. Spades will be best contract if there is an extreme misfit.
David Walker: 3D. I prefer spades, partner, but if you really do have 3+ hearts bid 4.
Martin Henneberger: 3S. I like the Micheals bid because it can allow you to show a much better/ longer spade suit at 2nd turn. Bidding 1S then some number of hearts could never show that. Now I need to invite game with 3S.
Julie Smith: 2S. Belatedly, I bid my seven card suit.
Mike Hamilton: Pass. This hand is good enough to overcall 1S and rebid hearts. Now Iím stuck with following the Michaels convention and passing partnerís sign-off bid to keep his trust. If this turns out badly, itís my fault.
Jacky Wang: 2S. At least forcing to 3H.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. I don't play Michael's this way, but there is a certain logic to it. I would take 2S as showing a disparity in the suits, and 3H as partner's only non-forcing rebid.
Larry Meyer: 2S. Yes - give pard a decent description of my hand in one bid / 2S - Pard could be broke, so go slowly, tell him I like spades better.
Mike Roberts: 2S. This has got to show a good 6-5 or 6-4. I have a little extra, but I don't think I can risk 3S here.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. Agree Michaels because it is forcing. Since Michaels is weak or strong, 2S shows the stronger hand. If partner bails to only 3H, I will be satisfied to simply raise to 4H.
Kees Schaafsma: 2S. Running from a (presumed) fit is forcing, hope to bid 3S in the next round which should get the message across.
Brian Zietman: 3D. If partner has 2 of: CA HA SK, then 6 looks a good prospect. Another cue bid now.
David Gordon: 2S. This should show extra length and a reason not to pass 2H.
Chris Buchanan: 2S. These hands are best described with an overcall as opposed to a Michaels. Michaels should be weak (0-9) or strong (15+); Since I did Michaels, I bid 2S to show game interest with extra spade length.
Birol GŁVenÁ: 3S. South's hand is very strong: 4 losers. Therefore 3S.
Chris Diamond: 3S. Stupid problem. If you think Michaels was horrible with this kind of suit disparity (I do) how are you supposed to bid your way out of it?
Tim Francis-Wright: 2S. I really need help for partner to make game, and staying low lets partner bail to 3H with the 0=3=5=5 hand I half-expect here.
Amiram Millet: 3S. I have a self-sufficient suit. I'd overcall 1S and not Michaels.

Panel's Answers
  1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total
Jill Meyers 2H 3H 2D 1NT Yes 3S 500
Don Stack 2H 3H 2D 1NT Yes 2S 490
Larry Cohen 2H Pass 2D 1NT Yes 3S 480
Steve Robinson 2H Pass 2D 1NT Yes 3S 480
Karen Walker 2H Pass 2D 1NT Yes 3S 480
The Joyces 2H Pass 2D 1NT Yes 2S 470
Mel Colchamiro 2H 3H 2D 3C Yes 3S 460
Jeff Meckstroth 2H 3H Pass 1NT Yes 2S 440
Barry Rigal 2H 3H 2D 2S No 3S 430
Kerri Sanborn 2NT 3H 2D 1NT Yes 3S 430
The Gordons 2H Pass 2D 3C Yes 2S 430
Allan Falk 2H 3H 2NT 3C Yes 2S 410
The Coopers Dbl Pass 2D 2S Yes 3S 390
Betty Ann Kennedy Dbl Pass 2D 2NT No 2S 370
The Sutherlins Dbl 3H Dbl 3C Yes 3S 350
August Boehm 2S 3H 2NT 3C No 2S 340
Mike Lawrence 2S 3H 2NT 2D No 3S 340
Bridge Baron Dbl Dbl 2D 2NT Yes 3H 330

Local Heroes
    1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total Points
1.    Brad Bart 2H Pass 2D 1NT Yes 3S 480 94.50
1.    Stephen Vincent 2H 3H 2D 1NT No 3S 480 94.50
1.    Pam Ottridge 2H Pass 2D 1NT Yes 3S 480 94.50
4.    Susan Peters 2H 3H 2D 1NT No 2S 470 34.65
4.    Rock Yan 2H Pass 2D 1NT Yes 2S 470 34.65
6.    David Schmidt 2H 3H 2D 2NT Yes 2S 450 21.00
7.    Eurydice Nours Dbl 3H 2D 1NT No 3S 440 18.00
8.    Andrew Krywaniuk Dbl 3H 2D 1NT No 2S 430 14.12
8.    Larry Meyer 2H 3H 2D 2C Yes 2S 430 14.12
8.    Diana Jing 2H 3H 2D 2NT No 2S 430 14.12

World Leaders
    1 2 3 4 5a 5b Total Points
1.    Merv Adey (Canada) 2H 3H 2D 1NT No 2S 470 66.50
2.    Paul Erikson (Canada) Dbl 3H 2D 1NT Yes 2S 450 49.88
3.    Chris Buchanan (Canada) Dbl 3H 2D 1NT No 2S 430 33.25
4.    Mike Roberts (Usa) 2S 3H 2D 1NT No 2S 420 12.14
4.    Bob Todd (Canada) 2H 3H 2D 2S No 2S 420 12.14
4.    Chris Diamond (Canada) Dbl Pass 2D 1NT No 3S 420 12.14
4.    Tim Francis-Wright (Usa) 2H Pass 2D 2D Yes 2S 420 12.14
4.    John Gillespie (Canada) 2H Pass 2D 2NT No 3S 420 12.14
4.    Paul Janicki (Canada) 2S 3H 2D 1NT No 2S 420 12.14
10.    David Gordon (Canada) Dbl Pass 2D 3C Yes 2S 390 6.65


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