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TGIF September 2010: Scores

1. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S K 6   H J 8 5 4   D K Q 10 9 6 5 3   C ---  
West North East South  
Pass Pass Pass ?

Your call?

3D 9 100
Pass 6 80
1D 1 30
4D 2 20
2D 0 0
Moderator: South has a great playing hand, but not much defense. A 3D preempt may buy the contract.
Don Stack: Pass. Why open up a can of worms? I wouldn't be surprised to find out that the opponents can make 3S or more.
Larry Cohen: 3D. I give up on the chance that we can make 4H in exchange for the likelihood of buying the contract in 3D.
Steve Robinson: 1D. With a full opening bid, make the normal opening.
Kerri Sanborn: 4D. This should show about eight tricks at this vulnerability. The higher you bid, the more chance the opponents get it wrong. Don't worry about a four-card heart suit with a freak hand- just play your long suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. We will make 3D most of the time, but too often the opps will compete and find a makeable part-score. I would consider bidding 3D if I knew the opponents to be timid.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Fails the rule of 15. Opening 2D or 3D shows a much better hand in pass out seat.
Stephen Vincent: 3D. Not ideal since preempts in 4th position have semi-constructive overtones, but the chance of snatching the partscore makes it worthwhile to bid.
Larry Meyer: 3D. In passout seat, this should show a strong pre-empt.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3D. Looks like better than 50% to get a plus so need to open. Bidding 2D is possible but I will make it tougher on opponents to find a fit. In my theory 4th seat preempts should look like other seat preempts (i.e. nothing extra).
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I believe this hand will go minus more often then plus as the auction will not die at a low level. That plus the fact I'm missing the spade suit makes me a matchpoint passer.
David Breton: 3D. I feel this hand may be passed out at other tables so any plus should score well. I'm going to fully use my only advantage on this partscore deal: I know of a good place to play.
Mike Hamilton: 2D. The purpose of a 2-level opening bid in 4th seat is to earn a plus score by bidding what I expect to make. I promise only a good suit in a hand of near opening-bid strength. Partnerís aces and diamond honours determine how high weíll compete.
Mike Roberts: 3D. Given that the points are all equal, I'm a favourite to make this, and it will be hard for the opponents.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I hate getting into a gun fight with only a knife. No Spades - No bid!
Kees Schaafsma: 2D. At fourth position this is highly constructive, equally 3D requires solid diamonds. Other tables may not be so quiet, somehow I must try to match those ones.
Bob Todd: Pass. If I bid 3D partner will almost for sure bid 3NT because he has values.
Chris Buchanan: Pass. This is going to be a partscore battle and they most likely have the spade suit.
David Gordon: Pass. Not enough spades.
Chris Diamond: Pass. I open light in 2nd seat with spades to stop this misery. Would probably open if spades and hearts were reversed.
Tim Francis-Wright: Pass. Maybe partner has SA x x x HQ x DA x x C9 x x x, but I'm not banking on that.
Brian Zietman: 3D. Where are all the clubs and spades?
Amiram Millet: Pass. Too short in spades to open.

2. IMPs. Both vul.
S 10 9 2   H 8 4   D 2   C K 10 9 7 6 5 4  
West North East South  
  1S 4H Pass
Pass Dbl Pass 4S
5H Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 9 100
Dbl 5 60
5S 4 30
Moderator: Is North's pass forcing? Half of the panel don't think so and pass, content to try to set E/W.
The Joyces: Pass. It's too close to double. Bidding five over five is not attractive with this collection.
Barry Rigal: Dbl. . . and lead a diamond. I think this is a forcing pass, like it or not.
Steve Robinson: Dbl. If I expected to beat them only one trick, I would pass, but I can lead my singleton diamond and possibly beat them a lot.
August Boehm: 5S. It's IMPs and this could be a double game swing with the likely big club fit. It's a closer decision at matchpoints.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. With a possible surprise defensive trick there is no reason to take the push here. I would double for penalty at MPs.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Partner's pass is not forcing. I will be happy to go plus.
Anssi Rantamaa: Dbl. Warning partner.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Without enthusiasm, but partner doubtless intends pass as forcing.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Pard has pushed the opponents to the 5-level - don't hang him.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. I already showed my hand. This is not a forcing pass. Will try to beat them.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. I'm done. There is no forcing auction here and everyone is guessing at this point. Pard could have spades and diamonds waiting to correct a club bid by me. Looks like our partnership reached our objective of not defending 4H.
David Breton: Pass. By passing 5H partner is saying he's satisfied with having pushed them to the 5 level. I better not try 5S which may be too costly on repeated trump leads.
Mike Hamilton: 5S. Partnerís pass is forcing and shows at least 2nd-round heart control. If I double, he can pass (and risk a double game swing) or pull to show slam interest. Iíll bid to show more offense than defense and to suggest we could lose 2 tricks.
Mike Roberts: Pass. Partner did his job, and I don't think pass is forcing. I think we're going to beat this, but won't double.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. It is clear to me that we are not in a forcing pass auction. Any possible plus score would be welcome!
Kees Schaafsma: 5S. North's pass is forcing, doubling seems wrong.
Bob Todd: Pass. Partner may have been protecting the first time and I showed not much.
Chris Buchanan: 5S. Tough decision but 5S is likely a good spot. Partner will be short in hearts.
David Gordon: Dbl. I would have bid 5C initially in anticipation of either bidding 5S over 5H or happy to correct to 5S if partner pulls to 5D.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Don't punish pard for pushing them to the 5 level. Can beat it if he holds the DA and a trick. Not enough spades for the 5 level.
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. Partner's pass is forcing. The better problem is what to lead--do we try for ruffs or do we lead trumps?
Brian Zietman: 5S. Partner made a forcing pass which I must respect.
Amiram Millet: Pass. No other (sane) bid to my opinion.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S J 6   H 10 4   D J 5 2   C A K 10 8 6 2  
West North East South  
  1H 2S (1) ?
(1) Weak.

Your call?

Pass 13 100
Dbl 4 30
3C 1 10
3H 0 0
Moderator: Most experts play that 3C would be game forcing. South's hand is not strong enough for that, so the majority choose to pass.
Betty Ann Kennedy: Pass. My hand is too awkward for a negative double. Perhaps I'll have another opportunity to bid.
Steve Robinson: Dbl. With a doubleton spade, you have to act right away. I will bid 3H if partner rebids 3D.
Karen Walker: 3C. Yes, this is pushy, but the strong suit and the potential problems after passing are good arguments for bidding now.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Only 7 working HCP and not quite enough shape to compete at the 3 level.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Same as the previous problem. I am in a passive mode.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Too much of a distortion to bid 3C or double.
Larry Meyer: 3C. This suit deserves to be bid.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Passing never gets any score in these contests but there is no other call.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. Pass doesn't mean I have nothing. It says I don't have a bid to describe my hand properly, and I certainly don't here.
David Breton: Pass. My lack of shape and HCP make 3C unattractive. At MP partner will often act again so I'm likely to have another chance to bid.
Stuart Carr: Dbl. A negative double is not too great a distortion of my hand.
Mike Hamilton: 3C. I should double first, but at this vulnerability, Iíll stretch to show my good suit before I get shut out of the bidding.
Mike Roberts: Dbl. Hate this, but hate passing as well, and 3C is too much. 3H, maybe?
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Better to overstate your values a little with this kind of hand than pass now and decide later over the inevitable re-opening double.
Kees Schaafsma: Pass. Too bad! No Rubensohl on the card.
Bob Todd: Pass. Pure torture - guess right or wrong.
Merv Adey: 3C. Dbl's attractive but accident prone if a quick 4H comes next on my left.
Chris Buchanan: 3C. A little short on values however the suit quality makes up for it.
David Gordon: Dbl. You are a diamond light for this but you need to stretch to act as you are short in hearts.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. 3C non-forcing would be good, as would be a transfer. Can't do either so negative double.
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. I'm not wild about this, but pulling 3D to 3H sounds like a better plan than overbidding with 3C or passing here.
Brian Zietman: 3C. Showing my suit at the first opportunity.
Amiram Millet: Pass. I might bid later.

4. IMPs. Both vul.
S A Q 9 8   H A 6 5   D J   C K Q J 10 7  
West North East South  
    1D Dbl
Pass 2D Pass ?

Your call?

3C 7 100
3D 6 90
2S 4 50
4D 1 10
Moderator: After a cuebid by a takeout doubler's partner, the doubler is generally expected to bid his lower four-card major. Because this hand contains extra values, it is an exception.
Jeff Meckstroth: 2S. Partner must bid again over my 2S.
Jill Meyers: 3C. My partner's 2D promised another bid. If partner bids 3H after my 3C bid, I'll try 3S next.
Barry Rigal: 3C. For slam purposes, clubs might be much better than spades. The 2D call is forcing to a suit agreement, so we are effectively in a game force. If partner bids 3S, I'll cuebid. If he rebids 3H, I'll bid 3S.
The Sutherlins: 3D. This creates a game force. When we continue with 3S in response to partner's expected 3H bid, we will be suggesting that slam is possible.
Allan Falk: 4D. I want to splinter. After that, I can correct partner's 4H to 4S, and North will know I also have clubs and a slammish hand. I could bid 3D, but I want to send a definite slam signal, yet give partner leeway if 2D was a pushy bid.
The Coopers: 3D. Let's set a game force with this hand and proceed from there. Slam is a serious possibility although a 3NT rebid by North would slow us down.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2S. No need to jump around without extreme distribution when 2S is forcing.
Eugene Chan: 3C. Planning to bid spades next to pattern out and to show extra values.
Anssi Rantamaa: 3C. Partner will bid again after which I can show my four card spade suit.
Stephen Vincent: 2S. Partner promises another bid in this sequence.
Larry Meyer: 2S. Pard's cue bid as an unpassed hand means that he will bid again.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3S. Need to show my points and my major. 3D could endplay pard into 3NT with a diamond stopper and a 4-card spade suit and I would have to pass. Pard promises another bid so 3C is possible, but I would also have to pass 3NT with a possible 4-4 spade fit.
Martin Henneberger: 4D. This is not your contest winner, but a winner nonetheless. Can correct partner's 4H to 4S to show spades and clubs with enough for game and diamond shortage: 3 messages in 1 bid!
David Breton: 4C. 3C doesn't seem right, and the continuations over 3D or 4D are very likely to lead to confusion. I should probably just bid 4S and make a note to talk about this sequence with pard after the game.
Stuart Carr: 3D. If pard bids 3H, I bid 3S. Maybe I should bid 4D now as the best path to find slam.
Mike Hamilton: 3D. Partnerís cue-bid is forcing to a limit and shows 4-4 majors or better. My cue-bid sets up a game force, giving us the time we need to find our best game and to see if we have the values for slam.
Mike Roberts: 3C. Partner promises another bid, and there will be time to get to spades if needed. Slam is a possibility, and I need to bid naturally.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. Re-Q should set the GF in place. I would love to set the suit and find out about the CA before the inevitable 4NT neverland! All I need for 6 is SK and CA!
Kees Schaafsma: 3C. Forcing until suit agreement. Normally this denies a major but I'm strong enough to reverse. Partner may also lack a sensible rebid over 2S.
Bob Todd: 3C. Doesn't promise extras yet but when I bid spades it should show more.
Chris Buchanan: 3C. Show our best suit first. No rush to get to game as partner has promised a re-bid.
David Gordon: 3C. You know game is a must. Slam might even be possible. This should be forcing to 3NT.
Chris Diamond: 3D. 3S over 3H, 4C over 3NT and pull 4H to 4S. Hoping to find the CA and SK.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2S. 3D would be cute but I really have a preference here.
Brian Zietman: 3D. Good slam chances here. I think this is the best way to show my strength.
Amiram Millet: 3S. Too strong for a simple call.

5. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S 6 4   H A Q J 4   D J 10 7 5 4   C 7 2  
West North East South  
1C 1D 1S ?

Your call?

3C 6 100
2C 4 80
Dbl 4 60
2S 2 40
2D 1 20
3D 1 10
2H 0 0
4D 0 0
Moderator: Most of the panel choose the mixed raise.
Mel Colchamiro: Dbl. I'm doubling and if partner bids hearts with only three of them, that'll be just fine. I'll compete as high as 4D if I have to.
The Joyces: 3C. This is the poster child for a mixed raise.
The Gordons: 2S. We don't see snapdragon doubles on our BBS tool belt, so we will make the cuebid that expresses our diamond length.
August Boehm: 2C. To search for a heart fit is a mirage. If we fit hearts, they rate to fit spades and can outbid us. I play that the cheaper cuebid (2C) shows a limit raise, and the higher cuebid (2S) shows an opening bid.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2C. When you can't outbid them, you might as well try to disguise your holding. A 1NT psyche might also prove entertaining.
Eugene Chan: 2D. Aggressive raise will surely stampede opps to save in spades (against which we might have no defence!)
Stephen Vincent: 2C. Much as I'd like to bid 3D to help prevent opponents finding a spade fit, the hand's too strong.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Wrong vulnerability and shape for jump to 4D, but want to take 2-level away from opponents.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Presuming this shows hearts. When I raise diamonds next I will have shown about these values. Showing hearts now also has lead directing value vs. LHO's club or notrump contract.
Martin Henneberger: 2D. I personally like 2NT as a mixed raise with no shortness as 2NT natural would be a silly treatment between 2 bidding opponents. That's far from standard however, so I will bid a boring 2D. Preempting distorts values and loses the heart suit.
David Breton: 2S. Hearts and diamonds are equally powerful as a competitive tool over the spade suit. So I'll just hide my heart suit and tell partner I have a decent support hand for him.
Stuart Carr: Dbl. Shows hearts, I hope!
Mike Hamilton: Dbl. With no values in the opponentsí suits, my cards are working. My hand type Ė 4 cards in the unbid major and support for partner Ė is one covered by the principles of the negative double.
Mike Roberts: 2S. I think this evaluates as a limit raise of diamonds, and I'll show it, then be quiet. Double would deny diamond support.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. Too good for some kind of a jump! Let's get partner into the picture before we are forced to the 5 level.
Kees Schaafsma: 3D. If opps have a spade fit nothing - including double- works, if not 3D could buy the contract.
Bob Todd: 2C. This poll could get you to quit.
Chris Buchanan: Dbl. Classic snap-dragon or amputation double here. Keeps the heart suit alive.
David Gordon: Dbl. Show your hearts on the way to making a diamond raise.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Should probably read the system, but double here should show the other major. Will bid or raise diamonds next.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3H. It's not a classic fit-showing jump, but I'm more than happy to play in 4D.
Brian Zietman: Dbl. Aiming for a sacrifice of 5D doubled making.
Amiram Millet: 2S. I'll go on until 4D.

Panel's Answers
  1 2 3 4 5 Total
The Joyces Pass Pass Pass 3D 3C 470
Larry Cohen 3D Pass Pass 3C Dbl 460
Jill Meyers 3D Dbl Pass 3C 3C 460
Barry Rigal 3D Dbl Pass 3C Dbl 420
The Sutherlins 3D Pass Pass 3D 2D 410
Bridge Buff 3D Pass Pass 3C 3D 410
Don Stack Pass Pass Pass 3D 2S 410
Betty Ann Kennedy Pass 5S Pass 3D 3C 400
The Gordons 3D Dbl Pass 3C 2S 400
August Boehm Pass 5S Pass 3C 2C 390
Mike Lawrence 4D Pass Pass 2S 3C 370
Jeff Meckstroth 3D Pass Dbl 2S 2C 360
The Coopers Pass 5S Pass 3D Dbl 360
Allan Falk Pass Dbl Pass 4D 3C 350
Kerri Sanborn 4D Pass Dbl 3D 3C 340
Mel Colchamiro 3D Pass Dbl 2S Dbl 340
Karen Walker 3D 5S 3C 3C 2C 320
Steve Robinson 1D Dbl Dbl 2S 2C 250

Local Heroes
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Rock Yan 3D Dbl Pass 3D Dbl 410 137.81
1.    Andrew Krywaniuk Pass Pass Pass 2S 2C 410 137.81
3.    Eugene Chan Pass Pass Pass 3C 2D 400 78.75
4.    Stephen Vincent 3D Dbl Pass 2S 2C 390 37.63
4.    Diana Jing 3D Pass Dbl 3C Dbl 390 37.63
4.    Yue Su Pass Pass Pass 3C 3D 390 37.63
7.    Norma Doucette Pass Dbl Pass 3C 2S 380 22.50
8.    Ewa Gwiazda Pass 5S Pass 3C Dbl 370 18.59
8.    Julie Smith Pass 5S Pass 3C Dbl 370 18.59
10.    Aidan Ballantyne 3D Pass Pass 3S Dbl 360 15.75
11.    Brad Bart 1D Pass Pass 3D 2D 340 13.19
11.    Gilbert Lambert Pass Pass Pass 2S 3D 340 13.19
11.    David Breton 3D Pass Pass 4C 2S 340 13.19

World Leaders
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) Pass Pass Pass 3C 2C 460 63.00
2.    Mike Roberts (USA) 3D Pass Dbl 3C 2S 370 47.25
3.    Chris Diamond (Canada) Pass Pass Dbl 3D Dbl 360 31.50
4.    Paul Hardy (Canada) Pass Pass Pass 4D Dbl 350 22.05
5.    David Gordon (Canada) Pass Dbl Dbl 3C Dbl 330 11.55
5.    Ben Ong (United States) Pass Dbl Dbl 3C Dbl 330 11.55
7.    Amiram Millet (Israel) Pass Pass Pass 3S 2S 320 8.44
7.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 3D 5S Pass 2S 2S 320 8.44
9.    Merv Adey (Canada) Pass Pass 3C 3D 2D 300 6.65
9.    Paul Janicki (Canada) 1D 5S Pass 3C 2S 300 6.65


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