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TGIF March 2011: Scores

1. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S Q   H A J 10 5 4 2   D J   C K Q 10 7 6  
West North East South  
1H 2H (1) Pass ?
(1) Michaels cuebid: weakish hand or strong.

Your call?

Pass 7 100
2S 5 80
2NT 4 60
3C 1 40
3NT 1 10
3D 0 0
Moderator: Partner shows spades and a minor: guess which minor. Do you stay low? And if you do, do you pass or bid 2S?
Allan Falk: 2S. Pass is like poker, not bridge, and will end the partnership. Why can't North have a 6-6 hand with 12 winners? So, I'll honor our agreement and bid 2S.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. West, on sequences like this one, is usually so happy that he passes thinking I have forgotten the system. Perhaps we can scramble enough tricks to survive.
Jill Meyers: 3NT. I'm torn between 3NT and 2S. The advantage of 2S is that we stay low, but partner could have a hand where we are playing 2S and be cold for game in notrump. I think at the table I would bid 3NT.
The Joyces: 3C. We hate this dilemma, but we hope partner is 5-0-5-3.
Kerri Sanborn: 2NT. Just in case we have a fit. I'll follow with 3NT over the expected 3D.
Karen Walker: Pass. Seems like our best chance for a plus score.
Eugene Chan: 2NT. You never know. Partner might have clubs....and opponents might bid 3H!
Anssi Rantamaa: 2NT. If partner is weak maybe the least harm?
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. Partner may have clubs. Stranger things have happened.
Richmond Williams: 2NT. Partner still might have clubs.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2S. Play as low as possible, either bid 2S or pass 2H. Advantage of 2S is it may play quite well, and RHO doubles I may run to 2NT which is the only way to get to that contract. Stiff SQ is as good as a doubleton.
Martin Henneberger: 2S. My partners asked me to pick, and I will. 2S didn't say I had spades - it is the cheapest spot to get out. Some cowboys will pass 2H. That will make an interesting dinner conversation.
Craig T. Wilson: 2NT. Find which minor; if diamonds bid 3NT.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Playing the percentages, it is obvious what partner has.
Larry Meyer: 3C. Answer pard's question and preserve partnership harmony.
Perry Khakhar: 2S. If partner has clubs and a strong hand we are probably cold for 7C. But it is highly unlikely after a vul opener by West. So I want out as early as possible.
Kees Schaafsma: 2S. Pass is too committal and 2S may also work out okay when North is weak.
Rex Tu: 2NT. Give partner one more chance to bid.
John Gillespie: 3C. Pard will pass this or should have 6 if they pull.
Bob Todd: 2NT. 2S is too scary - maybe West will bid 3C!!
Brian Zietman: 2NT. Won't it be nice if partner responds 3C. Unfortunately all my partners bid 3D and then what?
Chris Diamond: 2NT. Think I've seen this before: North had clubs but disbelief led to some silly contracts with 5C (or 6C) on. If he bids 3D I'll hope 3NT makes.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2S. Yes, partner could have clubs, and, yes, Santa might still bring me that pony for Christmas this year.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Probably our best contract.

2. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A K 9 3 2   H J 9 8   D A 10 7 2   C 5  
West North East South  
Pass 1D Pass 1S
Pass 1NT 2C ?

Your call?

3C 14 100
3D 2 50
3NT 1 10
Dbl 1 10
Moderator: The panel are emphatic about its choice - a 3C cuebid sets a force and asks partner to further describe their hand.
Larry Cohen: 3C. I was going to check back for a spade fit anyway, so now I have to do it by bidding 3C.
Betty Ann Kennedy: Dbl. This is a value-showing call. Nearly all low-level doubles are for takeout. I'll try to raise diamonds later.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3D. I'm a little heavy for this, but it gives us a chance to get out below game.
Eugene Chan: 3C. Was going to New Minor anyways.
Stephen Vincent: 3C. East's delayed overcall is puzzling, but on the whole the hand is good enough to insist on game. 4S is most likely, but 3NT, 5D, and even 4H are possibilities.
David Walker: 3D. Waiting for the action.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3C. Seems to cover all bases.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. Those who play double here as penalty live in the 19th century. I considered 3C forcing but that leaves me endplayed when pard bids 3H. If partner passes my modern takeout double we will collect a nice plus when game isn't a certainty our way.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3C. Double should be penalty, not stolen bid. Nothing else is forcing.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Showing extras, asking pard for his opinion on where to go.
Perry Khakhar: 3C. Which game? Hearts, spades or NT? That is the question. Let's find out with this cue bid.
Kees Schaafsma: 3D. North with SJ x HA Q x x DK x x x CK x x will bid 3NT over an overagressive 3C.
Rex Tu: 3D. We can make 5D.
John Gillespie: 3C. We belong in spades, diamonds, NT, maybe even hearts. I don't know, maybe partner does.
Brian Zietman: 3C. Looks like we are on the way to a slam spades or diamonds.
Chris Diamond: 3C. I'm kind of hoping he'll bid 3H so we can get to the possible moysian but 3NT seems more likely.
Tim Francis-Wright: 3C. Thanks for the cue bid!
Amiram Millet: 2S. Fighting for partscore.

3. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S 4 3   H J   D 3 2   C K J 10 9 7 6 4 3  
West North East South  

Your call?

3C 11 100
Pass 7 80
4C 0 20
Moderator: South is at unfavorable vulnerability and this hand has many losers. Nevertheless, the majority chooses 3C. Why?
The Gordons: Pass. Our partners have no sense of humor at these colors.
Don Stack: 3C. 4C seems too much, but 3C seems about right.
Eugene Chan: 4C. Textbook 4C pre-empt, unless you play Namyats.
Anssi Rantamaa: Pass. Too many losers at this vulnerability.
Aidan Ballantyne: 3C. If pard bids 3NT I would expect to make with CA x opposite. Pard should not risk 3NT with stiff CA or stiff CQ. I have a play for 3NT if pard bids that with CQ x.
Martin Henneberger: 3C. He who guesses last loses. I'm bidding first. 3 ways to win. 1st is a 2/1 favourite that the opps have a good hand vs partner. 2nd is 3NT might make our way. 3rd he who guesses last loses.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3C. 4C at any other vulnerability.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Not enough defense to open 1C.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I would like to try a 1NT psyche. But I don't think that is part of standard. :-) No satisfactory bids, so pass; at least for now.
Kees Schaafsma: 4C. No wasted values in other suits. Perfect!
Rex Tu: Pass. Let it go.
John Gillespie: 3C. . . and pick up all my green cards.
Brian Zietman: Pass. At this vulnerability and in first position I think pass is the most prudent bid here.
Chris Diamond: 3C. If I don't bid 3C now, Drury may stop us from reaching our best spot.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4C. At IMPs, I would be afraid of this bid because I could go for a number or keep us out of 3NT, but here the preemption is more vital.
Amiram Millet: 4C. It's MP. I don't pass even with red Vul.

4. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S 6   H A J 10   D K Q 10 9 4 3   C A Q 4  
West North East South  
1C Pass 1S 2D
2S Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Dbl 16 100
3D 1 40
Pass 1 10
Moderator: The panel is almost unanimous. Double shows support for the other suits and a good hand - perfect!
Mel Colchamiro: 3D. At first I thought dbl was automatic, but what would I do over partner's 3C? Let him play in a 4-3 fit instead of a 6-2 diamond fit? And if partner bids 3H, now what? Perhaps over my 3D, they will compete to 3S and I can consider doubling then.
The Coopers: Dbl. We have extras, so why let them play 2S? If partner passes, we will be delighted.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Matchpoint double. Pass if you are up against aggressive doublers. Partner doesn't have much. In any event, won't get rich defending 2S.
Anssi Rantamaa: Dbl. Partner may have a spade stack.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. Diamonds are not good enough or long enough to bid 3D first and then double 3S. I want them to bid 3 over 3 after which I will defend. Maybe I'll double them in 3S in that auction.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. Crystal clear in my mind. My 2 level overcalls in between 2 bidding opps show good 6 card suits and good hands. Now I will continue to compete with double. All good partnerships know how to scramble from here.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Balance, but hope that partner can convert the double for penalty.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Showing extras, asking pard for his opinion on where to go.
Perry Khakhar: 3D. Double may work out better (partner may have long hearts), but I can't stand putting this hand down as dummy with those clubs!
Kees Schaafsma: 3D. Double should show 4 hearts.
Rex Tu: Pass. Play for a positive score.
John Gillespie: Pass. This is only the club queen better than my usual 2D bid. Pard has spoken (not).
Brian Zietman: 3D. Maybe parttner will be able to double 3S.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Diamonds, extras heart tolerance...what else?
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. Partner might sit for this, but with a bad 4=3=3=3 hand, she can always bid 3D.
Amiram Millet: 3D. Don't let them play a cozy contract.

5. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K Q 9 8 5   H Q J 6 5 4   D Q 8   C 8  
West North East South  
Pass 1C 1S ?

Your call?

Pass 12 100
2H 2 70
Dbl 3 50
1NT 1 30
Moderator: Twelve of the expert panel chose to pass. They hope partner will reopen with a double so they can pass for penalties.
Don Stack: 1NT. Trying to penalize non-vul opponents at the one level is usually a losing proposition. Bidding 1NT shows my values. A negative double will lead to problems if partner bids 2C or 2D. This is a tough problem.
Larry Cohen: Dbl. I'd rather gently suggest hearts with a double than start towards the stratosphere by bidding 2H.
Jeff Meckstroth: Pass. I want to collect a penalty with my juicy spade stack.
Barry Rigal: Pass. . . and reassess on the next round, if there is one. The other choice is a negative double. I'd do that with my major suits reversed.
The Coopers: 2H. This works well when partner has a fit, but probably gets us too high otherwise.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Quite happy to await re-opening double.
Anssi Rantamaa: Pass. Maybe partner will reopen with a double.
Stephen Vincent: Dbl. Not quite the classic hand for this, but the alternatives are worse.
David Walker: 2H. Don't want 3S to get passed out.
Aidan Ballantyne: Dbl. If I pass and pard reopens with double, what will I do? Would rather show my hearts now and see what develops.
Martin Henneberger: Dbl. This hand is a non working 10 count. I need to downgrade obviously and I will do so by starting with a negative double. Bidding 2H here is gross and passing is laughable.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. No need to gamble on a trap pass when there is a constructive bid available.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Want to tell pard about hearts, but not at the 2-level.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I am not certain that this ever works! Partners always seem to re-open with 2C.
Kees Schaafsma: Dbl. Does North double on S3 2 HK x x DK x CA Q x x x x if I pass now? I would simply pass and then we'll lose the heart suit. I just hate to bet on one horse.
John Gillespie: 2H. Pard has a lot of cards that are not spades.
Brian Zietman: 2H. This is a natural non-forcing free bid in my system- works well as a double is a strong negative.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. If I bid 2H we spin up. If I pass and pard doubles 3H might work, but what if he doesn't double? So double and find a 9 card fit, or then 2NT and we might still back into an 8 card heart fit.
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. I think 2H overstates the hand here.
Amiram Millet: 2H. I'm not hiding. Though, it might play better by North.

Panel's Answers
  1 2 3 4 5 Total
August Boehm Pass 3C 3C Dbl Pass 500
Karen Walker Pass 3C 3C Dbl Pass 500
Allan Falk 2S 3C 3C Dbl Pass 480
The Gordons Pass 3C Pass Dbl Pass 480
Barry Rigal 2S 3C Pass Dbl Pass 460
Steve Robinson 2NT 3C 3C Dbl Pass 460
Kerri Sanborn 2NT 3C 3C Dbl Pass 460
The Coopers 2S 3C 3C Dbl 2H 450
Mel Colchamiro Pass 3C 3C 3D Pass 440
The Joyces 3C 3C 3C Dbl Pass 440
Larry Cohen 2S 3C 3C Dbl Dbl 430
Mike Lawrence Pass 3C Pass Dbl Dbl 430
Don Stack Pass 3C 3C Dbl 1NT 430
Jeff Meckstroth 2NT 3D 3C Dbl Pass 410
The Sutherlins 2S 3D Pass Dbl Pass 410
Betty Ann Kennedy Pass Dbl Pass Dbl Pass 390
Jill Meyers 3NT 3C Pass Dbl Dbl 340
Bridge Baron 2NT 3NT Pass Pass 2H 230

Local Heroes
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Kai Zhou Pass 3C 3C Dbl Pass 500 129.50
2.    Larry Pocock 2S 3C 3C Dbl Pass 480 97.13
3.    Andrew Krywaniuk Pass 3C 3C Dbl 2H 470 64.75
4.    Brad Bart 2S 3C 3C Dbl 2H 450 35.61
4.    Rock Yan Pass 3C 3C Dbl Dbl 450 35.61
6.    Anssi Rantamaa 2NT 3C Pass Dbl Pass 440 21.58
7.    Aidan Ballantyne 2S 3C 3C Dbl Dbl 430 18.50
8.    Rod Coote Pass 3D 3C Dbl 2H 420 16.19
9.    Joel Martineau 2NT 3C 3C Dbl Dbl 410 12.48
9.    Stephen Vincent 2NT 3C 3C Dbl Dbl 410 12.48
9.    Zoran Peca 2NT 3C 3C Dbl Dbl 410 12.48
9.    Ernie Dietrich 2NT 3C 3C Dbl Dbl 410 12.48

World Leaders
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Bob Todd (Canada) 2NT 3C 3C Dbl Pass 460 70.00
2.    Merv Adey (Canada) Pass 3D 3C Dbl Pass 450 52.50
3.    Chris Diamond (Canada) 2NT 3C 3C Dbl Dbl 410 29.75
3.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 2NT 3C 3C Dbl Dbl 410 29.75
5.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) 2S 3C Pass 3D Pass 400 14.00
6.    Birol GüVenç (Turkey) 2NT 3C Pass Dbl Dbl 390 11.67
7.    Paul Erikson (Canada) 2NT 2H 3C Dbl Pass 360 10.00
8.    Susan Julius (Canada) 2NT 3C 4C Dbl 2H 350 7.47
8.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 2NT 3C 4C Dbl 2H 350 7.47
8.    Tim Francis-Wright (Usa) 2S 3C 4C Dbl Dbl 350 7.47
8.    Brian Zietman (Israel) 2NT 3C Pass 3D 2H 350 7.47


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