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TGIF November 2012: Scores

1. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K 8 7 6 4 2   H A Q 3   D 10   C Q 10 2  
West North East South  
4H Pass Pass ?

Your call?

4S 10 100
Pass 8 80
Dbl 0 10
Moderator: 10 experts readily accept the opponents' 4H transfer to 4S with this thoroughly moth-eaten holding and more high-card points in the enemies' suit than in our suit.
Allan Falk: 4S. I think everyone will bid 4S. Some days we'll catch a suitable dummy; other days we'll look silly. Yes, we'd all like better spades and less stuff in hearts, but those drawbacks notwithstanding, the player with 6 spades is the one who has to bid them.
Jeff Meckstroth: Pass. It is tempting to bid 4S but the combination of good hearts and weak spades makes defending the best option.
Stephen Vincent: 4S. So often it's right to bid 4S over 4H. I seem to recall this quote from someone famous.
Norm Tucker: 4S. A must bid and double if they go to the 5 level.
Martin Henneberger: 4S. Guess to pass or guess to bid. I'm a bidder.
Chris Diamond: 4S. Something good might happen.
Larry Meyer: Pass. With the hearts behind me, a flimsy suit of my own, and a passing partner, I'm not bidding.
Eugene Chan: 4S. Balancing 4S should be a near unanimous decision.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. This one seems too obvious. I look forward to being proven wrong.
Laurence Betts: Pass. Tougher at IMPs.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4S. 4H is a transfer to 4S. It's a bidder's game. A few more cliches would support this bid also.
Mike Roberts: 4S. No, this may not work, but life didn't come with a guarantee.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. Some times the preempts just work! I don't need to snatch defeat out of the jaws of an average result! Ratty suit and no action from partner tells me to subside.
David Gordon: Pass. Partner might stretch to bid when short in hearts. Try to take a plus.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4S. Accepting the transfer. I really don't need a ton from partner to make game here.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Not enough for anything else.
John Gillespie: 4S. This may not end well.
Brian Zietman: Pass. A bit of a wimpish response but 4S could cost heavily. Cannot double because partner will take out probably to diamonds.
Paul Hardy: 4S. When you're wrong in matchpoints it's only one board, just don't be wrong too many times.
Plarq Liu: Pass. No need to compete with a sloppy suit.
Beverley Candlish: 4S. If I double, it is for takeout and I don't have tolerance for the other suits.
Kf Tung: 4S. There are more good things that could happen than bad ones. Your 4S makes; they go to 5H; they let you play 4S; they double your 4S but it is a good save.

2. Matchpoints. None vul.
S K Q 8 5   H Q J 9 7 6 3 2   D 3   C 9  
West North East South  
    4C ?

Your call?

4H 15 100
Pass 3 60
Dbl 0 10
Moderator: More aerial antics. This time we have shortness in their suit and extra length and a little bit more body in our suit. What we lack in HCP we make up for in distribution, right?
Steve Robinson: 4H. When short in the opponents' suit, be aggressive. I know partner might expect more, but a good partner will give you leeway and when in doubt, go conservative after a preempt.
The Joyces: Pass. We would like to bid, but we probably can't stop low enough if partner has enough for us to make 4H. The auction isn't over yet, and hopefully, we will still get to choose offense. We would certainly bid 4H in the pass-out seat.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Much as I'd like to bid 4H here, I don't think I can. Partner will never play you for this hand type and while it might work, it'll be destructive for partnership confidence in the long run.
Norm Tucker: Dbl. If partner bids diamonds bid 4H.
Martin Henneberger: 4H. A huge overbid on values but pard may not be able to balance. With a 7-4 offensive type hand bidding has to be right.
Chris Diamond: 4H. Something good might happen. I hope pard is a wimp.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Not enough to bid over a pre-empt with such a weak hand.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Partner is going to expect more and may get us overboard. Call me a wuss.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. If I bid 4H and partner has enough to make 4H then we probably won't be playing 4H.
Laurence Betts: 4H. Pre-balancing.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4H. I can overbid with shape. Got to get in. Two-way bid. We may bid too much but it could be a save.
Bob Kuz: 4H. Only fearing partner's double later in the hand.
Mike Roberts: Pass. If I bid 4H, the only auction I'd like is if it went all pass.
Perry Khakhar: 4H. I may be missing our best location (4S), but I can't stand partner converting the double.
David Gordon: Pass. Not enough stuff.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4H. We could miss our spade fit, but much of the time hearts and spades will play the same. I'm more worried about a 5C raise by West--bidding hearts makes partner's response easier much of the time.
Amiram Millet: 4H. Settling for possible best contract.
John Gillespie: 4H. This may not end well either.
Brian Zietman: 4H. Too weak to double and bid 4H when partner bids diamonds. So have to give up on the spade option.
Paul Hardy: Pass. Don't pre-empt a pre-empt.... someone told me that 30 years ago.
Plarq Liu: 4H. This time I want to compete with my hearts.
Beverley Candlish: 4H. Not Vulnerable. How bad can it be?
Kf Tung: Pass. If you enter the bidding you will overheat the auction. It is better to pass now and then act later if pard can bid.

3. Matchpoints. None vul.
S 10 9 6 3   H A K Q 7   D K 8 2   C A K  
West North East South  
    Pass 1D
Pass 1S 2D (1) ?
(1) Natural.

Your call?

4S 13 100
3D 4 70
3S 1 50
2H 0 30
2NT 0 20
3NT 0 20
Dbl 0 20
Moderator: A few see the 2D bid as a boost, a few consider it may be a harbinger of a 'ruff', but most ignore it and bid what they would have bid had there been no 2D bid at all.
Karen Walker: 4S. . . the same bid I would have made if East had passed. The overcall didn't make my hand significantly better or worse.
The Gordons: 3D. Sure, we were going to bid 4S in an uncontested auction. But the 2D bid makes us interested in possibly playing notrump if partner has DQ x (x).
Stephen Vincent: 4S. What I'd have bid anyway. Tempting with those controls and well-placed DK to cue bid but partner would probably place you with a more distributional hand.
Norm Tucker: 4S. Should make if pard has any spade honour.
Martin Henneberger: 4S. I have 18-19 balanced with spades. Is this a trick question?
Chris Diamond: 2H. I guess you're supposed to make a cute Q, but I'll bid the suit I would have opened. I should be showing something like this since I clearly don't have long diamonds.
Larry Meyer: 4S. My DK seems well-placed, and I have a ruffing value in clubs, so bid the likely game.
Eugene Chan: 3D. Showing enthusiasm for partner's suit never hurts. Maybe a laydown for a grand.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. East's bid warns of a potential bad spade break, which is possibly good news because any finesses will be onside.
Aidan Ballantyne: 4S. 3NT and 3S are master mind bids.
Bob Kuz: 4S. I actually think this is a picture bid.
Mike Roberts: 4S. I don't get it.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. I can't really see 300 at the 2 level, so bid what we should make. Maybe partner is alive and visualizes a slam. I would be happy to cooperate.
Paul Mcmullin: 4S. DK appears to be in the right place.
David Gordon: 4S. Just make your natural rebid.
Tim Francis-Wright: 4S. What sort of flawed diamond preempt does East have? It's easy to picture here with 5 diamond tricks and a spade trick, so doubling is inferior to bidding game. 4S is superior to 3NT because we won't have 9 tricks off the top much of the time.
Amiram Millet: 2S. Hope we play support doubles.
John Gillespie: 2H. A reverse on the way to 4S may excite pard.
Brian Zietman: 4S. Up to partner to make a move to slam.
Paul Hardy: 3S. Most people think the DK is now worthless, too many times I have seen this not to be the case.
Plarq Liu: 3D. Cuebid, strong and support.
Beverley Candlish: 3D. . . showing my strong hand. I don't know how strong my partner's hand is.
Kf Tung: 4S. Tell pard that you have a playable 4S opposite a minimum 1S response.
Bob Todd: 4S. The correct bid is 3D I think, but accidents happen.

4. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S K   H 10 8 7 4   D A Q J 8 3   C Q 4 3  
West North East South  
    1D Pass
1H Pass 1S Pass
Pass 1NT Pass Pass
2S Pass Pass ?

Your call?

Pass 6 100
2NT 6 90
Dbl 5 80
3NT 1 50
3D 0 20
Moderator: Forced to pass three times in this auction with what many may deem an opening hand, almost two-thirds of the panel chooses to defend - six passively, by passing, and five aggressively, by doubling.
Steve Weinstein: Dbl. I lead the SK and expect this 4-4 fit won't play well for them. I would have bid 3NT over 1NT before I would pass.
August Boehm: 2NT. Too much stuff to pass. Double would be attractive if I knew what to lead.
Jill Meyers: Pass. Odd that partner bid 1NT. I think I would pass and lead the SK.
Steve Robinson: 3NT. If partner could balance with 1NT and I have this hand, I think we could easily make 3NT, which I would have bid over 1NT.
Kerri Sanborn: 2NT. I don't like letting them play in their 8-card fit at the 2-level. Lefty is likely short in diamonds, and attacking trumps is awkward. I have a source of tricks, so I will try for the best plus possible.
The Sutherlins: Pass. The points are about equally divided. We are unlikely to have an 8-card fit and trumps are not splitting for the opponents.
Don Stack: Dbl. The matchpoint possibility of plus 200 is too hard to resist. Partner has 4 trumps and we will lead the SK. Partner doesn't have to pass the double if he has an unusual hand or cold feet.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Let's not hang partner for pushing them up a level.
Norm Tucker: 2NT. Should be our board.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. I think we have the HCP, not so sure about a fit so try for 200 if pard can handle it.
Larry Meyer: Pass. This looks like a very dangerous auction to enter at the 3-level.
Eugene Chan: Pass. We have no apparent 9 card fit that justifies competing to the 3 level.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Dbl. Double here should show an initial trap pass of diamonds with spade shortness and club tolerance.
Aidan Ballantyne: Pass. Dbl may turn good board into a top, but they could run to NT. Let sleeping dogs lie.
Bob Kuz: Pass. If my clubs were CK x x, I might offer up the Kuz double. (That means they will make.)
Mike Roberts: Dbl. It's matchpoints, and they have no tricks. I'm leading the SK.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Balance of power 200/500. They are in for a big surprise.
David Gordon: Dbl. Partner will pass with good spades.
Tim Francis-Wright: Dbl. They are in so much trouble.
Amiram Millet: 2NT. Would bid 3NT if it was IMPs.
John Gillespie: Dbl. Cards seem well placed for +200.
Brian Zietman: 3D. This must be natural as I passed the 1D opening. Partner can now decide if he wants to bid 3NT.
Plarq Liu: 3D. We may have diamond fit, this is natural.
Beverley Candlish: 3D. 2NT is too risky with my singleton SK. If I have 12 HCP's and partner bids 1NT, we have the balance of the points.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Spades are 4441 and pard is likely to hold 4 clubs. You are much more likely to get +200 than -670.

5. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S Q 5 4   H A 4   D A J 10 5 4   C A 6 3  
West North East South  
    1S ?

Your call?

1NT 16 100
2D 2 60
Pass 0 50
Dbl 0 20
Moderator: With a hand that every strong notrumper would open 1NT, the panelists emphatically favor carrying that thought process forward and overcalling 1NT when RHO opens 1S.
Barry Rigal: 1NT. We can't tell if we should be coming in or not, but faint heart never won fair lady. Nor, as I recall, did he go for 500 against nothing!
The Gordons: 2D. Not beefy enough to bid 1NT with this kind of stopper. We would pass at different vulnerability, but here we chance 2D so at least partner will play us for some cards.
Stephen Vincent: 1NT. A little shaded but the aces and good diamonds compensate.
Gilbert Lambert: 2D. 1NT is tempting, but my holding in both majors is flimsy!
Norm Tucker: 2D. Overcall in diamonds safer than 1NT.
Martin Henneberger: 1NT. Overcalling 2D distorts your hand description not to mention potentially removing your side from any further action. 1NT will allow partner to compete properly or place the final contract accurately.
Chris Diamond: 2D. This just doesn't feel like a NT overcall. If I don't call 2D, I'll probably have to bid 3 and I can suggest NT if pard shows some life.
Larry Meyer: 2D. Make the natural bid.
Eugene Chan: 1NT. Textbook 1NT overcall. Runout suit available if I get doubled.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2D. This hand is too flawed to bid 1NT or 2D or pass, but those are the only reasonable choices. Non-vulnerable, 2D seems like the best lie.
Aidan Ballantyne: 2D. We can get into NT if right. Like to have one-and-a-half spade stoppers to overcall 1NT. If pard has a semi-spade stopper, it's better from other side.
Bob Kuz: 1NT. 3 possible places to land.
Mike Roberts: 1NT. I'd like the SJ as well, but I don't have it.
Perry Khakhar: 2D. What's the problem?
David Gordon: 1NT. You would like a better spade stopper but you only live once.
Tim Francis-Wright: 2D. I could bid 1NT but this spade stopper isn't the kind I feel really good about.
Amiram Millet: 2D. Too light for 1NT.
John Gillespie: 1NT. When I'm not sure I go for the higher scoring strain.
Brian Zietman: 2D. Not strong enough for a big double.
Plarq Liu: 2D. No need to bid 1NT with half a spade stopper.
Beverley Candlish: 1NT. This bid will show my point count. 2D only promises 10 plus points.
Kf Tung: 2D. If they have 2S or 2H you will not be hurt by bidding 2D. If you have 3NT then the 2D bid will be an important first step.

Panel's Answers
  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Kerri Sanborn 4S 4H 4S 2NT 1NT 490
The Coopers 4S 4H 4S 2NT 1NT 490
Larry Cohen 4S 4H 4S Dbl 1NT 480
Jill Meyers Pass 4H 4S Pass 1NT 480
Karen Walker Pass 4H 4S Pass 1NT 480
Don Stack 4S 4H 4S Dbl 1NT 480
Jeff Meckstroth Pass 4H 4S 2NT 1NT 470
The Sutherlins 4S 4H 3D Pass 1NT 470
Mike Lawrence Pass 4H 4S Dbl 1NT 460
Steve Weinstein Pass 4H 4S Dbl 1NT 460
Allan Falk 4S 4H 3S Pass 1NT 450
Barry Rigal 4S Pass 4S 2NT 1NT 450
Steve Robinson 4S 4H 4S 3NT 1NT 450
Bridge Buff Pass 4H 4S Pass 2D 440
Mel Colchamiro Pass 4H 3D 2NT 1NT 440
The Joyces 4S Pass 4S Dbl 1NT 440
August Boehm 4S Pass 3D 2NT 1NT 420
The Gordons Pass 4H 3D Pass 2D 410

Local Heroes
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    David Schmidt 4S 4H 4S Pass 1NT 500 154.00
2.    Brad Bart 4S 4H 4S Dbl 1NT 480 54.14
2.    Joel Martineau 4S 4H 4S Dbl 1NT 480 54.14
2.    Susan Peters 4S 4H 4S Dbl 1NT 480 54.14
2.    Martin Henneberger 4S 4H 4S Dbl 1NT 480 54.14
2.    Barry Yamanouchi Pass 4H 4S Pass 1NT 480 54.14
2.    Maurice Ormon 4S 4H 4S Dbl 1NT 480 54.14
8.    Dave Gabel Pass 4H 4S 2NT 1NT 470 19.25
9.    Stephen Vincent 4S Pass 4S Pass 1NT 460 15.50
9.    Laurence Betts Pass 4H 4S Dbl 1NT 460 15.50
9.    Aidan Ballantyne 4S 4H 4S Pass 2D 460 15.50

World Leaders
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Dennis Caswell (Canada) 4S 4H 4S Pass 1NT 500 101.50
2.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Pass 4H 4S Pass 1NT 480 76.13
3.    Susan Julius (Canada) Pass 4H 4S 2NT 1NT 470 50.75
4.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 4S Pass 4S Pass 1NT 460 35.53
5.    Mike Roberts (USA) 4S Pass 4S Dbl 1NT 440 14.31
5.    Merv Adey (Canada) 4S Pass 4S Dbl 1NT 440 14.31
5.    Ranjan Bhaduri (Usa) Pass 4H 4S Pass 2D 440 14.31
5.    Tim Francis-Wright (Usa) 4S 4H 4S Dbl 2D 440 14.31
5.    Joel Forssell (Sweden) 4S Pass 4S Dbl 1NT 440 14.31
5.    Bob Todd (Canada) 4S Pass 4S Dbl 1NT 440 14.31


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