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TGIF May 2013: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S ---   H A 7 5 4 3   D K Q J 10 9 7   C 9 2  
West North East South  
  1C 1S ?

Your call?

2D 13 100
2H 5 80
Dbl 2 70
Moderator: Most of the panel set forth describing this two-suitor by bidding their longer, better suit.
Larry Cohen: 2H. This is the direct way to reach an eight-plus card heart fit. If that doesn't materialize, I will bid my diamonds next (and it may have to be at the five level).
Mike Lawrence: Dbl. A nightmare! It is possible that we do not want to find hearts. I do not bid hearts now and then 5D later because getting put back into hearts with a poor holding would be bad.
Barry Rigal: 2D. The problem here is not just how to bid our hand, but how to cope with the inevitable spade raise to 3S or 4S. I hate 2H then 3D, though I agree it might work. 2D deals more realistically with competition, planning 4H over 3S and 4NT over 4S.
Brad Bart: Dbl. Setting the stage for when West bids 4S, I have a comfortable 5D.
Stephen Vincent: 2D. Can't go too far wrong bidding a suit of that quality, although it might make finding a potential heart fit more challenging.
Martin Henneberger: 2D. Looking forward, the opps will be bidding spades at a high level. If I bid hearts now and diamonds later I will be sorry when pard corrects back to hearts. The diamond suit is playable opposite a void.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Let partner know about both my red suits while preserving bidding space.
Eugene Chan: 2D. With a spade void and tolerance for partner's clubs, I like this hand a lot and plan to bid, bid, and bid!
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2D. Start with my longest and strongest suit. If the opps jam the auction I can still imply hearts via double and pull.
Bob Kuz: 2D. Doesn't stop partner or me (later) from bidding hearts .
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Most of the time they have a 9+ card spade fit and we have the balance of points, so a preempt is surely coming. This heart suit is just too ratty to bid by itself. My next bid will likely be 5D over 4S.
Norm Tucker: Dbl. This is a powerful hand so will get more info from partner, then bid red suits.
Mike Roberts: 2D. I think that I'll be bidding over 4S next; I hope to bid 4N and then convert 5C to 5D, which should show this kind of hand. It's doubtful that 6H makes when 6D doesn't.
Bob Zeller: Dbl. If I bid 2D now, I may lose the heart suit when they pre-empt in spades. If I bid 2H I'll probably lose the diamond suit and I'd be implying longer hearts than diamonds.
Brian Zietman: 2D. There is a problem of partnership understanding here. Do we play forcing or non forcing free bids? What does a cue bid mean in this situation? Does a negative double guarantee only a 4 card heart suit? Well whatever, I intend to reverse later in hearts.
Timothy Wright: 2D. Even if we knew partner would never leave in a negative double, it will be hard to show 5=6 in the reds unless we bid the suits per se.
David Gordon: 2D. I don't like double with the extreme shape. If opps bid 4S I will try a 4NT bid to show a higher ranking second suit which in this case can only be hearts.
Amiram Millet: 2D. Intending to show hearts later.
John Gillespie: 2H. I would open 1H so why not 2?
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Negative double, then show my diamonds.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. I would double first and then bid diamonds.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Start with a double and follow up with a game try in the appropriate strain.

2. Matchpoints. N-S vul.
S 5 3   H K J 9 6   D J 10 7 6 3   C 10 3  
West North East South  
  1C 1H Pass
2H 3D 3H ?

Your call?

4D 14 100
5D 3 70
Dbl 2 60
3NT 1 50
Moderator: Again, there's a clear majority reaching for the same call.
Jill Meyers: 5D. I think there is a good chance that partner is void in hearts and could have six clubs and five diamonds, or else she might have competed with 2NT (with 6-4, for example).
Kerri Sanborn: 3NT. If we have a game, this is probably where it is. It will not necessarily end the auction. Partner heard me pass last round when I could have bid 1NT.
Mel Colchamiro: 4D. I'm not convinced we can get plus 300 versus 3H doubled, but I am pretty sure we can make plus 130 in 4D. If partner bids 5D, he'll make it. And if I bid 4D in tempo, I might get a crack at 4H doubled.
Karen Walker: Dbl. . . taking the sure thing. I have no idea if we can make 5D (or 3NT?), but I do know they can't make 3H.
Stephen Vincent: 4D. Hoping the opponents will keep bidding.
Martin Henneberger: 4D. Since 3D is a reverse, I can show support now with 4D. Insisting on 3NT or 5D seems a bit rich.
Larry Meyer: 4D. Support with support.
Eugene Chan: 3NT. Partner is obviously void in hearts and probably 6/5 in the minors. But 9 tricks is easier than 11 so I will make the matchpoint call of 3NT.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4D. 3H X-1 would not be enough to protect our plus, whereas 4D has many possible ways to win.
Bob Kuz: Dbl. I don't think anyone is bidding slam. If partner has a high card reverse this should be more than game.
Perry Khakhar: 4D. At matchpoints, this is the Goldilocks bid to be followed by a double of 4H! At IMPs, I admit I would have shot it out at 5D due to the vulnerability.
Norm Tucker: Pass. Should be a plus score and not enough HCP to go to the 4 level vulnerable.
Mike Roberts: 4D. Can't go too far wrong in raising partner.
Brian Zietman: 4D. What's the level of my opponents? If I bid 4D will they be tempted to bid 4H for minus 800? But partner has reversed so if he has SA x x, --, DA K x x and CA K x x x maybe we have a vulnerable slam.
David Gordon: 4D. Your partner reversed all by themselves and you have 5 card support. Give a boost and hammer 4H.
Amiram Millet: 5D. Partner has a strong distributional hand. Expecting a game.
John Gillespie: 4D. Pard's hand is big, mine isn't.
Plarq Liu: 4D. . . then double.
Beverley Candlish: 5D. My partner has reversed and cannot have too much in the major suits. With my 5 diamonds, I would close my eyes and bid 5D.
Kf Tung: 4D. Support pard and he can decide on 5D or not.

3. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S A 8 7 5 4 3   H ---   D A 7 6 4   C J 10 2  
West North East South  
1H Pass Pass 1S
2D 3D Pass ?

Your call?

4S 13 100
4H 4 80
3H 1 60
4D 0 60
3S 2 50
Moderator: Most of the panel bid game based on the prospect of a good fit.
Steve Robinson: 4H. . . a splinter in support of spades. Partner could have SK Q x H5 x x x DK x CA Q x x and we might make seven.
The Sutherlins: 3H. Partner has an opening bid with three or four spades and a stiff diamond. Let's ask partner to focus on his club holding.
Geoff Hampson: 4S. This hand appears to fit nicely, but I don't want to overstate my strength or divulge which lead to make.
Martin Henneberger: 4H. 3D should show a good hand for spades. A 4H splinter will get us to a good slam when pard holds as little as SK x x x HQ x x x D2 CK Q x x, not to mention the 100 better hands they could hold. Who am I to judge slam isn't there?
Larry Meyer: 4S. Even if pard has as little as 4 small spades, small doubleton diamond, and CK Q, 4S is likely to make.
Eugene Chan: 4D. Regardless of partner's hand, I have no interest in 3NT. I only balanced 1S. Partner should not be expecting much more than what I have for my 4 level cuebid.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. If partner has 3 trumps, a club honour, and diamond shortness then we are in great shape.
Bob Kuz: 4S. Partner should have spades, hearts and around an opening bid. I need SK Q x x and short diamonds.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. SK x x x HK J x x x D2 CA Q x? Why choose the higher cue bid? Is that your hand partner? Even with all that heart wastage, 4S should be comfortable.
Mike Roberts: 4H. This hand could become huge very quickly. Partner has long hearts - let's see if they're strong hearts as well.
Brian Zietman: 4S. Partner could not muster an overcall over 1H so I do not see a future beyond game. My spades are scrawny and the club losers do not look attractive.
Timothy Wright: 3H. Hoping for a club cue from partner.
David Gordon: 4S. 3D shows some sort of constructive raise with likely 4 trump.
Amiram Millet: 3S. This may be our limit.
John Gillespie: 4D. Pard's hand might be slammish with a heart trap.
Beverley Candlish: 3S. Partner is showing a limit raise or better.
Kf Tung: 4S. You have spade fit, good controls and shape.

4. Matchpoints. E-W vul.
S Q J 10 9 4 3   H A 4   D 7 4 3   C K 2  
West North East South  

Your call?

1S 15 100
2S 3 70
Pass 2 60
3S 0 50
Moderator: Too little to open one, too much to open two?
Jeff Meckstroth: 1S. At favorable vulnerability, this hand is much too heavy for a weak two-bid.
Jill Meyers: Pass. Too good for 2S, not good enough for 1S.
The Gordons: 2S. Yes, we have two outside controls. But we have a good suit and a hand that doesn't approach being a one-level opening.
Stephen Vincent: 2S. Too good for 2S, not good enough for 1S. At the vulnerability I take the conservative approach.
Martin Henneberger: 1S. The S10 9 make this suit good enough to open at the 1 level and rebid. Less attractive alternatives of a weak 2 or pass are just that: less attractive.
Larry Meyer: 2S. I think a weak 2 gives a better description of this hand than opening at the one level.
Eugene Chan: Pass. This won't be a popular choice but I won't open without 2 quicks. And this is too good for 2S at favourable vulnerability.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1S. This hand is a little bit too strong to preempt at these colours.
Bob Kuz: 1S. Get the top suit in as early as possible. Too much defense for 2S.
Perry Khakhar: 1S. What to do: Pass, 1S, or 2S? Too good for 2S. Pass is just wrong with this good suit and some outside defense. I will owe partner a J and open!
Mike Roberts: 1S. The S10 9 swings it for me.
Bob Zeller: 1S. The modern style.
Brian Zietman: 3S. All looks good for a pre-empt. 1. It is in spades, 2. 10 points, 3. solid suit and 4. favourable vulnerability. Who needs a 7 card suit?
Timothy Wright: Pass. For some, there are no hands between 1S and 2S, but I think this qualifies (2 high honors outside my suit but not enough HCP to open).
David Gordon: 1S. Open and then make minimum rebids.
Amiram Millet: 3S. Considering vulnerability and MP score.
John Gillespie: 1S. Too much outside for a weak 2. Too much to pass.
Beverley Candlish: 2S. If E/W has the balance of the points, it will make it more difficult for them to find the right contract.
Kf Tung: 2S. You are in first seat. Do not take unnecessary risks by bidding 1S or 3S.

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

Your call?

2H 16 100
2S 2 70
3S 2 60
Moderator: The perennial choice when finding a fit: show your second 4-card suit, or rebid your 6-card suit.
Steve Weinstein: 2H. 2H is a new suit, it's forcing, it's the cheapest bid and, assuming the hand diagram is correct, I even have four of them! Partner could have as many as five hearts (see problem 1).
Mike Lawrence: 3S. Things are not the same when partner's response is in competition. 2H is a close second choice.
The Joyces: 2S. Because partner did not make a negative double, we think the message that we hold six spades is more important than showing four hearts.
Stephen Vincent: 2S. Partner's 2D bid, as opposed to double, reduces the chance we have a heart fit.
Martin Henneberger: 2H. For me 2D creates a force to 2NT or 3 of a suit. For that reason I can pattern with 2H now without fear of being passed. Having this agreement is paramount to avoid having to leap to create a force.
Larry Meyer: 2H. Bid out my shape.
Eugene Chan: 2S. Stylistically, 2S does not promise extra length but hopefully opportunity will arise to pattern out.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 2H. One potential advantage of 2H over 2S is that it permits suit agreement at the 3 level, leaving more room for cue-bidding.
Paul Sontag: 3S. Makes it easy if OHO has DA K Q and SA. Not too interested in hearts. Some (not me) play 2D virtually denies hearts (no DBL).
Bob Kuz: 2H. The problem?
Perry Khakhar: 2H. I kind of like this hand possibly for a slam in diamonds, hearts or spades, on a good day. But there is no reason for not bidding normal, for now.
Mike Roberts: 2H. To be followed by 3 forcing spades. I like this hand.
Brian Zietman: 2H. Tough decision. 2S - no, too strong. 3S - no, too weak. I will settle for 2H and repeat my spades later (if I get the chance).
Timothy Wright: 2H. 2H then spades later shows a better hand than rebidding 2S here.
David Gordon: 2H. Chunky 6-4 with a bonus tolerance for partner's primary suit upgrades this to a 6-4-6 hand as opposed to a 6-6-4 hand.
Amiram Millet: 2H. If we find a fit, even a game is possible.
John Gillespie: 2H. Probably followed by 3S showing a pretty good 6-4.
Beverley Candlish: 2S. If partner had hearts, he could negative double. I would just bid my 6 card spade suit again.
Kf Tung: 2H. You are comfortable to tell pard you have 4 hearts and then bid spades again.

Panel's Answers
  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Jeff Meckstroth 2D 4D 4S 1S 2H 500
The Coopers 2D 4D 4S 1S 2H 500
Steve Weinstein 2D 4D 4S 1S 2H 500
August Boehm 2H 4D 4S 1S 2H 480
Steve Robinson 2D 4D 4H 1S 2H 480
Mel Colchamiro 2H 4D 4S 1S 2H 480
Dianne Isfeld and Martin Henneberger 2D 4D 4H 1S 2H 480
Barry Rigal 2D 5D 4S 1S 2H 470
Don Stack Dbl 4D 4S 1S 2H 470
The Gordons 2D 4D 4S 2S 2H 470
The Joyces 2D 4D 4S 1S 2S 470
Geoff Hampson 2D 4D 4S 2S 2H 470
The Sutherlins 2D 4D 3H 1S 2H 460
Allan Falk 2H 5D 4S 1S 2H 450
Kerri Sanborn 2H 3NT 4S 1S 2H 430
Larry Cohen 2H 4D 4S 2S 2S 420
Mike Lawrence Dbl 4D 4H 1S 3S 410
Karen Walker 2D Dbl 4H 1S 3S 400
Jill Meyers 2D 5D 3S Pass 2H 380
Bridge Baron 2D Dbl 3S Pass 2H 370

Local Heroes
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Andrew Krywaniuk 2D 4D 4S 1S 2H 500 125.56
1.    Joel Martineau 2D 4D 4S 1S 2H 500 125.56
3.    Martin Henneberger 2D 4D 4H 1S 2H 480 60.99
3.    Larry Pocock 2H 4D 4S 1S 2H 480 60.99
5.    Ernie Dietrich Dbl 4D 4S 1S 2H 470 26.31
5.    Laurence Betts 2D 4D 4S 2S 2H 470 26.31
7.    Barry Yamanouchi 2D 4D 3S 1S 2H 450 20.50
8.    Adam Melzak Dbl 4D 4S 2S 2H 440 16.08
8.    Stephen Vincent 2D 4D 4S 2S 2S 440 16.08
8.    Larry Meyer Dbl 4D 4S 2S 2H 440 16.08
11.    Paul Sontag 2D 5D 4S 1S 3S 430 13.05

World Leaders
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    David Gordon (Canada) 2D 4D 4S 1S 2H 500 85.75
1.    Claude Vogel (United States) 2D 4D 4S 1S 2H 500 85.75
3.    Mike Roberts (USA) 2D 4D 4H 1S 2H 480 41.65
3.    Paul Hardy (Canada) 2H 4D 4S 1S 2H 480 41.65
5.    Perry Khakhar (Canada) Dbl 4D 4S 1S 2H 470 17.97
5.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 2D 5D 4S 1S 2H 470 17.97
7.    Bob Todd (Canada) 2D 4D 3H 1S 2H 460 13.13
7.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 2D Dbl 4S 1S 2H 460 13.13
9.    Brian Zietman (Israel) 2D 4D 4S 3S 2H 450 10.89
10.    John Gillespie (Canada) 2H 4D 4D 1S 2H 440 9.35
10.    Kf Tung (China) Dbl 4D 4S 2S 2H 440 9.35


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