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TGIF September 2013: Scores

1. IMPs. Both vul.
S 9 6   H A 10 7 5   D K J 5 3 2   C A 3  
West North East South  
4C Dbl Pass 4H
Pass 5C Pass 5D
Pass 6H Pass ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
Pass 10 100
7C 5 80
7D 3 70
7H 1 60
7NT 1 60
Moderator: Ten panelists insist they haven't shown their values and push on to a grand; the other half let the auction die in six.
Steve Weinstein: Pass. Because partner didn't make a grand slam try, it sounds like he is telling us he did well to bid over 4H. Once we assume partner has a club void (no Blackwood), we have only two important cards for slam. If we can make 7, pard wouldn't have bid 6.
August Boehm: 7C. How can partner hold fewer crucial cards than the SA, HK, DA Q and substantial extra values including some sort of diamond fit since my 5D improved his hand? 7D might be the safest grand if partner has a loser in hearts but terrific spades.
Barry Rigal: 7D. It is hard to believe that if partner can jump to the small slam I cannot make the grand slam. I might do this even without the CA (but I wouldn't). 7D offers the choice of slams.
Stephen Vincent: 7H. Even though partner didn't Blackwood and so likely has a club void, it's hard to imagine hands opposite where we don't have a good play for 7.
Martin Henneberger: 7H. Opposite an unknown possible minimum hand partner forced us to the 5 level and now is still bidding 6. I would faint if 7H isn't a claimer.
Chris Diamond: 7C. I seem to have more than I promised. Leave 7D open.
Joel Martineau: Pass. Always nice to have a little in reserve.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Too much uncertainty to risk bidding at the 7 level.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 7H. I could hardly have a better hand than this. Rebidding 7D should imply a bigger disparity in suits.
Larry Pocock: Pass. Maybe teammates opened 5C at ather table and opponents went plus 680.
Bob Kuz: 7C. This bidding must be messed up. A simple 4H to start is horrible. Since I have at least 2 aces more than I promised I don't know how to stop below 7, but I will try 7C in case 7NT is a possibility.
Perry Khakhar: 7H. I have shown S3 x H10 x x x DK x x x C4 x x and partner is trying a slam! Whatever he needs for the grand, I have it!
Mike Roberts: 7H. I haven't shown either ace. This must be cold.
Timothy Wright: 7C. Partner bid slam without my two aces, so seven must be on. Let her pick.
David Gordon: 7C. A 7H bid might show a club void while 7C shows the ace.
Amiram Millet: Pass. There is no safe way to check for a Grand Slam.
John Gillespie: Pass. 5C promised hearts, 6H denied the SA.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Don't know if I should continue.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. The 4C opening bid left no room to explore for a grand slam.
Kf Tung: 7H. Pard cannot bid like this without SA, HK Q, DA, and a little bit more. You have 12+ tricks and 7H can be a laydown.
Chuck Arthur: Pass. . . and hope that there is some play for it.
Bob Todd: 7C. How can I bid any less?
 

2. IMPs. Both vul.
S 10 6   H A Q J 9 8   D 2   C A 10 9 3 2  
West North East South  
      1H
1NT Dbl 2D 3C
3D 3S Pass ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
4S 16 100
4D 3 70
4C 1 50
Pass 0 30
4H 0 0
Moderator: The main pack of bidders raise to 4S.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 4C. Obviously partner has a good hand, so I'm bidding out my shape. Partner is in control.
Steve Robinson: 4S. The good news is that the opponents probably have the whole diamond suit, which means that our values are outside of diamonds. Partner's hand is unlimited, so he might think 3S is forcing.
The Coopers: 4D. We're not sure if we should play 4H or 4S, so let partner pick. Our 3C bid didn't promise five clubs, but these aren't really good enough to rebid.
Martin Henneberger: 4S. Partner doubled to announce ownership of the hand. I chose to show a 2 suited minimum and they still bid 3S. Not raising now would be a travesty.
Chris Diamond: 4S. Close but I'd rather have a bigger spade for 4D.
Larry Meyer: 4C. Bid out my shape.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. I assume this will be nearly unanimous.
Larry Pocock: Pass. They always lead trump when I bid 4S here.
Perry Khakhar: 4C. Partner appears to be groping for 3NT. It may be that 4S is the correct place to play, but I dare not show support with this doubleton as yet.
Mike Roberts: 4C. Partner showed a very good 4C bid, but I have a poor 3C bid.
Brian Zietman: 4C. Partner wants a diamond stopper. Sorry I don't have one!
Timothy Wright: Pass. Partner has long spades and enough points to double 1NT. But I don't have enough for game.
David Gordon: 4S. A dbl followed by a new suit feels forcing so I guess I need to bid game.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Already too risky. I hate the 3C bid.
John Gillespie: 4S. A stiff heart and ruffing finesse from North should see this home.
Plarq Liu: 4C. 5-5 in round suits.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. Too many points in this deck.
Kf Tung: 4C. 3N is excluded, but pard can choose between 4H, 4S and 5C.
 

3. IMPs. E-W vul.
S 8 7 2   H K J 7 5 3 2   D ---   C A 10 8 3  
West North East South  
Pass 1S 2NT (1) ?
(1) Unusual: 5-5 or better in the minors.

Your call?

BidVotesAward
3C 8 100
3D 4 80
3H 3 70
3S 2 60
Dbl 2 60
4D 1 50
4S 0 40
4C 0 0
4H 0 0
Moderator: Unusual vs unusual is part of Bridge Bulletin Standard.
Larry Cohen: 3S. I'll content myself with supporting with support. The lack of a fourth trump (and likely bad splits) has me taking this conservative approach.
Allan Falk: 3C. Using unusual vs unusual, 3C shows a forcing bid in the lower unbid suit. 3H would merely be competitive. I can raise spades later after first checking for the superior heart fit. I plan to force to game even if we are doomed by bad breaks.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3H. I would prefer to find a heart fit, so I'm willing to risk 3H with the spade fit.
Kerri Sanborn: 3D. I'm not sure what a limit raise is in Standard, but 3D feels right. There is a lot to show on this hand, but if I start by showing hearts, it will be tough to support spades later without overstating the hand.
The Sutherlins: Dbl. Slam in a major is definitely possible. We will have a better idea how to proceed when the auction comes back to us. There are many possibilities.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. Most partnerships have defined methods here.
Martin Henneberger: 3S. Well with a diamond void, I won't be able to show hearts and spades so with my 1 chance to show something I will show support. I will be glad I did when the next bid is 5D.
Chris Diamond: 3H. Who knows? The vulnerability should slow them down but we might be on for anything up to a grand. Are there systemic responses?
Larry Meyer: 3S. Working void encourages me to support partner.
Stuart Carr: 3C. Showing hearts.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3D. Upgrade to a GF hand w/ 5+ hearts. I will support spades next.
Larry Pocock: 3C. The hand with shortness (in diamonds) must take some action.
Bob Kuz: 3S. While this hand looks good in a quiz, my hearts are poor and out of position and my spades are weak and minimal so no stronger action by me. I will be happy if pard bids on.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. Opposite a minimum opening hand, I want to play this in 4H or 4S. In my regular partnerships, I bid 3C (shows hearts).
Mike Roberts: 3H. I'll overbid so as to get to the right strain.
Brian Zietman: 3D. As both suits are known, this is a strong cue bid.
Timothy Wright: 3D. Good news: we play unusual over unusual. Bad news: that's all we know. Without special agreement, 3D should show my suit--I can raise spades next time around.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3D. Upper cue: either hearts + spade-tolerance invite plus or GF.
David Gordon: 3D. I would make the call which would be hearts and forcing at least 1 round so I could then show spades up to the 4 level later. I believe standard Unusual vs Unusual is 3C = limit + spade and 3D = forcing with hearts.
Amiram Millet: 3C. Unusual V. Unusual. Showing good hearts and G.F.
Leonid Bossis: 3C. Assuming this is limit raise or better.
John Gillespie: 3H. At least 1 major is breaking bad and a bigger heart fit is our best chance.
Plarq Liu: 3H. Will return to 4S.
Beverley Candlish: 3C. I would bid 3C and wait and see.
Kf Tung: 3H. Forcing to 3S, and you have 5+ hearts.
Chuck Arthur: 3S. If playing unusual vs unusual.
 

4. IMPs. None vul.
S K 10 6   H Q 9 6 5 4 3   D J   C A 10 7  
West North East South  
    Pass ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
Pass 11 100
2H 6 80
1H 3 60
Moderator: It's another classic opening bid problem.
August Boehm: 1H. I can live with pass, but not 2H - too little inside the suit, too much outside.
Mike Lawrence: 2H. The suit is poor but the hand has all the right kind of values. Passing and bidding hearts does not capture the flavor of the sixth heart.
The Gordons: Pass. We always lose points with these problems, but weak twos in second seat should be disciplined and consistent.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Neither fish nor fowl.
Martin Henneberger: Pass. This doesn't meet my requirements for an opening bid or weak 2. Easy pass.
Chris Diamond: Pass. I don't usually say this but too much for a weak 2 and not enough to open.
Larry Meyer: Pass. HCP + length of 2 longest suits = 19, which is less than 20, plus I really don't want to encourage a heart lead.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. There is nothing compelling me to preempt in 2nd seat with this type of hand.
Larry Pocock: Pass. . . or 1H depending on style.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I would rather open 1H than 2H in second seat with that suit. But Pass is my preference!
Brian Zietman: 2H. The two 10s increase the value of the hand but the singleton Jack puts it below the threshold of a legitimate 1 opening.
Timothy Wright: Pass. In second seat, 2H is likely to preempt partner, so my suit ought to be much better. I'm much too weak for 1H.
David Gordon: Pass. Put the DJ in the heart suit and I would not argue with 1H.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Too strong and not good enough hearts for other second seat IMP bid.
John Gillespie: Pass. Plays too well in a black suit or NT to commit with 2H and not good enough for 1H with my aggressive partner.
Plarq Liu: Pass. Bad suit.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. I have only 10 HCP's and my heart suit is dismal.
Kf Tung: Pass. Open 2H and it is difficult to get to 2S if it is the best contract for you. Pass and then you have the flexibility to find the right contract later.
Bob Todd: Pass. My hearts are too poor and my spades are too good to preempt or bid 1H.
 

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

Your call?

BidVotesAward
3H 19 100
4H 1 50
Moderator: A virtually unanimous result! Almost everybody makes the straightforward raise to 3H.
Don Stack: 3H. Too strong to raise to 2H and not strong enough for 4H, so 3H is the perfect bid and should be close to unanimous.
Mel Colchamiro: 4H. I know that 4H is technically an overbid, but I like this hand: great trumps and a source of tricks. If partner goes slamming, he won't be disappointed.
Stephen Vincent: 4H. The vulnerability, form of scoring, and intermediates tip the scales in favour of bidding 4H as opposed to 3H.
Martin Henneberger: 3H. 3H shows 15-17 with hearts. That's what I have. Thanks for the gimme.
Chris Diamond: 3H. Is there another answer?
Larry Meyer: 3H. Must show immediate support, can't splinter, too much for 2H, not enough for 4H.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. I am stretching to invite - partner still needs a decent 8 count. I think I would open 1NT originally.
Larry Pocock: 4H. Jumping to 4H usually shows balanced 18-19 so this overbid comes with no guarantee.
Bob Kuz: 3H. I would rather err on the aggressive side.
Perry Khakhar: 3H. Minimum 3H bid.
Mike Roberts: 3H. Tempted, but no.
Brian Zietman: 3H. Why complicate life? This shows exactly what we have - 15-17 with 4 card support.
Timothy Wright: 3H. Sometimes the textbooks are right.
Carol Frank: 2NT. Jacoby 2NT.
David Gordon: 3H. 6 losers, 16 HCP, looks like a standard invitational 3H bid to me.
Amiram Millet: 3H. Pushy, but it's IMPs and we're vulnerable.
John Gillespie: 3H. Same aggressive partner = a safe invite.
Plarq Liu: 3H. Shows our strength and support.
Beverley Candlish: 2H. I would love to jump to 3H but partner may have a weak hand.
Kf Tung: 3H. Your hand improves when pard bids 1H. You give him a strong invitation for 4H, and you pave a way for a beautiful 26-point slam when he has the right cards.
Bob Todd: 3H. No point in overbidding. Partner will bid a close game at IMPs.
 

Panel's Answers
  1 2 3 4 5 Total
The Gordons Pass 4S 3C Pass 3H 500
Jill Meyers 7C 4S 3C Pass 3H 480
Steve Weinstein Pass 4S 3C 2H 3H 480
Larry Cohen Pass 4S 3S Pass 3H 460
Allan Falk 7H 4S 3C Pass 3H 460
Kerri Sanborn 7C 4S 3D Pass 3H 460
Bridge Baron Pass 4S Dbl Pass 3H 460
Jeff Meckstroth Pass 4S 3H 2H 3H 450
Steve Robinson Pass 4S 4D Pass 3H 450
Karen Walker 7D 4S 3D Pass 3H 450
Don Stack Pass 4S 3H 2H 3H 450
The Joyces 7C 4S 3H Pass 3H 450
Geoff Hampson Pass 4D 3C 2H 3H 450
Mike Lawrence 7NT 4S 3C 2H 3H 440
The Sutherlins Pass 4S Dbl 2H 3H 440
Barry Rigal 7D 4S 3C 1H 3H 430
The Coopers Pass 4D 3C 1H 3H 430
August Boehm 7C 4S 3D 1H 3H 420
Betty Ann Kennedy 7C 4C 3S Pass 3H 390
Mel Colchamiro 7D 4D 3D Pass 4H 370
 

Local Heroes
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Rod Coote Pass 4S 3S Pass 3H 460 119.44
1.    Norma Doucette Pass 4S 3S Pass 3H 460 119.44
3.    Chris Diamond 7C 4S 3H Pass 3H 450 68.25
4.    Brad Bart 7D 4S 3H Pass 3H 440 29.33
4.    Michael Dimich 7D 4D 3C Pass 3H 440 29.33
4.    Silvana Trotter Pass 4S 4S Pass 3H 440 29.33
4.    Andrew Krywaniuk 7H 4S 3D Pass 3H 440 29.33
8.    Stuart Carr Pass Pass 3C Pass 3H 430 16.11
8.    Zoran Peca Pass 4S 3D Pass 4H 430 16.11
10.    Martin Henneberger 7H 4S 3S Pass 3H 420 13.03
10.    Diana Jing Pass 4C 3H Pass 3H 420 13.03
 

World Leaders
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) Pass 4S 3C Pass 3H 500 115.50
2.    John Gillespie (Canada) Pass 4S 3H Pass 3H 470 86.63
3.    Susan Julius (Canada) Pass 4S Dbl Pass 3H 460 40.43
3.    David Gordon (Canada) 7C 4S 3D Pass 3H 460 40.43
3.    Chuck Arthur (Canada) Pass 4S 3S Pass 3H 460 40.43
6.    Bob Todd (Canada) 7C 4S 3H Pass 3H 450 19.25
7.    Bob Kuz (Canada) 7C 4S 3S Pass 3H 440 16.50
8.    Chris Galbraith (Canada) 7D 4S Dbl Pass 3H 430 12.33
8.    Amiram Millet (Israel) Pass Pass 3C Pass 3H 430 12.33
8.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 7H 4S 3H Pass 3H 430 12.33
8.    Ig Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) Pass 4C 3D Pass 3H 430 12.33
 

 

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