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TGIF December 2014: Scores

1. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S 10 9 8 7 4   H ---   D 10 9 7 6 3   C J 8 6  
West North East South  
  1H Dbl ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
Pass 15 100
1S 2 60
Rdbl 0 0
Moderator: While this hand made its holder squirm something awful at the table, it really isn't much of a problem. Most of the panelists passed without a backward glance.
Allan Falk: 1S. The risk that LHO will pass is much higher than usual and partner may not know to run for the hills.
Barry Rigal: Pass. Partner will run from 1H doubled if necessary, while I don't want to encourage him to do any more. Dummy may come as a disappointment.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Attempts to initiate a rescue operation, which may be unneeded anyway, are likely to end in disaster.
Monica Angus: 1NT. Forcing.
Eugene Chan: Pass. It's matchpoints so I pass (in tempo of course).
Yue Su: Pass. If West passes, I hope my partner will smell the danger with their poor heart holding and redouble.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Sometimes the opponents rescue us. A 2D save gives LHO nothing to bid.
Larry Meyer: Pass. First show my weakness, rescue later.
Perry Khakhar: 1S. . . for now. I sure hope that this not a pure misfit hand! In that case, there is no avoiding a very large number. But if you pass, there is the large number!
Norm Tucker: Pass. Let someone else bid; want to defend.
Mike Roberts: Pass. This could be wrong if it was going to go all pass. But 1S could lead to far worse things, and I want to discourage partner from rebidding hearts.
Bill Treble: Pass. If this gets left in, my partner should know what the layout in the suit is going to be and look for alternative spots himself.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Maybe I have some defense?
Chris Diamond: Pass. Have nothing, bid nothing. Old fashioned idea.
David Gordon: 1S. Smoothly bid 1S like you own it.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Any other bid invites trouble.
John Gillespie: Pass. First rule of holes: When you are in one, stop digging.
Plarq Liu: Pass. I await partner's SOS redouble.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. I don't want to open my mouth. Partner likely has a big heart suit and I have nothing to contribute. It looks like it could be a good contract to defend.
Kf Tung: Pass. Don't cry before you are hurt. Most of the time the opponents will land in their own contract.
 

2. IMPs. E-W vul.
S A 10 7 6 3   H K Q 9 4   D A   C Q 9 7  
West North East South  
      1S
Pass 2NT (1) 3C ?
(1) Jacoby 2NT.

Your call?

BidVotesAward
Pass 11 100
3D 5 90
Dbl 1 70
3S 0 60
3NT 0 40
4S 0 40
3H 0 30
Moderator: Problem number 2 is a methods question rather than a true bidding problem. The majority of the panel pass, citing this denies a club control.
Mike Lawrence: Pass. This hand shows how important it is for RHO to get in with a cheap bid. It messes with their bidding. Rodwell once overcalled 3S holding SK 10 9 x on a 1H-Jacoby 2NT auction. Don't laugh. It helped us win the 1985 Vanderbilt final!
Stephen Vincent: 3D. More a system discussion issue: I'm just going to make the same bid I would have without intervention.
Eugene Chan: Pass. (forcing) and await developments. Double = club shortness. If partner cues HA, 5D (exclusion) will complete description.
Yue Su: 5S. I heard that 5S is the slam invitation without control in opponent's suit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. My hand is effectively a minimum at this point.
Larry Meyer: 3D. Bidding my cheapest first or second round control.
Perry Khakhar: Pass. I considered 3S to show the extras, but I hate 3D. However, since we need partner to help us with the direction of the contract, pass for now.
Norm Tucker: 4S. It will cost them more in 5C doubled than our game if we make it!
Mike Roberts: 3D. Well, what's your agreement? I'm assuming ignore. This is a poor question - it all depends on what you've agreed.
Bill Treble: 3H. I've often thought about what the best structure is when they interfere. I think natural is the best route to go.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4S. Tougher at matchpoints; would probably bid the same.
Chris Diamond: 3D. Suspect this problem arose because hearts are better on a 4/4. But I don't think you can get there from here.
David Gordon: 3D. Are we still showing shortness?
Amiram Millet: 3D. Checking for a club control.
John Gillespie: Pass. If I double it shows shortness. If partner hits it, I'm sitting.
Plarq Liu: 3H. Pass shows lower limit, double shows strength in clubs.
Beverley Candlish: 3D. . . first round control. See where it goes from there. My hand is too strong to sign off in 4S.
Kf Tung: Dbl. Double is natural and wants to defend 3C.
Bob Todd: Pass. I would bid 3D with a stiff low diamond I think. Besides, we still need a club control!
 

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

Your call?

BidVotesAward
Pass 15 100
3NT 1 50
4C 1 50
4D 0 50
4NT 0 20
Moderator: The panel find no convenient bid with these cards, so they choose pass.
Jill Meyers: 4C. I can't decide whether to bid 4C or 4D, which means I should probably pass.
Steve Robinson: Pass. I don't like 3NT. I don't like four of either minor. I don't like 4NT. Because I don't like any of the alternatives, I might as well pass and hope we can't make anything.
Don Stack: 3NT. Assuming we have enough points to do something, what are our choices? It doesn't look like we want to put this hand at 5C or 5D or to venture 4C or 4D. The notrump game is as likely as anything, so bidding 3NT with 15 HCP makes some sense.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Opposite a passed partner, the odds don't favour 3NT. 4NT, while it might strike gold, also has its hazards.
Eugene Chan: 4D. Might pave the way to a good save if 4th seat bids 4S. Or partner can double holding some defense.
Andrew Krywaniuk: Pass. Too few aces for a reasonable shot at game.
Larry Meyer: Pass. Yes, pard could hold HQ 10 and DK Q and CA, and then we will likely make 3NT. But he won't.
Perry Khakhar: 4NT. Possibly an overbid, but if there is a chance for game our way, we need to take this opportunity. (40% chance?)
Norm Tucker: Dbl. Need partner's suit named.
Mike Roberts: 3NT. Ick. Pass would be ok. All else is worse.
Bill Treble: Pass. The hand is just not worth a bid, IMO. 3NT is pie-in-the-sky and 4D could miss clubs. If LHO bids 4S or partner doubles after two passes, I'd consider 4NT to focus on the minor suits.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4NT. . . both minors; but will need some good cards from partner.
Chris Diamond: Pass. Silenced, at least for now. Needs magic from a passed partner for 3NT and not enough to suggest higher levels in a minor.
David Gordon: Pass. Partner is a passed hand and your SQ isn't worth anything.
Amiram Millet: Pass. A 4S call might trade a plus score with a minus.
John Gillespie: 3NT. Ugly but with upside. Everything else is just ugly.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. Hope that we find minors, 4NT was too risky.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. I have no 6 card suit; I don't have hearts; Pass is the answer.
Kf Tung: Pass. They may already be in trouble so why rescue them?
Bob Todd: Pass. I might be tempted to bid 4N over 4S.
 

4. Matchpoints. Both vul.
S A 9   H K Q 9 2   D 5 4   C A K Q 6 5  
West North East South  
      1C
3S Dbl Pass ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
4S 9 100
4H 3 70
4NT 3 70
5H 2 70
5NT 0 0
Moderator: With a ton of extras, the panel do not feel fixed by this preempt. They choose the nebulous 4S cue bid.
Steve Weinstein: 4S. I'd be more nervous before seeing dummy come down in 4H that we'd missed a slam, than I would be in 6H. 4S shouldn't set a trump suit, so I hope partner lets me clarify my intentions on the next round with 5H.
Larry Cohen: 4NT. I'm embarrassed to be in print using Roman Key Card Blackwood with an uncontrolled side suit. It is hard, however, to picture a hand for partner that doesn't contain the DA or DK. My original thought was to bid 4S, but that won't accomplish much.
Kerri Sanborn: 5H. This must be a general slam try since I can't insist on slam facing just a control in spades. This is just too good a hand to be passive with.
Geoff Hampson: 4H. They got me. I have no five-level safety.
Eugene Chan: 5NT. Pick a slam (6H or 6C). These don't always make but the expected spade lead will give you extra chances.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. No idea where I'm going with this. Perhaps a direct 6H is more practical.
Ian Greig: 4S. I plan to bid 5H after partner's 4NT (strain probe). I hope this pinpoints the diamond weakness (a direct 5H would pinpoint spade weakness). Clearly 4NT (if natural) has positional advantages, does not force us to the five level and might be the best pairs score.
Larry Meyer: 4S. Showing slam interest and heart support - hoping to hear if pard has a diamond control.
Perry Khakhar: 4S. Can't get past 5H without the diamond control. Let's see what partner does.
Norm Tucker: 4S. We can make this one on any lead.
Mike Roberts: 4S. Don't know what to do here.
Bill Treble: 4S. I'm going to drive to slam here, cuebidding their suit along the way.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 6H. I don't see a scientific way to bid this.
Chris Diamond: 4H. I'm allowed to have extras. Very close to slam I suspect but bad splits might occur, take the plus.
David Gordon: 4S. Make a slam try in hearts.
Amiram Millet: 4H. Partner can go on.
Plarq Liu: 4S. Cuebid, if partner has diamonds, then we have slam.
Beverley Candlish: 4NT. Bidding is so high but I don't want to miss a slam. I would bid 4NT and see where it goes. We will end up in hearts at some level.
Kf Tung: 4S. You have a maximum hand with 8-9 tricks. Pard will supply the tricks you need for a slam, and he will cooperate to find out your strain.
Bob Todd: 4NT. Partner should have an opening bid for his double. I will try 6H over anything but zero KC.
 

5. IMPs. Both vul.
S A 9 8 7 6 2   H K 8   D Q 9   C A 8 3  
West North East South  
    1D 1S
Dbl 2D Pass ?

Your call?

BidVotesAward
3S 6 100
4S 6 90
3C 2 70
3D 2 70
2H 1 60
2S 0 50
Moderator: The majority try for game opposite partner's cue bid.
Steve Weinstein: 3S. I'm not sure if 3S is forcing, but the good news is that I don't really care. 3S leaves open the possibilities of 3NT, 4S . . . and 3S if partner takes it as nonforcing.
The Sutherlins: 3D. We're not sure where partner's cards are. Does he have a game-going hand with only a doubleton spade? Unlikely, but possible. Things should be clearer after his next bid.
Daniel Korbel: 3C. Let's give it a try by bidding my longest side suit - where I need the most help. We still might get to 3NT when it is right.
Roger Lee: 2H. I'm too good to sign off in 2S, but I'm not happy about forcing to the 3-level.
Mel Colchamiro: 4S. Even discounting the DQ, we should have a great play for 10 tricks - the sixth spade here is huge.
Stephen Vincent: 3S. A decent chance for game here opposite partner's likely 10 count with 3S.
Eugene Chan: 3S. A heavy invitation showing extra trump length but not good enough to bid game. Partner can make the final decision.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 4S. It's a vulnerable game, and I know what to do if they sac.
Ian Greig: 3S. A non-minimum overcall with a sixth spade. I do not wish to overemphasize any of the other suits in particular. 3NT is still in the picture.
Larry Meyer: 3S. With an invitational hand, invite.
Perry Khakhar: 2H. DQ x are a bad sign, but still worth a game try!
Mike Roberts: 3C. Really, I think 3NT is our most likely game. All depends on if my red cards are working.
Bill Treble: 4S. Partner supports my six-card suit, I bid game with a hand I would have opened.
Chris Diamond: 2S. Much prefer transfer responses here. Guessing what pard has instead so I'll show the 6th spade.
David Gordon: 4S. Make a game try in spades.
Amiram Millet: 3S. A probable par score.
Plarq Liu: 2S. Partner's free bid promises strength.
Beverley Candlish: 4S. I will accept the invitation to a game in spades.
Kf Tung: 3S. Your DQ x speaks against 4S.
 

Panel's Answers
  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Steve Weinstein Pass Pass Pass 4S 3S 500
August Boehm Pass 3D Pass 4S 3S 490
Jeff Meckstroth Pass 3D Pass 4S 3S 490
Steve Robinson Pass Pass Pass 4S 4S 490
Barry Rigal Pass Dbl Pass 4S 3S 470
Kerri Sanborn Pass Pass Pass 5H 3S 470
The Sutherlins Pass Pass Pass 4S 3D 470
Larry Cohen Pass Pass Pass 4NT 4S 460
Mike Lawrence Pass Pass Pass 4NT 4S 460
Roger Lee Pass Pass Pass 4S 2H 460
Betty Ann Kennedy Pass 3D Pass 4H 4S 450
Geoff Hampson Pass Pass Pass 4H 3C 440
Daniel Korbel Pass Pass Pass 4NT 3C 440
Allan Falk 1S Pass Pass 4H 3S 430
Don Stack Pass 3D 3NT 4S 4S 430
Jill Meyers Pass Pass 4C 4S 3D 420
Mel Colchamiro 1S 3D Pass 5H 4S 410
 

Local Heroes
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Stephen Vincent Pass 3D Pass 4S 3S 490 110.25
1.    Larry Meyer Pass 3D Pass 4S 3S 490 110.25
1.    Andrew Krywaniuk Pass Pass Pass 4S 4S 490 110.25
4.    Gilbert Lambert Pass 3D Pass 4S 4S 480 40.43
4.    Larry Pocock Pass 3D Pass 4S 4S 480 40.43
6.    Ernie Dietrich Pass 3D Pass 4H 3S 460 18.98
6.    Laurence Betts Pass Pass Pass 4H 4S 460 18.98
6.    Ian Greig 1S Pass Pass 4S 3S 460 18.98
6.    Jack Qi Pass 3D Pass 5H 3S 460 18.98
6.    Joel Martineau Pass 3D Pass 4H 3S 460 18.98
11.    Rod Coote Pass 3D 4D 4S 3S 440 12.81
11.    Craig T. Wilson Pass 3D 4D 4S 3S 440 12.81
 

World Leaders
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Gareth Birdsall (Uk) Pass Pass Pass 4S 3S 500 119.00
2.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) Pass Pass Pass 4S 3C 470 63.47
2.    Kf Tung (China) Pass Dbl Pass 4S 3S 470 63.47
2.    Bob Todd (Canada) Pass Pass Pass 4NT 3S 470 63.47
5.    Amiram Millet (Israel) Pass 3D Pass 4H 3S 460 18.88
5.    Dennis Caswell (Canada) Pass 3D Pass 4H 3S 460 18.88
5.    Bob Kuz (Canada) Pass Pass Pass 4H 4S 460 18.88
5.    Leo Weniger (Canada) Pass 3D Pass 4S 3C 460 18.88
9.    Beverley Candlish (Canada) Pass 3D Pass 4NT 4S 450 13.22
10.    David Gordon (Canada) 1S 3D Pass 4S 4S 440 10.88
10.    John Gillespie (Canada) Pass Pass 3NT 4S 4S 440 10.88
10.    Nader Hanna (Canada) Pass 3D Pass 4S 2S 440 10.88
 

 

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