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TGIF April 2015: Scores

1. IMPs. None vul.
S A Q 8 6 5 4   H Q 10 4   D K Q 6   C A  
West North East South  
Pass Pass Pass 1S
Pass 1NT Pass ?

Your call?

2D 7 100
3S 8 100
2NT 2 70
2S 0 40
3D 0 30
3NT 0 30
Moderator: This problem is a classic one. About half the panel choose 3S, which is right on values, but with poor spots. The other half the choose 2D waiting.
Allan Falk: 2D. I'm not bidding 3S with such a ratty suit and ratty hand. I can show extras later if it seems appropriate. I'm not raising notrump with a singleton ace.
Geoff Hampson: 2NT. I have a sixth spade, but with scattered assets and weak spades, I feel 2NT is a better description.
Cynthia Handley: 3S. It's right on values. We, like the rest of the world, wish the spade spots were better. My second choice would be 2NT, which would at least give us a chance to get to hearts if that is the right trump suit.
Stephen Vincent: 2NT. Keeps more options open at the cost of misrepresenting the spade length. It's an imperfect world we live in.
Gilbert Lambert: 3S. I don't like my suit, but what else can I do?
David Waterman: 2D. A standout bid at IMPs - tougher at matchpoints.
Monica Angus: 2S. . . an underbid but spades not good enough for 3S so wait and see what pard bids.
Larry Meyer: 3S. Show my extra length and my extra strength.
Eugene Chan: 3S. Wouldn't have this problem if opener started with an intermediate jump 2S in 4th seat. Contrary to popular belief, 4th seat 2S is NOT WEAK!
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. Just a simple value bid.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. Probably the most descriptive bid.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3S. 6 spades and extra values. That is what I have.
Chris Diamond: 2D. There's probably a name for this now. We used to call it keeping the auction going. Not much harm in a partscore, but potentially enormous info on the response.
David Gordon: 3S. I would like a more robust suit.
Amiram Millet: 4S. I need only 2 tricks from partner.
Plarq Liu: 2S. Partner may have a weak hand, it is not a good idea to force to game now.
Beverley Candlish: 3S. With my 6 card spade suit and 17 HCPs I would jump to 3S. I don't know where the points are located in partner's hand and therefore I will let her choose the contract.
Kf Tung: 3S. Let pard choose 3S, 3N or 4S.

2. IMPs. N-S vul.
S 10 7 5 2   H K J 9 4 3   D ---   C K Q J 8  
West North East South  
  1C 3D ?

Your call?

3H 9 100
Dbl 8 90
4D 0 40
4C 0 30
Moderator: This problem is another two-horse race.
Mike Lawrence: 3H. I've observed that with some balanced hands, partners these days are leaning more toward passing negative doubles. I don't want that to happen here. Over my 3H, partner can still bid 3S. If partner bids 3NT, I will bid 4C.
Kerri Sanborn: Dbl. If I hear 3NT, I know we probably don't have a major-suit fit. What to do then is a guess, though - probably 4C. If I bid 3H and get 3NT from partner, there might be an 8-card spade fit lurking. Neither cue-bidding nor raising clubs feel right.
David Waterman: 3H. 4D would be the 2nd choice. Dbl is misguided.
Larry Meyer: Dbl. Searching for the major suit fit.
Eugene Chan: Dbl. Might have opted for 3H, except this is an aceless hand.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3H. Locate our best trump fit before inviting slam.
Perry Khakhar: Dbl. Spades is the ideal game that I want to play (instead of hearts or clubs). No other way to get there without the negative double.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 4D. Pick a game partner. I'll pass anything but 5D.
Roy Bolton: Dbl. Seems normal.
Chris Diamond: Dbl. Hate it but what can you do?
David Gordon: Dbl. Stretch for the dbl with diamond shortness.
Amiram Millet: 3H. The most flexible call.
Plarq Liu: Dbl. We still look for major game.
Beverley Candlish: Dbl. . . showing hearts and spades.
Kf Tung: 3H. Forcing. You have a good chance to find a fit and then you have a game.

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

Your call?

1NT 10 100
1S 7 80
2NT 0 50
3NT 0 40
Moderator: With an opening bid, the panel feel they have to do something, but what?
August Boehm: 1NT. True, this might motivate partner to rebid hearts with possibly disastrous consequences. Still, 1S courts an unwelcome raise. 3NT might make on power. Pass leads to a dismal 1H.
Daniel Korbel: 1S. I'd like to bid 2C natural, but that is not what it means. 1S gives partner a chance for a natural rebid, and it will give me more information for the next round of bidding.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. While it's tempting to dredge up a 1NT response in case partner is a maximum, where are your tricks coming from on this hand?
David Waterman: 1NT. Ugly but practical.
Larry Meyer: 1S. Maybe we have a spade fit, else maybe we can play NT.
Eugene Chan: 1NT. Slight downgrade due to potential misfit.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 1NT. Going low. Partner bid 3NT with a similar hand recently and ended up down 3.
Perry Khakhar: 1S. I don't expect to play in spades, but it is a reasonable temporizing bid and it is forcing.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 1S. I'm going to bid NT but want to discourage partner from correcting to hearts. Therefore I go slow. I imagine we'll go via 2H, 2NT, 3S, 3NT. Should partner support spades immediately I'll bid NT anyway so he can show 4-card support.
Roy Bolton: Pass. Misfit. Can bid 2C if West balances.
Chris Diamond: 1S. Transfers, Nuff said.
David Gordon: 1S. Usually shows 5 spades but it seems like a space saving first step.
Amiram Millet: Pass. Taking the low road for the time being. 1NT can push partner to bid 2H.
Plarq Liu: 2C. . . natural. People may want to bid 1S, but it is not forcing, thus may give us a bad contract.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. If I bid anything, partner will bid her hearts again and we will be headed for disaster. If the bidding continues, I will come in with a bid of NT.
Kf Tung: 1S. This hand is yours and you need room to find your strain.

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

Your call?

Pass 14 100
4C 2 60
3NT 1 50
4D 0 40
Moderator: OK, OK, yes! We should have opened this hand 1NT. At least it's not an IMP problem.
Jeff Meckstroth: 3NT. Stoppers are for children.
Kerri Sanborn: 4C. Looks like a four-card suit to me.
Roger Lee: Pass. I'm not bidding four of a minor with a 5-3-3-2 minimum - it's just too poor a description. As a side note, I would have opened a 15-17 notrump.
Stephen Vincent: Pass. Uneasily but 5 tricks are going to be easier than 10.
David Waterman: Pass. RHO did not raise, I have heart shortness and welcome a diamond lead - perfect!
Larry Meyer: 4C. Deny a spade stopper and show my second suit.
Eugene Chan: Pass. Take my plus. Cash high club first to take a look at dummy.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3NT. Take the chance partner has a half-stopper and the DA or LHO has no entry.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: Pass. Risky, but best chance for a plus in my opinion.
Roy Bolton: Pass. A gamble - but that's life (and bridge).
Chris Diamond: Pass. Please god, a plus.
Amiram Millet: 4C. Can't see 3NT making here.
Plarq Liu: 4C. Pretend my AKQ is a four card suit.
Beverley Candlish: Pass. I know partner promises hearts but I can't help. I am assuming partner has good points to double at the 3 level and therefore, I will pass and hopefully rack up a nice plus score.
Kf Tung: Pass. Expect the total tricks to be 17 or less and then double will give you the best score.

5. IMPs. None vul.
S K 10 9 7 6   H Q   D K Q 6   C 10 8 6 3  
West North East South  
  1H Pass 1S
Pass 3D Pass ?

Your call?

3H 10 100
3S 5 80
3NT 2 70
4D 0 40
4C 0 30
Moderator: Eric Kokish advocates taking a "false preference" when holding a singleton in partner's first bid suit in bidding situations such as this.
Betty Ann Kennedy: 3S. This allows partner to bid 3NT or 4D.
The Sutherlins: 3NT. Rebidding spades and raising diamonds are both flawed.
Mel Colchamiro: 3H. Kokish will give me his seal of approval. 3H will leave room to let us go wherever we need to go. Besides, with partner showing strength, the queen is as good or better than a low doubleton.
Stephen Vincent: 3H. The red suit honours are most appealing.
David Waterman: 3S. I don't want to bid 3NT with 3 top cards in partner's suits.
Larry Meyer: 3NT. If 3NT seems like a reasonable contract, then bid it.
Eugene Chan: 3H. Auction is game forced. See what partner does next. Singleton honour is more than adequate trump support.
Andrew Krywaniuk: 3S. 3NT would end the auction. Don't fudge a stopper when we could still have a slam.
Perry Khakhar: 3S. Maybe partner can bid 3NT or correct to 4S with honour doubleton or three small.
Ig Nieuwenhuis: 3NT. Right on values and misfit, but opposite some hands I should explore a diamond slam. In that case partner will probably bid again.
Roy Bolton: 3NT. A good partner will have a club stopper.
Chris Diamond: 3H. The HQ is enormous and raising diamonds eats space when the suit could be bogus.
David Gordon: 3S. I should have 6 but we need a temporizing bid.
Amiram Millet: 3NT. Seems wrong to push for a slam.
Plarq Liu: 4D. Supporting diamonds.
Beverley Candlish: 3NT. I would confidently bid 3NT.
Kf Tung: 4D. Lovely diamonds, lovely heart and pard will love you.
Bob Todd: 3H. Tough hand - 4D would endplay partner.

Panel's Answers
  1 2 3 4 5 Total
Allan Falk 2D 3H 1NT Pass 3H 500
Mike Lawrence 2D 3H 1NT Pass 3H 500
Jill Meyers 2D 3H 1NT Pass 3H 500
Barry Rigal 3S 3H 1S Pass 3H 480
Daniel Korbel 3S 3H 1S Pass 3H 480
Roger Lee 2D 3H 1S Pass 3H 480
August Boehm 3S Dbl 1NT Pass 3S 470
Betty Ann Kennedy 3S Dbl 1NT Pass 3S 470
Steve Robinson 2D Dbl 1S Pass 3H 470
The Sutherlins 3S 3H 1NT Pass 3NT 470
Mel Colchamiro 2D 3H 1NT 4C 3H 460
Kerri Sanborn 2D Dbl 1NT 4C 3H 450
Don Stack 3S Dbl 1S Pass 3S 450
Cynthia Handley 3S Dbl 1S Pass 3S 450
Larry Cohen 2NT 3H 1NT Pass 3NT 440
Geoff Hampson 2NT Dbl 1S Pass 3H 440
Jeff Meckstroth 3S Dbl 1NT 3NT 3S 420

Local Heroes
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Eugene Chan 3S Dbl 1NT Pass 3H 490 168.00
2.    David Waterman 2D 3H 1NT Pass 3S 480 126.00
3.    Yue Su 3S Dbl 1NT Pass 3NT 460 71.40
3.    Ernie Dietrich 3S Dbl 1NT Pass 3NT 460 71.40
5.    Brad Bart 2D Dbl 1S Pass 3S 450 33.60
6.    David Walker 3S Dbl 1S Pass 3NT 440 22.92
6.    Anssi Rantamaa 3S Dbl 1S Pass 3NT 440 22.92
6.    Diana Jing 3S Dbl 1S Pass 3NT 440 22.92
6.    Pearl Minkoff 3S Dbl 1S Pass 3NT 440 22.92
10.    Gilbert Lambert 3S Dbl 1NT Pass 4D 430 16.04
10.    Andrew Krywaniuk 3S 3H 1NT 3NT 3S 430 16.04
12.    Rod Coote 3S Dbl 1NT 4C 3NT 420 14.00

World Leaders
    1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1.    Leo Weniger (Canada) 2D 3H 1S Pass 3H 480 98.00
2.    Bob Todd (Canada) 3S Dbl 1S Pass 3H 470 61.25
2.    Chris Diamond (Thailand) 2D Dbl 1S Pass 3H 470 61.25
4.    Leonid Bossis (Canada) 3S 3H 1S Pass 3S 460 34.30
5.    John Gillespie (Canada) 3S Dbl 1S Pass 3S 450 17.97
5.    Nader Hanna (Canada) 3S Dbl 1S Pass 3S 450 17.97
7.    Paul Mcmullin (Usa) 3S Dbl 1S Pass 3NT 440 13.13
7.    Carol Frank (Usa) 3S Dbl 1S Pass 3NT 440 13.13
9.    Gerard Laquerriere (Usa) 2D Dbl 1NT Pass 4D 430 10.89
10.    Kf Tung (China) 3S 3H 1S Pass 4D 420 9.80


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