Retro Edition

IMPs. Both vulnerable.
♠5 3   K 9  8 7 3  ♣K J 8 4 3 2

West North East South
5 Pass Pass
5♠ Pass Pass ?

What’s Your Call?

5 5♠ 5NT
6♣ 6 6 6♠ 6NT
7♣ 7 7 7♠ 7NT
Dbl Pass
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Bid Award
Pass 100
6♣ 40
Dbl 20
5NT 10
6♣ 10
August Boehm, Larry Cohen, Mel Colchamiro, The Coopers, Allan Falk, Bob Giragosian, The Gordons, The Joyces, Betty Ann Kennedy, Mike Lawrence, Jeff Meckstroth, Jill Meyers, Barry Rigal, Steve Robinson, Kerri Sanborn, Don Stack, The Sutherlins, Karen Walker, Bridge Baron

Maybe they guessed wrong

The panel makes short work of this one. Even though 6 might be a good save, South can’t be sure that he can defeat a slam contract.

Coopers: “The way we decide what to do on hands like this is ask how I would feel if I bid 6 and East-West bid 6♠. If the answer is ‘not happy,’ as here, we don’t push them.”

Gordons: “The idea of effective preempting is to give the opponent the last guess. If we bid, we might end up guessing ourselves.”

Rigal: “They made the last guess and bidding rates to give them a fielder’s choice.”

Meyers: “I might go for too much in 6 doubled, and I don’t know that I can beat 6♠.”

Joyces: “Who knows who can make what?”

Robinson: “Partner pushed them to the five level — I’m happy.”

Boehm: “I pass. Maybe they’ve guessed wrong.”

Cohen: “Insurance isn’t likely to be cheap. Furthermore, if I push them to 6♠, I won’t exactly be thrilled.”

Giragosian: “I don’t like bidding 6 — it gives East–West a two-way shot.”

Meckstroth: “Not sure how many 6 will go set and not sure we can beat 6♠.”

Sanborn: “Let’s hope the preempt has done its work.”

Sutherlins: “The 5 opening made them guess, so leave the opponents alone.”

Bridge Buff: “Passing is easy. When I add 6 to my simulations, my circuits run hot. Am I cool or what?”

Walker: “The panel will pass and it will be unanimous.”

Walker is almost right.

Falk: “Partner has at least eight diamonds, maybe nine or 10, so 5♠ rates to be cold. I’m bidding 6♣ and hope it confuses the opponents enough to keep them from continuing to 6♠.”

Preempts work because they make the opponents guess at a high level. After that, live with the result.

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