Retro Edition

Matchpoints. None vulnerable.
♠5   A 6 4 2   A Q 9 3   ♣A K 4 3

West North East South
Pass 1♠ Pass ?
2♣ 2 2 2♠ 2NT
3 3 3♠ 3NT
4♣ 4 4 4♠ 4NT
5♣ 5 5 5♠ 5NT
6♣ 6 6 6♠ 6NT
7♣ 7 7 7♠ 7NT
Pass Dbl

What’s your call?

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Bid Award
2♣ 100
2 60
3♣ 60
2NT 60
For yesterday’s It’s Your Call deal (from November 2009’s Bridge Bulletin), 2♣ was named top bid.
“I bid 2♣, even though I hate it,” said Lynn Deas. “It’s hard for partner to bid over 2♣ because there are so many different hand types that would make this bid. Any other bid is impossible, however, and 2♣ is the least of evils.”
“2♣,” said Betty Ann Kennedy, “and that’s quite enough. Holding a singleton spade, my hand has gone down in value.”
“I am turned off by partner’s 1♠ bid,” said Jill Meyers.
“We have the values for a reverse,” said Fritzi and Paul Gordon, “but we shy away. There’s no evidence of a fit or a playable suit.”
“No number of notrump is correct, and I don’t want to reverse into a terrible suit,” said Allan Falk. “If partner passes 2♣, that should be a reasonable spot.”
“I rate this slightly short of a reverse,” said August Boehm. “It might be a misfit and I have no length anywhere.”
I bid 2♣ by process of elimination,” said Larry Cohen. “No number of notrump works, and I’m not reversing with a potential misfit. This hand is worse than the one in problem No. 2. A fit is everything!”
“I don’t believe in distorting my hand to reverse,” said Kerri Sanborn. “2 should show longer diamonds than hearts. Bidding 2NT is not on my radar, and I’m not worth a jump shift. That leaves 2♣.”
“Partner’s bid has not improved my hand,” said Don Stack, “so I opt for the conservative bid. A reverse to 2 is too aggressive with no fit and no source of tricks.”
Five panelists didn’t agree.
“2,” said Peggy and John Sutherlin. “A 4–4 heart fit may be difficult to determine, if we don’t introduce the suit now.”
“2, even though this implies a five-card or longer diamond suit,” said Steve Robinson. “If I bid 2♣, we may never find our 4–4 heart fit, and I’m not strong enough to bid 2NT.”
“If we bid 2♣, that bid would make it hard to find a heart fit. Reversing has its drawbacks, however, and at IMPs, we would bid 2♣ instead.”
“I don’t like 2♣,” said Mel Colchamiro. “Partner could pass hands that are cold for 4.”
“2 is aggressive, but I have too much to rebid 2♣,” said Jeff Meckstroth.
Bridge Buff is the lone 3♣ bidder.
The majority of the experts bid 2♣. As Cohen said, it’s 2♣ by process of elimination.

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