Retro Edition

Matchpoints. N-S vulnerable.
♠Q 7 5 4   —   K Q 10 9 6 5 3   ♣6 2

West North East South
1 Pass ?
1♠ 1NT
2♣ 2 2 2♠ 2NT
3♣ 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?

Click to reveal awards
Bid Award
1NT 100
1♠ 70
2 10
For yesterday’s It’s Your Call deal (from September 2010’s Bridge Bulletin), 1NT was named top bid.
Most of the panel bypassed their major suit. They preferred to try and play in their seven-card suit. Here’s what they said:
Larry Cohen: “If I respond 1♠, partner will kill me with 2, and I won’t be able to get out in 3. This would be more comfortable if we were playing Flannery (not that I do).”
August Boehm: “If I bid 1♠ and bid diamonds next, I will get an unwelcome correction to spades. This problem is a good argument for Flannery.”
Mel Colchamiro: “I bid 1NT, intending to bid diamonds next, of course.”
Kay and Randy Joyce: “Because 1NT is forcing, we will bid that rather than confuse the issue with a spade bid. Our hand is about diamonds, not spades.”
Jeff Meckstroth: “Bidding 1♠ is too dangerous. I want to play in diamonds and a 1♠ response can’t handle most rebids by opener.”
Jill Meyers: “I want to be able to get to diamonds.”
Kerri Sanborn: “If I were to begin with 1♠, there would be a lot of impossible auctions. Discretion says to play the deal in diamonds.”
Karen Walker: “My goal is to play a diamond partscore, and this is the only way to get there.”
Peggy and John Sutherlin: “1NT gives us our best chance to play a diamond partial. If we start with 1♠, we will have a hard time convincing partner our distribution is 4–7.”
Allan Falk: “I start with a forcing 1NT and hope to get a chance to bid 3 next.”
Steve Robinson: “It’s very unlikely to be able to play in diamonds if I bid 1♠.”
The minority bid 1♠.
Mike Lawrence: “If partner rebids 1NT, I can still get to diamonds. If he rebids 2, however, we will lose the diamond suit.”
Kitty and Steve Cooper: “1♠ is automatic. The problem is coming on the next round.”
Don Stack: “I have great admiration for bidding 1NT forcing, followed by a non-forcing diamond bid, but we might have a spade fit. If partner rebids 1NT, I can jump to 3 showing six or more diamonds and a weak hand.”
You can do it, if your methods allow it.
Barry Rigal: “There’s a good case for a forcing 1NT, then diamond bids, but that lets spades get away from us. After 1♠, if partner bids 2♣, I will pass and pray.”
Bridge Baron: “Major suits are for computers, minor suits for humans.”
Most of the time, playing in a partscore in diamonds will be best. To do so, South has to plan ahead and start with a forcing 1NT.

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