2024 Retro Edition – June Week 1

What’s your call?

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
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Wafik Abdou, August Boehm, Larry Cohen, Mel Colchamiro, Allan Falk, Geoff Hampson, Betty Ann Kennedy, Daniel Korbel, Mike Lawrence, Roger Lee, Jeff Meckstroth, Jill Meyers, Barry Rigal, Steve Robinson, Kerri Sanborn, Don Stack, The Sutherlins, Steve Weinstein
Inching forward

Not much of a challenge for the panelists.

“2♠ shows my shape and shows extras,” says Meyers. “Hopefully partner will know what to do.”

“The hand is too strong to pass,” declares Colchamiro. Opposite:

♠x K x Q x x x x x ♣Q x x x x,

we can almost make slam! And if we belong in notrump, partner must bid it.”

The adventurous Rigal sails with 2♠. “I don’t know where we are going, so I cannot commit our side to a strain, but I’ll let partner make that decision for us. Rebidding 2NT is fine also – but curiously, this might play better from my partner’s side. It’s funny how often my partners tell me that.”

Lee: “2♠. Seems easy enough to make the bid that describes my hand.”

Kennedy, too: “2♠ showing my pattern and a good hand.”

Lawrence: “Assuming we are not using anything fancy, I will offer one modest try of 2♠. This shows a pretty good hand. We can make a game if partner fits my hand.”

Hampson: “I think 2♠ completes my hand and allows notrump to be played from the correct side if partner cooperates.”

2♠ by Korbel. “The strength is right on. Partner may expect 4=4=0=5, but he should allow that I may have a singleton diamond. Notrump may play better from partner’s side, and my 2♠ will give him a reasonable chance of placing the contract intelligently. If the ♠8 were a higher spot, I would bid 2NT myself.”

Weinstein, too: “2♠ pinpoints my diamond shortness and shows extra values. I wish I had a fifth club, but at least I have compensating values.”

Stack says that while passing would virtually ensure a plus, “this hand is too good to be conservative with – good enough to bid out my shape and let partner make an intelligent decision. Certainly we should be safe at 3♣ if that is his decision.”

Falk favors passing. “This hand is on the cusp of being worth another bid, but at matchpoints, stretching for a thin game is wrong. Even at IMPs, without some spade and heart texture, another bid is probably going to lead to a minus score.”

Sanborn passes, as well. “2♣ isn’t very encouraging, and we don’t have a source of tricks for notrump. So I’ll ‘go low’ and try for the best plus score – a good matchpoint tactic.”

Pass by the Sutherlins. “If partner is unable to dredge up an invitational 3♣ bid, then we are high enough. We settle for the sure plus in matchpoints.”

Abdou hitches a ride with the rest of the passers traveling the low road. “Four-by-one hands generally don’t play well, and maybe we’ll get a balancing spade bid. Eight tricks in notrump may be possible. Partner doesn’t have to have five-card support on this auction, and I am not sure we can stop on a dime.”

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