Retro Edition

What’s your call?

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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August Boehm, Larry Cohen, Mel Colchamiro, The Coopers, Allan Falk, The Gordons, Geoff Hampson, The Joyces, Mike Lawrence, Jeff Meckstroth, Jill Meyers, Barry Rigal, Steve Robinson, Kerri Sanborn, Don Stack, The Sutherlins, Karen Walker, Bridge Buff
Random game tries

Robinson favors 2♠. “I like the next suit to be a random game try.”

The Coopers use 2♠ as a help-suit ask. “If partner has help in spades, we will bid 4.”

2˜, help suit by Stack. “Why not bring partner into the picture and let him know we need help in spades to make game?”

Meckstroth is of the 2♠ persuasion. “Very good hand I have. I’m tempted to just bid game but partner doesn’t need a whole lot to bid 2 after the overcall, so I really should give him a chance to stop.”

The Sutherlins, Boehm and Cohen explore for game with 3♣. Cohen speaks: “Not enough to insist on game, so I’ll just make a try. Please don’t publish this if Jeff Meckstroth bid a game on his own and said, ‘What’s the problem?’ As to a try of 2♠, I’d rather bid where I live.”

Four panelists use 2NT to go hunt-ing for the nine-trick notrump game. “We want to make a game try,” say the Joyces, “and this seems like a valid one. LHO and partner’s spade and diamond mix may be helpful for notrump, as well as having a six-card suit to establish.”

Meyers: “2NT. I need to make a value bid.”

“2NT, looking for general strength,” bids Walker. “I’m not making a help-suit try on x–x–x or A–x, as that will talk partner into stretching to game with Q–x–x or J–10–x–x.”

Hampson playfully leaps to 3NT, gambling that facing a heart honor he can take nine-plus tricks — “hopefully the same number as in hearts.”

Lawrence is feeling optimistic and bids 3NT. “We could have nine fast tricks. I am not worried (yet) about spades. Perhaps a little worried about diamonds.”

“3,” from the Gordons. “We are not fond of any alternative.”

Colchamiro chances game with a jump to 4. “There are too many hands that will be cold for game where partner would reject any and all game tries. I know we hate to go minus at matchpoints, but I hate to play ‘scared’ bridge.”

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