2023 Retro Edition – September Week 4

What’s your call?

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
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August Boehm, Larry Cohen, Mel Colchamiro, The Coopers, Allan Falk, The Gordons, Geoff Hampson, The Joyces, Betty Ann Kennedy, Mike Lawrence, Jeff Meckstroth, Jill Meyers, Barry Rigal, Steve Robinson, Kerri Sanborn, Don Stack, The Sutherlins, Karen Walker, Steve Weinstein, Bridge Baron
One Mel short of unanimous

“3,” according to Stack and just about everyone else on the panel. “Too strong to raise to 2 and not strong enough for 4, so 3 is the perfect bid and should be close to a unanimous choice.”

Gone is easygoing Barry. “3. Any-one who bids 2 should be thrown back into Milton Work’s cupboard and not allowed out till he has written 100 times: ‘Aces and kings are undervalued in the standard point count.’”

Hampson bids 3, but he would have done things differently from the start. “I would have planned a notrump auc-tion, but now I must upgrade to 18–19.”

Meyers: “3. I am not forcing to game. My partner is a big girl and knows how to accept invitations.”

Walker: “I’m not the only one who can see we’re vulnerable at IMPs. No need to overbid when I know partner will stretch with any excuse.”

Sanborn: “I don’t anticipate missing a game if partner passes. I think one should accept with five trumps and an ace.”

Lawrence bids 3, conjecturing that “Q x x x x and a black high card will give us a play for game. If partner has that hand, he will usually bid on.”

3 from Cohen. “I’m not sure I understand why this problem is here. What am I missing? If I were writing a beginner’s article on what opener’s jump raise shows, I’d use this as a text-book example.”

Kennedy says, “I went back and forth on this one.” She decides on 3.

The Gordons: “3. What’s the alter-native?”

The Joyces believe 3 should be automatic. “But there are few flat boards!”

Proving the Joyces’ point, Colchamiro, solo, makes the leap to game. “I know 4 is technically an overbid, but I like this hand: great trumps and a source of tricks. If partner goes slamming, he won’t be disappointed.”

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