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Matchpoints. E-W vulnerable.
♠Q   A J 10 5 4 2  J  ♣K Q 10 7 6

West North East South
1 2(1) Pass ?

(1) Michaels cuebid: weakish hand or strong.

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
Dbl Pass
Click to reveal awards
Bid Award
Pass 100
2♠ 80
2NT 60
3♣ 40
3NT 10
3 60
Panelists
August Boehm, Larry Cohen, Mel Colchamiro, The Coopers, Allan Falk, The Gordons, The Joyces, Betty Ann Kennedy, Mike Lawrence, Jeff Meckstroth, Jill Meyers, Barry Rigal, Steve Robinson, Kerri Sanborn, Don Stack, The Sutherlins, Karen Walker, Bridge Baron

Stay low on a misfit

Partner shows spades and a minor. Guess which minor he has. Seven experts choose to pass and hope for the best — you’re not doubled yet.

Walker: “Pass seems like our best chance for a plus score. Partner never has clubs.”

Stack: “There is a good possibility of a plus score in 2 or our smallest minus. If we happen to have a club fit, the opponents have a huge diamond fit.”

Will they double 2 if you pass?

Lawrence: “West, on sequences like this one, is usually so happy that he passes thinking I have forgotten the system. Perhaps we can scramble enough tricks to survive.”

Kennedy: “2 is probably the only makable contract. At least we aren’t doubled yet.”

Colchamiro: “I haven’t done this in a long time, but maybe pass will win the day. At least I won’t have to play it! I may need a new partner, however, if this goes badly.”

2♠ was the second-favorite bid.

“Let’s bid 2♠ quickly and confidently,” say the Coopers. “We hope the opponents bid something.”

“Pass is like poker, not bridge, and will end the partnership” says Falk.

“Why can’t North have a 6–6 hand with 12 winners? So, I’ll honor our agreement and bid 2♠.”

“While passing might be right, I hate to give partner a coronary,” says Rigal. “If I go low, there might be some more bidding.”

“Let’s try and get out low while the getting is good,” agrees Cohen. “If partner has clubs, I am likely to hear further from the opponents with their million-card diamond fit.”

The experts who bid 2NT are hoping for a club fit.

“I’ll bid 2NT just in case we have a fit,” says Sanborn. “I’ll follow with 3NT over the expected 3.”

“If partner shows diamonds, I’ll bid 3NT,” says Robinson. “I can’t assume that his other suit is diamonds.”

“2NT just in case partner has clubs,” echoes Meckstroth. “Over 3, I’ll have to guess what to do.”

The Joyces bid 3♣ and say: “We hate this dilemma, but we hope partner is 5=0=5=3.”

Meyers chooses 3NT. “I’m torn between 3NT and 2♠,” she says. “The advantage of 2♠ is that we stay low, but partner could have a hand where we are playing 2♠ and be cold for game in notrump. I think at the table I would bid 3NT.”

The majority choose to pass or bid 2♠. When you know you have a misfit, try and stay low.

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