What’s your call?
Unable to bid diamonds naturally over RHO’s 1♦ opener, most of the panelists simply waited a round, then bid 2♦. Unimaginative, perhaps, but unambiguous.
“I think this is our hand and I want to give us the best chance to find the right spot,” says Giragosian. “If partner bids, I will be able to show both suits.”
Meckstroth bids 2♦, too. “I’m worried that if I bid clubs first, later diamond bids will be taken as cuebids.”
Rigal predicts the bidding won’t end with his 2♦. “Then I’ll be able to get my clubs in next. 2NT ought to be minors with better diamonds, but no need to jump when I can find out more by staying low.”
Stack feels the same way. “If the opponents compete to 2♠, this hand is strong enough to carry on with 3♣. Optimistically, it is possible that we will end up in 3NT or a minor-suit game even though partner is a passed hand. Or pessimistically, we could go for minus 500 in a huge misfit.”
The specter of a misfit looms large for the Joyces, as well. “It is appealing to bid 2NT, but partner may be 5–5 in the majors.”
Boehm joins the 2♦-then-3♣ bidders, but muses, “2NT is an interesting option. I wonder if partner would divine my intentions?”
Cohen, Cooper, Lawrence, Meyers, Sanborn, the Sutherlins and Walker don’t wonder … they trust their partner will understand 2NT because what else could it mean?
“Normally 2NT would show hearts and clubs,” explains Lawrence. “However, if I had a good enough hand to show hearts and clubs now, I would have bid something the round earlier.
This sequence should show the minors with emphasis on diamonds.”
“We have a good hand, and we didn’t overcall 2♣, so our diamonds are better and quite possibly longer than our clubs,” the Sutherlins add. “Partner will figure out what we have.”
Colchamiro doubles with the intent of bidding 3♣ over partner’s 2♥, or 2♣ over 1NT, to show clubs and diamonds.