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What’s your call?

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 Buff

I my hand this much
Everyone’s pulling heart cards out of their bidding boxes (no surprise), but there’s a big difference of opinion as to how many hearts to bid.

Meckstroth bids 3 “trying to get to game at IMPs.”

Hampson describes his hand as being weak on HCP but very offensive.

“I want to include partner in the decision about game versus a partial. I think the jump to 3 should get that message across.”

Rigal’s sending the same message. “There will surely be more bidding, so I don’t want to give partner the idea I have a great hand when, in fact, I’ve no idea who can make what. 4 should be even more shape and fewer HCP (a 6–5 10–11 count, maybe). A jump to 4♣/4 or a cuebid deals with all the really good hands.”

Cohen calls 3 a stretch even as he makes the bid. “I love my distribution. This is not a game-forcing jump shift; this is like invitationally raising partner’s implied hearts.”

Walker thinks her 3 bid looks like an overbid: “I have only 9 working HCP. But it’s worth it to take the three level away from left-hand opponent.”

Meyers dials it down a notch. “2,” she says. “Not quite good enough for 3, although the fifth heart is a pretty card.”

“2,” the Gordons shrug. “We don’t understand the problem.”

“There is no compelling reason to bid anything other than 2,” says Stack. “This is a very minimum hand with the only outstanding feature being the fifth heart.”

“We think 2 is enough,” the Joyces agree. “Partner will raise when we have a game.”

Sanborn bids 2 with what she terms “a minimum hand, even with a fifth heart. Clearly I will compete to the three level if necessary.”

Lawrence is among the conservative 2 bidders. “This hand has improved a lot, but it is very thin with a likely wasted Q. Either you stretch to 3 or you choose a quiet 2. No points for 4 — just too big a reach. With no one vulnerable, 3 has less to gain than if we were vulnerable.”

Needless to say, the 4 bidders disagree.

“4,” challenges Robinson. “Bid what I think I can make.”

“No reason to invite,” insist the Sutherlins. “There are many 6–7 point hands (two red kings, e.g.) that partner can hold that will give us a good play for game. North should have more good hands than bad for us.”

Colchamiro reaches deep into the bid box for his 4 call. “Opposite an ace and a king, I can make 4. Besides, who knows what they can make? This would be more difficult at matchpoints where going minus could be terrible.”

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