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question that has many of the experts
puzzled (and some of them not too
happy). "Was partner's 3NT regressive or extra values? In any event, 4♦
opens up heart possibilities as well as a
diamond slam."
Lawrence continues his grumbling.
"4♦. It would be nice to know what
3NT showed. In any event, 4♦ should
give North reasonable guidance."
4♦ by Donn, who, rather than berating partner, constructively works
to figure out what partner is trying
to say. "I assume 3NT showed extra
values. If we have slam, it rates to be
in diamonds, and my 4♦ paints a nice
picture. I really don't believe partner
has just four diamonds on this auction.
What is his distribution? If, for some
reason, he really does have only four
diamonds, all I can think of is 2=3=4=4
with bad clubs, given their 2♦ response, in which case I still want to get
out of 3NT."
Korbel bids 4♦. "3NT shows extra
values and I have a very suitable hand
for diamonds. 2♦ promising four
here is a misleading statement; the
only distribution remaining with four
diamonds is 2=3=4=4, and with that,
I would hope partner would have responded 2♣. Let's get the ball rolling. I
guess I'll pass 4NT."
Rigal, 4♦: "Yes, we may get too high.
But we can stop in 4NT, which is normally easier to maker than three ..."
Meckstroth doesn't get quite as emotionally invested as some of the other
panelists (that's you, Zachary). "4♦.
The 3NT bid should be extras, so I will
show my fit and try and bid slam."
Meyers, 4♦, "patterning out. I think
it is the perfect description of my
hand."
Colchamiro bids 4♦. "Either partner has 15-17 or no interest in either
major. We could be cold for 6♦ or 7♦
opposite as little as:
♠A ♥K x ♦A J 10 x x x ♣Q 10 x x.
Would be more difficult to continue
with 4♦ at matchpoints, though not
that much more."
Sanborn votes with the majority: 4♦.

"I need not insist on a major and I don't
want a preference to spades. Raising
diamonds works well when partner is
2=2=5=4 or the like. She could also have
a six-card suit. Imagine:
♠x ♥K x x ♦A K x x x x ♣A 10 x.
This hand becomes golden facing support and short clubs."
Lee, 4♦: "I play that partner's 3NT
shows about a balanced 16-17 with
exactly two spades and clubs decently
stopped. Passing 3NT is too big of a position with this shape. I'm going to pass
partner's 4♥ cue. (Maybe I should just
bid 4♥)."
Cohen passes. "The knee-jerk reaction is to pull, but if partner bids this
way, he should know what he is doing. I
expect something like:
♠Q x ♥10 x ♦K J 10 x x ♣A Q J 9.
If we belong elsewhere, partner should
have rebid 2NT. Clubs is the suit where
he likely has the most honors."
Robinson agrees. "Partner jumped to
3NT, so I'll assume he knows what he's
doing. If he wanted further information, he should have bid 2NT, or he has
no idea how to bid."
Grossack also passes. "I'm not sure
what 3NT is, partner, and I don't appreciate it! I think partner is showing a
strong desire to play notrump, perhaps
with chunky clubs and diamonds and
maybe a lack of aces. Perhaps if partner
had a good hand, they would go slowly

Panel's answers
August Boehm
Larry Cohen
Mel Colchamiro
Josh Donn
Zachary Grossack
Daniel Korbel
Mike Lawrence
Roger Lee
Jeff Meckstroth
Jill Meyers
Barry Rigal
Steve Robinson
Kerri Sanborn

1
2♦
2♣
1NT
1NT
1♠
1NT
2♣
1NT
1NT
1♠
1NT
1NT
3♦

2
4♦
Pass
4♦
4♦
Pass
4♦
4♦
4♦
4♦
4♦
4♦
Pass
4♦

with 2NT."
3. IMPs. North-South vulnerable.
♠J 2 ♥A K Q 5 2 ♦9 ♣Q J 8 5 3
West

North

East

Dbl
Pass

Redbl
3♣

Pass
Pass

Call
3♥
5♣
4♦
4♣
3♠
4♥
Pass

Votes
8
2
1
0
1
1
0

South
1♥
2♣
?
Award
100
70
70
60
50
50
40

Trending up
Sanborn explains the wave of support for 3♥. "I have shown weakness
by bidding ahead of my partner's
potential double of their runout. That
said, I have a rather constructive hand.
Let's give our best description of where
the high cards are. If I had a weak 6-4
hand, I would have bid 2♥ instead of
2♣."
Cohen: "3♥. Because my 2♣ was
weak, I have too much now to pass
vulnerable at IMPs."
Boehm moves forward with 3♥. "I
have already shown a weak, distributional hand with 2♣. If partner is still
interested, so am I. I would welcome a
heart raise on the doubleton jack."

3
3♥
3♥
5♣
3♥
3♥
5♣
4♦
3♠
3♥
3♥
3♥
4♥
3♥

4
5♥
4NT
4NT
4NT
4NT
4NT
4NT
4NT
Pass
4NT
4NT
4NT
4NT

5
Pass
Dbl
5♥
Dbl
5♣
Pass
4NT
Dbl
Pass
Pass
Pass
5♣
4NT

Total
420
410
440
480
400
470
400
430
460
460
500
390
420

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September 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September 2020

In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
Inbox -Letters to the Editor
A Message from the President
The Recruiter King
The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
Eyes on the Street
BBO Helpdesk
NABC Robot Individual
Play the Cards You're Dealt
Endless Summer Results
Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
Ruling the Game
The Bidding Box
It's Your Call
Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
Boehm on Bridge
Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
Challenge of the Month
The Real Deal - by Larry Cohen
West Hands -Bidding Box
Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
East Hands -Bidding Box
Test Your Play
Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
Solutions to Test Your Play
My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
George's World - by George Jacobs
Life Master Milestones
New Life Masters
Puzzle Page
In Memoriam
Obituary - Sue Erwin (1943-2020)
Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
Obituary - Norma Sands (1938-2020)
Obituary - Carol Aitken (190-2020)
Obituary - Carol Linch (1935-2020)
Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
Obituary - Maria Teresa Lavazza (1937-2020)
Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 1
September 2020 - 2
September 2020 - 3
September 2020 - 4
September 2020 - 5
September 2020 - In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
September 2020 - Inbox -Letters to the Editor
September 2020 - 8
September 2020 - A Message from the President
September 2020 - The Recruiter King
September 2020 - 11
September 2020 - The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
September 2020 - 13
September 2020 - 14
September 2020 - 15
September 2020 - 16
September 2020 - 17
September 2020 - Eyes on the Street
September 2020 - 19
September 2020 - BBO Helpdesk
September 2020 - 21
September 2020 - NABC Robot Individual
September 2020 - Play the Cards You're Dealt
September 2020 - Endless Summer Results
September 2020 - 25
September 2020 - 26
September 2020 - 27
September 2020 - 28
September 2020 - Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
September 2020 - Ruling the Game
September 2020 - 31
September 2020 - The Bidding Box
September 2020 - 33
September 2020 - 34
September 2020 - 35
September 2020 - It's Your Call
September 2020 - 37
September 2020 - 38
September 2020 - 39
September 2020 - Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
September 2020 - Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
September 2020 - Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
September 2020 - Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
September 2020 - Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
September 2020 - Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
September 2020 - 46
September 2020 - Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
September 2020 - Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
September 2020 - Boehm on Bridge
September 2020 - Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
September 2020 - Challenge of the Month
September 2020 - West Hands -Bidding Box
September 2020 - Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
September 2020 - Test Your Play
September 2020 - Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Solutions to Test Your Play
September 2020 - My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
September 2020 - Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
September 2020 - Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
September 2020 - George's World - by George Jacobs
September 2020 - Life Master Milestones
September 2020 - 63
September 2020 - New Life Masters
September 2020 - Puzzle Page
September 2020 - Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
September 2020 - Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
September 2020 - 68
September 2020 - Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
September 2020 - 70
September 2020 - Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 72
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