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Meckstroth-Rodwell

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Next up in our series we take a look at reigning Bermuda Bowl champions Jeff Meckstroth and Eric Rodwell. This deal comes from the 2003 Bermuda Bowl final, which, once again, saw the United States playing against Italy for all the marbles.

 

 

 

Bocchi
107532
973
96542
Meckstroth
62
AQ86
J1052
J87
Duboin
AK983
Q84
AKQ103
Rodwell
QJ1075
KJ94
AK6
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
1
P
P
X
XX
2
P
3
4
4
5
P
P
5
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
5X North
NS: 0 EW: 0

Some food for thought:

Should North double 1?
Competing for the part-score is very important. Here, Meckstroth has some protection due to his partnership’s aggressive opening style.

What should pass of the redouble be at the 1-level?
Pass generally shows a hand with no clear direction after the auction (1)-Dbl-(Rdbl)-?, many pairs use the same rule here. Using it for penalty isn’t worth it on frequency.

Should South essentially force to game by cue-bidding 2 opposite a partner who opens and balances very aggressively?
Bidding 2 takes the high road. The alternative, jumping in hearts, is less flexible, but it won’t hang partner if he was struggling to keep the auction alive.

What should North bid over 2?
Now it's starting to get interesting. 3 sounds like a 5-card suit. Perhaps 2NT to show a balanced shape (should that guarantee a stopper?) would have been better; or 3, his best suit and his side’s most likely game-going strain.

Should North double 5?
His action seems dependent on whether pass is forcing. Did South’s cue-bid followed by 4 create a forcing pass scenario?

Should South double 5?
The void suggests bidding, but does this hand rate to take 11 tricks?

Should North convert 5 to 5?
He does have 4 hearts and only 4 diamonds. South is known to hold 4 hearts, but could he possibly be 4=4=5=0?

Could Meckwell have avoided this poor 5-level contract? In a hand full of uncommon bids and close judgment calls, how might they have improved?

We pulled the tape, now we invite you to make the call.

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