I invited David Berkowitz and Gary Cohler to do some golfing with me in Utah for a nice post-NABC vacation. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. Practically on every hole, all they seem to do is argue about that one hand. Well, I’m tired of hearing these 2 guys argue over who was right and who was wrong. We agreed to put the hand up to the Bridge Winners community for moderation. David proposes the stakes:
So, without further ado, here again are the hands, and the bidding (they play Standard, not like the Precision David played with me):
3♣ was a heart raise with limit-raise or better values.
XX of 4♠ showed a control (1st- or 2nd-round)
No further firm agreements, as this is a somewhat casual partnership.
I gave them each 2-3 sentences to defend themselves in advance of the vote:
DAVID (East): I would have liked to bid RKC, but a 5♠ response to 4NT would get us too high (we don't play kickback). I think Gary should have raised 4♠-X to 5♠, which would have been straightforward. I would have bid 6♣ with the ace, not 5NT.
GARY (West): One thing was clear--I didn't have first round control of clubs as I bid both other suits. Thus over 5♠, I expected David to sign of in 6♥ if he didn't have the ♣A. Also Joel's double of 4♠ made it seem as if David had a stiff spade, which meant he had to have the ♣A to have even an opening bid--so who could blame me?
In your comments, please mention what was the worst call.
Plus... it's free!