Congratulations to Wynne and Joe for a very nice 63.39% and today's top. You've all done very well.
Next week we'll try to finish the One-of-a-Suit-Opening-Bid Worksheet and clear the decks to start No-Trump Opening Bids.
I'll try to add some comments to today's boards. Check back here tomorrow to see what I've offered.
See you next time.
This hand can go two different ways, depending on East. She counts 12 HCPs plus 1 for the doubleton. She may open 1 Club because of the 5-card suit or may pass with the four Quacks. Let's suppose she opens. South passes and West counts 15 HCPs and considers 2 No Trump. That would deny his 4-card major however, so he must respond 1 Spade, forcing partner to describe his hand. East must rebid 1 No Trump and West will raise to 3 No Trump with his balanced hand and 15 HCPs. All the finesses work, so it can conceivably make 6 No Trump, but most players will play more conservatively to make the contract.
Tough board. East passes and the next 3 hands all have 12 HCPs. Who opens? Then what?