By Arlene Port
Ernie Retetagos: 6 Spades. What else? Partner could easily be looking for King that would make their hand solid.
Roni Gitchel 6S - I have a really good hand, but do not feel that I can cue bid 6D with my singleton.
Bill Holt: 6D, showing 2nd round control. Pretty powerful hand given the auction. Partner should work out that it's a stiff if he has the King, and it denies the King of Clubs in case he needs that to make 7. If he needed 2nd round D control to make 7, whoopie!
Gail Carns: 6S ... 6D by partner would have asked for second round control of D so partner needs more than that.
Jim Bachelder: Six spades, I have no kings. What's the problem?
Jim Bossert: 6 Spades. I have no Kings
Asim Ulke :I bid 6S. I don't think I have enough to bid 7S, although it is close. It is a state of the match thing. I would bid 7S if this board came later and we were definitely behind in the match.
Florine Walters: 6 Spades. Partner knows that I have the Heart Ace, since he is guanteeing the other four aces, which would include the AK of Spades, and unless he has five spades, he probably has the Queen as well.. In addition, if he did not want to know about the Heart Ace, he presumably would have used Exclusion Blackwood. Partner, after my response of 5 Diamonds, would have bid 6 Clubs or 6 Diamonds if he were only interested in knowing whether I had second round control of that suit, indicating a long, good suit headed by at least the AQ. Having not done so, leads me to believe he simply is interested in exactly what he asked...do I have any Kings. I do not, therefore I sign off at 6 Spades.
Mary Carns:7S. Partner is inviting a grand slam. I have the magic 6-4 distribution, and 3 more spades than I have promised. In real life, at IMPs, I consider the state of the match and the quality of my opponents before I break Zimmerman's (Jim, that is) Law -- "never bid a grand slam at IMPS."
Patty Katz: 7 Spades. I don’t have a kink but I do have extra spades.
Arlene Port: 6S Partner knows I have the heart A, and even though I have a sixth spade, I would settle for 6 spades
Herb Sachs: 6D. Partner should have a hand that looks something like this:
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