(a) What was West's percentage of the blame for the final result?
(b) What was the single worst call [or play] of the hand?
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So let's get judgmental!
3♦ - 3NT;
Playing a strong notrump based system, West opened a natural diamond. East made an invitational or better raise with 2♦. When West rebid 3♦, East bid 3NT and West let it sit.
3NT made 4 on a spade lead. Obviously, 6♦ is laydown unless an opponent has Axxxx of hearts, and would have made at the table, giving E-W some very nice neckwear. As it was, they 'settled' (happily, may I add) for 6th overall in the World IMP Pairs in Verona, Italy, in the summer of 2006.
So-- the two questions for you, loyal readers:
(a) What is West's percentage of the blame?
(b) What was the single worst call?