For the original You Be The Judge post, click here.
Your job (yes, you. Even if you've never commented before, this is a great time to start) is to answer two questions for each of these two hands.
I will post one hand today and one tomorrow.
(A) Assign a percentage of the blame to West. (If you think both partners contributed equally, West gets 50%. If West had three times more of the blame then East, West gets 75%.)
(B) Name the worst action of the entire hand.
If we get enough commenters (12 or more), the person with both consensus answers and is closest on the percentages will receive a fabulous prize*.
The case before the jury today is a crime of underbidding:
(1) All red, matchpoints
East opened 1NT (14-16). West Staymanned and bid 3C [forcing] over the denial reply. East bid 3D, and West splintered with 4S. East cued 5H, West bid 6C, and East passed. Here's the auction:
2C - 2D;
3C - 3D;
4S - 5H;
6C - P.
There are clearly thirteen runners in any of three strains.
(A) What was West's percentage of the blame for missing this granny?
(B) What was the worst action taken by either partner? (This does not have to be by the player to which you assigned most blame)
Hand #2 tomorrow. Let the deliberations commence!
*Prize is not fabulous.