I am playing in a regional KO with a strong and very creative
partner. We are playing a team mostly of professionals; their
client is at the other table.
With no one vulnerable, I pick up in third chair
A862 AKQ7 KQ64 2
Partner opens 1NT, 15-17, and RHO doubles. I wait for an
alert, but none is forthcoming. The player to my right
has his name associated with a convention in which doubles
of 1NT openings are penalty. Hmmm. Looks like partner
psyched. That means no matter what I do now, he's probably
going to bid 2. I might as well redouble just to
let him know that I have something. He won't expect an
18-count, but neither will the opponents. So I redouble,
LHO passes, and partner runs to 2, as expected.
RHO doubles again.
What now? Partner probably has one of two types of hands,
either a weak hand with a string of clubs or a weak hand
without clubs, probably two-suited elsewhere. If he has
the former hand, we can make 2 redoubled, probably
with a couple of overtricks. If he has the other type of
hand, I'd like to play one of his real suits. I figure
that redoubling again will achieve the desired result in
either case. So I do. LHO passes (are we having fun yet?),
partner runs to 2, and RHO doubles again.
What now? Sounds like partner has diamonds and a major.
Probably he has some clubs; if he's short, LHO will be
bidding clubs shortly no matter what I do. RHO surely
has a bunch of clubs and some diamonds, though probably
only about three of them. He's probably short in one of
the majors. If I redouble again (maybe I can't...my
bidding box doesn't have any more; I even had to borrow
my second redouble from someone else!), partner will run
to his other suit. Probably RHO will be short there and
will bid clubs. We can probably beat them a little bit,
but we are surely making 2 doubled, probably with
an overtrick or two. While 2 redoubled is the best
possible score we can achieve, it appears not to be the
best score possible; that's probably 2 just doubled.
So I pass.
2 doubled becomes the final contract. Partner's
psych was even more unusual than I expected, though not
all that far from one of the possibilities I had envisioned; he had
x Jxxxx xxxx xxx. 2 played very well and we
ended up with two overtricks for a score of +380. At the
other table, our teammates reached 4 and due to the
bad trump break, failed by a trick. Our 8-IMP gain was
enough to win the match.
Copyright © 2007 Jeff Goldsmith