Playing IMP pairs with a good partner and average opponents,
I sit East and am dealt this in first chair both vulnerable:
A863 AQ853 A 953
I open 1, and the bidding accelerates quickly. South
bids 2, and partner jumps to 3, which we play
as preemptive, but vulnerable he won't have complete garbage.
North continues to 4, and I have a decision to make. This is
easy; they might go down one or they might make and we are not
making 4, so I pass. South continues on to 5,
and I double to end the auction. Partner leads the J
and the dummy is a confidence builder.
| 1042 |
| A863 |
Declarer plays the K from dummy and I win the Ace,
thinking about what to play to trick three. Shall I underlead
my A to partner's honor? Or shall I cash out for down
one and hope for a trick from partner? I'm thinking about this
when, to my horror, declarer ruffs the Q at trick two and
plays four rounds of clubs, pitches two spades, and claims
eleven tricks. She had eight diamonds! Of course, I should
cash the A at trick two to ensure the set, but I wasn't
thinking about the hand yet before I had already blown it.
Bridge can be a chastening game.
Copyright © 1994 Jeff Goldsmith