Playing in a sectional swiss teams with my regular partner, I
pick up as dealer:
K94 93 AKQ5 J732
This is an easy 1 opening bid. Partner responds
1, and I have some choices. The first choice to discard
is 2. If partner takes a (possibly false) preference to
2, I shall have to bid 2. Bidding three suits
opposite a minimum response should show extra values and a
singleton in the fourth suit. Playing 2 in a 4-2
fit does not suit me, either. That leaves 2 and 1NT
rebids. Normally, we do not raise responder's suit without
four cards, but a three card raise is sensible with good trumps
and a ruffing value. Since I do not see any advantage to declaring
from my side, and because I do not like to bid notrumps with a
small doubleton in an unbid major when there is a good alternative,
I choose 2.
Partner is not done; he bids 3. This is a ``help suit'' game
try. He wants me to evaluate my holdings in the major suits and bid
game with a fitting hand. I have a minimum in high cards and could not
have less in the majors, so I sign off in 3, which all pass.
The bidding has been:
By the magic of reporting, I shall move to partner's seat for the play.
The opening lead is the trump deuce, and I see:
I am glad we did not bid a game. Even though the hands fit reasonably well,
there could easily be two trump losers, one heart, and two clubs. I also
need to take care of the two long hearts.
| K94 |
| J10873 |
What is going on in trumps? West is either leading from only small trumps
(ugh!) or possibly underleading the Ace. He would not lead from the Queen
into a probable 4-4 fit, so I must play the King from dummy at trick one.
It holds. So he has underled Ace third. He must be hoping to get in again
with the K, intending to draw three rounds of trumps. Undoubtably,
he has further strength in hearts to back up his King. I would like to
encourage this plan, so I lead a low heart from dummy and cover East's five
with the six. West wins with the seven (those things never work) and,
smiling, cashes the Ace of trump. I am the one who gets to smile when it
drops his partner's Queen. Only one trump loser! Somewhat chagrined, he
continues with a third trump, denying me my heart ruff. Instead, I pitch
both low hearts on good diamonds and lead towards the K, hoping
for the Ace offside, which might create a swing for us. The King wins,
though, and I score up an overtrick, to win 1 IMP on the board.
Copyright © 1992 Jeff Goldsmith