On the Same Page
I'm playing in a regional Swiss teams.
With no one vulnerable, as dealer
I pick up a very promising hand.
KQ8765 2 K A9875
I open 1, and partner bids a semi-forcing 1NT. I bid
2, of course, and partner bids 2. It seems
normal to correct to 2 now, but we play a 2
gadget here, so partner is unlikely to have two spades unless
his hearts are decent. Moreover, siren bells are going off
in my headmisfit, misfit! I think I shall take a slightly
off-beat view and pass before we are doubled. This ends the auction.
Partner is not particularly pleased with his prospects; he has
a very moderate 1552 shape. When the smoke clears, he's down
three for -150. But spades are 5-1 over me, and nothing else
While waiting for our teammates, I remark that I think this was
a potentially very good result. "If we ever bid 2, we
are getting doubled and going for a big number." "Maybe. It
could be a push." Our teammates finally finish and we compare.
They picked up 800 against 2 doubled on this hand, which wins the match
Partner wanders off, and one of my teammates asks how we got
away undoubled. I start recounting the auction, and he interrupts
to ask, "they didn't double 1NT?" "No, did you have an obvious
double?" "I don't know, but I doubled, and then we doubled
everything else." "I wonder how the auction would have gone
at our table if RHO doubled partner's 1NT...let's see...I'd
still bid 2." "That gets doubled, and partner runs to
2." "I don't think so; I think he'd redouble for SOS."
"What would you do then?" "Vomit." "You are in 600 territory
if you pass." "I wouldn't do that, but ..." Partner returns
and asks about this hand. My teammate recounts their auction
and says, "Jeff says you'd redouble 2." "Yes, I would
have." "Then what would you do with his hand?" He thinks for
a couple of seconds and answers, "throw up." We are clearly on
the same page.
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