Short and Sweet
Playing in a home team game, I pick up a pretty
good hand in third chair.
AK105 K3 Q5 AKJ82
As dealer, both red, partner opens 1. Nice!
Looks like we have a slam; this partner, albeit a
bit quirky, doesn't open real light.
I don't know what trumps are yet, so I start with a
simple 2. We play strong jump shifts, but with
a complicated hand, I can't use one, because I cannot
know to relinquish control to partner.
Surpise! Partner finds one of his quirky bids: 6.
I don't know exactly what he is thinking, but if he can
bid to the six-level on his own, I can bid even more.
Saying, "I'm underbidding by several tricks," I leap
Partner looks a little concerned, but on the opening
lead of the J, I can claim 17 tricks. Partner
I proceed to claim 17 tricks, facing my hand and
saying, "told you I was underbidding!"
As an aside, 7NT is the best contract; if hearts go
4-0 offside, I still have 13 top tricks. Then I wouldn't've
been underbidding so much.
Copyright © 2006 Jeff Goldsmith