Bridge is a game, and I think it ought to be played for fun.
Some players who feel that way have a habit of tabletalking
a bit too much. Sometimes that can be used to advantage.
Playing in a regional pairs event limited to players with
1000 or more masterpoints, we are playing against a very talkative
pair at table 3.
Partner deals and opens 1, and I hold:
QJ4 AQ73 104 AKJ6
This hand holds some promise, but I must start with 1,
since an immediate jump shift shows that I know which suit
should be trumps; I certainly don't on this hand.
With the opponents passing throughout, partner jumps to 3,
and I have a problem. Partner ostensibly has 16-18 points with a
very good six-card diamond suit, but I know partner is a bit of
an overbidder. Regardless, it looks worthwhile to shoot out 6NT,
so I go for it.
LHO strongly feels otherwise. He pulls out the
Stop card from his bidding box. He pulls out all his double cards
and spreads them on the table. Then he reaches over to my bidding
box and pulls out all my doubles and adds them to his stack. He
grabs partner's, too, and his partner hands him his so that he doesn't
have to reach over the table. Partner thinks about this and, after
a while, passes, as does RHO. I have a problem.
It seems pretty clear that LHO has the AK. He might
have, instead, a diamond trick and the A, but I don't
think he'd double so loudly without either two aces or an
ace-king. If he has two aces, partner really isn't close to
his bid, so we are off two fast spades.
|Partner||RHO||Me||Red Card Man|
On the previous hand, RHO overcalled 1, which was alerted
and explained as ``he might not have a good hand, he is likely
to have only four hearts, and it is primarily for lead-directional
value.'' I think I have an angle. LHO and I know that he's got the
AK, but his partner doesn't know that. Since he didn't overcall
1, his partner can be pretty certain that, in fact, he doesn't
have two quick spade tricks. I think I have them. I convert to
7 and expect a club lead. I don't know if we can make this,
but at least we'll have a chance.
7 gets doubled, too, but this time a bit more slowly, which
is not surprising, since LHO has used up all the double cards already.
RHO has the 8 on the table even before I have a chance to redouble,
but I see no need for that. Partner thinks about this for about three
minutes, wins the Ace, finesses the 10 in his hand and claims
LHO should not have doubled 6NT, which, as we leave, his partner is
explaining to him at about 110 decibels.
Copyright © 1995 Jeff Goldsmith