Not Once, but Twice!
Playing in a sectional Swiss, it's not our day.
On the first hand, the opponents' weak NT put the
wrong hand on opening lead, causing a game swing.
The next match started exactly the same way
at the other table. Moreover, after 27 boards,
I have played one hand. It was doubled and set one.
And I had mildly underbid on the hand, too.
Feeling a little frustrated, with none vulnerable I pick up
9732 AK5 A5 7542
This is not really an opening bid, but I'm tired
of watching, so I open 1. My choice, already
dubious, looks disastrous as it goes double, pass, pass
back to me. I believe it is almost never right to pass
in this position. If the opponents think it's right to
play one of a minor doubled, they are right. I could
redouble for takeout or bid something, but I think the
most description sequence is to bid 1 and then
redouble for takeout. If we don't get doubled in 1,
it's only 50 a throw. When I bid 1, not surprisingly,
it gets doubled. Partner, however, runs to 1. RHO
passes, and I, happily, do too. LHO thinks about this for
a good while as well he might and emerges with 1NT. Three
rounds of bidding and we haven't left the one-level!
We don't as it goes all pass. Partner leads the 3
and an interesting dummy hits.
I wonder why dummy didn't bid 2 or 2. In
any case, I'm envious of his 10. If declarer has
Ax, he's making a lot of tricks.
Declarer plays low from dummy and I win the K.
The 2 does not appear, so it looks as if partner
has led from a five-card suit. In order to beat this,
we are going to need a spade trick unless partner has the
A and J. If he has both of those, I don't
think I can blow the hand, but if he has the K and
J, I need to set up our seventh trick right now;
partner will not be able to lead spades himself. So I
shift to the 7. Declarer plays low from hand and
partner wins the K. He continues with the 2.
I win and continue hearts, of course; if partner needed spades
played, he would have returned a higher heart.
It turns out that partner does have the J so we
take the first seven tricks for +50. It's not exactly
a huge board, but when declarer turns up with 4351 shape
exactly (with the stiff A), I see I have pulled off
a rare coup. My first bid picked off one of the two trump
suits they can play. My second bid picked off the other!
Copyright © 2004 Jeff Goldsmith