I do want to bring hearts into the picture, though. What sort of hand will partner expect for my cuebid? If I had a two-suiter I'd presumably bid my second suit at some level here. I must have a three-suiter unsuitable for defense. If partner bids three hearts I'll raise to four, otherwise I'll rebid spades.
Btw, I play
5NT by partner would have been for specific kings.
I am not sure my reasoning stands up - but I do think this
is a chioice of contracts - no reason to overrule. Could partner
have a hand wanting second round heart control for a grand slam -
not if I have the
If I'm not familiar with my partner's style in these auctions, though, I'm not prepared to risk a minus score on this hand. I'm correcting back to six spades partly to avoid disaster if partner is on a different wavelength and partly because I want the lead to come up to partner's hand, not mine.
Btw, why not
Many thought that
So, do I miss a heart game or go for my life? [No. --Jeff]
[He continues with
I'm surprised no one considered passing. Passing now and
doubling in later shows a balanced 10-11 or so with three
cards in their suit. (Remember "I've Got a Secret?") That
rates to be a perfect description of this hand. Passing
was my second choice at the table, but with all this soft
stuff and the
3NT is to play vs. either.
Others are slam tries.
The textbook example of partners hand (for a) would be Kxxx, AKxx, (xxxxx).
Opposite this, we want to be in
a) Do you approve of the bidding?
Would righty encourage in spades with A643 or A6543? That's hard to believe, although, if he's bad enough... I guess I'll go with c) Making 4?
Playing two rounds of hearts then the
Regardless, RHO didn't give the show away. Well done. She should have signalled for a heart return, and then I'd've had no chance. I guess that's obvious; she can count all my points. She played so quickly that I'm sure this was an impossibility.
Declarer took one more trick, -500.
On a scale of 0 (Pathetic) to 10 (Unlucky), was declarer unlucky or pathetic?
If you win the second spade and run the diamond, then East plays his third spade and you get out for 1 down?
If you win the first spade and take a diamond finesse then cash the minor suit winners and exit with a spade, you get out for one down with little risk of a catastrophe.
It seems like a serious error to reveal the whole hand to RHO before taking the diamond finesse. If you hook the diamond at trick two, RHO will normally return spades. You are still likely to need RHO to hold the heart ace, but at least you won't be down more than two.
If RHO wins the diamond and returns a spade, I duck this spade and win the third round. I cash one high club to see if an honor drops, then run the diamonds and lead a club off dummy. If RHO plays the queen I duck and play him for the heart ace. If RHO plays a lower club, I win in hand and exit a club. If lho wins, he's endplayed after cashing for down one. If RHO wins, I make it if he has the heart ace.
I'd give declarer a 2. After all he did hold the penalty to less than the value of the opponents game
Ed's right about winning the wrong first card.