1NT was 12-14.
I suppose to psych here makes sense. I mean, it crosses my mind, but I don't in "what would you do" questions include "I would psych" unless it is really obvious. I might do it at the real table, though.
Upon reflection, I like a compromise. Transfer to hearts
and invite game in hearts. If partner rejects, they won't
tend to double
Yeah, we all tell our partners we won't double on these hands, but in reality, we all do.
A fine player once told me, "I have won more
IMPs by taking out takeout doubles of
You are playing standard methods, so
Another possibility is to double, hoping partner's diamonds
are good enough for him to suppress his hearts. Most likely,
though, he will bid his major, and I will have to bid
1NT was 12-14 balanced, either three clubs or 3334 exactly.
Yes, that's a lot to assimilate.
A. If I think that they are idiots, I guess
B. If I think Declarer is a sneak, I lead the
C. If I think Declarer is informationally confident, then he has either a stiff spade or the King, and he also has a stiff diamond or the Ace. He also has likely pitches from clubs, but possibly not enough. I might also be in a squeeze later. I might try something tricky and lead the
[Opponents were not idiots. They are not particularly sneaky. I don't know about confident, but Blackwood is a pretty confident convention. So I chose C for Kenneth. --Jeff]
I am hoping partner's one useful card is the
I think there really are only three ways to
beat the hand. 1) partner has a high trump.
Lead almost anything and you beat it. Anything
but a low spade. 2) partner has the
Why (3) over (2)? They've just bid a power slam and you have a 9-count. It's possible that declarer is precisely 1426 and is bidding on the double fit, but more likely, partner is broke. Go for the swindle.
The bidding went
You lead the
Can't see why not to play the
Partner, after giving me plenty of crap for not finding
the shift, wondered aloud, "what if I played the