1. A timid call
2. Shows clubs and 9-10 pts
4. Cue bid
5. A matchpoint stab, after bypassing 3 NT
with a double stop in diamonds.
I have close to the values for a 2 ♠
reverse, and I don't have
a problem making a natural reverse here with only four spades, but I was unhappy
about the stiff ♦ K
, and I prefer to have a better suit when I reverse.
Several people suggest I should have called 2 NT
When my partner finally took his 4 ♦
cue-bid (a bid I really like, given
his excellent help in the other suits) I found that we had a double-stop
in diamonds and had bypassed 3 NT
. I figured that there was no way
could beat 3 NT
, so I bid the slam.
West thought long and hard before he passed the 6 ♣
bid. Perhaps he
could tell I was taking a shot, but I was almost sure he had the
, and probably the ♥ Q
as well. How could I
make this contract with the ♥ A
West led a diamond, which road to my king. If I played him for the ♥ A
it was futile to try to attack hearts. I needed to pick up the spades
for four tricks, plus two diamonds, a diamond ruff, and five club tricks, to
make twelve. I had to get to dummy twice, once to ruff diamonds and once
to finish drawing trumps. I couldn't afford to overtake the ♣ J
ruff a diamond with another club honor, so my two entries
had to be in spades.
The plan was, I would lead a low spade to the 10, ruff a diamond,
take the top two clubs, and lead a spade to the nine. After running the
trumps and cashing the ♦ A
, I would be pitched down to:
There would be only two spades outstanding, and West would be marked
with one of them - the queen. On the lead of the ♠ K
have him. If East followed, I would overtake, dropping the ♠ Q
from West. If East did not follow, I would play low on the spade,
and then endplay West with a heart to his ace, forcing him
to lead his last spade to my ace.
Of course, the ♠ Q
was with East, so my plan fell apart
immediately. East fired back a heart through my hand, and I was down
three when East turned up with a stiff heart and four clubs.
Sigh. At least I was right about the ♥ A