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Holding  S: K9743
 H:
 D: T98762
 C: 87, LHO opens 2C. Unsurprisingly, partner finds a bid. Surprisingly, it is 2D. RHO Bids 2NT alerted as showing 10+. White versus red, I decide to content myself with 6D. Slam could easily make or a grand could make, or slam could be down.

LHO bid 6H – partner passed (of course) and RHO raised to 7H, passed out.

RHO held  S: AT8
 H: KJT953
 D: A5
 C: 92

Now, and this is the amazing thing, declarer starts bitching about the raise! Honestly, I would have bid 8H with that hand and redoubled confidently. No real lesson here (except that opening 2C with strong but not overwhelming two suited hands is just asking for trouble). (LHO was 3604 and didn’t even have the Spade Jack or Club Queen).

No real point to the story, except my incredulity at declarer.

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Written by taogaming

March 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Posted in Bridge

8 Responses

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  1. I’m guessing declarer made the contract.

    In my experience, many players NEVER want to go to 7.

    Yehuda Berlinger

    March 22, 2009 at 3:59 pm

  2. With KS offside and no easy way to pitch? Best case is 1 pitch on clubs in dummy, or one on diamonds. Seems to leave an extra spade.

    Anyways, the raise seems seems to heavily depend on what junk gets openend 2C. Qxx,AQxxxx,-,AKJx seems pretty junky, though it’s around 4 losers. Something more standard does looks pretty solid for 8H.

    dfinberg

    March 22, 2009 at 6:34 pm

  3. I figured it was obvious from declarer’s comment that he was going down. (I though it was making after the bid, but I didn’t expect dummy to have the SA).

    I wouldn’t have opened 2C, because while the losing trick count is fine, it’s light on HCP and it could easily be right to play in S,H or C. Even barring the hard preemption, you aren’t going to like an auction that goes:
    2C-2D (Waiting)
    2H-3D (Diamond Suit)
    3H-3S/3N.

    And, of course, if the auction is at 6D when it gets back to you partner will pass 6H with a massive club fit or with a stiff heart and five solid spades …

    Brian

    March 22, 2009 at 8:29 pm

  4. That hand is about an ace and change light for a 2C opening. The shape isn’t too bad if you play Kokish; then you can start 2C-2D; 2H-2S (forced or nearly forced); 3C-3H; 3S and you aren’t too far off. Partner will play you for a 3514/3604/3505/2515 22-count or so.

    Declarer’s bidding 6H was madness. Even passing is probably too aggressive. Note that had he passed or doubled, he’d not have a problem reaching a grand (though when his partner bids 6H, he’ll be tempted to bid the grand himself!), especially since he’ll get to double 7D in front of partner without disclosing his heart support. A normal auction, on the other hand, might easily get a worse result, so while opening 2C is a clear blunder, it would have worked out if declarer had been sensible later. Of course, that required him to realize that 2C was a huge overbid in the first place.

    Isn’t it typical—the guy who yells at partner is the one who blew it?

    Your incredulity is well-founded. Declarer bid and acted as if he knew the hand and expected his partner to know he knew it. It sounds as if you instinctively realized something was fishy. That might or might not be the case this time, but this sort of behavior’s setting off warning bells to you is a sign of improvement.

    JeffG

    March 23, 2009 at 10:16 am

  5. That hand is about an ace and change light for a 2C opening. The shape isn’t too bad if you play Kokish; then you can start 2C-2D; 2H-2S (forced or nearly forced); 3C-3H; 3S and you aren’t too far off. Partner will play you for a 3514/3604/3505/2515 22-count or so.

    Declarer’s bidding 6H was madness. Even passing is probably too aggressive. Note that had he passed or doubled, he’d not have a problem reaching a grand (though when his partner bids 6H, he’ll be tempted to bid the grand himself!), especially since he’ll get to double 7D in front of partner without disclosing his heart support. A normal auction, on the other hand, might easily get a worse result, so while opening 2C is a clear blunder, it would have worked out if declarer had been sensible later. Of course, that required him to realize that 2C was a huge overbid in the first place.

    Isn’t it typical—the guy who yells at partner is the one who blew it?

    Your incredulity is well-founded. Declarer bid and acted as if he knew the hand and expected his partner to know he knew it. It sounds as if you instinctively realized something was fishy. That might or might not be the case this time, but this sort of behavior’s setting off warning bells to you is a sign of improvement.

    JeffG

    March 23, 2009 at 10:16 am

  6. Isn’t it typical—the guy who yells at partner is the one who blew it?

    Yup. Declarer also gave away the show with his comment, IMO. since it told me he had three spades. (With only two he’s got a complete crossruff). To be fair to declarer, he didn’t “yell” so much as “Complain petulantly.” It probably helped that his partner was the prettiest woman in the club.

    Brian

    March 23, 2009 at 10:48 am

  7. Giving away the show doesn’t really matter, right? If he really had Qxx AQxxxx — AKJ10, what’s there to the hand?
    From your perspective, if declarer has fewer than three spades, you aren’t beating him unless partner has a trick, and if he has three spades, you are beating him unless his clubs provide two discards. None of this is under your control. In fact, declarer could have won the lead, drawn trump, and checked for a stiff SK (or tried a Chinese finesse instead) and then just claimed 12 tricks.

    The prettiest woman in the club can probably find a better partner than this one.

    JeffG

    March 23, 2009 at 11:49 am

  8. …upon reflection, if he really did have 100 honors in clubs, he had a better line. Draw trump, try to drop the SK, and then take a club hook, cross back to a trump, and take another club hook. Assuming you have the CQ, he pitches two spades from dummy on the CAK and claims.

    If his clubs aren’t that good, he’s back to the stiff SK.

    JeffG

    March 23, 2009 at 11:58 am


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