A recent hand
Playing recently against a Mentor-Novice pair, I push a bit.
Nobody vul, Holding
S:xxx H:x D:Kxx C:AJ7xxx I overcall RHO (Mentor’s) 1D with 2C.
I hope partner can take a joke. She cue bids. RHO doubles. I should probably pass and await developments, but I bid 3C hoping that sounds like a sign off. Partner makes a western cue (3D, asking if I have a diamond stopper for no trump) and I bid 3N. I have a stopper and 4C may not be a picnic anyway.
LHO (Mentee) wastes no time in leading … the heart ten.
Dummy gives me hope:
AQxx KJx Jxx KQx
xxx x Kxx AJxxxx
RHO has one, and pitches the S3 then S2, then the H3, then a diamond x on my fifth club. LHO has pitched two hearts.
S:xx D:x C:x
I don’t think RHO (who can play well, but annoyed after the terrible opening lead) has done anything tricky. He started with Kxxx AQx AQxxx x.
I play a club, pitching my low heart (RHO pitches the DQ) and lead a diamond. He wins the DA, the HA and then has to lead into my AQ of spades from his Kx.
I felt that I was just showing off with my strip and endplay, but it turns out that making 3 would have only tied for top.
________________________________________________________________________________ West North East South Board 1 Pard 3NT South 1w HT J Q 2 01 1D 2C^1 None Vul S AQ64 2e D4 2 T J 11 P 2D^2 X 3C H KJ3 3n D3 8 K 6 21 P 3D^3 P 3NT D J73 4s C2 8 K 5 31 AP Mentee C KQ6 Mentor 5n CQ S3 3 9 41 S J8 S KT32 6n C6 S2 A T 51 H T98764 H AQ5 7s CJ H4 D7 H5 61 D T6 D AQ984 8s C7 H6 S4 D9 71 C T98 Me C 5 9s C4 H7 S6 DQ 81 S 975 10s D5 H8 H3 A 82 1 Frisky H 2 11e HA S5 9 K 83 2 Strong Club Raise D K52 Made 4 12e ST 7 8 Q 93 3 Western Q (asks for Diamond Stopper)C AJ7432 +430 13n SA K 9 J 103 ________________________________________________________________________________