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Board 13: Another nightmare on board 13!

 

 

Hand played on 

18th January 2007

Board number 13

Red Section

Dealer

North

Vulnerability

Both

Submitted by

Alaric Cundy

 

 

 

North

84

JT53

9874

J82

 

 

 

 

West

93

A

J6532

K9743

 

East

KQT762

9

AKQT

T5

 

 

 

 

 

North

 

 

 

Bidding: 

 

East

 

 

 

 

 

South

 

 

 

 

 

West

 

 

South

AJ5

KQ87642

-

AQ6

 

 

No

No

4

End

1

x

No

 3

No

No

No

  4

x

 

 

I don't know if you have been keeping count, but ever since I instituted this 'Board 13' feature there have been far more minuses than pluses on the board for partner and me - not ALWAYS 'our fault', but on this one I should 'carry the can' just for one teeny but critical error in the bidding.  South's 3 bid was described as showing a good opening hand, and East's second round double was a standard re-opening bid.  With a minor 2-suited hand and a spade shortage, holding the West cards I should bid 4 rather than 4.  When 4 came round to me, I appeared to have no where to go other than 'to take the money'.  Well, not quite...

 

I led a spade at trick one, which was won by Declarer's Ace.  The King of hearts was played, and I won, and led my second spade - rather helpful for Declarer.  Dummy's jack of clubs proved to be a vital card, and Declarer restricted the losers to three tricks - one each in spades, hearts, and clubs.  So that was 790 to NS - a second 'top' for our opponents.  As it happened, had I bid 4 rather than 4 I would have struck gold.  Partner would have bid 5 over 4, and now if 5 is bid a double from me provides 200 our way - and that appears to have happened at several tables.  If partner had passed 4 I would have had 5 available as an option - and on this hand, clearly partner would have bid 5.  Nobody actually played the hand in 5 but it looks to me that, despite the horrible break, we may be able to rustle up 11 tricks - even if it goes off it will yield a better score even than 4 undoubled making.

 

I teach my beginners that with a weak / moderate hand, if you hold two five-card touching suits, you should bid the higher ranking first, and that way you may get the opportunity to bid both of them.  I should practice what I preach...