It's hard to count the hand when I play against little old ladies.
They always bid their longest suit 5 times- once for each card in it.
It is Saturday evening, and I am playing in a side game with a lovely young lady an acquaintance of mine from Vancouver. I am confident that she can hold her own, but I am worried that her beauty may distract me. At least I'll know who to blame when I revoke.
Our game was fine until we sat against a particular pair of little old ladies. The first of our two board set was pretty normal, but I knew when I picked up the following, things would be more lively.
5 J 9 7 5 4 3 A 5 10 7 6 4
Righty starts with a PASS. This hand does not qualify for a weak twobid in our style, so I follow suit with her. Lefty opens ONE DIAMOND followed by a ONE SPADE overcall by partner. Now comes an unsure ONE NOTRUMP by righty. What should I do?
I have two real options: Pass or 2. Pass may not find our side's heart fit, but 2 is an overbid in terms of values and may get our side too high. I choose the conservative action and PASS.
Lefty now bids TWO DIAMONDS with an authoritative snap! of the bidding cards, which scares my partner into PASSING. I'm all ready to balance with 2 when all of a sudden, righty comes out with THREE DIAMONDS! I am now feeling sorry for not bidding my hearts earlier, but I can't stand to enter the auction at the three level when vulnerable, so I PASS. Actually, so does everybody else, and partner leads the 8.
J 9 3 2
K 9 2
A J 9 2
J 9 7 5 4 3
10 7 6 4
* - Not our weak twobid style.|
** - Perhaps I should have bid here.
*** - I'm done... so very done.
The 8 goes to the 2, 7 and K. Since the 8 is the highest club spot that is unavailable to me, I am sure that declarer has the Q in her mitt, but I am not sure whether partner started with a singleton or a doubleton. Declarer now plays the 6 and partner plays the 3. Without a heartbeat, declarer calls low! I am simply amazed (not to mention a little disgusted) to be forced to win this trick with my A.
I am now faced with the bothersome task of reading this position
and finding a decent return.
Partner could have led her stiff club or maybe her doubleton.
It might be best to go after spade tricks and spade ruffs or just to give partner her club ruff and call it a day.
Declarer's diamond play was informative and may help me work out the position.
What do you think about the position?