I have a few quirky ideas about bidding,
to say the least. One such idea is that
even playing a five-card major system, one
ought to open some four-card majors. The
conditions have to be just right, but it
happens once in awhile. One cannot do it
too often or partner starts to cater to the
possibility, which is not the point.
Playing in a sectional open pairs, I deal myself
K875 AKQ8 KQ5 75
with both sides vulnerable.
This hand meets one set of my conditions for
opening a four-card major, so I open 1.
I know this is not the field choice, so I am
probably shooting for a top or a bottom on
the board; they'll all open 1NT.
The bidding goes my way. LHO passes and partner
bids 2. Most likely, I have a top available
now, as we have found hearts while the rest of the
room is in 1NT. I bet hearts will play at least a trick
better, so we probably have a very good result coming.
It gets better. RHO doubles 2. This was not
the right time for him to pre-balance; he's getting
creamed. I redouble, of course. We are about to get
a top board. LHO bids 3, but partner bids a
studious 3. Rats. I infer from his bid that
he doesn't have anything in clubs (with even Jxx, he'd
pass it around to me) and has at least four hearts.
He should have a minimum (passing 3 and pulling
to 3 when I double is stronger), but I'm sure
he doesn't know that. Playing 3 is probably
sufficient to get a good score, but I think 4
is going to make. With nothing in clubs, partner needs
to cover one or two of my other losers. Since all the
finesses rate to work, only a very unlucky lie of the
cards will set 4. So, knowing that I'm not getting
good matchpoint odds by my choice, I bid 4. All Pass.
The whole hand turns out to be
4 turns out to be cold and on the 9
lead, trivially easy to make. The defense slips,
and I make five for +650.
+650 is a cold top, of course. But so was +620,
as no one else got to game. And so was +500, what
we would have collected from 3 doubled.
(Why didn't partner saw off 3?) And so was
+170, as no one got to hearts. That's four tops
on the board.
Copyright © 2001 Jeff Goldsmith