A Low-Level Double
and Desi Vad.
Both white, IMPs, short match, you hold
AKx 10 Qx AJxxxxx
CHO|| RHO|| YOU|| LHO|
1|| Pass||2|| 2|
3. To do anything else would be an insult to the game of bridge.
3. With all my junk in partner's suit (with
dummy likely short) I don't realy like our
defensive prospects enough to double them into
game in a short match. My hand is excellent
for offense at this point... 3 is too ambiguous.
The double is penalties, but partner's failure to redouble with a good hand
and both majors worries me. I suspect he has six spades. If he has 5-5 or
5-4 in the majors, they are likely to have a resting spot in diamonds.
Anyway, I'm bidding 3 now (2 is also reasonable) I would have raised 1 to
2 earlier, by the way. [On the other hand, there is something to be
said for rebidding one's seven-card suits in competitive auctions. --Jeff]
I'll try 3. CHO must have better spades than hearts,
so it cannot be right to try for a 2 level penalty.
2 here would be a weakness bid.
2. The opponents have a double fit. I would
have bid 2 instead of 2. This bidding poses lots
of questions. If CHO has 5 and 4 why haven't they found
the diamond suit and why did CHO not redouble the first
time. If CHO is 5422 then you don't rate to beat 2.
If she/he is 5431 you may beat it by 1 or 2. 2 may lead to
game and won't lead to a big negative.
Pass without alternative - Maybe I missed the point, but
this double must be based on hearts and is clearly for blood.
Pass. To do anything else would be an insult to partner's judgment.
OK, the real problem. Partner's double of
2 was very slow. Now what?
There is no acceptable alternative to 3 so I bid 3.
I reach across the table and strangle him.
I think I would still bid 3, but I would have some misgivings, and I would
not be completely surprised to lose the committee.
In MP I'd probably argue pass is a LA (+300 vs whatever) but in IMP thats
only win 4 or so vs partials and lose 3 or so vs games. So I'd let an
expert south pull. [I don't like this reasoning. If one is to demonstrate
that pass is not logical via IMP odds, they have to be overwhelming, and
4 to 3 is hardly that. --Jeff]
2. Passing is out of the question.
- JEFF AT THE TABLE
Pass. Can partner be 5521? Wouldn't some pass
if partner sat up, looked surprised and said, "bonus if you make it!"
Kill partner. Otherwise, it's hard to say.
- WINNING ACTION
hard to say
- ACTUAL RESULT
Partner had J9xxx K5xx Ax Qx. We have no play
at all for 4 (as the cards lie) but 3NT requires the defense's
failing to lead or switch to diamonds early. 2x was cold for
an overtrick. On the way to the bank, declarer found a five-trick
compression play and managed to go down four.
What do you think of partner's bidding? I don't like it much.
1 is fine; redouble is an option, but I'm not keen on it when
I don't really want to saw them off anywhere. The double was
pretty bad. 2NT would have been a fine bid (and might've led
to a making game) and 3 is OK, if a bit pusillanimous. Double
showed more testosterone than sense, I think, or a very good
understanding of declarer's ability to play the hand.
September 26, 1996