[It's negative, but there's really no difference at this level. --Jeff]
If partner's double is defined as negative, so he rates to have at least four hearts, I'll double, which shows some convertible values. I just don't have enough controls to venture to the six level myself. He can still bid 5NT on the right handsI hope.
Regardless of whether we are or aren't in a force, passing, bidding, and doubling are all reasonable options anyway. I have no idea which will be right on balance, but it's a bidder's game, so I bid, which was lucky this time. With a balanced vote, it's a close guess.
How do you play the suit?
My subsequent percentage calculations suggest that RHO has xx as opposed to Jx/10x 6 times in 15. Might I play low from dummy and double-finesse the next time? I'd need to see the spots before deciding.
[RHO puts up the 8.]
Lead to the 9. We are measuring 108 (J8) against 3 small doubletons.
People are reluctant to lead from Jxxx and sometimes lead high from Txxx.
Dale says it is silly to ask about this suit in a vacuum. You almost always can draw inferences from the play in other suits, and make your decision later.
I spent about 3 minutes thinking about this suit when it was just an overtrick in a KO match. OK, I admit I'm twisted, but I found it interesting.
Plan the defense
I can see some holdings on which it's right to continue hearts to tap the dummy, but I think they are much less likely.
Any other defense strikes me as weird, whether it would work or not.
My second choice is double, hoping partner is brilliant enough to find the club lead.
a) what would you have done on your 2nd turn?
Of the alternatives,
Even ignoring 3NT issues, redouble still seems
poorly-judged. You are going to have to overrule partner's
trump choice (presumably hearts) at least once. Since a
cue bid will sound like a game force in hearts, you'll end up
making him choose between
Twisted or not, I think pass is the best call. I don't think it's even remotely close. And it worked out great this time, too. If we had redoubled, (b) would be a total guess.
I'm amazed that the panel supported
My second choice is X, which ought to suggest that I have a good hand for both offense and defense. On this auction, though, I think we have little chance of getting out for -100if we are down, they are going to X us.
I would have bid
On the other hand, red/red is the vulnerability in which
partner is LEAST likely to perpetrate a "brave" balance.
If they double and nip us one, it's a disaster. If they
don't and just beat it, and we were holding 1NT to one,
it's -100 vs. -90. That's still bad. If we are making,
they are sometimes going down two, so even then when the
operation succeeds, sometimes the patient dies anyway.
Since partner rates to have something, we should be making
[On defense...] Win
[On defense,] I duck and hope partner has the club ace. I guess the alternative is to win and switch to the diamond jack.
I pass, unless Zia is on my right, fooling around favorable, and my partner is too starstruck to double again when it's right.
[On defense,] I play a small heart (encouraging) and wait for pard to put me in. I pitch black cards, and split diamond honors if a small diamond is led from dummy.
Well, after all that, I will assume that partner just had some
values, RHO has a lot of solid clubs (probably seven). I don't
feel confident about beating 3NT (unless I think my LHO is the
joker, and I'd expect to know that at the table), so I'll try
The defense seems clear to put your highest x at trick 1
and hope that we get in before they take nine tricks (partner
has a club stopper or the
[On defense:] I am going with my initial assumption that
partner has the pointed suits. I hope that declarer
has only four hearts. Let's play partner for something