Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Victory for FREEWILL overcalls

Everyone Vulnerable, LHO starts the bidding and it goes:
1-2!-Dbl-?
2 shows <15HCP and at least 4-4-, both 'decent' suits.
You hold KQ98x T xxxx xxx. What do you bid?

With my holding, I know partner either has the Ace or a 5+ card suit without the Ace. I also know opponent's have a fit, and partner will be short in , so I bid 3. LHO ends the auction with 4.

Here's the full deal:

Dealer:West
Vul:Both
Scoring:MP
AJxx
Qxxx
x
A9xx
x
AKJ9xx
Qxxx
Kx
Txx
xx
AKJx
QJTx
KQ98x
T
xxxx
xxx

Normally, nobody would lead , but my partner did because of the bidding. It was the only lead which defeated the contract. Partner lead A (I played the Q, showing the K and an odd nr of s) and continued with J which declarer ruffed. Either way she plays, she had no way to 10 tricks because she got too short on trumps and lost control. Every time we had the lead we continued .

Note: 3 will go down 1 only after a lead and a shift.

2 comments:

Hatchett said...

Surely 4H goes off on a diamond lead. Declarer can't prevent a diamond ruff, and he also loses 2Aces and the heart Q.

Free said...

Yes, usually South will give some kind of suit preference on the Diamond. If declarer plays a high Diamond in dummy and finesses H immediately, it's probably most difficult for North to find that small Spade, but the chance indeed exists.

The question is: how much do you trust partner? Will you give partner a 5 card Spades headed by the King?