Friday at a club evening, we had some wild distributions. I want to share the wildest one. I held this fine collection:
The auction was quite interesting (RHO dealer, we're at favorable):
pass - 1♣ - pass - 1♦
1♠ - 2♥ - 2♠ - 3NT
4♠! - ...
My RHO passed first but now went Vulnerable against not to 4♠! What the hell was going on? I only need to know about ♥Q and ♣AQ. However, partner already showed a minimum hand with values in ♠ and probably in ♦ as well. So I decided not to bid slam, but just a simple 5♥. Partner thought about this a bit, but passed.
I think it's better not to bid 5♣ (although that contract is laydown) because it doesn't show the hand's full potential.
LHO leads ♠Q and I get the following dummy:
Pretty useless, but I'm already happy with ♥Q.
We now have to find a safe line. If opps keep playing ♠s and ♦s I'll get short on trumps and lose control. In the worst case, they'll let me ruff on every occasion, and I might lose 2 ♣s, so 4-1 trump split will be hard to handle.
This means that you may want to just play 3 rounds of trumps ending in my hand, and play ♣s. This line of play works only with 3-2 ♥ split, but I get burried alive when they split 4-1. So I thought I'd need a helping hand in ♣ and played ♣9 out of my hand. Theoretically the King is better, you'll see later. LHO played the ♣Q and RHO showed out! It's not easy to see for my LHO that he should duck, and when playing the King it would be even more difficult (this isn't even the reason why the King is better). This was the end of the defense.
The full hand:
After taking ♣Q, LHO gave his partner a ♣ ruff. RHO played ♥T which I took in dummy, I ruffed a ♠ and played ♣ "en passant".
On this deal I made it myself difficult, but I don't think a 4-0 ♣ split is one to try and take care off, when a 4-1 trump split is way more frequent. But then again, I can't handle a 4-1 trump split when ♣s aren't helpful anyway, so it's a choice between:
- dropping ♣A
- dropping ♣Q
- play trumps for 3-2
This is why ♣K is better: if the Q falls, your ♣s are all high. If you catch a stiff Ace, you still have to remove the Q...
Note that if ♣s don't behave the way you want them to, you can still play for a 3-2 trump split.
At the other table they managed to go -2 doubled, but I don't know what happened exactly.