Yesterday I played some games with Gert against Ed and Rob. It's always fun, they like to psych from time to time, they don't mind if we do it too (so it's a good training in "who to trust"), you can fool them, they can fool you, and nobody really cares that much about the scores.
Not long ago we made some changes to our intervention handling after 1NT openings. Because most worldclass players advise us to be able to play 1NTx, we abandoned the forcing pass. It came up, with success. I opened 1NT, LHO doubled, partner passed, and RHO held following hand:
What is he supposed to do? Penalty doubles can be anything, and he holds a K! So he passed. 1NTx+1 was the result.
The non-forcing pass puts pressure to your opponents: do they have to pull or not? If pass obligates partner to ReDouble, opponents get a second chance, and he will pull to 2♣ (probably -1).
A few hands later there was time for some fantasy. I held:
Nobody vulnerable, I could open 2♠ showing 10-13HCP with 5+♠, unbalanced. However, I thought the hand was just too strong for that, so I opened 3NT, which shows a normal 4-level preempt in one of the Majors.
Partner asked me to bid my suit, and RHO bid 4♠! Easy Dbl ofcourse, for a telephone number.
A while later I get the following hand:
Unfavorable, the auction went (we were silent):
1♣ - 1♥!
3♣ - 3NT
(1♥ shows 4+♠s)
What do you lead?
Here's the full hand:
Only a ♦ lead or switch can defeat this. No idea if I could've found this one...
A few boards later, I held favorable in 1st seat:
I psyched a 1NT opening (11-14). Opps ended up in 6♣ when they knew they had a double fit (5-3♥, 4-4♣). We already had a board where they had a double fit, and the 4-4 was better, so I guess they remembered that one. Ofcourse, it was the other way around now: partner had ♣J stiff, and my RHO had AKxx, so no chance at all. 1 down is good bridge.
Now look at this one:
What do you do, favorable in 1st seat?
RHO got creative and passed! I opened 1NT, partner transfered ♠, and NOW he bid 5♦. What was I supposed to do with:
I doubled, he made... Nice maxipsych!
And our last interesting hand was the following:
The auction went:
pass - 1♣ - pass - 1♠!
pass - 2NT - pass - 3♥
pass - 4♣ - pass - 6♦
pass - 6♥ - ...
(1♠ shows 5+♦s)
I thought this would make, and gambled by doubling. Opponents may play the trump suit completely wrong. How was I to know lefty had 5♥s and partner ♥Q stiff... :-(