Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Psychs I've seen in Bruges

1. First of all, one I've heard from a friend:

Dealer:North
Vul:EW
Scoring:imps
AT87
K632
J654
2
KQ94
A854
AK8
A7
J3
97
Q92
KQJT96
652
QJT
T73
8543

The auction started:
pass - pass - 1NT! - ...

Now West had a problem: he couldn't Double because that promissed either or both red suits. So he tried 2, showing either or both Majors! Ofcourse, East did what he thought was best: Pass!

pass - pass - 1NT - 2!
pass - pass - pass

EW made some overtricks...

Once again you get proof that Dbl should not be too artificial, especially after a 3rd seat favorable 1NT opening! With Gert I play Dbl as 4M-5m or strong distributional, so we can easily Double. If partner passes, great, but if he bids we can still find 3NT (next best thing).

2. One of our opponents did this at our table:

Dealer:East
Vul:None
Scoring:imps
KJ975
Q5
A2
KJ53
3
987
QT864
A862
AT42
J43
KJ95
QT
Q86
AKT62
73
974

The auction went as follows:
1! - 1 - 1! - 1NT?
2 - pass - 3 - Dbl
pass - 3 - pass - pass
pass
(1 usually shows 5s, opps play Polish )

I bid 1NT because I didn't suspect a psych at that time, and partner could've overcalled a bit light. After the 3 bid however, I was shaken awake, as was my partner. But how many s did I have? Hard to find 4 now imo.

West started his singleton to his partner's Ace but didn't get his ruff (apparently East was the only one who didn't realize the psych). We made 2 overtricks, but 4M makes if you can guess the s.

3. I couldn't help it, the last day against our friends from Oxford:

Dealer:East
Vul:EW
Scoring:imps
J765
J3
A9
T9752
2
AT9842
K42
QJ8
AKT8
75
QT86
A64
Q943
KQ6
J753
K3

The auction went:
1NT! - pass - 2 - 2!
pass - 3 - pass? - 3
pass - pass - 4? - pass
pass - pass
(1NT = weak; 3 = invite+ with fit)

I lead A and got an encouraging signal. Partner thought I lead from AKx and wanted me to cash the suit before declarer's losers would go away on AK. I don't think I'd ask for attitude from AKx, rather count (by leading the K), but ok, we forgive him because it was the last day and we weren't 100% concentrated (nothing to win or lose anyway). After the continuation (I thought I'd get a ruff) declarer made 4 by discarding his losers.

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