Still at the six level.

May 27, 2009 at 9:04 am 5 comments

I just wanted to start off by thanking the hundreds of people quietly stalking this blog. I’m sure you are there because I have such a terrific band of players involved in the commentary, so of course thanks to you all too. (Don’t feel like you can’t join in….) Hope everybody’s having fun.

Tomorrow a play hand – it’s been a while!

Yesterday was another ‘oh my God, if they’re at the six level and I have 2 aces they must be making’ sort of a hand. It’s funny, isn’t it? That we can feel so much more confident they are making if we can see actual cold hard tricks in our hand!

s76
h1AQ87632
d1A764
c

All vulnerable, sitting West:

West…..North…..East…..South
……………………3S……..Dble
4S……..6C……….Pass…..Pass
?

I was with Khokan and Ben on this one, it must be cold, it must be going down. I did go with double and that was +800 along with +600 for 3NT making in the other room. Desperately needed, as you will see tomorrow when we look at a play hand.

Cayne vs Victoria
Board 10
Dealer East
All Vul

NORTH

sAJ2
h15
d11083
cAKQ543

WEST

s76
h1AQ87632
d1A764
c—-

EAST

sK109854
h1
d192
cJ10876

SOUTH

sQ3
h1KJ1094
d1KQJ5
c92

Strange hand, isn’t it? It seems to me like everybody pretty much has their bid and yet what a result!

Of course, I suspect that if I’d given the hand as an East bidding problem, most people, especially at the vulnerability, would not have chosen 3S. It certainly gave South a difficult decision. In the other room East began with 2S and the following peculiar auction ensued:

West…..North…..East…..South
…………………….2S…….Pass
Pass…..3C………Pass….Pass
3H…….Pass……Pass….Dble
Pass….3S………Pass…3NT – finally, we arrive!
All Pass

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Entry filed under: Cayne matches.

Deciding at the six level again…. Too hard for me.

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. khokan  |  May 27, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I disagree that everyone has their bid. The 3S opening is a bit rich for me and I think that a takeout double with the south hand is mental. I expected a layout like:

    xxxx

    Kx
    AQJxxxx


    KJxx
    QJxxx
    Kxxx

    Reply
    • 2. cathychua  |  May 27, 2009 at 2:09 pm

      If you made the t/o doubler’s hand: Q KJ10xx KJ10x xxx is that still auto pass?

      Reply
      • 3. khokan  |  May 27, 2009 at 2:40 pm

        Yes, but a closer decision.

        I notice that the hand at the other table didn’t bid over 2S or over partner’s 3C. I would have tried 3H over 3C.

        Reply
      • 4. khokan  |  May 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm

        My general view is that, to make a takeout double at this level without an ace, you need an opening hand if you only have a singleton.

        In my example layout, while I would automatically double on the south hand, I wouldn’t feel overly comfortable because I don’t have an ace.

        Reply
    • 5. David Morgan  |  May 30, 2009 at 4:16 pm

      If we used chess annotation surely the X of 3S would have been followed by a ?. IMO, it’s closer to ?? than to !?. Obviously S at the other table agreed: s/he not only failed to X 2S — a level lower — s/he didn’t even bid over partner’s 3C. If W hadn’t balanced with 3H — and who of us could have passed as W? — it would have been another of those “slam at one table, partscore at the other” deals.

      David

      Reply

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