Still in the stratosphere continued

October 4, 2009 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

The question yesterday was this: playing matchpoints, all vul, sitting West:

s5
h1AJ10964
d1AJ5
cQ86

West…….North……East……South
………………………3D……..Pass
3H……….4S……….5H………5S
?

I thought it was a simple case of bidding on, just because it’ll be cheap. And I assume, if you decide to bid on that it should be in hearts…why reveal the double fit? Perhaps it’ll make it harder for them to bid on if slam happens to be the right level for them.

This is the whole deal:

Victoria State Pairs Final
Board 26
Dealer East
Both Vul

NORTH

sAKQ863
h15
d1102
cAK74

WEST

s5
h1AJ10964
d1AJ5
cQ86

EAST

s72
h1K72
d1KQ98763
c9

SOUTH

sJ1094
h1Q83
d14
cJ10532

I asked Neil Ewart what he and Blaine Howe did on the hand, they having won the State Pairs, and he commented:

“It went 3D from Traian and 3H from Dan – I bid 4S and in pass out seat Dan bid 5D. I took the push to 5S and Traian led a low heart which Dan won – he cashed the ace of diamonds and and exited with a heart. I played spades so now was pretty sure Traian was a 2371, cashed the Club ace and took the hook.

In retrospect I think Dan’s 3H was uncharacteristically naïve because he knows a spade bid is coming fast. A direct 5D bid would have been better. It might be harder for me to get the count without the low heart lead.’

I must say, although it seemed obvious to me to bid to the six level on the way out, I was obviously prepared to be chicken on the way in: I suggested 4D. Pusillanimous?

See you tomorrow for a hand from the weekend’s Cayne match.

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