Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Too much information

I played in the North American Pairs in Detroit last March. I wasn't blogging then, so this deal was never reported. It's from the second qualifying session and hands are rotated. You are on defense as East:

K J 8 6
K 10 8
Q 8 6 5
Q 5
Q J 9 6 5 4
K 10 3
6 3 2

West North East South
1 Pass 1 1
Dbl 2 3 3
All Pass

Partner's double showed three-card heart support. Your 3 bid was a "law" bid. You know your side has nine hearts (combined) so you competed to the three level.

North had a choice of cuebids, so his 2 bid showed four (or more) spades and a limit raise or better. He would make a 2 cuebid with only a three-card limit raise. South's 3 bid was weaker than a pass. North--South also have a combined nine trumps, so they are committed to compete to 3, if necessary.

Partner leads the A and you play the 6. With Q 5 in dummy, this shows three (or five) in your methods. Partner cashes the K and you follow with the 2. You have unexpected help in diamonds, and you're trying to indicate that with your choice of spot cards.

Partner next cashes the A and leads a second heart to the king. On this, declarer discards the 4. Declarer leads a low diamond from dummy, you follow low, he plays the jack from hand and partner the 7. South now plays the A, low, low and you?

Too late. You have to play the K in tempo. Here are all four hands:

K J 8 6
K 10 8
Q 8 6 5
Q 5
Q 4 2 10
A 7 3 Q J 9 6 5 4
9 7 2 K 10 3
A K 10 4 6 3 2
A 9 7 5 3
A J 4
J 9 8 7

I was declarer. I knew East had six hearts and three clubs. I needed to find out how many diamonds he had to decide how to play trumps. When East had three (or four) diamonds, I knew to play the A and low to the J.

I don't remember our matchpoint score, but 3 making four for plus 170 was a great board. You can see the hand record by clicking here and looking for board #3.

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