I don't play much at the local bridge club anymore -- I get my bridge fix playing online. I can play bridge and (at the same time) watch my St. Louis Cardinals come from behind 6-0 to win and advance in the post-season! How sweet is that?
But Thursday night, I had a standing date at the Memphis club with Dee Adams and played. Late in the game I picked up:
♠2 ♥A J 4 ♦Q 10 5 2 ♣Q J 10 9 8.
I was playing the wrong game! The club straight flush is the third-best hand in poker! It's better than four aces!
I passed, left-hand opponent passed and Dee opened 2♥. My RHO doubled and I bid 3♥. This generally shows three trumps while the strength is variable.
My LHO went into the tank for 10 or 15 seconds and finally passed. Dee passed and RHO bid 3♠. It passed out, I led the ♣J (Rusinow) and dummy tabled:
♠Q 9 ♥9 2 ♦K J 9 7 6 4 ♣7 3 2.
"I don't have anything extra," said dummy. I'm not a conspiracy guy and I don't think everyone is cheating, but this sounded a lot like I don't have anything extra beyond what my hesitation said I have.
Here are all four hands.
Declarer won my lead, drew trumps and played the ♦A K. When the queen didn't drop, he claimed four.
Would you double and bid spades or would you overcall 3♠ after the 2♥ bid? What's the difference? Would you consider bidding 4♠ at either turn?
Nine was top and we scored a disappointing five matchpoints. One pair got to play 4♥ and made it, one played 5♥ down 100, one pair went down in 5♠ and one pair went down in 4♠! Huh?
Declarer has 10 top tricks in 4♠, so I'm guessing he won the lead and played the ♦A K. He intended, no doubt, to ruff a diamond and play trumps ending on the table. If spades split 2-2, he would have discards available and make seven. You can see what happened.