I played bridge online last night with Kate. Yes, I stayed home on New Year's eve. The older I get, the less partying I do.
With everyone vulnerable, Kate opened 2♥. I held:
♠A K Q 10 4 ♥-- ♦K J 8 6 4 ♣A 10 3.
What would you do? I decided I was going to pass. Partner rates to be 6-3-2-2 and is not too likely to hold three spades. Even if he holds three-card spade support, it may not play well. You can take the high road or the low road. With misfits, it's best to take the low.
While I'm doing my thinking, what do I see? My right-hand opponent bid 3♦! Can you say yowsa?
I doubled and everyone passed. When the smoke had cleared, the opps were down four for plus 1100 for the good guys. This was worth 9.9 IMPs. Here are all four hands:
I checked the results and the deal was played 57 times. At eight tables, West overcalled 3♦ and North passed! Wow! I wonder what it takes to make a penalty double.