Tuesday and Wednesday, I played in a Regional Tournament with Sandy McCay. Remember when players used to complain about computer-dealt hands? You don't hear that much anymore. I guess they've learned that they really are random and not specially selected deals. I held the following freak Wednesday afternoon:
♠ -- ♥J 9 8 7 3 2 ♦8 ♣Q J 10 8 6 2.
I was first to act. No bid shows this hand, so I passed as did left-hand opponent. Partner opened 1♣ Pass to me. I guess you could make a large club raise, but I bid 1 ♥. LHO doubled and partner redoubled showing three-card support! Wow!
RHO bid 2♠, and I tried 4♥. The object here is to get to play the contract, and 3♥ might have been better. Your thoughts?
LHO bid 4♠ and partner doubled. Passing is out of the question, so would you show your clubs now or simply bid 5♥. I think 5♣ could be right, but that alerts the opponents of the double fit (and possibly their double fit). I bid 5♥, LHO doubled and it passed out. Here are all four hands:
I ruffed the opening spade lead, took the heart finesse and wrapped up 13 tricks for a score of plus 850 and 23 out of 25 matchpoints. I was slightly surprised to find out that we didn't have more company, actually, but I was happy with the result.