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Playing a team-match with your regular partner on BBO against expert opponents, you're faced with this bidding decision: 

West
AQJ8653
854
Q
42
W
N
E
S
1
?
 

 

I have no idea why, but for some reason, I overcalled 1, rather than making the normal preemptive 3 bid. So if that isn't your choice, you'll have to live with it. The auction continued: 

West
AQJ8653
854
Q
42
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
P
2NT
?
 

 

Having failed to bid 3S initially, it must be best to pass now.  You do, and then the auction gets exciting! Here's how the bidding concluded:

West
AQJ8653
854
Q
42
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
P
2NT
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
X
?
 

 

Now you find yourself on lead. What would you choose? 

I thought about ignoring partner's double and leading a spade, but on reflection, doing so seems very wrong. If partner has a stiff spade, leading the queen of spades will give delcarer a trick and leave me with no spade tricks. If partner has a doubleton, he'll be able to return a spade, but the queen of spades is still probably wrong, since partner must have clubs stopped twice for his double. If so, it is probably best to lead a club, and let partner play spades through declarer twice. 

Here comes the dummy: 

West
AQJ8653
854
Q
42
North
2
A109
J83
KJ9753
W
N
E
S
 
1
1
2
P
2N
P
3
P
3N
P
P
X
P
P
P
 

 

Wow it really looks like this worked out great! Partner will win the queen (or ten!) of clubs, and play a spade back. Then you'll lead back a club and if partner has so much as a doubleton spade, you'll wrap up the first 9 tricks for +1400. Declarer calls for the three of clubs, and partner tanks. 

 

As the tank continues, you start to get an uneasy feeling. After what felt like an eternity, but was surely no longer than a minute or two, partner plays the 8 of clubs. Declarer wins the ten and returns a club to the 9 which partner wins with the queen. Partner plays a spade to declarer's 9 and your jack, but you can't put partner back in with another club. You decide to play partner for the king of hearts and return a heart, which goes to partner's queen and declarer's king. Had you returned a diamond, you might still have beaten the contract, but at that point the hand was over. Declarer easily wrapped up 9 tricks and conceded the rest. Here was the full hand: 

West
AQJ8653
854
Q
42
North
2
A109
J83
KJ9753
East
74
Q73
107542
AQ8
South
K109
KJ62
AK96
106
W
N
E
S
 
1
1
2
P
2N
P
3
P
3N
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
3NTX South
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

Before you strangle partner for turning +1400 into -750, think about the hand from his perspective. He figured that since you didn't preempt, and clearly do not have a lot of strength, you cannot have 7 spades. If so, it looks like declarer is 4=4=3=2. Playing spades right away is therefore unnecessary, and ducking a club to cut off declarer's transportation could be crucial. In the post mortem, we decided that partner had made a nice play, and that the 1 call was the cause of the bad result. I don't think I've ever been punished so severely for choosing 1 rather than 3 before!

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