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John Lowenthal would have been proud

Friday night I played in the unit game with a pickup partner who is a Flight C player.  It was an adventurous session.  Early on, against a pair of Flight C players, we ran into this little number.    LHO opened 2NT, and RHO bid 3 (transfer).  I doubled with Q542 7 AQ7642 65.  LHO bid 3 and RHO thought for a while and bid 4.  Partner led the 10, and I saw:

West
North
9
108542
J
KJ9843
East
Q542
7
AQ7642
65
South
W
N
E
S
2NT
P
3
X
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
J
6
2
1
1
0
9
2
K
3
3
2
0
A
6
J
4
3
3
0
3
J
2
7
0
3
1
10
4
7
5
1
4
1
5
2
K
A
0
4
2
9
8
4
K
1
5
2
3
5
A
6
0
5
3
8

Hit next to follow the play.  At this point, partner drew trump with the J and led a diamond.  We took the balance.  Down 5.  I thought to myself, "Gee, he leads his stiff assuming that he will be able to put me in with a diamond for a club ruff.  Good lead, partner!"

Several rounds later, this exhibit came up.

North
AK9
83
KQJ52
A63
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
X
2
2
P
P
P

West leads the 10 and partner rises with the ace and proceeds to wrap up 8 tricks, since his hand was J108542 954 10 Q95.

All this was setting me (and all of you readers) up for the big finish.  In the last round, we faced another pair of Flight C players.  We proceeded to have this auction:

South
K8
KQ75
J1093
AK9
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
2
?

LHO stews a bit, then asks partner what 2 shows.  He shrugs his shoulders and says, "Spades".  So the auction concludes with 3 passes.  LHO leads the Q, and dummy comes down:

West
North
9732
962
Q54
876
East
South
K8
KQ75
J1093
AK9
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
S
2
P
P
P
D
2 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
1

I just went about making the best of it, and ended up coming home with 6 tricks (LHO led the A at one point), and one matchpoint.  The board was played 8 times, there were 6 140's their way, and one 500.  According to DF, they are cold for 9 tricks in either black suit, and 8 tricks in either red suit or notrump.  So it turned out that 2 was our best possible result after my poorly timed takeout bid.

Phil Martin has a story on his website where, after the opponents bid 1 on his right, 1NT (forcing) on his left, 2 on his right, and a balancing double from partner.  RHO redoubled, and John had nothing to say.  Partner bid 2, which was doubled.  So John bid 2.  Partner now bid 3, and RHO doubled.  John bid 3, and 3X became the final contract.  He escaped for down 1.  After the hand, he explained that the best place to play a misfit was often in the opponent's 5-1 fit, since they can't crossruff.  I guess it works for their 5-2 fit, as well.

Here's a link, the entire article is terrific, and was written as a memorial after John died.

https://sites.google.com/site/psmartinsite/Home/bridge-articles/remembering-john-lowenthal

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