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Making a sow's ear out of a silk purse
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This hand just went from bad to worse (and all of my own making).

South
K3
A7
4
AKQJ9732
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
2
4
P
4
P
4NT
P
P
P

One of the compromises in our system is that we don't have a GF opening with a long minor. Our usual approach is to open with a forcing 1 (11+ hcp, can be as few as 1 club) and wing it. 1 was a natural response promising a few hcp and at least 4 spades.

The 2 overcall presented me with difficulties as 3 would not be forcing; but also made a heart lead more likely. I didn't want to miss a slam and decided to ask for aces via a 4 bid; partner showing up with none. 

Unfortunately I can't now sign-off in 5 as that would be asking for Kings! However, 4NT might have some play on a heart lead so that's what I bid.

I posted the lead problem on BW and got 91% in favour of leading the stiff Q.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/lead-problem-2-px8w133f78/

West led the 8 from Q654 Q 98732 864

To be fair, they have played with this partner before, and unlike the BW respondees, might not be expecting a hand suitable for a 2 overcall opposite.

During the inquest they said they couldn't lead a heart because they only had one....

The defence quickly wrapped up the first 6 tricks and I was left to face the wrath of partner; the full hand is on the next page.

West
Q654
Q
98732
864
North
J10872
KJ84
J5
105
East
A9
1096532
AKQ106
South
K3
A7
4
AKQJ9732
D

My partner had a fair point "I've told you not to gamble against very weak players".

 

As it happens 3NT+2 would only have been worth 60% with 5x, 5x+1  and 6x all on the scoresheet.

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