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Salieri's's Diary 1. Knocked on the door? Don't run away!

We played this hand in a Cayne match on BBO, with a very good spanish player, J.C. Ventin, opponents were Cayne and Garozzo.

My hand was in the 1st position in NV vs V:

void, AK853, J94, 109742

I like opening these hands, because we can often bid only now, and we have good suit and some defensive strength, when we have to play defence later.

So I opened 1, Cayne overcalled 1NT, Ventin doubled, and Garozzo bid 2 (transfer). What now?

We cannot bid 3♣, because it is forcing. We even cannot pass, because we have good hearts, which is a much more relevant information, than we are weak. Pass will show a neutral hand with not too good hearts, which is two wrong information in one bid!

So I doubled. Cayne passed, Ventin passed, and Garozzo said 2♠. We passed, Ventin doubled, and Garozzo passed. What now?

On one hand, it is very dangerous to bid pass, because when they make it, it can be a great negative swing.

On the other hand, what else can we do?

3♣ bid is a jump to the dark, and partner will often bid 3NT to that, which doesn't seem to be good business. And Cayne passed to 2 doubled, so he will not have very good spade support. So partner seem to have at least 5 spades, and he might have easily 4-5 defensive tricks, we have probably 2, so pass will be a very good solution.

After the longest hesitation of this year, I passed, and leaded the  Ace.The defence was not very interesting, the declarer play was: Garozzo made 6 tricks with an end-play: Ventin had AQJ1098 in ♠, and Garozzo -never playing trump- forced him to play from AQ of ♠ in trick 11, so dummies K7 made a trump trick.

On the other side they played 3 from East, 2 down, 12 IMPS and a lot of excitement in the hand, which was important part of our 14 IMPS victory.

I published this situation in bridgewinners, as a bidding problem, and it was very interesting to read the comments, although some of them were pretty arrogant without any concerning. Be sure, I don't mind them at all, they make the relevant discussion still more valuable :)

The complete distribution was: 

West
AK854
J94
109742
North
K7
Q72
A876
AKJ5
East
AQJ1098
J9
Q52
Q8
South
65432
1063
K103
63
W
N
E
S
1
1NT
X
2
X
P
P
2
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
2X South
NS: 0 EW: 0

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